Vlog | Mini Life Update & Get To Know Me (30 Questions)

It’s been ages since I’ve posted a vlog on YouTube. Today, I decided to change that. ūüôā

Vlog | Rome Off the Beaten Path: The Conca d’Oro Flea Market (Il Mercatino Conca d’Oro)

Conca d'Oro Market (Photo by D. Blake)

Conca d’Oro Market (Photo by D. Blake)

I took some time out last week to visit the Conca d’Oro Market. It is wonderfully organized and there are many interesting items to be found at low cost, everything from food to cleaning products. ¬†Take a look at the video to see what else is on offer. And if you happen to be in Rome, why not take a quick trip on the metro line B to Conca d’Oro to visit the Market.

Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, from 9am to 8pm

Via Conca d’Oro 143/145

Travel | Nappytalia: Una Comunit√† Per Le Ragazze Con I Capelli “Nappy”

Image from Nappytalia's Facebook. Click to Visit.

Image from Nappytalia’s Facebook. Click to Visit.

Non è spesso che scrivo in italiano. Quindi, certamente farò un mucchio di errori. Vi prego, mi scusate.


La settimana scorsa era la prima volta che ho sentito che esiste una comunit√† in Italia per le donne afro-italiane che hanno i capelli naturali (anche detto “nappy”). ¬†Sicuramente, ero (sono) felice perch√© mi sembra spesso che la maggior parte d’informazione per la cura dei capelli naturali sia scritta o fatta in inglese, cio√® via blog o vlog…comunque, avevo sbagliato.



Nappytalia è fondata un anno fa da Evelyne Sarah Afaawua, una ragazza afro-italiana. La comunità è, prima di tutto, un blog, però si può trovarla su Facebook, twitter, Instagram e YouTube.  Anche penso che ci siano i meetup informali e formali, ma non sono sicura.

alla prossima volta,


Logo of NappyTalia. Click to visit their site. (In Italian)


Vlog| Travel & Fibromyalgia in Italy: What I Learned Moving to Rome.


Travel and fibromyalgia–from everything I heard and knew before I moved to Italy, travelling was something that I probably wouldn’t be doing a lot of because of the potential negative impact it could have on my body.

Still, I decided to do it. ūüėČ

In these videos, I talk about my decision to move to Italy, how I prepared and what I have experienced while living in Rome and dealing with my fibromyalgia symptoms.

Thank you for watching!¬†If you have any questions,¬†please feel free to contact me! ūüôā

Until Tomorrow?


Part 1: Why I did it | How I did it.

Part 2: What I Learned | What I suggest.

Vlog & FMS | Funny ‘Ish’ People Say If You Have Fibromyalgia (“You Don’t Look Ill”)

Snapshot 1 (25-Jan-15 17-36)

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of interesting comments about fibromyalgia, whether directed at me or at others. Just for fun, I decided to put together a little video sketch about these experiences.

If you have fibromyalgia, then I hope you will connect with this video and have little laugh about our shared experiences.

If you don’t have fibromyalgia…then one of these character might be you. ūüėČ


Travel | Garbatella (Rome)…Even Gandhi Had to Visit!

New Cover Art for  YouTube. Click to Visit Vlog: Rome Off the Beaten Path.

New Cover Art for YouTube. Click to Visit Vlog: Rome Off the Beaten Path.

I have a newfound respect for vloggers…actually, for anyone who films and edits anything. ¬†Yes, indeedy, I do. ¬†Windows Movie Maker and¬†YouTube Video Manager have occupied my soul for the past 72 hours. ¬†Although filming is fun, to be frank, it takes a whole lot of balls to pick up a camera, head outside and record yourself. ūüėČ

Below is a playlist of videos on Garbatella, a neighbourhood that was developed just before the rise of Fascism and was later taken over by the Fascists who relocated people (many communists) they evicted from the historic center.

I welcome you to watch, and hope you will like them. ¬†Feel free to ¬†offer suggestions. ¬†Places you’d like to see, subjects you’d like discussed, etc.


Thank You So Very Much For Being There Even When I am Not Here!

AMBW… What??

