Category Archives: Thoughts

For Alexandra

My one and only daughter turns one year old today. I haven’t considered buying her a material gift, first off because she’s too young to appreciate anything that isn’t edible—and second, because she’ll be getting a whole lot of presents … Continue reading

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Sketchbook Assignment #1: Same Picture/ Different Views

I recently signed up for the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) by CalArts, entitled Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers with Jeannene Przyblyski, Ph.D. I’m so excited to learn about so much that I don’t know … Continue reading

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Wide Awake in Winter

Do you know how snow-dust sparkles? I never knew—until yesterday. If it is a sunny day, like the ones we’ve been having lately, then winter dances and pierces and sweeps through the senses. Those snowflakes didn’t just flutter down. They … Continue reading

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Notes After Haiyan

Stepping off the plane and onto a slippery tarmac the morning of November 8, no one could have foreseen the repercussions the day’s events would bring. We were flying back in from a week’s vacation in Hong Kong, already delayed … Continue reading

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More Love

I never cry when watching movies; I never cry when reading books; I never cry over silly, sentimental words or pictures. I cry when I am frustrated, stressed, or in the horrible-mood moment. Yet this morning, the tears blurred my … Continue reading

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Two Week Wonder

Life has been on pause for the last two weeks, as I’ve slowly recovered from the surgery. I’ve had to depend on others to do things for me, accept that time must move slowly these days, and stay awake at … Continue reading

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My Girl

Scanning blank pages on this new morning. White space to fill—not mine, but my daughter’s. This new life which has yet to be lived; days and milestones yet to be celebrated. Moments yet to be realized and treasured. A brand … Continue reading

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Midnight in a Mother’s Thoughts

My eyes linger over stunning photographs of blue and emerald water, reaching out from banks of white. In a couple of the frames, a man stands just at the shore, his back to the camera’s lens. He’s looking out onto … Continue reading

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Do You Ever Miss that Sound?

After living on Lake Como for five months, I realize how truly blessed I am to be in one of the most amazing, beautiful places on earth. I also realize I miss chaos. Growing up in chaotic Asian cities like … Continue reading

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More on Life in Lake Como

It’s siesta time and I contemplate… Continue reading

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