Beach Walk 382 – Embracing the Foreign in Chinatown

Off to Chinatown for dinner, and a discussion about embracing things different and foreign.

It boils down to feeling safe and secure on the inside. With that in place, trying on new people, places, and things becomes fun and curious.

It’s so easy to stop at the first reaction to something different, which is often a negative judgment. I like the phrase, curious rather than critical. And the food at Little Village Restaurant is too good to pass up!

For more proof, watch Toby Bloomberg’s “cat and dog love fest on her Diva Marketing blog. Cats and dogs are “supposed to be” foreign to each other, but that’s not true for Max and Tab! Toby and I are going to be on a panel together (along with Penelope Trunk and Remi Adams) at the BlogHer Conference in NYC March 22-23.

Hawaiian words
Malahini: of foreign origin
NÄ«ele” inquisitive, curious

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  1. Roxanne – Thanks for the shout out. We can learn much from our animal friends as Max and Tab bring home in their romping fun play! My thoughts are the little video would be a fun way for kids to explore what friendship means and as you so elegantly put it how being curious rather than critical can lead to wonderful opportunities.

    Looking forward to continuing this conversation in NYC next week!

  2. Thank you Toby for posting that fun video – a nice reminder about how healthy friendship and play are in life. Lindsay did a wonderful narration job too. 🙂

  3. so the first restaurant you passed is a place that i talk about all the time. I do like little village, but Mini Garden is a must try.

  4. Good advice! I am usually a bit slow to warm up to new things..I get especially overwhelmed in large groups or crowds. On other hand, Kent is often very open and inquisitive about anything or anyone new or different.

    I wonder if that first response has something to do with the difference between extroverts and introverts?? Maybe they have different comfort zones, like introverts are more comfortable with intimate exploration and extroverts are more comfortable with external exploration.

  5. @Toby – kids and video are a natural mix, and now so are cats and dogs. 🙂

    @SoCalGal – you are so generous with your comments! mahalo nui again and again.

    @ Dr. Trey – yes, well I’ve eaten at Mini Garden too and it wasn’t that wonderful. Let’s go together and you show me your favorite dishes!

    @Jen – yes, I think the I/E thing has a part to play. Although as David Seah said today, he sometimes likes “hermiting” out in large crowds, enjoying the anonymity. It’s something I like doing as well. Being a blonde in Chinatown maybe I’m not inconspicuous, but then not knowing most of the people I can choose minimal interactions.

  6. Rox: let’s go. I’m always down for a mini garden visit. Maybe you just need to be a mini person to eat there.

  7. Trey – LOL. As soon as I return from the mainland in April, we’ll do it.

  8. Hi, Rox. Thanks for linking to Brazen Careerist. I’m really looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer.

    The thing that really strikes me about your video is how comfortable you are doing it. To see you so comfortable doing this is so inviting. Makes me think about my writing — like that being comfortable with what we do makes whatever we do better.

    Probably a duh. Right? But it really hit me while I watched you.


  9. Penelope – “Duh” moments are a key thread in Beach Walks! Please keep ’em coming, and thank you for the observation. You are indeed a natural with words. C U soon!