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Ever since my visit to San Diego where I gave a TEDx talk at UCSD, I’ve been involved with Aira, a start-up that uses smart glasses to connect blind and low vision users to live human agents for visual and navigational assistance. The above YouTube video shows me using Aira technology for the first time last year. Like the pace of most successful technology companies, Aira has grown immensely and exponentially every year since I first met Sumon the CEO in 2015. Now, Aira has partnered with AT&T for the

Hurricane Harvey relief: How you can help

#harvey relief: Dropping donations to #houston shelters

Posted by Christine Ha on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Once the Houston roads began clearing by Tuesday morning, the hubs and I drove through the relentless rain collecting donations from neighbors and friends to deliver them to local shelters. We even live-streamed the collection and drop-off on my Facebook. I fortuitously discovered a “donate” link you could add to your Facebook Live video, so I included it in the post, linking it to the Houston Food Bank, which happens to the the largest food bank in America feeding the nation’s fourth largest city. I’m proud to say as I

I live in Houston, and all that’s been on our minds lately is Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey, which has been shredding southeast Texas to pieces since late last week. While I have been fortunate thus far—my family, friends, and neighbors are safe, and our house is still intact and dry—there are many of my fellow Houstonians whose lives and properties have been severely impacted by Harvey. Having lived in Houston for most of my life, I’ve experienced quite a few hurricanes, storms, and floods. I thought I’d take this opportunity to

I’ve been on the board of advisors for Aira for a couple of years now, and I’m proud to see how much the tech start-up has grown since its grassroots days in San Diego. Today, I’m happy to share with you Aira’s latest project, which has them partnering with AT&T to launch this social campaign called #ExperienceMore. In an effort to raise awareness about and champion the resilience of blind people everywhere, AT&T and Aira are asking such individuals to share their own personal story of how they #ExperienceMore. (You

I’m excited to announce I’ll be doing a pop-up in collaboration with Ozone Bar in Hong Kong! Ozone is located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and is the tallest rooftop bar in the world. That’s the hubs and me below at the VIP corner table overlooking breathtaking HK during our visit in May. And now, from June 28 to July 1, I’ll be back with a very special event: my biggest pop-up restaurant yet! Here’s what’s on the menu: A SUMMER HOLIDAY AROUND THE WORLD With

I say “happier marriage” because I won’t pretend that I hold the keys to a happy marriage. I say “happier” because it’s relative. Every person is unique, and every relationship possesses different dynamics. What works in my marriage may not work in yours. But after seven years of marriage, I’m happy to say I’m still happy. And so today, as a tribute to our 7th anniversary, I offer you my 7 bits of advice that has made our marriage work so far. Following these tips may not solve all of

Every year when the annual NMO Patient Day sponsored by the Guthy Jackson Foundation rolls around, I get nostalgic since that’s where NMO Diaries was born. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend for quite a few years since I’m always tied up with other events during the Patient Days. I know there are many patients and caregivers who are also unable to attend, and the nice thing is the GJCF will often stream or upload key videos from the day’s events online for worldwide viewing. You can check out

Coming up in two weeks, I’ll be returning to New York for a brain-stimulating conversation with neuroscientist and Johns Hopkins University professor David Linden at the Rubin Museum of Art. In its tenth season, the museum’s Brainwave series will explore the idea of perception. On February 3, Linden and I will discuss how perception extends beyond the visual, and how I developed my palate and cook without sight. Following our conversation, we’ll both be signing our respective books. If you’re in the area on February 3rd, please join us at

It’s the eve of New Year’s Eve. Some of you already have your NYE plans laid out minute-by-minute. For the rest of us, you don’t have a clue. For some, the anticlimax is great. For others, it may feel like a letdown. We were talking about former New Year’s Eves the other night, and we all agreed a majority of our attempts at celebrating New Year’s in the past have resulted in great disappointment. A large part of it stems from setting the bar too high for what is essentially

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I suspend all travel and work events just so I can be home for the holiday. That being said, Thanksgiving is not without its own stresses, especially if you are hosting the big meal. Since it only comes once a year, a lot rides on this gathering. Fortunately for you, I’ve hosted countless Thanksgiving lunches, dinners, potlucks, and parties. I’ve posted some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, from Creole corn to this easy broccoli rice casserole. This year, I’m going to help

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