Melanated Stamps

A Podcast highlighting and showcasing the stories and voices of Black and Brown American travelers.

Statues, White People, Dragon Boat Festival

Hey guys, ladies, and non-gender-confirming people,

Check out the new episode here!

On today’s episode, I talk about what white people did to make me mad this week. In my podcast, I’m not going to spend too much time giving the background on all these issues, but I will give you enough context to help y’all see how whiteness deeply impacts and continues to now allow space for non-white bodies and minds to breathe. And this week, I’m talking about the statues.

Also, to ground the conversation, I share about the difference between white people and white people. And I give my definition of “caucastic amnesia.” Caucastic amnesia is a term I created that explains how whiteness makes folks (usually white people) forget or distort their memory of actual truth and history. It’s super dangerous and has long-lasting ramifications in every facet of life.

Next, Dragon Boat Festival. I napped through it and it was cancelled last minute so I didn’t feel too bad. It’s on my bucket list of things to do whilst in China and this is the second year I’ve missed it! Ugh. But here is the glutinous rice pyramid wrapped in string and a link to some info on the story.

Glutinous rice pyramid

http://www.chineseamericanfamily.com/rice-dumplings/

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-06/21/content_359372.htm

And a dragon boat

https://blog.retevis.com/happy-dragon-boat-festival/

Last, self-care moment: Schedule your non-negotiables. You’ll feel better and lower your anxiety.

Much love from Shenzhen.

Peace.

Dr. J

PODCAST PLOT TWIST

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/12035/podcast-plot-twist-62120.mp3

Hey good people! I’m changing my podcast a bit and centering it on all things me! But there is space for you too! I have way too many interests and there are WAY too many things happening in this world to have a solo focus. So now I will have a plethora of foci and it will be all things that I love to think, talk about, and conversate (Yes I said it) about. Join me on the journey.

Current Black Author Book: The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker.

“Topics I may or may not cover in any given podcast episode”

Book I’m reading

Reflection on the week

Expat life

Vegan life

Traveling the world

Dismantling whiteness

Running

Being Black

Dope People I know

Ask me a question!

Get ready for a fun adventure! Stay tuned for more episodes.

‘Rona Self-Care Reflection by Dr. J

Check out the episode!! —>> https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/10845/rona-self-care-reflection-with-dr-j.mp3

Hey guys! The Rona is about over for me here in China and I’m DEVASTATED cuz I’ve LOVED this Rona season! In this episode, I talk about how I have not only survived, but thrived. Lots of folks have asked me how and now I’m spilling the beans.

Highlights:
Self-Care During the ‘Rona
Realizations
What have I been doing? Answer: IOENO (I don’t even know)
Suggestions for you and y’all

Post-run. On my daily walk to pick up my dinner at the grocery store. Headed home to cook!

My suggestions for you and y’all as you brave this intense and unexpected time:


Read—schedule it. I didn’t do this and now I’m sad.
Own your feelings. If you feel shitty, say it and be it. If you feel like superwoman/man/gender-non-conforming, say it and be it.
Call your people. Don’t call the people who aren’t your people.
Laugh at the memes. They really are hilarious.
Rest. We will probably and hopefully never ever have this time to rest ever again.
Exercise. I run every other day unless I’m bleeding. It’s necessary. I’m slower than molasses and that’s fine
Go outside. Everyday.
Eat well. (I’ve been vegan and unfortunately have loved it and feel amazing. Try that maybe?)


Plan your pivot. Whatever you’ve been thinking and saying you want to do and change..plan it. And start to implement it.
Reevaluate those things that you’ve had to give up during this time. Be thankful for the purge.

Episode 12: Lawrence. Food. China. Texas. Black. Painter.

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/9792/12-lawrence-food-china-texas-black-painter.mp3

^^^^ Check out Lawrence’s interview here! ^^^^
Lawrence in Thailand

I spent time chatting with Lawrence right when the Coronavirus shenanigans began. We chatted about all things travel, eating, trying to convince people to travel, and incorporating the global perspective into future plans. He’s great and shared that he would love to hear from you.

Follow him…
Instagram: @furcoatlorenzo
Email: dr21123@protonmail.com
YouTube: Black Dragon in China

The first three pictures are in Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya) and the last four are in China(Beijing, Xi’an).

Cuzzo, ESL, Educator Survives Europe

From the pen of the Cuzzo:

I am 32 years old and in my 9th year teaching, currently as an English Language Development specialist in a rural district outside of Denver.  I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years, and we have 2 boys (aged 7 and 5).

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

When I’m not teaching I enjoy reading, sewing Harry Potter inspired quilts and clothes, and spending time with the family.

