Jul 052016
 

Day 10: Β What taste are you grateful for today?

This is a strange question, no? Taste…? Have you ever considered a taste to be grateful for before? Hm… πŸ˜› Well, technically choosing taste would be salty, sweet, bitter and the like, right? If this is the case, then I am grateful for the taste of sourness – or whatever taste is most related to kimchi! πŸ˜€ I do love my kimchi. I almost always have some in the fridge and if I do not eat it regularly I definitely get cravings for it. While others might crave sweets, I crave the joyful taste of kimchi! Yep, I know it is an acquired taste, but once you acquire it – oh how delightfully delicious it is!

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Yesterday, America celebrated its 240th anniversary of independence from Britain. It seems also rather ironic that in this same year, Britain will have claimed independence from the European Union. Unlike the independence of the United States promising freedom and prosperity, the BrExit bodes poorly for the English nation.

However, setting aside the negative nasties of politics and any obvious possibility of discussion on the decline of the U.S., let us focus on the gratitudes we can have towards my adopted country!

When I talk about freedom as one of my values, there is no other country that allows me such. When I think about integrity and honesty, I think of the pride of American people to hold dear the land of the free and the brave. While we can say this is brainwashing or nationalistic, I say what is wrong with that really? Shouldn’t we be proud of our home countries?

As an expat, who has lived very little of my adult life in my home country, I still feel privileged to be able to say I am American. In fact, I think I appreciate the USA a lot more because I have lived away from it for so long. My national pride is probably stronger because I see it from the outside and through my travels realize how lucky we have been in the States. Opportunities are limitless, freedom is a right not a privilege and so much more.

Of course, every nation has dark sides to consider and areas left to grow in, but overall, I am proud to say Happy 240th Birthday to my country of citizenship! What a different world it would be if the USA did not exist.

~T πŸ˜€

Apr 122015
 

My parents have hit the full retirement life and spent the last four months in their ‘winter’ home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. So, I decided to go for a visit during my spring break this year to see what the fuss is all about.

Well, let me tell you – it was excellent and I definitely see why they chose to live there. There’s tons to do and the weather is fantastic. Besides that, it’s absolutely beautiful with the colors of the mountains, canyons and water all mixed in with desert blends and blue skies. It was a really nice 10-days, even if the 28-hour trip from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Atlanta to Las Vegas to Lake Havasu was a bit exhausting. πŸ˜›

Here are the pics from the holidays!

Apr 072012
 

Since I was a little bit red from all the sun the day before, I was less inclined to spend the day at the beach again. Though, I have been enjoying being back in warmer temps!

Instead, I went down for my cup o’ jo at Starbucks and did some writing. After that, I went back to the hotel to catch up on Internet stuff, such as posting! πŸ˜‰

For lunch, we went to Fuddruckers. Although we have one in Abu Dhabi that R and I frequent, this one was different, but still oh so tasty!

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04-Apr-2012 19:17, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 

In the afternoon, Dad and I walked over to the Broadway at the Beach, initially to see if “Hunger Games” was playing on the IMAX screen. However, the IMAX theatre was closed up for some reason. Although it wasn’t yet high season there, it was crowded enough!

We rested up back at the hotel again until my mom finished with the seminars and then we ate at a lovely Italian restaurant nearby. It was a nice way to end our time at Myrtle Beach.

πŸ˜€ -T

Apr 062012
 

My parents are in Myrtle Beach for a two-day seminar/conference on retirement planning. It’s more for my mom’s company retirement than anything else, but that means that they have sessions during the day.

So, I went out exploring in the morning, but there’s not much to see. Then, I headed to the beach for the day, thus there weren’t many pictures to take…. I did meet M&D for lunch and then they came down to the beach in the afternoon. We had happy hour drinks and then walked down the boardwalk. By the time we got home, I was already wiped out from the day in the sun…

Surprisingly, or perhaps not really, I got pretty sunburned – forgot what it’s like to be in the sun all day since we tend to hide out in our apartment back home….

Here are the three pictures I did take:

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03-Apr-2012 19:11, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
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03-Apr-2012 19:12, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
Ripley's Believe It Or Not shop near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not shop near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk04-Apr-2012 01:14, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 100
 
Apr 052012
 

On the 2nd of April, we drove from Charleston to Myrtle Beach.

We stopped on the way for breakfast and had a nice Southern meal:

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02-Apr-2012 17:54, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
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02-Apr-2012 18:13, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100
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02-Apr-2012 17:33, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.6, 9.4mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 200
 

Then, after settling in to our hotel in Myrtle Beach, we headed down to see what there was to see –

Spring break crowds on Myrtle Beach
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Spring break crowds on Myrtle Beach02-Apr-2012 21:45, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 7.7, 12.6mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Dad braving the 'refreshing' water
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Dad braving the 'refreshing' water02-Apr-2012 21:45, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 8.4, 52.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Jellyfish...
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Jellyfish...02-Apr-2012 23:28, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 4.2, 18.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
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02-Apr-2012 23:28, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 4.2, 34.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
View of the beach from Pier 14
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View of the beach from Pier 1402-Apr-2012 23:31, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Souvenir shorts anyone?
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Souvenir shorts anyone?03-Apr-2012 00:02, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 250
 

Apparently, when my parents were young, there were Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in our part of the world, but they hadn’t seen them for years. Down here, they are everywhere!

Mom and Dad in front of Piggly Wiggly
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Mom and Dad in front of Piggly Wiggly03-Apr-2012 00:08, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

In the evening, we settled in to our room and watched the NCAA Men’s finals ending March Madness basketball, which I often miss over the years. Nothing like pizza and a tasty beverage!!

