about us

about us

Who is The Gassy Squirrel?

Thanks for dropping by! We’re Suggie & Alex – the team behind The Gassy Squirrel. Our aim is to grab life by the balls acorns, explore it to the fullest, and share our experiences with others, whether they’re about adventure traveling, finding healthy (and yummy!) dishes at good restaurants, or any other fun that comes our way.

While this blog is Suggie’s project and mainly written through her eyes, Alex is the silent partner behind the scenes, and his companionship and support help make this labor of love possible. And who knows? Perhaps we’ll manage to get him to start writing as well.

We live in the US, currently settled in Las Vegas, NV. Born and raised in New York City, Alex later moved to San Francisco for law school, then landed in Las Vegas for work. Suggie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, then called Los Angeles home for the next three decades, barring her college years in New Haven, CT. She later joined Alex in Vegas, and here we are!

As for our personalities, well, the pictures probably say it all. Words to describe Suggie: extroverted, silly, adventurous; for Alex: introverted, calm, disciplined. We’re quite opposites in character, but we build on each others’ strengths to bring out the best in us, and we see eye to eye on the things that count to us, so it all seems to work out.

Alex and the (monkey) squirrel cool down at the Tiger Fern waterfall in Belize.
Alex enjoys time off his feet. Somewhere between Danang and Hue in Vietnam.

Adventure Travel

We’ve enjoyed traveling together since 2014, and we want to motivate others to get off their butts and see the world as well. Experience new cultures, meet new people, learn new languages, eat new foods… Broaden that horizon!

We’re not full-time nomads (although we’re not opposed to the idea in the future). Alex is an attorney by trade, and Suggie left a 9-year career in the video game industry to work on this blog full time, while digging into her savings. As a result, we value that limited annual vacation time, and we’ll bet you do, too. We detail our vacations in hopes of helping others make smart decisions on getting the most out of their precious travel time.

Fun while you freeze! Glacier hiking in Patagonia, Argentina
Elephant riding in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Best bonding experience ever! (Yes, they make you wear their traditional hill tribe clothes.)

For us, adventure isn’t just about running off and doing some extreme physical activity (although that’s on the table while we’re still healthy enough!). Exploring a new city, meeting locals, and creating our own memories are all part of the adventure. You can learn more about our travel style here.

Eat Out Healthy

Soft serve at a Mickey D’s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tasty in any part of the world!

Health and fitness are very important to us. We also love eating. Given that dratted 80/20 rule*, the only way to have our cake and eat it too is to moderate what we eat. We definitely believe in the partaking of sweets, so it’s important to find that balance. You can learn more about our good eats philosophy here.

Eating out healthy is even harder, but it can be done! While we review restaurants, we also share the dishes we chose and offer occasional tips on how to modify so you can make smart decisions while your friends are opting for those deep-fried onion rings! Better yet, share the knowledge with them!

Alex excited to chow down. Street food in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand

Health and fitness are very important to us. We also love eating. Given that dratted 80/20 rule*, the only way to have our cake and eat it too is to moderate what we eat. We definitely believe in the partaking of sweets on occasion, so it’s important to find that balance. You can learn more about our good eats philosophy here.

Eating out healthy is even harder, but it can be done! While we review restaurants, we also share the dishes we chose and offer occasional tips on how to modify so you can make smart decisions while your friends are opting for those deep-fried onion rings! Better yet, share the knowledge with them!

*80/20 rule: health/fitness relies 80% on what you eat and only 20% on exercise

Soft serve at a Mickey D’s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tasty in any part of the world!
Alex excited to chow down. Street food in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand

Play!

Drowsy reading time on a cattle ranch in Tajo Alto, Costa Rica
An Asian assassin attacks at San Diego’s Gaslight Steampunk Expo.

While physical health is important to us, mental/spiritual health is just as crucial. This is where play comes in. Play can be peaceful reading, going to a concert, running a Tough Mudder, or hanging out with friends.

Play is anything that gets our brains whirling with curiosity, our minds gaining knowledge, and our selves getting heart-happy.

Work hard, but play hard as well – and enjoy every minute of it. Sometimes easier said than done, but we sure as hell try!

