Nurturing From the Inside Out


It’s the third full season of fashion week for me, and I’ve yet to tire myself out of this world– miracle?.

Yesterday, I had a weekend day free of any fashion related duties and spent the morning volunteering for a pantry kitchen where we served breakfast and handed out grocery goods to approximately 600 – 800 guests.

The organization through which I had registered for this volunteer event was affiliated with a New York based church, but the volunteers’ profiles were not limited to those with particular religious affiliations.

I was allocated this time to valet duty. Valet duty in kitchen terminology is defined as the setting aside of guests’ dolley carts in designated spots within the boundaries of the sectioned off roadside curb (Hello makeshift NY parking lot!).

A cursory glance made this role appear very simple and essential.

However, I quickly came to realize that it demanded all my skill-sets. It required a steady performance via my social intelligence and client facing skills –going way beyond engagement of the physical.

Over the span of 3 hours, I was honored to make the acquaintances of  many Chinese immigrants, New Yorkers, the occasional young couple, and a spirited French man who was owner of decayed teeth, perfect skin, highly swollen legs, a poorly taken care of stitching job, and a brilliant and poetic mind.

I spoke mainly in English as I directed our patrons to and from their possessions, often attempting to speak in my broken Mandarin Chinese as the need frequently arose. This of course didn’t always come across effectively as the entire Chinese diaspora had presented themselves, and upon exchange of a couple of words our disparity in dialects became apparent.

From the multitude of human interactions I had, most of the time spent in communication with our guests was non-verbal. Nevertheless, the value of the exchange was tantamount if not greater than if I had conversed with them over a dinner table.

The connection shared upon us offering to one another our respect, love, and our dignities was affirmed in such a strong and powerful way– channeled through the simplest of gestures, a beautiful smile, or as an observant person that morning noted, “I looked into your eyes and for a moment I saw your truth.”

I was humbled, blessed, enriched, and invigorated by the love we all presented each other with and in the re-realization that we all clearly have an amazing and huge capacity for giving and receiving good things.

I’m excited to serve the city of New York again.



Jean Jullien, I dub thee my Houdini of Illustrations

I’m an avid supporter of the arts, and for illustrations, Jean Jullien is my favorite artist for them by far.

The French artist’s claim to fame would arguably be at least for most public records, his impromptu illustration of the Eiffel Tower peace symbol in response to the terror attacks in France in 2015; This symbol was subsequently appropriated and propagated by every major and minor media outlet.

Might I also add that I had the pleasure of meeting him in New York that same year at a JUXTAPOZ Newstand Booth in the middle of Times Square? My right hand got to shake with his right hand. It was wonderful, although I regret to say that said hand has since been washed.
Jean Jullien manages to seamlessly blend light humor with real, and sometimes hard life truths, bringing light into the doldrums of life — the happenstances and practical things we get used to seeing and experiencing. He is quickly becoming a veritable influencer, a modern-day wizard, who injects lots of hope and much needed truths into the world.

Here’s a recent work of his depicting the #realreal of city life, specially selected for my fellow New Yorkers:

“I’ve always thought that the race to reach/build/own the tallest building in the city had something of a “male organ” contest. It’s all about erecting the furthest into the air. I can’t draw a male erection so instead I’ll draw a proud & symbolic NASAL ERECTION.”
(Left to right) Window Pane #1: “This is a very king of the castle kind of view. The one you want to wake up with every morning. For some reason doing it naked seems appropriate. Sort of like ‘I’m so powerful that i don’t have to wear pants…’ But you’d probably have to on the off chance that you have a less ambitious/more old-fashioned/prude/underaged/not as physically gifted neighbor who’d want to report you for indecency.                                                           Window Pane #2: “But it’s also a very ‘Movie Villain” kind of view, a typical Lex Luthoresque kind of view (if such a term exists– if not it should). Whenever I stumble in a room with such a baller view, I automatically walk to the window and put my hands behind my back & mumble something mischievous like “this is my city and soon they will understand and pay for their price of disobedience…’ but my rise to power pretty much stop there…”        Window Pane #3: “More realistically I feel that this is a more appropriate picture of what I’d look like if I ever end up living in a room with a view like that…An old disgruntled curmudgeon, bittered by a laborious life of hard work to get to the top of the world to only realize that you’re too old and saggy to pull that performance described two windows to your left.”




Bisous, Bise

Let me start off by saying that creating my own site was rather anticlimactic… Nonetheless, I’m very excited to finally have a concrete place to share my thoughts and pleasures!


My name is Soo and I like to meet people, learn from them as well as from the many things I read, and I absolutely adore bunnies.

See here, for reference: screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-5-45-39-pm

I also love flowers (In case anyone would like to send me some! 🙂 )

A couple weeks ago, I came upon a post from a professor that I really admire, Cal Newport of Georgetown University (he runs a really popular “study hacks” blog, a great “LET’s ALL THINK” blog focused on productivity and maximizing impact within the knowledge community. He’s also written one helluvamazing book and I was really convicted by a blog post of his emphasizing the importance of the input/output relationship. The basic premise of this is that to get to a good point and balance for deep work, deep learning, and ultimately, measurable, onward moving progress– you must take into account both the inputs and outputs [of your life]. When applied to my life, I realized that here I was, wrapping up another summer, another year– one which was marked especially by a huge spike in knowledge on a multitude of subjects and a healthy dose of self-awareness, but with an output I daresay that amounted to one of minimal impact– mainly limited to the realms of my workplace and maybe possibly my conversations with friends over dinner. Rarely, and I came to understand this fully at the moment of the post’s reading, did I ever seek to manifest the maximum potential of the learning and overall input I’ve been ingesting and churning into newly blended insights on a daily basis.

This was the impetus that swept me into registering for a domain and starting this blog. I have a lot of things I want to say, so many things I want to share, and it’s never too late to start.

Some things I hope to get out of writing here:

  1. Focus
  2. Heightened well-being
  3. Deeper insights
  4. Established and Articulate Voice

I’m hoping that this becomes a place for deeper reflection on my part, and [for those stumbling in] a destination for hope unlimited and inspiration.

Bises à tous†,


Illustration by Jocelyn Im.