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The Bad Daughter

As most of you know, my parents were here to celebrate our birthdays week. We all have birthdays in May, so I thought it’d be great to celebrate it all together. So my folks were in the city for a week, and although I took some time off to hang out with them, the question remained: What would they do here for a week?

After much thinking, I decided to put them in the famous Fung Wah bus. That’s right, the famous Chinatown to Chinatown bus! Here’s how it works:  go from the Chinatown of a major East Coast city to any other Chinatown of another major East Coast city for no more than $15 each way. That’s like over 10 times cheaper than the train. The bus goes to NY, DC, Boston, Toronto, you name it, my peeps will take you there for a very friendly rate. Continue reading

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