Derek Taira

FUUD: Best of #CatTravels

Traveling is tiring.You wait in airports, you stand in security lines, you drive for miles. There’s nothing more miserable.But there’s also nothing more inspiring and exciting and completely exhilarating, either. Which is why we endure the pain and suffering and…

#CatTravels: Day 1 in Madison

I arrived in Madison, Wisc. with a wool coat, a cowl neck top, a scarf and jeans.And that wasn’t enough.It was 34 degrees when I landed — 50 degrees colder than when I left Honolulu on Thursday night. And the temperature…

Need tips for my trip to Madison

I can’t believe I’m leaving for Madison, Wisc. this week.I remember booking the trip months ago, thinking, “Man, I’m planning ahead!”But now it’s just a few days away — and while I’m stressing about getting all my work done before I…

Need advice: long-distance love

I had been dreading this decision since April.And I wasn’t even the one making it!My boyfriend, Derek, got accepted into the Ph.D. program in history at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. (He’s working on his Ph.D. here, but this…