Selina Siak Chin Yoke: Food as a Novel Character

Thank you to Selina Siak Chin Yoke, author and food lover, for sharing how food impacts her memories and became a central character in her writing. It even includes a recipe for Mee Siam, a spicy Siamese noodle dish! Do you eat to live, or live to eat? Being of Malaysian-Chinese origin, I definitely veer toward the latter. My earliest memories are of family and food: eating under a … [Read more...]

J’adore #70 – Summertime Reading

Summertime reading is right around the corner! I grew up in a family of bookworms, you can still find my parents with their noses in their books and even though I don't read as much as I'd like, I read a ton of books while on sabbatical last year and I finished 4 books in 7 days on our recent vacation. Reading is in the blood. As a child, summertime reading was the best, three months of … [Read more...]

7 things Scarlett O’Hara taught me about life

On the anniversary of Gone With The Wind, I thought I'd share an updated version of this post. I am a huge fan of the book and the movie, particularly Scarlett O’Hara. So much so that I used to read essays and college thesis papers that deconstructed the novel and detailed character analyses of Scarlett! Many women, particularly feminist, would question my admiration for Scarlett O'Hara. … [Read more...]

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Super Duper 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Catchy  name, right?! My plan was to do individual post for bloggers, for travelers, for foodies, but then I thought, "hey, I'm all those things" and I believe it's likely that you are too, or that you know people who are, so I decided to combine all my gift guides into one super duper guide with everything. You're welcome! I know, I know...who writes a 2700+ word gift guide? You're … [Read more...]

5 Things Star Trek Taught Me About Life

The third installment of JJ Abrams' Star Trek series lands in theaters this week and as a big fan, I am super excited. I think they have done a great job staying true to the original series, enough to satisfy most Star Trek fans, while also being creative. I think the cast was well chosen (so sad about the loss of Anton Yelchin who played Chekov), and despite some weaknesses in the stories, … [Read more...]

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Traveler Tuesday – Nick of Travel Echo

I met Nick virtually when he reached out for support on the launch of his new e-book, "[email protected] Pasta and Ketchup." When I took a look at the book and checked out some of Nick's adventures on his blog Travel Echo, I knew that I wanted to interview him here for Traveler Tuesday. Let’s meet travel blogger Nick! When and how did you become a traveler? I used to be an IT businessman before my days … [Read more...]

Currently January 2015

Currently | 1.11.15 Watching | The West Wing. With my recent flights I got caught up on The Originals and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Reading | Honolulu by Alan Brennert. Just finished Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. (Thanks Katie!) on Friday. Working On | Blog updates and refreshing old posts. Also finishing my blog posts from my trip to Tuscany and Paris in May! Feeling | … [Read more...]

Currently December 2014

Currently | 12.14.14 Watching | Sons of Anarchy finale, Scandal and The West Wing. Recording The Originals, Vampire Diaries, The Taste and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Reading | Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. (Thanks Katie!) Finished Edge of Eternity Deluxe by Ken Follett last week, it was a great trilogy. Read The Art of Social Media this week, great resource. My recommendation, buy the … [Read more...]

J’adore #58 – Book Edition

The fall is an amazing time of year for books, it is high season for releases and it is perfect timing for the holidays.  Everyone has a bookworm in their family.  In my case, my entire family is nuts for books! These days we are shifting more to digital, it is just more convenient when it comes to traveling, but I still love certain books - cookbooks, history books - in my hand.  The tactile … [Read more...]

J’adore #57

It's been awhile since I have done a straight-up old school style J'adore (you have to go back to Dec 2013 for #56!) and in the spirit of the recently resurrected Saturday Six, I am returning to some classic Misadventures with Andi series posts! Also since all my series badges have my old look and feel I will have to make due with playing around with Canva (I am totally addicted) until I have new … [Read more...]