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, Uncategorized

Feeling at home (but maybe not really) in Shanghai

I've recently been feeling simultaneously more and less Chinese. Which means I'm feeling more and less at home. Confusing, right? I've been drinking hot lemon water. I know it doesn't sound that refreshing, but do yourself a favor and try it. It's very Chinese. Your friends will think you are very Sino-chic. My Chinese friend… Continue reading Feeling at home (but maybe not really) in Shanghai

China, Travel, Uncategorized

Men in Fur Coats and Other Fun Things to See in Shanghai

I hate when people ask, "so what's it like living in Shanghai?" I suppose it's a fair question but I feel like I don't know how to answer it.   If you've ever asked (or wondered) and I've given you some equally vague response. Today is your lucky day. I'm transporting you through space and… Continue reading Men in Fur Coats and Other Fun Things to See in Shanghai

China, Uncategorized

Out with the Snake and in with the Horse

As you wind down from a busy holiday season, my Chinese brethren and I are just starting to gear up to celebrate the Year of the Horse. Bright red and gold lanterns are dangling from every perch available. Little orange trees decorated with red envelops are replacing the bling-ed out Christmas trees around town and… Continue reading Out with the Snake and in with the Horse