We all know the old saying; home is where the heart is, and I’ve always found those words endearing as home can be wherever your heart is happy, irrespective of geography or material possessions.

My heart has been happy living in many spaces, but right now, it is happiest simply being in the space I’ve created over the last 10 years.

So in light of Co-vid19 and its restrictions, spending time at home without visitors has not been a concern. As an empath, I find being in my own home with only my dogs & family as company, gratifying and empowering.

Yesterday restrictions were lifted slightly, allowing up to 5 people to visit your home. These restrictions came at the perfect moment for it was my youngest sons 22nd birthday the previous day. And unlike me, he often prefers the company of his friends, rather than time alone. So with the combination of a birthday and lifted restrictions, he invited 5 of his friends over for a few celebratory beverages, to be shared in front of a fire on a cool May evening.

As twilight descended, I stood for a moment and took in my surroundings.

And as my son’s friends arrived, their joyful chatter and laughter filtered through the garden and the sound warmed my heart. A little later as they settled around the fire, I decided to capture this moment in time, for being a silent observer to that beautiful moment made my heart happy.

Yes, home is definitely where the heart is happy…


Life on Penghu: the good, bad and ugly (well not really ugly)…

I’ve been living on Penghu for just over a week now and interestingly enough I feel like I’m starting to fit. Contrary to what I wrote in an earlier post about it probably taking a while to feel like it’s home, the last few days it’s starting to feel exactly that, like home. And like any home, it has its good, bad and ugly.

Here’s my list so far. I’m sure it will change, which is the exact reason I wanted to compile this list, so here it is, in no particular order.


1. The incredible kindness of the Taiwanese people.

2. Hearing my kids chant, ‘Good afternoon Teacher Jen’.

3. Being told about a bakery that bakes REAL baguettes, then tasting them. (You would understand this simple pleasure if you had been subjected to the bread here).

4. Inventing a recipe of sweet potato, garlic and rice (seriously delicious).

5. The kindness of my fellow teacher, Asha: thank you from the bottom of my heart.

6. Buying Francine, my 100 cc scooter and then having the wonderful Asha teach me to ride.

7. Not having to wear RED lipstick to work. (Or any make-up for that matter: oh the joy).

8. Having a 5 min walk to work, or a 1 minute ride on Francine.

9. Playing the dancing game with my kids and dancing like there’s no-one watching.

10. The simplicity of life on Penghu that is totally free of negativity.

11. The musical garbage truck, my nightly entertainment, ah life is full of such simple pleasures when one does not have a television or books. (A post featuring this is in the works, stay tuned).

12. Simply being free to be ME…

13. Learning and confidently saying thank you, hello, how much and I don’t understand in Chinese. (No easy feat, so I’m very proud of myself).

14. Being recognised by the Vegetarian vendor at the market. (Ahh, I’m finally unforgettable in someone’s eyes!)

15. The Everything Shop. (Seriously that’s its name and it literally has everything).


1. My rock hard bed. (My mother would LOVE it).

2. My crushed rock pillows. (A visit to The Everything Shop might soon be in order).

3. The relentless howling winds that are unforgiving to the unsuspecting. (Thankfully they die down in February, hmmmf only 2 months to go!).

Not too much on the Bad list and as for the Ugly, well I’ve yet to find that one…