I ate live octopus

Technically the octopus was already dead, but its tentacles still wiggled frantically, proclaiming their last hoorah. Here is the thing, it’s just sashimi, right? That’s what I kept telling myself going into this. The live octopus – or sannakji  – is a Korean speciality. For the meek, it’s a culinary feat. For the brave, it’s just a […]

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Travel tips: The Winter Olympics

We flew to Seoul on the 15th of February and spent four days in Gangneung during the second weekend of the Winter Olympic games. South Korea is the country that brought us the 10-step skin care routine, Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, and soju served out of a watermelon. This year, they were also the host of the […]

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January 2018 Reading list

books I've read in january

This year, I’m trying really hard to make goals and actually follow through, keeping myself accountable for things. Another goal for 2018 is to read at least two books a month and so far I’m on track. Though okay, I may have cheated a bit because I started Coming to my Senses back in December. In February, I’ll be […]

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Devise Authentication with Rails 5

Devise is the cornerstone gem for Ruby on Rails authentication. With Devise, creating a User that can log in and out of your application is so simple because Devise takes care of all the controllers necessary for user creation (users_controller) and for user sessions (users_sessions_controller). The gem is based on Warden and handles authentication with bcrypt, eliminating […]

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Herbal Oxymel Tonic

making oxymel at home

Do you ever feel like you’re that one friend who is late to the party? Yeah, I’m kind of in that boat. Here in China, every US trends we get is delayed by about 3-4 months. By the time that you’re tired of reading Buzzfeed listicles about avocado toast, negronis, or ramen burgers, they’re still […]

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Travel Tips: Harbin


I just came back from a frigid, yet incredible weekend in Harbin, where I flew to visit the ice and snow festival. Harbin is a must-do in the winter in China. The Ice Festival is Disneyland meets Elsa’s castle from Frozen. Except, instead of “Let it Go”, there are giant speakers blasting Russian folk classics […]

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2018 Goals

I know New Year’s resolutions are overplayed, but I still like the idea of starting off a new year with intention. So here goes. My first goal for 2018 is to stop spoiling movies for myself by reading the summary on Wikipedia beforehand. Do any of you guys also do this? It’s a bad habit I’ve […]

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