Year of the Rooster

It’s becoming more apparent with each colorful festival, parade and event here in the Alamo City that my cellphone just isn’t going to take pictures that do these things justice. Especially when it is drizzling like it was yesterday at San Antonio’s 30th Annual Asian Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

So far every picture in this blog was taken by me with a cellphone. Editing can do a world of good but I think it’s about time I get my DSLR looked at (might need a new lens) and back in commission.

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This man is sporting a turban supplied by a booth manned by Sikhs. They allowed festival goers to try on turbans for the day. You can find out more at the Rivard Report.

That being said, walking in the high 40s/ low 50s from our apartment to the festival wasn’t something we non-native Texans were complaining about. After all, it’s going to be about 90 here on Tuesday. It’s February by the way, if you don’t recall.

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Spot the photo-bomb.

Scheduled to fall around the Chinese New Year, the Asian Festival hosts booths, performances, food, and vendors from all over the continent and beyond to the Pacific Islands. This year I encountered pieces of Pakistan, Turkey, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, U.S.A. (Hawai’i reppin), Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

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Suman, Filipino rice-cake steamed in banana leaves (pictured with the hands of an authentic Pinoy).
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Malaysian tandoori chicken.

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It was absolutely wholesome, refreshing and mentally healing to spend a day surrounded by the good energy of diverse people coming together to coexist and celebrate each other. There was no room to be an outsider. Sikhs invited the audience onto the stage during their performance, the young group that volunteered to learn sumo were the poster children of diversity, the only thing the girls (and one boy) doing choreographed K-Pop dances had universally in common was a trendy Korean street style wardrobe.

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Enthusiasts of all backgrounds represented the various martial arts, regardless of the country of origin. The day could have been a Coke commercial.

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But it wasn’t a commercial, it was real. Josh said it best with his caption, “Texas has everything”- after snapping a picture of the fish brought to the festival by the Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish Society. (Visit their website and you’ll find that they meet fairly often).

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Baklava, the way to this Filipino’s heart.
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Lucky dragon dance.
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Hawaiin Kahlua pork and cabbage waiting inside.
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Malaysian Ramly Burger, identifiable by the egg.
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Quintessential San Antonio.
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The hills, and rolling down the hills with or without cardboard sleds was by-far the most popular activity with the young crowd throughout the day.

Bubble tea, bonsai, fire-dancing and beckoning spice scented air was the recipe for a whole lot of smiles this first weekend in February. Welcome Year of the Rooster.

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