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:
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
When I made the decision to travel the world for a year, I also decided that I would volunteer a quarter of my time away. After much research, I found an opportunity to teach English in Moshi, Tanzania. I wanted to give back and help those that are underprivileged, however, as soon as I arrived, I knew that there is little I could contribute. Instead, they are going to be the one that will change my life for the better.