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Hawaii. This was my first trip flying out of California since March of 2020. In 2019, I flew about 10 times (2 international, 8 domestic trips).

Though I had lived in California for the majority of my life, I am one of the few West Coast-ers that had never been to Hawaii. My past trips involved flying over the island.

Packing for what seemed like a tropical adventure, I started my list out with the essentials.

I planned out the trip relatively loosely, starting with a spreadsheet for what I would do each day.

Packing List

  • Swimsuits
  • Portable Battery Charger

Burnout. The one word I didn’t want to feel. I love my job.

We’ve heard this terminology before in third person.

‘Anna was so burnt out from her job’

What does burnout mean exactly? To each person, this feeling is expressed differently but I will try to explain this in human words and share my experience.

This is my personal experience with burnout.

How did the burnout start?

It started slowly— you may notice small red flags that you will ignore. …


Congratulations, you just received an offer to work at the newest tech company in SF. Re-check your job offer. Make sure it says San Francisco. If it says San Jose, Mountain View, or Oakland you’re looking about 1 hour away from SF.

If you’re thinking about moving to the west coast, or perhaps north (looking at all of you from OC/LA/SD) here are 4 things you should know when moving to San Francisco.

I’ll list some things I wish someone had told me before I made the move.

  1. Housing: You just signed a lease for a 116 year old building.


This past year has changed life as we knew it pre pandemic. Globally, we’ve learned and adapted to new terms along the way including what it meant to do the following: ‘shelter in place’, ‘quarantine’ , ‘wearing a mask’, and ‘standing 6ft apart’.

While the bay area remains known for its extreme housing prices, there’s been headlines stating there was an exodus of those leaving for Texas and other states. Did this happen? Was this true?

I’ll write out notable changes from my experience. For context, I’ve lived in the bay area for over 10 years. I am in my…

Hapa Jane

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