Be Your Own Hero

All needles will be confiscated and not returned! I read the sign at the entrance and waited to be scanned. No beep this time. I have no watch. I am wearing flats. I keep thinking what my daughter makes out of our visits. She is old enough to understand that these are not spa trips….

Girls that Rock Not Just On Paper

“Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.” -Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed —- A L I C E —- Alice calls herself a feminist. She questions quantum physics and woman’s role in society, hoping that one day gender will be ancient just like those video tapes you have the most memorable moments…

Social vs Anxious. When You Lose Your Stars

I found myself weeping in a bar. It was Chinese New Years Eve. The plan was to party. I was not feeling my best self that day, but it seemed manageable. I had two cocktails, forced myself to dance and laugh. I do tend to drift from super sociable and happy to someone just observing…

Are we All the Same? Exploring Sapa

I opened my eyes and there were mountains in front of me. Looked too picturesque not to be Sapa. I got out of the bus. It was very cold and I was tired. I got into a taxi. Taxi driver said I was pretty. The mirror screamed something else poking at my huge under eye bags after 8…

Plain Brave Honesty

We met in the cave. You encouraged me to jump. I am scared of heights. You said I was funny and cool. You called me a mud mermaid. We soaked our feet in tea. We sipped cheap brandy. You introduced me to the best burgers in the world. You shared your love story. You asked…

Hunger for Adventure. Will you ever climax?

Mouse Justin and his friend Mia Had a smothering adventure fever. Craving for the stars And the cheese to be tasted yet. Justin got a boat from a stranger. Sky blue with green and yellow edges And a face of dragon fiercely staring. The boat that makes you feel Like the coolest bad ass dude…