Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Recipe: Asian Shrimp Noodle Stir Fry

As you may have seen by my Facebook and Twitter updates, I'm in Singapore now! Continuing my MBA education at the INSEAD Singapore campus. I'll be posting lots about my travels around Southeast Asia. One of the things I'm most excited for about living here is the food! I got pretty tried of French food and it's honestly not the healthiest or best for my stomach. Way too much cheese and bread, I will miss the cheap good wine though.

Here's a classic stir fry for which the ingredients were super easy to find in the corner grocery. I love that Asian food includes a lot of rice and vegetables, both excellent staples. I'll be posting lots about my forays into Asian food in the next few months.

  • 400 g rice noodles
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 300 g defrosted uncooked shrimp
  • 100 g mushrooms
  • 250 g Japanese greens (e.g. bok choy)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup soy sauce
  • chili sauce to taste


  • Cook rice noodles according to package directions
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add shrimp and cook until slightly pink (not translucent)
  • Add mushrooms and stir for one minute, add more coconut oil if necessary
  • Add cooked rice noodles to pan, keeping some of the water to make the mixture moist
  • Add greens and stir in until wilted
  • Add soy sauce and chili sauce to taste and enjoy!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Earlier this week I wrote about my trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai but I wanted to also share my amazing photos from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is quite stunning and unlike anything I've ever seen before!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Right after finals in December, I went on to visit the INSEAD campus in Abu Dhabi for a special module/class on doing business in the Middle East. There was a group of 40 students and we learned about different industries in the region and made various company visits. Read my posts from the module on my professional blog, Nuclear Undone, about Wealth Before DevelopmentBeyond the Oil Era, Masdar: The Sustainable City, and Sustainable Urbanization.

We did get to do some fun stuff, besides class and company visits, on our day off. We took a ride through the desert dunes and met some camels. Then, we had team building activities and a BBQ at night, when we could see the stars clearly over the desert darkness.

I also spent a couple of days in Dubai before heading on my next trip to Singapore. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and quite stunning. I'm used to tall building in Chicago but this was something else.

The malls are quite an attraction in Dubai and remind of the ones in the U.S., but more like Mall of America on steroids. The Mall of Emirates a ski hill within a tube (above). So, you can go skiing anytime of the year! The Dubai Mall contains just about any North American store and restaurant you can think of, including Garrett's Popcorn!! I was walking by and thought I recognized the smell and then I couldn't believe my eyes! After being in the French countryside for a few months it was nice to get a dose of home and my favorite Chicago staple.

After an intense four months of class, it was nice to spend a day at the Palm relaxing on the beach. You can see the famous Burj Al Arab in the distance below.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sun Setting on 2014

As the sun is setting on 2014, I'm reminded of how an incredibly challenging, eye-opening, and exciting year it has been. I started the year ramping up my new business, Nuclear Undone, and making my first pay checks from clients as an independent consultant. I applied to business schools and was ecstatic when I received my admission letter from INSEAD. But, leaving everything and everyone behind in Chicago was difficult. I strongly second guessed my decision to go to school in France and the first few weeks were not easy. But as I started the program, I had so little time to think about these things and was completely distracted by the bubble of INSEAD.

As I'm sitting in Bali reflecting on the past year, I can't help but be thankful for the new friends I've made, the professors that have challenged my thinking, and the adventurous, multi-cultural mentality that I've found in myself and others at INSEAD.

So as we move on to 2015, my goal is to continue this adventurous mentality and keep challenging assumptions. I want to learn more from my INSEAD classmates and professors and explore new parts of the world in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and back in Europe. I don't know where my career will take me in the second half of this year after I graduate but I hope that you'll continue following my journey with me!

Happy New Year!

What are your goals for 2015?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Walking Tour of Budapest

As you know, my family is from Slovakia so I've spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe, especially as a child. My family and I traveled a bit around Europe during our trips to see the rest of the family. We went to Budapest on one of those trip and I remember it being a beautiful city so I was eager to go back when one of my fellow students suggested a girls trip to Eastern Europe.

We started our own walking tour at the parliament building (above) and then walked along the water to cross the Danube River via the Chain Bridge (below).

The views along the Danube are stunning and it was a beautiful walk despite the cold and gloomy weather. The WWII Jewish memorial (below) is a serious of shoes representing those that were shot

Taking the tram up to Buda Castle we were treated to some spectacular views of the city, and of course this made for a great photo op!

Matthias Church on Castle Hill has very exquisite architecture from the inside out. 

The views of the city were stunning to see at dusk as it got dark early (at 4pm!). Here you can see the Hungarian Parliament again from a far. There is a cafe right next to Matthias Church that provides a great place to heat up and enjoy the views of the city. 

Finally ending our long walk, it was time to recoup with dinner. Goulash is a very traditional Hungarian dish that you can find in most of Eastern Europe. It is a delicious beef-based stew with vegetables and spices. Perfect to warm up after a chilly winter day in Budapest.