Emulating Love

Emulating Love

I’ve been told we often look for the kind of love We observed as children Whether that love was beautiful or chaotic We always try to find what we know In our future lovers Even against our best judgement The traps that we have learned are still there Luring us into the familiar   I only have a photo of my father tucked deep away in the closet A man for which I have no recollection only his name Who…

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Language Envy

Language Envy

Sometimes I experience what I call as language envy. In many ways I am in awe of the person in front of me, who as an outsider of a culture, has learned another language and appears to be able to partake in conversation even if it is slow or with hiccups. I look at myself and think will that be me one day? Can I too speak at the same level confidently in this language? Why didn’t I start earlier?…

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Visa Meltdown

Visa Meltdown

On Thursday I took an early morning flight to Hong Kong in order to secure my work visa, which I need to legally work in China. The directions I was given were not accurate of where the office was as I totally missed the sign which isn’t clearly labeled for the visa office in the building either. Which led me to miss getting into the office before their lunch break.

India 2004 Part 2

India 2004 Part 2

2/17/04 I woke up when I heard the monks cleaning outside of our room. I threw off my blankets and sleeping bag because I was so hot. My neck hurt really bad because of the way I slept on it. Oh well. Tenzin’s mom called at about 6:30 a.m. and we woke up to a monk pounding on the door. After she got off the phone with her we went and looked outside. You can see the Himalayas, it is…

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India 2004 Part 1

India 2004 Part 1

2/16/04 We arrived at the airport in Delhi at about 3 a.m. Tenzin and I were worried when we didn’t see her uncle, so she asked another Tibetan family about something and said we could wait with them. The father of the family found Tenzin’s uncle who had been waiting outside for us since 1 a.m. How horrible! But at least things worked out. We arrived at a monastery guesthouse where we got our things together and headed down to…

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Senior Project 2004 : Tibetan Life In Exile

Senior Project 2004 : Tibetan Life In Exile

My first encounter with traveling came back in 2004 when my friend Tenzin and I decided to do our senior project on Tibetan Life in Exile. It took a bit of convincing to get my parents to agree to send me to India, but it was the start of a life long love of travel.

32 Pieces of Advice

32 Pieces of Advice

As I’ve entered my thirties I thought it would be a good idea to write a list prior to each birthday. 30 was 30 Grateful Thoughts 31 was my Shit List of 31 things to do as well as 30 facts about me. Which I accomplished more than half of them so I’m proud of that. This year I’m turning 32 so I thought it would be fitting to have 32 Pieces of Advice.

Finding Mocha: 5 Years Ago

Finding Mocha: 5 Years Ago

All my life I’ve heard about the 5 year plan. It helps to keep you focused on your goals and to work towards what you want in life. I’ve never had a 5 year plan, and I probably never will. Although in retrospect I have a lot to say about 5 year increments. I looked at the calendar the other day and realized it has been 5 years since my life change was finalized. Looking back the week leading up…

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Exploring My New Neighborhood

Exploring My New Neighborhood

I’ve been in Chengdu for almost 2 weeks now and it has taken me a bit of time to get adjusted. Chengdu is very different to my experience of being in Korea. During my first couple of days I did a lot of running around and going to various places to get things sorted, there are still a few things left to sort, but hopefully they will be done by the end of the month.

Mocha Diaries: Mourning Changing Friendships

Mocha Diaries: Mourning Changing Friendships

I have been mulling over this topic by myself for the past few months. For a long time the thought had always existed, but I never really probed into it more, because I was in a place where I could only focus on getting by day-to-day. Since I have been home for a while now, I’ve been lucky enough to have the space to mull over my thoughts without having too much background noise. This is the one place where…

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