Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Recipes July 11, 2017 Matcha Affogato Recipe It’s a hot summer day. You’re staring at your ice cream. It sits naked in its bowl, looking like it’s missing... a little something. What that sultry sucker needs is to be drowned, in a bit of classic... The Sunday Letter May 1, 2016 The Sunday Letter You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. -Samuel Johnson... Lifestyle December 23, 2015 Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami The Sarin Gas Attack On Monday, March 20, 1995 five members of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo released sarin, a poison gas, on the Tokyo subway system during the morning rush hour. This was th... The Sunday Letter November 1, 2015 Sunday Sundries | Vol. 20 I survived the first module in grad school and I couldn't be happier. My brain feels like it has that post-workout euphoria you feel after going to the gym. My next module of study means I'll be wo... Lifestyle September 26, 2015 March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Tsunami Disaster and Nuclear Meltdown, Edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima On March 11, 2011 a tsunami triggered by a 9.0 megathrust earthquake off the pacific coast of the Tōhoku region in Japan rolled across the coastal towns in Iwate prefecture and Sendai area. Some pl... Lifestyle May 25, 2015 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki [And His Years of Pilgrimage] by Haruki Murakami LIKE AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, Murakami's latest novel did not take me where I thought it would. The prose was beautiful, the characters extremely well-crafted, the introspections poignant, but the ov... Canada April 10, 2015 Ramen Night in Halifax BE STILL my beating heart.Known to many as 'the secret sushi place' located inside the basement of Spring Garden Place, Dora-Q hosted their first ever Ramen Night last night. The event was limite...