I spent our first two days back in the UK alternating between unpacking, bingeing on dark chocolate, and bursting into tears.  (Shhhh…I may even have had a glass of single malt Islay whisky around 1pm that second day.) I took a couple LONG walks in nature, let myself feel all the feels, cried some

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Oh to be a French winemakers son. It’s the definition of “blessing or curse.” Recently I watched Somm: Into the Bottle, a documentary about the wine industry: from rebellious producers to cellar mould to barrel making, wine pairing, points ratings and more. (If you enjoy wine at all, I recommend watching it … but that’s

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I love planning. Dreaming, scheming, setting big goals for the next year. But I’ve learned it’s also important to take a look back to see what worked, and what didn’t – and try to learn from it. For the past few years, I’ve done a year-in-review session for myself, and then a big planning session.

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Walking through the crowded streets of Hong Kong, you can’t help but notice the herbal medicine shops when you pass by.  Why?  Because they smell.  A really strong, herbal smell wafting into the streets mixed with intense heat, cooking pork, a slightly damp lush green smell from the humidity and of course millions of very

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What was life like before pharmacies and grocery stores in every town?  So many simple things we take for granted – like handsoap.  Or bandaids.  Or ibuprofen.  Or even shampoo! For most of human history, you just couldn’t go buy this stuff.  It didn’t exist.  There was nowhere to buy it.  And once there were

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  The Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival takes place each October, you can learn more about it here.

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Oh Hong Kong, why do I love thee?  Since my first visit to Hong Kong as a tourist 5 years ago, I was struck by the contrasts in this city.  Or like a recent friend visiting said: “It’s like visiting 4 places at once!”  One minute, you feel like you could be in midtown Manhattan, and

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Since arriving in Hong Kong almost five months ago, it feels like all of the pieces of my daily life have been thrown up in the air – and they’re slowly coming back down to earth – just not fitting together the same as before. Moving countries is a major change.  (That’s an understatement!)  I’ve

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