What to do and where to eat in Hualien

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A few days ago, I got back from my post-grad Asia trip. It is my last “summer break” before starting full-time work life, so I knew I had to take advantage of this time. I wanted to go visit family in Taiwan and since I was going to be in Taiwan anyway, I decided to check out a few more places while I was already on that side of the world. My six week itinerary consisted of Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. This will be part one of my post-grad travel series, so buckle up and welcome to my adventures!

First up, I want to introduce y’all to Hualien, Taiwan. Hualien 花蓮 is known to be a top tourist destination due to its stunning scenery which consists of both mountains and gorgeous seasides. It holds a special place in my life because it is my mom’s hometown and is where my grandparents still live to this day in the very same home where my mom grew up. Because of this, I have been lucky to be able to call this beautiful city home for as long as I could remember.

Here are some of my favorite things I did during my trip this year, as well as some of my favorite places to eat (because let’s be real, food is the best part of travel, am I right or am I right?)

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The 7 Deadly Sins

Here is a quote shared by my professor for this really awesome interfaith dialogue class I’m taking this semester (which by the way I am so absolutely ecstatic for!) I love it because the words resonate with me in so many ways with where I am in life right now. Just a couple of days into my last semester of undergrad ever and it is already crazy busy and hectic, but hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to sit down soon and do a little update on here. But for now, I will just leave this quote here as some food for thought:

 

Knowledge without character.

Business without morality.

Science without humility.

Worship without sacrifice.

Pleasure without conscience.

Politics without principle.

Friendship without trust.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Miami Through My Eyes

There is no place like Ocean Drive on a sunny day in Miami…

Key West Through My Eyes

It’s all about perspective.

Lessons I learned while interning at Microsoft

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This is a long overdue post, considering that when I look out the window from where I am sitting now, the trees are just beginning to fleck with fiery reds and yellows, the tell-tale signs of approaching autumn days. Although it has only been three months since I’ve returned home from spending the summer in the Emerald City, it seems like ages ago. Amongst the whirlwind of fall semester and the realization that I am currently amidst my last year of undergrad (a whole nother jumble of thoughts all together), I somehow put writing this on the back burner. Part of it is procrastination, but the greater reason is that this summer was such a major growing period for me that I still find myself processing through everything that I’ve learned.

This summer, I spent 12 weeks at Microsoft HQ in Redmond interning as a service engineer.

It was so much fun!! Or at least those were the words I used to respond to the “Omg how was your summer?!” which dominated my first few weeks back at school. Thinking back, it was probably the best way to answer since in reality it is impossible to summarize three months of eye-opening experiences into those awkward verbal exchanges as both parties are scrambling in between classes, but luckily, this is what the blog is for! Continue reading “Lessons I learned while interning at Microsoft”