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in loving memory of
Oliver Yu-An Nam
Feb 1 - May 20 2014


How to have a fun vacation (Stockholm edition)

Take a stroll in Gamla Stan. Look for Järnpojke or "Iron Boy", the smallest public monument in Sweden

Visit the Vasa Museum

Get the iconic "All things are pretty" poster at the Moderna Museet gift shop. 

Take a boat sightseeing tour around Djurgarden. 

Have fika at Chokladkoppen or Vete-Katten.


How to have a fun vacation (Copenhagen edition)

Have a cinammon roll at Skant Peders Bageri.

Embrace your inner child at Tivoli Gardens.

Shop for unique design posters and prints at Paper Collective.

Eat at Street Food Copenhagen overlooking the harbour at sunset.  

Rent a swan paddle boat on Copenhagen Lakes.


How to have a fun vacation (Tuscany edition)

Hop on a train at La Spezia and visit Cinqueterre towns Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

In Florence visit the Gallery Uffizi (where Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" is on display) and experience Obica mozzarella bar. Yes, a mozzarella bar.

Rent a car and drive along the SR222 also known as "Chianti Road".

Make room in your busy schedule for a two-hour long meal at Osteria Le Logge in Siena.

Book a wine tasting tour at Castiglion del Bosco (their Brunello is my favorite).

Stop by "La Bottega del Sale" in San Gimignano and have a nice talk with photographer Duccio Nucci.


TEDxYouth@BoulogneBillancourt 2016


How to have a fun vacation (Florida edition)

There's nothing quite like a beautiful sunrise at the beach.

Visit The Wyzarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando (and make sure you visit both Hogsmead and Diagon Alley. I'm not a big fan of the movies or of theme parks in general, but even I couldn't stop squealing the whole time).

Experience the excitement of a live NBA game at Amway Center. Hands-down the highlight of our trip.

Freshly made cheddar bagels, Krispy Kreme donuts and Golden Grahams. What can I say? God bless America. 

Try pickleball.


how to have a fun vacation (Iceland edition) 

Get soak wet at Skogafoss.

Stand between two continents.

Have soup for lunch, every day (our favorites were wild mushrooms and asparagus).

Skip rocks in front of glaciers at Jokulsarlon.

Take a dip in this tourist trap.

Bonus: count sheep.


Oliver's trees

Oliver's trees are popping in places dear to my heart: at Iolanthe Alpaca Ranch in Sequim, WA, at Shepherds Schools in Arusha, Tanzania, and in Ivory Coast where this photo was taken. All places I have volunteered at or that our family has been supporting. Next on our list: Nepal and Haiti.


one year


best birthday present ever

Yesterday was sad and emotional and hard. Thinking that on this day last year I turned 37 and had three living sons to celebrate with. So seeing this photo of students at Kopila Valley School holding prints of a photo collaboration project I've been working on for the past 6 months, it lit up my soul like a Christmas tree. 

Thank you BlinkNow and Kopila Valley family. My life is immensely richer, and sweeter because of you.

Learn more about our collaboration here.


you're 13!

I could go on and on about how funny, thoughtful, patient, and wonderfully different they are. but today I just want to remember that 13 years ago I gave birth to two beautiful baby boys, that they are now healthy (and oh-so-hormonal) teenagers, and how incredibly blessed I am to be able to say those two things.

Happy Birthday my crazy monkeys. I'm so proud and grateful to be your mom.