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Opinion: We need more women in STEM

Opinion: We need more women in STEM

Mae Jemison. Ada Lovelace. Katherine Johnson. Hedy Lamarr. Do any of these names ring a bell? Let me try something else. Neil Armstrong. Bill Gates. Albert Einstein. Thomas Edison. These names might sound familiar. Well, while I am at it, I might as well tell you who...

Not every gift is a blessing… But writing is

Not every gift is a blessing… But writing is

I was watching the thrilling yet insanely awesome M. Night Shyamalan film “The Sixth Sense” the other day, and aside from the notorious line “I see dead people,” there was something else that still stuck in my mind. Bruce Willis’ character, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, is young...

Adventures in Tainan Tree House

Adventures in Tainan Tree House

O-M-G! What is this place? I came to check out this “Shu Wu” (Chinese for “Tree House”) in the historic Anping District of Tainan, Taiwan. I was so excited to see a giant flight of stairs going up this grand ole tree that I quickly shot up the steps. Then it led me...

Paradise found in New Taipei

Paradise found in New Taipei

In the fastest growing area of Xinbei Shi (“New Taipei City”, formerly Taipei County) in Taiwan, there’s an area of natural beauty that welcomes wildlife and people alike. Along the banks near the mouth of the Danshui (a.k.a. Tamsui) River, an expanse of mangroves...

Farming goes vertical

Farming goes vertical

As of today, the human population on Earth is almost at 7.5 billion, and it is still growing. As the lifeline of our survival, the agricultural industry has been able to keep up with the demands of our growth. Since the turn of the century, bulldozers, tractors and...

Echo Park Rising: Connecting LA music lovers alike

Echo Park Rising: Connecting LA music lovers alike

Before coming to the United States, my teenage years were spent in Paris. I grew up near the Seine’s riverside in those beautiful and old districts. Every morning, I listened to this accordion player down my street on my way to go to school. I would dream while...

The best burger lives in South Pasadena

The best burger lives in South Pasadena

I couldn’t anymore. I needed to stop but I just couldn’t. For the first time in my life, I was unable to get anything in. I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have. I stop when I finally get this feeling of fulfillment mixed up with guilt. I stop when I can’t eat anymore. I...

My day in the ‘business’

My day in the ‘business’

“Places please” “Standby” “We are rolling” The first take, the very first scene, the first hour, the very first clasp of the camera assistant marking the start of a long and exciting day. I woke up very early for a Saturday morning, 6 a.m. to be exact. I never thought...