I have a tendency towards researching things.¬† Yes, I am a bit obsessive.¬† However, when I speak or write about a topic, I like to be as well-informed as possible.¬† In my last posts, you may have noticed that I have been using information from Asian countries, i.e. expats living in Asian countries like Japan and Korea.¬† I have been researching on YouTube what it is like for Black women to live in countries where they are a perceivable minority…Little did I know that this research would lead to…

Apparently, there is a growing celebration of interracial relationships between Asian Men and Black Women.¬† I had no idea.¬† Of course, I think it is brilliant that people of different ethnic/racial/religious/etc.¬† can and want to get together.¬† I am, however, a bit concerned by the seeming exoticism of it all…

I know in my life, I have tried to stay clear from people who are seeking to be in a relationship with me because they have a prepared plan of only dating Black women, because Black women are x, y, and z…,or who are seemingly fixated on my cultural background.¬† So, I am uncertain as to¬†what is happening here with this AMBW¬†push.

More importantly, I have noticed that there are even virtual battles that are being waged about the beauty of Black women and where we stand on the beauty standard totem pole…And according to some, we are at the bottom.¬† There are even some arguments that Asian men and Black women should get together, because we are both on bottom in terms of desirability…And I am like (yes, I wrote “like”), “What??!!”

Have I missed the boat here?¬† Was there some big thing that happened culturally that I wasn’t aware of it?¬† It’s true that I don’t watch television, listen to the radio, avoid newspapers and magazines.¬† So, it is quite possible.¬† When, however, did minorities exoticizing other minorities become in vogue.

(Very good YouTube video that addresses this issue. Video by Charly in Korea)

¬†My apologies for the tirade, but…

Until Next Time.



P.S.¬† This guy is just too much :D…

¬†(“Interracial Dating – Korean Guy’s Perspective”

by famousamos on YouTube)

In search of…

In an age of YouTube, Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, and the universe knows what else; we are are¬†inundated with many means of¬†electronic communication,¬†and we are¬†no longer limited to sitting in front of¬†a hulking desktop computer in order to¬†access these many many means. ūüėȬ† Rather these days people have¬†laptops of all varieties, iPads, cellphones, and all sorts of other¬†gizmos–I really am not¬†hip to it all, so I cannot list everything¬†here, but trust me… it seems like there is a lot out there.

Truly, I am not complaining.¬† I am a fan of technology¬†in many ways.¬† There may be some who will remember me from my computer camp days at Stanford, when I was teaching computer programming to¬†pre-teens who are (oh my word…) in their 20s.¬† So, what’s my point?

The point is that I miss the days of simpler communication.  I miss the days when a face-to-face conversation could be held without the barrier and the barrage of constant text messaging or Google-searching or Twittering or whatever else. I miss the simplicity of even a telephone conversation without call-waiting and its constant beep.  Actually, what I truly miss is letter writing.

I am not quite sure what happened.¬† (Okay, perhaps it was the advent of email, or MSWord, or something… who knows.)¬† Somehow, however,¬†it seems that many of us have lost touch with the beautiful art form of letter writing in favour of the faster methods of communications: email, Skype, sms/text, calling, etc.¬† It is not simply just that¬†many of us have¬†lost touch with letter writing.¬† It seems that many of us have lost our love of (if any ever existed)¬†the actual art of penmanship.¬† In my opinion, it is a sad commentary when The New York Times has to publish an article on how to improve one’s penmanship and declares the downfall of American handwriting.

I suppose I am wondering what has happened… or rather, why has this happened…

I remember as a child and even as an adolescent examining my handwriting, examining¬†the handwriting of my family members, and other people’s.¬† I looked for¬†aspects that I liked and disliked, a stroke here or¬†a loop there.¬†¬†Even today, I¬†continue to be¬†highly aware of my handwriting and it is important to me, especially when writing a¬†note or a letter to someone else.¬† I am prone often to re-writing¬†several times in effort to exact¬†my penmanship to my liking (no, this isn’t perfectionism).¬†¬†This extends itself to my personal writing, such as journaling.¬†¬†My style of writing often¬†matches my mood and I will go back and reflect upon¬†not only what I have written but how¬†I have written.

I suppose one could say I have always had an interest in graphology or what is commonly known as handwriting analysis.¬†¬† I suppose one could also say that I am a product of an old-fashioned British colonial system, where I went to Catholic school and had numerous¬†nuns staring over my shoulder to ensure decent handwriting! ūüėČ

No… The truth is simply that I like the actual act of writing, the feel of pen against paper, of ink flowing into form of letters then words.

There is a beauty and an art to the process of¬†penmanship, of letter writing, of which I believe it is important to go in search….

Until next time!



P.S. Oh, apparently¬†it is¬†going to snow in Rome this weekend (again)… ūüėČ