Colorado Reunion

Colorado Reunion

At the end of May a few friends and I flee from Connecticut to Denver, where we met up with two other friends flying in from Boston. It was a friend reunion of 5 years! I’m sure everyone else has seen each other during the 4 years I was gone, but I haven’t seen some of these individuals in about 5 years, so it was really exciting.

Mocha Diaries: Thanks ‘Rents

Mocha Diaries: Thanks ‘Rents

Happy Global Day of Parents!  According to the UN, June 1st, is to celebrate all you lovely parents out there! And in honor of my lovely parents I thought I’d write something a little special. Mother’s Day was a busy family mess with shitty weather, and I won’t be around for Father’s Day, so it needs to be said.

Beginning Stages of Our USA Road Trip

Beginning Stages of Our USA Road Trip

In late April my youngest sister, Jackie, asked me if I would be interested in accompanying her on a road trip around the USA. I said sure, why not?! We had to push it back since I am going with friends to Colorado the week before to hang out and visit a good friend who lives out there that I haven’t seen in 5 years.

Hawaii Getaway

Hawaii Getaway

About a few months before I decided that  I was going to move back to the states after my last contract in South Korea, my mom and I talked about meeting up somewhere. I told her I refused to fly back to the states for my vacation, as it seemed like a waste to me. I countered with Bali, but the flight was too long for my parents, so we settled on Hawaii. It was smack dab in the middle…

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Mocha Diaries: Tears of Frustration

Mocha Diaries: Tears of Frustration

The last few days have been a little rough on me. Not that anything substantial has happened in my life to make it that way, it’s just a bunch of moments of sadness and frustration with myself that have overwhelmed me a little here and a little there.

The Pooping Grounds

The Pooping Grounds

The Pooping Grounds. Shitter. Wash Closet. The Porcelain Throne. The Bathroom. Whatever you want to call the place you do your business let’s talk about it!

Volunteering in Ngaba Prefecture

Volunteering in Ngaba Prefecture

On my recent trip to Amdo, Tibet, I spent most of my time in Ngaba Prefecture, (Chinese: Aba) This trip was a bit different than the last time as I would be able to experience, Losar, Tibetan Lunar New Year, and I also would get the chance to teach English to Tibetan Students.

Celebrating Losar in Amdo!

Celebrating Losar in Amdo!

I haven’t celebrated Losar in many years, and normally I just get to eat the leftover khapsey. Which I love to dip into tea and munch away! Losar is the Tibetan Lunar New Year, which happens to fall around the same time as the Chinese Lunar New Year and Korean Lunar New Year. Although sometimes Losar can fall at a different time than the other New Year’s as well.

Mocha Diaries : In Between Land

Mocha Diaries : In Between Land

In Between Land.  That’s where I am.  Where is in between land? It’s anywhere between where you were and where you will go! It can even be a state of mind. In between land is kind of a rough place to be. I’ve been back home for 5 weeks now and I should be adjusted to life, but I’m not. I have no semblance of a life I was used to as I reverted back to how my life was…

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Confessions of a Lazy Language Learner

Confessions of a Lazy Language Learner

I always start out so excited and ambitious with languages and then well…I fall off that high horse real quick. I love learning languages, but I’m lazy. Sometimes I make a lot of progress only to backtrack, because I haven’t opened up a book in a month or two. Which is not how one becomes better at language it actually  makes the process that much slower and aggravating.