Founder’s Note: For The Girl Who Never Asks For Anything

That girl – my sister – got married.

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PHOTO WENDY HUNG

This past weekend, I witnessed my baby sister walk down the aisle. Her elegant stature, gracefully guided an intricately beaded train. Surrounded by nature’s calligraphy of balanced sky, clouds, mountain and lake. For a girl who didn’t want a wedding, who is respectfully content with the mere simplicity of life; she captured the moment of every girl’s dream and oozed of pure happiness.

Some girls want a guy who can show them the world. Some ask for infinite and undivided attention. Some live for complicated yet passionate love affairs, over and over again, man after man. Simplicity seems to have been forgotten, peace seems too jaded of a concept. The ceremony was an undeniable proof that happiness arrives at your feet, when you have zero expectation. When contentment exists within the self and everything else that comes your way is an added bonus.

My sister has always understood such a philosophy. Thus to me, she has always been the most beautiful person I know. Together, we grew up not speaking a lick of English to blossoming within the coveted American culture. No one else understands what it’s like to learn English and French at the same time while trying to make new friends in elementary school. No one else understands that twenty years later, the choice of where to live isn’t based on the distance between a few states but different continents located oceans apart. Such a choice isn’t difficult due to a simple list of pros and cons, but because home resides in more than one culture.

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PHOTO WENDY HUNG

We’ve traveled so much that scouring through scrapbooks from around the world requires weeks at a time. We’ve ridden on the same camel in Cairo where our screams woke up the entire desert. We’ve partied in Grecian costumes with locals in Paris on New Year’s Eve. We’ve seen the Matterhorn in Switzerland for a few seconds then grew more interested in having fondue and beer nearby. We’ve hopped through Luxembourg, cafe after cafe, hiding away from an unbearable European winter. We saw China before it became the China we now know of. We’ve been moved by innocent orphans in Cambodia, extreme poverty that massively remains in many parts of India and serenity of wildlife in Kenyan safaris. Photos and scrapbooks may take weeks to flip through, but funny stories and lessons learned take a lifetime to share.

Stories from around the world have taught us one thing: we are blessed. We grew up witnessing the evils that money and power bring out of humans, and understand the positive power when money is given to those in need. Together, we’re still learning though we’re blessed, laughter and kindness can still be wavered by jealousy and judgements from those who may harm us. At the end of the day, being grateful for simple things derives from being surrounded by love. As we’ve seen, life can be incredibly sad without it.

What a gift it is to have a person in this world who sees it the way I do. What a gift it is to have a sister. What a gift it is to know, you don’t have to ask for anything. Like her, somehow you’ll suddenly be pleasantly surprised and realize…you’ve got everything.

Congrats sis,

Wendy's siguature

xxx

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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