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MIT student blogger Mitra L. '07

Nightmarket by Mitra L. '07

Two (unrelated) celebrations of low-priced office supplies and Asian culture. (~15 pictures)

On Friday, my friend Weywey ’06 (Course 2: Mechanical Engineering) and I went to Harvard Square for some errands and dinner.

Weywey dug through this entire bin of orange, red, and green markers until she found the one blue Sharpie in the entire thing.

These folders were on sale for 18 cents each! Needless to say, I was thrilled. (I bought 12.)

Unfortunately, one was a casualty of some rainy weather today.

Anyway, back to Harvard Square. Weywey and I ate at Penang, on the second floor of the Staples building.

You can’t see it from this picture, but there’s a great view out over the shops.

After dinner, we visited the Harvard Book Store

I bought the book Wigfield, written by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert (it’s French, bitch).

Then we took the #1 bus back to MIT for Nightmarket. This event is co-sponsored by lots of cultural groups across campus, including AAA (Asian American Association), CSC (Chinese Students Club), and ATS (Association of Taiwanese Students).

There were tons of activities at this event, and unfortunately I got photos of very few. They had raffles, carnival games, massages, orgami, fortune-telling, henna-painting, arts and crafts, mahjong, and much more. We each paid $2 to get in, and were handed 5 meal tickets. In addition to these, Bryan ’07 gave me 3 extra tickets, so I knew I had my work cut out for me. We decided to stick only to dessert, and had some honeydew jello, bean stew over rice, green tea ice cream, red bean ice cream, flan, and a lychee pastry. No almond tofu fruit salad this year =(

Here, my friend Ricarose ’06 (Course 6: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science) volunteers at the FSA (Filipino Students Association) booth.

here’s my friend Maya ’06 (Course 7: Biology), a member of MIT Hapa, a group for students of mixed background.

Gloria, my floormate, does an awesome job performing with Dance Revelasian.

3 responses to “Nightmarket”

  1. mmmmm….almond tofu is awesome!

    The folder sacrificed itself to protect its comrades.

    It’s nice to see that MIT has a very active Asian community.

    I dance cultural Asian too.

  2. madmatt says:

    Doh! I missed another Night Market at MIT. I did, however, get to experience the real thing this summer in Taiwan! And I missed dinner at Penang, but I got to go to the real Penang! Okay, I’m still giddy over my summer trip to Asia.

    Anyway, Harvard Book Store (not affiliated with the similarly named university) is an awesome bookstore, perhaps the best in Boston, only equalled by Brookline Booksmith. Worth a visit if you’re in Coolidge Corner.

  3. Woah, A Malaysian diner.. named after Penang even :D Great to see that I would be able to get some Malaysian food if I do get into MIT. wink