Wanderlust Wendy

What I’m Doing Now

Last updated: October, 2019

The now page was inspired by a Tim Ferris podcast interview with Derek Sivers, who began the nownownow.com project. Think long-form version of social media status updates. Rather than ephemeral, this now page requires a bit more intention and thought to maintain. The purpose of my now page is to share current projects to both keep myself accountable, and update collaborators and readers.

2019 Theme: Be Uncomfortable

Last year, after bidding farewell to our lives in Shanghai, we realized our dream of traveling full-time. It surprised me how quickly we can fall into the comfort of travel, despite bopping from one new place to the next. I decided to challenge myself further and declared 2019 the year of being uncomfortable. So far, I’ve lived on an off-grid farm, announced to take this blog seriously, tried out a shooting range, a float spa, and uprooting our lives to a new location – Saigon, Vietnam.

Documenting Saigon Lives in Saigon Chronicle

I wrote about the first few weeks of culture shock and settling into life in Saigon in a new series titled, Saigon Chronicle. I’ve since dialed back the post frequency to monthly, as to devote time to other part of the blog. I do plan on writing Saigon specific blog posts under this series.

Learning Vietnamese

Part of the allure of living in a new country is the challenge of learning a new language again, and be uncomfortable. We have a tutor that comes to our home twice a week for 90-minutes each. The progress is slow, but so far we are very dedicated and haven’t canceled any lessons. Compared to nearly four months ago, now we are able to make sentences and carry on a basic conversation – that’s not nothing!

Catching Up on Year-Long Travel Posts

I’m woefully behind on writing up travel guides from our past year of travels. I’ve enjoyed re-living our journey as I revisit each segment of the travel and write up useful tips for others. I’m giving myself the goal to catch up all past travel writing by the end of the year, so I can devote energy to new initiatives in the new year!

Curating Travel Guides

I had an idea to curate travel blog posts to solve an annoyance I encounter during travel planning – the need to open up 20 tabs of travel posts, only to fine 3 that are useful. The rest are filled with pop-ups and ads flying everywhere, attacking my senses. It’s horribly frustrating and time-consuming. So, to solve my own problem, I’ve been adding other useful posts related to my own content, and I had created a guide for Taiwan to beta-test.

Curation is incredibly time consuming, but I am prioritizing this goal to put out a few more country guides by the end of the year. Please let me know if there is a particular country that you’d like me to prioritize!

What I’m Reading

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London