Dear Korea #116

..comes great hilarity. That last night might be a little confusing to those who don’t read the comic from the site. Oh well!

So this has totally happened to my poor guy on multiple occasions. Every older man he runs into tries to feed him something that will help him and his “man power”, which I assume means male vitality. This is something we experienced fairly often in Japan as well. What I find particularly hilarious is how shameless they are with advertising such a thing. I guess I’ve never found it socially acceptable to shout “EAT THIS! IT WILL RAISE YOUR SPERM COUNT!” in a public setting. It’s been almost four years, and I’m still trying to figure out what is and isn’t okay to say around people here.

Dear Korea #093 - Chop, Chop

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, I swear I’m not a bad friend!! I just tend to get distracted easily..

One problem I’ve seen a lot of my obvious foreigner friends come across is the struggle of trying to get a decent haircut at local salons. This is something I have yet to experience too much myself, but that’s probably due to me having the exact same haircut for the past ten years or so. Since different people have different types of hair, this can be problematic for the poor stylists who only have experience with one type of hair. Heck, even I don’t completely understand how all of that works.

Dear Korea #090 - Sorry for the Wardrobe Malfunction


Argh, how embarrassing. Not only did I miss last week’s update (here’s a silly, sad comic to make up for it), but this week’s is also late. If it helps, I’ve been suffering all morning with a wicked case of food poisoning that was brought on by delivery fried chicken from last night. The betrayal hurts so much worse than the tummy ache.

Dear Korea #087 - Never Surrender

Another week, another comic. Yay!

First off, I do hope that this does not come across as condescending to any of my Korean readers who happen to be in the process of learning English. If anything, the purpose of this strip is to send the opposite message.

Every so often, especially when I’m out with my foreigner friends, I’ll approach a Korean who wants to try his/her English abilities with me. Though not everyone is a fan of this, I personally love it. The downside is that I often get too excited, and I tend to speak very quickly (and loudly) when I’m excited. This usually scares the poor Korean away, leaving me wanting to chase after them while screaming “LET ME LOVE YOU”. To everyone I’ve scared away, I’m so sorry.

“Getting There”

This is a short narrative post I initially set out to write for Groove Magazine‘s “Share Story, Win Trip” writing competition. The call came out for ‘funny’ travel stories where a lesson was learned. The winning pieces would be read out loud dramatically. Frankly, there just aren’t enough of these kind of encouraging writing opportunities in Korea. I could say more but I’ll get distracted.

I started writing mine and about two paragraphs from the end I decided that it wasn’t a travel story. So I stopped writing. I came back about a week later and took another crack at it, tidied it up but left it loosely over the 500 word limit, which kind of left it for any kind of flash litt and too short to be considered anything else. Still it’s a good story. You’ll laugh. I hope. 

Getting There

Dear Korea #080 - A Little Privacy Please

Dear Korea #080

Yay! A new comic! It’s on time too! This is something I shouldn’t be celebrating!

Anyways, the situation presented in this strip is one that happens a LOT more often than I thought it did (especially in smaller cities). I guess it’s something I don’t ever experience too much while on my own, as I look fairly Korean. Whenever I was out with my flock of foreigner friends, I always assumed people were looking over our way due to all the English they were hearing. It wasn’t until I started going for more walks with my very uncommon roommate that I noticed people blatantly staring and taking not-so-sneaky pictures.

Dear Korea #076 - This Does Not Sparkle

Dear Korea #076

Good Monday everyone! I hope you all had an awesome pre-Halloween weekend! Did anyone dress up? A bunch of friends and I went as the Gender Bender Avengers. It should go without saying, but we were awesome.

Anyways, the idea for this week’s comic was sent to me by a good friend of mine. He told me how he often likes to buy flowers for his very lucky lady, and how the Korean flower shop he goes to tends to make everything overly fancy. Decorating stuff is totally cool, but I don’t know too many guys that enjoy the idea of walking home with a flashy glitter bouquet. While I do think he’s managed to get them to ease up on the ribbons and extra stuff, they seem to be quite pushy on the glitter issue.

Dear Korea #064 - Please Stop Staring

Dear Korea #064

Oh jeez, this is really late. I do apologize for that! I hope the not-so-cleverly censored nudity in  the second panel of this comic helps make up for it!

Dear Korea #062 - One Ring to Rule Them All

Dear Korea #062

This one took a little longer than usual to finish, which is why it’s a few hours late. On the bright side, I’m actually okay with how it came out. Gasp! Shock! Awe! Who knows how long that will last?

어머나! = It’s kind of like the Korean version of “Oh my gosh!”

Dear Korea #047

Dear Korea #047

I’m a couple of days late, but here is the newest comic! Sorry for taking so long with it, as it has been a heck of a week (and it’s just halfway done!).

Anyways, Jeju mandarins are pretty delicious. I went through about ten of them while working on this strip. If you haven’t tried them yet, I suggest you get on it now. With any luck, you probably have an old lady selling a cart full of them within a five minute walking distance outside. I know the lady I frequent knows me all too well by now. She often likes to give me a couple of extras for free, which is definitely not helping me with my addiction.

Yes, I just made a whole comic strip and rant about a little citrus fruit. I’ll go back to hiding under a rock now.

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