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Chinese New Year 2018: Celebrate the Year of the Dog

It’s that time of the year again when Chinese families come together to celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the most important of all the Chinese traditions and spans 15 days. There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years in the lunar calendar, 2018 being the year of the Dog. So what are some of the customs of Chinese New Year?


Dream Life in the Bay and Keeping the Dream Alive

The exhilaration of the warm sunshine, great company and 360-degree views of a place on most people’s bucket lists made me wonder why we don’t go there every Sunday! The reality is that every day can’t always be like that.

Does the novelty of a Bay Area relocation ever wear off? At what point does the feeling of being on vacation end? And what can you do to keep your Life in the Bay dream alive?


Guidebooks with a Difference: New Ways to See the Bay

For those new to the Bay Area, or those looking to share a corner of their world here with family or friends living elsewhere, the following is a list of unique guidebooks that bring the bay to life on the page. These books are versatile, too: they serve as an introduction to newcomers, as a reference for temporary travelers, and as mementos for life-long residents.


Taxes: Lessons in What Not To Do

I was always confused when watching American TV shows as everyone discussed doing their taxes, they could be a waitress or a cashier but for some reason they needed to do their own tax…it is safe to say that to my British mind this was incredibly perplexing, and my first tax season last year was a mess. As tax season is upon us again here is what I learnt.


Volunteering: A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

With the arrival of each new year, many people take a moment to reflect on the changes they want to make in the coming year. I am ready to get out there again. Ready to make a positive impact in the community; to support international students, and young immigrants in a personal and meaningful way through volunteering.