Delayed Journey
Psychiatry / therapy / Travel

Delayed Journey

Sedona, AZ Confusion about my career path, difficulties prioritizing, and a busy schedule are the only excuses I have for going eight whole months without writing a blog post.  If you asked me one year ago to describe how I envisioned my life would be post-residency, I would have said “happy,” “free,” “liberated,” “fun.”  However, a few months after buying my … Continue reading

Oregon Trails
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Oregon Trails

The countdown of the last eight years of medical school and residency seemed never-ending, but the remaining seven weeks until graduation seem to fly by way too fast.  So much has happened in the last six months since my latest blogpost, which includes securing a new job as an outpatient psychiatrist back home in southern California, finishing my … Continue reading

Sunset, Sunrise
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Sunset, Sunrise

{another sunset in Waikiki} Written on May 10, 2011… I just returned from an extremely quick and busy trip to Oahu, then LA, then the Philippines, then nor-cal, and now back to Oregon.  Overall, my trip was amazing, inspirational, sad, surreal, spiritual, traditional, and much more words I can’t even recall due overwhelming jet-lag.  Unforgettable.  I’ve watched … Continue reading

Spring Break Away
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Spring Break Away

{Sausalito, CA.  The day was initially stormy, but the sun appeared just moments after} I promised not to complain about weather, but it’s currently dark, cold, and intermittently rainy here.  A tiny bit of sunshine could easily brighten my mood and day.  In the meantime, I’ll takes a few moments to reminisce about recent trips to … Continue reading

Oregon Winter
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Oregon Winter

 {View from my window} I just returned from a weekend in Sacramento and San Francisco where the weather was perfectly chilly, sunny, and breezy.  Yet, prior to my flight to nor-cal, I experienced two snowy days in Oregon where I’m sure that I’m the only one who initially stared out the window in fear about having to commute in … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions
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New Year’s Resolutions

I spent New Year’s weekend in Los Angeles and had a perfect, relaxing New Year’s eve at home and away from fixe prixe restaurants and nightclubs (I truly believe Oregon life has changed me).  I initially told myself that I wouldn’t create resolutions for the new year, but later sided with tradition and the need for goals to strive towards personal … Continue reading

Meaning of a Pomegranate
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Meaning of a Pomegranate

{Pomegranates growing in my parents’ backyard} This year marked the first Thanksgiving spent in my family’s new house, which I feared might be a sad experience  since I knew how much my family loved our previous home.   As soon as I walked through the door, I immediately felt a sense of comfort walking into a wide, gorgeous space that had astonishing … Continue reading

Back to Work
Psychiatry / Travel

Back to Work

After returning from a week-long vacation, I dreaded the pile of catch-up work and voicemails waiting for my much-needed attention.  I assumed that I’d be in vacation-mode and perform sluggishly on my first day back, but surprised myself at how easily I resumed my normal routine.  Even more surprising was noticing the level of comfort I had while … Continue reading

Downtown Napa
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Downtown Napa

{Kara’s Cupcakes…seasonal strawberry cream cupcake} My recent visit to see family in northern California consisted of a deliciously appetizing day spent in downtown Napa.  I love the Napa Valley for its gorgeous wineries, world-class cuisine, and picturesque landscapes.  In the past, I’ve spent most of my time touring wineries, but exploring the downtown area left me equally impressed.  I’m … Continue reading

Year 3
Psychiatry / Travel

Year 3

{Welcome BBQ 2009} Time flies.  One year ago, I packed my bags and moved from my comfortable home in sunny California to a rainy, agricultural town in Oregon for my 2nd year of residency.  Though I truly hated the first few months being away from my family and friends (and fabulous shopping malls), I can now willingly … Continue reading

Hello, Sunshine!
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Hello, Sunshine!

{View from the deck of the Willamette Valley Vineyards} Being the first full weekend of sunshine in Oregon for months, the last thing I wanted to do was stay home.  I admit to constantly whining about Oregon weather, but when the sun comes out, the Oregon landscape offers breathtaking views in comparison to the smoggy … Continue reading

Vegas Heat
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Vegas Heat

There’s nothing like a weekend of debauchery to escape the daily grind of work…and what better setting to have it than a bachelorette party in Vegas.  I despised the city of sin for quite some time after living there a few years ago, but this past weekend brought redemption.  Reuniting with girlfriends on the strip … Continue reading

Dearest Mom
Psychiatry / Travel

Dearest Mom

Happy Mother’s Day! {Mother’s Day 2009 in Napa, CA} Ever since I moved away for medical school, my mom has grown accustomed to my busy schedule and fully understands when I can’t make it to family gatherings.  In fact, her greater concern is ensuring that I eat an appropriate meal while they enjoy a hearty celebratory … Continue reading

To eat, or not to eat?
Fashion / Psychiatry / therapy / Travel

To eat, or not to eat?

Los Angeles…home of the trendy, superficial, and fit.  Last week I was on vacation and spent the week back home in southern California.  In preparation for my trip, I packed my most stylish outfits and made reservations for the most trendy, new restaurants in Hollywood.   I spent the first day back with my boyfriend out in Beverly Hills and made … Continue reading