July 14, 2019

Memories of the Heart (My Travel Journals)


I thought it had started when a family member gifted me a scrapbooking kit for my eighth birthday - you know, one of those from Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Little did I know, this meditative process of documenting travels and curating memorabilia was inherited from my mom.

July 7, 2019

Ancient Athens

I've been sharing about our trip to Greece - how we planned our itinerary to maximize our time while intentionally scheduling rest and exploration. If you're going to visit Athens, however, you don't need me to tell you to visit the Acropolis! 

P.S. Another reason to visit in the winter? Fewer crowds! Per videos, it looks like ants are swarming the Acropolis in the summer. 

July 1, 2019

The China Diaries (2009)


Sixth grade was hitting a lull with President’s Day weekend around the corner. I was in our library room helping my mom move some boxes, the perfect time to corner me into a conversation and drop an unexpected question. “What do you think about going to China for a summer camp in July?”

“No, period, and another period just to be sure,” was my reply, but four months later, I found myself packing a month’s worth of clothes, snacks, a cat’s cradle string, and a deck of cards.

Ten years ago today, my parents, brother, and I met up with my aunt, uncle, and cousins, Camillia and Julian (whom we affectionately call Cam/Cami/Camie and Jules) at Newark Liberty International Airport. The swine flu epidemic had reached peak publicity and bloody riots in Urumqi were erupting, but the camp directors (Pang Lao Shi, Tian Lao Shi, Ge Lao Shi, and Lai Lao Shi – whom I nicknamed “Mr. Lies-a-lot”) assured our parents that we’d be taken care of, regardless of the itinerary changes. We, on the other hand, had little to care about – with twelve hours of movies, games, and no parent supervision to look forward to, nothing could stir up anxiousness. Oh, did I mention we all got individual cartons of Hรคagen Dazs on the plane? Best flight I’d taken at eleven years old.

June 18, 2019

Golden Hour at Meteora

Right before parking at the outlook point, Kostas gently but firmly warned us to be careful on the ice. As he was saying this, he caught my eye in the rear view mirror and his eyes gave a knowing smile. I nodded sheepishly. Mom and Dad, neither of whom noticed the exchange, simultaneously asked, one in Cantonese and the other in English, “Did you hear that, Hannah?” 

June 14, 2019

College Time Capsule

4 years, living in 3 states, attending 2 schools for 1 degree (featuring 0 all-nighters and countless tear-soaked calls to my mom!). What a ride it's been.

June 2, 2019

The Oracle at Delphi


As I was preparing to leave Ithaca and thinking fondly of everything I love about it, the more I realized there were little bits of "Greek influences" throughout the city (aside from the name itself). 

May 24, 2019

161 Things I'll Miss About Cornell

1. All that's pretty and pink. (Note to self: visit during the last 2 weeks of April if you want to relive this wonderland)