March 26, 2017

Homage to my family abroad in South Korea

Our spot where we posted up.

  As I sit here waiting for my return flight back to Orlando, Florida, USA, which happens to be hours upon hours away, I can not help but think. I am thinking about the strong bonds of friendship I have acquired in South Korea. I am thinking about the tears, laughs, hugs and smiles I […]

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A few things South Korea got super right!

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Like any place anyone lives or travels too there will be bumps along the way. Although, I have had my fair shares of bumps and bruises, the highs have been oh so high. Some of those highs came when comparing my home country, The USA, and South Korea. Yeah, South Korea is very quirky and […]

South Korea and its addiction to the rat race

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Like so many countries, nations, people and individuals around the world the pursuit of consumer good and intangible status are at the forefront of their minds. The desire to have what they do not have; the desire to possess what they are told they can not pushes people to insanity. People become consumed with the […]

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. […]

Cultural Awareness: Fan death in South Korea

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All countries have unique and idiosyncratic superstitions that arise and, sometimes thrive, because of past historical or culture circumstances, and South Korea is no different. It is a widely held believe in South Korea that if you go to sleep with an electric fan running overnight, while in a closed room that you will die. […]

Cultural Awareness: Korean Reunification

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 “We are one people” The reunification of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, and the Republic of Korea, better known as South Korea, is a sensitive and touchy subject among North and South Korea. Over 60 years ago much more than just the country split into 2 parts. The dividing […]

Cultural Awareness: The Korean emotion of han (한)

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But still there is hope… I have always been fascinated by East Asian cultural traits but none so much as the Korean emotion of  han. Like with many concepts from different cultures, han has no direct translation to Western languages or culture but can be felt none the less. Han permeates through Korean society and […]

Cultural Awareness: Korean drinking culture

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Push it to the limit! In Korea they truly push it to the limit when it comes to drinking. Strangely enough in Korea, drinking does not end when you reach your limit, in fact reaching your limit is only half the battle. Once at your limit you must continue to persevere and drink more while […]

Korean food: Bosintang (보신탕)

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Apprehension, dismay, sadness, and excitement were a few of my emotions before I decided to eat bosintang (보신탕), or dog meat soup. Ever since I arrived in South Korea I have been waiting for the perfect moment to delve into this unique and taboo dish, well I leave in 2 weeks so I figured the […]

Soju: cheap hell in a bottle

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Very soon upon arriving in South Korea I learned of the most evil substance know to man: soju. This intoxicating liquid lures you in with its speciously cheap price and dismissive green bottle, but be aware that this shit will straight put you on your ass. Soju is a intoxicating beverage that is consumed ubiquitously […]