#GetLit: Hygge & Boba

Three things to describe me at the moment: restless, bookish boba fiend.

The first word translates to dreams of getting away, of being somewhere else other than here. I’ve been trying to figure out where I should go within the next few weeks and although I’ve got a specific place in mind, I’m still trying my best to keep still. But my mind is flighty, and my feet fidgety.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been immersed in Alexander Von Humboldt’s world as of late, as told by the delightful Andrea Wulf. There’s a strange, magnetic pull possibly inspired by his own pursuits of travel, exploration and being in sync with the natural world that got me feeling this way. Watch out for my book review of The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World next Tuesday.

The extent of my being in nature (taken at Lily Pond, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA)

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Boba Guys goodness

A list of milk tea / boba spots in preference, found in San Francisco:

  1. Boba Guys (get the black sesame latte with a shot of matcha)
  2. Purple Kow (possibly inspired by Seth Godin’s book Purple Cow; D6 is my fave)
  3. Sharetea (the Okinawa drink is everything — try it hot too!)
  4. Teaspoon (I usually get the mango mojito with mango popping boba)
  5. Mr. & Mrs. Tea House (I really just go for the popcorn chicken)


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I wrote a book review of Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living and I think hygge essentials should include boba. Here are a few more hygge tips I wasn’t able to include in the review, but are of utmost importance:

How to Hygge on the Cheap

Bring out the board games.
Have a “pantry” party by looking at ingredients from your pantry and cooking with friends. Make sure everyone brings jars to bring food home.
Organize a TV night.
Create a shared library.
Watch an outdoor movie.

For more, check out this nifty infographic:


Have a great weekend!


Teach Me How to Hygge, with Meik Wiking

It all started with a trip to the annex of Green Apple Books in San Francisco. The bookstore in the Inner Richmond district of the city has become a haven for me, and I’ve gone for the past 11 years. But it was about three years ago when I picked up a copy of Kinfolk, a lifestyle magazine based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

As soon as I picked up the magazine and started reading it, I felt an overwhelming sense of calm. I remember driving home to North Oakland and settling in a brown, wicker papasan with a cup of tea, eager to dive into the magazine. I would savor every page, each photo and story, because reading it had a calming effect on me.

Since then, I’ve owned every issue. There are also a bunch of issues strategically placed in my room, so that I’m always reminded of that feeling. It wasn’t until lately that I realized what it was that made me so enamored with Kinfolk, so drawn to its mere presence — the Danish concept of hygge.

More hygge, less hassle. (Source)

Hygge (pronounced as hoo-gah) is a Danish word which has no direct translation, but it roughly means “cozy” and it pertains to a kind of lifestyle that the Danes have adapted, and has influenced the way they view or arrange their homes, their offices, down to creating the kind of atmosphere that is hyggeligt (as in, hygge-ful); to a feeling of being at home within ourselves and in the society, a moment to let their guards down. It also comes from the Norwegian word meaning “well-being.”

About a month ago, I came across Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Amazon | Indiebound) and decided to get into it. But instead of the good ol’ way of holding a physical copy, I got an audio book through Audible. Within the two days that I listened to the book, I learned about the hygge lifestyle: its origins, how to hygge at home, in the office and outdoors, what makes for a hyggeligt time and how my obsession with Kinfolk, candles and books finally make sense.

What freedom is to America, hygge is to Danes.

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