February 18, 2018

The Sourdough Chronicles I

When they commuted to New York City everyday for work, my parents would always come home with treats - chicken and rice from The Halal Guys, cheese danishes and apple turnovers from Zaro's Bakery, Irish soda bread on St. Patrick's Day, cookies from office meetings (aren't my parents the coolest!?). It was no surprise when Dad brought back a plethora of food and souvenirs from a trip to San Francisco, but we didn't expect a giant sourdough turtle from Boudin.

February 14, 2018


A bouquet of roses, a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a sincere card. They remind us that we're loved, but how do we show ourselves that same love?

You knew what you were getting into, piling on more than you could handle. Naturally, life piles more onto your stack. It grows and grows, to the point where you can't see past what you're carrying in your arms (your arms, not your hands, because extra strength is needed to manage it all). The legs that used to carry you waver, and you stumble from side to side, imbalanced.

When you're surrounded by a campus, a district, a city, a culture that prides itself with busy-ness, there's no question that you'll learn to idolize work, too. It makes you feel so good, so accomplished, so important. It's addicting. It's natural... But no, it's really not.

February 11, 2018

New Year's Things

In January, during my second trip to Boston, I learned some very important things about travel:

1. Travel with people who have similar interests - an adventurer and a stay-by-the-pool-all-day kind of person won't get along very well.
2. If you can't do #1, designate time for space. A good one or two hours apart daily to do whatever each pleases should do the trick.

I think I had to learn these lessons the hard way (love you, Dad).

February 4, 2018

Pineapple Coconut Curry

Truth be told, a bowl of curry is not particularly pretty. But what curry lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in flavor, and I have David Leibowitz to thank for this recipe.

January 28, 2018


We were incredibly fortunate to visit so many places over the summer. After each port, one question we continued to ask each other was, "Which country has been your favorite so far?". Given our short stops, we could never make a fair assessment. How do you choose between Stockholm and Helsinki when you only spent 5 hours in Helsinki? If given the opportunity once again, there's no doubt I'd choose to visit both in a heartbeat.

January 24, 2018

Summer 2017 in New York City || VLOGs

To celebrate the first day of spring semester (and, let's face it, to reduce the stockpile of blogpost photos/videos that continue to accumulate!), I'm coming at you with an atypical Wednesday blogpost, sharing my New York City videos from the summer. 

January 21, 2018

From Russia With Love (Pt III)

Alexander Palace
Wet as a dog, happy as a clam is the motto for our third and last day in Saint Petersburg. 

As I mentioned in a previous blogpost, Russia's weather is rainy and cold for about 362 days of the year. The weather couldn't dampen our mood though, because our last day was packed with the most incredible sights. The palace and cathedrals we visited this day were my favorite out of the several we visited - SPB is home to more museums, palaces, and cathedrals one can visit in a lifetime, and I still can't believe we didn't even make a dent in their impressive list.