Here’s a little something about me and why I started this food and travel blog.
Fact: “Never open anything with the phrase ‘Webster’s dictionary says’” is a great TV lesson.
Dilemma: Merriam-Webster telling you a curmudgeon is “a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man” which partly describes me but not really. See self-portrait above.
Resolution: A quote from the Introduction to The Portable Curmudgeon which is a great compilation of adorable quotes from world-class grouches.
A curmudgeon’s reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They’re neither warped nor evil at heart. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. Nature, having failed to equip them with a serviceable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit. Their weapons are irony, satire, sarcasm, ridicule. Their targets are pretense, pomposity, conformity, incompetence. They can’t compromise their standards and can’t manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee.
I believe I know myself enough to acknowledge that I am in fact a female curmudgeon. Now that we’ve resolved that dilemma, the name of this site should also indicate a great love for passing through and moving from one place to another. So far I have lived in four different cities — Cebu, Philippines where I was born, Singapore where I was working and mostly miserable, San Diego, California where I got bored, and now Queens, New York where I am truly grateful for all the many amazing things it has to offer. I get to sample so many authentic eats from as far as Xi’an, Tibet, and the Balkans. And there’s even good Filipino and Thai food available (two cuisines which have been greatly bastardized in California).
As for the places I have dined in, passed through, and/or explored, that includes some cities and islands in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, the Bahamas, 31 states and 68 cities in the US so far if I remember everything. I don’t think a layover in London where all I did was drink expensive coffee (seven dollars for a small cup!) counts. Does it? I don’t think so.
I am a big fan of movement and I like creating new memories. This often involves learning new things, exploring unheard-of areas and eating unfamiliar foods. I see an underlying recurrent theme to all major online social efforts regardless of its form or incarnation – a most human need to connect and get connected. This blog will hopefully be a great avenue for me to connect with like-minded food and travel enthusiasts.
Despite my feelings about a lot of popular things ranging from utter confusion to mild vexation to unforgiving rage, I find that discovery of exciting new places and great food keeps me smiling. I’m never happier as when I’m on another 8-hour butt-numbing car ride with Frank Turner going To the east, to the east, the road beneath my feet / To the west, to the west, I haven’t got there yet / To the north, to the north, never to be caught / To the south, to the south, my time is running out. I’m never as excited eating out as when I’m trying a paella negra with reluctance and am completely floored and reminded of home — a treat I have stopped hoping to get a long time ago. It’s moments like these that I wanna barge into the kitchen and give the cook a big hug, or thank my insane but trusty driver profusely for taking me from one great destination to another.
So let’s do this, let’s share what we know in the hopes of saving each other from headaches while finding great things in uncharted territories.
December 2013: I moved again about two weeks ago. I hope to talk about my new neighborhood, Marble Hill (Manhattan and the Bronx’s love child, it’s a little complicated), soon because it’s great and I quite love it here.
August 2015: I have visited more states in the US and especially had a lovely time in Vermont in 2014. Also visited Montreal, my favorite Canadian city, for the first time at the same time I vacationed in Vermont. Abroad, I have made it to Puerto Rico (a US territory), Jamaica, and the Yucatan in Mexico. In late spring, I had a not-so-mild mental/emotional breakdown which led to me going on a solo backpacking trip in SE Asia. This has lasted a month and a half before I had to make it back to the US and work to pay rent again. Countries I have visited for the first time except for Thailand had been Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Made so many new friends and ate so much delicious cheap food.
November 2015: I moved again to the actual city of my dreams: Seattle. We did another cross-country road trip and have visited more states making it a total of 41 plus Washington DC. Since relocating, I have gone on more than a dozen hikes so far, revisited LA, the Bay Area, NYC, Vancouver BC, Portland, Oregon, and the Yucatan peninsula. Life has been good in the travel world.
P.S. This may be the boring part but I’m also a web developer and I made this site. So if you or anyone you know are interested in making one, feel free to contact me. For more samples of my work, check out www.nycwebcraft.com.