Hiking in Beitou with the family!


Last Sunday, I went hiking with my dad, brother, and his girlfriend. My dad flew back to Taiwan for a couple of days for vacation, so I figured why not go hiking together? That would be a fun activity to do as family.

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A Not-My-Birthday Cake for Me


If I had to live in one pair of shoes for the rest of my life, I would choose either Rainbows (flip-flops) or Birkenstocks (sandals). That should tell you what kind of gal I am.

Me and flats? We don’t get along. I only bought this pair of flats to wear to work when I didn’t feel like wearing heels. I only wore them out this past weekend because it was Easter Sunday, my friend Marina requested us to dress nice for Easter brunch, and I didn’t want to wear heels. When I got home, I immediately put these flats in the donation pile because they ripped the skin around the ankles even though I’ve worn them multiple times before. I hate flats so much.

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Let’s Explore: Zhongli (Part 1)

Zhongli is a small district within Taoyuan City. For someone like me who has lived here for a few months and visited every year since I was little, I find Zhongli to be a bit boring. There isn’t much to do around here because it’s such a small town, but I did my best to look at things from the perspective of a person visiting Zhongli for the first time.

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Let’s Explore: Boston (Part 1)


Modes of Transportation

  • Uber or Lyft
  • T (public transportation) – $2.25 with CharlieCard (pick up from most subway stations), $2.75 without CharlieCard
  • Walk – not a bad idea when it’s a nice day outside

Sites to Check Out for Upcoming Events


It was quite rainy and windy over the last few weekends, so I had to just suck it up and go out in the bad weather. My friend Becca told me about a Gilt sample sale event, so we headed over to South Boston to check it out.


Then we headed to Somerville to try out a Peruvian restaurant – it was decent. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back there and try other foods. Peruvians seem to really enjoy their salt, otherwise the flavor was quite mild. Check out the video below to see what we ate!
Machu Picchu
307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA



Let’s Explore: Taipei Museums

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Today I ventured out to check out the Fine Arts Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Taipei. This day trip had been postponed a few times due to poor weather (aka rain) but finally decent weather came around.

The trip:

Taipei is about an hour train ride from Zhongli. After getting off the train, I take the subway (called MRT here) a few stops on the red line to Yuanshan station. From there it’s a short walk to the Fine Arts Museum. Because it was a weekday, there weren’t many people so I was able to take good photos.

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The Most Alive I’ve Ever Felt

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged, but now we’re back and have lots of new things in store! (:

August 3, 2014

As much as I enjoy the outdoors, you will most likely never see me willingly spend more than a week in nature. But I did, with my family at several national parks, including Yosemite. Why? To scale up the Half Dome. I was doubting myself on whether I could even make it to the halfway point. I tried two years ago with my dad, but couldn’t do it for several reasons. Continue reading “The Most Alive I’ve Ever Felt”


One with Nature… Kind Of: New Zealand (Part 1)


Kia ora! (Hello)

I learned that I cannot be away from my nail clippers for more than five days at a time because my nails will grow longer than 0.25 cm and that’s just not okay.

Do I sound crazy yet?

I went with my roommate Janus to New Zealand South Island. It was the first time I went on a long vacation without my family. My mother usually does the planning with my sister’s input, and my dad and I just tag along. I didn’t realize how much effort planning a vacation took. Thank you, Mommy Dearest, for all the energy you put into our family vacations.

We booked a hop-on/hop-off tour with Stray. Hop-on/hop-off means that you can stay longer at any destination and just catch the next available tour bus whenever you want to leave. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use that function because we had only one week before we were needed back in real life.

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Mis Axilas Duele (My Armpits Hurt)

Subtitle: Adventures of the Crippled One

During Surf Camp about three weeks ago, I rolled over my toes into the ocean when I tried standing up on the board. I didn’t think it would matter very much, so I continued to walk on it for two weeks. Finally went to the doctor’s last Friday, and the prognosis was that I had overstretched tendons and should keep off my foot for a while. What do I do right after the doctor says that? GO ON ADVENTURES.

Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day at Luna Park

I emailed my mom about my injury and how I needed to use crutches, she sent me this email:


Ma, do you have to make fun of me at my moment of pain? Oy. It’s difficult talking to my mom via email because she speaks Chinese-English and I speak English. Sometimes I have to guess what she means because she’s missing nouns or verbs. Same thing interning at The Iconic. Since it’s so diverse from China to Indonesia to France to Portugal, I get lost in people’s emails because they’re speaking their version of English. At first I was like “You said what now?” but I’m picking it up quickly. Continue reading “Mis Axilas Duele (My Armpits Hurt)”


If I Stopped Karate Kicking in My Sleep…


from left to right: Juliet’s feet & Janus’ feet

Hello amigos y amigas,

Remember that Galaxy Bruise from my last post? The one I got as a gift from Surf Camp? It’s gone now, mainly because Janus kept telling me to massage it. I don’t think I mentioned that I also hurt my right foot trying to stand up on the surfboard. Apparently I mistook my toes as the bottom of my foot and either strained or sprained them… I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. All I know is that it hurts.

Instead of taking life slow and letting my toes heal, what do I do? Keep on walking, running, crashing into things, and falling off other things. I really don’t think my foot will heal anytime soon. On Monday, I went into work with a bandage on my foot and relaxed a lot; at night, I walked into a man and fell off a chair. Also, I karate kick the wall when I turn in my sleep, and it just so happens that I kick with my right foot. On Tuesday, a smaller limp; I changed my sleeping position so I kick the wall with my left foot, but I wasn’t used to rolling off the bed with my left foot first, so I fell on top my right foot. Oy. Continue reading “If I Stopped Karate Kicking in My Sleep…”


Danger: Surfing Causes Galaxy Bruise


I’ve been in Sydney for about a month now, and am thoroughly enjoying myself here. From Mondays to Fridays when I walk through the Central Station tunnel to work, I can always expect to hear this one old Asian man playing the er hu, which is a traditional Asian cello with two strings. I just can’t help but smile when I see and hear him play.

Surf Camp – Friday, January 31st to Sunday, February 2nd

First of all, I’m not a water person. That’s my sister. She can swim like a fish and enjoys the feeling of water. I know how to swim, but not the person to say yes to being dropped in the middle of the ocean. So it makes sense that a few days leading up to surf camp, I was excited and nervous at the same time. Turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I imagined.


Camp was located at Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park in Gerroa, which is about a two-hour drive south of Sydney. The beach is actually nine miles, and nobody seems to be able to tell me why it’s called seven mile beach. We lived next to a trailer park, and it was my first time seeing one. For the most part, the living situation was exactly what I thought it was going to be: bunk beds, communal bathrooms, outdoor hangout space, and hammocks. It was exactly what high school music camp was like, and I wasn’t a fan of music camp. Living in the mountains with no Internet, kitchen, or a comfortable bed is just not the way to go for me. For a weekend? I could bare with it. Continue reading “Danger: Surfing Causes Galaxy Bruise”