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Korean Convenience Store Food! GS25 Spaghetti & Meatballs

Some Korean interpretations on international foods are perfectly fine, especially in recent years. The number of burger joints is increasing, and with it, the quality. In this part of the peninsula (in Gimhae, a short lightrail journey back in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea), I can be sitting in front of a hot, delicious plate of fish & chips in about an hour.


Late Night Revelations on Korea Made Over GS25 Sandwiches

Ignorance breeds contempt. It seems obvious (and sounds like something I’ve heard before), yet when you’re away from your “normal” lifestyle, it can be easy to keep thinking in the way you’ve been thinking before entering your new normal. And that alone can help to shift how one thinks, both in this normal and the normal you’ll eventually return to.

Huh? Let me try to explain.

I come from a family of complainers. Whether it was something in society or in an annoying commercial, our gut reactions have always been to complain about it. Because that feels like we’re doing something about it. “I obviously am against this, and will show my disapproval of it to someone else who is against it by bitching about it.” But, that’s where action usually ended.


The August Expat Bloodbath 2014 Edition: A Preview

Buddhists and motivational speeches have both taught that nothing in life is permanent or guaranteed. This becomes clearer when time is measured in one-year contracts.

With the first semester coming to a close in South Korean public schools, many expats are preparing for their next adventures. Many of them I consider my friends.

I wrote about this biannual occurrence, dubbed “The August Expat Bloodbath,” last year. Much of that remains true, so instead of repeating myself, I’ll just quote myself:


Gaya Land

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When someone asks you “Hey do you want to wake up at 5 am on a Saturday and drive an hour to a place you’ve never been to take photos…” you might have to think about it. When the sentence is finished with “… of an abandoned amusement park?” You immediately say “YES” That is how my weekend started.

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Sensing a Sense of Place

Today is two weeks and two days since I moved to Gimhae.

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“Gimha Fo You,” their rejected slogan.

Located northwest of Busan, connected by a lightrail that serves as the defacto fifth line in the Busan subway system, I thought I was just moving to another part of the city I have called home for over a year. Slipping into Gimhae-si would be like slipping into an old pair of shoes. No problem, I thought as I left the United States, New Jersey, after only 12 days…


Talk Talk, Two Weeks Inside Gimhae

There’s too much talk to what’s been said.
Let’s breathe a little longer.
Pause three beats instead of one.
If anyone complains, maybe they should try it.
Not enough beats? Maybe there’s more.
Four or a score, because the words from your vacuum
Are just so fucking poor, suck riches from the world,
Give no change at the door, only piss for the floor.
Your mind is gone.
That’s it.
It’s gone. Where is it?
Let’s put it back in the center of the situation.
Listen to the rain outside. It’s beautiful.
Your focus is unfocused.
It’s not bad. But, you’re going to make it worse if you worry.
Why worry? We’re not here for long.
Your biggest misfortune is someone’s miracle.
You’re fat and healthy and people love you.
So, let’s breathe a little longer.


Doggie Travel

Bringing a dog from Korea to America is much easier than bringing a dog from America to Korea.

Just the idea of 33 hours of travel makes Eunee exhausted.

Here is what you have to do, We left from Gimhae but I imagine everything is the same through Seoul.


Busan by Night | A Travel Photo Essay

Photos by Ju-seok Oh. Words by Peter DeMarco.

See Korea’s most “dynamic” city at her best – when the sun goes down.


Morocco Casablanca Restaurant, Gimhae

I realise it is a bit out of Busan, but if you can get there on the local bus, then it counts in my book. And here is some great food worth travelling for!

The Morocco Casablanca Restaurant in downtown Gimhae serves an excellent variety of genuine Moroccan food, at quite agreeable prices.

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