The Guide


Cumin lamb at Shanghai Lounge

A Taste of Asia

Tastes of the District

July 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm 0 comments

I rarely dine at an Asian restaurant when I’m in the States for the simple reason that, however authentic the place claims to be, it is no comparison to a restaurant in Asia. Nonetheless, I have still tried a handful of Asian places, and found that I was pleasantly surprised,Read More

The Perks of Unexpected Opportunities

Perks of Summer

July 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0 comments

At heart, I am a quintessential film addict. I’ll watch every film, any film and if it makes it to my favorite list, I’ll re-watch it over and over again. As much as I’m passionate about them, it had never occurred to me that working in the film industry couldRead More

A samba class performs in Rio de Janeiro.

The Power of Dance in Brazil

Ready for Rio

July 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm 0 comments

There’s an expression here in Brazil: “Tudo acaba em samba.” Translated literally, the phrase means “Everything ends in samba.” That is to say, no matter what disagreements, differences or tensions may exist between two people, at the end of the day, they unwind the same way — dancing it outRead More


They may be called friends, but the Facebook community is one of the most damaging groups to be a part of for our self esteem.

Measuring Self Worth Through Facebook

Made From Scratch

July 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm 0 comments

Did you know that happy couples on Facebook are the least liked? That may seem twisted, and yet I’m not the least bit surprised. I remember when I first got a Facebook account. I wanted to join a community and feel like I was a part of something. With MySpaceRead More


Sam and Mikaela (Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox) in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

The Risks of Going the Distance

Getting Talks

July 16, 2014 at 12:02 am 0 comments

Ah, the long-distance relationship. If there’s one thing we can all be certain of, it’s that this is not for the faint of heart. Sadly, many people who choose to make this commitment, don’t’ fully understand how difficult it can be. The typical difficulties of a long distance relationship areRead More

Busting Literary Publishing Myths

Busting Literary Publishing Myths

Top Shelf

July 16, 2014 at 12:00 am 0 comments

From my experience in a literary agency internship, it seems that a good chunk of the world want to be writers. A lot of people out there believe it’s just as simple as writing 50 or 80 or 100 thousand words, giving it a title, and sending out query lettersRead More

The U.S. starting XI sing the national anthem before the Belgium-U.S. game on July 1.

U.S. Soccer Team Skill Deserves Global Recognition

The Au Pair Diaries

July 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm 0 comments

After the “Why do Americans call it soccer?” question, the next most frequently asked question that I’ve fielded about U.S. soccer during my semester in Spain and then during my summer in Italy is: Do you really think the U.S. can compete with the best teams in the world? DoRead More


"Speaker For the Dead" by Orson Scott Card

Speaking Out For True Identities

Back to Futures Past

July 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

“Ender was a destroyer, but what he destroyed was illusion, and the illusion had to die. Somehow this ancient man is able to see the truth and it doesn’t blind his eyes or drive him mad. I must listen to this voice and let its power come to me soRead More


Greek yoghurt and apricots at Zaytingya.

A Taste of the Mediterranean Coast

Tastes of the District

July 9, 2014 at 4:59 am 0 comments

When I was still in Shanghai, I tried Turkish cuisine and discovered it was not to my liking. Granted, the desserts were mind-blowing, even for someone indifferent to sugar, like me, but the entrees had too strong a flavor for my liking and left me with a negative first impression ofRead More

Through Travel, Finding a New Perspective

Perks of Summer

July 9, 2014 at 4:50 am 0 comments

The best part of summer is that you can have extensive travel plans and experience two entirely different worlds within three months. After spending four weeks in Zanzibar, Tanzania, as a volunteer and teacher, I flew directly to London, where I will work for the rest of the summer. LivingRead More