Category: Jo

My Favorite Southeast Asian Cities

I love living in Dongtan and before coming to Korea, I loved living in Gilbert, Arizona (USA). Though there are three Southeast Asian cities that I would always want to return to and will always have a special place in my heart. Manila, Philippines No surprise here since it is where I was born and […]

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My Favorite K-pop Songs

Everywhere you go in Korea, you’ll hear K-pop songs. They’ve become so popular that you actually hear them around the world. K-pop or Korean pop is a musical genre from South Korea that is popularized by idol groups. It plays a major part in the Korean Wave or Hallyu (한류) that’s sweeping the globe. I […]

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You Are A Writer

Yes I am. And so are you. As Steven Pressfield says, “Screw what everyone else says. You are when you say you are.” Over the past two years, I’ve been struggling to share my work. Back in 2010, I embarked on a 365 project by taking one photograph each day. I succeeded in taking at […]

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Talking Architect

Back when I was contemplating my future, I thought of being an architect. Unfortunately, the university I chose to attend did not have an architectural program. I may not have formally studied architecture, but I’ll forever be a student and an admirer of it. So when the Seoul City Blog wrote about a Korean independent […]

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Worldwide Korea Bloggers Welcoming Ceremony

Last December, I was chosen to be part of the second batch of the Worldwide Korea Bloggers (WKB) for Korea.net. A welcoming ceremony was held on March 23 at the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) offices in Seoul. There I met other WKB bloggers, WKB featured writers, and KOCIS staff. We were shown the […]

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Seoul Body Worlds Exhibit

The War Memorial Museum of Korea has been hosting the Body Worlds exhibit. Gunther Von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibits are shown all over the world and each one has a different theme. The theme for the exhibit in Seoul is The Cycle of Life. It all starts with… ….the development of embryo and fetus. The […]

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Winter Fun

Winter in Korea is far from boring. The scenery turns into a winter wonderland and activities abound. Here are three activities (and places) I’m fond of: 1) Ice Skating There are plenty of ice skating rinks and makeshift ones all across the country. If you live in or near Seoul, ice skating is best and […]

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My Korean Name

Here in Korea, people often assume I’m Korean. When I say that I’m not, I’m asked if I’m sure, which I find flattering. I’m Filipino-Chinese. At birth, I was given two names: an English name (Johanne) and a Chinese name (徐婉玲/Xu Wan Ling). Both names were meticulously picked by my mother. Here in Korea, most […]

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Live Free

Happy New Year everyone! The start of another year always prompts us to reflect on the past year and find something we’d like to change, repeat, improve, or just forget. Every day we are given opportunities to live our lives however we want. Yet at times, opportunities are buried beneath many obstacles. This year, I […]

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Ulleungdo and Dokdo Trip

In Korea, there is one place that people passionately talk about and that is Dokdo (독도). Though as much as Koreans talk and think about it, not many have actually been there. It is a place that I wanted to see for myself and so when I had an opportunity to go, I went. As […]

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