Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Treadmill



Yesterday, the friend I had mentioned in my last post who admitted to being envious of my lifestyle when she learned of my upcoming travel plans told me she was getting a new treadmill that has a thing called “iFit”. She wasn’t sure if it was real because she thought the sales representative on the phone “sounded stoned” but apparently, through the screen displayed on the treadmill, she could run “anywhere in the world.” After a Google search, I decided that this is indeed real. Have you heard of it? Through Google Maps, you can “go” anywhere Google has been. She suggested I get one so I could run with her. My current treadmill is a dust collector so she seemed a little sad when I wasn’t about to buy another dust collector/ toy; especially since I can have a lot more fun visiting these places firsthand. Perhaps that wasn’t the most sympathetic reply! I honestly feel that while this is a cool novelty, it would ruin the experience of going places and seeing it for the first time; especially since the cost of a treadmill and the subscription to this service is probably worth its weight in plane tickets!



Jodi Ettenberg’s Blog about eating street foods around the world and other adventures kept my attention most of the evening.


I haven’t been sleeping well. I’ve been awaking from strange quickly forgotten dreams in the middle of the night. Last night, I woke up and then started looking at travel blogs. I’m not sure what thought process, if any, led me to do that!

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One of my photos from this morning




I woke up early (right before dawn) and drove out to a patch of wildflowers I’ve been eyeing for the past two springs. I shot some photos on my iPhone and then went to a Starbucks to work on paperwork for work. Whilst there, I listened to music using my earbuds that I purchased last year in Thailand. The earbuds are likely made in China and look just like Apple’s earbuds but have a logo on it: the flag of Cameroon. I had forgotten until this morning I had purchased the earbuds because it was funny to me to buy a Cameroon flag souvenir made in China while roaming Thailand. But before I plugged my ears and got to work, I caught sight of a camera lens. 🙂 Only a few seconds later, the guy with the lens took a sip from it. The guy on the laptop in front of me at Starbucks was using a really cool mug:


If you’re wondering, yes I’m struggling with getting back on track on paperwork. Haha! I’ll get it done! I always do! Hope you are enjoying your day!




Do you ever feel disconnected from the world?

I’m doing well, but I have fears of people being envious of me. I am not sure why I care. One of my closest friends openly said she envied my lifestyle. The truth is, as well as I am doing, I’m too tired to enjoy it on most days.

Last night, I watched a movie called Shelter on Netflix about two homeless people who meet on the streets and get to know one another. It was a very interesting movie. One of my favorite scenes was when the two reveal the truth about their pasts to each other. It really made me think… Who do we really know?


10—-7 Things You Didn’t Know about Me


10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Property Brothers


Recently, NPR’s news gameshow guest starred the two younger Scott Brothers, during which they revealed to audience members random facts about them: they are identical twins, they play the bagpipes, live in the same house, sleep in the same room in bunk beds…. I thought these random facts/ stories about them made them more memorable which got me to thinking if I could think of any unique positive stories to tell about me! Can I be memorable? Let’s see! Here goes!

  1. The funnest thing I ever did was quit my job and go traveling! During a long layover in Taiwan, a Cambodian American kid and I spent the evening in the airport taking random selfies in every spot in the airport we could find. I spent a month in Asia traveling by taxi and train without knowing the language(s). I was laughed at by a monk, hitchhiked from a waterfall back to town, saw gibbons, hundreds of butterflies mating, a crocodile, macaws, bats porcupines and monkeys in the wild and visited an elephant hospital. This experience spurred me to go back to work to save up for more traveling. What’s the funnest thing you ever did?
  2. I was a nerd in elementary and middle school. I would spend my recesses reading and writing stories. My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher because he would let me sit at his library and read. He was the first person I felt truly believed in me. I still remember him writing on my report card, “The sky is the limit for Anne.” At the time, I had no idea what those words meant. I think my life would have been very different without his kindness and patience. What were you like as a kid?
  3. As teenagers, my first boyfriend and I went to Santa Barbara and eloped. Needless to say, we were much too young. I can only say that, to a certain extent, I enjoy making mistakes. It makes life more messy and unpredictable. Perfection is boring. Do you enjoy making mistakes or getting lost?
  4. The earliest memory I have is holding my grandma’s hand at the hospital on the day my brother was born. I have no memories of life before my brother and am thankful we get along today since it was a struggle during our early years. What is your earliest memory?
  5. I learned how to tie my shoelaces from my grandfather on one of his infrequent visits from China. When he heard that I had not yet learned how to tie my shoelaces, he set about to teach me with determination! 🙂 Is there anyone important to you who you remember teaching you something new when you were little?
  6. In 2007?, my then mother-in-law asked me to submit some photos to the local fair. To my surprise, I ended up winning first place for a close up of a flower in the Flower Division and third place for a close up of ice cubes in the Macro Division. I also chose an abstract photo of fireworks with the exposure too long on my camera that my sister shot and it won third place in the abstract division. For a few years after this, people would pay me to shoot their events. What was something you did that surprised you?
  7. I learned how to ride a bike on my own during my late 20s. I walked to Walmart and purchased a bike and decided I would ride it home even if it took me hours to learn. What was something you set out to learn later in life?

I’m stopping at 7 because I can’t think of anything else! Help jog my mind! Looking forward to seeing your answers and questions!

Anticipation for July


Been exhausted at work. The end of the school year with all of its deadlines is in sight. I have been anticipating that I be asked to teach summer school. When they do, I will be telling them, “No.” I have been in the process of putting together a trip to Romania and Bulgaria and am very excited! This will be my first trip outside of the country to a continent other than Asia. I am excited to learn new histories, see new sights and taste unfamiliar foods!