walking down the memory lane

Seeing how I have been on a midlife crisis overdrive... Yes, I think I may as well come out and admit it to myself. I have been going through some sort of personal crisis ever since I started this blog in 2008. Some sort of late-onset-puberty/rebellious stage sans hyper-libido. *sigh* For someone who's 120% sincere [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Old Soul

My 8 year old, Mr. Monk, is on a "Back to the Future" kind of mission lately. He's acquired two rotary phones earlier this year for a buck each at a garage sale. Probably my fault for I might have explained to him, with too much excitement, how we used to hate folks' phone numbers [...]

I’ve never been to me*

This post is inspired by The Bloggess' latest post I have no fucking idea what I am doing which has inspired 500 (and counting) comments so far, including the three comments I've left there... *cough cough* yes, I am a comment hog...  I have been grappling with this question: Who am I? since high school, and [...]

Where I’m From

I am from sunshine, sweat, and bricks of humid air. I am from have you eaten yet. I am from rice, salted fish, stir-fried greens, from soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, from ginger, star anise, and cayenne peppers. I am from concrete jungle, clothes lines stretched-across the rooftops, the smell of sun in the fabrics, [...]

A-Ha

As I was sitting in the cafeteria during lunch hour today, I noticed that the music selection has been veering towards the 80s this week. "Did you notice the music?" I asked my one co-worker who has transferred to the new office with me. (So yes I am now surrounded by actual people every day [...]

Running Away

Did you ever consider running away when you were a child? I thought I was the only one until I read this post by Matt Posky, talking about his failed attempts at running away (often thwarted by his mother's playing along). Running away. When I was in kindergarten, I often wished I were adopted. (Let's [...]

Leaving

    I started getting it, bit by bit, that the thing between parents and children, the thing that ties you together is that all your life, you are forever watching them walking away. [The inadequate, rough translation mine] I read this in a book by Lung Ying-tai, a renowned cultural critic in Taiwan, on [...]

Ants

I have been thinking about ants a lot lately. Or rather, the absence of ants. It probably has a lot to do with all the holiday-related activities happening in this house: cookie baking, frosting, sprinkling, gingerbread house decorating. Every time when I see Mr. Monk walking around with a sugar cookie that he has added [...]