Korea: As It Stands

Because I haven’t been posting, I haven’t been documenting my feelings about being in Korea, work, travel, etc., so it’s going to be tough to summarize it all here without being too long or (frankly) boring. So thank you in advance, if you take the time to read this. Much like Marta, I’ve had some … More Korea: As It Stands

The Hand-Job Soap

If you’re lucky enough to come across a public bathroom in Korea that has soap at all, it’s likely going to come in an unexpected form. Not in a squirty spout, not in a dispenser, not in a nifty foam, but a bar of blue soap impaled on a stick. Now the squeamish germaphobe in … More The Hand-Job Soap

Writer’s Digest, Bemusement, and Zines in K-Land

Today I was exceptionally bored at my desk, waiting, as one does, for the clock to tick down on the last hours of Friday afternoon. Just when I thought the stupor would never subside, I was gifted with the timely arrival of a subscription magazine: The Writer’s Digest. My mother signed me up for the Writer’s Digest … More Writer’s Digest, Bemusement, and Zines in K-Land

Would You Like Some Racism With Your Beach?: Why the Zoning of Korea’s Haeundae Beach is Wrong

Recently it was announced that Haeundae beach of the beautiful coastal city of Busan, Korea is going to implement some “zoning” features this summer. Specifically, a “Korean” zone, a “kids” zone, a “foreigner” zone, and a “Chinese” zone. (Click here to read Busan Haps’ article on the subject). Upon hearing about this, reactions in the … More Would You Like Some Racism With Your Beach?: Why the Zoning of Korea’s Haeundae Beach is Wrong

WHY

Proof of the madness that sweeps Korea in the winter season in which everyone seems to form an addiction to fresh air. I think everyone in this country must be descendents of polar bears or penguins or narwals – any and all of those things immune to polar weather. In the meantime they bemuse this … More WHY

Fangirls and Facepalms: A Successful Ticket-less Entry Into the Seoul Doctor Who World Tour

Note: Extreme geekery follows. You have been warned. So it’s been a while, but before I left for Japan I’d been mentioning quite a bit my plan to sneak into the Seoul leg of the Doctor Who World Tour. Sneaking was my intention due to the tickets (made free last minute) selling out within twenty minutes. Mostly … More Fangirls and Facepalms: A Successful Ticket-less Entry Into the Seoul Doctor Who World Tour

Potatoes

Oftentimes as an ESL teacher, I like to offer more than just my language. I also like to think I make available my cultural difference for answering various questions about the world (“Why are there black people in America and white people in Brazil?”), exposing them to indigenous cultures (Students: “Eskimo!” Me: “Actually, Inuit; Eskimo is … More Potatoes