Best meal for watching the March Madness final game
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Best meal for watching the March Madness final game02-Apr-2012 21:38, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Kentucky vs Kansas
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Kentucky vs Kansas02-Apr-2012 21:39, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Good first day in the sun!

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Apr 042012
 

I’m a little behind in updating about my spring break after meeting with my parents, mostly because the free wifi is in the lobby and I’m less apt to spend much time here. However, since I’m free this morning, I’m gonna catch up a little bit.

So, on the 1st, I spent the day in Charleston, SC with my parents. They had both been there before, but were up for seeing the highlights again. Mostly, we did the carriage ride, which took us around the historic part of town to see the cool old houses and get some history in. What was most amazing about this part of town was the prices for some of the houses – between 3 and 8.5 million dollars!

Here are some of the pics from the day:

Healthy granola diet...
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Healthy granola diet...01-Apr-2012 17:08, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
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01-Apr-2012 16:45, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Carriage rides
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Carriage rides01-Apr-2012 17:56, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
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01-Apr-2012 18:08, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 400
Dad saying 'What's up with all these rules?"
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Dad saying 'What's up with all these rules?"01-Apr-2012 18:08, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 400
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01-Apr-2012 18:34, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 7.2, 9.4mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
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01-Apr-2012 18:37, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:38, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:45, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
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01-Apr-2012 18:45, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:47, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:49, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
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01-Apr-2012 18:50, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:53, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:53, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
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01-Apr-2012 18:54, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:54, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
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01-Apr-2012 18:55, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 6.6, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
Apr 022012
 

The conference was truly a crazy few days as I started to get over jet lag and was getting up early every day to attend sessions.

My main intent for being there was to do the Leadership Certificate Program, which I had started through some online courses in the fall. At the time that I started I wasn’t yet sure that I would complete it, but when I found out that the conference was over our spring break I figured, why not?

Not only did I get to learn a bit more about the association and leadership, but I also got to meet some really awesome people.

One of the things that became clear to me was a gap in having like-minded colleagues who are in similar stages of our professional career as well as within the same age group. While age shouldn’t really matter when it comes to learning and sharing as professionals, it does matter in the level of bonding. With older people, the relationship tends to turn into one where they are like a mentor. With younger people, the relationship tends to turn into one where I am like a mentor to them. Both are great relationships to foster, but sometimes you just want someone to commiserate with and to push each other along. So, the greatest thing I gained was meeting a few new people and connecting! πŸ˜€

Me and Katie, whom I met in the program and is working in San Francisco at Skyline Community College.

Katie and Alsu, whom I met in one of the online workshops and we decided to room together.

Plus, I got to catch up a Β bit with old friends:

 

So, after our last workshop on Saturday, I headed to the airport to meet my parents in Charleston, SC. πŸ˜€

Now time for some real R&R!

-T

Mar 302012
 

Phew, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind the past few days….

I would write more, but I’m exhausted. Instead, I will just post some pics:

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28-Mar-2012 19:18, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
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28-Mar-2012 20:06, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
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28-Mar-2012 20:06, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
 
William Labov plenary
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William Labov plenary29-Mar-2012 15:40, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 4.2, 56.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 400
Pennsylvania Convention Center used to be the old Reading Railroad Station
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Pennsylvania Convention Center used to be the old Reading Railroad Station29-Mar-2012 16:16, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
Philly by night - City Hall
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Philly by night - City Hall30-Mar-2012 03:14, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 4.1, 15.7mm, 0.5 sec, ISO 400
 
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30-Mar-2012 03:24, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.7, 11.0mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 400
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30-Mar-2012 03:36, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 400
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30-Mar-2012 04:08, NIKON COOLPIX S51, 3.3, 6.3mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 200
 
Mar 292012
 

I feel like I have returned to my days of full-time studies the past day or so.

First, I arrived on Tuesday night and got settled in.

Then, yesterday I spent about 11 hours at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Doctoral Student Forum. It was a good day overall, if not exhausting!

Tis all to report for now. Will try to have more of interest next time. πŸ˜€

Sep 122010
 

The final part of my summer brought me back full circle to New York City. Wanting a bit of a touristy experience in the City, I decided to get a hotel in the midtown area instead of troubling friends to stay with them. Also, I was still wanting to mentally refresh, so it was a good way to go.

Sadly, most of my friends from the City have moved away, but I was still able to visit with a few friends while I was there. Also, I finally made it up to The Cloisters – a part of the Metropolitan Museum. It was absolutely beautiful and it’s a shame I never made it up there before. The old building and the artwork was lovely to see. Mostly the grounds and view of the river made the visit more peaceful.

Most of my days were spent in Central Park hanging out. However, I did spend a couple of boring periods in the Teachers College library trying to do some research for my dissertation proposal. I had to take advantage of the opportunity, after all! Plus, it was a nice reminder of what it feels like to be in an academic environment and just how much I truly loved my TC experience. So, it served to motivate me again to get to studying. πŸ™‚

Also, as I always try to do when I’m in the City, I went to see a show. This time, I went to see “In the Heights”, which was absolutely wonderful. It made me laugh and cry. Though I would have liked to have seen a proper play, there was nothing I wanted to spend money on, and I’m really glad I got to see the musical instead. It’s going on tour and will be in Portland in October, so everyone should go see it (I think)!

So, my summer holidays are now at an end as are my updates on the traveling. Coming up will be some book reviews as I was a busy reading machine this summer – not the academic readings I should have been doing, but OH WELL! πŸ˜›

Pics next.

More to come,

-T