Aren’t mud facials just so sexy? Iceland’s popular Blue Lagoon spa.
Two of Santa’s helpers sneak off to an Activision party in Los Angeles.

Suggie

I want to explore life as fully as I can, while I still can.

I know it’s a hugely broad idea that encompasses…well, pretty much everything, but I find the idea of tackling life head-on exciting. Good and bad, ups and downs, life is truly an adventure that we get to write ourselves, and I want to be able to look back on my book with happiness and a sense of fulfillment.

Alright, enough of the heartwarming feel-good message. So what’s my story so far?

Age 3, Santa Barbara, CA
Age..ahem…40+, Bangkok,Thailand

I would love to call myself a Renaissance woman…Alas! I cannot. The best I can say is I’m a Jack Jill of all trades, and perhaps, semi-master of some?

I have a lot of interests and hobbies, and I thoroughly enjoy them all. It’s hard to throw myself into a specific type. I love “jock stuff” like fitness, sports, and eating healthy, and I also love things that fall into “nerdy” like comic conventions, video games, and jigsaw puzzles. And while physically seeing the world is a passion, sitting home traveling through the world of books is equally important. The great thing about all this variety is that I will provide you with a ton of material to keep you on your toes.

Here’s a list of some of my current and ex hobbies:

Physical Activities

  • kung fu
  • general fitness (HIIT circuit training, dance fitness)
  • hiking
  • shooting pool (decent)
  • bowling (disastrous)
  • trying new adventurous physical activities that are a little scary but not truly life-threatening (unless something goes really wrong with the equipment)

Sedate Activities

  • eating, eating, and more eating (hence the need for the physical activities)
  • reading (mostly audiobooks these days)
  • watching films/tv (favorite types: animation, martial arts/action, fantasy/sci-fi)
  • attending concerts, plays, theater
  • singing karaoke (mostly noraebang style)

Geeky Activities

  • comic/pop culture cons
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • video/mobile games
  • making and wearing (not-very-professional) costumes
  • crossword puzzles & sudoku

Taking a Break or Retired From

  • mountain biking
  • volleyball (yes, I’m 4’11″…and your point is…?)
  • snowboarding
  • figure skating
  • skateboarding
  • rollerblading
  • wasting money on my collection of pop culture doodads

Perhaps the varied interests as an adult are to make up for the fact that I had only one focus as a kid: figure skating. I trained hard core for 10 years and even won Novice Ladies Nationals back in the era of dinosaurs. So I had no childhood to speak of. Wah. I make up for it now.

Age 7, Santa Barbara, CA (The groovy outfit was definitely a reflection of the 70s…)
Age 12, Pittsburgh, PA (Nationals)

Being a kid to Korean immigrant parents meant that after quitting skating as a teenager, it was necessary to overachieve in other ways – so I reluctantly went to Yale to give my parents something to brag about (reluctant because I was big into activism at the time and had my heart set on UC Berkeley).

Upon graduating college, I found myself without any real goals and promptly lost all sense of purpose in life. I flitted around from job to job trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Some of these jobs included activist, working on a B-movie (hey now, Hulk Hogan was in it!), subprime mortgage lending, and manager in video game publishing.

My last job was spent sitting in a corporate cubicle, and I was not a happy camper. So, after almost 10 years (better late than never!), I finally said, “Screw it!,” took my savings, and kicked the cube life to try to figure out something new.

Even all my beloved toys couldn’t save me from cubicle drudgery. (Photo: The Gassy Squirrel)

Over time, there are two things I have found that I have a passion for above all else: traveling and telling people what to do. 🙂 (I have a pretty strong personality, and while I’d like to believe I’m not exactly bossy, I’m certainly quite keen on nudging. Yes! There’s a difference!) What better way to bring those two together than to share my adventures with others? It may not be the same as telling people what to do, but I’m quite satisfied with… ahem… making suggestions. So, just heed my suggestions, okay? 🙂

AK-47 shooting in Cambodia. (Photo: The Gassy Squirrel)
Even tomboys can clean up nicely…once in a while! (Photo: The Gassy Squirrel)

With Alex being too lazy shy busy to write up his own bio, I (Suggie) have gone and written one up for him. That’s what you get, Alex!

Alex

With regard to this blog, I am: boyfriend, traveling partner, nutritionist, restaurant chooser, and all-around cheerleader.

