Category Archives: Daily Life in Chicago

The Helplessness of Living In U.S. with no English skills

Why will anyone in the right frame of mind move to the U.S. when they obviously do not know English? This is one big question that I often ask myself when I see the older Chinese immigrants in Chicago. Because of … Continue reading

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Interesting or should I say weird people you see on Chicago’s CTA Train

People who skimp on train fares This morning, as I was scanning my Ventra card to pass through the train gantry, I spotted a man squatting down and squeezing through the gantry so that he did not have to pay … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Mood in Chicago

It is just a few more days to Chinese New Year, and if not for the fact that I am aware that it is Chinese New Year, the day would have just passed me by since I cannot feel any … Continue reading

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Surviving Chicago’s Brutal Winter

Winters have always held a special place in my heart, not because I grew up in a cold country, but rather because I grew up in hot and humid Singapore so winters just seemed so magical and far away from me. … Continue reading

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The Existence Of Chinatown In The USA

When I first went to Chinatown in Chicago, I was really surprised and dismayed by how old and run-down it looks. Granted, it really does feel like China, but it looks and feels like how I imagine a village to … Continue reading

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Cocoro Sushi: Yummy Comfort Jap Food in Chicago

I love Jap food. And I love affordably-priced food. Therefore after researching a bit on authentic Jap food worth trying out in Chicago, I decided to try out Cocoro in River North area. It seems that many Yelpers highly recommend … Continue reading

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Good Food And Cheap Buys In Maxwell Street Market, Chicago

Recently, I have taken to going to Maxwell Street Market on Sundays, not because the items sold are really that fantastic, but simply cos it appeals to my bargain-hunting auntie nature. The items I see sold in most fairs and … Continue reading

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When You Are No Longer Excited About The New City You Are Living In

This time last year when I just set foot in Chicago, I remember how I viewed everything with a sense of wonder and anticipation. Skyscrapers! Gorgeous parks! Street performers! Everything was viewed through rose-tinted glasses and I couldn’t help feeling … Continue reading

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5 Favorite Spots From An Expat In Chicago

Chicago is a beautiful and vibrant city, defined by its towering skyscrapers, gorgeous architecture and bustling vibe. After close to one year of living in Chicago, I have slowly gotten accustomed to life there and even start to have my … Continue reading

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First Day Back in Singapore From Chicago

After an 8-hour flight from Chicago to London, and then a layover of 8 hours at London, followed by a 12-hour flight from London to Singapore, I AM FINALLY BACK in Singapore! The 20+ hours of flying is really no joke. … Continue reading

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