• Blog

    On Language

    한국에 온 지 1년 됐어요. 다른 나라로 이주하기 어려웠어요 하지만 저는 올해 많이 배웠어요… Regardless of how broken my Korean is because it is undoubtedly so, the sentiment remains. It has been exactly one year since I moved, and I wish I was better able to articulate the experience beyond this platform, beyond the scope that this may reach, and beyond the restrictions that language has unfortunately given me. Rather than delving into subjects surrounding culture shock, food, navigation and the like, I wanted to talk about language. Specifically, how we communicate cross-culturally in a landscape that doesn’t allow us to be comfortable in our mother tongue. There are different…

  • Video

    Tips for Living Abroad

    It’s been a little over a year since I moved, and while abroad I noticed that there seemed to be two types of experiences among my peers. Of course, I understand that sometimes specific personalities don’t match with certain countries, but that aside, I think there are certain things that you can do as a foreigner to better your situation. Unlike my vlog style uploads, I just wanted to sit down and talk about some of the things that I think are important to remember before making a decision to live in another country, and what you can do there once you settle down. Hope it’s helpful, and I’ll be…

  • Culture

    Health-Conscious Tips for Living in Korea

    I’ve been living in Korea for almost a year now, and while that in no way means that I am an expert of any kind (far from it in fact, like, far far from it), I wanted to share a list of some important tips to remember if you are planning on moving or studying abroad in Korea. Some of these things can apply to other Asian countries, but of course, I’ve only ever lived in South Korea, so this is specific to my own experience. Most of these are things that I have yet to see any other article or blog mention, and I tried to highlight at least a few…

  • Food

    The Beginners Guide to Korean Street Food

    This is by no means a complete list, but just some of the foods I’ve seen the most often when I’m out (and busy stuffing my face with everything I can get my hands on)…   호떡 Hotteok Sweet Korean Pancake Late evening: Me – wandering through rows of stalls, stomach growling (or not really growling because the truth is I ate maybe one hour ago, but growling because I have yet to eat anything sweet, and the smell of food is both overwhelming and calling to me), sliding past people talking amongst themselves in crowds of lines, shouting “hotteok ju-SAY-YOOO,” in an attempt to both annoy one of my friends, but also…

  • Culture

    Things I Miss and Don’t Miss About America

    It’s Wednesday morning; pouring outside – currently, has been, and will be the rest of the day. Despite this, I’m feeling oddly refreshed, a telling sign that spring is just around the corner, bringing with it more bearable temperatures and longer days. Now that the sun has decided to become a more frequent visitor in my life here on this little island, I’m beginning to remember what I love about living here. I started running outside and exploring this little area I call my home by running through trails and down windy roads riddled with too many construction workers who always look at me as if I’ve stumbled down the…

  • Culture

    Let’s Talk Kpop

    Since the mid-1990’s, shifting economic values in South Korea has contributed to the evolution of a broader cultural movement known as Hallyu. Referring to the global popularity of South Korea’s cultural economy, including television, music, fashion, film, beauty, and cuisine, Hallyu, or the “Korean wave” is a phenomenon attributed to massive changes made by the Korean government over the last few decades. With an increasing interest in branding major companies, a new focus on infrastructure, the restructuring of Korean chaebols, and lifts in censorship laws, Korea’s transnational flow of popular culture as a means of promoting soft-power by shaping preference through attraction has boosted Korea’s economy exponentially, marking it the…

  • Blog

    Trials in Adulting

    A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I was going to be an adult. A real adult this time, like the kinds you see in crappy romantic comedies and those dramas on AMC like Mad Men or Suits. I was going to start writing in my planner, scheduling things, talking in a deep voice about really serious issues but then also talking really fast and using big words as if my life was suddenly scripted by Aaron Sorkin. I begin by making all these promises to myself, even writing them down in a notebook as if I’ve suddenly drawn up some sort of contract with some outside party. I tell myself that I…

  • Creative Writing

    Little Birds

    “Something’s wrong,” he whispered, laying the bird down on the table. It slid out of his palms, its head bending backwards so the nape of its neck nearly touched the mantle beneath. The wings were fashioned like a cocoon, tucking the body away, the white feathers neither ruffled nor out of place as Wynn let it roll onto the counter. Audrey leaned forward over her homework and touched the bird anxiously, her index finger just barely pressing against its mangled right leg.  “Where did you find him?” Audrey asked, looking up at Wynn. He rubbed his nose with his sleeve and shrugged. “I think Kaiser killed him.” Audrey nodded, turning…

  • Blog

    Seeking Passion

    I’ve been struggling with something lately, and while this may come as no real surprise because A) it’s the end of January 2018, and B) it has been snowing on and off for the last few weeks, I’ve still managed  to transition to a lesser version of myself: someone who sleeps half the day, then spends her nights lying awake staring at the ceiling. While the winter blues narrative has become moot at this point, and frankly a bit overdone, still the days pass with slow succession, my mood reflective of the now greying skies. A patterned case of seasonal depression attributed to the lack of sunlight and the it’s too cold…

  • Video

    The Lost Summer

    Okay, I think I have about five more days left on my Final Cut Pro Trial…and last but not least, here’s the rest of the (useable) footage I have from this past summer when I was volunteering in Busan. It was actually really fun editing this one. I had forgotten about some of the things I had done with and time spent with the friends I made while in PNU, as well as a not so happy reminder that I miss my best friend back home a lot more than I thought. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy. But, I think it’s time to let editing/filming Monica retire for a…