Indonesia: The Prelude

In about 15 hours, I'll be taking off to Hongkong and Shenzhen for the first four days, and Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali) for the rest of this 22-day trip. They're all familiar territory, except for Shenzhen, but it just has been a while. The last time I went home over...

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My Right Brain

“I’m a left-brained girl,” is a phrase I have said often, particularly in reference to poetry. You know, being an engineer and all, I just don’t get poetry. You feed me a poem, and I would have no idea what it’s talking about. But I think there may be some changes to...

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If I Lived Then

In the 2006 biopic Amazing Grace, my favorite monologue takes place in a scene where the movie’s hero, William Wilberforce, is compelling an elite class of society to come face to face with the horrid reality of slavery. During a lunch cruise, the luxurious reception...

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Bird’s-eye View, Personal Secrets

The Story of Complex People: Part III. Read Part I and Part II. (cont'd) A human being is in a very questionable position to judge another's motives. After all is said and done, at the end of our lives, we only have our own complexity to understand, and perhaps not...

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Which Mirror Tells The Truth?

Which Mirror Tells The Truth?

The Story of Complex People: Part II. Read Part I here.   Who can tell the truth about a person? An autobiography gives access to someone’s psyche and thought processes, but is there anyone who thinks unfavorably about himself and would put his own life story in...

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Croissant, Degas, Chateau

How much butter is in a single piece of croissant? The answer: ignorance is bliss. Sitting in Paris' la Maison Angelina, the question is not 'to eat or not to eat'? It's how many do I eat? But the real treat of the visit is Angelina's hot chocolate, so rich, decadent,...

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Human Strudel

Human Strudel

It has been said of former President Bill Clinton that one of his marked qualities as a leader is the ability to give full and undivided attention to each conversation partner, and make each person feels like he is 100% interested in what they are saying.[1] It...

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A Child of All Nations

A Child of All Nations

Stolen from a book title by my favorite Indonesian author, the late Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the title of this blog post captures the essence of what I consider my life personal statement, to be a child of all nations. I consider the entire world as a classroom and...

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