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Earlier this year in a bout of neurotic organization, I stuck color-coordinated sticky notes all over my bedroom wall. Why? I love writing lists. I love marking off completed tasks. But when I found old journals and notebooks strewn about with the same lists written over and over again...
 (Discovered in my Drafts from my very first week in Hong Kong, August 2014) -  I ventured to the government immigration office to get my Hong Kong ID card, a process described to me as, "you'll be in and out in no time". Lo and behold, it didn't go that way. The first inkling of bad news was when after...
(Discovered in my Drafts from July 2017) -  When I moved into a new apartment in Hong Kong in 2016, I was excited to check out the building's piece de resistance: the indoor swimming pool on the 59th floor, with pool-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hong Kong Harbor. I donned my swimsuit and headed off to the pool, eager to bask in...
In honor of National Dog Day (today), here's a "listicle" where really I'm just sharing photos of my dog... Without further ado- 15 Things that Change After Getting a Dog 1. You take more naps (how can you resist?!)   2. Your clothes become fun toys (more fun than actual dog toys)   3. Children now love you. Well, "you"   4. Everyone now wants to talk...
Last spring, my lower back was really hurting. It's a long story that started with, "ow, my back really hurts", and ended, many months later, with "thank goodness my back no longer hurts," but what's important here is the story of what fixed it.  Not because it is good medical advice (although I would recommend it to others), but because...
I like to seek out massage parlors "one step above brothel". If the sign prominently displays a neon blinking foot and the menu uses only clip-art, I know I've come to the right place. This type of massage spot, with its glaring lights and blaring television, is definitely not relaxing, but the prices are cheap, and the masseuses know...
I read this eulogy at my father's funeral service on January 13th at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa, Florida:   A Letter to my Father Dad, It’s hard to realize you aren’t here with us anymore. Every time I finally process the fact that you are gone, my mind draws up so many happy memories and stories, that I get excited,...
A few months ago, I read something that asked, Envision your funeral: What would you want said about you? Who would you hope to be in attendance? At the time, I flipped through the section quickly, thinking to myself, "I'm only twenty-five... I can't think that far in advance. That's too abstract for me." Now, after attending my father's funeral, I understand. When I...
Now that I am turning 25, it's time to take a moment and thank all the amazing people in my life who have loved me and supported me over the past quarter-century, and have helped make me who I am today. And so, without further ado, here are 25 things I am grateful for upon turning 25:    (Note: this is a doozy...
Happy Birthday to my dad, who reads every post and calls me immediately after to comment on it and confirm that he read it. Who also asks on each and every phone call - "so, when's the new post coming out?" ...Unfortunately, he has given up on my posting, since I have failed to write a new post in over...
Yanchep National Park, known for its cave systems and koala colonies, was only a hop, skip, and a jump away from where we were staying, so we decided to do a day of exploration there. Surrounded by silly looking lumpy birds with bright red beaks, we started by the lake, which was entirely dried up due to the dry season....
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) was only a 45 minute drive away from us, ( more rental car left-side driving adventures!), and is the largest aquarium in all of Australia, complete with a walk-through underwater tunnel and lots of scary-looking critters, so we had to go check it out! Exploring the underwater tunnel:   After exploring the pretty, cutesy areas, we...
Sitting in the living room after having just eaten a large home-cooked meal, the three of us contentedly focus on our own activities as we digest—Kate puzzles away at a large, almost entirely monochromatic puzzle, Valerie self-indulges in some young adult fantasy fiction, and I half-heartedly read my CFA prep book with glazed-over eyes. We are like an old...

I’m Moving to Hong Kong!

Kung Hei Fat Choy!! Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财! (And a very belated one) It's a few days past the end of Chinese New Year and officially a year since I first traveled to Hong Kong. Last January, I was right in the middle of the hubbub, haggling in the markets for Year of the Snake decorations to put in the apartment...
We journey to Two Rocks, a small town about 20 minutes north of Yanchep, with a set mission for the day: to eat our first ever fish n’ chips.  Unfortunately, the plan is foiled when we realize upon arrival that the one fish n’ chips restaurant in Two Rocks does not open for another two hours, and this “town”...

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