When I was a preteen in California, a family friend showed my parents this thing called “Prodigy” on his personal computer that allowed us to access the “World Wide Web.” I was smitten and soon I had my very own Geocities Web site, called The Infamous Lair of St. Catherine, where I cataloged my lipstick collection and posted MIDI files of music like Chopin’s funeral march. Oh, it was awful, so awful I’m not even going to share the Wayback Machine‘s archived copy.
Fifteen years later, I was getting ready to join my ex-fiance (now husband) and study Mandarin in Taiwan when I decided to start a blog. I figured it would be nice to have a place to record my adventures as an expat in my parents’ home country so I wouldn’t have to repeat everything in emails to my friends and family back in the U.S. Born out of my abject laziness as a correspondent and lifelong interest in online overexposure, Shu Flies has been my home on the World Wide Web since 2007. I started on Blogger and moved to WordPress in early 2013. I chose the blog name because I like stupid puns, but it’s backfired on me because half my readers now think my first name is Shu (it’s actually Catherine).
You won’t see long lists of lipstick names here or MIDI files (except in special circumstances), but nowadays I like to write about my favorite places in Taiwan, with a focus on studios and indie boutiques. I also scrapbook, knit and get up to all sorts of other DIY shenanigans. Sometimes I’ll write about what it feels like to be seen as an outsider in both places I call home, dealing with depression as an expat, and Taiwan’s recent past. Mostly, however, I post so many photos of my cats that people are surprised to learn this blog is written by a human. If you are curious about what I do to contribute to society, please visit my professional site.
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