A Letter to Officer Tou Thao: How Does it Feel?

Saturday, May 30, 2020


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“For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was helpless. For five whole minutes. This was not a matter of a split-second poor decision.” – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
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This excerpt is a letter addressed to Officer Tou Thao, the second policeman caught in the viral video of George Floyd's arrest. Trigger warning to dear readers: Today's entry mentions death, racism, and police violence. On that note, you are more than free to choose not to proceed.

How to be a Morning Person (+ New Wall Art!)

Monday, May 25, 2020


This post is created in collaboration with Photowall

There is a window by my bed that stays open overnight, so when sunrise comes and the sky wakes up, I eventually do too. As light pours into the bedroom, I walk, half-asleep, to quickly turn the heater off. Then I climb back to bed, check my phone for the time and weather, and reply to texts, which would later in the day be met with a typical: "Why were you up so early??"

Good morning to you all. (Or noon? Evening? Is time still arbitrary?) Two things on our agenda today, friends. First, to share with you some advice on being a morning person. Second, to tell you about this new canvas print on my wall that I am head over heels in love with. (Hang 'til the end for a discount code!)

My Top Five Netflix Recommendations | From a Distance

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


This week I'm grateful for the ease on restrictions here in Australia. It's refreshing, but also very nerve-wracking to see the world turn again. So we're just proceeding with caution, but I can tell everyone's anxious for normalcy.

It's been two months. Which is about 400 years in quarantine time. And in that timeframe, my relationship with Netflix has blossomed all the more.

I'll admit some of the stuff Netflix puts out are so clearly targeted at 13-year-olds (I'm looking at you, Riverdale). But if you're like me and also like to pretend there's 25 hours in a day, here are five things on my Netflix radar that I would recommend.

Speaking Of Which... | From a Distance

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Courtesy of The New Yorker

Today, as every other week, I share with you the corners of the Internet that have made me smile.

It's interesting, really, our relationship with the interwebs. I can't tell if it's toxic co-dependency, intense love and hate, or harmless camaraderie. Although I think it's all of the above...

My Number One Writing Advice | From a Distance

Saturday, May 9, 2020


Think of this as a workshop on how I write long-ass Instagram captions that no one is obliged to read.

Let's begin.

My Favourite Modern Love Essays

Friday, May 1, 2020


It's fun to see where people fall on the scale of skeptic to hopeless romantic. For me personally, I tend to stay nonchalant.

I do contradict myself in many ways when it comes to this. I avoid the romance section at bookstores because I think romance novels are cliché. I roll my eyes every time I see someone repost an Instagram poem about soulmates. (Is it really a poem if you're just breaking apart sentences like that?)

But I read the Modern Love column of the New York Times like a sacred ritual. I've been listening to their episodes for nearly the past two years.

And it's not just because of the beautiful writing and sound design. They are different, to me, compared to the love stories I'd see on the shelves. These stories are unfabricated, brutally honest, and adorned with unglamorous details.
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