When I applied for my first adult passport, I never thought I would actually go anywhere with it. Nine years later, it’s been stamped by 19 immigration controls — excluding US and Canada — and filled with Chinese visas. I even added 48 pages to it a few years ago. It’s been stickered all over, […]
It’s a beautiful Thursday in Beijing, one of those rare days where the splendor of the outdoors can actually match that of any other beloved city of the world. It’s in the freshness of the air, in the warmth of the sun, and even in the joviality of everyone on the street. People are lining […]
This is the weather forecast for Beijing. It’s been rainy and overcast for the past three days, and according to the forecast, it will be cloudy tomorrow as well. It can’t be a coincidence that the only sunny day this week will be the day of the parade, can it?
A video posted by Johanna (@picsbyjojo) on Aug 23, 2015 at 6:25am PDT Beijing is hosting the World Athletics Championships now, a major international event that China for some reason is not hyping. Still, all evening sessions have already sold out, so luckily I bought tickets for Boyfriend and me three months ago. That is […]
Holidays are supposed to be fun, giving the masses some deserved time off so they can relax, celebrate and enjoy life. That is, anyway, the Western concept of a holiday. In China, things are different. In May, China announced a new national holiday on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of […]
See you in 2022 for the joyful rendezvous upon pure* ice and snow! * Fake.
There’s nothing like returning home again after a long spell overseas. The excitement of seeing family and friends again. The joy of being able to do the things you used to do. And mostly, the ease of it all. Things aren’t constantly threatening to break down. Dust takes much longer to accumulate. Everything is literally […]
Harbin is quite an unusual city. For starters, its name in Chinese is three characters, deriving from a Manchu word. And its history as a Russian base has left an indelible European imprint on the city. But other than the unusual architecture and the local’s apparent love for ice cream popsicles, it really did seem […]
Boyfriend and I went to Harbin, way up in the far reaches of northeastern China, for the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend. The city of 10 million is known for its bitterly cold winters (-40 degrees!), during which it holds an ice sculpture festival with giant icy monuments dotting the city. For those brave enough […]
After spending a total of two days last year in countries I’d never been to before, I’m happy to say that I’ve been traveling a lot more this year. So far I’ve knocked out three more countries — and it’s only May June! Here’s a round-up of my adventures in Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia: