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Global Eats: Hong Kong-Style Milk Tea

Global Eats: Hong Kong-Style Milk Tea

Hong Kong-style milk tea

If someone were to ask me what the taste of Hong Kong would be, I’d close my eyes and say with a smile, “Milk tea.”

Not just any ordinary milk tea, mind you. The only milk tea worth having in Hong Kong is Hong Kong-style milk tea, where evaporated or condensed milk is used. This style of tea is also referred to as “silk stocking” or “pantyhose” milk tea as traditionally, silk stockings were used…

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Link Love, Vol. 70

Link Love, Vol. 70

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A quick scroll through my Instagram and Facebook feed tells me that fall is here, if the copious amounts of pumpkin picking photos have anything to do with it. I’m no exception; I went to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard with a group of girlfriends and had a blast. Not only did I pick a pumpkin, but I also came home with copious amounts of preserves and fresh produce from the farm. I may be a…

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Electronics I Want


I am notorious for using my electronics to the point of where they start failing before I upgrade to a newer model. Case in point: my iPod Classic was seven years old before it finally bit the dust and it took me three years to upgrade my old smartphone despite it not being able to do much else besides make calls in its last few months of life.

There’s something about electronics that make me…

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How to Beat Jet Lag

How to Beat Jet Lag

How to beat jet lag

When I left for my trip to Hong Kong to see family, some friends expressed concern at whether or not I had built in enough time during my stay to beat jet lag.

“Is 10 days going to be enough to enjoy your time there while also adjusting to the time difference?” they’d ask.

To which my response would be a laugh and say, “Oh, please. I don’t suffer from jet lag when flying between Hong Kong and…

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My Favorite Non-English Songs

I might not as knowledgeable about music as most people considering I don’t have a Spotify account and never listen to the radio, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate some good tunes.

My MAC Lipstick Wishlist

My MAC Lipstick Wishlist

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Lately, I’ve been really getting into lipstick. Like, REALLY getting into it, which is alarming not only for my wallet but also because I don’t really know what I’m doing with lipstick half the time. I’ve been a gloss girl my entire life, but sometime in the last six months or so it’s like a switch flipped and I’ve suddenly become all about the lipsticks.

It started at first with the Revlon lip…

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Open Enrollment: Benefits Matter

Open Enrollment: Benefits Matter @aflac #benefitsmatter #ad

I’ve had financial planning on the brain lately, particularly in light of the fact that my impromptu trip to Hong Kong to see family was a mix of good fortune and the foresight to save for a rainy day. I’ve got some ideas in the works for how to strengthen my financial planning mindset with the baseline goal of increasing my savings account balance, but more about that in another post once I…

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Stowing Away in Macau

Stowing Away in Macau

The following is an excerpt from my book ONE WORD SAYS IT ALL, available on Amazon Kindle.



That one word evokes such glitz and glamour. It’s a high-rolling lifestyle in Macau, the only place in China where gambling is legal. It’s the Las Vegas of the East. And, for many years, it was Portugal’s outpost in the Orient.

During winter break, my friend and I went to Macau. Our list of desires…

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Favorite Books from My Childhood

Favorite Books from My Childhood


The Boxcar Children

The more I think about it, the odder this series seems to be. Four orphan children living in a boxcar that reunite with their wealthy grandfather and stumble upon mystery after mystery? Hmm… hmm. Oh well, I did love this series as a kid. It didn’t matter where the Alden children were, they were always stumbling into one mystery or another and I loved reading about the…

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How Do You Measure a Year in the Life?

How Do You Measure a Year in the Life?


A year ago, I wrote what I think is one of my favorite pieces of writing over at Hooray Collectivein the dark, lonely days where I was newly single. I’m sharing it below because when I think back to how things were a year ago and how sad/lonely/scared/miserable I was, I couldn’t be prouder of myself now, happier with the developments in the last year and more excited for the things I have in…

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