life changes Archive

sydney harbour bridge, sunset

The Space Between

September 25, 2013

in family, friends, life changes, moving home, new york city

I love being in New York, but I miss Sydney. It’s in a new way, not in the fashion I used to talk about, how America had more convenience and options yet Australia had less crime and more friendliness. Conversations comparing two countries can be useful. Discussions about which place has better infrastructure, transport, health […]

View of NYC and kayakers from Brooklyn

Live from New York

August 19, 2013

in life changes, moving home, new york city

It’s been more than two months since I left Australia and moved to New York City, with a week stay each in Japan and Pennsylvania in between. We got an apartment in West Harlem in less than a week and Brendan started work two days after we moved in. We found our local bar/snack spot […]

Manly Beach at sunset

Goodbye My Australia

May 28, 2013

in family, friends, life changes, moving home, sydney

Believe it or not, I wrote an entire goodbye Australia post last night. It was draining, and writing it before bed probably contributed to a restless sleep. Somehow, even though my blog posts usually save automatically, and I could’ve sworn I clicked “save draft,” it didn’t save. Not one, single word. So here I sit, […]

Dinosaur in wedding gown

Confession: Wedding Planning Kind of Sucks

February 13, 2013

in body image, family, life changes, love, wedding

In the months before I moved to Australia, my friend Nicole and I became obsessed with the reality show Bridezillas. I couldn’t turn my eyes away from such extreme bitchiness, craziness and wastefulness. Weddings with $100K pricetags, receptions planned down to the most minute of details, such fuss over trivial embellishments no one would remember. Flash-forward three […]

A door ajar

Doors Unlocked and Open

December 10, 2012

in immigration, life changes, visas

Our close friends in Sydney, a couple from the U.S. East Coast, had their first child in April. They are our first friends in Sydney to have a baby, and the occasion consumed both me and Brendan with utter joy. It still does. The baby, now seven months, is sweet and cheeky and thriving and […]

Mind your own business sticker

Minding My Business

November 27, 2012

in life changes, wedding planning, working

My mom likes to tell the story of how, when I was a toddler, I’d get so defiant about coming inside from playing that I’d make myself physically ill. She has another story about me learning to climb out my crib and having my days and nights mixed up. In other words, I’ve always liked […]