Thought for the Day – Eating


A delicious meal at Sari Organic in the rice fields of Ubud, Bali.

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating,” Luciano Pavarotti – (on a menu at Warung Semesta on Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali).

Sharing meals with family and friends is a great way to spend time wherever you are –

Eating with Rama.

Eating with children: Rama in Bali.


Delicious spicy Balinese food – cooked by Ayu.


Christmas breakfast at home with Barry and John :).


Eating at Firefly Grill with cousin Elaine and Barry.


Breakfast with Ann and Mark, friends from Vancouver, at Casa Luna.

“One cannot live well or sleep well unless one has dined well” Virginia Woolf (on a Casa Luna menu, Jalan Raya, Ubud, Bali.

Enjoying a book club outing for Denise's birthday.

Enjoying a book club outing for Denise’s birthday: Ren, Gail, and Denise.


Steve, Gail, Clair, Nalu, John, me, and Barry in Paia, Maui.


After a winning Cardinal’s game with Trish and Chuck. Notice the t-shirt on the guy behind us; drinking seems important to him 🙂 .

“Selamat makan” (enjoy your meal) and your friends and family wherever you are.

Aloha and sampai jumpa, Renée


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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