February 11, 2020

Just dropped my phone into a bowl of popcorn. Starting to think this little diary is a very helpful routine to keep me from becoming completely useless.

Again, I have it easy. Some of my friends in Shanghai have barely left their homes in 3-4 weeks, not to mention the h...

February 10, 2020

First day “back to work” for most of Shanghai, so I spent it working from home and counting my blessings. I know might I seem calm about this outbreak, but that’s largely because of the privileged position I am in. I don’t dismiss the severity of the situation, and I d...

February 9, 2020

I went out. Hence the quotation marks around the word “quarantine.” Folks have asked me how the quarantine is enforced. I’m allowed to go out, no one would actually stop me from grocery shopping (the supermarket shelves are full, by the way), as long as I sanitize prop...

February 6, 2020

My company required that everyone returning to Shanghai must stay home for 14 days before returning to work. I've decided to keep a daily log of life in "quarantine." The posts started out on Facebook, and have been retroactively duplicated here. 

My lunch was delivered...

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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