Day 2
On October 28, 2020 | 4 Comments

Day Two: Morning Game Drive The word “safari” literally translated from Swahili to English means “to travel”, and while I did briefly look up what a wildlife safari would be like online prior leaving for Tanzania, I was really able to fully grasp just how life-changing this experience would be on Day 2. After breakfast, […]

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Day 1 & Jeep no. 2
On October 23, 2020 | 8 Comments

05:00am. It was so cold. I blinked when I woke up in my three-person dome tent that I shared with three other girls, Stephanie, Whitney and Kate. But we are in Africa. The Serengeti plains in Tanzania, to be precise. This may not be a surprise to some more seasoned traveler, but the twenty-five year-old […]

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How lucky “we” are
On October 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

Have you ever gotten weird compliments or remarks as an interracial couple? I have more than a few stories but I’ll share one here. One time, we were speaking to a group of people, and because I spoke the same language as them, Sam would just sit back and I would do occasional interpretation for […]

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The fork in the road (2009)
On October 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have to admit that I am one of the many who binge watched Emily in Paris within a span of a few days. And I’m certain that I wasn’t the only one mesmerized by the cobblestone paths, the overly romanticized French language (except for “La Plouc”, of course), and the many outfits that were […]

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A proper introduction
On October 16, 2020 | 9 Comments

Since writing a book about myself is proving to be a very challenging task, I thought about compiling stories on my blog. And most recently, I had posted a short version of how I met Sam (my former safari guide and my now husband), I’ve had many asking for more details… So here I am! Working […]

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Preface: Beetle. Acacia cicadas. Zebras.
On September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here’s an excerpt on a new book idea I’m working on. The book is about a woman who goes on a safari and somehow gets “accidentally” left behind in the African savannah. But don’t worry, this typically doesn’t happen in real life. At least according to my husband and his safari company track record! ******* […]

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Giants of Empathy
On April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

To me, one of the most challenging and fascinating process of writing my book is to give distinct voices to characters that are so different than myself, and to create a setting that I have never stepped foot in. How can I make Luke a more sympathetic character? Or, how can I put Catherine’s lack of courage […]

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The “Turning Point”
On April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I’m wrapping up my manuscript for my first novel, I’ve come to realize how writers have every right to be head-over-toe obsessed with their favorite characters – because I certainly can’t help it. One of my characters, for instance, Catherine, is an unyielding and headstrong woman whose life has been challenged, scrupulously and indiscriminately […]

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One Good Book at a time… ONE DAY
On April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

“What do YOU carry in your bag?” I’ve seen this several times in magazines, where celebrities’ bags are opened and boldly dissected for the world to see; what shade of lipstick does she carry with her, which perfume best defines her signature, everyday scent, what moisturizer replenishes her skin when in absolute emergency? And while I, like the […]

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One good thing per day
On April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The big move to East Africa sounded appealingly adventurous, and as I envisioned my new life in Tanzania, exotic landscapes instantly comes to mind (Serengeti, anyone?) and there I would be, cruising in my safari outfit and hat in the endless plains … But as with all major relocation, even those so geographically foreign to […]

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