Hi~ I’m Coco, a simple, passionate 36 yrs girl who’s looks after goals and enjoys the path of life. My friends always tell me that I’m too healthy to be a young girl. I don’t have any bad habit, I eat healthy, I go to bed early, I don’t drink/smoke, I exercise, I cook most of my meals and really enjoy doing all these. So I decided to start a blog to share with others my favorites meals, workouts, products, travels and random thoughts.

Since the start o this blog, my life changed quite a lot. I graduated, started working in a dream job, got divorced, remarried and becameΒ mom of two lovely girls, Sofia and Lizzy. This blog has been serving as a journal to the most important events happening in my life. I hope you enjoy reading it and leave comments and suggestions.

Culture background

I was born and raised in China until I was 9 years old. My parents decided to immigrate to Argentina in 1990. We lived there for a year and I went back to China while my parents went to Japan. We went back to Argentina in 1994 and lived thereafter. Chinese and Argentinean cultures are very different. I’m not sure which influenced me more, but I like this mix. I keep some chinese traditional values and adopt the enthusiasm and energy of latin america countries.

I arrived USA alone in 2006 for my graduate studies in Economics and my journey to a new culture and a new challenge began. I’m glad to say it was an extraordinary experience. I learned how to live alone, how to deal with people from different cultures, how to adapt and settle in a new country. I made friends, I faced obstacles, I suffered insomnia for almost 1.5 years, I worked harder than ever before, I proved that effort is the main (obviously not the only) ingredient for success and finally I learnedΒ to be HAPPY as a state of mind, not just as a moment of excitement. πŸ™‚

Ph.D is a life experience. Doing research requires a lot of self discipline because no one pushes you, no one asks you to work certain hours a day. No directions, no schedules, no official deadlines might sound liberating, but actually it was the most stressful experience ever. Do you know the real meaning of Ph.D? Permanent head damage! πŸ˜† I have to thank people who gave me tremendous support during this process, my advisor, my family andΒ this blog community. Without you I might not able to get through this.


Running, I run my first half marathon in 2011 and then stopped doing so regularly. Then in 2016 I started running again 6 weeks postpartum to have alone time everyday and never looked back. In 2016, I run two 5 km races, one 10k, one half marathon and plan to run my first full marathon in 2017.

Cooking. Although I enjoy simple and healthy foods, I also like to prepare more elaborated meals for my friends and family. Watching how they enjoy my cooking is one of the most satisfying thing in the world.

Reading. I enjoy novels, bibliographies, health/fitness, and recently running related books.

Movie. All kinds of movies are good for me. I enjoy the process of getting lost in the character’s story, a mind getaway from real life.

Travel. I’d spend more money on travels rather than fashion. Travel experiences are unique and is one the best way to nourish our souls. I’ve been in several parts of China, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Australia, Tanzania. I want to visit many more places like East Europe, Egypt, South East Asia and other parts of Africa.


You got anything to say? Wanna exchange some ideas? Email me at littlegirl1225@gmail.com


Comment=Love. I really enjoy reading your comments, they are invaluable to me.

34 responses to “About

  1. har

    It’s very impressing.
    You’re absolutely an easy-going, nice, and productive person.
    Wish you luck
    Best regards
    -Indonesian blogger-

  2. i keep finding out more and more things about you CoCo! πŸ™‚ Thank you for adding so much more to this page!! Love reading about you!

  3. oh this page is great!! i loved reading more about you, i feel like i “know” you even better now. i LOVE your blog coco, but you already knew that. keep up the good work and maybe one day you can cook for me πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  4. thanks for commenting on my blog! you’re story is so inspiring and i cant wait to read more πŸ™‚

  5. *Andrea*

    great story! you are a lovely person and i LOVE your blog! your passion for good food and health is inspiring

  6. Hello there, your story is very interesting! I am happy that you have found a balanced life style! Deb

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  9. Hey, Coco!

    Thanks so much for dropping by to say hi πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you found me because you have an amazing blog and we have so many things in common!

    I started a healthy lifestyle at a young age too (started eating well and exercising when I was 14-15 years old). Having a good balance of pleasure and using your intuition is definitely important too! I’ve learned that as I’ve gotten older!

