I've been blogging since 1999 and writing in notebooks since I could form semi-complete sentences about what Disney movie I watched that day. 

Most of all, I'm interested in all things that connect us as humans - from poetry to technology to dance to food. Here is a hodgepodge of vignettes and posts categorized by topics I generally write about. 

**This list is sorely out of date. You can find a lot more on my current blog which I treat as a notebook of ideas, such as my informal notes on writing here and on poetry here

I read Books and Poetry.

  • Things around the internet - Links to articles I have found interesting lately.
  • Poets I am enjoying - Mary Oliver / Vera Pavlova / Jack Gilbert / Carl Phillips / Louise Glück / Michael Ondaatje / Frank O'Hara / CK Williams / Eileen Myles / Frank Lima / Adrienne Rich / Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge / Gary Snyder / Ocean Vuong / Galway Kinnell

Books in 2015:

  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
  • The Magus, John Fowles
  • The Secret Lives of People in Love: Stories, Simon Van Booy
  • Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami
  • The Ender Quintet, Orson Scott Card (all 5 books!)
  • The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  • The Rosie Effect: A Novel, Graeme Simsion
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux

Books in 2016:

  • Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
  • The Martian, Andy Weir
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  • Incidents of Travel in Poetry, Frank Lima
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You, Cal Newport
  • Ozone Journal, Peter Balakian
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • The Art of Stillness, Pico Iyer
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  • The Course of Love, Alain de Botton
  • The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  • Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Letters to Emma Bowlcut, Bill Callahan
  • The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante
  • Service Included, Phoebe Damrosch

Books in 2017:

  • Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert* 
  • Bright Dead Things, Ada Limón*
  • The Best American Short Stories of 2016, Junot Díaz
  • The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir, Ariel Levy*
  • The Story of a Brief Marriage, Anuk Arudpragasm
  • Widow Basquiat, Jennifer Clement*
  • Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
  • Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, Lauren Elkin
  • Option B, Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang
  • Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman
  • The Odd Woman and the City, Vivian Gornick
  • Goodbye, Vitamin, Rachel Khong*
  • The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood*
  • Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss

Books in 2018:

  • Bird by Bird (reread), Anne Lamott
  • A Thousand Mornings,  Mary Oliver
  • Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  • Gods Behaving Badly, Marie Phillips
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost,  Rebecca Solnit
  • Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch (reread)
  • Ready Player One,  Ernest Cline
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • The Obstacle Is the Way, Ryan Holiday
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Marie Semple
  • Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates


  • Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed
  • Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • Hemingway In Love, A.E. Hotchner
  • Bluets, Maggie Nelson
  • Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
  • Here Is New York, E.B. White
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong
  • Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
  • World War Z, Max Brooks
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett
  • Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • Night, Etel Adnan
  • All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr



  • Hope In The Dark, Rebecca Solnit*
  • A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara*
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien*
  • The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
  • How to Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chödrön
  • Catching the Big Fish, David Lynch
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall Rosenberg
  • Safekeeping, Abigail Thomas
  • Ongoingness, Sarah Manguso
  • The Boat, Nam Le
  • Torch, Cheryl Strayed
  • Grit, Angela Duckworth
  • City of Thieves, David Benioff
  • The Leavers, Lisa Ko



I really love Food. 

  • Rose's Secret NYC Guide - I made a list of NYC restaurants I have dined at since moving here in February 2014. Includes one-line-ish thoughts on the restaurants. Color-coded by borough, organized by cuisine, alphabetized. Not so secret anymore.
  • Foodspotting - Don't have time to read the latest food blogs? I'll update you on the new hot restaurants in NYC
  • Food blog entries (on blog) - Sometimes (many times) I end up setting off the smoke detector in my building when I try to cook. But sometimes I experiment with recipes anyways. 
  • Yelp - What? An Asian girl who writes reviews on Yelp? Such a rare animal sighting.  

I take Photos. 

Selected client portraits. For personal images, see the photography section.