The Same Sky – A Traveler’s Quest for Redemption and Peace
Debbie Yee Lan Wong
Vancouver-native Debbie Yee Lan Wong was living the expat life in China: working as a consultant in Beijing, dating a French man, and planning a move to Paris once their contracts were up. But the relationship dissolved under not-so-pleasant circumstances, leaving Debbie heartbroken, betrayed, and filled with self-doubt.
Then she packed her bag and left to explore Southeast Asia, looking to distance herself from the situation and find inner piece.
“I was at the lowest point of my life,” says Debbie. “I left with just a journal, camera and clothes. My three-month journey through Tibet, Laos and Cambodia revealed the painful human histories of these countries through personal encounters with locals who have lived through war, poverty and political repression.”
She adds, “After many cups of teas, hours of conversations and lots of smiles, the locals shared stories of love, grief and the struggle for peace. Their stories and small acts of love helped me heal and find the courage to believe in myself again.”
With honesty and grace, the author recounts coming to terms with her broken relationship and the difficulties encountered on the road (being held by the Chinese police in Tibet due to an expired visa, watching her friend fall ill near the Mt. Everest base camp, and being helped by a local in Cambodia after a pedicab accident in a heavy storm). The book also contains detailed descriptions of Buddhist temples, open-air markets, transportation, and regional cuisine.
The Same Sky might appeal to readers interested in Southeast Asia, solo travelers (especially female), and those going through an emotional time.
“I hope that my story will inspire any reader who has struggled to move on from betrayal and loss. Even if you’ve never been to Asia, the book is for anyone who has experienced heartbreak, grief and betrayal. It’s a story with universal themes of love, independence, and revelation of the human spirit.”
Available online (paperback and e-book versions)
Category: GOOD READS
About the Author (Author Profile)Pola Henderson is a travel writer and city explorer. Besides Jetting Around, her writing credits include CNN, Yahoo, Expedia, MasterCard, among others. She also runs JA Media, a boutique agency specializing in content writing and event production. Happily multicultural, Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for 13 years, and is currently based in her soul city Paris.
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- Book giveaway: The Same Sky [Ends 3/19/2014] : Jetting Around | March 16, 2014
- Interview with writer Debbie Yee Lan Wong : Jetting Around | March 16, 2014