Archive: It vs. It’s, The Final Showdown

This is an archived post from 10/20/2014 by Paul Simon Yim. It’s really hard, sometimes, to know when to use its or it’s. We’ve been taught, since elementary school, that whenever we want to indicate a possessive noun that an apostrophe must be used. For example, This is Cindy’s car. That is Brian’s computer. What we often forget, however, is that when we want to use a pronoun … Continue reading Archive: It vs. It’s, The Final Showdown

Things to Eat and Do at Fengjia Night Market

I really wanted to go out. I spent the entire day inside, avoiding the oppressive and wet heat outside. No matter how much I begged, my mom refused to come with me to the night market. “You’re 12 now. You can take the bus there yourself.” The idea of taking the bus alone at night in a foreign country frightened me, but my craving for … Continue reading Things to Eat and Do at Fengjia Night Market

Faking your Way, or Working that Slay? My Makeup Journey

I grew up hating makeup, Barbies, skirts, and uncomfortable shoes with lacy socks. I only cared about being comfortable, mobile, and warm. What was the point of wearing a skirt if I were constantly told to sit down with my legs crossed? As I grew older, mother nature suddenly decided to give me a head full of fine, fragile, curly hair, almost literally overnight. The … Continue reading Faking your Way, or Working that Slay? My Makeup Journey

Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Subtlety sub-till-tea n. the act of avoiding an unpleasant situation through clever maneuvering. Literally: waiting under a rock until tea time. Words are pretty cool. They let you write a letter confessing your love to your crush, understand your favorite Friends episode, tell your roommate to stop stealing your food, or negotiate a pay raise with your boss. If you’re like me, you like words … Continue reading Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Smile! Or laugh! Research has shown that facial muscle activity can affect you psychologically. That means that even fake smiles and forced laughter can help alleviate your mood and reduce stress. The act of smiling releases neuropeptides that reduce stress hormones in the brain. Smiling also activates other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and dopamine to be released, relaxing your body, decreasing your heart rate and … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Pool Thoughts: Stay in Your Lane

Swimming is probably the only sport that I would ever voluntarily do. I love swimming. I love that I can’t feel the sweat dripping down my back. I love the exhilarating thrill from that initial push off the wall. I love feeling as though the weight of the world were lifted from my shoulders. But there’s one thing that I absolutely can’t stand: people who … Continue reading Pool Thoughts: Stay in Your Lane

#MeToo trending in Social Media

Sexual assault has long been a taboo topic in the United States, and it has been garnering plenty of attention in the light of many revelations of abuse in the film industry. The Harvey Weinstein cases in the past few weeks have revealed just how widespread this issue is, and the #MeToo movement aims to show that sexual assault happens way more often than we … Continue reading #MeToo trending in Social Media

“[Archive]:” Suggested Reading: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies

This is an archived post from October 24th written by Ananya Bhargava. Interpreter of Maladies is a short-story collection by Indian author, Jhumpa Lahiri. It is not one of her most commercially popular books but it is my favorite because her books changed my perspective on writing. When I began first writing, I was inspired by the work of authors like Jane Austen so I … Continue reading “[Archive]:” Suggested Reading: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies

“kill! kill! kill!”

Around this time last year, I was going through the worst heartbreak of my life. I was in a one-sided relationship with someone I never should have developed feelings for. “It’s just sex,” he warned. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t listen. I fell for him and my feelings were not reciprocated. After this, he moved up north and the unhealthy one-sided relationship continued for months, but now … Continue reading “kill! kill! kill!”

Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

Chindogu (literally “unusual tool”) is a Japanese term coined by Kenji Kawakami, former editor of the magazine Mail Order Life, denoting the art of creating inventions to solve specific everyday problems but which are actually silly and even useless. The key to a great chindogu is a device that is almost useful, but is impractical because of the absurd way in which it attempts to solve a problem. … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

I recently read an article on BBC called “Is There An Upside to Having No Social Life?” I found the article as I was scrolling through BBC on one of my rare days of connectedness. As one who strives to have a very active social life and is forced through a dearth of friends to have a not-so-active social life, I found this title particularly … Continue reading All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

On September 25, President Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was overturned when Republican senator Susan Collins voted against the motion. Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of Trump’s main campaign promises; it is evident now that the president will be unable to fulfill his promise, at least within his first year in office. According to the New York Times, Republicans, believing … Continue reading Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare