Scenes of Shanghai: Adorable kids and pigeons

An adorable kid feeds pigeons in People's Square, which is like a smaller, Shanghai-version of Central Park, sitting amidst skyscrapers in the middle of the city. We assume the pigeons are purposely planted by the Chinese government, since this is the only place in the city that they are seen.

Cultural clashing

Tourist attractions in Shanghai seem to appease the tourists not only with extravagant traditional buildings, but also with a little modern familiarity.

The New York routine

  Nothing makes you appreciate your "college days" more than experiencing a full-time job for the first time. Although I do love not having to worry about work after 5pm or pulling all-nighters to finish assignments, I do miss sleeping in and being allowed to skip classes every once in a while. Miraculously getting two … Continue reading The New York routine

Culture shock

My arrival to New York has been a whirlwind. I went from awkward uneasiness to falling completely in love with this city. I was greeted with impeccable rudeness from workers in the supposed "customer service" industry upon arrival. The employees in subway stations are the most unhelpful people on the planet, and they will be … Continue reading Culture shock

Nervous excitement

In less than 48 hours, I will be at the capital of the world, the Big Apple, the Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of where there's nothing you can't do. As a spontaneous decision, my friend and I decided we wanted to go to New York this summer. Neither of us had any internships, … Continue reading Nervous excitement

A home for the abandoned

Publication On Indiana Daily Student  It’s hard to stroll the streets of Taiwan without seeing a few skinny dogs digging through the neighborhood dumpster. It’s no secret that this country has long suffered a serious stray dog problem due to the lack of animal shelters. But one family is trying to fix the problem, 800 … Continue reading A home for the abandoned

The fashion of Harajuku

At a strange turn of events, I was able to visit the beautiful country of Japan for four days at an amazingly affordable price. We were able to stay at a five-star hotel in Tokyo city (and boy, was it FIVE STAR!) for 3 nights with free breakfast and fly China air for US$700 total. … Continue reading The fashion of Harajuku

Madly in Louvre

Today was scheduled to meet the much anticipated journalist John Morris. We rode the metro and stopped by one of the most beautiful parks I’d ever seen. It was surrounded by beautifully historic buildings and looked like another scene straight out of BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. There were little sand boxes and a woman with two of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen were playing in it.

“As time goes on, I miss him more”

Our coach picked us up at eight o’clock and we started the day that I felt was the true purpose of this trip. At the Pointe du Hoc, the ground was completely covered in bomb craters preserved from WWII, now covered in a thick sheet of grass from the decades that have passed. Several fortifications the Nazis used to defend themselves were still preserved.

Cathedrals, Crypts, and Cakes

Actual Date: March 12th, 2012 We took the metro again today to visit war correspondent Martin Bell at St. Bride’s cathedral. On the way there, we passed by Fleet Street, which was once the center of the biggest newspaper companies and where journalism thrived. Due to change in laws, the street no longer holds the … Continue reading Cathedrals, Crypts, and Cakes

Random Dead Flowers of the Day

It's official - dead week has wreaked havoc. I'm running on two hours of sleep and can already see tonight to be just as sleeplessly spent. Two projects due on Thursday and I stupidly picked up a full length story for IUSTV about the protests at J.P. Morgan information session to be due on Sunday. … Continue reading Random Dead Flowers of the Day

I have this thing for rooftops and sunrises.

(Above is nightscape of Taipei city at around 3 a.m., a picture that can only be taken by tresspassing to the rooftop of Chiantan Youth Center.) This summer was amazing. I got to spend two and a half beautiful months in my "motherland" and got to take a sip of the Taiwan's coolaid of fun (now I'm craving … Continue reading I have this thing for rooftops and sunrises.