    PhD student, eh? I’m amazed that you can juggle all these things! Super woman for sure πŸ˜‰ I’m a grad student myself in electrical engineering, but don’t know if I’ll get my PhD…EE is not quite my passion, but if it was a PhD in food…

  10. What an amazing story! I can’t even imagine living so many places and experiencing so many wonderful cultures in my lifetime. You sound like such a determined, healthy, hardworking young woman! πŸ™‚


  11. Hi Coco,
    Thanks for visiting my little blog!
    To respond to your questions about yerba mate: I was introduced to it several years ago, by a friend who had visited Argentina. I liked it a lot, but it was not easy to find where I was living then (in a small town, then in Seoul, South Korea) so I only drank it occasionally.
    Now, I live in Montreal, Canada, and mate is easy to find here. I buy it at a Latino grocery store near my house. They have many varieties, and it’s cheap! My boyfriend really likes yerba mate, and we often share a mug of it on weekends.
    I really enjoy reading your blog, Coco, and look forward to learning more about you!
    Best wishes,

  12. Jessica

    Your story is amazing. I feel like I can relate to you. I’m at the “being too skinny phase” and I’m really trying hard to incorporate more “normal” eating into my diet like not being afraid of healthy fats.

    Keep writing. I’ll keep reading. You’re an inspiration!


    PS. I’m Chinese too πŸ™‚

  13. Onizuka

    hi dear, I will attend to your blog from now on~~


  14. Hi Coco,you have a wonderful blog and your story is very inspiring. Looking forward to more posts and recipe ideas from you!

  15. Hi Coco,you have a wonderful blog and your story is very inspiring.You are one amazing woman! Looking forward to more posts and recipe ideas from you!

  16. This is a nice page. Thanks for going into detail about it. You are a tremendously hardworking person.

  17. So glad you found my blog!!!! I love meeting people that live in my area too : ) What a amazing person you are, really enjoyed reading about you, and its great you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle !!!

    Katie xoxo

  18. I just stumbled on your blog and it looks great! I’m a Vietnamese-American Economics major at UC berkeley who is going to study abroad in Argentina next year! (Well, I’m hoping to). Alright, have an excellent day πŸ™‚

  19. I am so glad I found your blog! I just copied what you wrote about the phd thing and emailed it to my mom. I am always trying to find the right words to explain what life in grad school is like, but can’t quite capture it. You did perfectly!

  20. Hi ,
    Found you through Candid RD. Love the PhD thing (permanenet head damage!) I’m doing my MS and can’t imagine a PhD, but my husband did. It’s alot of work, stick to it, it will pay of at the end. Congrats for going to sleep early!!! I wish I can do that πŸ™‚

  21. dmcgirl37

    Just found your blog, cant wait to read more πŸ™‚
    I’ve never heard of coconut flour, i need to try it out!
    ❀ Dana

  22. Thanks for sharing your story!

  23. I’m so glad you were able to realize the smart way to stay in shape and be healthy!

  24. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can’t wait to read more of yours! πŸ™‚

  25. Wow, you’ve got a great story, having been born in Asia, having lived in Argentina, and then coming to the US, alone. I admire your bravery. My husband is French and the prospect of living in France scares me a bit. Good luck with your PhD. I look forward to your posts!

  26. Your story is so inspiring! I kind of relate to you, in how I became obsessed with how I ate, etc. I finally realized that was a problem I needed to change. I needed balance. Thank you for sharing your story!

  27. Jos

    Hi there, it’s nice to read your “About” page. I’m also Chinese and I also like to eat healthy and prepare most of my food. Your story is pretty inspiring and I’m looking forward to read more of your posts!

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  29. Hello! Reading your about me was very inspiring to me. I’m still a college student trying to pursue my major in nursing which is one of the hardest I’ve ever faced in my life but what you wrote about self discpline and all was so true. You have definitely inspired me to pursue my goals and career in life.

  30. I stumbled across your blog while blog hoping and I absolutely love your site! Your story about overcoming obstacles, moving to a foreign country and leaving your life behind is simply inspiring… I’mso glad you’ve been able to find joy in your new life here. I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis!

    Katie @ http://www.ohshineon.com

  31. Great story! It’s fantastic that you’ve had the opportunity to live in amazing countries and travel. Your definition of PhD (Permanent Head Damage) is hilarious! So funny. I’ve been in school a long time, too (I changed careers), so I completely understand studies galore. Great blog and great journey for you. Thanks for your posts!

  32. Very good post. I definitely love this site. Thanks!

  33. thank you for the nice info..

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