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New Taipei City Christmas Lights

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Here’s a little video I put together of the Christmas Lights in New Taipei City. We checked the scene out tonight and couldn’t believe how crowded it was. 69 more words


The 5 Most Difficult Things About Japanese

Nihongo wa muzakashi desu.
Japanese is difficult.

In my last post I wrote about my small victory of starting to break through the Japanese language barrier. 1,402 more words


Confessions of a Romantic Trip with a Farting Finn

Have you ever looked at other people’s holiday pictures and felt envy? The happy couples smiling, the wonderful destinations, whilst you are at home, doing mundane things and nagging with your other half? 586 more words


Five Tips for Staying Sane While Flying with a Baby

Just like that, it’s December! 2016 really flew by, especially after the birth of Baby Girl. It’s hard to believe that she is now five months old. 1,075 more words

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Lago del Rey: CamSur Watersports Complex's Better Half

When I started working overseas in April 2012, there was not one vacation that did not take place during summer. I heart that season and I have been very vocal about it. 425 more words


The Quiet American

“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused.”

I really loved Graham Greene’s The Quiet American even though the tone and the main character so differed from favorites like Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet or Gaskell’s Margaret Hale or any 19th century novel that I treasure. 384 more words

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Taobao Turkey Day

The Thanksgiving holiday holds a special place in my heart. Every year growing up, my extended family gathered at my paternal grandparents’ house for a day devoted to my favorite things: family, food and football. 772 more words

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