2014 Dragon Fest Photos – Seattle

Here are some photos from Dragon Fest which took place this past weekend. The weather was delightful and the food situation was outstanding as usual, especially with the addition of a Lao food truck (Spicy Papaya) this year. :)

I enjoyed the few performances that I got a chance to check out, both from the general seating area as well as the Japanese beer garden. Also, this year’s Dragon Fest reminded us that the Bruce Lee Museum will soon open in Seattle. Awesome sauce.

Enjoy the photos.






























July 4th Photos

The fireworks show was nice. All 30 minutes of it. I enjoy fireworks because I like watching things blow up. It’s violent and beautiful at the same time. And I really liked it when Neil Diamond’s “They’re Coming to America” came on as fireworks shot into the dry Seattle sky; that song is just special to me LOL.

But the fireworks show didn’t start until 10:15 PM, which was many hours after we arrived to Gas Works Park for the very popular and crowded yearly Family 4th event. We arrived early the park early, of course, to secure a piece of real estate on the hill next to the sundial overlooking Lake Union and the Downtown Seattle skyline. Besides the fireworks, I really enjoyed observing the surroundings, the crowd, and the different people and personalities at Gas Works Park during the course of the day.

Below are some photos of the 4th of July fireworks show and some of the people who went to celebrate USA’s birthday in Seattle. Enjoy!

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Smithsonian Asian Pacific America Center’s “A Day in the Life”

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center launched their A day in Life of Asian Pacific America 2014 exhibit this July 4th and I was glad to be a part of the important project and was honored to have two of my photos be featured. Check out the link below to find out more and view the beautiful and powerful photo collection.

Pho Cake

Dr. Wtpho is o-pho-cially one year older. Time sure does pho-ly. :)

My birthday cake this year was the best cake I’ve ever had, thanks to creative hands behind it at Lisa B’s Sweet Shop in Centralia, WA. The white chocolate and strawberry pho cake was pholicious as well as beautiful. The attention to detail as well as the build quality of the care were superb. I received a lot of inquiries as to where the cake came from, so be sure to check out the business’ Facebook page to learn more and place your order for sweet edible art piece.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

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June 28th is International Pho Day


It’s been a long time since I last posted a photo of pho on my blog WTPHO.COM, so here it is. This smartphone photo of a bowl of pho was taken at Seattle’s very first pho restaurant. Hard to believe I’ve been enjoying pho there for 3 decades. By the way, I’ve ophocially declared June 28th (tomorrow) to be International Pho Day. Join me in celebrating the very first annual event tomorrow by changing your profile photo on Facebook, Instagram, etc. to a photo of pho, and go out and enjoy you some pholicious pho tomorrow.

Cheers! :)

Puerto Vallarta

Well, Puerto Vallarta‚Ķ I searched high and low and learned that a pho joint simply does not exist in your beautiful city. I guess there used to be a Vietnamese restaurant there named Vientnam Express but it closed some time ago. However, I sure enjoyed being immersed in the awesome 90 degree late May heat and intense humidity. I did a good deal of walking around town and bumming around at the beach. The fresh oysters and shrimp at the beach were some of the best I’ve ever had anywhere. I also got a chance to check out the flea market and beautiful cathedral downtown and truly enjoyed them. Also, I would recommend the Westin Resort and Spa at the Marina to anyone who’s thinking about visiting your wonderful city. :)

I look forward to visiting Puerto Vallarta and other parts of Mexico soon. Enjoy the photos!IMG_7148 IMG_7255 IMG_7268 IMG_7289 IMG_7324 IMG_7325 IMG_7330 IMG_7347 IMG_7435 IMG_7463 IMG_7485 IMG_7557 IMG_7605 IMG_7661 IMG_7799 IMG_7802 IMG_7805 IMG_7924 IMG_7952 IMG_7960 IMG_7964 IMG_7965 IMG_7974