tender hearts and tender days

I’ve been trying to blog regularly in earnest but have found that my drive to write anything has been quite stunted ever since November 9, 2016. I think it’s important for me to acknowledge that as an employed, college educated person (with a STEM degree from an elite university with no debt), in a stable…

money diary with emphasis on the diary

This post is inspired by Refinery29’s Money Diaries, which in turn is inspired by New York Magazine’s Sex Diaries (I have never read it). I started reading the Money Diaries when I was college, and found the insight into money-earning women’s lives so interesting. But now, as of July, I too, am a money-earning gal, and am…

diy mooncakes for mid-autumn festival [中秋]

The Mid-Autumn Festival this year was last week, September 15. Many East Asian countries celebrate their own version of this– in China this holiday is called Zhōngqiū [中秋, literally “middle autumn”], while the Japanese equivalent holiday is referred to as Jūgoya [十五夜, “15th night”]. Growing up, this holiday was not really celebrated in my household. My mother…

spring day in the pace gallery

In early April, I visited the Bay Area’s latest trendy-place-the-yuppies-go, i.e. Pace Gallery in Palo Alto. My partner and I ventured into enemy territory (#gobears lol) to take a look at the gallery that all my hip friends were Instagramming. I had never heard of Pace prior to seeing my influencer friends’ Instagram feeds, but…

true to hype: glossier?

I am a huge sucker for aesthetics. Recently I purchased some milk from St. Benoit creamery, i.e. the most expensive milk I’ve had in my life because I liked the packaging of the bottle and had heard good things from other foodies. Thankfully, St. Benoit lived up to the hype. The milk, which is sold in reusable…

throwback: vegas ?

So last month I did something I never thought I would do: Vegas. Now, I’m not talking about the trip that most SoCal residents have taken with their parents when they were 5 years old or something. I’ve done that too— we also went with my father-side grandfather, and I have no recollection of this…

明けましておめでとうございます

Happy New Year! 2015 was a strangely neutral year for me, so I’m hoping that 2016 will be a little more exciting. (I mean, it probably will, since hopefully by the end of 2016 I will have graduated, have a job, and a new place to live !) I spent New Year’s Eve at a…

worst blogger ever

I’m not doing a really great job of maintaining this blog thing, but I shall persevere and keep trying. Currently, I am home in Los Angeles between semesters. I have one more semester left before I graduate! This is simultaneously scary and exciting. I am told that keeping a journal is a very healthful habit….

hating vegetables and drinking them

I really, really dislike vegetables. Specifically dark, leafy greens. From a young age, I absolutely loathed dark leafy greens to the the point where my mother would keep me at the dinner table for hours unless I finished eating them. What I would then do was a) pretend to eat them and instead store them…

back home with a new addition

I’ve moved back to Los Angeles for the summer, but before I moved back, I acquired the beautiful rabbit pictured above. We haven’t named him yet (we didn’t like the name he came with). You’re not supposed to have pets in the co-op, so I broke the rules for 2 days. During those 2 days,…

sweet endings

So today marks my last day as an intern at a startup in San Francisco. And I’m not talking about a company like Uber or something that was once a startup but now is a full-fledged behemoth. I’m talking about less than seven employees, 14 hour work days, free catered lunches, unlimited access to snacks,…

(my friends are) graduating

Tomorrow (Monday) UC Berkeley students begin finals week. Since I am not in school this semester, this just means for me I get to laugh and jeer at the suffering of my friends while I lead a stress-free life: occasionally doing work for the start-up I intern at and taking pretty instagram photos. But for…