Soft Glow (Friday Fictioneers – December 15)

A soft glow emanated from the lamp post. It stood as a sentinel outside her bedroom window. Her parents kissed her goodnight in its muted light. Ferry shadows danced around the walls as her babies slumbered. Her husband held her in his strong arms within its comforting glow. Its soft light comforted her through the…

The Disgruntled Me Nearly Stole Christmas

Last week, I fought the crowds and the crowds won.  My birthday was in the recent past; therefore, my husband wanted to take me out and buy me plants for my indoor garden.  We boarded a bus that took us to the train station.  We caught the train to Mong Kok, which is literally one…

Thursday Doors ~ Bangkok

Two weeks past, I disembarked a plane and was greeted by the gentle even whispered greeting “Sawadika.”  Walking through the concourse of the Bangkok airport, the Kingdom of Thailand welcomed me back.  I’ve been away for some time.  It was nice to return for a visit to the City of Angels or Krungthep [กรุงเทพมหานคร] as…

Thursday Doors ~ Mongolia

From 2006-2012, I looked forward to summertime with anticipation and excitement.  It was a privilege and a delight to lead or join teams of volunteers from Hong Kong in traveling to one of my favorite places on the planet, Outer Mongolia.  Most years, the teams included my daughter and son, Sarah & Nathan, which made…

Night Buses

I enjoy. When the sun sets, ordinary colors blur into something special.  The nighttime buses in motion just outside my window pass by in bright dreamy lights. I wonder. Where are the blurry bus riders going?  Where are they arriving from?  Are they returning from a hard day at the office or dashing off to…

Thursday Doors ~ Halloween

Halloween Doors (or gates that lead to doors) In Hong Kong, where east meets west, celebrations like Halloween have found a home.  Walking through a low-rise neighborhood, near to my high-rise one, the festivities were in full swing.  The street was blocked off and the “trick or treaters” were out in great number.    …

Daily Prompt: Cacophony

via Daily Prompt: Cacophony This word immediately brings to my mind a hot humid day in southern India.  With a friend, Jeannie, visiting from Hong Kong, my husband and I took a van for a day outing to shop.  On our way from one shop to the next, we neared an intersection of a busy…

Photo Challenge: Glow

via Photo Challenge: Glow Photos at dusk are my favorite!  I took this picture while traveling on a ferry to an island near my home.  I love the way the colors pop in the late afternoon sun. For a writing class I am currently taking, my assignment is to watch outside my window and observe…

Be Brave

via Daily Prompt: Brave Lately, I have been at a loss on what to write my next post about.  Then appeared the “WordPress Daily Prompt” challenge. The prompt was “brave” and my mind immediately began to whirr (I love when that happens).  I usually feel intimidated by these prompts; however, today I decided to join…

Thursday Doors ~ Mui Wo

The season of life that I inhabit at the moment is one of waiting.  It involves some unknowns.  However, I have been trying (really hard) to slow my mind from racing and to enjoy the every-day with all that it contains.  During this time of slowing down a bit, I enjoyed another nice day outing…

Thursday Doors ~ Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-autumn festival is one of the most significant annual festivals in China.  It is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.  On the evening of, children walk along the street and through the parks with their lit-up lanterns swinging from their hands, people give each other moon cakes, and…

Holding Pattern

Landing in Vizag, India was always an adventure.  The runway is small.  I was prepared for the bumpy ride.  However, after a bumpier descent than normal; the plane suddenly made a vertical ascent back into the skies.  My stomach dropped as the plane shifted gears, changed directions, and headed upward.  Fellow travelers, gripping their armrests,…