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Seattle Evening Farmers Market

The Emerald city summer days are filled with activities, Jesse Tam. Start planning your visit.  Whether you are a tourist in Seattle/Bellevue area for the first time or locals, don’t miss the Evening Farmers Market.  Come join the vendors with weekly selection of new  items and entertaining for all age groups.  Pike Place Market’s popular Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, kicking off on Wednesday, May 31, 2017!

Shop after work and support local farmers with fresh picked morning fruits and veggies, beautiful bouquets, artisan food, drinks, and specialty farm products from more than a dozen farmers and producers set up on Pike Place.  Enjoy the summer evenings and relax after work with live music, fun kids activities, food tastings, and a chance to explore the new expansion on the waterfront.

Evening Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3 – 7 pm
May 31 – September 27
Pike Place at Stewart Street

Join us for Opening Day Celebration on May 31!

 Thanks for reading, Stay connected, places to explore.  Jesse

Cherry Blossom Cultural Festivities

Here’s another event held at the Seattle Center for friends and families of all ages, Jesse Tam. Come join the activities to celebrate the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festivities from April 21 – 23rd.  Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations.

The Festival was founded 40 years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.
Taiko drummers performing at the festival in 2014.• Photo from Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Facebook page.Date:  April 21-23, 2017
Armory Main Level, Fisher Pavilion

Spend a few hours or the day at the Pavillion and check out the fountain, Jesse. Follow my blog and thanks for visiting!

Booming City of Shanghai

Booming City of Shanghai – Jesse Tam. The fast pace changing city of Shanghai from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 12 to 13 hours nonstop to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. There are several airlines that serve the gateway to Asia with  Delta adding a new hub to meet the needs of business and tourists arriving in the United State and Pacific Northwest region.

Shanghai has a lot to offer to first time visitors and re-visitors. Each time you return to the city a new high-rise will be built and vast assortment of restaurants serving French, Italian and Japanese cuisine. The Bund is located on the bank of Huangpu River in downtown Shanghai. It is one of the city’s biggest highlights. Must see attractions around it include the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower. Take an evening stroll and enjoy the lights along the river.

It is a fast growing city and now the economic capital of China with a melting pot of Eastern tradition and Western modernization.  Shanghai Tower is the tallest building  2,073 ft tall with 128 floors, currently the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world.

Keep traveling. Thanks for reading.  Jesse    More blogs

Seattle Blanketed in White

Seattle Blanket in White, Jesse Tam.  The snow storm in Seattle, Bellevue and Puget Sound region caught everyone by surprise on the total amount of snow that caused several days of school closures and power outage to many areas.  Lowlands in Seattle had rain and little snow, but the city had snowplows ready to tackle the streets and hilly areas.  Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport reported 7.1″ of snow as of 10 a.m. Monday, making it the snowiest storm since the great snow and ice storm of January, 2012.

Bellevue, Redmond and the eastside had snow levels from 8 inches to over a foot with icy road conditions up in the foothills.  Some of the families were without power for hours or several days due to fallen trees, branches and power lines down.  We were fortunate to have power with a warm house and heat, while another friend were without heat for a whole day.

Driving in this type of weather and condition would be difficult, so it was a work from home or taking a day off while the kids were home.  Schools, colleges and business closures on Monday for many due to heavy snow.  Over 150 schools canceled classes, including Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Issaquah. Lake Washington, North Thurston, Olympia, Puyallup, and Tacoma.  It was a fun day for children and parents playing in the snow, making all types of snow creatures and sledding in the neighborhood hills or parks.
Winter Wonderland, Snow Day, Seattle/ Puget Sound Storm

Outdoor Trek, Nature’s Winter Beauty, Snow covered trees…

it was the strongest storm Seattle had seen in over five years!  It was a perfect day to take a hike in the beautiful snow. Thanks for reading  Jesse

U.S. National Parks Free Admissions

A day drive from Seattle or Bellevue eastside is Mount Rainier National Park.  Jesse Tam, plan ahead to U.S. National Parks 2017 free admission days.  Washington has miles of hiking trails, rain forest, hot springs, beaches and lodges to explore at Olympic National Park.

Olympic National Park

  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • Friday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Most of the days fall on or around a weekend to make a perfect three-day get away for the family and escape outdoors.  Purchase an $80 annual pass or multiple passes available depending on your qualifications. Seniors 62 years and older can buy a lifetime pass for $10 to visit U.S. National Parks.

