Hi! I’m Joelle (aka yueni). I am a third culture kid who has studied and worked internationally. I’ve gone to school in: Singapore, the US, and China. I’ve worked in: the US, China, and Switzerland. Other than those countries, I’ve also traveled extensively, and the list of countries I’ve been to (excluding airport-only transits) include: Canada & Mexico; Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, & Japan (kind of); the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, & Spain.
I used to blog, back in the day when LiveJournal was a thing, but stopped when I first moved to China back in 2008 because the Great Firewall impeded all efforts at blogging.
I’m moving back to China 8 years later, in January 2016, and I’m also better prepared this time to jump the wall. So here’s to a new effort in recording the life and times of an international traveler living in the Silicon Valley of China.
The Blog Name
I walk by her side,
and the darkness
lifts from my soul.
I walk with her,
and I hear the gentle beating
of mighty wings…
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite writers. In issue #8 of his comic series, Sandman, there is a segment where (the anthropomorphic personification of) Dream is depressed, miserable and indulging in a little bout of self-loathing, and his sister (the anthropomorphic personification of) Death comes along to beat some sense into him. I’m just doing a hash job explaining why that particular issue means so much to me, so I’ll quote from MarkReads.net:
[Dream] sees firsthand how people greet his sister with fear. She reminds him that this rarely happens to him, that people “enter [his] realm each night without fear.” Yet at no point does Death seem to sulk about, even if she goes through a whole lot of shit to follow through on her responsibilities as one of the Endless Ones. … … and we see that Death is content with what she does. Her life is this constant adventure and journey, and she chooses to make it that way.
And so, I choose to make my life a constant adventure, a constant journey. Where will I go on from here? Who knows? But all I know is, life is a journey, and one that I am content to be on, and excited about.
Welcome to my blog.