Beyond the White Picket Fence

Beyond the White Picket Fence

Recently, at our Mandarin lessons, I recited a line to our teacher as part of the homework. I was trying to say the word for panda (xiongmao) but made a mistake with the tone. My teacher seemed confused, even though I thought I had nailed it. I told her I was talking about a panda. She laughed, and said . . .

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Teaching Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

Teaching Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

My favorite food is tacos, and Korean BBQ is the tacos of the East for me! I love Korean BBQ not only because it’s delicious but because it’s a unique experience. Gas or charcoal grills are built into the dining table, so my friends and I grill the meat ourselves. The popular way of eating the meat is to wrap it in lettuce, add some seasoned veggies and condiments, and finally bite into it like a taco!  

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Country-hopping: Switzerland, Ireland, China and Australia!

Country-hopping: Switzerland, Ireland, China and Australia!

I also had several funny incidents trying to understand Australian slang when my boyfriend and I started dating. The morning after the first time he stayed over at mine he asked "Where are my thongs?" For a half Brit like me I thought he was asking where his G-string was and I was panicking and thought how drunk I was last night as I would not have noticed that..... for the Australian, he was wondering where his Flip-Flop was!

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Love on fire in Thailand!

Love on fire in Thailand!

It did not rain on our wedding day and I was talking to my husband about how lucky we were. All casually, he said, "Oh no that is because my family sacrificed two chickens at the temple this morning!" I learn new things every day.

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Apa kabar from Singapore!

Apa kabar from Singapore!

I'm a nomad at heart, and have moved countries or states every 1-3 years since I was 19. My most recent move from Costa Rica to Singapore was prompted by love. My boyfriend and I met in Vienna (he was living in Paris and I was in San Jose) and so we decided to move in together in Singapore

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