7-Day Nature Photo Challenge ~ Day 6

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Quingdom, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge, and I have been posting nature photos from my own stock of photos for a few days. Torch ginger is native to South East Asia, and I have first seen it in the Ginger Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens. First of all, I would have never thought that gingers would have … Continue reading 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge ~ Day 6


Every time I look at this photo, I feel like I have just taken a deep breath. This little lake and lush greenery are located in Upstate New York, only a few hours away from the city. I took this photo on an August day when I spent the weekend there for my friends’ wedding. The greenery around the lake was almost overwhelming to us coming from … Continue reading Water

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award, by a fellow traveler and a wonderful blogger, Mliae, whose posts I enjoy reading over at lifeexperimentblog. Thank you so much for nominating me. I am honored that you thought of me for this award. The rules: Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog. Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice. When … Continue reading The Versatile Blogger Award

Introducing a weekly feature

What’s making you happy this week? This is a segment in one of my favorite podcasts “Pop Culture Happy Hour“ by NPR. First, the podcast is exactly about what it says on its name: A weekly roundtable discussion about pop culture. It is such a fun podcast, and I look forward to listening to it every Friday. You guys should check it out if you haven’t heard of … Continue reading Introducing a weekly feature

In the Company of Strangers

What is a social butterfly? A gregarious person who thrives in a social setting, navigating the room effortlessly, comfortable in any situation, skillful in small talk, often full of charm. Well, I am not one. I almost always prefer spending time with a close group of friends, rather than going to a party. Making small talk drains my energy faster than anything else, and even … Continue reading In the Company of Strangers

A Fascination with Green Markets of Istanbul

One of my most favorite activities is going to the local markets where ever I am, and discovering new ingredients, or different varieties of the food stuff that I love and use often. Every culture has a different relationship with food. When you are somewhere completely new, it is a kind of a shortcut in education in the local culture. In Turkey, we shop the … Continue reading A Fascination with Green Markets of Istanbul