July 23, 2013


One of my previous essays (The Daily Kimchi) mentioned the merits of accepting Korean food as a permanent and prominent part of your diet while living abroad and not trying to duplicate your favorite dishes from home. Native and regional cuisine is delicious, cheap, and abundantly available at all hours of the night here. It […]

July 9, 2013

Take Two

This essay was written as a contributing article for Don Suh and HiWorld Recruiting for the launch of their their new website.  While coming up quickly on the end of my second one-year contract teaching English in South Korea I realized this might be the perfect time to recount the whole experience so far and summarize […]

May 18, 2013

Jeju Island

As outlined in my previous essay, a three week visit from longtime friend Patrick provided a perfect opportunity to show off my favorite sights, sounds, and tastes of Korea to someone who could truly appreciate the magnitude of living a life overseas. Additionally, it set the stage for what would become one of my all-time […]

May 18, 2013

Seoul Searching

Last month I was thrilled to get a “human care package” from home in the form of childhood friend, Patrick Donley, visiting Korea for the first time. Pat was also a mule for a real care package of goodies from back home; including a wonderful Flannery O’Connor book and much-needed chocolate chip cookies from Aunt […]

May 12, 2013

Wish You Were Here

The sad death last month of Hipgnosis co-founder and graphic design legend Storm Thorgerson was a a sad passing indeed. My love of vinyl (and music in general) can be greatly attributed to his unforgettable work with artists like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Peter Gabriel. In fact, it is hard to imagine the albums or music […]

March 22, 2013

Vatos Urban Tacos

The district in Seoul called Itaewon has a love-it or hate-it type of feel to it. Over the last 18 months it has become one of my favorite parts of the city and a necessary destination for a little western influenced sanity. It is truly a global melting pot in the heart of the sprawling […]

March 12, 2013

JLS Speech Contest

Last month, I was the Master of Ceremonies and a judge for the 2013 JLS Speech Contest at our English academy. Students from all grades and both locations have been preparing for this annual competition for some time and the job of editing all the rough speeches fell to me, too. While some topics were […]

February 3, 2013

My Bloody Valentine

  My Bloody Valentine Sunday, February 3rd, 2013, 7:00 pm Uniqlo AX Hall (www.ax-korea.com/) Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea     It seemed fitting that this live concert and personal music history event fell on Groundhog Day back home in the West and right before February 14th here in Korea. To say that it was like […]