Excuse Me, Life Passing Through

2017 has been a year of revelations for me. The year where I finally understand all the things my parents tell me when they say, "I'll tell you when you're older." Things that had once been so clear to me aren't what I had expected them to be. People have changed. My perspectives have changed.... Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Heritage

Celebrating my first Vietnamese New Year Tet in my motherland and experiencing traditions passed on for thousands of years. Wearing the traditional Ao Dai, holding red packets (with money inside), red and gold peace and prosperity decorations, and vibrant flowers of all colors for the best luck of the year. A Blog Response to Photo... Continue Reading →

Sunrise at the Wat

The sunrise view of Angkor Wat and it's reflection on the water is an experience of a lifetime.  But I was not told of the thousands of other people who were also trying to see that view every morning. Although the loud chattering and cramped standing space had destroyed the serene picture that I had... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: An Open Letter to Chicago

Dear Chicago, Don’t tell Atlanta, but you’re “home” to me right now. I was never able to explore the inner workings of that city like I have for Chicago. The past three years have been shaped by weekend outings, long L rides and some unforgettable memories. From Lollapalooza to the 606 to Portillo’s, my Chicago... Continue Reading →

Exposed: A Blog Response from Kids

What if children wrote blogs? As a way to spend more time with my siblings, who live 15 hours away, I had come up with an idea to ask them to write a weekly post challenge response with me. They have been very enthusiastic and we had lots of laugh doing this together. It's also a... Continue Reading →

The Time I Almost Fell Off a Coconut Tree

I've always been jealous of people who can climb coconut trees. Growing up in the Philippines, I loved the easy access to cheap coconuts. I've often sat and watched people climb up the trees with ease, grabbed a coconut from the top, and slide back down like a boss.  In tropical and humid countries, coconuts... Continue Reading →

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