Sociological Experiment – Chapter 1

Often at lunch I eat out. Sometimes with friends after yoga classes, sometimes alone between giving a massage,  performing Pancafit for a client or going to the market. In Hong Kong, but in fact in all Asia, there are plenty of restaurants with a lunch menu, which always includes a main course and two or three side dishes. Imagine a tray divided in spaces, like the Japanese Bento. It can be found with Japanese dishes, Chinese, but also Western food; I find it a wonderful option if you do not want to stray each time like piglets or you do not like the sad fast sandwich eaten in five minutes, maybe even standing. Usually, besides the two or four-person tables,

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Italy: Falling Stars

“In Italy there is a tradition celebrated every year on August 10th  called the “Saint Lawrence Night”. Legend has it  during this period of the month there’s a strong shooting stars activity (Perseids), and everybody during these summer nights looks up to the sky waiting to see one falling. If you are so lucky to see one star falling, you can express a desire that could be realized.”   “Today is Saint Lawrence night,” I say with a sigh looking at the sky. “Mom who is Lawrence?” “Saint Lawrence. He is a Saint, no one remembers why he is holy. We all remember him just for the falling stars.” “Mom, I do not understand what it means to be Holy, what

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Maura and The Do-It-Yourself

Today I build a bed. I go to Ikea with Emma, walk around the bedroom area and after evaluating the various models by pros and cons, stability, size and color of the structure, we choose a wonderful MALM. White single bed that is always fashionable, high headboard really comfortable for young readers, two beautiful drawers for keeping all the “secrets” which I promise to never open. After the bed section, Emma dives on all the mattresses in the furniture exhibition. She bounces, stretches out, tries to get to the side and then to her favorite sleep position, belly down with the butt up. I never understood how she can sleep like this. In the end, the choice falls on a

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Malaysia – Penang

Going on vacation in a place where the State’s religion is Islam has always blocked me for various reasons. First, the security and fear of a terrorist attack, the freedom to drink a mojito on the beach when you want (a vacation isn’t vacation without alcohol!), the freedom to wear a bikini without feeling uncomfortable and finally, my ignorance on the subject. I admit I did not know the difference between a Hijab and a Chador, what they meant and in which states they are used. If Malaysia is an Islamic State with all the pros and cons of the aforementioned, Penang Island is the exception. Here, despite a clear majority of the population being Muslim (45%), there are also

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