Chapter One Coming to America My parents found us at a luggage store in the mall. I am one of four siblings who, luckily, were all bought together. We are a set of four, in different sizes: a full size suitcase, a mid size, a carry on and a make up/computer bag. Hi, my name
I have always strongly believed that things, good or bad, happen for a reason. It has been proven many times in my life that even the biggest tragedy, somehow, brings some valuable lesson in the end. It was a usual Wednesday morning routine in September when I was driving to one of our store locations
Life is volatile. I often ponder how it can be so full of unexpected ups and downs. Some people are blessed with calm, stable waters and an easy sail on their journey from birth to death. Some people are faced with never ending challenges, heartaches and worries. I belong to the second group. I am
It was announced today that Diana Ross is going to be honored for a lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards. I love Diana Ross and I love her music, she is so deserving of this award.This got me thinking of how many millions of unsung heroes there are in our world that also
A trip to the grocery store was my favorite thing to do the first decade after I arrived in America. It was a “hobby” of mine to grab what I wanted, pay and leave. Many people thought my frequent trips to the store meant I was a chef, caterer or some kind of kitchen wizard
Dear California, I have wanted to write to you for a while but life somehow keeps delaying my plan. You know me so well, I can hear you whispering in my ear “Oh, you’re just procrastinating a little, my friend” as you wink your eye. I think you are right, aging can bring all kinds
I hear the term ‘the haves and have nots’ quite often when the media talks about the new laws affecting the people of our country. I often wonder how each one of us identifies ourselves with two such simple, definitive categories of either having or having not. I think ‘have and have not’ simply refers
Countless great mother/daughter stories already exist on the bookshelves, in blogs, movies, songs and pictures because we can relate to the love and connection, or disconnection, in them that is inherent in this special relationship. In Asian culture, girls are taught at a very early age to become a “best loving mother” in the future.
I’ve always said that growing old is a major hurdle in anyone’s life. We are ALL getting older everyday, every minute, every second, but we don’t have to be OLD to be getting older! The majority of us, myself included, go on living life as usual; striving, hanging in there, achieving incredible success (or not),
A Different Route We have heard all our lives that we need to have plan for everything, day plan, month plan, year plan, work plan, vacation plan, entertainment plan, family plan, career plan, on and on. As someone with OCD, I not only have plan but I obsessively follow the plan to the minor detail.