Bali part 1 – Spoiled in Seminyak

Hello from New Zealand where Amaury and I are enjoying blue skies, clear air, good food, and much-needed family time! So far, we've spent time in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, and Wanganui. Bliss! Also, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. I have so much to be thankful for this year, especially my friends and family... Continue Reading →

Finding stillness in the present moment

  I recently found a light and airy coffee shop tucked away in one of the neighborhoods near my apartment building. There are many nice little cafes like this one in my area, but this one distinguishes itself with highspeed internet so has become a regular haunt for me recently. Today is the day before... Continue Reading →

Bonnie the Bonsai isn’t looking so hot

As usual, you find me and China in a state of transition. It's been a while since my last missive, so brace yourselves for a lengthy ramble!Chinese New Year and the holiday season ended with a happy sigh last week with the Lantern Festival- it occurs about 15 days after New Year's day. Colored lanterns appeared outside... Continue Reading →

Mmmm tastes like pumpkin

The weather has started to turn cooler here in Guangzhou - meaning the temperature has occasionally dipped below 80 degrees Fahrenheit - and we've had a lot of rain lately including narrowly missing torrential downpour from Typhoon Haima. It doesn't exactly feel like autumn here, but prepping for an upcoming Halloween party, wearing my wellies... Continue Reading →

This time you find me writing to you from the bookstore of my dreams, Fang Suo. It’s a huge place that sells an array of books in Chinese and other languages. Along with books, it has a fancy coffee shop with lots of dark, brushed wood and just right amount of smug-satisfaction, a universal sign... Continue Reading →

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