• Life Quotes,  Living Out Loud,  Living Your Life

    Define Yourself

    Where can you go for a good taco these days? If I asked you to share with me your favorite taco joint, where would you send me? I hope you tell me about your favorites. But lately it seems that instead of sharing what we love and why we love it, we insist on telling people their experience is invalid. We tell them what they should like. We quickly put down other people’s preference and we shun those who don’t agree with us. I’m currently binging Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Season 9: Episode 1. In this episode Bourdain explores the Los Angeles area through the eyes of the Mexicans and…

  • Living Your Life,  Uncategorized

    Living In Between

    Wong Fu Productions has put out a couple of interesting videos. I came across ‘In Between’ and I did a full stop. Oh my gosh! I’m actually lucky that I didn’t have friends make jokes about Asians like this. My friends accepted me as Christi and I saw them for who they were as well. But I suddenly became aware that I was Asian when I asked a boy out. He said it was because I wasn’t his type. *Burn* I went through a similar identity crisis. Only then did I hear the “jokes” and understand the racist comments. I stopped participating in these kind of jokes. It wasn’t funny…

  • Living Out Loud,  Living Your Life,  Military Life,  Postcards from Life

    Baby You’re a Firework. Let’s Light it up.

    American holidays are becoming treacherous battlegrounds between the simple nostalgia of community and the political ignorance underlying the origins of each of them. The dilemma is simple: Pros: The community comes together and celebrates it’s oneness. Cons: The community is reminded we are an imperfect nation and we have done horrible things. When you are done sifting the pan most of it is sugar coated marketing. And like most Americans, I am addicted to sugar. Resisting the temptation is hard enough on my own without someone running up and smacking the sugary concoction out of my hand and shaming me for enjoying it. That’s not how you convince me that…

  • Postcards from Life,  Travel Tips

    Social Media Break in Gapyeong 가평군

    One of my new year resolutions for 2019 was to clean out my social media accounts. Things that no longer represent me or make me feel connected to the world? Unfollow. Delete. Remove self from group. No reason or need to be mean or crass about it. I’m simply choosing to respect myself and what occupies my time. Except it turned out to be more work than I anticipated. On top of that, April and May were emotionally intense for me both because I took the time to learn about the various memorials and mourn for the lives lost. My heart went out to these families. In our fast paced…

  • Postcards from Life

    Life as a Postcard

    I really dropped the ball on the 30 day postcard challenge.  Says me, three years later. What happened? Things needed to be taken care of at home. As the mother to four, I hope you can understand how busy our daily lives can be. However, I still want to make a deeper connection with each of you. In fact as we continue to travel I understand how much we need to stay connected! The goal of the original challenge was to write and send more postcards/greeting cards/ letters to friends and family. It turns out I really suck at that. I did buy a bunch of cards but they never made…

  • Dine & Shop Reviews,  Postcards from Life

    Let’s Eat! Andong: A Satisfying Food Tour

    When I learned about Andong’s dedication to carefully preserve Korea’s traditional way of life, I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to experience it with Gastro Seoul’s food tour! What makes this trip extra special is the chance to meet the families that have committed to Korea’s heritage and traditional way of life. Usually the noblemen and noblewomen in Andong lead private and secluded lives. Only in recent years have they begun to open their homes to the public and offer a unique look into Korean culture. Day One One of the things I learned was how much work goes into side dishes. When these yummy morsels appear at…

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