January 27, 2016

As February Approaches, We Look Back on Our New Year’s Resolutions.

Photo courtesy of Miguel Angel Pintanel Bassets via Flickr.

As January draws to an end, the gym gradually returns to its ordinary pace. New faces no longer outnumber the regulars who know to avoid the treadmill with the broken console. Life reverts to normal. The drive fueling the New Year’s resolutions wanes for a multitude of reasons – the icy sidewalks, Super Bowl fever and your dog’s unexpected trip to the vet with follow-up treatment.   Read More »


January 13, 2016

A Young Thai Student Visits the U.S. for the First Time.

1. Before you came to the U.S., what were your hopes, expectations, fears and wishes for your trip?

Before I visited America, I felt worried about my mother because I never have traveled for a month. I worry that my mother would be lonely or her health symptoms reappear or not. Before I came to America, I talked to neighbor to assist with care of my mother. When I go back I’ll buy chocolates to their children.

Before I came to America I imagine there are a lot of people, cold. I was hoping to collect experiences of living abroad that open my world to the knowledge. I wanted to meet Chantal’s mom. Read More »


December 2, 2015

Is a Staycation a Real Vacation?

Photo courtesy of Mike Licht via Flickr.

“This is a perfect place for a staycation,” Max said as he looked around the room my husband and I had just checked into at the Centara Grand Hotel at the Central World Plaza downtown Bangkok.

As the bellboy brought in the posters, banners, books and suitcases, the five of us stood at the window transfixed by the Bangkok skyline. The view was spectacular, even to Max and Dusanee who have lived here for years. Justin, my husband’s son visiting from Seoul, commented on the marked differences between these two Asian mega-metropolises. We stood inside, separated from the dripping humidity, congestion of noise and swarms of people only by a single glass window. That window made all the difference to our comfort and our perspective. Read More »