About

Inspired by The Woks of Life, Jennifer and Jessica encouraged their mother to get them more involved in cooking despite how very far apart they are (southwest US, midwest US, and Europe). Growing up, their mother tried all sorts of cuisines, partly to appease Jennifer’s love of Italian and French food, their father’s for American, and Jessica’s of Asian food. In southern Germany, Jessica had a newfound desire to recreate authentic, traditional Chinese recipes (one can only eat so much sausage, potato, and cabbage after all). And since everyone likes traveling (feel free to check out Jennifer’s travel blog), some of that will be featured here as well.

You can also find Jessica posting science-y things on Google+.

The name of the blog
Hapa derives from the Hawaiian pidgin phrase hapa haole used to describe mixed-race people — originally, half Hawaiian and half other. It’s short for “hapalua“, the Hawaiian word meaning “half“. Since Hawaiians feel the term has been culturally appropriated by people of part Asian descent, I intend the blog name to literally mean ‘half helpings’, as in reducing portion size because the USA is all about supersizing. Taiwanese mum + German da = Eurasian offspring.

How I Work

Current computers: 13-inch Macbook Pro Retina

Current mobile devices: HTC One

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? I regularly use the Strict Workflow extension on my Chrome which creates a 25min workflow/5min break that blocks me from distracting websites. I downloaded FocusWriter, but I need to use it more. For collaborations, I’ve been using Google Docs for easy live editing and tracking.

What’s your best time-saving trick/life-hack? I wish I had one!

What do you listen to while you work? Classical.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Introvert. INFJ to be exact.

What’s your sleep routine like? When it’s good, before midnight. When it’s bad, it’s bad and I wake up wanting to hit that snooze at 8am.

Contact us: iulilia AT gmx dot com

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