Take Note, Note-Takers

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending my first writing conference.  It was a lovely and inspiring time to learn from amazing faculty, and was capped by a stirring keynote address… Continue reading

A Pack-Rat’s Philosophy

I’m someone who loves to travel and plan trips.  Now I’m talking specifically about personal leisure travel and not business travel for all you hardened road warriors out there who are on the… Continue reading

Procrastinator’s Dilemma

Happy Friday to you!  If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll find that I’ve moved to publishing on Fridays now.  My goal starting out last year was to publish a post of between… Continue reading

Unspoken Rules: A View from the Bottom

This is a difficult post, but I’m going out a limb today because for whatever reason, I’ve seen a few articles this week that got me to thinking about inequality, particularly in the… Continue reading

Love and Loathing During Chinese New Year

I love Chinese New Year (CNY).  I love it because well, yes I am Chinese.  But I have positive associations with CNY because it’s a holiday that has particular significance to me. I… Continue reading

Takeaways from Weddings/Celebrations: Modern Arranged Marriages?

I’ve come to appreciate a new weekend routine: the real Sunday paper, particularly since I’ve re-kindled that simple pleasure of reading through the physical newspaper.  The sensation brings me back to childhood and… Continue reading


It’s been awhile! Like some of you, I’ve been having a hard time getting back into the swing of things post-holiday.  The good thing is that I’ve waited so long that I’ve already… Continue reading

On Gratitude

Well, we’re still here. Happy winter solstice to you! Today marks the end of days getting shorter. Psychologically, I’m just so looking forward to the four more (theoretical) minutes of daylight from today… Continue reading

Christmas Monstrosity

A year ago, I was headless-chicken-running around greater Seattle trying to gather whatever remaining Christmas decorations still available on the shelves.  Basically, I was on the hunt for plain colored glass or plastic… Continue reading

The Real Housewives of Monterey Park (RHoMP)

What’s up Bravo?  I’ve got a bone to pick with you. Here’s my question.  Why isn’t there a reality TV show on your network that features an entire cast of catty, overdramatic Asian… Continue reading