My Bell Jar

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was [...]

Volunteering With Fardos

I have grown incredibly attached to my Syrian friends, whom I volunteer with at Catholic Charities in Atlanta. Fardos, who had needed computer literacy help, was my first volunteer case. She was always so gracious and thankful of my help. She had shared so many of her culture's cuisine with me. I would have so [...]

Today, I played Can’t Help Falling In Love on the Ukulele

This song was played really badly, I've been meaning to learn finger-plucking, and just did the simplest technique. I think it goes quite nicely with the song because I'm "rushing in" to playing this song. I'd prefer to not edit it because this would be a good marking point to where I started out playing. [...]

Vietnam: Hiking and Swimming in Ba Ho (Three Pools), Nha Trang

Ba Ho is a must-visit destination for a day trip while in Nha Trang. Regardless of local or tourist, Ba Ho is a popular place to visit for a day out in nature. Highlights of this trip includes waterfalls, clear pools of water, rock climbing/scrambling, hiking, river cruising, campfire, and great photo opportunities! What is [...]

Vietnam: Yang Bay, Nha Trang and Why I’m Not Impressed

Yang Bay Eco Park is a tourist destination approximately 1 hour away from the Nha Trang city center. On a beautiful Sunday morning, our family group of thirteen decided to take a day trip to Yang Bay. All we've heard of Yang Bay thus far is that it has hot springs. The Cost Package prices [...]

Vietnam: Making Traditional Bánh Tét During Lunar New Year

It's pretty cool to have family in Vietnam. Unless we have a Couchsurf host arrangement already made, we typically spend our time visiting popular free destinations in the country. We've been here for a week now, and all family we've made have been incredibly hospitable. Experiences like riding motorbikes, grabbing tropical fruits like coconuts and [...]