Suggie and I share the goal of being life nomads – wherever that may lead us. My journey currently sees me sitting behind a desk lawyering day in and day out. Admittedly not much of a nomad yet, but getting there.

Hard at work…or at least pretending to be.

Born and raised in New York City, I later spent time in upstate NY at Cornell for undergrad before moving to San Francisco to attend law school at UC Hastings. Work brought me to Las Vegas, where Suggie later joined me, so Vegas is where we currently call home.

Age 3, New York City, NY.
Age 40-something. Fresh catch of the day in Vietnam.

As The Gassy Squirrel “about us” tab explains, I am the calm and disciplined introvert to Suggie’s excitable and adventurous extrovert. I help ground her when she starts getting a little too erratic, and she, in turn, gets me to challenge life more by pulling me out of my comfort zone. A pretty good arrangement, we both agree.

While fitness is a big part of my life (kung fu, weightlifting, circuit training, hiking), eating is what brings me great joy – I exercise so I can eat. While I’m known to indulge in sweets on occasion (actually on many occasions, if I’m to be honest), I’m very conscious of making healthy eating choices that focus on a relatively low carb intake while kicking up the proteins. I am definitely the disciplined one in the relationship, and my hand is the one slapping Suggie on the wrist when she reaches one too many times for those Girl Scout cookies.

3-minute mabu (horse stance) for belt-testing. Feeling that burn!
Excited to find a healthy Bangkok street food option.

In addition to food, my other passions include reading and history. I’m an avid reader of all subjects (usually working on several books at a time), although I tend towards the world of non-fiction. With history, all types from ancient to modern are of interest, but WWII holds a special place in my heart.

Catching some R&R on a cattle ranch in Costa Rica.

Oh, and I’m a huge metal head. I know. My clean cut lawyer haircut doesn’t lend much to proper head banging, but heavy metal has been my constant companion since junior high. While I enjoy a wide range of metal, current tops are Rammstein, Hammerfall, and Judas Priest.

Work hard, rock hard.

Waiting for Hammerfall to hit the stage, 2018.

Who is The Gassy Squirrel?

Thanks for dropping by! We’re Suggie & Alex – the team behind The Gassy Squirrel. Our aim is to grab life by the balls acorns, explore it to the fullest, and share our experiences with others, whether they’re about adventure traveling, finding healthy (and yummy!) dishes at good restaurants, or any other fun that comes our way.

While this blog is Suggie’s project and mainly written through her eyes, Alex is the silent partner behind the scenes, and his companionship and support help make this labor of love possible. And who knows? Perhaps we’ll manage to get him to start writing as well.

We live in the US, currently settled in Las Vegas, NV. Born and raised in New York City, Alex later moved to San Francisco for law school, then landed in Las Vegas for work. Suggie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, then called Los Angeles home for the next three decades, barring her college years in New Haven, CT. She later joined Alex in Vegas, and here we are!

As for our personalities, well, the pictures probably say it all. Words to describe Suggie: extroverted, silly, adventurous; for Alex: introverted, calm, disciplined. We’re quite opposites in character, but we build on each others’ strengths to bring out the best in us, and we see eye to eye on the things that count to us, so it all seems to work out.

Alex and the (monkey) squirrel cool down at the Tiger Fern waterfall in Belize.
Alex enjoys time off his feet. Somewhere between Danang and Hue in Vietnam.

Adventure Travel

We’ve enjoyed traveling together since 2014, and we want to motivate others to get off their butts and see the world as well. Experience new cultures, meet new people, learn new languages, eat new foods… Broaden that horizon!

We’re not full-time nomads (although we’re not opposed to the idea in the future). Alex is an attorney by trade, and Suggie left a 9-year career in the video game industry to work on this blog full time, while digging into her savings. As a result, we value that limited annual vacation time, and we’ll bet you do, too. We detail our vacations in hopes of helping others make smart decisions on getting the most out of their precious travel time.

Fun while you freeze! Glacier hiking in Patagonia, Argentina
Elephant riding in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Best bonding experience ever! (Yes, they make you wear their traditional hill tribe clothes.)

