October 2011

Finding inspiration in other’s stories: Swept and Travels with Myself and Another

“Solitude is all right with books, awful without,” writes Martha Gellhorn, my latest literary/travel/life inspiration. The last two books I’ve read have featured ordinary women who have taken extraordinary journeys, women who inspire me to push beyond my comfort zone.

October 31, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the walls of Hobart

The details of a place have always interested me more than a sweeping panorama: those are the rewards for paying attention, for actively searching your surroundings instead of complacently heading toward the next scenic vista. Hobart was full of the sort of details I love: a shock of green valiantly pushing through a crack in the […]

October 27, 2011 Continue reading…

The ups and downs of a six-month attention span

One of the most defining characteristics of Gen Y is its short attention span. We’re a generation that’s been raised with instant gratification, ever-faster and ever-better technology and an obsession with multi-tasking. I’m certainly no exception. I have an infamously short attention span and inability to focus on any one thing for too long. I […]

October 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Making friends: finding people just like me

It’s funny how we gravitate to people just like us. It’s a fact that I learned in social psychology–people are attracted to people like them, whether in friendship, work or relationships–but it’s still shocking to think about its application in real life. My friends at home are all remarkably similar to me: while there might […]

October 24, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of Wellington

Wellington is a crisp, clean city: laid-back, orderly, vibrant. It’s easy to list the adjectives, but harder to capture the feeling: Wellington seems authentic, happy, sure of itself. The anti-authority graffiti that runs rampant in Paris, where the city is crowded and full of tension, wouldn’t make sense in Wellington. The city-sanctioned graffiti lanes hidden around […]

October 20, 2011 Continue reading…

What to do in Wellington

I wasn’t sure what to expect heading to Wellington. I booked the trip on a whim: a sorority friend was living there, the USA was playing Australia in the Rugby World Cup on a Friday night, and the plane ticket was cheaper than going to the other side of Australia. The main reason for my […]

October 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Five things I learned about Malaysian food

A few months ago, I could barely place Malaysia on a map, much less define its cuisine. I had never step foot in a Malaysian restaurant or dared to try the Malaysian drinks that Asian students in Melbourne seemed to love. The Malaysia Kitchen blogger ambassador program was an awesome experience, simply because it forced […]

October 13, 2011 Continue reading…