A Spot of Tea

A Spot of Tea

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady Well, it was morning tea, but quite agreeable, just the same.  It was a pleasure to go along with friends.  We tasted white and black tea at a little boutique in … Continue reading

A Little More Winter

A Little More Winter

When a friend and I decided to visit the city of Harbin, China last month, T said it was because I wanted to experience a little more winter.  It has been a rather odd season in Shenyang.  January brought two to three days of 32F followed by two to three days of 15F followed by … Continue reading

There, Then Here…

There, Then Here…

A month ago, we were just back from Thailand.  We started the trip with elephants, then worked in quite a few temples, meals, friends, sunshine, golf, taxis, boats and more.  We were very lucky to have this opportunity to see Thailand again, this time through different eyes.  We smiled while combing through photos again this … Continue reading

February Square Shots

This afternoon, I happened upon a lovely blog, The Daily Bubble Tea.  I loved his photos and reading about his expat adventures in Taiwan.  And I decided to steal his idea of sharing monthly Instagram pictures.  Enjoy a few of The Simple Adventure’s square shots from February.  Instagram @thesimpleadventure.  Just click on the photo if … Continue reading

Can you say กอล์ฟ ?

Can you say กอล์ฟ ?

A very special post written by TSA’s other half… Thailand – a great escape from the long winter in Shenyang.  For one of us, it was a chance to experience what we had heard about the golf, กอล์ฟ, in Thailand. Thailand has a reputation as a top golf destination in Asia, and this is well … Continue reading

A Hati Hati Birthday

A Hati Hati Birthday

The Blind Men and the Elephant John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began … Continue reading

Celebrations

Celebrations

All over the world, people love to celebrate with food.  So that is how we welcomed the Year of the Horse in China.  We are so thankful for old friends and new ones for making this Spring Festival festive and delicious.  May the food be plentiful, the red envelopes be full, and the fireworks and … Continue reading

Wolong Hu

Wolong Hu

Wolong Lake is in Kangping County, near Faku, ~120km north of Shenyang.  In 2005, this lake was nearly dried up.  It was revived with “recycled” water; treated sewage water that was first run through cooling towers at the nearby power station.  (I’m not making this up.)  According to Wang Dianwu, chief of the Liaoning Water Conservation … Continue reading

Believe

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.    ― Mahatma Gandhi Last month and the month before, when everything was covered in blue and white or red and green and sparkles, some of you may have celebrated one holiday or another.  Maybe you celebrated American Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Boxing … Continue reading