Kudos goes to all the great people and things that are out there so here’s my list. NOTE ORDER is now going most recent first.
43. Cheap hobbies = exercise, reading, cleaning house, chatting w/buddies (Gotta admit that I still luv snowboarding, travel, and making clothes but I must lay these aside for now.)
42. Creativity. It comes in a variety of ways, manners, items etc. Examples include expressive and funny peeps, interesting clothing (yeah for the Japanese wacky tshirts, leggings n layers!), inquisitive exhibits, musicals, crafty hobbies, and books!
41. YouTube — The free-ish lifesaver for a gal w/o good tv options in a small VNese city….it’s my way to access Asian actors’ and espagnol soccer players’ commericals and to keep connected to my boy bands…me happy!
40. The rice cooker — When you’re sad and alone and there’s rice warm and yummy for your tummy (esp. w/some kim chi courtesy of your fantastic roommate), who would dare complain?
39. Wit and the ppl who have it….c’mon, most ppl I no are in this category. What can beat the witty and suave remark? The puns that roll off other puns like bullets fly out of guns? 😉
38. Arts n crafts n creative ppl who are willing to take a chance and work with what they love….(just found a new and most fantastic jewelry store and yes, I spent more $$$ there)
37. Cathy, my motorbike! She’s just so cute and so small and so red and so good! Cheaper than my snowboard but so much more useful! She’s my all-weather, lil engine that could! Go Cathy!
36. Facebook — I joined mid-June ’07 and I think I’m just uber addicted…what’s a talkative girl to do? I’m all for tools that keep friends connected…how else can my stalking be as sharp as it was when I was a teeny bop? Now, I can even be better! Yeah!
35. Wacky and slightly “annoying” stories! The blog wouldn’t be what it is if I didn’t live in an exotic place and get myself into trouble, now would it?
34. Congee/chao/rice porridge — All in all, a great meal, an Asian comfort food. For me, the best types have oysters, 100-yr old egg, peanuts, chopped green onion, pickled radish, soy sauce and red vinegar etc….they don’t call me Condiment Queen for nothin’!
33. Good conversations — The BeeGees might say “It’s only words” but I like ’em a lot so talk to me
32. Safety — bright bike lights and helmets do protect on the roads from Hoi An to Danang!
31. Sunshine — despite the tan, Mr. Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on me!
30. Lush — no doubt on the list already but I love it!
28. Funny ppl — Wise-cracking, quip-throwing, ironic, jokey, smilling ppl
27. Early morning swims — I could blow those salty bubbles and float in the waves forever! And the outdoor showers! LUSH!
26. Good ol’ quirky grams! She’s so cute and reminds me too much of my dad!
25. Nha Trang, VN — my fave VN city! Really, with the sun, mud baths, seafood, and yummy desserts, you can’t go wrong!
24. Fabulous Cam Duc seamstresses: they are so good, even better (and cheaper) than the town full in Hoi An!
23. the two-headed poncho and rain boots that I’ve picked up for stormy DN rain: they make riding a motor bike fun! Wanna go for a ride?
22. RAW OYSTERS — great at Toyko Ichiban in Richmond, Canada but even better in Nha Trang, Vietnam! One big dish for just $1.50! And five minutes from my house in DN, we’re grilling them on the beach!
21. Great friends (esp. the trilinguals) — It’s amazing who you end up meeting when ur far away from home!
20. Your own space — seriously living alone outside of a dorm or hotel is wonderful I even like the ants!
19. Japanese who speak English. They are an example for the rest of us and they are just so cute
1. Peter, my blog master. Without him, there’d be no blog for me to share with my friends so merci mille fois, Monsieur PK!
2. Languages and phrasebooks = I love them!
3. Book clubs — Seriously, start your own and you will discover a greater joy to life!
4. Visitors to Asia while I’m there….hint hint 😉 I don’t mind if you use me for my apartment, really!
5. Tomatoes ( if you do not agree, leave this blog NOW!) and other mentionables like eggplants, garlic, figs, and cherries!
6. Lush products: ladies and men, get thee to a Lush store and sign up for a Lush party tout de suite! Check out my fave sites to get Luscious today!
7. Family : with my little Celly and Princess Anh, how could I not be pleased?
8. Textured foods : tobiko (fish egg) sushi, jellyfish, soursop, organ meats (sorry guys!), ribs n cartilage, dim sum esp. at Floata in Chinatown and my favourite exotic fruit, the lovely rambutan or spider fruit as they’re known in my family.
9. Left-handed ppl : this should actually go higher on the list so please join my left-handed union. Current members include me, my bro (he hasn’t officially joined), and Flanders from The Simpons. Newsflash: Elton John is also left-handed!
10. My improved editing skills: thanks CGA! Without them, my blog would be full of errors and inconsistencies.
11. My happy-thoughts calendar which is the best gift ever — given to me by Sheldon who not only contributes to my bad jokes but is thoughtful too!
12. How can I forget my music: Keane and Hanson (yes, they still exist and rock!)
13. Earplugs for the plane: I used them for the first time and they really made a HUGE difference. Thanks for the tip, June!
14. Baby powder: don’t go to the tropics without it! It can be used for your shoes, hair, body and it’s a much cheaper loose powder that soaks up sweat and oil and leaves you smelling so fresh and so clean clean! (Yay Outcast!)
15. Text msgs: they’re even cheaper in Vietnam so don’t call me, text me : )
16. Beaches in Vietnam: you must experience them for yourself! Ahhhhhhhhh! Even after a typhoon, they’re still warm, sandy and amazing!
17. the BC libraries’ new askaway service! It’s an online “chat with a librarian” service which is so good for research help
18. Earplugs part II: they’ll save you as the monsoon rains pour down! And trackpants too!