China, Travel

The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram.

Now that we’ve been in Asia for three years, the approach of Chinese New Year is less novel and more familiar. This year the celebrations will begin February 19. Two years ago I schooled you on the animals that help to usher in each new year and I smugly thought I had it all figured… Continue reading The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram.

China, Travel

It’s Not You, It’s Me

This very Shanghai-centric post is my last for Shanghai Family. If you've never lived in Shanghai, you may not get some of the references (but maybe they'll entice you enough to come see our adopted home for yourself!). AND as an added bonus, a double feature! I wrote an article for Shanghai Family's print magazine and they've decided to put it… Continue reading It’s Not You, It’s Me

China, Parenting, Travel, Uncategorized

Moving Lessons

We've spent the past few weeks here organizing our lives in Shanghai, in an effort to move our bodies, hearts and minds to Singapore. As with any big change, it's caused me to pause and reflect (or that's just what happens when you're living in a nearly empty apartment).  I'm not sure anything below will… Continue reading Moving Lessons

China, Parenting, Travel, Uncategorized

Have Kids Will Travel

As parents, we put our kids first. We go days without showering. We watch the same Peppa Pig episode over and over. And we sweat on the playground in the blazing sun because it makes them happy. We accept it as part of the job. When it comes time to make BIG decisions, we sometimes… Continue reading Have Kids Will Travel

China, Travel

Chasing Unicorns

Beginning with our guests arrival, coupled with the delightful Spring weather, and the impending move looming, I've been motivated to see more of Shanghai. More of the traditional, original, authentic Shanghai -- back alleyways with unrestored relics, buildings that have not been redone, historic diamonds in skyscrapers. It has not been easy. If you've forgiven me for… Continue reading Chasing Unicorns

China, Travel, Uncategorized

Big News and Deep Thoughts

We've known for a while but I guess it's time to make it official…we're moving to Singapore! My feelings on the subject vacillate between being excited to being very excited to panic. There are many things I will not miss: the pollution, worrying about how many chemicals I'm ingesting by eating an apple, the pollution,… Continue reading Big News and Deep Thoughts

China, Travel

Traveling like a Tourist

While busy entertaining our first guests, (thanks for coming Dad and "muncle" Steve!) I've been thinking about the purpose of traveling. Aren't we all a little guilty of being tourists at some points? But maybe more importantly, why should we feel guilty for being tourists anyway? Thus was my inspiration for my Shanghai Family post… Continue reading Traveling like a Tourist

China, Parenting, Uncategorized

When Viruses Attack

When you first have a baby and your a saggy mess of hormones, nerves, and adrenaline, the uncertainty of what you're actually supposed to do with another human being can be overwhelming. So while well meaning friends and relatives and "been there" strangers will try to assure you there is no guidebook to parenting so… Continue reading When Viruses Attack