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Happy 2009 everyone!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Where did the time go? This year flew by…. then again I say that every year. Hope you all had a safe and wonderful time bringing in the New Year! 2008 was an amazing year for me so I can’t wait to see what 2009 will bring – I’m sure it’ll be EPIC! And to be moving to China, what a great way to start off the New Year! 

2009 Resolution: To learn Mandarin Chinese!  

To my family and friends: I’m blessed to be surrounded by amazing individuals. Thank you again for the love and support! I love and miss you all so much. Happy New Year!

China Bound

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Last week I got my passport renewed, thank goodness a new updated photo! If you remember me mentioning in my past blog how extremely dreadful my photo was prior (it was not good), lets just say I’m very happy that its updated.  In addition to my passport renewal, I just sold my truck. OMG! I sold my freakin’ truck! I’ve written off my only essential asset – goodbye Big Country! (that’s right, I named my truck Big Country 🙂 Why? Aside from it being enormous in size I have no idea. I watched it drive off and thought, “Dang, I’m really doing this….I’m moving to China. Yahooo!” .

I’ve had this ardor for teaching abroad for a very long time, dating all the way back in college and now I’m finally going to do it! I studied to be a teacher so I know I’ll be in my comfort zone. I’ve thought long and hard about my decision, contemplated the  pros/cons especially being away from my family for such a long time. I mean c’mon this is a life altering decision right? This shouldn’t be taken lightly at all. At the end of all this thinking back and forth it always resulted in the same feeling. I want to do this. I need to do this for myself. I’ve had this fascination for teaching abroad and now I feel it’s the ideal time to just go and do it. As Helen Keller said, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing” right?

Why China? Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world so I’d love to learn to speak it. Plus, I’ve never been to China apart from Hong Kong, so it would be nice to teach in and explore such a massive country for a whole year or so!

Am I afraid? No. I am a bit apprehensive about the language barrier because I hear English is rarely spoken. However, a good language book will fix that 🙂

A new chapter of my life is about to unfold and I’m ecstatic! I know with all my heart that this is what I want to do… I’m aiming to leave at the end of Jan. I’ll keep you guys posted on my exact departure date. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! See you all in 2009! Cheers!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”— Mark Twain

Home Sweet Home

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
I was awaken this morning not by a rooster crowing at dawn or the sounds of the roaring engines of tuk tuk drivers but by my adorable 4 year old nephew jumping on my bed. That's when it hit me ... [Continue reading this entry]


Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

After countless demands/threats from family and friends, please find my itinerary at the bottom :-) you guys! 

Anyway, my final date is approaching – two more weeks! Yahoooo! Feeling a little bit nervous but more excited than anything. I got my important stuff ... [Continue reading this entry]

One Month Mark!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
Actually, I have less than a month - 26 more days and counting!! I am soooo pumped! I can't stop smiling! I've had the biggest smile on my face since I started planning this trip a few months ago! My first solo backpacking trip throughout ... [Continue reading this entry]