About a year and a half ago my partner and I moved to Australia, and purged our lives of everything but our essentials. Since then, we’re tried to keep it up and only keep the things we need. We’ve done our best to reduce our consumption of single-use items, reuse items until they’re done-for, and recycle items in their designated bins. It’s difficult to jump into it all, but here’s a few concrete tips to start implementing into your own routines. Ready? Set. Get shopping.


As a Korean, I think I may have been born with chopsticks in hand. I don't remember ever learning how to use them, they were just in my hands and I never knew the struggle as an adult. My wonderful boyfriend, an Englishman, had used them before but was not blessed with the years of practice and I got to put him through chopstick boot camp before he met my Asian grandparents. Let's just say that they were impressed and giggling through the meal. 

The gentle nature of wooden chopsticks makes them a great tool on non-stick pans. They're my bacon flippers, scrambled egg mixers, Flaming Hot Cheeto grabbers, and my all-around finger extensions. Continue reading to learn how to officially use them and also learn how not to offend cultures while you do. 


Since our arrival in September, we were excited to dive into the southern bit of the Pacific Ocean. Alan got us both a set of fins, goggles, and snorkels for Christmas, and we couldn't wait to use them. Once the water got warm enough we jumped in and were amazed with the abundance of sea life so close to the Sydney CBD (Central Business District). We traveled up and down the coast and hit as many spots as we could before the end of summer. Here are our experiences with the 8 trips out. Feel free to click on the map to go to my Google Map. I'll be updating it as we continue to explore.


Growing up in my Korean-Jewish household, food has always been such a big part of life. Greetings in Korean literally mean "you look healthy" and I was always told to "eat a lot!" while my grandmother scooped an extra paddle-full of rice onto my plate and sending me toward the platters of food –and oh I absolutely did eat a lot. My Jewish grandparents always had snacks on the table by the time we got to their house, making sure to top up when the bowl was down to half the fill. 

As I've grown over the years, my love of food hasn't changed at all. I love eating bowls full of soft tofu stew, munching the crispiest of latkes, and the most exciting times are when I'm eating foods that I've never even heard of before. We're surrounded by so many restaurants and in the age of social media, everyone has become a food critic. I'm certainly guilty of Instagramming an amazing meal, but I like to look up to the pros when getting inspired by food. 


After I realized that happiness is based solely on ourselves, the way I've gone about life has changed for me. It has all been for the best. Sure, life will throw some curveballs, but for every minute we're angry at something, we lose 60 seconds of happiness. I'd like to take as much happiness out of life as I can. Some of these may be obvious, but I think the more we think about being happy and making the best decisions for ourselves the, the more it'll happen. If we think it, we can achieve it, right? 


I'm a convert. 100%. I'm still in awe of technology. I understand Derek Zoolander's confusion when he says, "it's IN the computer?" They can now hold thousands of books. THOUSANDS. It's incredible. 

Not only do you have the ability to carry multiple books with you, the e-ink technology makes it pretty much the same when reading in the sun. I got a fancy backlit one and now I can read in the dark without having to hide under the covers with a flashlight. I can now highlight and look up words I don't know and look up people on Wikipedia without having to use my phone. The pages don't fly in the wind and make it impossible to read without two hands.