Sunday, April 7, 2013

save me a seat

social norms are so hard to follow sometimes. as i grow older and more cognizant of my surroundings, i can't help but feel that it also comes with an awkward feeling that never quite goes away. perhaps that is what my thirties are for?

in the meantime... i'll try to avoid some of those awkward moments using below:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

mermaids in manhattan

I had the privilege of living with my dear high school friend Christina the first year I moved to New York. She followed her heart and recently moved to San Francisco and I must say, I miss her terribly! A few weeks before she moved, we went to The Mermaid Inn to chat over oysters and drinks.

One of the many lovely things about my friend Christina is that she always has interesting tidbits of information to share - like the fact that Louise Fili designed the restaurant's charming logo.

The opportunity to live with a close friend does not come very often and I'm thankful for our memorable year together.

here's christina browsing the menu

also had to test some art filters on my new olympus pen - loved the romantic effect...

Friday, August 17, 2012

travel: instant calm in cádiz

After 8 full days of walking, meeting new people and sightseeing across Spain, I arrived in Sevilla and  listened to what my body and mind were telling me and decided to take a day off from all the traveling. (Funny how I needed a break from my vacation... #firstworldproblems) I asked the concierge at my hostel for directions on how to get to Cádiz, a small port town in Andalucia about an hour away from Sevilla.

In Cádiz... After an indulgent meal of a dozen or so langostinos and a glass of wine, I bought a few sandwiches to go at Cervecería 100 Montaditos, a gigantic bottle of water, and walked to the beach. To my surprise, there were quite a few Spanish girls at the beach by themselves enjoying the sun, rinsing off in the Atlantic when it got hot, and never worrying about tan lines as they shoved their cumbersome bikini tops in their bags the second they found the perfect spot to lay their towels. I finally learned how to properly enjoy the beach that day. Exhilarating.

Cádiz was completely unplanned but absolutely necessary as it allowed for me to reflect on what I had accomplished and recharge for what was ahead. This day was unexpectedly one of the most memorable and special days in Spain.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

work life: paid time off

For two weeks in June, I took my first real paid vacation. I told my director I had to find a way to utilize my fluency in Spanish, and since my job wasn't necessarily giving me that outlet, I had to find it outside of work - through my vacation days. I was lucky enough to have a manager willing to give me two solid weeks off of work to go on holiday.

I started in Madrid to see some of my dear friends from college. What I loved most about travelling alone, and without a strict agenda, was that I was able to be spontaneous with my decisions and travel plans. In the two full weeks of vacation time, I was able to explore Madrid and stay with my friend June, also took a day trip with my friend Samantha to a city city 1.5 hours away called Segovia, 3 nights and 4 days in Barcelona, down to the south of Spain, Andalucia, to base myself in Sevilla, a day trip to Cádiz, a separate trip to Córdoba, and then back to Madrid.

As I planned my trip, I was unsure of all the "alone time" I would have but quickly realized the first few days in Spain that sometimes it's harder to be alone when you want to be - and that quite honestly as much as I initially thought I wanted to be alone... I actually really wanted to be around interesting people and hear their story.

Will be sharing more soon...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

try something new: infographic resume

Have you tried linking your LinkedIn profile with It turns your standard black and white resume into a noteworthy infographic highlighting your achievements! What I really love is the map highlighting all the countries I could potentially work in/with. Even if you don't plan to use this professionally, it's a great way to "vizualize" your achievements and work experience.