• Diaries

    Why I got Reconstructive Surgery Again | Part 3

    This is a continuation of a mini-series I started about my journey with microtia. If you don't know what microtia is or haven't read the first post yet, click into this blog post to read more. This blog post talks about gaining confidence after surgery and learning something new about my hearing.

  • Finance

    Money on My Mind: Back to Budgeting | Annie

    I haven’t written down my expenses in a long time so I thought it was time I started it up again. It helps me figure out where my money is going and what I can do to improve my spending. I go through phases where I’ll be really frugal and only spend on the necessities to spending more on things I want without too much thought.

  • Diaries

    2018 in Review | Annie

    I can’t believe the year is almost over in TWO DAYS. 2018 was definitely better than 2017. I spent a lot of time in 2017 doubting myself, caring too much about what others thought of me, and not enough time taking care of myself. In 2018 I put myself out there and I am slowly starting to find myself again.

  • Travel & Culture

    Restless in Taichung

    I’m not the type of person to plan anything for my birthday but this year my friend and I went on an overnight trip to Taichung and Miaoli to celebrate my birthday. It went from “let’s drive to the beach and sleep overnight in the car” to a full-blown trip.

  • Diaries

    Sharing My Biggest Secret | Part 1

    Last week I had my third reconstructive ear surgery and implanted part of a bone conduction hearing aid behind my left ear. Most of you who know me probably don’t know this about me: I was born with unilateral microtia and aural atresia. I have never openly shared this to the public, especially to the Internet, until now. With this huge recent change in my life and being the most comfortable in my own skin that I have ever been, I’m ready to share this part of me that I’ve kept to myself.

  • Health & Fitness

    What I Eat in A Day

    My mom flew back to Bangkok for a month, so I was responsible for figuring out what to eat every day. I’m a simple gal. The easier the recipe and the less ingredients I need to use, the better. In this post I share some of my go-to meals and how people grocery shop differently in Taiwan and the US.

  • Opinions

    Personal Best Podcast Review

    Personal Best is a self-improvement show where two normal guys find normal people with an eccentric hang up and help them get over it. It's relatable and authentic because the hosts don’t shy away from admitting when something doesn’t go as planned. It’s not heavily scripted, so it’s unlike many self-improvement shows that only talk about the successful big changes in people’s lives.

  • Health & Fitness

    Running My First 10K Race!

    For a few months now, I've been thinking about signing up for a race. I missed the excitement from competing in competitive sports. So after mulling over it for months, I finally bit the bullet and signed up for a 10K race hosted by the city of Taoyuan.