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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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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Just Like the Movies

I’ve been lucky enough  to have experienced numerous ‘movie moments’ in my life – mostly during my travels but nonetheless, I’ve had some pretty inexplicable moments that felt like they came out straight from a movie. But since I moved to Chicago, every single day I spent walking around downtown has been just like that….

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Confessions: The Road Not Taken

I have come across many forks in the road and I think as I’ve matured, I’ve been rational and smart about making decisions in my life. Safe decisions usually. The “right” ones maybe or even the “standard”. BUT… yes there’s a but. But that gets boring. My personality refuses to be bottled in and playing…

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