Friday, March 10, 2017

Consumer & Creator

Recently, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Mom Hour, when hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers mentioned that podcasts were a "new medium." Um, no. I've been listening to KCRW's Good Food podcast since 2005 (back when you had to hook up your iPod to your computer to download the latest episodes from iTunes). And I have been blogging since April 2002 - when Blogger was a startup company and I paid for a premium account because I was worried they might go out of business (thanks, Google, for buying Blogger!).

Needless to say, in the past several years I haven't been creating much. Not coincidentally, I gave birth to my first child in 2009 and my creative energies have been focused on nurturing the now two little ones in my life and my own career change into the field of college counseling. During this time, I was a consumer of information on parenting, education, and college counseling. I realized how I much of a social scientist I am at heart (there's a reason why I consume pop culture through Lainey Gossip), and learned about points and miles to aid family travel. I became better at parallel parking, got to know greater Taipei better (including its many parks and indoor playgrounds), and am somewhat proficient at whipping up quick meals my children will actually eat.

As amazing as all this has been, I also feel like I'm finally emerging out of a dark tunnel as my kids age out of early childhood. I've long wanted to post, and have composed blogs in my head, but until recently, didn't feel compelled, given competing demands on my time, to sit down and write it out. In the past year and a half, I've put more focus on nurturing myself - resuming exercising regularly, reading for personal pleasure, and baking. My word of the year is 'balance' - and I'm hoping to spend more time being a creator of content this year, here and at Nomad Foodie and VirtualB the Reader.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gender representations in media

As my kids become more engaged with media, I've become even more conscious about how influential it is on young psyches figuring out their role in society ("no, you can't pretend to be Catboy because only Owlette is a girl."). A surprising number of family films don't pass Bechdel Test (Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda 3, Muppets Most Wanted, etc.) and others reinforce rape culture (Disney's original Sleeping Beauty). We need to keep demanding and supporting films that reflect society.

Related article: No surprise, there’s a huge gender gap on the big screen

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"What's the difference besides the price?" I've always asked myself at the drugstore when comparing the national brands to the store brand.

Well, I seem to have found my answer.


Getting the kids to take Advil-brand ibuprofen is a little bit easier than the store brand. And since they particularly hate being cooperative when sick, this is an important note to keep in mind.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Unconditional love

Perhaps my favorite parenting podcast is Leading Edge Parenting with Sandi Schwartz. I get so much more than parenting advice from it, like this poem she included in her daily email, which she calls her "Daily Love Nugget,"

all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
"You owe me."
what happens
with a love like that -
It lights the whole world

-Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wikileaks shows that U.S. Embassy lobbied against Philippines formula marketing law

Just read this post over at the Motherwear blog and had to re-blog it - really egregious industry promotion that harms public health:

Wikileaks shows that U.S. Embassy lobbied against Philippines formula marketing law

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I have a love-hate relationship with my son's toy, the Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game. Love because even after 8+ months, he still enjoys playing with it. He plays over and over with the various components, stacking the rings on his head, turning the elephant head upside down to make a makeshift hat, stuffing all of his other toys into the chute. The balls bounce and make great shakers. But hate because those !@#$! balls are always rolling under the furniture, and guess who is always having to retrieve it?