My Favorite Southeast Asian Cities My Favorite K-pop Songs Seoul National Cemetery Damyang Bamboo Festival Juknokwon: Damyang’s Bamboo Park
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 […]
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 […]
Seoul National Cemetery Known as the nation’s sanctuary, the Seoul National Cemetery (국립서울현충원) is where martyred patriots and dedicated civil servants rest in peace. Established by President Syngman Rhee (이승만) in 1955, these hallowed grounds measure approximately 1.43 million square meters. It is a beautiful and peaceful place where people can honor fallen heroes. It is also a […]
Damyang Bamboo Festival Started in 1999, the Damyang Bamboo Festival (담양대나무축제) has been organized around the date of May 3rd to celebrate bamboo as a community. This originated from the Goryeo period in Korean history (고려; 918–1392) wherein the 13th day of May on the Lunar calendar was recognized as the Juk-chui/Juk-sul Day or Bamboo Day. The festival […]
Juknokwon: Damyang’s Bamboo Park What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word bamboo? I immediately think of pandas! The Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) in Damyang (담양) certainly has pandas but not the playful and cuddly kind, although these children might disagree. Damyang’s Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) is also known as the Juknokwon Bamboo […]

Aqua Planet Yeosu

Aqua Planet at the Yeosu Expo site is the biggest aquarium in Korea. Built by Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp., this four-story 16,400 square meter aquarium is bigger than COEX Aquarium and Busan Aquarium. Aqua Planet is divided into three parts: Coastal Life, Marine Life, and the Eco-Terrarium. In the Coastal Life zone, visitors can […]

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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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Tour de Korea 2012

April 22 marked the start of Tour de Korea this year. Steve and I went to Jeongseojin Square (정서진) in Incheon to check out the festivities and watch the start of the race. Here are highlights of that day in pictures: For more information about the race, check out the Tour de Korea website. And […]

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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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StickyGram

I love using Instagram. A few weeks ago I stumbled on StickyGram, a company that turns your Instagram photos into magnets. The best part about their service is free shipping anywhere in the world! I picked 18 of my favorite Instagram photos and ordered 2 packs. It only took 9 days to get here. The […]

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