Category: Off the beaten path

Thoughts, quotes & life

My thoughts on the movie Chef

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I’ve wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the trailer for it. It’s been out for over a month and I finally made it to the theater to see it and I’m SO glad I did. From the previews, I thought I would like this movie, but I didn’t expect it to resonate with me the way that it did. Not to mention, John Favreau gives a phenomenal performance.

Movie Synopsis (some spoilers): (more…)

Two worthwhile mini vacations

 

Echo Lake, Ludlow, VT
Echo Lake in Ludlow, Vermont

I’m in the phase of life where many of my friends and peers are getting married. About three weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding in Vermont and just this past weekend, I flew to Miami for a whirlwind bachelorette celebration for another friend who asked me to be a bridesmaid in her September wedding. I was looking forward to both occasions, but to be honest was not expecting to enjoy them as much as I actually did. I knew they would be fun, but I didn’t realize how much I truly needed these mini vacations. (more…)

Welcome to The Global Palate!

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It’s official! A way overdue move has finally taken place. If you’ve been following my blog (Global Girl’s Blog) you’ll notice right away my website looks a bit different. You’ll also notice the URL and the title of my blog have changed. The new blog is called The Global Palate and I hope you all love the changes as much as I do.  Welcome to my new and improved blog! (more…)

Things I’d like to improve upon in 2014

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I’m going to be cliche and go ahead and share some of my New Year’s resolutions with you, although I like to look at them as ongoing goals. 2014 is right around the corner and although I’m not being too hard on myself, there are things that I want to change and improve upon in this new year. I have some short & long term goals that I’d really like to make happen. Many of my short term goals are a means to reaching my long term goals. (more…)

You only turn 90 once

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We threw my grandma a 90th birthday party this past weekend. My grandma is one of the most important people in my life. She and my grandpa are like second parents to me rather than just grandparents. They have both always been really involved in our lives (both mine and my two brothers). Even when we lived in Thailand they called once a week to talk to us (back then it was expensive and we didn’t have skype), they made multiple treks across the globe to visit us, and sent us gifts and many coveted items from the US that we either couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to in Asia. They are fun, supportive, loving and great role models. Needless to say, I am incredibly blessed and lucky to have grandparents like them. So, even though planning a large party (for 130 people) can be really stressful and there were many times my mom and I wondered if it was a good idea, we both realized we are so lucky to be able to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday with her. She is still as bright and as sharp as ever and I mean how many people can actually enjoy a big party at 90? (more…)

Things I love about summer

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Summer is by far my favorite season. I don’t even mind those almost unbearably hot days. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the tropics where almost everyday is unbearably hot and humid. But whatever the reason, summer is my favorite time of year. I know there is something beautiful in every season and even though I don’t like every aspect of every season, I can appreciate something in each one. In the winter, even though I hate the cold, I love the beautiful white snow that falls to the ground. In fall, I enjoy the seasonal pumpkin flavors of coffees, muffins and cheesecakes and the different colors of the leaves. In spring, the greenery that starts to appear means summer is just around the corner and I actually don’t mind those rainy days you get to spend inside curled up on the couch with a good book or movie. Yes, there is definitely something nice about every season, but I can go on and on about the positives of summer. (more…)

Lessons from Life of Pi

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I saw the movie Life of Pi for the first time two nights ago. I haven’t had a chance to read the book, so I can’t compare the two. But what I can say about the movie is that I really appreciated all the quotes and life lessons. What a beautiful story of survival, faith and perseverance. I knew the basis of the story but I was not expecting it to be so moving. I must have cried like 15 times throughout the movie. Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me: (more…)

Counting my blessings

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I’ve been in kind of a slump/funk lately. If there is such a thing as a quarter life crisis, it’s very possible that I am going through one. My thoughts seem to take discouraged, negative, fearful paths quite frequently and it sometimes takes quite an effort to redirect them.

However, even though sometimes it’s very hard to stop the negative thinking that can go on in my head, I’ve discovered that counting my blessings can really help. It’s not a new concept really, but I’ve been trying hard to focus on the MANY good things in my life, rather than the few bad things. Why is it that sometimes it feels as though the bad things seem to outweigh the good? That’s another negative lie.

I was recently inspired by a friend of mine to make a list of things I am thankful for. She started posting a daily “thankful” status on facebook, in which she lists a couple things that she is thankful for each day. I look forward to reading her daily status updates, because sometimes reading them, I remember to be thankful for something that I had otherwise forgotten about! It’s been a wake up call to me to start thanking God for the blessings in my life because I don’t do it nearly enough. So, here is a list of things I am thankful for today. It is not comprehensive. If it were, the list would be never ending. These are just some of the things that came to mind as I wrote this post. (more…)

The inevitable weight loss road block

Taunting me at work!
Taunting me at work!

I’ve been a Weight Watcher’s member since I got engaged in 2009. Prior to my engagement I had always been pretty thin and in good shape, thanks to high school sports and working in the Rutgers Recreation office all through college (easy access to gyms, classes, and activities). However, after I graduated college, the pounds slowly started to creep up and by the time I got engaged I was the heaviest I’d ever been. So, I decided maybe I needed a little help. (more…)

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