Sign: Do more . . .

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Sign on Angelo’s Store, Sugriwa Street, No. 10, Ubud, Bali.

— a good reminder.  I hope you are doing what makes you happy.

Selamat Tinggal, Renée

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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

One response to “Sign: Do more . . .”

  1. Rosita says :

    OF COURSE! I decided I won’t be a doctor, but yah a vet AND an artist too, as I enjoy drawing and painting, as well as writing poetry too. I’ll chase my dreams, even if they don’t make me rich, ’cause our society didn’t understand that the TRUE richness isn’t counted on how money someone have, but yah on its life’s experiences, even thought some of them are risky, monetarily talking, ’cause they might or might not give yuh plenty of money, but yah that feeling yuh’re now realized. That’s the TRUE richness, not all those hedonistic pleasures nor plenty of money, as international media make us think. It’s just capitalistic misconception of wha’ fulfillment should be, and we know it isn’t all about money nor hedonistic pleasures, but, sadly, it seems we’re losing good old values of helping those in need and working hard to achieve our goals, maybe it’s ’cause we don’t see many starving children nor injured animals nor people running for their lives on bombings IRL, just on TV, and it seems like a distant reality, which make us not realize how rough life can be for some and how hard they worked to achieve their goals of having a better life with their loved ones 🙂 well, that’s just my humble opinion about chasing dreams and breaking concepts that richness is all about having plenty of money ❤️ In fact, I guess that most rich people in world are poor, ’cause they have a frugal lifestyle, achieving whatever they wanna do too easily, without working hard for achieving it, and, worst of all, really caring for those who’re in need. Do yuh agree with me?

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