Shelves, Taobao, and Rain

So after 7 months in China, I have finally boarded the Taobao bandwagon and I've gone a little crazy with it. At first it started as a necessity because I have to get my contact lenses from somewhere. Even then, I was like "Yeah, I don't need to buy anything." Then I entered the rabbit … Continue reading Shelves, Taobao, and Rain

Notes on the margin and the summer sun

Since my last post, I can probably say I've been to hell and back. I always feel a bit ashamed to say such a thing since there are people who are going through worse, but before I discredit myself too soon, it was tough. Whether for good reason or no reason at all, I am … Continue reading Notes on the margin and the summer sun

Books, Music & The Quest for Satisfaction

I went a bit shopping happy this week. Books are mf-ing expensive. I really need to make peace with that. Well, I got my hands on Half a Life by VS Naipaul and An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield. Both are critically acclaimed and so far I am enjoying the heck out of Naipaul's writing. … Continue reading Books, Music & The Quest for Satisfaction

On university essays and my obsession with cultural identities and young minds

Ask any of my classmates and they will tell you that for the bulk of my university education I ranted about identity politics, race, and TCKs in our new global age. We're talking about cultural policy? I'd write an essay on language policy. An assessment on cosmopolitanism? I'd write an essay on TCKs. (Similarly, in … Continue reading On university essays and my obsession with cultural identities and young minds

All I need is paper, paper, paper…

What's been up lately? Well, I'll start stick with the good! I mentioned my novel on another post and I'm happy to say I've made more progress. I have about three chapters and they keep getting longer and the pieces are starting to come together. Most other days I'll go back and change a paragraph or some words. It … Continue reading All I need is paper, paper, paper…

The thing about living: on my depression and anxiety

Last October I had one of my worst episodes of 2016. In a room by myself in Athens, I rocked back and forth feeling completely alone wanting to slash my rubber skin into pieces. Crying came as long sobs and then short intervals. Nausea didn't allow me to eat or digest. My gag reflex was … Continue reading The thing about living: on my depression and anxiety

Taiwan: Mic Checks, Sleeping In, Your Self & Others

Loved Taiwan. The food was ace, the weather although with pouring rain in the mornings was still very pleasant. Lost a couple of umbrellas here so I assume we'll be coming back! I'll explain: I remember when I lost a beautiful green and blue scarf in Berlin back in 2009, my Mongolian friend said to me … Continue reading Taiwan: Mic Checks, Sleeping In, Your Self & Others

Mundane Daze: Camus, DSLR, and DAMN.

You guys ever get the feeling you're subject to seasons, er, chapters, in your life? That moment when you're sitting there minding your own business and suddenly you feel a "lift "as if life itself were lifting the page to end a chapter for you and start a new one? I've had a similar feeling the … Continue reading Mundane Daze: Camus, DSLR, and DAMN.

Mascota sabia, mujer ingenua

Cuando era una niña de 8 años y mi mamá y yo íbamos al supermercado, Superama creo que se llamaba, siempre regresábamos con bolsotas de comida. En esa época mi mamá no sabia conducir y nuestras formas de transportación eras tres: bus, taxi, o los pies. Mi mamá la santa, siendo madre soltera, me tenia solo a mi … Continue reading Mascota sabia, mujer ingenua

At the heart of traveling: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Nietzsche, and Élan Vital

Three years ago: "Mishell, why did you come to Melbourne?" I got bored in the US; I'd met a dead end. Now: "Mishell, what brings you to Shanghai from Melbourne?" I got too comfortable in Melbourne. It's this lack of stimulation that perhaps is so TCK. Moving and seeing new places until some sort of … Continue reading At the heart of traveling: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Nietzsche, and Élan Vital