Where Are You From?

I get this question a lot. One, because when you live in a multi-cultural city like Chicago, no one actually is from Chicago. Two, when you’re a frequent traveler, it’s a natural ice breaker when meeting people. Three, when you look multi-cultural yourself and often gets mistaken as one nationality after another. But how can…

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Art on My Mind

My love for art has been especially reignited as I spent a lot of time going to museums these past few weeks. Partly because I was trying to catch all the extra free admission days Chicago museums offer its residents during winter. As I revisited each familiar art work and artist, I couldn’t help but…

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Just Like the Movies

I’ve been lucky enough  to have experienced numerous ‘movie moments’ in my life – mostly during my travels but nonetheless, I’ve had some pretty inexplicable moments that felt like they came out straight from a movie. But since I moved to Chicago, every single day I spent walking around downtown has been just like that….

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One Year Later

A year has passed since I moved to this shiny city called Chicago. Looking back, I finally managed to transition from being an outsider to being a local. The cosmopolitan life was welcoming. Although my international travels took a back seat last year, I was able to spend quality time getting to know my new…

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Confessions: The Siesta That Starved Me

In my post My Italian Fivesome: Cinque Terre, I mentioned my one big regret: NOT EATING A LOT. You will notice this frustration as a recurrence in my Italian posts. Why on earth would I go to Italy and not eat?! I mean I’ve seen Eat, Pray, Love. That was why I wanted to pig…

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Confessions: The Road Not Taken

I have come across many forks in the road and I think as I’ve matured, I’ve been rational and smart about making decisions in my life. Safe decisions usually. The “right” ones maybe or even the “standard”. BUT… yes there’s a but. But that gets boring. My personality refuses to be bottled in and playing…

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