Check out my latest abstract paintings :)

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For me, nothing beats the wordless joy of globbing paint onto canvas. It’s all about the trance of letting go. Stop thinking. Do it. Overthinking kills spontaneity. Overthinking makes me miserable. Overthinking obstructs the truth. Overthinking is a bad habit ingrained by my control freak Chinese immigrant parents. Haha, you knew I’d work in that last point somehow. But seriously, …

Who am I? Humor for self-awareness & identity issues

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A good friend of mine says that reading my painful blog posts about childhood traumas and cultural issues is only bearable when I’m funny. Agreed! Humor goes a long way in sharing the truth effectively and then, growing from the experience. The tricky part here is that looking in the mirror can be tough. But lately, that’s gotten easier as …

Go see David Henry Hwang’s “Dance and the Railroad”

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The other night, I sat in a beautiful, darkened theater on W. 42nd Street, sipping a Rum and Diet Coke while watching a play that first moved me 32 years ago. Re-acquainting myself with the long-forgotten dialogue and specific scenes was like suddenly reconnecting with an old friend. The experience was wonderfully intimate and rejuvenating! Back in 1981 when “Dance …

5 ways to embrace the Year of the Snake

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As we slither into the Year of the Snake, I have been dragged against my will into its call for reflection. The most enigmatic creature of the Chinese zodiac is all about carefully contemplating solutions — and I have found one. For me, the challenge ahead is simple: I can NOT give in to inertia. I really didn’t want to …