Yellow fever

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Can Asians get yellow fever?

I think it’s a weird double standard

If a white person gets has yellow fever and tells you they only like Asians, you look at them funny

But if I tell you the same thing, does t warrant the same reaction?

Double standards exist everywhere and I think it is funny how life works sometimes.

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Back on the road

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Tomorrow I get back on the road and fly to LA / Hollywood.

It will be my first time traveling just with my sister and it’ll be very fun, hopefully.

For me, it feels like a step into adulthood.

For me, I feel like I need to travel as often as I can to experience the world’s cultures and different beautiful cities.

As much as I’d like to stay home and rest up before school starts in two weeks, getting back on the road will still be great

When I stay home and watch Netflix every day, I press pause on my life. Going back on the road means I get to live a little more.

Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians, a book-inspired movie, will be released in theatres tomorrow.

Not only is it a great push for Asian representation in the North American Movie Industry, but it also shows an authentic perspective of what it means to be Asian-American.

Whenever you can see and relate with something that reflects a part of yourself, you are immediately biased towards it.

And although I know I am extremely biased towards “Crazy Rich Asians” I still hope that many people who can’t directly relate with the story still make the effort to enjoy it and understand the culture.

After all, isn’t that how we connect with different people in the first place?

A good quote to live by

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This blog post will just be a quote. This quote is from my business professor’s daily blog (the professor that inspired me to start this blog!) He recently updated his blog layout and I read this great Emerson quote on his “About Me” page. I loved it so much I felt like I needed to share it as well.

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Unexpected

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Some things that come unexpectedly are the best

When you don’t have time to plan things out or premeditate an escape plan

This way you can’t back out

I didn’t plan to perform magic for the hosts of The View during my New York trip senior year of high school.

I didn’t plan to attend Villanova University School of Business. I thought I’d become a doctor or lawyer…

And today, I didn’t plan to get a foot massage. I didn’t even know we walked into one until my cousin started taking off her shoes inside the store.

Off topic, but why don’t we have a word to describe either male of female cousin, and on which side of the family, in English? It’s so much more clear in Chinese…

Tomorrow I fly back to Vancouver.

Hopefully something unexpectedly good happens, like an upgraded seat to first-class. 🙂

Passport woes

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Today I lost my passport in the morning

Had a great day spent with my cousins (after a stressful afternoon of reporting lost passport)

And retrieved the found passport at the airport after dinner. (My passport ended up being in the airplane as we had thought, but it flew to another city and back before we could retrieve it)

It was a stressful instance but I managed to still spend a full day with my cousins and not let it bother me nearly as much as I thought it would have

For some reason, I thought it would just work out

And although losing your passport is one of the worst things you can do while abroad, I guess I was right to not let it ruin the day, because in the end it did work out

Gui Zhou

Today I am flying from Beijing to Gui Zhou province.

Gui Zhou is where my biological father grew up and I will be meeting my grandmother and grandfather for the first time (granted they say me when I was little but I don’t count that because I don’t remember)

I don’t know what to expect.

I am 18 years now and meeting family members for the first time.

Maybe I don’t need to expect anything, because having expectations generally means you know what the situation will be like.

But I’ve never been in this situation before and even if I tried to have expectations I wouldn’t know what to expect.

Either way, I’m excited and a little bit nervous. I bought a prop-up card and wrote a little handwritten note in Chinese. I hope that is enough.