Meet Me In Switzerland

Switzerland has never been on my list of countries to visit, since I don’t enjoy the cold. I prefer warm weather, old buildings, history and romance, or blazing sun on white sand beach with warm teal water. And since the country is in fact surrounded by the Alps, it didn’t seem like the most seasonable…

LIC Flea Market Opening Weekend 2014

Sure, flea market is not the correct term used for events like this. But calling it LIC Open Market for Expensive Food and Tinkeries doesn’t ring the same bell. It’s quite long and cumbersome to roll off the tongue. From stall to stall, I enjoyed viewing different food, reading ingredients, looking at the colors, the…

“Ring”-ing the New Year

I had never doubted my feelings for him nor his towards me. But I would not go so far as to say our relationship is a dream with roses and happiness all the time. After all, a relationship is about growing and changing with someone and like many changes, it’s hard and often scary. But…

9 Places I Tried in 2013

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 13 restaurants I needed to try this year. I find making these lists really help me to explore different areas of New York. Unfortunately, I only made it through 9 places but they were all very good places, worth checking out.

Extended My Last Two Vacation Days in Nice

5 January 2014 I have worked with a lot of foreign companies and have many foreign friends. They are quick to agree that the US have the worst vacation and sick day policies in the world. This concept of working harder and longer hours, which is exacerbated by the rise of start-ups, where one is…

Rainy Ride to Nice

4 January 2013 Cloud and rain clung tightly to Liguria, unloading more rain, as if the Northern Apennines have caught some lifeless prisoners and kept them swirling around the foot of its range like lost souls moaning for a way home but have lost their directions. We took a cab ride from Genoa mid-morning and…

Tanti Auguri with Family Friends

3 January 2014 Another rainy and cloudy day hung over us like a sore thumb. I woke up late and quite miserable, wishing I were home. I hadn’t done any art work as I had wanted, my writing was stale, and my photographing halted by obligations. My vacation became less of a vacation. I try…

Cloudy and Rainy visit to the Cemetery

2 January 2014 If one pays attention, one will find Liguria is a region bustling with elderly. I had thought maybe all the young kids ran off for more successful career but instead, I found out that like Florida is the haven for elderly in the States, Liguria is the Florida of Italy. Its warm…

Morning Seaside Walk in Nervi

1 January 2014 In Italy, it is tradition to wear something red for New Years and of course, in the old days, you would toss something old out the window. Apparently, people started to throw out tv or VCR, causing many deaths outside so there is no more throwing out of the window. I didn’t…

Quiet Capodanno and Buon Anno

31 December 2013 Capodanno, which is New Years Eve in Italy, was relative quiet. However, I woke up starving. For an Asian girl like me, I’m never fully satisfied after a meal that isn’t rice. I was getting slightly homesick for congee and dried beef, papaya salad and fried chicken. Instead, lunch had been a…

Visiting Nonna (and Nonno’s) Courtship

29 December 2013 After a dream filled sleep, I woke up with a bucketful of writing inspiration. The rain clouds were rolling out and the sun was finally casting a spotlight over Bogliasco, its beauty vast and splendid. I have always found northern Italy to be one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.

Business Class into the Côte d’Azur

Drinking champagne on business class 28 December 2013 End of the year comes with a lot of reflections. Fortunately, I was doing all my reflection in Liguria where the reflection is that of the Mediterranean Sea crashing against the black shores of the Italian Riviera.

Corning’s Wineglass Marathon

The day of the race was dark and damp. Dawn barely cracked open her eyes as we mustered our way toward the village of Bath. Dense fog from the mountains rolled onto the highway, only 100 feet or so in front of us was visible in pitch black dawn. Onwards to Geneva Street, we found…

Traveling to Corning, NY

September is like the worst month of the year. It’s the final quarter of work, the weather fluctuates between cold and hot, and the sun grows less by the day. I have always found September to be a miserable month of returning to the drudgery of habitual life. Maybe we have been trained that it’s…

DragonCon Day 3

Technically, Sunday is our last day at DragonCon as flying back to NYC on Monday can be hellish if you need to return to work the next day as I’ve learnt the year before. So to finish the last day, I woke up early to a quiet morning as most of the attendees are still…

DragonCon Day 2

Day 2, the Saturday before Labor Day is the annual Dragoncon parade! The locals, children, and freaks and geeks come out to masquerade on the street and bask in the glory of costumes and nerdy celebrities! This is definitely a big thing that Atlantians love and loathe but mostly love. Locals are excited to serve…

DragonCon Day 1

DragonCon officially starts on Friday. I thought would be a good idea to arrive a day early so that I could take a drive through Atlanta. But alas, this year, everyone arrived Thursday, which made for bad travels and movements throughout Atlanta. Last year, even when I woke up to go to the gym, nary…

DragonCon Day 0 – Pre-Registration

This is my second year attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta, the biggest sci-fi fantasy convention on the east coast. It is also my last for several years to come as I need to divide my summer for my family. I had been hoping to spend time to make my costume but time was limited so instead…

Summer Vacation: Day 2 Shelburne, Vermont

Ever since I moved out of my family home, I’ve never been able to sleep past 8AM. No matter what time I fall asleep, I automatically wake up. A part of me still thinks my mom is in the kitchen cooking breakfast still.

Summer Vacation: Day 1 Burlington, Vermont

First vacation of the summer! Last year, my friend who I was a bridesmaid 2 summers ago gave birth to a beautiful baby. I finally made plans to see this little munchkin. Last I saw my friend was when she was at the early stage of pregnancy still at a condo. This time, she is…