Anthony Bourdain and Banh Mi

banh mi lunch

Anthony Bourdain is dead, and I can’t handle it. While browsing Reddit on a fine Friday, waiting for my banh mi and Vietnamese coffee to be served, I found out Tony died at the age of 61 in France. It was hard to keep tears from spilling on the table cloth in the middle of the day, and yet I mustered enough control to avoid it. My nose was sniffing the entire time though. I am never a sentimental person to people I don’t personally know. I can be cold-hearted […]

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Life, Friends and Family at 30

5 months flew by just like that. In an instant, I have reached the last page of a chapter in a book called My Life. I flew to Manila earlier this year thinking I will spend a month and a half enjoying the beach; instead, I filled my days with exercise and dinners to keep my mind off the fact that I will be stuck in the country indefinitely. For a planner such as I, not having a schedule to stick to was insanely hard. I can’t plan a month […]

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Filipinos are inconsiderate: noise pollution

“Contestant number 1!!!!” *screaming people and loud obnoxious dance music in the background* The noise died down. Seconds later, a singing (screaming) child belted out a really bad rendition of some diva song. While hearing these sounds through my 33rd floor windows, I was stuffing my face full of McDonald’s to calm my angry heart. When in Manila, prepare for noise. It was stupid of me to think that I will be protected from noise at this towering height, but this is the Philippines, specifically, Manila. This is a city […]

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Korea still surprises me a year later.

It’s been a year and half since I moved to Korea, and the country still surprises me. Today I learned of the beauty of hand fans and parking ajummas, both of which I have taken for granted. Since last summer, I have been scoffing at women wearing long flowy skirts, toting tiny fans to keep their faces from melting under the hot summer sun. Brimming with curiosity, I finally caved and bought some mid-calf skirts from Forever 21 with slits all the way up to the thighs. I tested them […]

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Our special dog strikes again.

We got Porkchop May 31 last year; he has been a constant source of happiness since then. Our dog is clumsy, stubborn, but smart. This combination has led him to outwit the husband several times: climbing over the playpen wall and escaping, eating something he shouldn’t have eaten, relocating slippers on various occasions, etc. He (Porkchop, not the husband) enjoys doing naughty things, but is so very lovable that we can’t thoroughly punish him. I guess we are raising a special snowflake dog. Amongst all the funny things he has […]

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What is being healthy?

Sitting on my new kitchen island, eating creamed corn, I contemplate on how unfit I am. Let us go back the previous day when the husband and I decided to go on a bike ride by the river. Of course, we picked the windiest day of the week to do it, with wind speeds at 25kph and brutal gusts of 40kph. The fact that we haven’t ridden our bikes in half a year added to our suffering. It was worth it though. I feel my hamstrings tighten, sore, in dire […]

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Living with Mommy Thumb or De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

So what’s the worst thing with Mommy Thumb (De Quervain)? When you have had it for a year, and you are NOT even a mother. Sigh. All my life I had wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hand surgery. I even interned at Singapore General Hospital under the Hand Surgery department. As life would have it, I became the perfect orthopedic PATIENT instead. Not only do I suffer from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, I also have temporomandibular joint disorder, lordosis, and scoliosis. The pain is constant, and I just […]

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Battling depression and a career change at 30.

Young me and a water buffalo.

Let me start off by saying, I am a very lucky girl, and I am aware of this fact. A lot of factors in my life contributed to major self-growth in my 20s. However, it still took a lot of hurt and suffering to arrive to where I am today: a contented person. If I was given a time machine to travel back to my high school days, I would have told myself to continue what I was doing: being carefree, not giving a shit to tiny inconsequential things, pursue […]

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