IMG_6626Now that I live and work in New York, waking up on Saturday morning has this extra feeling of freedom. I don’t have tests to study for or papers to write, or reading to do for those tests and papers. For the first few weeks of the year, I was out of town so often that I forgot what it was like to have a typical, commitment-free weekend at my disposal. But recently I’ve been stationary, and it’s really reminded me how much has changed in the past few years. Continue reading “Weekends”


Favorite Things: Union Square Greenmarket

A produce rainbow!

Because it’s often difficult for me to think of blog material, I’ve had a few ideas that will hopefully allow me to keep the posts coming. One (which I won’t be using quite yet) is a series of “snippets” lifted from daily life here in New York — funny (or strange) incidents, overheard conversations, etc. The other is “Favorite Things,” where I write about a few of my favorite things in the city. Let’s give it a shot with my first favorite: the Union Square Greenmarket!

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Arrival at the airport

This December, I spent Christmas Eve on an airplane from New York City to Taipei, Taiwan for a giant family vacation. Because of the time difference, I lost most of the day somewhere high in the sky. At 6:00am on Christmas, I reached the country my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, and so many of those before called home, or at least their birthplace. It wasn’t just my first time going to Taiwan — it was my first time going to Asia, period. I guess you could say that the trip would be pretty important! Continue reading “Taiwan”

Accidental Hygge

My little corner of Brooklyn

A few years ago, I saw the word “hygge” everywhere. It was all over my Facebook feed, all over Pinterest—it was even taking over the bookstores. Curiosity finally got me one day, so I picked up one of the books and scanned the cover. “Hygge” is the Scandinavian concept of “getting cozy,” as almost every English translation will have it. I lost interest and put the book down. It sounded like a fad to me, something that Americans would obsess over for a year and forget about the next. Continue reading “Accidental Hygge”

A Very Yogi Thanksgiving

The Mall at Central Park

I’m thankful for a lot of things this year. I have a supportive family, lovely friends, an apartment to call home, a job I really like, good health. The list goes on, and frankly, a post about these things would be predictable at best and boring at worst. I don’t mean to understate how grateful I am for the major parts of my life, because I’m very grateful for them. But to shake things up, I’d like to focus instead on one little thing that’s changed my life over the past few months: yoga. Continue reading “A Very Yogi Thanksgiving”

Weekend Field Trip: Philadelphia

The view from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Don’t get me wrong, I really like my life here in the city, especially now that I’ve settled into a routine at home and at work. But it’s so nice to get out of the city sometimes. Even though I’ve only been here for a few months, I’ve already taken a number of field trips. Last weekend, I got some fresh(er) air in Philadelphia, visiting Arielle. Continue reading “Weekend Field Trip: Philadelphia”

Frozen on Broadway: A Fanatic’s Take

IMG_5718It’s no secret among those who know me that I am very, very passionate about Frozen. Despite having always called myself a Disney purist, I absolutely fell in love with the new age, 3D computer-animated film. So as you can imagine, I was pretty excited to get the chance to see the broadway adaptation last weekend for a mere $35. Here’s the next chapter in my ongoing relationship with Frozen. Continue reading “Frozen on Broadway: A Fanatic’s Take”