This blog is a living time capsule of my past selves and contained within, are the artifacts of friendship, food and travel–my life’s greatest loves. 

IMG_4498A little about me

  • My compass for travel leads me to places I think will be radically different 20 years from now. I love wild and untamed islands–my favorite being Tasmania. I’m just as happy to roll my sleeves up and rough it, as I am to let someone else do the sleeve rolling for me.
  • I used to be a self-professed foodie, but these days, I prefer to think of myself as someone who has developed an acute aversion to mediocrity: I don’t like food. I love it. If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow (and I certainly won’t pay for it).
  • When I was in Byron, people kept asking, “Do you actually like your job?” It was the first time I had been asked that question with such skepticism and really, I think they were asking, “How does it feel to be a sellout working for the man in a rat race with no finish line?”
  • This is my favorite playlist. I loved Logan Lerman (and the casting) in Perks of Being a Wallflower. Halloween is my favorite day of the year, with my birthday coming in a close second.

On William Shakespeare

The title of this blog, Playing Holidays, is taken from my favorite Shakespeare play, I Henry IV (I.ii.173–195). 

Halloween in Tokyo, 2010

I know you all, and will awhile uphold
The unyoked humour of your idleness.
Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
That when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But when they seldom come, they wished-for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
So, when this loose behaviour I throw off
And pay the debt I never promisèd,
By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes;
And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glitt’ring o’er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I’ll so offend to make offence a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will.

Get in touch

Look for the “Send Monica an email” link on Google+, leave a comment at the blog or otherwise drop me a line on Linkedin, if that’s your thing.

[Updated January 3, 2012]

3 responses to “About

  1. Hi Monica, I was wondering if you knew anything about the most recent cycle for the Associate Product Marketing Manager Program. I applied for it when it opened in mid-October, but I see that the opening has closed. Am I to assume that Google has already recruited someone for the job?

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