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November 2013

What makes a city liveable?

I’ve often heard people say that as much as they love visiting New York City, they’d never want to live there. And whenever people mention visiting Sacramento, I always say it’s not a great place for a vacation, but it’s a fantastic place to...
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That time I was a New York City street style model

Sometimes living in New York City means you get to do really cool things, just by virtue of living amongst the most famous skyline in the world. Recently, after an Australian friend noticed that I attended New York Fashion Week, she reached out about...
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Postcard from the Marina

Whenever I visit San Francisco, I usually stay in the Marina. One of my close friends from college has lived in a gorgeous place on Lombard and Divisadero, and I've been crashing there since I worked in high-tech PR in Silicon Valley. For the longest...
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My parents come to NYC!

Last weekend, my parents flew in from California to visit me in New York City! It was a big deal because it was the first time my parents have seen where I lived (or traveled) since I quit my job and moved out of my studio apartment in Silicon Valley...
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The best coffee in Brooklyn

It’s no secret that my time in Melbourne turned me into a coffee snob. It's made me unable to enjoy a Starbuck's latte (there's so much milk! And no beautiful design on top!) and completely distrusting of the standard drip coffee. While I still drink...
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Postcard from the San Francisco Bay at sunrise

I spent a few days last week in San Francisco for a work event, and I never quite managed to get on West Coast time. To be honest, it didn't bother me that much: I much prefer early mornings and early nights to sleeping in and staying out late. Even...
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Finding an apartment in New York City

There’s no doubt that apartment hunting in New York City is one of the most stressful, frustrating and expensive parts of moving to the city. My rental history in New York has been incredibly stressful and frustrating: five living situations...
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East Coast, West Coast rivalry

My journey to San Francisco was a whirlwind of emotions. As I sat in the backseat of an airport-bound cab and watched the New York skyline fade in the swirl of blue skies and wispy clouds, I felt incredibly lucky. Technically, this was a business...
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Postcard from fall in Prospect Park

When people started expressing their delight that fall was upon us, I was cynical: to me, the start of fall only signifies the end of summer. However, I quickly realized that the concept of fall is something that is completely lost on someone who...
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Artifact Uprising: making travel memories tangible

Right after I graduated from college, I flew to Europe for a five-week solo backpacking trip: affectionately, the trip that started it all. When I came home, I organized all of my photos and created a book, complete with little stories about what I'd...
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