• Beauty

    2021 Holiday Favorites

    It’s November, which means it’s shopping season for the best time of year…. HOLIDAY SEASON! I’m sure many of you are compiling your wish lists and figuring out what to buy for your loved ones- I’m doing the same! I’m someone who likes to gift thoughtful, useful and practical gifts. Here’s what I think when I’m gift shopping: Has this person expressed interest in this item? Will they actually use it? Is this something that fits their lifestyle? I thought I’d share some of my favorites that I hope will inspire and help you during this gift shopping season. With Black Friday coming up- hopefully you’ll get some great deals!…

  • Lifestyle

    BIG 2021 Life Updates!!!

    Disclaimer: This post discusses experiences crossing the border. This post is of my experiences only and does not reflect any overall processes that apply to everyone. Please do your research on crossing borders accordingly based on your current circumstances. Oops – has it really been 3 months since I last posted? This summer went by so fast – and lots of big changes happened! Just wanted to pop by here and give you all a life update, since I know I haven’t posted much here lately, and maybe it’ll make sense why. We all know that this past year hasn’t been easy. I particularly have been feeling drained in my…

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    A Week in The Bay

    Hello!! It’s been a while! I’ll be honest, this post has been long overdue. For the past 2 weeks I kept thinking about writing about my recent trip to California, but I am just NOW sitting down to write about it. I’ll be honest, I was nervous going on my trip. This was my first trip since COVID, and though I’m vaccinated, I felt anxious about being in a new environment away from my comfort zone and routine. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable being home all the time… maybe even a little *too* comfortable. But now, I’m already thinking about the next time I go on a trip – I forgot…

  • Lifestyle

    What I Do to Manage Anxiety

    Let’s be real – anxiety affects all of us and it sucks. Whether we openly talk about it, or (if you’re like me) internalize it, anxiety constantly hovers around us. I feel like I’ve constantly been on edge these days, and most of the time, I can’t really explain why or what exactly I’m feeling. Sometimes the feelings are so overwhelming I have to stop everything I’m doing just to deal. Can anyone relate? It’s not always a bad thing though – we all need some level of to motivate us. But anxiety is really good at overstaying its visit, constantly looming over us and getting into our heads. Mental…

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    Beauty,  Food

    Chocolate Chunk Espresso Cookies

    So these may be one of the best cookies I’ve made till date. Chocolate + coffee = happiness. And what better way to enjoy happiness than in cookie form? So here’s another cookie recipe for all you coffee lovers! I made some slight adjustments to my beloved Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tasty (which I use as the base of all my chocolate chip cookie recipes) and gave it a little kick of espresso. These cookies are seriously so good – and even better if you have a little patience. 😉 Yes, I let this dough sit overnight in the fridge — totally optional but SO worth it. I…

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    We Belong

    I’m carrying a weight for the past little while. I’ve been sad, angry, and confused by all of the senseless acts of violence towards AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. Every time I hear about another case of racially motivated violence, the weight gets heavier. I’m not even sure what to write, so I guess this is another brain dump of my thoughts/emotions, but I don’t want to be silent. I grew up in a predominantly Asian community and I learned a lot from the friends I grew up with- from culture, food, language (I can count to 10 in Cantonese, with…

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    Lifestyle,  Wellness

    Weekend Adventures, Delicious Eats & Busy Work Weeks

    These past few weeks have been LONG. At work, my team and I are wrapping up a project, so these final few weeks are crunch time. So if there’s any wonder why I haven’t posted a blog post in about a month, that’s probably why. But, I have definitely been trying to use my weekends as time for myself– catch up on errands/cleaning, and do something fun and relaxing. I’ve mentioned this in a recent Instagram post, but not every day is perfect — I have had days and nights where I’m exhausted, unable to relax, and stressed… and it’s not entirely work-related. I think it’s finally starting to catch…

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

    Been a while since I wrote a food blog post… and even longer since I posted a recipe! Last week, I wasn’t feeling 100%, and on those kind of days, baking always helps. For me, baking is therapeutic. Something about following a recipe and creating this beautifully delicious treat really clears my mind. Huge bonus point is that I get to eat afterwards. I figured some chocolate therapy would help me feel instantly better. I saw a box of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups sitting in my pantry calling my name and thought, why not make cookies out of them? Best. Decision. Ever I’m a peanut butter chocolate…

  • Career

    Career Q&A – Top 5 Questions

    Hey there! Quite honestly, not much is new in my life, other than the fact that it snowed this past weekend. I thought I’d write a career related blog post inspired by a few panels I participated in recently. I’ve been meaning to post this days ago, but I have just been so tied up this week! Last week, I participated in 2 panels — 1) one hosted by my firms for our new hires and 2) one hosted by a club at my alma mater. The first one was related to our firm and practice– we were there to ask them any questions and offer advice to the new…

  • Lifestyle

    January Recap | Vision Board, Cupcakes & Good Reads

    Happy weekend! Been a while since I have written a blog post. To be honest, I haven’t done much to warrant a blog post — I’ve been really trying to take it easy this month– but I thought I’d give a mini life update. Can you believe that this month has already passed? This year is going to fly by. Vision Board I mentioned this before: I’m not a fan of new year’s resolutions. I don’t like the idea of “new year, new me” because I believe changes can happen at any time, not every January. But, I’ve been lacking motivation lately, and I saw making a vision board a…