Chapter eight Hnatsumomo wasn’t the only one angry at me the following day, because Mother ordered that all the maids be denied servings of dried fish for six weeks as punishment for having tolerated Ha-tsumomo’s boyfriend in the okiya. I don’t think the maids could have been more upset with me if I’d actually stolen […]
The pests are eating into both produce and profit, farmers say.
An increasing number of older adults are turning to online dating to find a life partner or simply a date. A recent study found that from 2013 to 2015, the number of adults aged 55 to 64 who dated online doubled from six to 12 percent. This surge has lead to an increase of dating […]
Imagine e-mailing someone you met once, three years earlier at a beekeeping seminar. In a short note you write, “Why don’t I come visit you? You can feed me, entertain me, and chauffeur me around until I decide to leave. Won’t that be fun?”[su_pullquote align=”right”]This article first appeared in American Bee Journal, Volume 159 No […]
Visiting Edinburgh in Summer? Awesome! Warning: Scotland’s weather is super unpredictable! Must have for the trip: An umbrella/poncho raincoat, smartphone (you won’t need a fancy camera if you have a good smartphone), selfie stick for solo travellers (else you can buy a cheap one in stores like Primark), a good pair of walking shoes. An […]
“I’m in Melbourne already!” my cousin, Ruth, texted who flew down from her beloved Sydney to spend easter with us last year. Her estimated time of arrival was 0700. We left the house around the same time, leaving her to the mercy of airport internet, charging stations, and a bit of leg room to stretch […]
One of the most cherished dreams I have always wanted to live was waking up in Sylvan surroundings, away from the dirt, grime and noise of the urban dwellings I’ve spent the major part of my life in… . . So I keep escaping to an idyllic paradise that precisely offers the balm to a […]
Version 2 of my 2019 NBA mock draft, edited after the Anthony Davis trade
We had been planning our once-in-a-lifetime adventure for nearly a year; 10 months travel around the world visiting 15 countries to explore the history, landscape, wildlife, people and food of each destination across South America, Australasia, the Polynesian Triangle, Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Our adventure included some of the must-see attractions of global travel; […]
Tokyo’s Meji Shrine is not that far from the Gyoen’s (The National Garden in Shinjuku), Sendegaya gate, but heavy rain might hamper your ability to navigate there correctly on foot. It will be particularly difficult if you’re holding a tiny Japanese umbrella over two people, and trying to navigate using your smartphone’s apps at the […]
My 7 cities in 7 days challenge has come to an end, and after being in Kyoto, Uji, Kamakura, Yokohama, Kobe, Himeji, and Osaka, it was probably one of the busiest holidays of my life.
I take my best stab at predicting what will happen in the draft on June 20th.
Raindrops fall and bounce off the surface of the steaming outdoor pool. Up to my neck in hot water I turn my gaze to the left and see roughly hewn boulders and small Cypriot trees that flank the water – a kind of makeshift Zen garden. It is cold in the air, which makes the […]
Rain drops fall, bouncing off the surface of the steaming, open-air pool. Up to my neck in hot water, I turn my gaze to the left see roughly hewn boulders and mini Cyprus trees flanking the water – a makeshift Zen garden of sorts. There is a chill in the air, which makes the temperature […]
Having been someone who used to gossip in the past, I’m really uncomfortable with that kind of behavior today. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, I did it to make myself feel better about my own insecurities. Sadly, the behavior was so ingrained in me, and these insecurities so subconscious, I didn’t […]
It was November of 2015, I have been living in Japan for a year and a half already. I got too used to living there that I also got used to Japan and it’s four seasons. Among them, I especially like Autumn. For me, Autumn is like the best of all the seasons. Spring is […]
From Alma to the Arboretum, this list spotlights the myriad prides of the Illini.