Safety net series: Should the US embrace paid parental leave?

US is the only developed nation in the world that does not offer a guaranteed paid parental leave on a national level. This has some serious implications in health and wellbeing. US has the highest infant mortality rate and percentage of children living in poverty in developed nations. Also overall, US’s educational, health and social…

Columbia Road Flower Market, East London

♥ Creative and vibrant. I’ll definitely come back to Columbia Road Flower Market and Shops earlier next time before the crowds. Now I am working in London, I finally have free time to write and travel to the flower market more often. This is one of the finer things in life I missed out on while I was previously working  two hours…

A bit of a hiatus to focus more on career and family

So I am back. I have been away from blogging on this site for two years and a half since moving to London. So what happened? Life got very busy during this period. I completed my Master’s, got married, started a new job, and traveled around the world mostly visiting families. I am getting over the…

Anniversary and 30th birthday

I met Tim during my travel in Spain. Today is our first year anniversary and my 30th birthday. I do not remember what I put down on my “30 things to do before turning 30” list. But so far, life is good. To celebrate, we have decided to go to a French restaurant. It is…

Moving to London

It’s been a year since I posted anything in this travelogue that I started soon after my first trip to Europe in 2009. A lot of things have happened since my last entry about my trip in Europe. My last trip there left me a bitter taste. I got injured and subsequently lost my job afterwards….

What have you learned from your travels?

I was asked this question in an interview for my current job. Honestly, if there was anything I learned from my travel it would be to end relationship with people who are not good for me, who aren’t true friends.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers….

30 things to do before turning 30

As the WordPress homepage uploaded, my eyes caught a blog post titled “That Special Book in My Life.” I immediately thought about The Spanish Apartment, a French movie I watched soon after my college graduation. Being 22 at the time, that movie made me decide to forego lucrative corporate jobs in order to pursue my…

Taking a break from traveling

I’m completely exhausted and I need to stop traveling temporarily. I got into another accident soon after I returned from Seattle. I always get into one soon after traveling.  I have been feeling like Jimmy Stewart in The Rear Window. Yes, that’s how bad my injuries are. I really want to return to Europe this summer to see my…

Favorite travel experience

My favorite travel experience took place in Montmartre, a neighborhood in Paris. It’s charming, village-like, sort of ghetto, and I loved it. It’s a place I’ve dreamed of living in as an artist. It’s also where my favorite movie, Amélie, was filmed. But what made the place special was a beagle. As I exited Sacré-Coeur Basilica,…

Post vacation blues

Oh yea. It’s that dreaded “Now what do I do with my life now” feeling that haunts me everytime I come back from a vacation. I’m still recovering from the last trip and I think I’ve got bronchitis from being in the cold weather and around smokers all the time. I’ve been ruminating about my…