For us, adventure isn’t just about running off and doing some extreme physical activity (although that’s on the table while we’re still healthy enough!). Exploring a new city, meeting locals, and creating our own memories are all part of the adventure. You can learn more about our travel style here.

Eat Out Healthy

Soft serve at a Mickey D’s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tasty in any part of the world!

Health and fitness are very important to us. We also love eating. Given that dratted 80/20 rule*, the only way to have our cake and eat it too is to moderate what we eat. We definitely believe in the partaking of sweets, so it’s important to find that balance. You can learn more about our good eats philosophy here.

Eating out healthy is even harder, but it can be done! While we review restaurants, we also share the dishes we chose and offer occasional tips on how to modify so you can make smart decisions while your friends are opting for those deep-fried onion rings! Better yet, share the knowledge with them!

Alex excited to chow down. Street food in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand

Health and fitness are very important to us. We also love eating. Given that dratted 80/20 rule*, the only way to have our cake and eat it too is to moderate what we eat. We definitely believe in the partaking of sweets on occasion, so it’s important to find that balance. You can learn more about our good eats philosophy here.

Eating out healthy is even harder, but it can be done! While we review restaurants, we also share the dishes we chose and offer occasional tips on how to modify so you can make smart decisions while your friends are opting for those deep-fried onion rings! Better yet, share the knowledge with them!

*80/20 rule: health/fitness relies 80% on what you eat and only 20% on exercise

Soft serve at a Mickey D’s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tasty in any part of the world!
Alex excited to chow down. Street food in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand

Play!

Drowsy reading time on a cattle ranch in Tajo Alto, Costa Rica
An Asian assassin attacks at San Diego’s Gaslight Steampunk Expo.

While physical health is important to us, mental/spiritual health is just as crucial. This is where play comes in. Play can be peaceful reading, going to a concert, running a Tough Mudder, or hanging out with friends.

Play is anything that gets our brains whirling with curiosity, our minds gaining knowledge, and our selves getting heart-happy.

Work hard, but play hard as well – and enjoy every minute of it. Sometimes easier said than done, but we sure as hell try!

Aren’t mud facials just so sexy? Iceland’s popular Blue Lagoon spa.
Two of Santa’s helpers sneak off to an Activision party in Los Angeles.

Suggie

I want to explore life as fully as I can, while I still can.

I know it’s a hugely broad idea that encompasses…well, pretty much everything, but I find the idea of tackling life head-on exciting. Good and bad, ups and downs, life is truly an adventure that we get to write ourselves, and I want to be able to look back on my book with happiness and a sense of fulfillment.

Alright, enough of the heartwarming feel-good message. So what’s my story so far?

Age 3, Santa Barbara, CA
Age..ahem…40+, Bangkok,Thailand

I would love to call myself a Renaissance woman…Alas! I cannot. The best I can say is I’m a Jack Jill of all trades, and perhaps, semi-master of some?

I have a lot of interests and hobbies, and I thoroughly enjoy them all. It’s hard to throw myself into a specific type. I love “jock stuff” like fitness, sports, and eating healthy, and I also love things that fall into “nerdy” like comic conventions, video games, and jigsaw puzzles. And while physically seeing the world is a passion, sitting home traveling through the world of books is equally important. The great thing about all this variety is that I will provide you with a ton of material to keep you on your toes.

Here’s a list of some of my current and ex hobbies:

Physical Activities

  • kung fu
  • general fitness (HIIT circuit training, dance fitness)
  • hiking
  • shooting pool (decent)
  • bowling (disastrous)
  • trying new adventurous physical activities that are a little scary but not truly life-threatening (unless something goes really wrong with the equipment)

Sedate Activities

  • eating, eating, and more eating (hence the need for the physical activities)
  • reading (mostly audiobooks these days)
  • watching films/tv (favorite types: animation, martial arts/action, fantasy/sci-fi)
  • attending concerts, plays, theater
  • singing karaoke (mostly noraebang style)

Geeky Activities

  • comic/pop culture cons
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • video/mobile games
  • making and wearing (not-very-professional) costumes
  • crossword puzzles & sudoku

Taking a Break or Retired From

  • mountain biking
  • volleyball (yes, I’m 4’11″…and your point is…?)
  • snowboarding
  • figure skating
  • skateboarding
  • rollerblading
  • wasting money on my collection of pop culture doodads

Perhaps the varied interests as an adult are to make up for the fact that I had only one focus as a kid: figure skating. I trained hard core for 10 years and even won Novice Ladies Nationals back in the era of dinosaurs. So I had no childhood to speak of. Wah. I make up for it now.

