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Runaway Subscription Saturday: 3rd Nov. 2011


Greetings from Jeju Island!

I’m having a micro-working holiday in Jeju. It has been raining and windy but I’m enjoying my time here, reading, writing, bike riding, and drinking tea. Being in a laid back country side helps me to relax and think better. Yesterday, I rode a bike for the first time after the accident. The injured thumb still hurt but I felt great to overcome the trauma. Also I’m loving the location independent job environment.

Here are this week’s RSS: Runaway Subscription Saturday. Great posts as usual. Enjoy!



First stop, on Go, See, WriteNew 7 Wonders of the World: The Scam Behind the Sham. The perfect start of this week’s RSS. This was a big issue this week: New 7 Wonders of the World. Where to begin. I don’t really care for ‘the best’ kind of list. It’s ‘their’ best, not mine. It didn’t get my attention until now, because Jeju was designated one of the 7 wonders. Good for Jeju to be on another list, but I’m not excited, in fact, I feel sorry. As we can see from Michael’s through investigation, this list is very questionable and not very reliable. I’m not sure how this list would affect tourism industry around the world, but it would be interesting to watch it. Thumbs up to Michael for this through post. You should check out.


Second stop, on Over Yonderlust, Chocolate – Breakfast of Champions. Great photo essay from Erica. They went to a chocolate tour in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. I like how people look very serious and focused. My first encounter with chocolate was when I visited Cadbury factory in Duniden, New Zealand. It felt like I was in Willy Wonka’s factory. But this chocolate tour brings me the whole another world of chocolate. Very interesting to know they add dehydrated milk for milk chocolate.


Third stop, on Sharing Travel ExperiencesTravel Experiences in 12 Happy Countries Around the World. As I’m reading Eric Weiner’s ‘The Geography of Bliss‘, this post is synchronised pretty well. Pursuit of happiness is very basic and natural need, but it’s very underrated. Live a happy life is totally up to individuals, but there are easy ways. If we are surrounded by happy people, or living in happy environment, it is easier. It’s hard to make yourself happy all the time if you have to fight the surroundings every single day. Oh, I know it very well. In Eric Weiner’s book, he visited 10 countries to find out the meaning of happiness in different countries. It is indeed very different, amazingly. How can we measure happiness? Can’t say it, but there are certainly differences of the level of happiness.


Fourth stop, on Inspiring Travellers, How Could This Have Happened? This is very intense post about their tour at Auschwitz and Birkenau: the place where has possibly the most horrifying historic background. It’s even hard to imagine what was happening at the time. While I was reading this post, and from all the historic documents it just didn’t feel read because it was beyond horrifying. But it happened to real people, and still their families are living with the memory. Great post.


Fifth stop, 2 BackpackersMy Response to: Why I might stop travel blogging. Jason of 2 Backpackers wrote his thoughts about travel blogging as a response to his previous post: Why I might stop travel blogging. I was surprised to read it first, because he’s one of the most successful bloggers I know and I follow. But, everything he said are true. Even though it hasn’t been that long since I was committed myself to travel blogging as my career, I’ve learn that. It is very fascinating occupation, but it is tiring. Hours are longer than any other office job, and the outcome is not really equalize with the effort we make. For now, I have a goal and I’m not going to stop anytime soon, but I’m grateful to read his opinion about the travel blogging industry and his experience. Good luck with your decision Jason!


There you have it, this week’s RSS: Runaway Subscription Saturday.

Hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend!





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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. Andrea says:

    Great list, Juno – thanks so much for including us! =)

  2. Andy Hayes says:

    Awesome round-up. Especially Michael’s piece on the scam – really impactful stuff.

  3. Erica says:

    Thanks for the shout out Juno! <3 Much appreciated. 😀

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