Salzburg, Austria

I don’t have any hocks to share, but people are more than welcome to follow me on Twitter (@ShelbyReadsAlot) and Instagram (@shelbyreadsbooks), however you will be bombarded with pictures of my kids, Harry Potter Memes, and my cat being weird.

Germany

Countries I’ve visited: 
Australia
NewZealand
Mexico
Honduras
Belize
Austria
Germany
Switzerland
Lichtenstein
Canada

And I’m going to Ireland, Scotland, and England July 2021. 

Follow her: Twitter (@ShelbyReadsAlot) and Instagram (@shelbyreadsbooks)

Salzburg, Austria

Thanks for sharing your story on the internet waves with me!

Peace.

Episode 10: Feeding Oneself Abroad

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/7001/feeding-oneself-whilst-abroad.mp3

Food is important and I think about it often. When you’re abroad, you are away from all the things you are most familiar with and the one thing above most, if not all others, that is most jarring is what/how/when one fills their belly. 

In this episode, I am sharing my big eating change from dining exclusive in restaurants to dining in my tiny home. In an effort to make my apartment my home (thanks therapy), I will be prioritizing how I fill my belly. This is an absolute need and I’m excited to be on this journey. I knew it would eventually come and I can officially say that the time is now here!

Basically, I needed to do this transition to

—become more settled in my country

—have more control in what I eat

—reach my health/weight goals and push through my plateau

—avoid having allergy issues from oil

—save $$$

On the Instagram, I will be posting my progress and meals and such periodically. It has been about 8 days so far and my body and mind have changed for the better. 

Take a moment this week to think about preparing for hard work by first doing hard work. Big changes are difficult, but when you have your ‘why’ in place, it becomes much easier. Second, let’s reflect on what we are putting into our bodies. I’m focusing on food for now and then will be working on mental and emotional food later.

Follow #MelanatedStamps on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for listening. Share with your friends. Inbox me if you want to be interviewed and showcased on my podcast. I’m ALWAYS looking for Black Americans who have an abroad story!

Peace.

JLP

Episode 9: Goal-Setting Whilst Abroad

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m amazing at setting goals. I’ve been setting them for over 20 years now and I now have a pretty high percentage of success in reaching them. In this episode, I’ll be talking about my goals for living and working abroad. I’ll also be talking about how my goals have morphed over the years and some tips for you on setting your own goals. Take a listen, share with your friends, schedule an interview with me, and following on Insta/Facebook @MelanatedStamps!

Peace

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/6391/goal-setting-whilst-abroad-january-20-2020.mp3

Episode 8: I miss Butter’s Note, Black Food Plates, and Not Much Else.

NEW EPISODE DROP!

Holidays are bizarre the deeper you get into adulting. They become less and less about the “reason for the season” (whatever that may mean to you) and more about all the hard things and the complicatedness of existing on this planet..

And then there’s holidaying while abroad. China is a wild place and being here, in a country where “Jesus” has been replaced by the Chinese Communist Party, makes for an interesting late-November and December.

Check out my thoughts in this episode regarding being away during the holiday season, my New Year’s Resolutions, attempting to balance and be, and find my footing whilst abroad.

Find me on Instagram! @MelanatedStamps

Episode8: I miss Butter’s Note, Black Food Plates, and Not Much Else.

NEW EPISODE DROP!

Holidays are bizarre the deeper you get into adulting. They become less and less about the “reason for the season” (whatever that may mean to you) and more about all the hard things and the complicatedness of existing on this planet..

And then there’s holidaying while abroad. China is a wild place and being here, in a country where “Jesus” has been replaced by the Chinese Communist Party, makes for an interesting late-November and December.

Check out my thoughts in this episode regarding being away during the holiday season, my New Year’s Resolutions, attempting to balance and be, and find my footing whilst abroad.

Find me on Instagram! @MelanatedStamps

Sharing a blanket with Some Folks in Montenegro

Have a listen and share!


New Episode! Today, I got inspired to talk about my childhood as a military kid and how it impacts how I see the world. My father served in the US Army for 29.5 years and his father for 6ish I believe. I have countless cousins and family members—many of whom served as well. I’m torn because the more I live and read and study, the more jaded I become of the country I once loved with no abandon. Now, I give my country the side eye and am pretty mouthy about injustice and whiteness. 

I met a beautiful family from Kosovo who shared their beach blanket and snacks with me on the beach in Montenegro. It was one of my favorite travel moments because it was shrouded in the ordinary, but forever deeply impactful. A simple conversation in broken English literally meant the world to me and assuaged moments of little Jenaya years where I was devastated that my dad wasn’t like other dads who were always there for the daughters. Mine was off fighting and supporting distant lands that I saw on a map posted on my childhood bedroom wall.

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served, lost their lives, and missed out on soccer games and piano recitals. To the moms and dads and partners of soldiers who are the silent heroes who had to be two parents like my mom, thanks.