Age 7, Santa Barbara, CA (The groovy outfit was definitely a reflection of the 70s…)
Age 12, Pittsburgh, PA (Nationals)

Being a kid to Korean immigrant parents meant that after quitting skating as a teenager, it was necessary to overachieve in other ways – so I reluctantly went to Yale to give my parents something to brag about (reluctant because I was big into activism at the time and had my heart set on UC Berkeley).

Upon graduating college, I found myself without any real goals and promptly lost all sense of purpose in life. I flitted around from job to job trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Some of these jobs included activist, working on a B-movie (hey now, Hulk Hogan was in it!), subprime mortgage lending, and manager in video game publishing.

My last job was spent sitting in a corporate cubicle, and I was not a happy camper. So, after almost 10 years (better late than never!), I finally said, “Screw it!,” took my savings, and kicked the cube life to try to figure out something new.

Even all my beloved toys couldn’t save me from cubicle drudgery. (Photo: The Gassy Squirrel)

Over time, there are two things I have found that I have a passion for above all else: traveling and telling people what to do. 🙂 (I have a pretty strong personality, and while I’d like to believe I’m not exactly bossy, I’m certainly quite keen on nudging. Yes! There’s a difference!) What better way to bring those two together than to share my adventures with others? It may not be the same as telling people what to do, but I’m quite satisfied with… ahem… making suggestions. So, just heed my suggestions, okay? 🙂

AK-47 shooting in Cambodia. (Photo: The Gassy Squirrel)
Even tomboys can clean up nicely…once in a while! (Photo: The Gassy Squirrel)

With Alex being too lazy shy busy to write up his own bio, I (Suggie) have gone and written one up for him. That’s what you get, Alex!

Alex

With regard to this blog, I am: boyfriend, traveling partner, nutritionist, restaurant chooser, and all-around cheerleader.

Suggie and I share the goal of being life nomads – wherever that may lead us. My journey currently sees me sitting behind a desk lawyering day in and day out. Admittedly not much of a nomad yet, but getting there.

Hard at work…or at least pretending to be.

Born and raised in New York City, I later spent time in upstate NY at Cornell for undergrad before moving to San Francisco to attend law school at UC Hastings. Work brought me to Las Vegas, where Suggie later joined me, so Vegas is where we currently call home.

Age 3, New York City, NY.
Age 40-something. Fresh catch of the day in Vietnam.

As The Gassy Squirrel “about us” tab explains, I am the calm and disciplined introvert to Suggie’s excitable and adventurous extrovert. I help ground her when she starts getting a little too erratic, and she, in turn, gets me to challenge life more by pulling me out of my comfort zone. A pretty good arrangement, we both agree.

While fitness is a big part of my life (kung fu, weightlifting, circuit training, hiking), eating is what brings me great joy – I exercise so I can eat. While I’m known to indulge in sweets on occasion (actually on many occasions, if I’m to be honest), I’m very conscious of making healthy eating choices that focus on a relatively low carb intake while kicking up the proteins. I am definitely the disciplined one in the relationship, and my hand is the one slapping Suggie on the wrist when she reaches one too many times for those Girl Scout cookies.

3-minute mabu (horse stance) for belt-testing. Feeling that burn!
Excited to find a healthy Bangkok street food option.

In addition to food, my other passions include reading and history. I’m an avid reader of all subjects (usually working on several books at a time), although I tend towards the world of non-fiction. With history, all types from ancient to modern are of interest, but WWII holds a special place in my heart.

Catching some R&R on a cattle ranch in Costa Rica.

Oh, and I’m a huge metal head. I know. My clean cut lawyer haircut doesn’t lend much to proper head banging, but heavy metal has been my constant companion since junior high. While I enjoy a wide range of metal, current tops are Rammstein, Hammerfall, and Judas Priest.

Work hard, rock hard.

Waiting for Hammerfall to hit the stage, 2018.