Manicures At Home

So life is a bit crazy right now, I'm working 3 jobs as I seek out full-time employment.  I work, at minimum 13 hours a day including weekends.  The last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my nails are looking presentable.  Budgets and time-constraints prevent me from making it into the … Continue reading Manicures At Home


We Write Frankly and Fearlessly…

... but then we modify before we print. Mark Twain understood more about the human condition than most.  He understood what it meant to be a child, to see the world for all the wonder that it holds, but also to realize that the wonder is hidden behind everything else.  I've been grasping at straws … Continue reading We Write Frankly and Fearlessly…

Tea and Terra-Cotta

From Hanyangling Museum it's about a 1 hour drive out to the Terracotta pits.  On the way my guide told me a little bit more about the city, how it was set up based on feng shui with each direction playing host to a very specific function.  For instance the Textile's in the East (which … Continue reading Tea and Terra-Cotta

Snow in Beijing

The pollution has been horrible, like seriously horrible.  I woke up this morning and could barely breathe after spending 2 days in what was essentially a sandstorm.  So the thought of rain was a welcome prospect.  But then around 12:30 am Sunday morning we looked outside and it was snowing.  I love snow, adore it … Continue reading Snow in Beijing

The Great Wall (Revisited)

My Godmother's niece is in town for the next few weeks, so on Wednesday we went back to the Great Wall.  Remember the first time around... terrifying "gondola" ride up, failed toboggan speed chute down.  I was hoping this time around would go much smoother.  As a seasoned ski lift rider, this jaunt up the … Continue reading The Great Wall (Revisited)

Panjiayuan Market– The Dirt Market

Aah the flea market, is there anything better.  Where else can you find everything you could ever want in one place.  The Panjiayuan Market (Dirt Market) is one such place.  Littered with everything you could ever imagine, from giant statues of buddha, to jade in any form and color, to porcelain vases by the truck … Continue reading Panjiayuan Market– The Dirt Market

Red Gate Gallery

Red Gate Gallery was on the list of places that I was meant to visit while here in Beijing.  After getting a taste of 798 I wanted to explore the other areas of the city deemed artistic disctricts.  I use that term loosely.  While it has been explained to me that there are many area's … Continue reading Red Gate Gallery

The Art of Packing (Part II)- What to Read

I'm a child of technology, I own a Kindle and an iPad, my iPhone is with me everywhere I go. I have a multitude of ways to read things, whether they be websites, new stories, blogs or Books.  I love my Kindle, its size, weight and ability to store thousands of books.  My iPad is … Continue reading The Art of Packing (Part II)- What to Read