Culture


Public Libraries: More Than Just a Book Lending Service

Do you know that there are around 17,000 public libraries in the US? In fact, there are more public libraries than McDonald’s restaurants here in North America. I have long heard how Americans adore their public libraries. After I migrated to the Bay Area, I knew I had to pay a visit to the local library.

Public Libraries

Ramadan: a celebration of spirituality

Hamdanil is an Indonesian who moved to Bay Area a few years ago. He and 250,000 other muslims in Bay Area are observing Ramadan this year. It’s the biggest holy month that muslims worldwide are celebrating by leveling up their spiritual game. The main focus of Ramadan is fasting, as one is required to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk. Even one sip of water is not allowed, or else the fast is invalid.


Wander Away: Adventure in a box

Are you sitting on a gorgeous beach somewhere, sipping a fancy fruity drink? Are you on a wild adventure off the beaten path in Nepal, eating an amazing dinner with the locals? No? I bet you want to be though, and so do I! Not that living in California isn’t awesome, it is, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t long to get away and travel again, like I did pre kids and a mortgage… If you’re looking for a little taste of the exotic, a trinket to inspire your next vacation, or a reminder of your past international wanderings, […]


International Rescue Committee & Life in the Bay, making a difference together!

The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.