Asia, Explore

Dragon Boat Festival Weekend

In Taiwan, we celebrate 端午節 Duanwu Festival (also known as Dragon Boat Festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year the public holiday fell on May 30th (Tuesday), so many people either had Monday off as well or took it off to give themselves a four day weekend. Every year my mom makes savory glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings called 粽子 zongzi. I ate too many to count because the ones my mom makes are so delicious! (I meant to take a photo of my zongzi but I kept forgetting to since I was so eager to eat them)

Along with eating a lot of yummy food, I spent the weekend adventuring out to new places. Check out what I did!

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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: 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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Day in the Life, Fitness

My Fitness Journey: Starting Fresh

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(The gym I work out at)


The Beginning
I have always been a physically active person. Ever since I could remember, I loved to play outside with my older brother (of course playing “house” indoors was also a favorite activity of mine). I joined the cross country team in eighth grade, and then soccer and touch rugby teams in high school. However, throughout high school, I never felt like physically, I looked in shape. I thought my lower body and arms were too big. It wasn’t always a big insecurity of mine until I had trouble finding clothes that fit me (usually pants). After high school, the only exercise I got was through playing intramural and pick up soccer once in a while. Fast forward to 2014 summer, after I drank and ate my way through my study abroad program in London, I decided it was time to get my butt back into shape.

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Monthly Appreciations: August 2013


  • Skype sesh with the best friend
  • Starting a blog with Juliet
  • No work on typhoon day
  • Relaxing at home on a rainy day, listening to chill music
  • Reading a book
  • Meeting coworkers that make work interesting
  • Having air conditioning (#appreciatingthelittlethings)
  • Teaching kids that are smart (class goes smoothly)
  • Friends taking me out to explore
  • Anticipation of going back home to Boston
  • Arriving back to Boston safely without too much struggle
  • Seeing and catching up with all my Boston friends

  • Meeting new people and hanging out with them outside of work
  • My sister visiting me