Runaway Tales

December 1, 2015
Reindeer in Utsjoki

Reindeers Are Better Than People – Life of Sami and Reindeer

Reindeers Are Better Than People. Sven, Don’t You Think That’s True? If you are a fan of Frozen, along with every kid and teenager around the world, you’d remember the adorable reindeer Sven. Sven the reindeer is the best friend […]
November 9, 2015
Conquering Cerro Toco

Conquering Cerro Toco

What it is like to climb 5,604m volcano in the world’s highest and the driest desert? Gale. Endurance. Triumph. That’s how I would describe the climb to Cerro Toco. It was the hardest hike. It made me shiver, scream, cry, […]
November 3, 2015

One Fine Day in Terevaka, The Highest Peak on Easter Island

Hiking to the highest peak on Easter Island Four hundred thousand years ago there were two volcanic islands. Then, there was an eruption. Terevaka came in between the two peaks, Rano Kau and Poike, and filled the blank. That activity […]
October 30, 2015
Rano Kau Hike, Orongo Village, and The Birdman

Rano Kau Hike, Orongo Village, and The Birdman

“Close your eyes and grab my shoulder.” Said David, our guide. But we’re hiking off-road here. “You’re not going to let me fall, are you? The trail is kind of rocky.” I knew he wouldn’t but it was more for […]
October 6, 2015

Rapa Nui Umu

Rapa Nui stole my heart. I always deeply fall in love with the people who identify themselves with their culture, and this was one of those experiences. The people at Explora Rapa Nui demonstrated Rapa Nui umu, a traditional earth […]
September 22, 2015

What AWE Taught me about Criticism

How to take criticism without taking it personally. This year’s Asian Women’s Empowerment Conference was a huge success. It was the true definition of quality over quantity. It was the smallest group among the three events we had, but the […]
September 17, 2015

7 Things I Learned from AWE ‘15

We did it! #aweasia15 was a success. Last weekend was the third annual Asian Women’s Empowerment Conference. Honestly, I still can’t believe it happened already. Happened: past tense. Jogja, Indonesia as a stage, nearly 60 people gathered to think, act, […]
August 14, 2015
Bantayan Sunset, Philippines

I Was Here

I Was Here I’m musically emotional. I’m not even sure if that’s the right description, but it means I’m easily moved by songs and lyrics. You know I have a theme song! If I have an ability to song and […]
July 29, 2015
Wedding Reception - with Stephen's godparents

Family Matters: My Second Wedding

It’s okay to have two weddings, right? I got married in March 29, 2015 in Seoul. My in-laws traveled all the way from the US for our traditional Korean wedding. I’m lucky to have a family who loves to travel. […]
July 13, 2015
Four years of Bucket Living

Four Years of Bucket Living: Four More Years?

  It’s been four years since I spilled my bucket. What’s changed? I still vividly remember the night when I was on the street under a yellow streetlight, crying. Yes, it wasn’t one of my most typical days. I had […]
June 18, 2015

The Coca Leaf Magic

If you haven’t chewed coca leaves… you haven’t done Peru correctly As the elevation gets higher near the Andes, a small bag of green leaves becomes your most important item. It’s your survival kit. Chew seven leaves. It’s a strange […]
May 25, 2015

Outback Trailblazer [Day 7] Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac and Farewell to Trailblazers

Gunfire Breakfast, Benjo, and Musical Fence – the Final day of Trailblazer 2015 5:45am The Dawn Service Early morning. Today, 25 April, is Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians […]