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Working from London (Days 1-4)

Marble Arch at NightSix months ago this city was pretty foreign to me, so it was comforting to arrive and actually know my way around, more or less. I spent my first 3 days in London working from our office here and really enjoyed it. Not to mention, my jet lag wasn’t nearly as bad as it was the first time I traveled here (melatonin supplements for the win). It was good to meet with folks, see familiar faces, do project work in-person, and have an overall productive business trip. I was actually a little bit hesitant to leave on vacation because there are just so many things going on right now that I’m excited about. I managed to overcome my workaholic-impulse though and promised myself not to come into the office on my holiday. Instead, I only worked a bit Saturday from the hotel to wrap up things that needed to be done before I left.

DSC00266Work aside though, I had a couple chances to go out for drinks with some colleagues which was great. Had previously never met the [User] Experience team here and they were a lot fun. Also, on Friday night (after an office-wide gathering at a nearby pub) I had the opportunity to meet up with Jake! We had dinner in Soho and it was nice catching up with him. Overall, it was a good first leg of my trip and I look forward to my next opportunity to go back.

With that, I’ll leave you with a few funny UK-customs I’ve started to get accustomed to:

1) Being asked if I want still water or sparkling (have learned to ask for tap)
2) Drinking on the sidewalks (think pub overflow)
3) When looking for “take out” ask for “take away”‘
4) Everything being terribly expensive
5) Using an Oyster Card

Eh, I’m tired. That’ll have to do for now. I’ve spent the last 3 days sightseeing with my parents who have just come off their two-week European cruise. Tomorrow I leave to Germany. More on both these counts later. In the meantime, check out my Flickr. Later!

Leave a Comment

So Nielsen says 95% of blog readers don’t comment. I’d agree with that, especially when thinking of my own blogroll. But what if you gave your blog readers another option to share their thoughts in another way than filling out a form?

To give the concept a shot, I installed the ClickComments plugin, where instead of commenting, you now have the option to just click a button based on your reaction to content. I like this idea of passive feedback. Granted, its creative execution isn’t all that hot, but it’s a start. Here’s a video:

Let’s give this a try, shall we?

April in Seattle

For the first time since November, I don’t have a trip lined up. Traveling has a been a lot of fun but it’s also good to be home to and see friends, enjoy life in Seattle, and get back into the swing of things. That and it’s nice having my suitcase off the floor and relocated to my closet for a bit.

Weekend Summary

On Friday, Ryan and I went out with Trevor and Ly to Joey’s on Lake Union for the first time. The ambiance was really great and the trendiness (think square plates and hip Vegas-esque bar) took me by surprise (was thinking more kangaroos). The food was pretty good too, including a truly stellar chocolate lava soufflĂ©. Overall am looking forward to going back.

Saturday we went geocaching with David and Teresa in Magnuson Park and thankfully it stopped raining long enough for us to go. Am definitely looking forward to more time outdoors this spring and summer.

Today I made a rare trip to the east side; had dim sum with Jules’ family and visited Stephen’s place for the first time. When not out and about, this weekend I watched a lot of West Wing with Ryan (we’re on season 6 now) and daydreamed of owning a Roomba iRobot. One day…

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Again, really?

I find it really uncanny that I often find myself engaging in the exact same conversation with cab drivers. It goes as follows:

  1. Inquiry of what country my family is from, followed by questions about said country.
  2. I then profess to having never been to said country, adding that I am not fluent in the language.
  3. Driver replies in shock and becomes appalled. He then attempts to convey to me the “shame” of my situation.
  4. Lastly, driver proceeds to ask about the race of my boyfriend. (Strangely, this is never prefaced with asking if I have a boyfriend.)
  5. Driver then disapproves sternly and begins mumbled litany of why biracial dating is “not good” and “unwise”.
  6. Arrive at destination. Smile cordially. Reduce tip.

Tonight was another one of those instances. It’s not so much the conversation that surprises me, but more the fact that it’s followed this sequence several times, in various cities, no less! I need a disclaimer:

I AM AN AMERICAN–who happens to be of Filipino descent. I have never been to Asia and although I’d like to visit one day, it’s not a huge priority for me. This is my country and I’m proud of it. English is my first language and I am more well-versed in it than most. My boyfriend is white and I have no problem with that. Do get over it. Thanks.

Vacation in DC: Day 1

It was a sunny day, forecast to be the hottest of the week, so we decided to do most of the outdoor sightseeing this day. We hit the Smithsonian Castle, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the new WWII Memorial. Here are some photos and my favorite quotes from the sites visited:

Washington Monument

Fun fact: Lack of resources and the Civil War caused the construction of the Washington Monument to be put on hold. Once the war was over, a different type of marble was used, hence the change in color about 150 feet up the structure.

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial - Religious FreedomAlmighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens . . . are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion . . . No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.

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A Glimpse of Spring

Why I love living in Seattle
Taken after work Friday from a stairwell landing behind the Pike Place Market sign

However, it’s back to being rainy today. At least it’s not cold out, I guess. What a tease!