If you’re reading this through a feed reader or Bloglovin, click this link to see the new layout that I have up! Something classic and simple this time, with a touch of personalization. (The red Chinese characters in the header are a stylized version of my Chinese name, using old Chinese script. I’m in love with how it turned out.) Here’s hoping this is the layout that will stick and that I’ll never have to edit CSS ever again.
Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything just seemed to… suck? And for no discernible reason? It was so bad on Wednesday that all I wanted to do at the end of the day was crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head and sleep for a million years. I think the post-vacation comedown has finally caught up with me and I’m missing my family and Hong Kong more than I’m willing to admit. (That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t blogged about my time in Hong Kong yet, nor the Hong Kong protests. I’m still trying to be a little stronger emotionally about the former, and my thoughts about the latter seem to perpetually be in “still processing” mode.) But I also think the fact that it’s SO dark when I wake up is affecting me, too. I am in no way mentally prepared for winter, especially since they say that there’s going to be a resurgence of the polar vortex. GAH.
Anyway. By Friday I seemed to mostly have snapped out of this funk. Which is a good thing, since this weekend was infinitely more enjoyable than it would have been had I still been cranky. I caught up with old friends over delicious German food, including a plate of Currywurst Mit Pommes:
But let’s be real. As delicious as the Currywurst Mit Pommes was, and as much as I’m looking forward to the chicken noodle soup I will make today, the highlight of my weekend was carving my very own pumpkin for the first time. Just look at this masterpiece!
Today, I plan on making chicken noodle soup and making headway with deep cleaning my apartment. Here’s hoping that this coming week won’t be as mentally straining as last week!
This creamy butternut, bacon and leek pappardelle sounds divine.
My mouth is watering in recollection of my childhood food memories that revolve around super soft Asian milk bread. Mmmmmmm. So good.
Mark Zuckerberg recently did a Q&A event at Tsinghua University in China speaking entirely in Mandarin. While that’s to be commended, why are we all so impressed by Zuckerberg speaking Mandarin?
This tone of amazement would seem hugely patronising if it were the other way round, no headlines congratulate Alibaba founder Jack Ma on his (fluent) English, despite that language being as alien to him as Mandarin is to Zuckerberg.
This might be my political wonkiness showing (oh God, I’ve just used a variation of That Word) but I particularly loved this Esquire longread “Help, We’re in a Living Hell and Don’t Know How to Get Out.” Journalist Mark Warren spoke to 90 members of the House and Senate to get their take on what’s gone so wrong in Congress.
Loved this email conversation in The Toast about Asian Americans in the media.
NZ Muse wants to talk about failure.
Sarah asks, could you go a year without new clothes?
I’m pretty sure Anna and I are blogging soul sisters since she captures SO MUCH of my feelings towards the blogosphere in her one year blogging anniversary reflection.
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I recapped an episode of The OC over at Snark Squad! “The OC S02 E06 – Snow Elitism“