Mocha Diaries: To My Teenage Self

To my teenage self;

Being a moody shit, I’m sure.

I wish I had written a letter to myself when I was a teenager, especially during my high school years.I was never one of the cool kids, or the popular kids, whatever you want to call them. I feel like I floated by in my own way, I had a friend circle and I had other friends I was close to that weren’t part of that circle, who I became closer with during those years. Read More

The Similarities and Differences between Korea and China

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, and I tried to be honest. If you know something different, let me know!

Jinli street in Chengdu crowded with people

I’ve been living in Chengdu for about a year now and I think it is time to go over some similarities and differences between China and Korea. This is mostly regarding my life in Chengdu versus Incheon two large cities in both countries. Read More

Chengdu Apartment Hunting

The apartment complex.

{Note: All of the photos were taken when I first moved in so the house still needed to be cleaned and organized. I’m not a slob, haha}

Around April I mentioned to my company that
I wanted to switch apartments because I wanted a kitchen I could use without worrying about a rat running around through the cabinets.  They told me that they would look come mid-late June, but I thought that was too late so in the beginning of June I asked a close friend of mine if she would help.

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Mocha Diaries : Refuge Vows

I can’t remember if I was 9 or 10 years old, but I was baptized Catholic around the same time I stopped believing in God. Ever since I can remember I have never liked churches nor stepping inside them. I’ve always found the white walls, brown pews, and high ceilings cold and uninviting. While the stained glass windows were pretty to look at I just never felt like it was for me, and for most of my life I was an agnostic. Sometimes people would say, “oh, you’re an atheist.” And I would reply, “No, I’m agnostic. I believe there is something out there, just not God.” It gets kind of tiring after a while, but I think it was a good place to be for a long time.

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August Update

I have a lot to write about so far detailing my summer vacation and my thoughts, as well as posts about my life in China so far. My internet access has not been very reliable for the past 8 weeks so I haven’t been posting much. I plan to update more over the next few weeks before school starts. So keep your eyes peeled for new posts and I hope you enjoy the ones that are up for now.

xoxo,

Nina

My Life is Apparently Crazy

The other day someone messaged me asking if I was enjoying my ‘crazy life’. I replied I was, but something about the wording has stuck with me for the last week. Why is my life crazy?

Would it be crazy if I moved to a big city in the USA? Would it be crazy if I moved across the United States? Would it be crazy if I moved to another English-speaking country? Is it only crazy, because I am living in a foreign country that doesn’t speak English?

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Mocha Diaries : Growing Pains

My relationship has been going through some ‘growing pains’. The relationship itself is not easy because this is the first time we have lived together for this long, ontop of being with his family.

My Tibetan is improving, but it is improving slowly and so we have some misunderstandings and frustrations with each other. Sometimes it is a cultural misunderstanding and other times it is born out of an eye roll and mumbling under my breath.

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Day Trip to Shijing Monastery

On May 1st, Labor Day, which was a major holiday, my friend, Veronika, and I decided to take a quick trip out of Chengdu to do something and get some fresh air. I don’t know much about Chengdu and what surrounds it, but luckily she knows a lot of things and so she said we should check out this pretty temple just outside of Chengdu. I woke up super early and grabbed the first train in the morning at 6:17 and I was off to meet her at the transfer stop for both of us. We rode the subway for another 30 minutes or so before we took a little bus for 45 minutes out to Longquan.  You would think that first thing in the morning many people would not be on the bus, but I forgot that when you take the tiny buses that head into the villages there tends to be many elderly people on the morning buses. They wake up early to do what they need to do, so they are returning about the time we were arriving. Read More

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