Author Archives: lesleyzhou

Social Media & Mental Illness

“Can I get a gluten-free, non-dairy, low-fat, sugar-free, soy-free latte with a triple shot of espresso?” Ask a barista 20 years ago to make a beverage like that and they’d probably give you a dumbfounded stare, but nowadays if you’re not offering alternatives like soy, almond, rice or hemp milk in cosmopolitan cities like Manhattan […]

Airbnb’s eyeing your wallet

While Airbnb’s currently just offering you cheap (or more unique) housing options for your last-minute travel plans, they’ve got a long-term plan of digging much deeper into your pocket than you’d think. In fact, in the next few years it’s planning on being more than just your first go-to when booking for accommodation…nah, they’ve got bigger […]

Tumblr ≠ Teenage Angst?!

I admit it. I was one of those high school teenagers that jumped on the Tumblr trend, constantly browsing through pretty outfits, inspiring quotes and TV show GIFs during class and study breaks. But after so many years, I really thought the presence of Tumblr was long gone…in fact, it was only on spring break […]

When China’s more interconnected than we are?

It’s hard to imagine that just 20 years ago, China had just opened its doors to the rest of the world. Back then the government had kept tight control of the media, filtering what news could flow in and out of the country. Little of the outside world was known and communication through telecom was […]

10 Critical Spring Break Hacks

For those of you who hate February, much like I do, partially because of the miserable 4:30PM-sunset-snow-hail-storm weather and partially because of the existence of Single Awareness Day, I have good news for you: the tragic month is almost over. Now I have even better news for you: March is upon us. Everyone knows what […]

10 reasons why you’re flat out broke

Ever wonder how social media influences your spending habits? Back in the day, if I wanted to save some dough for the weekend, I’d make sure to stay put in my room and that would be enough to prevent any shopping transactions. But how is it possible that we’re prompted to consume so much more now, […]

Mommy, when I grow up I want to be a blogger

“When I grow up I want to be ____” While I’m sure most kindergarteners still go for the classic “president” or “veterinarian”, I find it fascinating that the response “blogger” is just as valid of a profession in this day in age. Blogging has become an activity that provides various functions ranging from self-expression and […]