Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LOOKING BACK ON 2014

Wow, what an amazing year it has been! 2014 was less about wondering what lies ahead and more about living in the present. It’s hard for me to grasp it all really. I still can’t believe that I quit my job in January, sold all my things in February and set off to travel the world. It’s even harder to believe that I have been on the road for over ten months - where has the time gone?? 2014 was a year where reality truly is better than my grandest dreams. Here’s a little recap of my favorite moments in 2014:


Monday, December 15, 2014

IGUAZU FALLS

Iguazu Falls are situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Iguazu have a total of 275 falls and spans more than 3 km (1.86 miles) wide and 80m (262 feet) high. Which makes it wider than Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and higher than Niagara Falls between the United States and Canada!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

ANTARCTICA: THE WHITE CONTINENT

Since I started traveling this March, my plans have changed at least a dozen times. Through that, I have learned that sometimes, the most amazing places are the ones that you had no intention of visiting. And yes, Antarctica was one of those places for me.


Friday, November 21, 2014

DIVING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Galapagos were the first site designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its marine reserve covers 27,000 square miles, and is incredibly abundant with life. The underwater world is the main motivation for my trip here, and I have been looking forward to this leg of my travel for many months!


Friday, November 7, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA: MOTHER/DAUGHTER BIRTHDAY TRIP!

My parents live in China, and I live in the States. We are apart majority of the year, however, for the past 25 years, my mom and I have always celebrated my birthday together. Even though I was volunteering in Tanzania this September, we decided to keep the tradition and explore South Africa together. It was a brilliant five weeks. Here’s our highlights from each stop!


Monday, September 29, 2014

MOSHI FUNDRAISER DISTRIBUTION

Wow! I am blown away by your generosity and support. Thank you all so much!!! We raised a whopping total of 1,600 USD and every penny of that were spent towards education and making Msamaria a better place. Below is the distribution of the funding, and a little bit about each of the individual:


Sunday, September 28, 2014

THE DAY I TURNED 26!

It felt like just yesterday that I had my quarter century birthday picnic at the Rose Garden. I still can’t believe another year have flown by and that I am another year older, yikes! One of my favorite things to do on my birthday, is to reminiscence and make a list of all the highlights of the previous year. So here I go:


Saturday, September 27, 2014

MY LAST DAY AT MSAMARIA

I love Moshi. I wake every day in the best mood. I love teaching and playing with the kids at Msamaria, and I love seeing their smiling faces every single day. Although I’ve had three months of “special moments” with them, today was the most memorable of all - it was my last day in Tanzania. It was also my birthday, so I wanted to host a party and celebrate with the kids at Msamaria. I knew it was going to be amazing day, as it always is with them.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

MY FRIENDS AT MSAMARIA

It’s been a month since I have been in Moshi. When I first arrived, I was arranged to teach English at Kilimanjaro Primary School. I loved my 2nd and 5th grade class and I loved the teachers I was working alongside with. However, the highlight of my day has always been in the afternoon, when I visit the children at Msamaria, the center for street children.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

KILIMANJARO DIARY

Mount Kilimanjaro is the “Roof of Africa”. At an altitude of 5,895 meters, or 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the highest mountain on the continent, and one of the “Seven Summits” in the world. In addition, it is the tallest freestanding mountain known to mankind.