Category Archives: coffee

Are You Still on the Traveller’s High he asked.

I have been home a month from my vacation and one of my colleagues asked me if the “Traveller’s high” had warn off yet. I had to ask for clarification of what this was. He explained that when you came … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, ambition, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, coffee, Exodus Travels, nostalgia, travel | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflections On My Trip

I wasn’t sure it was necessary, but I feel the need to reflect on my trip before the memory fades too much.  Thankfully, I have my blogs and my photos. When I got back from my Vietnam cycling vacation, I … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, bicycles, coffee, cycling, ethnic food, Exodus, Exodus Travels, food, reflection, Reflections, travel, Vietnam | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ha Long Bay

When people think of Vietnam, I am pretty sure that Ha Long Bay is one of those images that explodes into the brain.  Before my trip fades from memory, I think I should put down a few words and share … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, beauty, boating, boats, coffee, Exodus, Exodus Travels, Ha Long Bay, incredible, inspiration, inspiring, tourism, trains, travel, Vietnam | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Opting to Celebrate

It’s Sunday night and as an end to my weekend.  Rather than search for Today’s perfect moment, I am going to make it for myself.  A couple of Japanese chocolates should do the trick.  It’s much better to celebrate the weekend … Continue reading

Posted in advice, appreciation, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, atmosphere, authentic, celebration, chocolate, choice, choosing, coffee, Japan, Japanese, occasions | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lessons in the Grocery Aisles

Today, I learned that I have been doing grocery shopping all wrong. Usually, I make a list (or not) and wander throughout the supermarket hoping to remember to check the list and not be tricked into buying all the wrong … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, coffee, food, food shopping, grocery, grocery shopping, lessons, shopping | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wonderful Japanese Chocolate Moment

Today’s Perfect Moment is a no-brainer for me. The only concern I had was whether it was going to be Friday’s Perfect Moment or Saturday’s Perfect Moment. On Friday, one of my students brought me a box….container….package of Japanese chocolates. … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, chocolate, coffee, food, happiness, Japan, Japanese | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tales from the Oshare Cafe**

**Oshare is not the name of the café–keep reading… Today was a day of coffee and Japanese. Before you say, “huh?” and don a quizzical look on your face, I will explain how these things find themselves in the spotlight … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, coffee, coincidence, Japan, Japanese, kit kat, students, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Baking for Breakfast….Kind of

Years and years ago, I went to South Carolina on a rare family vacation that did not involve camping in Northern Ontario.  Besides some great sights, I really loved that they served biscuits rather than bread rolls every place I … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, baking, breakfast, coffee, dollar store, dollarama, food | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Full Brunt of Karma, In This lifetime or the Next

I remember not being overly kind (read childishly cruel) to the substitute teachers in my life. Childishly cruel is probably better described as bratty or disdainful or angsty or some other word that explains the eye rolling and defiant attitude … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, atmosphere, coffee, confrontation, culture, education, ESL, happiness, hard work, humor, humour, international, motivation, students, teaching | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Coffee Incident

As is now documented, I fall asleep on the bus on my way home from work. Today’s story is not about me sleeping, though.  It is about one of my fellow passengers who displayed some fantastic skills. First some background … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, clothes, coffee, commuting, Japan, sleep, unbelievable, unexplainable | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments