New York, New York

New York, New York

I took a short excursion to New York during Kristen's spring break with our dad. It was a mixture of family and fun, a return to winter, fancy pastries, lots of Chinese food and some weird Chinese television shows. But, it was good to go back to see my dad's family and spend time with my other grandma despite the language barrier. If anything, it again shows that food is a source of communication, too.

Read More

Colorado, here we go

Colorado, here we go

It was hard to grasp my head around the idea of Colorado being at high-altitude.

It didn't really feel any different. One morning I decided to make pancakes because Qiao (my little sister) wanted them. So we went about making pancakes (recipe coming soon). I usually sour the milk with extra vinegar because I think it makes them more fluffy. Note: this is only something I've noticed, I've yet to actually experiment with it. When the batter came together, I noticed small bubbles were coming to the surface in more abundance than usual. Naturally, I thought that would mean the pancakes would be fluffier than usual. They were delicious mind you, but I was slightly disappointed that they turned out more dense than I thought they would. It wasn't until I was stumbled upon this series from Hummingbird High did I remembered that high-altitude really does affect baking. Then I felt grateful to live in places at sea level where this invisible force doesn't exist.

Read More

PortSeaVic: Victoria & The way back

PortSeaVic: Victoria & The way back

As Marrisa kept singing, "Canada, oh Canada!"

We took the Victoria Clipper ferry from Seattle to Victoria which was about a 2 hour and 45 minute journey. I easily get seasick so I used my mom's method to battle seasickness and it worked well! I was completely fine and was even able to read on the way back. In case you were wondering the method is: a Dramamine the night before, a Dramamine an hour before getting on the ferry and being a dork and wearing sea balance bands. 

In Victoria they cater a lot to American tourists so there's really no need to exchange money as you can charge everything to your card. This also means there is a plethora of souvenir shops if you are into that sort of thing. We happened to be there the day after summer solstice and with Victoria being farther up North, it stayed light out until about 10pm where the sky turned a deep royal blue before fading to black.

Read More

PortSeaVic: Seattle

PortSeaVic: Seattle

I was majorly excited to go to Seattle and it was the main reason why we went on this road trip in the first place.

I was most surprised by how many hills Seattle had. I guess in my mind, I thought it was a flat city. So we had a lot of fun with parking on hills and walking up and down them. Luckily Lisa is from SF and a pro at parking on hills. It was nice that our Airbnb was only a 20 minute walk from the Space Needle. 

Read More

PortSeaVic: The way up & Portland

PortSeaVic: The way up & Portland

I've been meaning to share photos from my post graduation road trip for a while now.

But between returning from the trip, recovering from a post travel bug, starting a new full time graphic design internship, setting up my new computer, catching up with friends, and working on other future blog posts, here we are now almost a month later. That's how life is, right?

Read More