New York at night makes me happy. Under the glimmering lights, I am extra grateful for everything. I find excuses to be thankful. I see all the small unexpected beautiful things. I am in awe of all the different people around me, making their home here, staking their claim, laughing and shouting and lining up … Continue reading A love letter to New York
A collection of Helen's New York favorites: Daybreaker - a sober morning dance party with awesome people and lots of free coffee. Find it in a city near you here! Nyonya - a Michelin-rated Malaysian restaurant with plates as low as $8. I miss actual Malaysia though. Housing Works Bookstore - all proceeds help combat … Continue reading A frightful first draft, pt. 1
Y'all, February 28 scares me. Let's rewind. Some of you know that I left my job in impact investing last December. Instead of jumping into a new job, I decided to spend January and February settling into adult life and tackling burnout due to, mainly, an apartment maintenance issue that made it impossible to sleep … Continue reading February 28 is more okay than I thought
Deciding what to write for my last gap yah blog: You know how chick flicks often end in, Now she likes herself just the way she is, especially her hair; wasn’t that easy and cute? Whenever I tell people, “My gap year has been transformative!”, I feel like Cher in Clueless or Andy from Devil … Continue reading End of the gap yah: Disruptions
About Ponta Delgada, Portugal: It is the capital of Azores, Portugal. Nearby, there is a giant lake that is one-half blue and one-half green. It is, also, my last international destination. How is that possible?! Strangers and conversations: As the plane descends, clouds slide apart like paper cutouts. The engine whirs. I am smushed against the … Continue reading Speaking with strangers.
Number of countries visited thus far: 8 Number to go: 1 Tap water, love in every language, and quiet mornings: My short stay in India was filled with sooty cows and delectable curries. Soon, it was time to head back west to Europe. First stop? Paris, France. Enticing, famous Paris. When tourists think of the … Continue reading City of Light
Miles flown this gap year until Bangkok (approximate): 12,575 Miles to go still (approximate): 12,755 Amount of Megabus trips: Always too many. Busy and crowded in Thailand: I have a hypothesis: The person who invented the phrase “sensory overload” was a traveler to Bangkok. According to Forbes, the curious, gigantic city of Bangkok, Thailand spent … Continue reading Sawatdee, Bangkok!
Hi friends! Just arrived safely in my Bangkok hotel. Am delirious, nauseous, hungry, and excited. Room is gorgeous. I understand no Thai, and everyone I've met so far speaks only a bit of English, so this is going to be excellent. Eating the strange cup noodles that had no English instructions so I tried to google … Continue reading Just got to Thailand 🙂
Things we don't talk about: Shame is bright dots on your cheeks. Smoke from a fire you desperately try to stamp out. Tense air and exploding ink. Shame is the voice you're running from, the rejected application, that thing you desperately smother. It's the thing you don't want to hear about or write about or blog … Continue reading Things we don’t like to talk about
Right now, I have fleshed out too many ideas for my next blog post, so until I de-clutter, I won't be writing anything new. ...Except this! There are only two months left in my gap year (!!) (How did this happen?!). I've been agonizing over what to do with them, but my plans are finally … Continue reading The rest of my gap year plans!!