Clarification: Why 2016 Was So good

I want to clarify: 2016 was amazing because my husband and I chose, together, to seek adventure. We chose, together, to be in this nomad life, come what may. We do not have the ‘normal’ life. But we do have a great one.

2016: May All Years Be This Good

It’s been a long and crazy year. Let’s start with some basic statistics. Countries lived in: China, USA, Iceland, and Korea Jobs Held: Senior Teacher, full-time volunteer on a Scout Camp, cleaning lady, Teacher Toilets Scrubbed: More than 300 (conservative estimate) Pairs of Shoes Worn Through by Work/Walking: At least four (RIP leathers with the…

Beer in Situ: Devil’s Door (Centum City)

This place has great views and an interesting ambiance. It’s billed as an American-style gastropub, but the interior suggests Essex in England. Bright red lights and a wall of kegs are on display, and the beer sampler comes on a custom-made LED display. It’s a very family friendly place, with accomodating staff and a lot…

Top Trumps: Christmas Week

It’s a time of celebration and I don’t feel like dwelling on the president-elect’s idiocies, but there was a massive one this week. Nuclear annihilation for the holidays, anyone? I went and bought a Kindle book about nukes as a result of this bullshit. I now know more about these terrible and never-should-be-used weapons. Just…

walk to work with me

I walk to work now. Even if I have way too many teaching hours and I ache all over, statistics say I should be as happy as if I were paid 40% more. In Shanghai I had a 35-60 minute one way bus commute. I don’t miss that at all, from this year of thirds…