Women of the World

I traveled to India and Singapore last fall. Before I left, I decided to attempt street photography for the first time. I wanted to capture images of how women and girls, halfway around the world, lived their lives. Here are some of those photos.

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Boston

I arrived in Boston yesterday. It was a last minute trip, but I’ve been having so much fun in the city! It’s my first time here and it’s pretty cold, but I’ve already done quite a bit of exploring.

Eating at Chutney, an Indian style Chipotle

The Harvard Library

Driving by the Cheers bar

So do you have any recommendations for things to do/places to eat in Boston and Cambridge? I’d love to hear them!

The holidays in pictures

The holidays are now officially over and starting today, it’s back to reality. I spent part of the break in the Bay Area and part of it in LA.

Here are some pictures of the past few days:

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Edible holiday decorations in the Fairmont Hotel

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My new Kate Spade iPhone case that I wanted

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Watching my ice cream being made in front of my eyes at Smitten

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The tree in Union Square, San Francisco.

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A pesto crepe, with salad and seasoned potatoes on the side from The Crepe House

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A Diddy Riese cookie sandwich in Westwood, LA

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Pretty decor at a Mexican restaurant in LA

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Currently on my nails: Essie’s Bangle Jangle

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My winter attire in LA: tights, a dress, and sandals. Can’t beat 80 degrees in December/January!

How did you spend your holidays?

Here’s hoping that 2012 is an amazing year for us all!

The Land of Doctors, Sparkly Vampires, and a lot of Coffee

It’s been a crazy week that has ended in a fun way. I arrived in Seattle last night for a family reunion of sorts.

The view from the Space Needle on a gorgeous Seattle day.

The first Starbucks ever!

In the past few years, I’ve been to Seattle numerous times. On my first visit, we did the touristy things like seeing the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and even the first Starbucks ever (so cool!). But on subsequent visits after that, our meetings have consisted of eating, sleeping, talking, and playing games like Celebrity or Charades. It’s always a blast.

The weather is a bit chilly (for a California girl), but it makes it all the more fun to spend time with my niece and newborn nephew. Although I’m secretly hoping it snows as I’ve never really seen snowfall before.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

To be vegan or not?

This weekend was spent in Seattle and Vancouver, visiting family. The weather was surprisingly great (it only rained at night) and a majority of the trip was spent eating, sleeping, and talking..pretty much the best kind of vacation!

One of the meals was spent at Araya’s Place. Araya’s is a vegan Thai place in downtown Seattle. We opted for the buffet instead of ordering off the menu..and let me tell you, the food was amazing! Thai is one of my favorite cuisines and if I lived in Seattle there’s no doubt that I would be at Araya’s every week. For those that eat meat, you won’t even feel like you are missing anything.

Thai iced coffee, pad thai, fried rice, and green curry.

Araya’s had a lot of pamphlets about the vegan lifestyle, which got me thinking: could I be a vegan? I am already a vegetarian, so it would just mean cutting all dairy products of out my diet. To be honest, I don’t really care much for eggs..I never really crave them. Since I’ve picked up Ener-G Egg Replacer (a boxed, non perishable powder that you can find at Whole Foods or ordered online) I don’t even use eggs when I bake. So really all that I would be giving up is cheese, which I love. Oh, and milk. That would be a big one.

I think I will make an effort to become vegan (or at least eat less dairy products) because the paraphernalia I read indicated that even cage free, free-range, and organic egg farms still engage in inhuman activities to the hens.

Have you gone (or thought about going) vegan? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

In case you are interested, here are some egg replacements for baking:

Energ E Egg Replacer  – My personal favorite choice for egg replacer. It works well with everything, except brownies.

Potato Starch = 2 Teaspoons + 1 Teaspoon water for 1 egg

Corn Starch = 2 teaspoons + I teaspoon water for egg

Soy Powder = 1 teaspoon + 2 teaspoons water for 1 egg

Ground Flax Seed = 1 Teaspoon + 3 teaspoon water for 1 egg

Banana = 1/2 banana for 1 egg

Applesauce = 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg

Half the Sky

I came across this quote today which I loved:

“Submit to a daily practice…Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window.” – Rumi

I’m hoping that using this blog as my “daily practice”  will help me in many ways.

Also, came across this touching article about India’s unwanted girls. A month ago I finished reading Half the Sky, which was such an eye-opening book. It talks about the oppression women face across the world.

I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life. Don’t get me wrong: I know terrible things happen in the world, but I’ve never read about them in such vivid detail.

I would highly recommend Half the Sky to everyone (women and men alike) to read! I’ve never had a book change my world view on things until I read it. Honestly, I’m not one to make rape jokes regardless (i.e. “Oh that exam just raped me”) but after reading some horrific stories, I don’t think I ever will!  Just as there is a campaign to stop using the word “gay” synonymous with stupid or lame, I think the same should be done for rape jokes.

I cannot even begin to fathom the pain (emotionally and physically) that so many girls in the developing world go through on a daily basis. I truly commend Nicholas Kristof and Sherry WuDunn for writing such a book, bringing the plight of these young girls and women to the forefront of the news, and more importantly being their voice in this world.

What was one book that completely changed your worldview?

Anyway, good moments:

– Spending time with my baby niece. She is absolutely the cutest and funniest thing. I love that I finally have a baby that is related to me and also lives close by so I can see her fairly often.

-Shopping and eating yummy falafels.

– 3 days until I’m on the East Coast! So excited for my trip. It’ll be nice to get away and experience a change of scene for a while.