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Thursday, June 22, 2017
I like to seek out massage parlors "one step above brothel". If the sign prominently displays a neon blinking foot and the menu uses only clip-art, I know I've come to the right place. This type of massage spot, with its glaring lights and blaring television, is definitely not relaxing, but the prices are cheap, and the masseuses know...
I read this eulogy at my father's funeral service on January 13th at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa, Florida:   A Letter to my Father Dad, It’s hard to realize you aren’t here with us anymore. Every time I finally process the fact that you are gone, my mind draws up so many happy memories and stories, that I get excited,...
A few months ago, I read something that asked, Envision your funeral: What would you want said about you? Who would you hope to be in attendance? At the time, I flipped through the section quickly, thinking to myself, "I'm only twenty-five... I can't think that far in advance. That's too abstract for me." Now, after attending my father's funeral, I understand. When I...
Now that I am turning 25, it's time to take a moment and thank all the amazing people in my life who have loved me and supported me over the past quarter-century, and have helped make me who I am today. And so, without further ado, here are 25 things I am grateful for upon turning 25:    (Note: this is a doozy...
Happy Birthday to my dad, who reads every post and calls me immediately after to comment on it and confirm that he read it. Who also asks on each and every phone call - "so, when's the new post coming out?" ...Unfortunately, he has given up on my posting, since I have failed to write a new post in over...
Yanchep National Park, known for its cave systems and koala colonies, was only a hop, skip, and a jump away from where we were staying, so we decided to do a day of exploration there. Surrounded by silly looking lumpy birds with bright red beaks, we started by the lake, which was entirely dried up due to the dry season....
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) was only a 45 minute drive away from us, ( more rental car left-side driving adventures!), and is the largest aquarium in all of Australia, complete with a walk-through underwater tunnel and lots of scary-looking critters, so we had to go check it out! Exploring the underwater tunnel:   After exploring the pretty, cutesy areas, we...
Sitting in the living room after having just eaten a large home-cooked meal, the three of us contentedly focus on our own activities as we digest—Kate puzzles away at a large, almost entirely monochromatic puzzle, Valerie self-indulges in some young adult fantasy fiction, and I half-heartedly read my CFA prep book with glazed-over eyes. We are like an old...

American Expat in Hong Kong. Lover of books, drinker of tea, coder of pet projects, and perpetual student of foreign languages. Documenting my life stories for my future self.

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