My heart is broken in a million pieces today and the tears keep coming. I’m grateful to you, my friends, who will and have empathized with me. Since my heart’s already broken…   a piece for my LGBTQ friends, for their rights to openly love each other;   a piece for my immigrant friends and … Continue reading

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

A friend of mine recently called my attention to the Nora Sagal version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” featured in the movie Monument Men. It’s a beautiful version, and her husky voice suits the slow acapella arrangement. However, the definitive for me will always be Judy Garland’s original from Meet Me in St. … Continue reading

How I study Food

Originally written January 8, 2013.  In the last few months, I’ve decided to start taking the study and practice of food, cooking, and culture more seriously, creating for myself a study plan in the manner of self-directed Goddard studies. As I decided to embark on a serious, directed study on food, I wondered where I … Continue reading

Women in the Kitchen: A Reflection

This is a freewrite I wrote on January 26, 2013, with the intention of posting it on this blog; and then archived it because I thought it needed more research and work. But in the spirit of writing with fewer hangups, I’ll be posting more pieces that I intended to make into longer essays (and … Continue reading

Just published: The Traveling Adobo

My essay, “The Traveling Adobo,” has been published by Cha, an Asian literary journal based in Hong Kong. Please follow the hyperlinked titles to access my essay and the magazine, which hosts some wonderful, vivid writing. I couldn’t have written this essay without my mom’s stories on how she learned to cook, and in turn … Continue reading