Living the expat life in Asia for most of past 7 years, we've always looked forward to our short trips back to the states, err, I mean, Texas. Catching up with family, friends, and ooooh yeah, the food! The meat, buffets, and oversized portions! Stepping into Costco here in Taiwan is like visiting American soil … Continue reading I’m afraid of going home. There, I said it.
Note: I can't assume to speak for Aye, so I will try to break the 'we' habit and only focus on "I" in this post... I don't think anyone really noticed, or cared, that our gotpassport(dot)org blog went offline recently. We (as a team) decided, after many discussions, to let go of the URL, and … Continue reading Welcome to our old – ahem – new blog…
It's 2016. My 49th birthday is tomorrow. The last time I celebrated my birthday and Anniversary in the United States was for my 43rd birthday and our 10th Anniversary, Emma's 7th birthday. I'm grateful the Six amazing years we've had in Asia since we packed up and left in 2010. This year we celebrate our … Continue reading Birthday Thoughts- 2016
I was proud of my job at MD Anderson cancer center in Houston straight out of graduate school in 1997. For the first three years of my life there, my assignment was working with bone marrow transplant inpatients and the patients in isolation rooms. Then I moved to Melanoma and Sarcoma services. There was so much … Continue reading Reflection: Working as a Social Worker at a Cancer Hospital
Wow. Can you believe it? It's been over three months, damn, almost four, since we arrived to Taiwan. It was all about festive celebrations when we first arrived due to Lunar New Year. That was way back in February. Lots happened since. I'll spare additional details but I wrote a bit about it here, here and … Continue reading A Miracle. A Place We Can Call Home.
Technically we don't have a home of our own just yet. We've been staying with family members in North and South of Taiwan and at Bed and Breakfast accommodations on the East Coast. Our 18 days across the East coast in March has been eye-opening and has allowed us to see the possibilities of being … Continue reading Our New Home
Surreal. We're in Taiwan. Seems like we just left yesterday. No we left in September 2014 and here we are , back to stay, much longer this time. Pinch me now! It's only been a week since our arrival to Taiwan, a familiar place for all of us. Still, it is a new … Continue reading A New Year. A New Adventure.