Don’t Rain On My Parade: Portland, Day 1

I’m one of those crazy people who absolutely adore the rain! The soft pitter patter of the rain is the most peaceful sound in the world. Watching each raindrop is genuinely one of my favorite entertainments. But when the rain stops, and the sun begins to show up, I always have this strange feeling of disorientated chaos, as if the sun had obliterated my zen. However, when you’re on vacation, it’s a totally different story. The rain becomes your nemesis, especially in a city where most of the activities are done outdoors

Upclose and Personal with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

I was that troubled water in the song, Bridge Over Troubled Water, but fortunately I’ve been provided with so many bridges in my life to help ease the heartbreak. Because bridges have that profound meaning in my life, I have added something in my bucket list—to cross (on foot) every bridge I come in contact with. You can guess that when I flew to San Francisco, I had one itinerary in mind.

Easter Sunrise

I feel more spiritual now than I have ever been but it has nothing to do with religion. My new found spirituality is centered on being more open and accepting of things I have not been accustomed to.

The Amazingly Weird Yet Too Cool Portland!

Another city with the “Keep It Weird” slogan: Portland, Oregon! After seeing a bearded man with a skirt, a beautiful homeless young lady with a cat, a midget hanging out by a voodoo doughnut shop asking for a spare change, and just about every person you meet has tattoos and pierced nose rings, this city is weird, but in a good, fun kind of weird. Of course there are more reasons to love Portland than just its crazy offbeat culture!

A Foodie Weekend in San Francisco 

Trying to narrow down the world’s best foodie destinations is no easy feat. I have my own list of favorites and San Francisco is definitely in the top of that list!

 Keep it weird, Austin! 

Austin may be the capital of Texas but if you are expecting Cowboys and steaks, you’d be surprised to find hipsters and vegans instead. It’s my most favorite city in Texas and if I live here, I can honestly say my life is going to be a lot more exciting.

A Day at the Mosque

When I found out people were gathering outside a mosque in a nearby city to rally in support of Muslims, I called my next door neighbor to ask if it was the same… Continue reading

Activism in the wake of a Trump Presidency

On my last post, I wrote about some of my goals for 2017 (reading more books, writing often, daily meditation, etc.) and also personal challenges that would hopefully  include 12 adventures—new places and/or… Continue reading

My goals and personal challenges for the year 2017

In December of 2015, I was so relieved the year was coming to an end and was waiting desperately for the new year. If you’re familiar with my life story, then you know… Continue reading

“Huh! You like modern art?” @SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

I’ve never been a modern art enthusiast. I never understood how a chair with a sculpted hand on top of it is called “art” (just like the photo below from the Rhode Island… Continue reading