Nostalgia Reigns the Longer This Pandemic Lasts, Or Why I’ve Been Missing Malaysia Recently

We’re now sitting at over 14 months since the pandemic shut down everything in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2020. I feel like I’ve gone through a whole gamut of emotions and experiences since it started. There’s been a lot of feeling of disconnect from the life I had prior to the pandemic. … More Nostalgia Reigns the Longer This Pandemic Lasts, Or Why I’ve Been Missing Malaysia Recently

Be a Cheerleader and Reduce Interaction with Permanent Nay Sayers

Think about the kinds of people you want to have in your life. Do you prefer the people who support your dreams and talents, or do you prefer the ones who constantly criticize you with the excuse that they’re pushing you to be “realistic” or “you won’t improve without learning what you’re doing wrong”? Now … More Be a Cheerleader and Reduce Interaction with Permanent Nay Sayers

The Job Hunt Process and Lessons in Networking

After over a year of unemployment, and the recent completion of my Data Analytics boot camp, I’ve submitted an increasing number of job applications. I’m also dealing with waiting on EDD to get through their backlog of processing new claims, which is likely especially bad now because all of us who lost their jobs due … More The Job Hunt Process and Lessons in Networking

The Social Dilemma, Social Engineering, and Ethics in Social Media

Whilst I’ve been unemployed during the pandemic, the excess free time has afforded me opportunities to think more deeply about certain issues that impact my life. Especially considering 2020 was an election year, and we saw how social media impacted the 2016 election. Social media has been my primary way of connecting with friends for … More The Social Dilemma, Social Engineering, and Ethics in Social Media

What I Miss About Being a Tour Guide in San Francisco

It’s been a little over a year since the impact of the pandemic caused me to lose my good, Union-supported tour guide job in San Francisco. I’d been one of the tour guides who helped support our move to a Union contract in the summer of 2019. We successfully negotiated higher wages and better benefits. … More What I Miss About Being a Tour Guide in San Francisco

The Value of Critical Thinking While Watching The Legend of Korra with Children, and Discussing Relationship Dynamics

Content warning: discussion of emotional abuse, manipulation, trauma, and other similar/related topics.Word count: approx. 18,000 (pace yourself). After making our way through Avatar: The Last Airbender, my kids and I moved onto The Legend of Korra—a rewatch for my 14yo and me, who watched it Aug-Oct 2020, but the first time for my 10yo. I’ve … More The Value of Critical Thinking While Watching The Legend of Korra with Children, and Discussing Relationship Dynamics

I don’t Watch Much Network TV, but When I Do, it’s NBC: Kenan, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, The Blacklist, Oh My!

It’s funny, it wasn’t until I was figuring out the title of this blog post after watching the pilot of Kenan that I realised this truth: The only network TV I’m watching on a week to week basis right now is from NBC. That wouldn’t be true if Supernatural hadn’t recently ended its 15-year run, … More I don’t Watch Much Network TV, but When I Do, it’s NBC: Kenan, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, The Blacklist, Oh My!

Thoughts After Watching Avatar: The Last Airbender Twice During the Pandemic

N.B. This post contains spoilers for Avatar: The Last Airbender (should be obvious from the title, but still better to be safe). I write this with the intention of it being an interesting read even if you haven’t watched the series, and don’t mind spoilers. I came late to watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. I’d … More Thoughts After Watching Avatar: The Last Airbender Twice During the Pandemic

When I Blog and Use Social Media, I Write for Myself and My Friends… Though I Have a Wider Audience

I’ve been writing about and sharing my life online on-and-off since I first got a LiveJournal account around 20 years ago (sometime in the year 2001). One of the things I liked about LiveJournal was that you could filter your audience because there was an actual community there, and you could learn about others and … More When I Blog and Use Social Media, I Write for Myself and My Friends… Though I Have a Wider Audience