Sea Legs

Before coming back to the States, I read several articles about ‘repatriation’ or ‘reverse culture shock’. The gist being that it can be harder to come back home then move to an entirely new country. As happens, I believed that this wouldn’t apply to me so much because I wanted to go home; I wanted to be back in America so for me there would be little to no culture shock. And as happens, I was kinda wrong. To say that I am happy to be back in San Diego is an understatement. This morning I went to breakfast with…

Honorable Mention

Well, I didn’t win the top prize but I did get an Honorable Mention in the 2017 San Diego County Fair Photography competition! Within the ‘Cell Phone – Color or B&W division’, there were 4 winners and 8 Honorable Mentions. So twelve total chosen and one of mine squeaked in! This also means that my photo will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall. A dream come true for me. Tonight, my cup runneth over.

Possible Award Winner!!!

As far as I am concerned, I already won! A bit of background. Every year, the San Diego Fair has a photography contest. From my understanding many photographers from all over the world participate in this somewhat prestigious event. If I am in town in the summer, I am at the Fair. And the one thing I want to do at the Fair (besides eat chocolate covered bacon) is to go to the photography exhibition and see all of the images. I entered some photos many years ago and didn’t make it beyond the first round. But always in my heart,…

Treat Yourself

When shopping, I do like to get the most bang for my buck. Translation: I love a good sale. Recently I went to a Banana Republic outlet and got the cutest coat and most fantastic wide-leg pants in the world. However, they were just a tad too big so I took these items to my favorite tailor in San Diego, Ayaka. I used to watch a program called ‘What Not to Wear’ and one piece of advice that always stuck with me was to have a good tailor. It makes all of the difference in the world! A piece of…

A Walk On The Beach

One of the benefits of living in a city for a long time is that you get to know the secret spots. Especially in a city with heavy tourism, it’s fun to go off-the-beaten path. One of those places for me in San Diego is Imperial Beach. Imperial Beach (IB) is literally right next to Mexico as it is the most southwestern city in the States. You can see the border from the beach; put your foot just over it and be in two places at once! Slowly but surely, this beach town has been growing and expanding. However the…

a letter

My Uncle Patrick recently passed away and I wrote this letter in tribute to him. Hi Uncle Patrick, Understanding that you will never read this, I still wanted to write you this letter to let you know how much I will miss you. Throughout my life, in the back of my mind, I have known how fortunate I am. I don’t mean this in the #blessed sense or someone winning a Grammy kind of way. I am fortunate because I was lucky enough to be born into the family that I have. When I picture myself in my mind’s eye,…

Dear Ozzy

Dear Ozzy, I was absolutely gutted when I heard the news of your passing. You will always be one of the greatest dogs that ever lived. I hate to think of not seeing your sweet face when I pull up to Kate’s house or feeling your nose nudge my arm in the hopes of more head scratching. I swear you could read my mind and always greeted me with your tail wagging at full speed. Don’t tell the Freemans but when I came to visit, I really just wanted to rub your tummy and have you put your head on…

Friendships

There is nothing that quite beats hanging out with someone you feel you can completely be yourself around. The idea that you can just say whatever, eat whatever, and wear whatever and they would be like, awesome. I was informed when I first started teaching internationally that no one back home will really care about my experiences overseas. That person was so right.  I was hanging out with some people I went to high school with last night.  Some I knew better than others. Then one guy asked me a few questions and just seemed amazed that I could pack…

Mi Corazón

Dear California, I feel like a schoolgirl because I am crushing on you so hard right now.  I don’t know if you have heard, but I am currently living in China.  Please don’t get jealous because really, China has nothing on you. Sure it has The Great Wall, pandas, and Hong Kong.  It also has skyscrapers for days and a pretty efficient public transportation system, but whom am I kidding?  California, you have my heart. Obviously, you are pretty busy with the Royals visiting, and the mess that Arnold made of his marriage. I can’t kid myself into thinking that…

How’s the Food?

Being home is wonderful.  This morning, I got into my mom and dad’s comfy bed while my mom was fixing her hair; we were chatting about all sorts of stuff and there was this great breeze coming in the window.  I thought this is one of those great, small moments that I will fall back on when I am feeling homesick. I am not going to lie.  Last year was incredibly difficult at times.  Sometimes, I just got through the day, barely, only to get up and start all over again in a foreign land.  Many times, it was a…