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How I Lost Myself in 2018

08/01/2019

I had this list in my head, it went something like: acceptance of others, meditation - things of that nature. It was a very easy-going new year's resolution list straight out of a women's magazine - nothing too crazy, nothing too "Eat, Pray, Love." But as I'm sitting here at my desk staring at this candle that has the phrase "Love Heals Every Body" printed across the front,…

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Osaka in December

05/01/2019

This wasn't the immersive site-seeing type of trip like I had last year. It was more, let's go shopping and wander through department stores until we forget how stressed work made us before this holiday, kind of trip. Anyway, I filmed (kind of), but as always, I was distracted by pretty things and didn't film as much as I could have. I realized this kind of thing, though…

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Rokko-shidare

19/11/2018

They sat on the curb, their knees knocking against one another, their bellies warm from fried food. O licked her fingers. She reached over and poked Q on his cheek. Q shot her a glance as he shoved a few pieces of fried sweet potato and onion into his mouth. He chewed slowly, then, “So, are you ready to go?” O shook her head. “Definitely not, we just got here.”…

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Spending a Week in Malaysia

18/11/2018

Recently, in a kind of spur of the moment thing, I booked a trip with a friend to visit Kuala Lumpur and Penang. I'm trying to visit different countries in Asia and get a bit more out of my comfort zone (more than I already am anyway) for the time being, which means, more trips abroad (I'm thinking Taiwan and Hong Kong early next year). This is the first…

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How to Survive Work

03/09/2018

Warning: This is a satirical piece. The author does not condone any of this behavior or practices. This was merely written as kind of a fun stress reliever that does have some pieces of truth throughout, but by no means is the author suggesting anyone should take all of the “advice” given. Build your scream chamber. Choose a place, a special place. This can be a quiet place,…

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The Kids Will Be All Right

12/08/2018

I felt strange. Not really a tourist or visitor, but feeling like one in my own city. Connected, but not necessarily, and really only just in the occasional situation, and occasional environment. I felt a bit fragmented like I had been unraveled and was desperately trying to piece myself back together, yet I was always missing a few bits, and I found that they were much more important than…

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On Language

01/07/2018

Language is an incredibly irritating thing. As a writer, I dedicate too much of my time to trying to find the right words. I'm constantly overthinking the placement of adjectives, verbs, and whatever else because I want to perfectly encapsulate a scene for my audience. I want to be able to present what's in my head as accurately as possible - describe a feeling, create something tangible from the intangible, make someone…

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Health-Conscious Tips for Living in Korea

11/06/2018

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 really important things to keep in mind, especially because most of these can affect…

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The Beginners Guide to Korean Street Food

06/03/2018

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…

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Things I Miss and Don’t Miss About America

28/02/2018

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…