Losing my grandmother and then my dog during COVID-19

So my grandma from my mother’s side passed away in Taiwan in May from cancer. I promised her one thing when I last saw her in summer of 2019: I will visit her again. COVID-19 then happened and I promised to myself that when this was over, I’ll visit her. Unfortunately, Taiwan had a COVID…

6th month mark in the US

Since being fully vaccinated, I was finally able to hug my loved ones, walk outdoors without a mask on, and head to an office that isn’t 30 feet away from my bed. It felt nice and healing. I am glad I came back to the US from England during the pandemic.

Things I’m grateful for during the pandemic

Today marks my 5th month in the US, which is the longest I’ve been in the US since I moved abroad in 2010’s. Although things were not as rosy as I expected, I am grateful for: Receiving my 2nd COVID vaccination shot last weekend. Mustering the courage to move back to California from London during…

2020

Today I received a verbal job offer for an epidemiologist role from San Francisco to combat COVID-19 and HIV. It took me seven years to finally get that job offer since I earned my epidemiology degree in London. What a wonderful way to end the year with, despite the lockdown where I am. It’s been…

July 17

On this day 30 years ago, I moved to the US from Taiwan. I was hoping to move back to the US from the UK today, but coronavirus canceled my plan and destroyed any chances of getting a stable job in California. So I am stuck self-isolating in the UK in a prison-like basement while…

Expat woman in lockdown during COVID-19

This is my experience as a female Asian American epidemiologist based in London. My life as an expat and third-culture kid means I travel to several countries around the world annually. I first learned about COVID-19 right before my flight back to the San Francisco Bay Area in late January to celebrate Chinese New Year….

Losing Someone — Dealing with Grief as an Expat

The headline explains why I have been MIA. I attended three funerals within a year from 2018-2019 but the most recent one from home hurt the most. The longer I am away the more that sense of dread grows. We all feel it. I felt immense guilt of not saying goodbye and not being there…

2018

I’ve decided to visit Strasbourg the week Anthony Bourdain passed away on June 8, 2018. I have been traveling for food since 2009, and met lifelong friends and partner along the journey. I always had an interest in living overseas as a college student. I was planning to study marine biology in Australia for my…

Attending my first colleague’s funeral in London

The problem of being a frequent traveler is you do not have much time to write. Especially as you get older. Today I went to my colleague’s funeral. He was a few days shy of his 45th birthday. I feel lost without him, as he had been very supportive and understanding the last two weeks…

Caravelle in Barcelona

Great affordable food in a cozy cafe situated in an arty neighborhood of El Raval near MACBA. I had huevos rancheros and hot chocolate, both of which were very nice. Tim, who’s from England, had Spanglish breakfast, and he found the sausages and the whole dish amazing, better than the English breakfast in England. I…

El Quim de la Boqueria, Barcelona

I just came back from Barcelona and I had one of the best seafood I ever had at El Quim. I really enjoyed their fried eggs with baby squids, pictured (courtesy of El Quim). Even though the portion was not big, it was definitely worth the long wait and the price. The atmosphere and the…

Kampa Park, Prague

One word—ultra-delicious. Service from the manager wasn’t good and felt a bit pretentious–but our waiter was excellent. It is the number one restaurant in Prague on TripAdvisor. A-list celebrities dine here. So if you are bored of the Charles Bridge view from the restaurant, you still have a high chance of getting a celebrity view….