..and I’m back: an update & a promise

Well. It’s been a while, hah. Long time no see!

The last time I posted was September of 2017, when I’d just started my sophomore year of college. Now it’s June 1st, 2018, and I’ve finished one hell of a year and am currently enjoying the summer in Ames, Iowa working as a research intern at the Ames National Laboratory through a Department of Energy program.

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you gave me your time, the most thoughtful gift of all

A couple weeks ago, my blog hit 1000 followers, so I wanted to take some time to say thank you. It really is incredible to think that there are so many people from all over world who take the time to actually read about my thoughts, beliefs and adventures, and it means so much to know that.

Some of y’all already know the story behind how my blog first got started, but it essentially  was first and foremost an assignment from my English III teachers, but in the three years since, it’s become so much more. I’ve always loved to write, though my writing career probably peaked and ended when I was seven. In 2015, I began publishing posts about my travels, recipes and food cravings, and my reactions to the current political situation as well as other issues. So I kept blogging, both for school and outside. My original blog name was Smiles and Kittens, but after I graduated high school, finally thought of a good blog name, and so in doing so, I realized that this blog has long since stopped being an assignment, but rather a joy.

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The Unique Blogger Award: Thanks!

Recently, Namitha from Teen Memoir nominated me for The Unique Blogger Award. Namitha’s blog is a wonderful blog dedicated to collaborations with other bloggers, because to put it in her own words, collaboration doesn’t limit your voice, it brings a new perspective. It’s an epitome of how the world can be connected in spite of being miles away.” I’m excited to collaborate with her soon, but first I’ll answer some questions! 🙂


1. Do you read? Which was the latest book you read?

Yes, I definitely read! Back when I had time, I used to read a lot every day, but now I mostly just read during the summer. I’m currently reading The Poisonwood Bible, but the last book I read was And Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris (that was way back in January.)

2. Which is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season will have to be fall. First, I was born then; second, the weather & colors are beautiful; lastly, it’s just such a lively season.

3. What’s your passion?

Hmm…I’m passionate about quite a number of things. Politics, blogging, baking, journalism…those are just some of things I’m most passionate about!

Finally, I’d like to nominate every single one of y’all for The Unique Blogger Award. The reason why I love this blogging community so much is that every single person has a very unique voice and story to tell; therefore, everyone is a unique blogger! Without further ado, here are my questions:

1) What will never fail to bring a smile to your face? Why?

2) If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

3)  What is one thing you wish you could do more often?

And that’s it! Hope to read all of y’all’s  wonderful answers! 🙂


One Lovely Blog Award: Thanks!

Thank you to the sweet Debbie from Plain Debbie, who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Debbie has one lovely blog of her own, and she posts really amazing things about beauty and traveling, so definitely check out her blog here!


Alright, the rules for this award are as follows:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link.
Post about the award
7 facts about yourself
Nominate bloggers and notify them.
Give your readers good news.

Facts about ME:

  1. I love to travel! Although I’ve only had the opportunity to visit 13 states in the US and 10 countries, there are so many more that I’d like to go visit because there’s just so much to see out in the world!
  2. I’m the shortest person in my family (both immediate and extended…) at 5’1”. A doctor once told me I’d grow up to be at least 5’10″…but obviously that didn’t happen.
  3. Coffee and tea are my lifesavers. Give me either and I will love you forever.
  4. I’m a proud Chem major at the University of Texas at Austin. Hook’em!
  5. I wear size two shoes…which I guess makes sense since I’m short AF.
  6. I write for one of the oldest (and the best) college newspaper in the nation, The Daily Texan!
  7. My mom’s allergic to cats and dogs, but I love them so, so much. I’m definitely your neighborhood cat lady who has yet to get her own cats.

That’s it for me. As for my nominees:

Simply from the Heart

Globe Trotting Teen

The Confessions of a Wanderer

Lisa’s Everyday Life

Millie Schmidt Writes

first my mother, forever my friend

I’ve put off writing this for an incredibly long time now, because I’ve never realized how hard such a seemingly simple topic would turn out to be.

How would you describe a best friend in just five-hundred words? Even five thousand words cannot do justice to the memories, experiences, love and strength of such a relationship. And when your best friend is your mother, there really aren’t enough words and languages in this world to exactly capture what she means to me.

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a miracle that never stops amazing me

Thanksgiving’s always my favorite time of the year, because it has just the right combination of food, family, fun and fall!


Every year, my family hosts a big Thanksgiving dinner for my dad’s students, most of whom are international and don’t have a home to go to for the holidays. My mom will spend almost a week in advance preparing all the food, from the main dishes to dessert. We don’t really do the “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes; rather, my mom likes to incorporate her own style into the dinner, which is an amazing mix of (mostly) Chinese & American food. For a lot of the students, this is probably the most legitimate Chinese food they’ve had in a while, haha. 🙂

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Versatile Blogger Award #1, #2, #3 & Sunshine Blogger Award #2: Thanks!

September has been such a wonderful month for me and my blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you x 100 to Sascha Darlington for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award #1, Universe Unexplored for nominating me for my second Sunshine Blogger Award, and The Black Veil One for nominating for me for my Versatile Blogger Award #2 and Just an Indian Girl for nominating me for my third Versatile Blogger Award! ❤ It means so much to me. 🙂





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made in 1997


Not gonna lie though, today’s been a long day…From an eight AM calc class, to a Chemistry exam (VERY FIRST TEST OF MY COLLEGE CAREER!), to a bio quiz (which I may or may not have gotten a 50 on…) to a meeting at 4, an orientation at 5:30, today’s been quite the day…

It’s also the first birthday that I’ve spent away from my family, my home and a good majority of my friends. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much today, maybe a couple “Happy Birthdays” from a few close friends who happened to remember that today was my birthday. But the great thing about college is that it’s filled with surprises.

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