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 northeast US). 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/Continental, 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 pork, potato, and cabbage after all). And since everyone likes traveling (feel free to check out Jennifer’s gap year travel blog), some of that will be featured here as well.
The name of the blog
Hapa derives from the Hawaiian pidgin phrase hapa haole (“half white”) 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, the blog name is intended to literally mean ‘half helpings’. 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: Google Pixel 2
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 and Google Slides for easy live editing and tracking.
What’s your best time-saving trick/life-hack? Do it now, cause you’ll forget later.
What do you listen to while you work? Classical. (but Motown for fun)
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 6 AM.
Contact Jessica at: iulilia AT gmx dot com