cute dog

Being sick and (cultural?) disagreements on how to get better

Ugh! Hitoshi is still getting over suspected influenza and I’m in the thick of a super coughy, sinus headachy like-my-brain-is-going-to-be-squished-out-of-my-ears nastiness. Nice. Getting sick far from the familiar Getting sick in an international context can be the pits. You might be far from remedies you’re used to and sometimes have weird things thrust at you to “just…

railway museum, Canada

Broken and abandoned: 1 train, 1 shop and 1 ?

Abandoned is perhaps a closer description of the photos below but broken also fits. This impressive car is part of an outdoor railway museum that we visited recently. Our toddler loved it and so did we. Choo choo! Anything old, abandoned and disintegrating is high up on my list of all things interesting, especially when…

a giant leaf

Surrounds of nature in Hawaii plus a Thai temple

The WordPress photo challenge for this week was enveloped. This one was a toughy for me. All I could come up with was taking photos of our wedding money envelopes from years ago but… they are still packed in boxes after our move. Instead of going new, once again the archives sang their song and…

Phi Phi Don - heading to the boat

#2 – Phi Phi Don, Thailand, December 2004

The first wave of the 2004 tsunami hit Phi Phi Don Island shortly after 10:30am on December 26, 2004. Our group was on vacation in Thailand and visiting Phi Phi Don. We took a regularly scheduled boat to Krabi Town some time before the first wave hit. Photos were taken on December 25 and the morning of December…

beach umbrellas, Thailand

#1 – Snowy Beijing and blissful Thailand, December 2004

In a few weeks, it will be 10 years since the 2004 tsunami battered parts of Thailand along with many other coastal communities. Being in Thailand when the tsunami happened prompted a series of life changes within the following year. Quitting my job, moving to Thailand to volunteer and then to Japan to work happened…

measured rice

3 countries, 7 rice cookers, 8+ years: from testing to triumph

The little appliance squatting on top of the fridge in my first apartment in Japan seemed complicated and difficult. I didn’t choose the blue, marshmallow-like creature. I bought the contents of the apartment from the previous teacher who had lived there. On the first day, I eyeballed the cooker. It stared forlornly over my shoulder…