Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mum's the Word

Wow, have been very delinquent about updating my blog! I guess that's what happens when a new baby is on the way. Sorry folks, had to focus on wrapping up mostly corporate contracts to make sure we had a bit of a nest egg saved up before baby arrived. Don't have the luxury of EI for this mat leave, what with the whole freelancing life!

I did make time to write my first cover feature story for Swerve. It's about my search for answers into my family history, a story I've wanted to write for a long time. In this piece, I focus on my mom and her journey across continents, uncovering family details I never knew before. It was a learning process for all of us; difficult to research and write as is the case for most really personal narratives, but rewarding in the end.

I'm glad I got to write it, and even happier that Swerve gave me a forum to showcase the work. The feedback I've received has been overwhelming; strangers have messaged me to say that they wish they had probed deeper to find out more family history before their parents passed away while longtime friends have revealed things like they were shocked when they discovered I was first-generation Canadian. One friend's wife who is also Chinese wrote me a page-long message telling me how similar her family story is, and how it was so amazing for her to see it mirrored in my story. She says it's rare for her to find stories that really resonate with her.

Plus, my parents were quite proud, which was really important to me, of course.

It's so gratifying to know when your stuff is not only being read, but touching people in some way.

Hope you enjoy the read.

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Orleans on My Mind

With the weather starting to turn cooler...who am I kidding? It's nicer out right now in the Calgary area than it has been for most of the summer! Anyways, with the leaves starting to change colour, I can't help but reminisce about my visit to scorching hot New Orleans.

Reminisce with me, or if you have yet to go, plan your visit with my "First-Timer's Guide to New Orleans" on From gators to beignets to jazz to Mardi Gras and more, I've got you covered.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Richmond Bedtime Snacks

Photo courtesy of Tourism Richmond

As I prepare to head to Richmond next week to revisit the night markets there, my story in up! magazine about the markets from my visit last summer is actually in this month's edition.

I'm excited to check out what's new and different, and also to enjoy some of my old favourites. Fried squid anyone?!

Honestly, Richmond is one of the most delicious destinations I have experienced in my travels, especially when it comes to Asian food. I cannot wait to go back and eat my face off! I encourage you to go do the same.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Orleans...Hot Fun in the Summertime

I recently went to New Orleans sans kid. I whipped down for a quick getaway with a girlfriend and man, was it ever awesome.

Some said I was crazy to go in summer when NOLA is sweltering and humid. But frankly, I found it completely manageable. And it was a great time to go: fewer crowds, good deals, tons to do.

See why you should make NOLA  your next summer destination in my Calgary Herald article.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Keiki-Friendly Maui

Okay, I admit it. Initially, I wasn't entirely thrilled about the idea of bringing Annabel to Maui. My husband and I loved the island so much as a couple; would bringing a toddler along ruin the mystique? Would our tropical paradise turn into a screaming nightmare?

Thankfully, my worries were unfounded. Sure, Maui is a romantic haven, but it's also incredibly family-friendly. Our little keiki had an incredible time as did we, showing her so many of the things we love about Maui. And she opened our eyes to a few new things we probably wouldn't have explored otherwise.

Check out my story in this month's up! magazine.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Race to Save the Economy?

Garmin-Sharp, the team of Canadian superstar cyclist and winner of the 2012 Giro D’Italia, Ryder Hesjedal, is the first professional team confirmed to participate in Canada’s first international professional cycling stage race, the Tour of Alberta. Photo from Tour of Alberta

Sometimes I get asked to write about things I really know nothing about. Such was the case for my latest Canadian Business article about a six-stage pro cycling race and economic diversification. Sometimes it can be helpful not to know a lot; then you can ask all the "dumb" questions plus you bring no bias to the story. Other times, it just means putting your nose to the grindstone, researching, interviewing, and just getting the job done.

At the end of it all, I learned something, plus I'm actually keen to check out this Tour of Alberta race happening this September. I hope my story does the same for you.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Baby on a Schedule, Yay or Nay?

Are you a scheduler or a wing-it-er?

I used to be a wing-it-er. And I loved it. Even when my daughter was born, I continued to live a life of spontaneity--flying by the seat of my pants.

And then the utterly painful sleep deprivation set in. And routine won out against wingin' it. The only way I could guarantee myself at least a few hours of continuous sleep each night was if I made sure Annabel got her naps in during the day.

Schedules don't work for every kid, parent or even family, but for us, it does. We've loosened the reins as she's gotten a bit older, but I still try to schedule things so that we are home for her to nap if she wants to (she's starting to rock that boat now; please, universe, let her nap for a good while longer!), and in bed by 7:30/8pm every night.

I explore the issue for Today's Parent magazine.

And while I do follow a schedule of sorts, I still do not consider myself a slave to the clock. Heck, I don't even wear a watch! That's right. I'm bad, I know it. I'm bad, I show it.