• Video

    Christmas Eve in Kyoto

    I’m back home in Korea, a fact that is, well, slightly depressing because being on holiday is significantly better than being at work…but… I’m feeling refreshed, a little bit like I’m floating, and still full from New Years, crazy enough. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday – and is remaining optimistic about the start of a new year! As 2017 came to a ridiculously fast, but inevitable, and frankly highly anticipated end (not that 2017 was a particularly awful year, but I like the idea of a “new” start too), 2018 began with a strangely motivated Monica, who, whilst breaking out of her creative rut, edited, and enjoyed editing, her footage…

  • Photography

    When in Kyoto

    The Boy forced me to dress in kimono (knowing I’m the kind of person who has to be “forced” to do something that she secretly has always wanted to do since dressing up as Mulan for Halloween when I was little). We took pictures and acted extra, so here they are.

  • Blog

    35.652832 | 139.839478

    I spend the night restless, drowning in a canopy of fading light from the a lamp across the room, occassionally reaching over to read another chapter of the book tucked underneath the rough cotton sheet of the pillowcase. It’s stained in leftover foundation and flicks of mascara, reminisce of impromptu naps just before dusk. There’s a smell there if I adjust my head the right way, drop my neck and curl my body into a cocoon; a faint trace of menthol from cigarettes is burned into the strands of my hair and fibers of the fabric wrapped around me. I count the seconds, minutes, and hours under my breath, let…

  • Blog

    A Year in Review: The Confidence Project

    At the beginning of this year I wrote down a checklist of things that I wanted to accomplish in 2017, something I’m sure no one is stranger too, as the start of the new year normally brings out our most idealistic selves. For the most part, I managed to accomplish the majority of my goals, as they were things I was either working towards, was in the midst of doing, or things I knew I would inevitably get done. Of course, that was no small feat – January 2017 Monica had very high expectations of herself, so as usual when it came to my annual list, unfortunately, not all were…

  • Blog

    6,819 Miles

    It’s that time of year again, and despite finally being in an area that has actual seasons, which is something I’ve wished for after years of watching the most banal yet heartwarming holiday movies, I’ve found my limited holiday cheer is for the most part, already exhausted. My experience with the holiday season is complicated, and has been a bit less magical since I found out that there isn’t actually a fat man in red suit who tumbles down the chimney in the middle of the night to deliver gifts for my brother and I. The Santa Clause myth is a bit of a stretch once you get to the…

  • Culture

    7 Things to Know Before Coming to Korea

    Thinking about spending some time on vacation in Korea or deciding on whether you want to take the plunge, pack up, and move here? I’ve been living in Korea for about six months now, and have started a list (which I will eventually end up adding to, as I’m still thinking of little things as I type this) of specific things you need to know before you come here. I tried to think of things that were a bit different from what I’ve found on other blog lists and came up with these seven. 1. Do not expect to find a lot of Western foods or restaurants that cater to…

  • Culture

    The Cartography of Thought: Logic & Truth

    The theory that claims a nearly indistinguishable process of thought among all humans regardless of their culture assumes a Eurocentric worldview. This hypothesis neglects to consider the differences between Eastern and Western countries, while remaining apologetic towards Western ignorance by allowing its preservation in an increasingly globalised society. The reality of the complexities of human cognition are greatly attributed, instead, to a host of factors beyond biology relevant to an individuals environment.    In 2010, the journal Behavioural and Brain Sciences published an article that explored the nature of the types of research posted concerning human psychology and behaviour. They posited that such routine publications regarding behavioural science were drawing…

  • Culture

    The Cartography of Thought: Introduction

    I’m going to start a project that’s been at the back of my mind for some time now, gnawing at me incessantly as my time scrolling through Buzzfeed quizzes and magazine articles eventually leads me back to the inevitable research I have piling up concerning this topic. While the format I decide to share this information in may change, the subject matter will stay true to the title of this new series of instalments. I’ll begin by saying that before anything else, I’m an avid learner at heart. I’m the type of person who becomes wildly obsessed with specific topics and will find myself going to great lengths to soak…

  • Food

    “Life Itself is the Proper Binge”

    I think I would have forgotten about Thanksgiving had it not been for my very loving parents who so graciously have spent the last week and half sending me pictures of the products of experimental baking (shout out to the Skype call which delved into my mother showing me some of the food she’s been making in time for the fall weather). Regardless of my jealousy, the holiday will come and go, and unfortunately, I will not be able to partake in it. Did you know that the cost of a small turkey (enough to feed about four individuals) in Jeju is over 100,000 won (roughly $100)? Let’s just say…

  • Creative Writing

    So This is How We Leave Things?

    And here I am. I’ve created something entirely fictional in my head, writhed the words and tales until the person who’s sitting in front of me has become the distorted image of something left behind. He doesn’t speak, just gestures towards me, his hand signals mixed and distorted in their delivery. I nod though I do not understand. The tips of his fingers begin flaking, breaking into pixelated pieces, dissolving into the stale air that separates our hands from reaching one another. The heater hums above us. Somewhere near the front of the cafe, I hear the unmistakable sound of someone clearing their throat. Perhaps I imagine it, yet it…