2012 in review: Thank You, From the Depths of My Stiletto-Crazy Heart

Darling Stiletto-itas! We received a delightful surprise in our Inbox today. Something enthralling, gratifying and, ultimately, humbling.

Before sharing the “deets”, please allow me to just say that I wish I could gather each one of you up in my arms – yes, including you, who’s sitting there right now in your robe & jammies in front of your computer, drinking your coffee in your corner of the world – and give y’all a great, big group HUG! Yes, that’s how I feel right now, right down to the depths of my stiletto-crazy heart.

Since I can’t hug all of you (obvz!), I’ll just have to settle for posting this below for all of you gorgeous duckies out there:

THANK YOU!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!

So, quelle surprise??? The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys have prepared a 2012 annual report for The Bamboo Stiletto. Check out the fascinating “deets” below!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The View from The Other Side

Yoohoo, Stiletto-istas! Remember little ol’ moi? 
I hope you haven’t been thinking that I’ve hung up my stilettos for good. Oh no, no way, babes, but we do apologize for our long silence. Let’s just say that, life for realz has gotten a little more interesting (read: busy) lately.

First, we went on a couple of little trips in the neighborhood – Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines. Short & sweet trips…some for holidays, one was absolutely necessary, but as all took us away from our home office and daily writing routine, all were mightily distracting.

Next, our little part-time editorial & writing gig for City Weekend Guangzhou, an English-language website for us Canton expats, suddenly got us busier than we’d anticipated as we got inundated with lunch, coffee, dinner, drinks invites from our hotel PR contacts in town. Everyone wants to be our new BFF! It took us a while to adjust to the sudden social whirl, I tell ya!

Lastly, with the increased calorie intake from all that gourmet cuisine and champagne we were ingesting at all these luxury 5-star hotels, we realized that we also needed to increase our level of physical activity. Unless we wanted to blimp out and end up bigger than our refrigerator! So we’ve been madly dashing about, from bootcamp to Zumba, from running to yoga, from tennis to golf, with the result that we actually ended up with both tennis elbow AND golf elbow, at the same time.

See what I mean? It’s an interesting (read: busy) life.

This week, I sat in the grand ballroom of an extravagant dinner and Givenchy fashion show at the Sheraton Guangzhou – in celebration of the hotel group’s 75th anniversary – and watched the competent young hotel PR lady working behind the scenes (obviously exhausted, stressed, overworked, all prim & proper in her demure business suit, all smiles & tactful diplomacy on her perfectly made-up face). And realized, that used to be the old me. I pondered the sticker label that had earlier been affixed on my sleeve and which I’d transferred to my champagne glass and thought: “How weird does it feel to be on the other side of the fence?”

All I can say – of my wonderfully strange new view from the other side – is that: I am deeply, wondrously, profoundly grateful. Life never ceases to amaze with unforeseen blessings and it’s up to us to embrace these with a positive mind, a grateful heart and arms wide open. Have a glorious week ahead, everyone!!!

pondering the view from the other side…strange, new, wonderful…& totally enjoying it!

Counting blessings at the end of the week, y’all…let’s have a FABULOUS weekend!

Gratitude

open the door today

The above quote by Deepak Chokra perfectly captures our deep sense of gratitude today and how, as we remain open in a state of thankfulness, we also leave ourselves open to appreciating and harnessing our world’s ability to awaken the power, wisdom and creativity within us. Bring it, Guangzhou…we’re ready for the week!

Over the weekend, we had woken up one mercurial morning, sunshine alternating with intermittent pockets of light drizzles. It had been a tempestuous evening before, late night news of a massive earthquake hitting our home country coupled with an irritable husband exhausted from too many late nights at work this week, had rattled our nerves. Perhaps the full blue moon was playing mischievous tricks? In any case, none of these had made for restful slumber. At first, we didn’t know whether we should open our windows and start brewing the coffee to welcome a brand new day or just shut the drapes and burrow under the covers for the rest of the entire weekend.

Turns out we had no need to brood, thankfully. Herr Hubby woke us up with a soft kiss and a cup of brewed coffee for us already in his hand. And, as we got out of bed, we were greeted by the sight of our assortment of balcony plants, sitting placidly amidst sunshine or rain. It hit us that no matter what the weather, our plants were content to soak up whatever nature had to offer and still, they blossomed in their lushness.

rain or sun? plants on the balcony simply wait for the heavens to decide.

What a simple, pure way to be reminded of the blessings we have in life. Have a wonderful week ahead, everyone!

filled with hope, ideas & energy, with which to start our week

Happy Monday, Guangzhou!
We hope that all of you managed to escape from the unrelenting heat and had a restful summer weekend.

It’s another day, another week for us here at The Bamboo Stiletto and we are besotted with this simple quote from Sparkpeople.com which perfectly encapsulates how we feel right now:

Full of gratitude
(our site has reached a milestone, at over 1,200+ views & counting…)

Full of hope, ideas & energy to do more and
BE MORE

What else can we say? Put it like this: we’re inspired by YOU.

– ancient Chinese proverb.

As another week draws to a close and the weekend begins, we look back on an incredible week here at The Bamboo Stiletto and reflect that today’s quote is wonderfully apt.

Last week, at the end of The Bamboo Stiletto’s first week of existence, I mentioned that the site had generated more than 150 views from across the world. It’s now our second week and already, reader views have exponentially jumped to nearly 900!  This is way beyond what I could have possibly imagined for the site just on its second week…as in you guys are just AH-MAY-ZINGGGGGG!

In gratitude, I would like to thank our readers and our followers of The Bamboo Stiletto’s footsteps, from all around the world. It has been terribly fascinating seeing which countries our readers are coming from, because you are a truly global bunch. Here you go: the United States (with the most number of views), the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Hong Kong, Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Belize, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland, Colombia, Spain, Germany, and even Iceland! The Bamboo Stiletto “Hearts” all of you, indeed.

Next steps, we are now working on a logo design for The Bamboo Stiletto and a little bit further down the line, we’re also working on migrating the site to our own domain name (while keeping the site design intact).  One valuable reason for using our own domain and site host is to make it easier for our readers in China – including myself – to access the site.  Right now, most blogging platforms are banned here, so each time we post on our own blog – or read other people’s blogs – we have to turn on our VPNs (virtual private networks).  It’s a bit of a pain or “mafan”, as we would say here  (“troublesome” in Mandarin). So you lucky ducks out there who don’t have to deal with this type of hassle, consider yourself, well…lucky. Be grateful. And stay tuned for more of The Bamboo Stiletto!

Again, a very warm “Do Je” (Cantonese) and “Xie xie” (Mandarin) from our humble home base in Guangzhou, China…have a super-fabulous weekend!

– Sir John Templeton, global value investor and philanthropist.

Thank God It’s Friday, Guangzhou! As the week draws to a close, it’s good to look back on the days past and reflect on all the wonderful things that happened this week. For The Bamboo Stiletto, one of the things we’re grateful for – and humbled by – is that during our first week of existence, the blog has already garnered more than 15o page views from all around the world. Yes, we’ve had readers from the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, France…isn’t that simply amazing?

So, from our humble beginnings in Guangzhou, China, all I can say is: “Do je” (Cantonese) and “Xie xie” (Mandarin), with all my heart. Continue spreading the love, everybody! Bamboo Stiletto Hearts, indeed!

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