Going to the Dentist in Korea

Is there anyone who doesn't enjoy a trip to the dentist? All that expense. All the drilling. All the pain. I know that for many who come to Korea as teachers, they finally have access to some measure of cover for dental care, and would like to find a dentist to finally get their teeth … Continue reading Going to the Dentist in Korea

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A Time To Mourn

People talk a lot about grief. And when they do, they talk about things like "closure" and things like "healing". I don't believe in those things.

The Air Hurts My Face: Surviving the Cold in Korea

It's still winter. How on earth is it still winter? I will admit, here and now, that truly cold weather was one of the things that I was most excited about - and terrified of - experiencing before I came to Korea. Before I came to Korea (at the ripe old age of 24), I had … Continue reading The Air Hurts My Face: Surviving the Cold in Korea

Why I Joined – And Stayed In – A Choir

You said to me once that pathos left you unmoved, but that beauty, mere beauty, could fill your eyes with tears. - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray For the last year, I have spent almost three hours on public transport every Sunday in order to get to and from choir practice. I joined the choir during … Continue reading Why I Joined – And Stayed In – A Choir

Apologies Matter

I’ve been on the receiving end of but far too many times. I don't think I've ever assumed that the person behind but is actually sorry. I've felt like I have justify why I didn't know something I couldn't have known, or why someone else didn't do something that they should have done.

The Differentness of Things: Korea Round 2

About a week ago, a friend from home asked me whether or not Korea was treating me better this time around. I didn't give a particularly good answer, but I did promise to blog about it when I'd had some time to think. While it's difficult to determine offhand whether it's worse or better, I have found … Continue reading The Differentness of Things: Korea Round 2

And So The Blog Returns To Life

In a point entirely related to the things I created this blog to blog about, I have returned to Korea, to the same city, to the same school I was teaching at before. Surprise. The feeling of "But why?" was strong before I left SA (again), and is strong among the people who are still … Continue reading And So The Blog Returns To Life

Money Can’t Buy Happiness?

  I think the two years I lived in Korea were the first (and perhaps only) time in my life when I felt financially secure. In the two years between my father's death, and my departure for Korea, I needed to help support my family. We lived paycheck to paycheck, and I have never tried … Continue reading Money Can’t Buy Happiness?

Five Things From Korea I Need In My Life

I knew before I came back that I would, inevitably, miss some things from Korea. I've pared these things down to five things that would improve my life here in SA. There are as follows: 1. Reliable public transport One of the most extraordinary things about South Korea is, in my opinion, the public transport … Continue reading Five Things From Korea I Need In My Life

Reality Hits: When the Elation of Returning Home Starts to Wear Off

I love to sing. I sang in choir when I was in high school. But I didn’t like being in my school’s choir. It was a rather notorious organisation – infamous for the fact that once one joined, one was unable to leave. It wasn’t until my final year at school that we were allowed – … Continue reading Reality Hits: When the Elation of Returning Home Starts to Wear Off