• food

    no worry, chicken curry.

    I'm not Japanese, but I grew up in an area with an abundance of Japanese food-- including the ever-present Japanese curry. Since moving to the Bay Area, I've discovered that there are places that serve the same Japanese comfort food I'm so accustomed to at home-- but none quite like the Japanese chain CoCo Ichibanya, specialising in Japanese kare raisu, or curry rice. The majority of US locations are located in Southern California or...

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  • personal

    writing is hard, but my life currently isn’t.

    Writing is hard. Even trying to figure out an opening for this blog post was difficult. For a long time, I struggled to type words for a post because I put this strange internal pressure on myself. I know not many people read my blog-- so why do I have to feel compelled to write something long and meaningful? Maybe that's because I want to blog only when I feel like...

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  • health, personal, writing

    health, noncompliance & the fat girl.

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="667"] courtesy of eric lon, flickr.[/caption] Those who have read this blog have read about some of my struggles about body image, fat positivity and self-acceptance.  I'm very proud to be a self-proclaimed fat girl. I've always believed that what is on the outside does not matter... it's what's on the inside that counts. But what if what's on the inside is a sticky web made up of mental...

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  • love, personal, writing

    Happily Never Afters

    While I am formally still deciding what the hell I want to do with this blog, I did want to copy and paste a response I wrote via Medium to a Thought Catalog article that I read. So, here it is, I guess. (Original can be found here: https://medium.com/@christalei/happily-never-afters-d8c3c864f055) Happily Never Afters Not everything is possible with the right person. Courtesy of laughingrhoda on flickr. Sometimes things get in the way: timing,...

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