Last week I went through and deleted all of my old Instagram photos. I normally go through the photos on it and reflect about the moment I was in. I realized that although it’s great to reflect on where you’ve been, you also have to give yourself enough space to create, and build. I do think that sometimes the constant reminders of the past keep me stuck… stagnant. For this reason, I dedicated all of my new posts to the theme of “reinventing myself”. I’ve realized that it is so important to know yourself, and make goals for you to work towards. I believe that I now have a serious goal to work towards and I absolutely love the way I’ve shaped the world around me. I’m learning to stop living in the past, and cherish the moments I do have. This year is all about reinvention– what I will be like, I have no idea. But I do like where I’m headed, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store.


For my last day in the office of my fellowship, my fellow APEN staff members took me out for Senegalese food at this place near our office called Bissap Baobab. First off, I’d like to say that the name is fantastic and I quite enjoy saying it. On the next note, the food was so incredible! I’ve never had Senegalese food, but I’d have to say that I am definitely a fan. It really reminded me of Southeast Asian food with the peanut sauces, spicy chili paste, and coconut curry bases; those are definitely flavors that I love in Lao food. There is an option to do buffet style, which I did — although I definitely couldn’t fit anymore than one plate, however it was still great and I was able to try a lot of different things that way. I’m so glad I found this new spot, and if I’m ever in downtown Oakland I will definitely be coming back. Maybe at night, when there are yummy cocktails and music involved.

If you are interested, check out the yelp link here. Rated 4/5 stars, 85 reviews, and $$. I seriously recommend… really though.