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…

Up in the Air

I am always amazed by clouds because these fleeting forms can be so visually stunning.  I begin to think about the water cycle and how we (meaning the human race) only use about 1% of the 3% of the fresh water that’s in the world or some small amount.  We are drinking the same water the dinosaurs did type thing.  That’s amazing.  And there I was, flying through these beautiful masses of water particles in the air, heading home to homemade cookies and cakes.   Simply incredible.      

An Open Letter to My Mom

Will you make me a sandwich?’ I always know my mom will.  Even if she is busy with something else, I know in my heart my mom will take the time and make me a delicious sandwich, exactly how I like it.  On top of that, she will usually add a little extra something on the plate, like a homemade brownie or some chips.  That’s the kind of mom she is.  Then she’ll ask if I want something to drink with that.  And she will say, ‘Don’t get up’ and mean it as she brings in a refreshing beverage. That’s…