Wednesday, July 31, 2013

And just for a moment, I was able to get lost in it...
"We venture through the streets
in search of funky beats."

From the Pacifics by Digable Planets. 
Please don't bullshit me.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Dream on,
Dream on."

From the song Dream On by Depeche Mode.
This is Juby, my sister and brother-in-law's dog.

They're currently in China for a business trip for a few weeks, so I'm watching their office and also house/dog-sitting for them here in New Jersey. It's been nice because my sister got Juby while I was living in Thailand, so this is the first time I've been alone with her for a large chunk of time. 

As a professional couch surfer, it's been nice to hang out with so many dogs along the way.

"Thank goodness I found the good in goodbye."

From the song Best Thing I Never Had by Beyonce.
"Rose: You know what's also a shame?
Dorothy: What?
Rose: When you sit down and your thighs squish out to twice their size---that's a shame!"

From the sitcom The Golden Girls. Episode "End of the Curse."
Whatever, man.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Just a few more weeks until magazine heaven.

Ah September issues, I'm ready for you!
"It was metal on mental,
It was somethin' in my heart."

From the song Subway by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Happy, happy.
Dearest Junho,

Happy birthday!

Thanks for always being such a great friend.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Dear literary agents and book publishers, wouldn't you like to read my book proposal? Pretty please with cherries on top?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My first week back home has been amazing so far.

When you have good people in your lives, nothing else matters.

It's time to get serious.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

After 3 years of wandering and living away, it finally felt like the right time for me to move back to NYC.

In total, I spent 6 months in Korea, 2 years in Thailand, and another 6 months in LA. Each place had its own charms and annoyances, but I can honestly say that living in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok was my favorite. The two years I spent there living alone was really a nice chunk of time for me to just clear my head and figure some stuff out. I truly feel like I've returned much wiser with a better understanding about myself, other people, and how things in life work---and I'm so humbled and grateful for that.

Words can't describe how happy I am to be back in NYC with my family and close friends. And now, it's time to start over once again---but thankfully this time I'll be doing it in my hometown.

Also, thank you so much to my friends Jenn and Daniel for everything in LA---you guys are truly the best.

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's so nice to be home.

NYC, I'll never leave you again!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My cousin Tony has been staying with me for the past few days here in LA.

This has been his first visit to Los Angeles, and here we are getting some air at Venice Beach yesterday.

What's going on?

Friday, July 12, 2013

There's nothing wrong with an honest day's work.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Words matter.
This trip back to Alaska was so many things, in so many ways.

Being able to reconnect with my family, relatives, and childhood-state of a few years helped a lot in the process of paying respects to my uncle. It wasn't the same without him there, but then again, I feel like he was actually there more than ever.

After more than three years and some years, it was nice to be see my relatives again as well. Being around them just made me remember that it's nice to be surrounded by others who you share so many memories and connections with, and that I'm proud to be a part of our tight-knight clan.

Here's to you, 큰아빠 and Alaska!