About

The Blogger

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…

-Morpheus
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.

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One thought on “About

  1. I knew this sounded somewhat familiar! Apparently, I’ve been here before, but I’ve entirely forgotten! I’m so sorry!

    And by the way, I love the name of your blog! It’s so cool! *-*

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