Category archives: personal

  • Recharging our solar panels

  • Let's sit in the sun. Karthik leads the way and picks out a good spot. We had grabbed a couple dogs from Top Dog and headed to the well-manicured lawn on the edge of Berkeley's campus. We eat and chat, catching up on each other's lives-- my after-school program and my photography; his long chain of [...]
  • Ernie Ng | San Francisco Lifestyle Photographer

  • It was during onboarding, the second day of training, that I first noticed you. Stylin in your dark green cardigan & coordinated tie, wearing the orange backpack I'd eventually steal from you, talking it up and already making a name for yourself. We were strangers then, all possibilities still o[...]
  • Breathe deeper, slower

  • Even before you can spot the water or hear the waves crashing, there is a distinct scent that floats in the air. It's the ocean smell that welcomes you back every time. Add a setting sun, and it's a sensory haven. The kind of scene that makes you breathe deeper, slower.As we continued down the 4[...]
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

  • Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Laura, Phil, and Tommy welcomed us into their home today for these tasty mooncakes and some delicious homemade dumplings. Check outside to glimpse the full moon tonight!
  • Lake Tahoe

  • Back on Labor Day weekend, we took a day trip to Lake Tahoe. Tahoe is that great big lake on the California-Nevada border, synonymous with amazing ski slopes three quarters of the year. But we checked out the summer version: empty ski villages and a day of beach hopping all around the top of the lak[...]
  • Behind the Scenes: TAF 2009

  • Welcome to Taiwanese American Foundation 2009: Sprout! After a two-year absence on my part, I am very happy to return for my 13th year at TAF, this time as a member of the TAFMedia crew.Our first project of the week: given 24 hours, produce a video to be used as the Intro/Theme skit for the orie[...]
  • BAYAC/OASES AmeriCorps

  • A brief life update from me: I just accepted a position in Oakland Chinatown as a BAYAC AmeriCorps member with OASES, and I'll be working with the QUEST After School Program. Not enough acronyms? The short story is that I will be working at the Oakland Asian Students Educational Services helping to[...]
  • And then there was one

  • Ok. This is admittedly a very silly thing, but I'm ok with that.I monitor my website using Google Analytics, and every so often, I go in to take a peek at the data--all sorts of nifty graphs and charts. Today, I looked at the lifetime map and noticed this one last bastion of uncharted territ[...]
  • 8th Grade

  • it's the end of the semester, and for me, the end of my 8th grade math class! from here on out, i will be pulling kids out of 7th grade math instead of having my own class. for an overwhelmed first-year teacher, this is an extremely rare gift. don't get me wrong-- i love these kids, but i certainly [...]
  • Recycled Air

  • i moved to california and disappeared off the map.i'm blipping back this weekend-- a long weekend in ohio. labor day weekend, shooting a wedding. i figured i'd write a bit of a blurb.-----i've long loved traveling, not only for the opportunity to experience different places, but for that[...]
  • It's Official: California!

  • ever since i spent that summer in berkeley doing my senior thesis, i have wanted to move out to the bay area.well, two years later, here it is: Dear Ms. Wu,Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that based on the qualifications demonstrated in your application and interview, you have[...]