Absence Alternatives

Flying home. Musing.

On ASIANA plane less than 5 minutes I've Already noticed vast differences. First of all: Flight attendants' smiles & willingness to help. 3 flight attendants offered to help me with lifting my carry-on to the overhead bin despite the fact that I'm bigger than all 3 of them combined! They're also all very young, thin [...]

The Ducks

According to my computer it is December 26 already and therefore I guess it is safe to talk about why I STILL insist on not wishing strangers Marry Christmas in the U.S. unless I am absolutely certain that they celebrate Christmas: Because Christmas in the U.S. remains a religious holiday. One'd thought that Christians in [...]

Dear America… Never mind.

    As a mom to a teenage boy, I've yet to step inside any Abercrombie & Fitch. (Let's leave aside whether I meet the standards for the type of customers the jackassy CEO envisioned wearing his company's clothes) I find the idea disconcerting to shop at a store that showcases relentlessly half-nekkid virile young men. "Hey, [...]

Only in my dream. This post could also have been titled, "Why women of Asian descent, especially those with the 'privilege' of living in the West, are fucking tired of seeing images of Geisha representing US when so few of people that look like ME (if I were younger and needed a role model in pop [...]

This is why

Yesterday I stepped on the soapbox and pontificated on why we need more feminism, now, even while some famous and influential female celebrities refuse to be identified as a feminist when asked point blank "Are you a feminist?" My cerebral writer and thinker friend Christine left a much more eloquent comment highlighting the significance of the [...]

Jezebel collected statements from several famous (and influential and therefore powerful, and yes, many are influential simply because they're famous. We could sit down and ponder on the curious progression from fame -> influence -> power in this Social Media age. Think Kim Whatshername. The fact you know who I am referring to without her [...]

Et tu, Brute?

I am in mourning. Yes, once again I am taking things that have absolutely nothing to do with me personally. Very personally. I was being naive. I just thought that geeks would be different. Brains over beauty, right? It is not even beauty per se. It's youth that we are competing against. In the end, [...]

Whoosh!

Quick recap because I know the Internet is dying to know what's happening in my neck of the woods. Ok. Fine. Quick recap because I am sitting at the airport lounge waiting for my delayed flight to SFO, and I can't think straight on less than 3-hour sleep. 1. I went to BlogHer. I went. [...]

Welcome to Chicago!

My previous post was a fine example for #FirstWorldProblem. The kids and I survived. Of course. More than survived, we had a grand old time taking it easy playing really layback tourists in Chicago. The kids apparently inherited my love for hotels: we spent one morning inside the hotel watching the History Channel. http://instagram.com/p/b9zjkBn01m/ http://instagram.com/p/b91H1ZH04X/ http://instagram.com/p/b-MVUpH0_r/ [...]

Hotels

My co-worker once told me that my family should have a reality TV show because ridiculous things happen to us all the time. Actually, I admit: what he really meant was that we are a family of ridiculous inclination and we make ridiculous decisions and do ridiculous things. "Hilarity ensued." I should have a plaque [...]