mooncakes

Starbucks Mooncakes: a beautiful and delicious take on a traditional product

Only available in certain countries for a limited time, these regional cakes come with a number of gorgeous details.

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The Mid-Autumn Festival: It’s mooncake mania in Singapore!

Perhaps many of our readers are aware of the Mid-Autumn Festival which is celebrated each year around late September in China and other parts of Asia. The festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, and as such, the actual date varies slightly from year to year, but it is usually around the time of the autumn equinox and is timed to coincide with the full moon. Traditionally a festival to give thanks and pray for a bountiful harvest and also to worship the moon, it is still today a huge event involving the gathering of family and friends, viewing the moon and, of course, sharing the special confectioneries known as mooncakes.

As it happens, just last week, I had the chance to visit Singapore right at the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which was on September 19 this year. Now, I knew that the festival would be going on during my trip, and also that the celebration involved mooncakes, and lots of it too — I just had no idea how much! Read More

Seven-year-old in China gets hungry and calls…the police!

Growing up, we all learn the basic rules and etiquette for talking on the phone. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Don’t crank call random strangers. Never call a 900 number. And never, ever, ever call the police unless it’s a real emergency!!

But what do you think counts as an emergency for a seven-year-old? A house fire? A runaway dog? How about feeling a bit peckish? If you chose “feeling peckish,” you know just how this little boy in China felt!

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