We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Sinh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
Growing up in a first-generation Asian American household, I’ve always found myself internally struggling to pursue my dreams or follow my parent’s wishes. Unfortunately being the eldest I felt that I had the responsibility to take care of and provide for my family. As much as I wanted to pursue a career in arts or photography that wasn’t much of an option as they had instilled in me the value and sacrifices they had made to give their children a better opportunity in the states. I also did not want to disappoint my parents. As a result, I ended up pursuing a path in the supply chain, but it was only in the last few years I felt that I had the courage to start pursuing things for myself, such as travel and food, which are what my page is mostly focused on. In recent years, there have been so many people that have been in my shoes inspiring me every day that it’s ok to be who I want to be, as the saying goes, better late than never. So while it was difficult to go against the grain and against my parents’ expectations, It has been one of the best decisions I have made.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work a 9-5 job in the supply chain for a well-known tech company, I do my best to balance out my day job with my passion role. I carve out the time to visit new restaurants and hot spots to create content for my IG and TikTok. As the saying goes, if you do something you love, you won’t feel like you’ve worked. Most of the time when I create content, it fuels me to keep going and never feels like work. During the pandemic, however, that was a different story as no one was going out and a lot of small businesses were struggling. I had a lot of my food to go in order to still support local businesses, and it was hard to set that up to look appealing without the right settings. (The food was still delicious) As things start to slowly return to normal, more and more businesses are opening up again, so that definitely helps with my content creating. One thing I want to be known for is my goal to share my love for food and travel to the world. There’s so much to see and do, I’m just one person trying to share that with this vast world in the best way that I can. I’ve also been working another passion project of mine and hoping to launch sometime this year, please stay tune for more details to come!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: Breakfast at Koffeteria for their Pho Bun or Hot Cheeto croissant (they sell out quick)
Grab a coffee at Slowpokes ( they have the best creative seasonal lattes)
Check out one of the many museums that Houston has to offer
Shopping time at the galleria
Grabbing lunch at crawfish cafe (some of the best crawfish in town)
Hang out around downtown, discovery green
Watch an Astro/rockets game
Dinner at Uwa which is a new sushi pop up restaurant with an amazing view of Houston skyline
Grab some drinks at the flight club to end the night and play some darts
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First-person that comes to mind would definitely be one of my best friends. Tracy (handle: TimelessTracy). She was the person who supported and pushed me to pursue the things I want and love. She and I share similar backgrounds and struggles growing up. We also shared similar dreams and aspirations in life. Over the years, she has definitely helped shape the person I am today. She taught me to be fearless and focus on the things that really matter, I wouldn’t know where I would be without her! I’ve honestly been so lucky with the people who are in my life, Tracy was just one of the many that have impacted my life.
Other: Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sinhfullife