Myanmar 2020

Myanmar 2020

As with previous visits to Myanmar, we have learned to expect the unexpected… Straight after our long flight we were treated to a surprise from our hosts – a four hour road trip to Bagan, a UNESCO heritage site where thousands of pagodas were built in the...
25 Jan 2020 – The Year of the White Rat

25 Jan 2020 – The Year of the White Rat

January 25, 2020 is the start of the Chinese Year of the White Rat (or Mouse). The Rat is the first of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac and so it is the beginning of a new 12-year and 60-year cycle and is thus the beginning of a new era. 2020 being the start of a new...

Chang’e (嫦娥), the Chinese Goddess of the Moon

In Chinese mythology, Chang’e (嫦娥) is the Moon Goddess. The ancient story goes that long ago, the earth had been scorched by ten suns that had appeared in the skies and the people on Earth were suffering as a result. Chang’e’s husband Yi, an archer,...

Stephan Espinosa at the WHO

After spending the summer working in ICOM’s clinic, I went to work in the spa of a cruise ship that was in the Caribbean. That experience was very intense in many ways. First, as an acupuncturist, the fact of having to explain to passengers how they might benefit from...