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Versatile Blogger Award

September 30th, 2015


Thank you to Raisa, Georgie, Joy, Michelle, Liz, and Christine for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!


  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  4. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly

1. My fingerprints are very faint

I’ve always had trouble with fingerprint readers because of how light my prints are. I’ve even registered one of my husband’s prints onto my phone, and it’ll still log him in but not me! People joke that I should start committing robbery since my prints barely show up, but that’s probably not a good idea ;)

2. I’ve worn a jade charm so long, it turned green

My grandfather used to be a jeweler and had a lot of jewelry left over after he closed his store. I guess that’s why my family thought it was ok to give me a jade necklace when I was very young… even though I broke 2 jade bracelets by running into things.

Fortunately, my necklace survived, and the jade has actually changed color over time. When I first got it, it was actually completely white. There is a belief that if you wear jade for a long time, your body heat will help change its color. (There are other silly beliefs like it changes depending on the person or your health or whatever.) I don’t know if any of those are true, but it is true that my jade has gotten green spots over time :)


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Liebster Award

July 13th, 2015


So uh… I’m a terrible person. I was nominated for a Liebster Award a few times last year, and I kept the answers in a draft… then forgot about them! I never posted them! Many thanks to those who have nominated me and sorry for answering sooooo late. (Like, seriously late. A few are from over a year ago, so I’ve had to change some of my answers.)

Becca nominated me just recently (thank you!), and it reminded me that I have these other answers stashed away. Instead of letting the entry go to waste, I figured I’d post them all at once :) There were some repeat questions, so I grouped them together at the bottom. This will be a long post!

From Becca

Starting with questions from Becca, since these are the most recent! Thanks for nominating me!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a month, where would you go?
I’d go back to Japan :D There are more places I want to see!


What is your favorite book and why?
Hm… I think it’d be The Design of Everyday Things. I love reading books about user experience, and this one really changed my view on UX/UI, both for work and in general. It’s amazing that this book was originally written in 1988, and while some things in it are dated, the general ideas still feel relevant.

What is your favorite Disney Princess (or lack thereof) and why?
Princess Leia is technically a Disney princess now, right? ;) I love Star Wars and how Leia isn’t afraid to be a part of the fight.

Describe your most embarrassing moment.
I think I block out these moments from memory because I blanked on this, haha. Though recently, I left my computer unlocked at my desk, and a coworker decided to prank me by installing a Nic Cage plugin on my browser. I didn’t notice until in a meeting when suddenly GIANT NIC CAGE photos replaced elements on pages I was trying to show. THANKS COWORKER.

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
There are several that inspire me. For example, my parents came to the US barely knowing English and worked hard to get where they are. The founders at my company are also pretty amazing. They managed to grow the company without losing the company culture, which was one of my fears as we grew. They continue to be transparent with us and just be normal people around us.

If you had to pick just one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Aahh, this is tough to choose. It’d be pizza, sushi, or ramen :) I just don’t get tired of them.

What is your favorite family tradition?
My family follows old Chinese traditions, like paying respects to our ancestors. On special occasions, we place food in front of their photos, light incense, and bow 3 times as an offering to them in the afterlife. Then we have the food for dinner, which are traditional Chinese dishes. It just feels nice to know that we don’t forget people who have left us.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, would you go back and do anything differently?
When I was younger, I did some rash things that ended a couple friendships. If I could go back, I’d do things differently to prevent that from happening.

How would you define love?
When you find that person that you deeply care about and who feels like another part of you. You don’t mind their presence around you all the time and sitting in silence together isn’t awkward. It just feels right to be together.

If you were elected president, what is the first thing you would do?
I would have said make gay marriage legal, but Obama beat me to it ;) I think I would make education free because it’s ridiculous how high college tuition is now.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night owl for sure. I hate getting up early and am more productive at night!

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The Netflix… er I mean, Crunchyroll tag

June 7th, 2015

I saw this over at Katy’s blog and decided to do this too! It’s originally a Netflix tag, but the past couple years, I’ve barely touched my Netflix account (yet I still pay for it… I should do something about that). Instead, I’ve been using Crunchyroll a lot, which is a streaming site for Anime.

I know not everyone watches Anime, and if you don’t, I recommend giving it a try! My husband wasn’t an Anime fan before, but because there’s such a large variety out there, I was able to find several series that he really liked. Now he watches some series with me :)

All Time Favorite


Gurren Lagann – Though it’s not my “all time” favorite, it’s up there on my favorites list and is available on Crunchyroll. It’s about a future where people are forced to live underground by the Spiral King, but some venture to the surface to fight him. (It’s more complicated than that, but saying any more would be spoilers.)

It starts out kind of light and funny, but it shifts to a more serious tone as it goes on. It’s also extremely over the top, where you pretty much have to turn off your brain and go along for the ride. You’re rewarded with some epic fights and good ol’ everyone-working-together feels.

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