Rolling with the punches

The last week of traveling was rough. While I was camping, I locked my keys in the trunk of my rental car. I had to call a locksmith to the campsite. That was $100 for a stupid mistake. I got back to Salt Lake City and realized that I messed up my Airbnb booking! I accidentally booked next week instead of this week. I'm glad I was able to find…

Constraints while Traveling

Of course, we all experience constraints even when we’re not traveling. We have constraints at work (you can’t just use the company card to buy yourself a car), money (you really can’t afford to buy that new iPhone, can ya?), or time (you can’t spend the whole day on Netflix, no matter how good Mindhunters is). If you’re working in design or development, constraints are…

Traveling around the US

For someone who grew up in a country that's smaller than California, the thought of traveling around the US for a year was pretty daunting. Questions like "Where am I going to live?", "Where am I going to work?", "How long will I be staying at a certain place?", "Am I going to get super lonely?", and "Am I going to…

Take care of yourself!

Let's just say there was a time when 100% of what went into my mouth consisted of ramen and hoagies. I didn't care much about what was in my food—if it made me full, I'm all good. I pretty much sucked at sports too as a kid, and that discouraged me from doing any kind of physical activity in high school or college. I jogged here and there, but…

Volunteering at the Appalachian Trail

Volunteering at the Appalachian Trail

Volunteering in Georgia by Jag Talon on Exposure I happened to listen to this one episode of My Favorite Murder where they were talking about some dude who decapitated and ate his seatmate on the Greyhound bus in Canada. The next day, I rode the Greyhound for 16 hours straight from Philadelphia to Virginia. Good news: I'm not dead. So I've been planning for this "volunteercation" for a…

Walking Around Valley Forge

Walking Around Valley Forge

The weather has been super nice this week (not cold at all!) and it's our annual meetup in Paoli, PA so I had the chance to walk around with some coworkers in Valley Forge. It was pretty damn nice! There's this trail where you have to go up to Mount Misery but it was a tiny little hill.…

Walking Around Philly

I’ve been sedentary most of my life. I hated sports at school, and now I sit behind a desk all day. Even though I’ve been powerlifting for a little over a year, I still didn’t like moving. Well, at least not outside the gym. I’ve recently been attending Kinstretch classes and listening to Movement Matters, so I thought that maybe I should be moving more (plus…

Podcast Q&As

People have asked me a few questions about Friends Talk Frontend, so I thought I'd collect them all here! Why start a podcast? I've been keeping a blog where I share my experiences in tech, and I thought that it would be so much better if I could also share other people's experiences. It's also an excuse to talk to people that I look up to. 😛 Where do you find…