Lies About Eating Cheap in Korean

Grocery shopping is everyone’s favorite chore. Some of us wake up early on the weekend or go after work to try to beat the insufferable crowds. The crowds full of screaming children (maybe yours), people leaving their carts in the middle of the aisle or ramming them into you, the chaos and madness of wanderingContinue reading “Lies About Eating Cheap in Korean”

The Wildest 24 Hours of My Life: My First Hoesik

They told me I was going to Boseong 보성군. I did not sign up for what happened next.  Since covid, the Korean Hoesik 회식 has been canceled. Hoesik is really any gathering of people to eat, get drunk, and marry; however, it has become synonymous with workplace culture in Korea. Pre-covid, you were expedited toContinue reading “The Wildest 24 Hours of My Life: My First Hoesik”

Weddings in Korea Part 2

Yep, I said yes to a second wedding after promising never again, but when my co-teacher asked me, I did not have the heart to tell her no. So I woke up early on a Sunday, the weekend after the first wedding, to hop on a bus and take it two hours to the otherContinue reading “Weddings in Korea Part 2”

Olle Market 올레 시장

My first memory of going to a market was the Dixie Flea Market in Waterford, Michigan. My grandparents, mom, dad, and brother dug through the antiques and purchased fresh vegetables from the farmers in the summers. I remember the chaos of people walking around, the stalls piled sky-high with junk and treasures, and I rememberContinue reading “Olle Market 올레 시장”

Summer on Jeju Part 2

I watched the towns go by on my hour and a half ride to Seongsan Ilchulbong 성산 일출봉. In my head, I had dent connected to the seemingly unreal futures that I had seen of a Tuff cone on Jeju, but as soon as I saw it off in the distance, I knew I wasContinue reading “Summer on Jeju Part 2”

Summer on Jeju Part 1

Jeju 제주도 is lovingly referred to as the Hawaii of Korea by many ex-pats. They are not wrong. This semi-tropical volcanic paradise is the ultimate getaway for many Koreans. An hour’s flight out of Seoul, Jeju island has some of Korea’s best surfing and diving spots. You can spend a week here without seeing halfContinue reading “Summer on Jeju Part 1”

Five Questions To Help Plan A Vacation During A Pandemic

Traveling during covid is unwise but with covid quickly becoming our new reality, how do we balance living life, mental health, and protecting others in our daily lives? Do we sit at home and wait it out while our mental health and emotional growth deteriorate, waiting for covid to go away? Do we do whateverContinue reading “Five Questions To Help Plan A Vacation During A Pandemic”

Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver in Jeju South Korea

On the long list of things I never imagined myself doing, scuba diving was one of those things. Sometime in college, or maybe it was shortly after, I gave up on dreaming. I thought if I could be successful as a costume designer, create a community around me in which I could be effect positively,Continue reading “Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver in Jeju South Korea”

A Screenshot of Mokpo

Mokpo 목포 is a small port city tucked in the southwestern side of Jeollanam-do, South Korea. Many would consider Mokpo sleepy and small, but it has yet to bore me after 5 months living here (by here, I mean 30 min north, but I will save the story of my ruralish town for later). EveryContinue reading “A Screenshot of Mokpo”