Flowers. I adore them, obsess about them, and could not live happy without them. Regardless their arrangements (farmed or wild), their intended purposes (romance or friendly gestures), their shapes, colors, origins, or varieties – flowers color our world with their beauties in majestic ways. Their delicacy and short life span reinforce a constant of life, temporality. That, life is beautiful but fragile and short.


Some people might believe that flowers are over-rated, but have you imagined what planet earth would be like without flowers and greeneries? I would guess that world looks something like Mars, Venus, or the Moon. Lifeless and bland.
I prefer it here on earth, where the flowers bloom; spent in a matter of days but they always come to bloom again to keep feelings anew. To keep me renewed.


Arlene Wright-Correll wrote “when words escape, flowers speak. While they may not last as long as diamonds, flowers are forever. We associate flower with the special times of our lives. Birthdays, marriages, farewells…No occasion goes without the fragrance of flowers.”


She further said “when we wish to convey passion, respect, congratulations, or apology to the people most precious to us, only flowers will do.”

What are your thoughts on this subject matter?


A day I remember

On this day last year I was traveling back to the US from Beijing. The time difference between continents gave me this day to live twice, an evenly-odd day, 11/11/11. I would have thought I would spend the chance at re-living a day doing something significant with all of the extra hours that I suddenly gained. May be right a wrong, change a decision to re-write my future.. But as it turned out, the hours gained ended up being spent in eating extra meals, walking around in the airports, and sleeping between destinations. Nothing to be called extra-ordinary, but just a piece of memory, of a unique day of my life. 

Breakfast in Beijing, lunch in Shanghai, several more meals on the air plane.. and breakfast again in Los Angeles. Sick from airplane turbulence, distressed about last minute gifts, and finally excited to be planting my feet again on the loving U.S soil.

After all, it’s not often one gets to eat at so many world-wide destinations in just one single day! In honor of that memory, I’d like to share highlights of the things that I got to do on the days that lead to to 11/11/11:

  • saw Shanghai water town

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  • visited Forbidden City & Palaces

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Great Wall 11-7-11 115


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  • wandered Wangfujing night market. (was not brave enough to taste these foods – some of the scorpions still wiggled a bit on the skewers and even baby SNAKES too!)

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