Shanghai, China



November 1, 2017

Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

Friends visiting me in Shanghai have often asked me: How do you live without [insert one of many apps services banned in China]? What do you do!? 

The 1.3 billion+ deprived of Netflix and Google make do with many homegrown alternativ...

October 10, 2017

A Facebook friend of mine recently posted cheerfully about his work being rejected.

There’s a parallel to be drawn here between modeling and writing. Bear with me.

As a model, rejection was a daily occurrence, and it felt deeply personal. How could it not? You’re being t...

December 2, 2016

When I saw the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show posts starting to pop up in my WeChat moments feed, I knew exactly what to expect from the Interwebs. My first reactions were 1) LOVE the Victoria’s Secret extravaganza: Impressive, outlandish, borderline comical, and so mu...

January 28, 2016

Conference calls are awkward.

I work in Shanghai as part of a dispersed corporate publications team. All of my colleagues are situated in Continental U.S. With a 12 to 15-hour time difference, I only get to interact with my colleagues a couple of hours a week, slurring...

December 25, 2015

You don’t come to Shanghai to coast.

Most take on modu (魔都), or Monster City in Chinese, because it is an adventure. The challenges attract a certain kind of people that keep life infinitely interesting in this little town of 15 million. That’s what I love most about t...

September 18, 2015

They told me not to set the fur on fire. #DontTellMeHowToLiveMyLife

Confession — I did modeling in my early 20’s.

It started when a fellow student suggested I try out as a student model in 2007. Then I was scouted at the casting by some TV producers, and things went from...

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