Identity Crisis

In a previous post, I talked briefly about how Timor’s history of colonialism had drastically affected the meaning of beauty in this country. For about 500 years, Timor-Leste has been controlled by others, and this has influenced their language, customs, and perspectives of other peoples. Almost 20 years since independence, you could call the current … More Identity Crisis

My Dear Host-Mother

We have a saying here in Timor-Leste and it goes like this: “Feto forte, nasaun forte.” It translates to “Strong women, strong nation,” and is a popular phrase blurted out in meetings concerning women and the future of this young country. Many of my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers have heard me talk about my host-mom … More My Dear Host-Mother

The Dating Game

Hello again, my loves Today, I want to try my hand at some dating/ relationship advice. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about relationships and how they can be affected by social media, which is what has prompted me to write this today. Over the course of the last few years, I have dated several … More The Dating Game

Too Big To Ignore

Helloooooo, ladies I was in class the other day and since it was the first day, my teacher wanted to do an icebreaker exercise with the class. He asked us all to introduce ourselves with our name, where we are from, and who our inspirations were. Seems like a fairly easy task. As I was … More Too Big To Ignore