Author: Jill Wigert

Ancient Chinese Communes – Fujian Tulou

The sun hadn’t yet started its gentle rise by the time we awoke. Rubbing the sleep from our eyes Martin and I briskly walked to the metro station in the drizzling rain. With our two...

Living in China – FAQs

Martin and I have been living in Shenzhen for almost 10 months. Many people are curious about what it’s like to live here, so I thought I would answer a few common questions about...

Naked and Alone in a Japanese Hot Tub

We hadn’t slept at all when we landed in Tokyo at 8:00 a.m. Was it a mistake to take the 4-hour red-eye flight from Hong Kong? Then, I spotted a coffee shop. The world...

Macau: Am I in China or Portugal?

I had three whole days off. I had forgotten how precious three days off in a row could be. With working overtime and taking on two extra projects, I desperately needed a break. We...

Baffled Daily By Chinese Culture

I’ve now slept in the same bed for 8 consecutive weeks – the longest period of time in two years. Time flitters by and anxiety creeps in. Am I wasting my life? What do...

The Allure and Trap of Routines

Our brains naturally gravitate toward routines. We like patterns. It makes life easier, which leaves more energy for non-routine things, like navigating to a new destination or solving a complex problem. When Martin and...

Welcome Home: Shenzhen, China

I start my new job tomorrow. Granted, it’s just training week, but I still have to get dressed up and be somewhere specific for 8 hours continuously. And someone will pay me to do...

Langkawi Island Paradise

Sweat dripped down my back and coated my arms. The sun beat down relentlessly as I searched for the shady part of the sidewalk. I had only been outside a few minutes; already, I...