Weekly Recap #12

In blogging…

Anna talks about the origins of her name in light of her family’s immigration to the U.S. I love stories like these—they remind geek-me of the origin stories in comic books.

About taking advantage of the in-betweens of traveling. Because the experiences before and after a trip are so powerful, Caroline from Travelettes says that this time period is important for self-development. I have to say, I’m on her side. I love taking breathers while traveling to another destination.

Van from Snow in Tromso talks about what “home” means to her after returning for a short 2-week break. I think the travel and expat community in particular have this complex relationship with the meaning of home that would be different if each of us were to write about it. I’d love to hear these too :)

Everything you need to know about a Diva Cup! I’ve used one since August and now, I really can’t go back! It saves a lot of money and irritation.. if you know what I mean. Plus, I basically don’t feel like I’m on my period when I’m wearing one. Big plus ;)


I’m not usually a sports fan… nor do I read about sports. But this article on Jeremy Lin and his “fall” was quite interesting to read. It discusses how his path was more difficult because of racial tensions and how Lin was isolated throughout the seasons.

Speaking of diversity, some wonder whether diversity portrayed on TV has gone too far, which is complete BS.

This is a video my friend sent me when I was feeling super giddy. Best two minutes of my life:

A pertinent piece on how Asian Americans need to reclaim their space in racial dialogue.

We cannot allow social constructs of model minorities and what “Asianness” means to silence us and prevent us from working towards inclusive discussions of race. We need to reclaim our space in the dialogue. We need to have discussions as an Asian community on what race and being Asian means to us, and what systemic racism means to us. We need to take those discussions and find common ground with the experiences of other minorities that are fighting for the value of their lives. We must show solidarity with other racial minorities in these experiences—otherwise, we will never make progress.

What I did…

One weekend, I headed to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar here in Austin, for a whopping $12 cover fee. As a proud cheapskate, you can imagine how much I liked this experience when I say… it was worth every penny. I usually don’t find Austinites very friendly—as in talking to strangers at bars—but here, everyone talked and interacted with each other and it was awesome. Also some Brits found me (maybe I am an international magnet) and I was able to sharpen my wit with them. The unfortunate timing of that was… during the 30 minutes that they were there, the musicians chose to sing the national anthem, hands on hearts and all, rounding out their stereotypical all-American experience.


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I also went to see a roller derby match yesterday—props to those ladies! They were such badasses! Since we were all feeling the adrenalin, we decided to watch Whip It afterwards.

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Also I’m hitting some rocky personal territory so posting may slow down for a few weeks until I get it all sorted.

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  • http://dianadegzz.blogspot.com/ Diana

    seems like a packed week, i’m glad you had fun at the piano bar!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Diana!

  • http://lanivcox.wordpress.com/ Lani

    Link madness. I can’t click them all! Or can I? Hmmm. Thanks for letting us know that you will be slowing down (possibly) because if you need to type me or pretend type me to get it all out, I’m here for you blamigos. xxoo

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Dare you! Thanks so much for the support Lani. It means a lot :) Much love xx

  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    Thanks so much for the mention!! I’ve always wanted to go to one of those dueling piano bars. There’s a popular one in LA. I’m glad to know that it’s worth the money!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha why are you still surprised when I mention you :p You should definitely go!! It’s a FANTASTIC time!! But I would suggest boozing up beforehand because along with expensive entry fees are expensive drinks. boooo.

  • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

    Roller Derby looks like lots of fun! Hope you are ok, and things get less rocky for you very soon!!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yeah, I really want to try going again! Thanks a lot, Kerri xx

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    I don’t actually know what a roller derby involves… other than rollerblades!