Category archives: places

  • Seattle Sneak Peek

  • It's a struggle every day as the sun battles the clouds. Seattle's gray, dreary reputation is redeemed each day around 2pm when finally, blue peeks through, the sun trumphantly takes over, and the city transforms. Sunny, mid-70s-- beautiful. I leave you with a sneak peek from the Bite of Seattle two[...]
  • San Francisco Detour

  • Driving back from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco last night, I missed a turn, and Nora (my GPS) decided to take me on a scenic route around the city. As I drove along The Embarcardero, the Ferry Building came into view, perfectly lit against the sparkling lights of the Bay Bridge. All of t[...]
  • Mount Tamalpais

  • I am not exactly an outdoorsy person. I am quite the opposite of the athletic, adventure-sports type, and I prefer to have internet and running water around as much as possible. But somehow, I rather like the idea of camping. It speaks to the quiet explorer side of me-- being able to break routine, [...]
  • A Softer New York

  • My first impressions of New York are always of the grimy streets and subways and the overwhelming number of people everywhere. The hustle and bustle has a commanding presence and an allure-- that concrete jungle where dreams are made of. But first impressions aren't always everything.My boyfrien[...]
  • Austin to Boston

  • It's been an amazing two weeks filled with travels, from last week in Austin, Texas to this week in New York and currently, Boston. I've spent almost no time in front of the computer, which is both great and terrifying (not checking email for two whole days!?), but at the moment, I've got my setup a[...]
  • Austin, Texas

  • I'm here in Austin, Texas, with other staff and board members of TaiwaneseAmerican.org as we hold our parallel conference with ITASA Midwest. Wide open spaces, lots of pretty buildings, beautiful blue skies. I'll be online less this weekend, but I leave you with these images for now.
  • Moving Freely through Spaces

  • I love the feeling of moving freely through spaces, walking through cities, and exploring and traveling across imagined boundaries. I can feel my sense of place and belonging expand as I move. I think this sensation is partly why I've always loved traveling.This past week has been incredible. Sp[...]
  • After the Rain

  • It was mid-morning. I sat at my desk typing away at my emails, attempting to appease the multicolored starred and flagged messages crowding my inbox. Taking a break from the work, I glanced outside, and I spared not a moment before grabbing my camera and walking straight to the window.Stretched [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]