How I used basketball skills in a Chinese hospital

How I used basketball skills in a Chinese hospital

I once used basketball skills taught to me by my dad to navigate a Chinese hospital.  My son was the basketball and I was the player. We were in Fuzhou, China, a small-by-Chinese-standards city of about 7 million people, on the Tawain Strait  – the sliver of ocean between Taiwan and southeast China. And, our … Continued

Did I LOVE Shanghai for the Weekend? Yes!

Did I LOVE Shanghai for the Weekend? Yes!

Traveling to Shanghai I was so excited for my trip to Shanghai to begin. I have been doing new and adventurous things as part of my 50 things before I am 50 project so it is true, I flew to China for the weekend! My group met Wednesday night at 10pm at LAX International Tom … Continued

Should you try to Speak the Local Language?

Should You Try to Speak the Local Language Badly?

Thank you to Aly Walansky and BravoTV for including me in their Jet Set article on Should You Even Try to Speak the Language Abroad… Or Save Everyone the Embarrassment? My tips are #2, 3 and 4! I have always TRIED to learn the local language. As you can read below from Aly’s article, sometimes it … Continued

5 Places Around The Globe Where You Need a Guide

5 Places Around The Globe Where You Need a Guide By Peter Jones Although nowadays it is getting more and more popular to travel alone, a few stunning corners of this world are a very hard task for single travelers or tourists. Travel Ticker today shares a list of 5 places around the globe where even … Continued

Hong Kong: Kowloon Walled City Park

When I first moved to Hong Kong in 1990, there was a part of the city that was off bounds. It was an ungoverned slum called the Kowloon Walled City, with layer after layer of tenement buildings so close to one another that daylight sometimes never reached the minuscule alleyways. In the center of the … Continued

Should you be a Good Chinese Wife?

Please enjoy this excerpt from Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong  by Susan Blumberg-Kason The Chinese University of Hong Kong sits atop a mountain, north of Hong Kong Island and twenty minutes south of the mainland China border. When I arrived on campus in 1990 for a college exchange year, I … Continued

Where do you drink yours?

The coffee is from the Taiwanese bubble tea stall. Served in a super size plastic cup, pushed forwards by the smiliest server before he retreats back into the throng of waving receipts. Twenty-four Hong Kong dollars- almost the same price as my shrimp noodle lunch. Half luxury, half necessity- I am too tired to indulge … Continued

Nights In? Not in Hong Kong!

Nights In? Not in Hong Kong! I have never been a massive fan of the ‘nice night in’. Like many things, I think the idea of an evening on the sofa with the TV on is a lot nicer than the actual reality of it. Sure, when you’re exhausted or stressed or fed up of … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel