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Adios ‘Murica, Hellooo Asia!

I recently created a playlist with the theme of change because change is inevitable. We grow up, we become ‘adults’, we get new jobs, we move cities, etc. But changing circumstances can prove to be overwhelmingly difficult and stressful. Change can also be a source of excitement and fulfillment. I even have a tattoo on my wrist to remind me that impermanence is the only true constant in life. Isn’t it cool that everything around and within us is in a constant state of flux? That every living organism is always evolving, from the regenerating cells in our bodies to the cosmos...

Top 3 Reasons Why Colorado Stole My Heart, Again

Over Halloween weekend, I visited Denver for no other reason than to play and enjoy myself. Tickets were cheap, accommodation was taken care of (thanks Justin!), and there was some concert my friends were going to… I was in! It was one of those rare trips in which everything is figured out and one isn’t required to think at all. Traveling in this way can sometimes be super refreshing and fitting of my personality because all one has to do is say yes, to everything. This impromptu trip marked the second time I visited Colorado and needless to say, I was once again reminded why one day I plan to live there. From the mountains, to the people, to Colorado’s booming economy, I expand on why I envision myself there.

A Refreshing Getaway from Chicago 2.0

A few weeks ago, I visited another small mid-western city – Cleveland. I’ll be honest, other than Hot in Cleveland I had no further reference to this town. Nor did I really care. And I think this is a shared sentiment among my fellow Chicagoans. No offense Cle. Besides passionate sports fans and nice people, I didn’t hold further expectations. So, I hopped on the megabus and made the trip. What I found was a smaller version of Chicago sans the cosmopolitan element or the pretension. It was refreshing!

A Little Taste of Milwaukee

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first time. It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived my entire adult life in the Chicagoland area but rarely venture out to smaller nearby cities. I was glad to explore this charming and quaint city as part of my company’s end of summer outing. We happily traded our cubicles and computers in place of cheese, beer and more beer.

Chicago’s Joong Boo Market

I recently ventured to Avondale to explore Joong Boo Market and get my fix on authentic Korean grub. Located in the northwest side between Kimball and Avondale, the Korean grocery store + restaurant easily met and exceeded my expectations. First of all, they have a dumpling stand outside which sells massive buns for $2 apiece. This is my kind of deal! They offer pork, spicy kimchi with pork and red bean fillings. Sadly, I was too excited eating the tasty snacks and forgot to snap pics.