Explore, North America

Camping at Joshua Tree National Park

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I went camping for the first time at the end of 2018 with my best friends from middle school. It was my first time camping without my parents, and this was during the federal government shutdown, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Day in the Life, Finance

Money on My Mind: Back to Budgeting | Annie

I haven’t written down my expenses in a long time so I thought it was time I started it up again. It helps me figure out where my money is going and what I can do to improve my spending. I go through phases where I’ll be really frugal and only spend on the necessities to spending more on things I want without too much thought.

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Musings

On the Road: General FAQs | Part 1

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Time to tackle some frequently asked questions by my friends, colleagues, and strangers! I will be breaking down some larger topics in separate blog posts, like budgeting and balancing life. Stay tuned for those, but in the meantime, keep the questions coming!

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Musings

2018 in Review | Annie

I can’t believe the year is almost over in TWO DAYS. 2018 was definitely better than 2017. I spent a lot of time in 2017 doubting myself, caring too much about what others thought of me, and not enough time taking care of myself. In 2018 I put myself out there and I am slowly starting to find myself again.

With the year ending, a time of reflection is necessary to see how I’ve changed because we all deserve to look back at all our accomplishments, be proud, and plan for what we want to achieve for 2019.

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Musings

2018 in Review | Juliet

Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee in October 2018

2018 was so much better than 2017. A lot of changes has happened with the blog and in my personal life that deserves some reflection and recognition. Time for a proper goodbye to 2018.

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Asia, Explore

Restless in Taichung

In this series called “Restless In”, Annie and I will list out several things we did in a particular city. This includes places we visited, restaurants we tried, and activities we did, as well as what we thought of it.

I’m not the type of person to plan anything for my birthday but this year my friend and I went on an overnight trip to Taichung and Miaoli to celebrate my birthday. It went from “let’s drive to the beach and sleep overnight in the car” to a full-blown trip.

Here are the few places we visited:

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Musings

Chubby Fish in Charleston

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Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a cute Southern city with lots of delicious food and seafood. Chubby Fish was one of my favorite meals in Charleston and definitely one I would recommend to anyone visiting!

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Career, Day in the Life

Massachusetts Conference for Women 2018

I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few conferences in the past 3 years, and *whew* it takes a lot of energy and stamina. I just attended the Massachusetts Conference for Women 2018, and I wanted to share what went on there and take some time to reflect on my past experiences.

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Explore, North America

Restless in Saint Louis

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In this series called “Restless In”, Annie and I will list out several things we enjoyed in a particular city. This includes places to visit, restaurants to try, and activities to do. Let us know what things you enjoyed in the city! Let’s go to my favorite city so far: SAINT LOUIS.

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Diaries, Musings

My Reconstructive Ear Surgery + Life After | Part 2

This is a continuation of a mini-series I started about my journey with microtia. If you don’t know what microtia is or haven’t read the first post yet, click here.

I had two reconstructive ear surgeries when I was 11 and 12 years old in Taiwan. There are three primary options for ear reconstruction: rib cartilage, MEDPOR (synthetic material used as framework covered by body’s own tissue), or silicone prosthetic ear. Back in 2003, the technology wasn’t as advanced as it is now so my only option was to do the rib cartilage ear reconstruction. This surgery is a two part process. Sometimes it can consist of two to five surgeries including minor adjustments but the basic surgery is two.

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