This One’s for You—Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day! If you haven’t sent your mom a nice text or call or bouquet yet, there’s still time. I’m really glad my Mother’s Day orders were delivered to my mom and my aunt first thing in the morning (at 8:30am as opposed to the estimated time slot of between 9am to 7pm—I’m quite relieved), so they had the pleasure of receiving the bouquet while having morning coffee.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, here are five reads I would share with my mom:

My mother has a fun and fiery spirit, and I thought she would enjoy lighthearted books with happy endings. Although most of the female characters in the books are a little on the reserved side, I think she would appreciate the grace in which they conduct their operations.

Let me give a quick reason for each book—I’ll dedicate one sentence per book:

  • Tina from The Assistants is scrappy—she found an opportunity and grabbed it.
  • Anne, who is just trying to be her best self, is entangled in some fun drama in By the Book.
  • The community of Broken Wheel is a bit odd but well-meaning all the same.
  • Crazy Rich Asians—the book—has more crazy and more glamour than it did in the movie.
  • Conscious Business has some good points when it comes to self-awareness.

I hope all the mothers out there enjoy their day! I am proud to say that I no longer incur late fees from the library, which my mom never gave me a hard time about.

Bookish Plug: I wrote an entry on By the Book! It’s here.

If you’re going to San Francisco: Part 3

This is the final entry for If you’re going to San Francisco (see Part 1 and Part 2).

I always think it’s such a waste when people don’t see what actually make San Francisco worthwhile: the local spots. San Francisco isn’t just the City by the Bay; it is also a city known for its openness and revolutionary thinking. You can’t put San Francisco in a box. Or you can try.

Day 3: The Neighborhoods

Obviously, San Francisco is home to different kinds of people, and the city has so many neighborhoods with their own sub-cultures. Here are the places I would recommend if you only had a day left in San Francisco.

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Short Bites: What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and then Mutilates Him in the Dust

A short but intense read, “What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and then Mutilates Him in the Dust” from Dave Eggers’ How We Are Hungry is about one man’s reaction upon learning about the very incident that is the title of the story.

Now, there is no indication this man actually knows the soldier, but the man is deeply affected by the occurrence—it feels personal. All we know is that when we have a fellow countryman perish at the hands of another nation on that nation’s soil, it is the greatest injustice of all time.

You know what, I’m am outraged as well. How dare anyone to anything to anyone anywhere?

To me, this story is an intricate piece because, despite its length, it is thought-provoking. I acknowledge the fear that warfare instills—it’s one that you can’t really shake off—but I also ask: why think less of violence in one’s own homeland? Doesn’t it bring up feelings of uneasiness when you realize I was just there—that could have been me? Here we have Dave Eggers, who is making us think about the reality we live in. Do we speak up, or do we simply move on?

If you’re going to San Francisco: Part 2

In Part 1, I pointed out attractions that are usually on people’s checklists. If you noticed the Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t mentioned there, well, good for you. Your visit to San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without seeing that beautiful bridge, and I talk about it in this post.

So let’s do this.

Day 2: All of the Views

If you decided to rent a car, this would be the day to use it. If not, you can use public transportation or order an Uber or Lyft because these locations are far out. Make sure to bring a jacket—it gets windy out there.

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If you’re going to San Francisco: Part 1

It turns out I’m not yet done saying goodbye to San Francisco. Partly inspired by recommendation requests from friends who are planning trips with their families this year, I decided to compile a list of attractions to visit in San Francisco. This will be a three-part series, a post for each day someone would be touring San Francisco. (Most people I know are only ever in the city for three to four days, so I figured three was a fair number of days to use.)

Well, San Francisco is a small city, so that’s fine. It’s a 7 x 7 (in miles, because US still uses imperial system of measurement) area, with neighborhoods changing every few blocks. Of course, you’d have to live in the city to truly experience what it has to offer, but I believe this should work for people with jam-packed itineraries.

Day 1: Tourist spots and Steep Hills

As a visitor to San Francisco, don’t shy away from those landmarks you keep seeing in pictures. If you can avoid going on a weekend, that would be great. These spots get crowded, so if you want to limit your photo bombers, it’s best to visit on weekdays. If you have no choice in the matter, well, prepare yourself for people, people, people galore because they will be everywhere.

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