Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. ~ Henry Alford

金馬的旅行 Journey of the Golden Horse (former name: 出行 Journey) has evolved from several experimental digital forms throughout the years (since 2006) but the premise and spirit of this blog has remained the same. The premise of the this blog is best summarized by a quote from Ursula K. Le Guin, in The Left Hand of Darkness, in which she stated:

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Through this medium, I would like to share my experiences as a traveler, creator, and, of course, an individual throughout my journey.

The domain name, 金馬的旅行 (pinyin: jin ma de luxing) Journey of the Golden Horse, is a reference to my zodiac sign, gold/metal horse.  According to China Highlights, a gold or metal horse is described as “kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends.”


“Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. If you stay in the center and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.”
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

My name is orchidus or also known as Xiu (秀)— the resident windrunner. I am best described as an INFJ, a gold/metal horse, a causal gamer, an eclectic Japanese Anime enthusiast;  an art and history appreciator (especially the European Renaissance and ancient China); an avid reader,  an amateur photographer, and a life-long learner.

My current projects include a personal autobiographical project, travel writing, Art in the Time of Corona project, and Project China, a travelogue series about my journeys in China throughout the years.

Published Works

July 2019 Letter to Grandfather (给爷爷的信) for Legacies: An Asian American Anthology.

September to December 2018 A Gathering of Heroes web series: Anhu (wuxia fantasy collaboration with Taki) on https://xingqun.wordpress.com/


Photography and art by orchidus (unless stated otherwise).

eBay icon from Iconfinder. Web material from web * citron. Pixel art by Soft Space, Mitsurin Search Project, and プリモプエル.

Banner art: Rozemyne and Ferdinand from Miya Kazuki’s Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō) — commissioned art by Raichana