My favorite pastimes—AKA what keep my Apple Screen Time report at an acceptable level—include:
- Oil painting. I began USC undergrad as a fine arts major before transitioning to public relations. I love thick, textured brushstrokes and have a soft spot for birch trees. See below for a snapshot of my recent work.
- Pretending I’m Alison Roman and cooking with excessive amounts of parmigiano-reggiano, roasted tomatoes, anchovies and fresh herbs. I also enjoy Japanese cooking, and my pantry is overflown with eclectic ingredients not limited to bonito flakes and five kinds of dried seaweed.
- Traveling. I am a dual citizen (Dutch-American) and try to go back to The Netherlands as much as possible. I also can’t get enough of Southeast Asia and spent two semesters abroad in Hong Kong and Hanoi, Vietnam. If you ask me for travel recommendations, be prepared for a long list of hole-in-the-wall eateries because I explore new places through my stomach.
- Reading. I always have at least one non-fiction and one fiction book going at a time. I am on Team Physical Books (sorry @Kindle), and Goodreads has become a most-used social platform since my discovery at the beginning of quarantine… though the latter is not helping my Screen Time numbers. A few unsolicited recommendations:
- “Al Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order” by Kai-Fu Lee
- “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt
- “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
- “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund