Righteous L.

Yesterday I finally couldn’t bear walking by the man who sleeps in the park in the freezing cold so I decided to turn back and talk to him, ask him what he needed that I could provide. He asked me what I could provide. I asked him if he chose to sleep there. He said […]

My first film review…and it’s about cats of Istanbul and how they’ve melted my heart into a million wheezy little pieces

Kedi embodies the indescribable chaos, the culture and the uniqueness that is the essence of Istanbul. Without them, the city would lose part of its soul. – Kedi the film For the first time in a loooong time, I got my butt to the movie theater…to see Kedi, an endearing Turkish documentary that follows 7 kediler (Turkish for cats) around the […]

My Reflections: A Conversation Between Krista Tippett and David Whyte on “Ways of Being in the World”

I just returned from a forum with the creator and host of the podcast On Being, Krista Tippett, and poet and philosopher, David Whyte. A friend recently introduced me to the podcast, which discusses topics on what it means to be human and how we want to live, and has since thoughtfully answered existential questions I never even knew I had. Forty-five minutes […]

Chongqing Three Gorges Museum

For the first time in my recent memory of Chongqing winters, the skies cleared. It also happened to be the last day of school for wee ones before Spring Festival break. This combination brought hordes of grandparents and grandkids out to Renmin Square, a stretch of public space between the Chongqing People’s Assembly Hall and […]

Back in the ‘Jing!

I was welcomed back to Beijing with a murky sea of smog and the whistling calls of my parents at the arrival gate. It had been 8 months since I had seen them during my 72 hour visa-free transit. Our first stop before home was to a Sichuan restaurant, Yuxin, where my favorite cold chicken dish, 口水鸡, which  literally translates […]