What Living in England Taught Me

“If you want to show your English friends that you’re trying to embrace the culture, here’s what you do…” The speaker at international students’ orientation pauses for dramatic effect. We lean forward and she says: “Have a drink in your hand.” When I moved to England, I wanted to acclimate to the culture. Looking back, I now know that a country’s culture is a moving … Continue reading What Living in England Taught Me

What To Do When You Are Unemployed

So what do you do when you’re unemployed? First of all, you cry about being a FAILURE. Okay, seriously, on a more optimistic note, it’s not fun being unemployed but that doesn’t mean that you have failed or that there is nothing that you can do. Just for context, I have job-searching for awhile now. Since then, I have learned few tips and tricks to keep myself … Continue reading What To Do When You Are Unemployed

Why Most of Your Growth is Not Visible

“I must tell you a great truth, Much-Afraid, which only a few understand. All of the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories, and its most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about, or can dimly guess at… Some of my servants have indeed won great visible victories and are rightly loved and reverenced by other men, but … Continue reading Why Most of Your Growth is Not Visible

Why I Used to Hate My Body

“Don’t worry. You’ll fill out.” I can’t remember who told me this, but I held onto it like a God-breathed promise. I wanted to feel full. Filled-out. Like a Build-a-Bear teddy. Freshly fluffed. I know this will make your eyes roll. But believe me when I say, in middle school, I felt—and was told—that I was too skinny. It didn’t matter that skinny girls thrived … Continue reading Why I Used to Hate My Body

Savvy & Rachel’s Top 10 Christmas Traditions

It’s the time of the year again when age-old family traditions come out and when innovative traditions are created. Our thoughts and beliefs are played out in action, with the embracing of rituals and symbolism. This is according to the Webster dictionary, where tradition is “the inherited, established, or customary pattern, thought, action, or behaviour”. These are the rituals that I followed religiously as a kid. However, … Continue reading Savvy & Rachel’s Top 10 Christmas Traditions

What I’ve Learned From My Friendship With Savvy

“Wait. WHAT?” I nearly spit out my coffee. Savvy’s pixelated face nods at me over Skype. “I blogged about it,” she says. “I DIDN’T KNOW THIS…which post?” I ask. “The one about #MeToo,” Savvy says. “It was called—” But my mind is already traveling back, way back, way before the #MeToo movement, like three years back… When I first met Savvy, I was like, oh, … Continue reading What I’ve Learned From My Friendship With Savvy

Why I Didn’t Want To Be Friends With Rachel

So funny story, but I never wanted to be friends with Rachel. (Yes, that’s right, blog-Rachel). (Actually, I don’t know if I told you this, Rachel. Please let me know if I can tell this story when reading this draft). I have a vivid image of seeing this tall girl with beautiful long hair who illuminated with chill and confident vibes in a crowd of … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Want To Be Friends With Rachel

Why God Lets Me Feel Lonely

If on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you happen to be at a wine cellar in suburban Florida, sharing a cheese platter with your friends on the open-air patio, you may see a twentysomething girl hunkered in the corner by herself, slurping on bottomless mimosas and scribbling things down in her OfficeMax notebook. Psst…that’s me. For your information, I have an abundance of friends and an … Continue reading Why God Lets Me Feel Lonely