Guangzhou South Railway Station

Guangzhou is not a city to be taken lightly. Again and again, I’ve had to learn that in my own unique way—unique, because while I had family and friends to support me during this period, the constant struggles that come with both living in China and living on my own in a new city (let alone […]

Westfield World Trade Center

After spending a year in Guangzhou and then returning to a quiet, peaceful Maryland suburb, I found myself setting high expectations for a weekend back in NYC, where I could appreciate city life again. But as these things tend to go, high expectations were met with a dismally poor reality. In fact, Saturday ended up being […]

AHS Class of 2011 Reunion

Taking advantage of people returning home for the Thanksgiving holidays, Atholton High School’s Class of 2011 held its five-year reunion last night at Union Jack’s of Columbia. While more than half of the 400-some alums received Facebook invitations, about 70 showed up, which is a pretty decent turnout for us young adults. But as much as our […]

Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz

Although I’m on track to finish at least 16 books this year, I’m glad my resolution to blog about each of them is coming to a close, because while I understand not every post of mine is of interest to every reader, these posts don’t seem interesting to anyone😛 So let’s get this over with. Street of Eternal […]

Canton Today filming

Note: This is long but worth the time to read, especially if you need reasons to feel more grateful about America. You’ll need to sit down for this one. So you want to work in China? Or do you know better and would rather indulge in some Schadenfreude and read about it from someone who […]

clothesencounters YouTube channel

I need to take photos more often again. There’s something about being home that makes me think that taking photos is “pointless,” but as sad as it sounds, it’s true that we live in a world where if you didn’t take a picture of it, did you really go there—or eat that avocado toast with […]