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Hooray Collective: My Heart Belongs Everywhere and Nowhere

Hooray Collective: My Heart Belongs Everywhere and Nowhere

On the 30th of every month, I post on the awesome collaborative blog Hooray Collective. Here’s what I wrote for this month.

Origami boats and globe.

I’m preparing to go on vacation and see my extended family for 10 days, no small feat considering the flight costs four figures and it takes ~20 hours for me to fly there. I can’t put into words how much I look forward to seeing all of my relatives and to soak in all of the…

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Protests, Tear Gas and Uncertainty about Hong Kong’s Democratic Future

hong kong flag

“Are you going to go to Occupy Central?” a friend asked me over dinner a month ago when I told him I was going to Hong Kong to visit family.

“Like Occupy Wall Street?” I asked.

“No, Occupy Central,” he said. “There’s a lot of political turmoil going on in Hong Kong right now. China’s cracking down and Hong Kong isn’t having it. Haven’t you been keeping up with it?”

I shifted uncomfortably in my…

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Link Love, Vol. 69

Link Love, Vol. 69

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Last week I got a letter in the mail from my old workplace about my 401(k). I changed jobs in January but kind of just… left? my 401(k) with my old job as it was, while opening a new one with my current job. Does anyone know what one is supposed to do with retirement savings accounts when one changes jobs? No one has ever really told me what to do about it all and Google searches prove to be…

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My Favorite Things: The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

My Favorite Things: The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil


In my post about double cleansing, I mentioned that The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is my cleansing oil of choice. There are several reasons for this, which can be summed up as follows:

  • It’s affordable, both for the quality of the cleansing oil as well as the amount that you get. The Body Shop also has a ton of promos so I’ve never had to buy a bottle of this stuff at full price!
  • It…

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A Day in the Life: September 2014

On a designated day each month, I post a linkup where bloggers can showcase what “a day in the life” that month is like with photos, text or a combination of the two. For more information about this project, click here.

a day in the life

In the nine months that I’ve been hosting the A Day in the Life linkup, several participants have showcased a “travel day” in which, well, lots of travel took place. (The Asian…

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Why Yoga Matters to Me

Why Yoga Matters to Me #YogaMatters #NYAMBC

This post was written as part of the MPH@GW #YogaMatters blogging contest.


I originally turned to yoga as my gateway exercise of choice. I thought that it was an activity that would get me up and off the couch, a practice that would help me learn to love my body and treat it with the care it deserved. Despite a rigorous schedule of ballet and other forms of dancing as a child and teen, my…

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Link Love, Vol. 68

Link Love, Vol. 68

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I am absolutely blown away by all of the support I’ve gotten on my post about what it’s like being biracial. I’ve gotten so many comments, emails, messages, etc from people I know both online and off that I’m reminded of just how great people can be. THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out after reading that post. It means more than you will ever know <3

Other things I’ve been grateful for…

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What It’s Like Being Biracial

What It’s Like Being #Biracial

dancing kites

Delaware, 1996

I accompanied my mother to pick up my little brother at a kindergarten classmate’s birthday party. When the birthday boy saw my mom, his eyes widen. With a gasp, he cried to my brother, “I didn’t know you were ADOPTED!”

I was bewildered. Why would he say my brother was adopted when he wasn’t? Why could’t he see that she was our mom?

Disney World, 1998

It was summer and my extended…

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DC’s Best Ramen

DC’s Best Ramen


Many months ago, one of my friends and I decided to eat at DC’s best ramen. (Sadly, the last one I had on a draft of this list has closed, leaving only three. RIP Taan Noodles in Adams Morgan.) We only went to locations that serve primarily ramen noodles. I know there are a few spots in DC that have a wide range of menu offerings and offer a ramen option. However, I didn’t count those on this…

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Link Love, Vol. 67

Link Love, Vol. 67

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If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been slowly making some aesthetic changes around here. I now have my categories listed on the sidebar, a rewritten About page (with lots of pictures!) and a brand new Best Posts page. I’m super happy with how this gradual blog makeover is working out. I have a few more things I’d like to spruce up, but all in due time :)

This weekend I’m a…

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