Gecko Missing

The Gecko theatre company returns to London’s Battersea Arts Centre to continue their unfinished run from three years ago – when a fire interrupted their show and destroyed their set.  ‘Missing’ has been selected to run during the special Phoenix Season, which celebrates the re-opening of the Battersea Arts CentreRead More →

The Athenian Greek Beer in London

After J and I returned from Santorini, we did not expect to guzzle Greek beers until we eventually headed back some day – maybe to explore the Acropolis in Athens or monasteries in Meteora that balance upon tall rock outcrops. However, when we got wind of Greek beers at TheRead More →

Trump Protest London Trafalgar Square July 2018

Although news sources forecasted that the Trump protest London attendee numbers (on July 13, 2018) would be in the hundreds of thousands, I was skeptical. However, I chose to attend as an American expat in London, who is dismayed with my President (as much as I would like to sayRead More →

While London may be seen as the capital of British culture, the city also does a magnificent job of displaying other world cultures by hosting various celebrations. For instance, the London Dance Umbrella festival specifically features international acts. Many festivities take place in Trafalgar Square – including celebrations of Chinese New Year,Read More →

Bear Grylls Fitness at Oxygen Freejumping Croydon

As the Bear Grylls fitness class at Oxygen Freejumping Croydon approached, my excitement mutated into anxiety. My boldness in registering for the arduous obstacle course and exercise session suddenly seemed very foolish… After all, who was I to think that I could aspire to the athleticism, determination and coordination ofRead More →

Although I’m not an Instagram mega-star, my top Instagram posts 2017 demonstrate that the Up&AtEm Travel Instagram account has come a long way since joining in 2016! My #2017bestnine reveals that my travel photos (and insightful or piquant captions, of course) have received 28,000+ likes. I never post all myRead More →

From checking out Macau’s cultural scene to rolling through Colorado in America’s biggest truck, the Up&AtEm Travel highlights 2017 are varied! Although I did not visit any new countries this year, I am just as thrilled looking back on these special trip memories as I was in 2016. Without furtherRead More →

Have you heard of #Crispmas? The HIPCHIPS Christmas dinner in Soho offers Londoners a fun, festive snacking option. Whether the Christmas work party dinner disappointed again – or you need a holiday foodie fix before the 25th – HIPCHIPS Christmas dinner includes three seasonal dips to accompany their hand-made potatoRead More →

Trois Grandes Fugues - Marin - Credit Bernard Stofleth

Trois Grandes Fugues: The Premise The premise of Trois Grandes Fugues will pique the interest of “Project Runway” fans. Although created at different times, three master choreographers (Lucinda Childs, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin) all set unique dance pieces to Beethoven’s Die Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. With only theRead More →


Origami launched the 2017 Dance Umbrella festival at Battersea Power Station. Created by Paris-based Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl, the 40-minute site-specific piece offers Londoners the chance to view modern dance for free in public spaces. Noro emerges from a carmine coloured shipping container, which de-constructs and reconfigures in newRead More →


BalletBoyz’ FOURTEEN DAYS presents four new pieces that were created and set on company members within two weeks. Inspired by the concept of “balance,” choreographers commissioned by BalletBoyz’ artistic directors were matched with a composer to making a dance piece with accompanying sound score. Although the time constraint challenged theRead More →

Masurca Fogo

‘Masurca Fogo’ – Pina Bausch & Dancers (1998) The late Pina Bausch’s dancers brought a refreshing splash of Lisbon to London’s Sadlers Wells Theatre during a particularly long and dreary February. A dreamscape of intertwining vignettes personifies the gaiety of Lisbon’s summertime in Bausch’s mostly playful “Masurca Fogo.” Throughout, dancers alternateRead More →


I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J after a frustrating commute in each direction and a long workday multiplied by management’s pettiness, I was exceptionally thankful forRead More →

Over the past decade, seemingly everyone who enjoys eating, owns a smartphone and regularly uses social media accounts is a self-declared foodie – or unabashedly uses the #foodie and #omnom[nom(nom)] hashtags. Functioning taste buds aren’t even a pre-requisite to fake-it-till-you-make it as an Instagram foodie. Yes, eating should be enjoyableRead More →