The One Thing You Need to Learn Chinese Quickly

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I often get questions about how I picked up Chinese so quickly, and I think it came down to a few key reasons- – I knew I had just 6 months until I would be on a flight to China. – I learned to pronounce and speak first with very little writing. – I was fully committed to practicing every… Read more »

In the Jungle

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2 days out of the big city. No shoes river rocks cocktails with lime break of dawn awake solo journey friends nearby. Push through pain continue, Nature is not comfortable. 4 month training helps move, yet immune & indurance need work. 1 day to recover for 3 days action. Worth it? yes. And yet highly controlled. No raw wild. Next… Read more »

An Exercise in Packing Light (For a 6 month Excursion)

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This is the list for 6 months in China with just one pack. Keep in mind: I left in the middle of winter and stayed through until August, I was doing internships in offices, as well as consulting, and I was climbing pretty much every week. I also went snowboarding a few times and only rented the board & boots…. Read more »

Durian: The King of Fruits

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  Durian is probably the most feared of all fruits. Because of the smell it’s not allowed in most subways or hotels. There are many ways to describe it, but it certainly doesn’t smell like anything you would want to eat at first. Some of the best descriptions are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian#Flavour_and_odour Besides hearing about the legendary smell on TV, my… Read more »

Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus: Chocolate

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Chocolate is the third Bolthouse Farms flavor I’ve tried so far, and mango & strawberry were great so I had high expectations. The Protein Plus Chocolate is good, but it’s tough to stand up to such competition. I may be biased because chocolate is such a standard flavor that it’s hard to set it apart against the rest of the… Read more »

Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus Strawberry Parfait Smoothie

Bolthouse Farms’ Parfait Smoothie almost makes weird drink status – it’s basically a food that’s been blended up. And it actually tastes just like a strawberry parfait blended up smooth. Contrary to most protein shakes, it’s all natural, with no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or GMO’s. It tastes good, but is naturally a little sour because of the yogurt. If… Read more »