Category Archives: family

tribute to my grandma and the hours of unintended amusement she brought

I lost my 2nd grandma recently. I wasn’t sure when and how to post about her death–because, is it tacky to post about death as a Facebook update? But then, my dad posted and my friends started dropping me condolences … Continue reading

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Santa and Mrs. Claus swing by the equator before the big sleigh ride

This December, my parents came to visit me in Indonesia. They couldn’t stay over Christmas because of my 6 nieces and nephews–their grandchildren who needed Santa and Mrs. Claus to make their Christmas complete back in North America. But I … Continue reading

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when time zips by

I’m a big fan of Jee Young’s writing and have taken a lot of inspiration from her teaching, writing and approach to life. Now as an international teacher myself, her recent post about trying to fit everything in during a … Continue reading

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another random holiday while the time changes back home

This time the holiday is Nyepi, the Hindu New Year and Day of Silence–Tuesday; March 12th is a school holiday. While speaking with an Indonesian friend at church, she explained that this new year is mostly observed in Bali, where … Continue reading

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messaging with my dad

My dad messages me from his cross-country RV deliveries. He has been fulfilling a life-long dream to be a professional driver since he retired from counseling almost 2 years ago. ┬áThe texts are quick and sweet. Updates from the road. … Continue reading

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home and back again

I was resolved to write about the experience of going home and returning to Indonesia as I had the privilege to be back in the Northern Hemisphere for Christmas and New Years. But then I wondered if I needed distance, … Continue reading

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year in review

Thanks for taking this journey with me so far. I’ve been back in the US celebrating Christmas and New Years with family and friends. Here are some of the statistics related to this website: 2012 year in blogging What will … Continue reading

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