through the looking glass

The Instagram Diary

There you go... Oversharing on the road. p.s. Will continue until I get home and start the long winding road of unpacking and adjusting to time zone and crying myself to sleep because I don't want to go back to work...   [instapress tag="oversharingontheroad" piccount="24" size="90" effect="fancybox" title="1" paging="1"]

I am not here

No, really. Perhaps I am having too much faith in the universality of Internet access, and also in the lasting prowess of my cellphone battery. I am hoping that I could continue to overshare while traveling to/in Asia. I said Asia because I am going to be in Shanghai and then Taipei, and you know, I cannot say China [...]

Pictures taken at Houhai Lake, Beijing. You can see the pictures I've been taking while in Beijing here on Instagram.

I feel so naked without a working cellphone with me when I am out and about. Vulnerable. I did not know how dependent I have become, at least psychologically, on having instant access to the world. They changed the configuration of the plane: I was able to get a window seat in the Economy Plus [...]

Surviving Spring Break

Last week I mused about driving by myself with the kids to Mount Rushmore over spring break. 950 glorious miles. I am sorry if I let some of your down. That was just crazy talk. I was under duress: Spring break week happened to be performance review week at work. The boys seemed to be [...]

By taking them to the exhibit dedicated to the 1980s at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, of course!   I am kidding on the square, seeing how this is a hard glance back at the 1980s with a critical eye: feminism, gender politics, race politics, AIDES, political upheavals in the Latin America, Disappeared, Reaganism, [...]

Splendid

Today is the Lantern Festival. I completely forgot about it. It was only when I noticed the headline on The Atlantic, "Chinese Lantern Festival 2012" that I remembered. Today marks the end of the Chinese New Year. Looking through the beautiful photos, I wish I could say, "Yup. These remind me of home."  Of my [...]

Going Home. Again.

Waiting to get on a plane that will take me to Tokyo Narita, and then onto Taipei. I am making my annual solo trip back home so I can pack 359 days of homesickness, guilt and filial piety into a 3-day visit. (I will spend 3 days traveling due to time zone change and the [...]

Thanks for the Memories

I saw Duran Duran's live concert on Friday. I have been excited and nervous about this for several months now. When I announced to my boss and my coworker that I was one of the lucky people with tickets to the sold out show, they said, "That's embarrassing." I LOL'ed. "No. We mean it. Don't [...]

Shoot

A couple of weeks ago, I was in downtown Chicago with my family. We do that from time to time: using the hotel points we racked up from business trips for a weekend in downtown Chicago. A Staycation. (Sorry for using the stupid buzz word) After a most satisfying lunch at Berghoff where I was [...]