Friday, June 17, 2016

A Child's Travel Wishlist

My little one who recently turned 5 years old made a Wishlist of places to visit. This all started out from talking about passports and how you need one to travel the world. A few days later he was asking "Do I need a passcode to travel to Taiwan? Do we need passcodes to go to Norway?" etc., etc. and thus this list began. Hehe, I think it is so sweet the transposition to the term passcode and it's a pretty fun idea too. Wouldn't it be neat if there was a secret passcode to enter a new nation? I wonder what such codes would be... Maybe they would be the word for the most famous and delicious dish from that place or maybe it would be that you would have to name a famous monument or geographically marvel. Something to show you a little bit about the land you will be visiting. 


As my little one wrote out this list he asked me how to spell a few of the countries / regions, but the handwriting is all his own. A pretty impressive job for a pre-K preschooler, no? I think it is better and clearer than some of my own penmanship! 

Photo by Jules @ Quirky Wanderlust




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quirky Wanderlust - The Background

This blog commenced many, many years ago at a time of uncertainty in the world, financially, spiritually, environmentally, humanistically.  I think there is much similarity in the current state of affairs and atmosphere of today. With worries withering away our sense of security, we must find balance. While it is essential to be proactive and responsible by preparing as best we can for whatever the future holds (a sort of emergency plan for the unknown), it is just as vital to proactively seek and embrace positive joys . Keeping dreams, laughter, kindness, and love alive is a wonderful antidote for many of the stresses created from this uncertainty.

As for the content of quirky wanderlust, as part of the title implies, my longing for travel and adventure will shine through. Yet, my Piscean modification of wanderlust also will broaden this to an internal journey, a sort of dream world. A voyage of growth, of knowledge, of hope that can bring the balance that I need to keep me sane in this strange, uncertain world. And hopefully, these streams of consciousness, actions to find security, and goals for keeping happiness alive will be an inspiration for others. And for quirky? Well, I've been told I see the universe from a different vista than most, plus I'm a Pisces, whose thoughts and actions change with my internal tide. So being a bit peculiar by nature, I think quirky is a great descriptor and gives me a license to delicately go in whatever direction my heart desires.

Please join me in this ride to find balance in life. The goal: being responsible and taking charge of our future, while enjoying simple pleasures and searching for uber-bliss in the present.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LA Beard Papa

I first enjoyed Beard Papa in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Taipei 101 building if I recall correctly. It was back when Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world! That is a title it no longer holds due to Dubai's building prowess.

Anyhoo, my husband needed to make a quick trip to LA and brought us back these lovely puff pastries from Beard Papa.  Original cream and a green tea version too! What a sweet treat to bring back from his travels. 


The box did not stay sealed for long...


The deliciousness inside! Look at those...


And then really going inside the creamy goodness and beautiful green hue of the green tea flavored puff pastry. Yum yum yum. Hao-chi, for sure! 

Photos by Jules @ Quirky Wanderlust



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cockrell Butterfly Center, Houston

Photo credit: Jules, 2008, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Houston, Texas


The Cockrell Butterfly Center at Houston's Museum of Natural Science: a lovely and serene locale, complete with mariposas bonitas floating gracefully throughout the center. It was amazing to be surrounded by such graceful creatures beautifully dancing around the space.

A lovely place for solitary contemplative visits to school field trips, family outings, or even dates!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Barnaby's Cafe, Houston, Texas

Image credit: Jules @ Quirky Wanderlust
Barnaby's Cafe is a cool spot with a great atmosphere for brewery-style eats in a family-friendly setting, all with an excellent staff. We were obsessed with the place due to the super fun and sweet mascot (of which we saw a real live Barnaby style dog in River Oaks, walking calmly and confidently across the street on our first journey to this restaurant - so that was a special connection to have!) and of course - who could not mention - the delicious, California-international-fusion style of food.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Black Springs Bakery, Beechworth, Australia

Oliveaux, a dreamy interior design site, recently posted those gorgeous pictures of a cozy escape in Australia... if you are in the mood for a provencial get-a-way head on over to Oliveaux to read more and see some of the scenes from this lovely locale. To link directly to the article, click here.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Reykjavik: Bjork's Wanderlust Video

Reykjavik rocks! I'm missing my time on the little island of Island. But Bjork does not disappoint in bringing me back, at least in my daydreams, to her lovely home. Here's to Iceland's quirky first lady of rock, for giving a shout out to Wanderlust.