Photo Story // Places Worth Writing Home About

I have been stuck in a bit of a rut, lately. It probably has to do with moving cities and starting from scratch. I had gotten used to the sights and sounds of Harbin, the morning market grannies knew what I bought as they would call out “the foreigner is here”; I had become part […]

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Photostory: Seoul Searching

Well, we are back! Back from almost losing my mind. It has been an insane couple of months. From cancelled flights to landing at the wrong airport to rebooking a missed flight to the wrong continent (my goodness, it was the wrong hemisphere!) to almost burning a few buildings to the ground. I don’t know […]

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Photostory: Incredible Connections

As I am about to close a chapter of my journey, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful memories and experiences I have had in the last two years. I had neglected my website for a while as I plot and plan the next move. Things have been rather slow and unpredictable but […]

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Shanghai in 9 Hours

Over my last trip, I learned how to make the most of long layovers. I totally understand how long layover could feel like a schlep to most, especially after a long vacation and all you want to do is to get back home. We made sure that this would be a cheap stopover so we […]

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My Spring Festival in Harbin

Happy New Year!! (again) If you are in Asia and you’re using the Lunar calendar then, finally, welcome to the new year. I feel like January was a fantastic trial run…I tried bullet journaling, reading every day, compiling lists, 10-minute morning meditation routines, etc. So, I now know what works for me and what doesn’t. […]

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How Long Does It Take To Get Frostbite?

Okay, hear me out! I am not even exaggerating, that question was in my mind when I couldn’t feel my fingers at the Harbin Ice & Snow Festival! Yes, it is worth a go but you NEED to be prepared! There is a short video of the whole experience – from taking the bus and […]

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A Grim History of Biological Warfare: Unit 731

The North East has a very rich history, it seems to surprise me every time. It’s not all lavender fields and immaculate ice sculptures; it’s deep, gruesome history. The World War II era seems to have been a time when humans were trying to see how far they can go, how far they could hurt […]

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Introducing a Little Bit of DongBei

DongBei. The North East! There are stages you go through when you live in Harbin. At first, when you arrive, you are almost certain that you cannot and will not survive here. It’s rough, raw, the language is just nothing like the podcasts you’ve been listening to on your flight, and well…the extremities! The summer […]

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One Night in Shenyang

Unless you’re working for a Chinese public school or a kindergarten, Language Centre ESL teachers in China do not have the weekend off. Instead, you have two split days during the week – I have Monday and Thursdays off. When we have a holiday or two consecutive days off, I take full advantage of this! […]

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Swan Lake at the Harbin Opera House

The winters are long and brutal up north so you do end up hibernating, involuntarily. However, you can find that there is loads to do besides bar hopping and drinking warm Harbin beer. I stumbled on a leaflet: Swan Lake (Russian Kremlin Theatre) was coming to town! I had never been to a ballet before […]

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