March 26, 2017

Rolling hills of Hongcheon, South Korea

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Leaving the concrete jungle that is Seoul and traveling east to the luscious, green mountains and valleys of Gangwon-do can be a spiritual experience. While the experience is spiritual, being transported there is most definitely not. Every time I travel a long distance in South Korea I am always met with unbelievable disgust. The idea […]

Serenity Villa in Kyoto, Japan

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Peace. This five letter word describes with perfect accuracy the ambiance of  the Shugaku-in Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto, Japan. Not many places on earth can offer such beauty, serenity, culture, comfort and the perfect synergy of those four traits. This extraordinary villa is at the top of a quaint mountain and nestled deep into the […]

Japanese food: Yakitori (焼き鳥, やきとり, ヤキトリ)

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There are only two types of people in this world as far as I am concerned: people that eat to live and people that live to eat, I am the latter. I have always believed that REAL food is food that contains characteristics and traits from the former animal or produce. This idea of mine […]

Muddy hell in Boryeong, South Korea

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  Being slippery and filthy isn’t exactly my idea of a great weekend but contrary to my initial thoughts, the Boryeong Mud Festival was an exciting and unique experience. My naive initial position was that I was going to sit on the sidelines and witness the fun instead of partaking in it. The idea of […]

The emotional blossoming in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan

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On my first day in Japan, and abroad for that matter, I had the great pleasure of spending the day in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan. The beauty of this district in the Taito ward of Tokyo is unmatched. On top of everything it was sakura season, cherry blossom season, and the blossoms were in full bloom. […]

Japanese food: Soba (そば or 蕎麦)

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I have always found the greatest beauty arises from the simplest of foods. The idea of elegance and simplicity is synonymous with Soba. Soba noodles are the epitome of perfection in so many ways. The presentation is always basic, yet held to a high degree of excellence. The noodles are created and prepared with the utmost dedication […]

Daebudo: The muddy unknown of South Korea

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At first sight, the mudflats of Daebudo Island seem desolate and bleak , but there is much more on this muddy land than meets the eye. Daebudo is located two hours southwest of Seoul in the municipality of Ansan city in Gyeonggi province. The island and surrounding seom (isles) have a population of roughly 7100 […]

Japanese food: Basashi (馬刺し)

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The rush of eating the exotic is not easily replicated in our modern, fast-paced and fast food lifestyles, but when you get the chance you must pounce on it like a starving lion. Not too long ago I took a  trip to Tokyo, Japan, and met up with some friends at an izakaya, Japanese-style restaurant. After many […]

AIDS, Xenophobia and Multiculturalism in South Korea

This is the cover of a famous English magazine in South Korea called Groove

You heard it, all foreigners have AIDS and the Korean people are determined to stop the flow of foreigners who carry this deadly disease from entering their country! This is a very, very common idea within Korean society, and the government creates laws to reduce the capacity for foreigners to work legally in South Korea. […]

Danyang: The Korean Jurassic Park

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I fucking hate waking up early, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to feel alive! My latest excursion was to Danyang, South Korea and I had to leave at 5 am to get there from Seoul. The bus ride was two and a half hours of tossing and turning but tolerable, because I […]