Volunteering for One Laptop per Child

Many people think that One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is about giving free laptops to kids. It’s not. It’s about education. It empowers kids to learn on their own and increases their opportunities for success. I wholeheartedly agree with their mission. In 2010 I met Nancie Severs and Adam Holt. Nancie had just returned from Vietnam. She went to the floating village of Vung Vieng located in Ha Long Bay with 12 XOs (the name of […]

The really good places to eat in Boston, Cambridge & Somerville

It took me 6 years to make this list. These are the restaurants that I just couldn’t stay away from when I lived in Boston. Some of them have long lines. They’re worth the wait. BTW — See here if you’re looking for something to do next time you’re in Boston. Boston The original Pizzeria Regina Gourmet Dumpling House Silvertone Bar & Grill Ernesto’s Pizza Penang Bacco Ristorante & Bar Jacob Wirth Saus The Beehive Lucky’s […]

What to do next time you’re in Boston

I lived in Boston for 6 years (2007-2013). The city has a lot to offer from duck boats to killer lobster (see here for good places to eat). This list is intended for both newcomers and locals. I hope you find something fun to do next time you’re in Boston. Pilot a canoe or kayak through the Charles River with Paddle Boston Sip, socialize and paint at the Urban Art Bar Reflect at the Institute of Contemporary Art Walk along the […]

3D Printing Chess Pieces at Blue Sky Academy

3D printing chess pieces at Blue Sky Academy

It was early on a weekday morning. I was alone in my classroom planning a lesson when one of my students burst in. He excitedly asked me to play chess. I accepted his challenge and followed him. My class of 7 year olds were waiting. All of them were excited to watch me play the reigning champion Tim. The chessboard and pieces were laid out on a classroom desk. I went to move my pawn […]

My First Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holiday

Would you chase a duck blindfolded? This is something you may have to do during Tet. Tet is a country-wide festival that takes place every year in Vietnam. It’s a combination of Christmas, New Years, and Mardi Gras. Families eat and drink together. They give red envelopes containing lucky money. Peach blossum trees are decorated. Many people visit their local Buddhist temple. You may find yourself singing Vietnamese love songs. That’s something that happened to […]