Angel No More

As the end of the year signifies another beginning, the timing of creating a new chapter could not be more perfect. About eight years ago,  somewhere in between traveling and working, someone has joked about me sending out email updates to friends and family so they can keep up with my photos, travel stories and…

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What’s your favorite country?

This is my most frequently asked question. Even at this moment, I still have a hard time answering it. To be fair to myself and to the questioner, I would default to a top five answer. And to be quite honest, I give different answers every time depending on my mood. It’s a tricky question,…

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Homecoming Queen

Just last month, I found myself on an impromptu trip to the Motherland. It wasn’t for a grand vacation since I haven’t been back for over fifteen years. However, it was for a far more important reason. Family. My grandfather, the patriarch of my mother’s side of the family, was critically ill when my Mom…

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Where Are You From?

I get this question a lot. One, because when you live in a multi-cultural city like Chicago, no one actually is from Chicago. Two, when you’re a frequent traveler, it’s a natural ice breaker when meeting people. Three, when you look multi-cultural yourself and often gets mistaken as one nationality after another. But how can…

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Spring Awakening

As my better-late-than-never ‘gap year’ comes to an end this week, I couldn’t help but be sincerely excited about going back to the fundraising workforce. Only this time, I will actually be doing it for something I am passionate about. Everything really does happen at the right time. I’ve been letting fate take the reins for…

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Confessions: The Siesta That Starved Me

In my post My Italian Fivesome: Cinque Terre, I mentioned my one big regret: NOT EATING A LOT. You will notice this frustration as a recurrence in my Italian posts. Why on earth would I go to Italy and not eat?! I mean I’ve seen Eat, Pray, Love. That was why I wanted to pig…

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