Why I Love the Olympics: Obscure Sports, Televised

Goodbye Olympics.  Goodbye London.  Fare thee well, Dream Team.  It’s back to the grind. The last two and a half weeks have been somewhat lost to a flurry of Olympic binging.  Now I’m… Continue reading

The Shopping Sirens’ Sale Song

“Never again,” I said to myself. But of course, I remembered I had uttered the exact same phrase to myself last year. And yet there I was, back in the same place one… Continue reading

Since When Did Nerd Become Cool?

So I’ve got a question for you:  What’s up with all the retro eyewear, people? Have you also noticed the proliferation of heavy, plastic-framed glasses, circa the 1950s? Nerd is IN these days,… Continue reading

Superhuman Hearing and Killer Headphones

This may come as a surprise, but this American Taitai has quasi-superpowers. I exaggerate because I can’t turn invisible.  However, I have been told repeatedly that I have excellent hearing and a good… Continue reading

Mr. Eco and Road Rage, Seattle-Style

I’ve never liked to drive. Even though I’ve been driving for over 20 years, I’ve never been a comfortable driver. To clarify, I don’t hate cars and I have no problem riding as… Continue reading

First Sunshine Award!

A few days ago, I was thrilled to learn that Expatially Mexico nominated me for a Sunshine Award!  A big thank you for the honor!  I will do my best to adhere to the… Continue reading

Small Town Girl

A few of you may already know this.  But for the rest of you, I’m going to confess a little secret. Despite my rants and raves about gourmet Chinese food in cosmopolitan cities… Continue reading

Seeking Authentic Chinese Food: Have Passport, Will Cross Border!

Since moving back to Seattle, I often get asked what are some of the things I miss most about living in Hong Kong.  What I miss most are my Hong Kong friends, and… Continue reading

Mr. & Mrs. Rabbit

As a girl, I always daydreamed about who my future husband might be and what married life would be like.  I had closely witnessed the married life of my parents, whose stable and… Continue reading


“But why do I have to wear it?!  It’s ugly and uncomfortable!!!” I whined.  “It’s not fair!  Davie doesn’t have to get dressed up!!  Mommmm, the dress gives me a rash!” My mother… Continue reading