When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go

For a long time, I wondered, “Where can I find a bathroom?” It is not a subject anyone wants to talk about and yet it is a fact of life. Over time I became obsessed with seeking out a ‘toilet’ as others called it, the word striking me as crass and uncomfortable as my intestines... Continue Reading →

Life Choices

Some little girls dream of the perfect wedding, others dream of finding the perfect partner. I dreamed of traveling to third-world countries and saving the world from itself, one laugh at a time. Before the Internet, I would pour over picture books of children traveling to different countries. When my mother purchased a set of... Continue Reading →


I met my soulmate in Bangkok. The first time I laid eyes on him I felt a distinct yet subtle fluttering in my heart. Having been in love twice before, I knew this was different. My first love was in college. It was equal parts lust and volatility. Over time it fizzled. Three years later... Continue Reading →

The Art of Patience

I am slow to anger and quick to forgive, but I was not always like that. In my teens through my late twenties, I would feel my blood boil at the first sign of injustice. This may have only been a slight infraction of someone cutting me in line, or better yet, cutting me off... Continue Reading →

The History of Food

Food has always found its way into the center of my life. From the time I was a young child attempting to lick an ice cream cone that kept rolling off, to making quesadillas in college, food has been a major influencer in my life and later, my health. When I was young my choices... Continue Reading →

Light and Dark

For the first time in my life I am disgusted with myself. Standing in front of the full-length mirror of the mediocre hotel and condo, there is no denying it, no looking away. The last four months have not been kind to me. My once toned body has become soft and flabby. Deep skin folds,... Continue Reading →

Intestinal Troubles

Every day like clockwork, I’d quickly stride to the bathroom to empty the contents of my intestines in a rather undignified way. Each time I stepped foot into the bathroom I’d crouch down to see if there were feet under any of the stalls and then make my way to the last one in hopes... Continue Reading →

Taking The Plunge

My first move happened in 2007 from the U.S. to a Podunk town in South Korea. It was my own fault for moving to the middle of nowhere and I have since learned my lesson. My next move was going back to the U.S. a year later, but I couldn't stop myself from hopping back... Continue Reading →

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