The Last Duel in California

We live a few blocks away from the site of the 1859 duel between David Broderick and David Terry. According to a plaque on the memorial marker, this is the last duel in the state. On our walk with Daisy, I ended up in a “shoot-out” with my hubby. After the count of three, we […]

California Eats

I called my dad about my first experience using the live chopper for a breaking news segment this morning. It was a crazy time. Thankfully, folks in the booth didn’t let me crash the segment (not the chopper…the actually show). My dad said I sounded happy. I am happy. I’m still training but I’m thrilled […]

los angeles to california – day 1

Los Angeles to Chicago – Day 1 As I was looking forward to my new life in Chicago, I couldn’t help look back at the life I left behind in California. I was scared…..but excited to be following my dreams on the other side of the country.


Welcome to my Brainpickings…. I am an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 14 years experience producing news shows and special projects. I also serve on the governing board for the Asian American Journalists Association. From chocolate classes in Lima to boules games in Ensenada, I am always hungry for an adventure, especially a tasty […]

Travel Theme: Cheerful

‘Tis the season for goodwill, cheer and other things that may give us the holiday feels. Yes? The holidays are beautiful in California, especially in San Diego. Before my ramen bowl, warming up at Underbelly in San Diego’s North Park. Brighter than the moon…moon…moon. Fireworks after an Angels game. Just let go. A blast from […]

Photo Sunday: Profile

Pony profile walking by our table on Playas de Rosarito. Equestrian adventures cater to tourists, young and old, in Baja California. Entrepreneurs aggressively stalked new visitors, hawking hoodies, jewelry and fresh coconut juice. At our beach club: Two-for-one cocktails, ceviche and tacos. A Salsa-version of 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’ (It’s Your Birthday) blasted away […]

Photo Friday: Distant

Napa seems like a distant memory. I turned 37 in Baja California. My hubby and I celebrated with a wine tasting tour of Valle de Guadalupe. I loved the wine here. I think we could have spent all day at Vinisterra. The tasting room operator kept opening bottles. Another family enjoyed a cheese plate. We […]