With more than 400 national parks, monuments, and historical sites to discover, there’s no shortage of places to visit. While 137 sites typically charge admission, entrance fees will be waived on these 10 days in 2017.

Thanks for visiting  Jesse


Holiday Festivities Jesse

Celebrate the holiday festivities with a visit to Snowflake Lane. A favorite for locals and visitors.  Jesse Tam sharing the season of giving with the magic of snow, performers, drummers and fun for the whole family. The new parade route starts on NE 8th at the Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square sky bridge and winds down Bellevue Way past Macy’s, then back to the Hyatt Bellevue Hotel.


Daily performance from November 25 – December 24th nightly at 7pm.  Don’t miss the 11th annual event with exciting new stage and fun jingle bell dance performance

Stay connected, thanks for reading.  Jesse  Keep drumming and dancing to your own tune.









Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda

Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda Jesse Tam, from the peaceful sky to busy Seattle Tacoma International across the pacific ocean to Myanmar. This is the largest pagoda temple in Yangon.  Buddhism came from India to Myanmar 2600 years ago.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda.

The most famous and spectacular sight in Yangon, over 300ft tall and covered in fold, jewels and precious stones. It it one of the most important sites in the Buddhist faith. Non Burmese are not allowed inside the pagoda, there is a lot to see around it. You could spend hours viewing and walking around the outside of the complex.

The weather is hot with crowds and lines during the weekend, so wear a hat when you plan your visit.  As a mark of reverence,  visitors should dress appropriately and modestly. The dress code – wear trousers or at least knee-length shorts or skirt; t-shirts with elbow length sleeves are also expected and you are expected to be barefooted when entering Shwedagon Pagoda.

Thanks for reading  Jesse  stay connected



Seattle Renamed Experience Music Project

The EMP renamed in Seattle, Jesse Tam. The EMP (Experience Music Project) Board is changing the name to MoPOP which refers to as the Museum of Pop Culture.  “This new naming captures the evolution of the wide set of experiences the museum has come to offer,” Allen said.

Attendance has increased 26% from 2014 and 2015 with more students and youth.  The name will expand the experience from music projects to include vibrant arts and culture fostering creativity and artists in the community.

The museum also has hosted all sorts of exhibits, “World of Wearable Art”, “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds”, “We Are 12: Seattle Seahawks and the Road to Victory, and “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses”.

Come celebrate at the Pop Culture Party,  free admission Saturday, Nov. 19, with games, activities and tours from 10 am – 5 pm.  MoPop refer to Museum of Pop Culture 


Bellevue Hosted Naturalization Ceremony

Bellevue hosted naturalization ceremony.  The growing city with diversity, startup and Microsoft – Jesse Tam.  A special day for twenty-two people on September 6 as they became United States citizens held at the Bellevue library.  The library hosted the oath takers in the naturalization ceremony which included countries Sweden, China, Ethiopia, Canada, India, United Kingdom.  What a great place to find a city filled with diversity, culture, arts, history and opportunities.  Seattle/Bellevue area is a gateway to technology and international hub for travelers.

“Libraries are such a uniquely democratic institution. It’s immensely gratifying to be here. Many new immigrants come to our libraries to study for tests and get information on becoming a citizen. Hosting them today really feels like we’re closing the loop,”

Stay connected, thanks for visiting Jesse



Learning Is A Treasure

The beginning of a new school year for families and kids in the Bellevue School District is Thursday, Sept. 1.  Jesse Tam, reminder with the new changes this year are start times for Bellevue high school will be one hour later from 7:30 to 8:30 am.  Allow extra time and be flexible the first few days for traffic and commuters.

Middle school students will begin  the day at 7:30 am this fall with high school students start time begins at 8:30 am.  Remember the 20 mph limit in school zone when children are present and the yellow flashing crossing during school hours to slow down.

The following safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:

• Slow down in school zones. The stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 30 miles per hour is nearly twice the stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 20 miles per hour;

• Pay attention while driving; don’t be distracted by electronic devices or cell phones, and watch for pedestrians when entering a school driveway or turning a corner;

• Stop for pedestrians and children getting on and off school buses. It’s unlawful to pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing;

• If your kids walk to school, make sure they know the rules of the road and your expectations.

Learning is a treasure that will follow you everywhere.  Here’s to another start of  learning. Thanks for visiting,   Jesse