Chicago Stole a Pizza My Heart



The Infamous Bean in Millenium Park

In July, I went to Chicago for my dear friend Rachel’s wedding (her wedding was actually in Beloit, WI) with my friend Cindy. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time to explore Beloit other than for the wedding and the brunch the next day. It was still lovely to catch up with one of my friend’s from our time teaching in South Korean.

Anyway, we had the chance to explore Chicago for a few days. Luckily, we had just missed their storms and enjoyed beautiful weather during our time there. We found the Chicago Explorer Pass on Groupon, which helped us save money on the things we wanted to do – highly recommended if the attractions you plan to visit are on the list of things included. Here are my recommendations about what to do and eat in Chicago.  Continue reading


Cali Lovin’: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

After leaving Pinnacles National Park, we headed towards Point Lobos.

Point Lobos (located in Monterey County) is an excellent place for nature lovers who want to relax with a nice stroll. The trails are mostly flat and easy to walk. They also have trails which are ADA accessible. As it is by the water, it was much cooler than Pinnacles, even a bit chilly at times.


A mini-beach to frolic in at the reserve.

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Cali Lovin’: Pinnacles National Park

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my friends and I explored some of the lovely nature that California had to offer.


Bear Gulch Reservoir

The first stop on our trip was to Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles National Park is one of the less well-known national parks located in Central California. It was established as a national monument by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1908 and signed into law as a national park by President Obama in 2013. It is also known for its efforts to protect and conserve the California condor population, although we sadly didn’t spot one.  Continue reading

5 Books that Shape My Life


Literacy for the win! Photo credit: Yvonne

When I was a kid, I always got in trouble…for reading books way past my bedtime. (Major nerd alert!) I would go the restroom, pretend I had a really bad stomachache, and then read on the toilet. The toilet tank would be my bookshelf, and the next morning, my mom would yell at me for leaving my novels all over the restroom. Continue reading

The Magic First Date Formula


Romantic date with one of my closest buddies! Photo courtesy of the other Cindy.

I have gone on more first dates than I would like to admit – too many to even remember the first names of everyone. This must be true based on the numbers of times I have unexpectedly bumped into a former date in the most random places. At a boba shop in Orange County. In Grand Central Market. At an Asian-American comedy show in Hollywood. At a film festival where I was volunteering. Continue reading