February 18, 2015
Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Today is the New Year’s eve according to the lunar calendar. It’s a long-standing tradition to celebrate important holidays based on cycles of lunar phases. So tomorrow, in Korea and may other countries will be celebrating […]
November 26, 2014
Making kimchi for the winter

Live from Korea, It’s Gimjang (Kimchi Making) Weekend!

Live from Korea, It’s Gimjang (Kimchi Making) Weekend! This is the day, a very important day, when we Koreans prepare kimchi for the winter and the upcoming year. What did you say, it sounds like a lot of work? Oh […]
September 23, 2014

Conquering Seoraksan National Park

Conquering Seoraksan National Park South Korea is a small country, about the size of Portugal, but we are blessed with high peaks and wildlife. The country is 70% mountainous area. Because of our four distinctive seasons, this land of the […]
September 16, 2014

The Importance of Hometown Travel

Do you go back to your hometown? I left home three years and some months ago. I embarked on something called long-term travel, or a nomadic life with my backpack. I’ve never stopped moving around ever since, but I always […]
October 15, 2013
Seoul Namdaemun

Hometown Travel

For the last four weeks in Seoul, my time has been filled with eating, thinking, talking, sleeping, working, and catching up. I came back to Seoul after a hard time in India, and a simultaneous (and uncomfortable) realization about my […]
March 7, 2013
Italy Towel

The Wonderful World of Italy Towel

“You have such a nice skin!” A compliment I’ve heard quite often, and don’t mind hearing it. I agree with the general statement: Koreans do have fairly good skins. Meaning, smooth, clean and has no trouble. And I think I […]
February 14, 2013
New York Timesquare Psy New Year's Celebration

Finding What is Gangnam Style with Frugal Traveler

When I asked a security guy at LAX where the security gate was he busted out with, “Oppa Gangnam Style”. I got private messages, Tweets and Facebook comments asking about Gangnam Style on multiple occasions. One girl even told me […]
January 20, 2013
Korea

Please Tell Me, What Would You Like to Hear from Me?

    Big News! As I’ve announced through my newsletter, I’m going back to Korea!   I left Seoul on Dec 6th 2011 and haven’t return to Korea since. My first destination was Hong Kong. For the last 14 months I’ve […]
September 4, 2012

My Super Korean Identity Revealed

It’s been nine months since I left home. I’ve been China, Vietnam, Laos, the US and now I’m exploring Europe, moving countries every week. Sometimes people asked me ‘Do you miss home?’ and ‘Do you miss Korean food?’. Well, I […]
May 2, 2012

Cooking Dakgalbi in Hanoi, Vietnam (Spicy Barbecue Chicken)

Dakgalbi 닭갈비 – means grilled chicken, literately. I posted a photo of Dakgalbi dinner from Korea a while ago, and Jenny mentioned that this was her favorite dish in Korea. We briefly talked about making it when I’m traveling to […]
December 9, 2011

Your Holiday Shopping Guide in Korea on a Budget

“I need to go to holiday shopping for my family back home and I have no idea what to buy!” I’ve heard some concerns about the holiday shopping from my expat friends. Yes, it can be hard if you are […]
November 11, 2011

Pepero Day: Yes, It’s a Gimmick, but Endearing

  Now, look at your calendar. Do you see what day it is? It’s November 11, 2011. Triple 11 on the calendar. The day of end of the world. It is just another day to go by, but it feels […]