How to Create a Daily Exercise Habit

Exercise needs to be a daily habit, but it’s one of the first things we sacrifice when our lives get busy. Work, school, kids, commutes, TV, and other things compete for our time and energy. If we’re always trying to squeeze in a workout here and there, it normally never happens. And doing one big […]

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How to Be a Better Writer: A Beginner’s Guide

I’m going to be participating in a Career Day at my daughter’s school this month. I’ll be there representing myself as a writer. It’s been a culmination of over three years of writing to get to this point where I can call myself a writer. In January 2014, I published my first blog post on Live […]

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Tidying Up Your Life in Tiny Steps

Tidying up is a habit that helps focus the mind to more important things in life. A little tidying here and there takes away the burden of having to commit to cleaning up and exerting a lot of energy when things get overwhelming. I grew up always tidying. I’ve taught my kids to do the […]

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The Big Dilemma: Retire Early or Travel Now?

I recently met with a fellow Bay Area parent over lunch and he told me how he was debating between retiring in 10 years versus saving up to travel with his kids in 5 years. His dilemma is something we all wrestle with. Most of us want to retire early and travel sooner than later, […]

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We Still Don’t Own a TV. Here’s Why.

We still don’t own a TV. This is one year later after we’ve moved back into our home. And we don’t have any plans to buy one in the near future. Life without TV is so much better than with it. It’s a conscious choice we’ve made to create an environment for our family to […]

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36 Rides at 2 Disneyland Parks on 2 Crowded Days: How We Did It

I wasn’t looking forward to the crowds at Disneyland and California Adventure. We went with our daughters on December 24th and 26th, expecting major crowds, and there certainly were. But with a bit of strategic planning, we were able to do everything we wanted to do, including all of the rides with the longest wait […]

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Triumph Over Tragedy: Getting Over Our House Robbery

Four years ago, thieves broke into our house and took everything they wanted. Our family was in Trinidad visiting some of my mother’s cousins for the first time. What was supposed to be a festive Christmas celebration immediately became a nightmare of a holiday for my wife and I. We took the first flight out […]

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Last year around this time, we moved back into our home. It was completely empty. We replaced the carpets, we went furniture shopping, and I assembled each Ikea furniture piece by piece, and slowly but surely, our home became our home again. We reconnected with friends and family. The kids re-enrolled in school. Finding work […]

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Why Asians Need More Representation in Travel Media

I had an opportunity to speak on a panel titled “The Changing Faces of Family Travel” at the second annual Family Travel Association Summit in October. The FTA Summit was a gathering of the FTA’s more than 100 travel professionals and 50 media members, and inclusion and diversity were hot topics throughout the event. In […]

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Day Dreamer – Natalie Chen of My Wandering Family

Another Asian family traveling on a gap year and blogging about it is rare, so I had to interview Natalie Chen of My Wandering Family from Surrey, B.C., Canada. She’s traveling with her husband and two adorable daughters (ages 7 and 4) for a year of family adventures around the world. They’ve started out their year of wandering […]

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