I Love So Many Things

During the homily, the priest talked about some of the things my uncle loved. A few of the things caught me by surprise and it made me wonder if people know what I love.


Books and libraries, fiction

Looking at great art, going to museums

Getting mail—the good kind, not bills or credit card promotions

My mom’s cooking. She cooks with a lot of fresh vegetables. Her food is healthy and good for you. But I especially love her lumpia. It’s the BEST. During the holidays, I could eat one after another, with big scoops of my aunt’s spinach dip. Amazing!

Oysters, foie gras, french fries, ice-cream cake, milk chocolate

Travelling, exploring, hiking

The Bay Area, NYC, Burning Man, Palm Springs

When others do the cooking

Pink flowers of all kinds—roses, carnations, whatever

Restaurants, wine tasting, happy hour, brunch

Steam rooms


My amazing family and friends

What do you love? Do people know?

Book Review: When You Reach Me

I read this book When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead in two nights which isn’t at all impressive because it’s young adult fiction. The only reason I read it is because it came highly recommended by adults and it won the Newbery Medal. Yeah, I’m a sucker for award-winning literature. Helps me when it comes to making decisions with the vast quantity of good books out there.

I hated it.

This plays to my theory that there is something for everyone and writers should not get discouraged. Someone out there is really going to relate to you and love what you write. For me, the prose flowed fine, but I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, and the plot was confusing. If I were a kid, I’d promptly bring the book back to the library in exchange for Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, or even Sweet Valley High.

I’m curious as to how children’s literature has evolved through the years. If this is it, then I’m glad I’m an adult.