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I admire those who are quietly assertive and wish to learn their Jedi mind tricks. Luckily I have the following quote from Madeleine Albright and all I have to do is to apply it. So I made up this term, active listening -- you listen differently if you think you're going to interrupt. The trouble is [...]

Happy New Year! We couldn't wait for 2016 to end even though 2017, let's be honest, is not going to fare better. To say that 2016 sucked is a gross understatement. My father passed away on April 10 while I was 7,447 miles away. I still haven't processed this. I am working up to it [...]

Finding a book on Kindle is like finding a guy on Tinder. You have to make quick, uninformed decisions based on woefully inadequate amount of information. To extend this bad analogy further: reading the book "reviews" on Amazon to determine whether a book is a good fit is akin to asking a guy's flock of [...]

If you, like me, are obsessed with documenting your otherwise mundane life with your phone+Instagram, secretly wishing the filters would make your life seem less ordinary, then you probably have also been looking for a way to share your Instagram feed on your blog. I discovered and installed Instagram Feed plug-in by smashballoon today and could not [...]

So were men consulted when mother's day was invented? Did they agree to the deal or was it simply a unilateral contract? Maybe it seems unfair to some that they have to be on their best behavior the whole day? What's up with "I" have to do everything around the house? The whole 24 hours? [...]

(Click on the flow map to see the larger version on Wikipedia) This flow map was recently touted by Dr. James Grime on Numberphile as "The Greatest Ever Infographic". It's created by Charles Minard, a French civil engineer and a pioneer for "information graphics". So, yes, Internet, I was just as startled as you're now to [...]

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My plan to eat nothing until I reach Taipei completely failed. Thanks to Asiana Airlines.  

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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