Being Asian, But Not Identifying With It
Fran:“I’m Black.”“Really? Are you mixed with something?”I get this response a lot when people ask me what I am and I’m prepared for this follow-up question. It’s kind of crazy that people you don’t even know can challenge you on your identity. Sometimes if I don’t feel mentally prepared…
I could not be more excited to share Francesca and Nelli’s Catholic and Hindu fusion wedding experience. I actually found Francesca on Instagram and admittedly slid into her DMs as soon as I saw pictures of her gorgeous fusion wedding.
Hi everyone! This is a long time coming but I really wanted to share our experiences traveling to Cusco Peru for our honeymoon in July.
Top 5 experiences in Peru:
- Hiking Machu Picchu
- Visiting Maras/Moray
- Cusco Culture Day tour – Shops and Restaurants
- Staying at Esplendor Cusco
- Booking our expedition with Alpaca Expeditions
It has always been a top priority to explore South America for 2018 since I had never stepped foot on the continent. Over the past years, I’ve grown fond of hiking and the outdoors so I really wanted to add Machu Picchu to our accomplishments. Since our visit to Peru would be mostly centered around visiting this world wonder, I prioritized finding the best tour company. My main concerns were cost, ratings, and vegetarian options – Nelli has always wanted to go to South America but was nervous about their meat-centered cuisines. I researched many tour companies online through trip advisor and blogs (thank you Snazzy Mom!) and I ultimately settled on Alpaca Expeditions. I’m very happy with my choice – our hiking group was small (5 people), affordable ($550pp), great ratings, extremely knowledgeable/fun tour guide, and had veg options. There was one lunch rice item that had hot dog slices in it which frustrated Nelli but he said overall he would recommend them.
Hi everyone, I wrote an essay for Nikita (blogger at growingupgupta.com) about being biracial and how it will impact my future tri(?)racial family. Let me know your thoughts please 🙂
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Hi everyone!! I can’t believe it’s already May…it’s going to be our 1 year wedding anniversary next month! Where did the time go?
We have since continued our national park tradition and actually headed back to Grand Canyon around April 14th. We booked the tickets on February 2nd and were planning for the May timeframe but April 14th was all that was available. It ended up being a nice coincidence because that was our 2 year engagement anniversary. I think I set up a nice tradition to go somewhere for that date too!
Even though we had already been to the Grand Canyon, I’ve read blogs and pictures about the famous Havasu waterfalls. These waterfalls are so popular that you are required to have a permit and they get sold out for the year in 30 minutes! If you want to stay in the lodge instead of camping you have to reserve rooms the year before you want to go…yikes!
It was me and Nelli’s first backpacking/camping experience together and we were so nervous! For it being our first time, I think we did extremely well but there are a few things we’ll do differently next time…
HOW THEY MET Raghav and I come from different backgrounds as I am Half Black/Half Filipina Catholic and Raghav being a South Indian Hindu. Our paths eventually crossed when I moved to San Francisco after college and was hired to work the night shift at a manufacturing site. Raghav was already working the same shift…
Hi everyone, I’m keeping good on my promise to update my blog at least once a month. If possible, I would appreciate if my readers could subscribe to my blog (Right hand column of website). I’m still shy about sharing my post updates with friends, family, social media channels so I need all the help I can get.
I’ve talked A LOT about Nelli’s visa woes on the blog here, here, here, and here. Most of the posts are lamenting the time Nelli had to go back to India until his visa was renewed and one post was about me taking my first trip to India to get Nelli’s visa on his passport. I thought that was the end of our visa woes but I was wrong. I’m happy to announce that after 5 months on February 10th, 2018 – Nelli became a permanent resident aka received the GREEN CARD.