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I love big cities. And I love mass transit. Most of my friends...



I love big cities. And I love mass transit. Most of my friends know that I prefer taking the subway rather than taking a taxi. It’s cheaper, it’s easy to navigate, and I don’t have to talk to anyone (I know that makes me sound anti-social, but… meh). In most countries I avoid taxis like the plague, and Korea has been no exception.

A while ago I lost my purse in a Busan subway station. This is a photo I took while waiting for the employees to bring my purse to the station I was at.


It’s interesting that the kids will ask me to turn on the...



It’s interesting that the kids will ask me to turn on the air conditioning before even entertaining the idea of taking off their coats. Don’t think that this train of thought remains only with the young. I have caught a few Korean co-teachers use their hand-held fans at their desks whilst wearing their huge Eskimo-esque bubble jackets.

It’s such a cliché, but I’m simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by Korean culture/thinking.


I took a photo every day in February. February was full of ups...



I took a photo every day in February. February was full of ups and downs. I went to Hong Kong for Lunar New Year. Then, I came back to Busan. I ate a lot, I shopped a lot. My kids at work practiced and performed in their annual presentation for their parents. The weather was really cold. We even had a snow day off of work for Valentine’s Day! Some kindergartners graduated and some new kids entered Kindergarten. Looking forward to things stabilizing just in time for me to go home…


I am long overdue for a post about Hong Kong, given the fact...













I am long overdue for a post about Hong Kong, given the fact that I returned a month ago. Spending Lunar New Year in Hong Kong was a great idea, as it was nice to get out of Korea AND the excitement of the locals was contagious. Everyone was so kind, spoke excellent British English, and the sights were beautiful.

Without further ado, a list of my top eight favorite things from my trip, in no particular order.


I took a photo every day this month. You can see the thumbnails...



I took a photo every day this month. You can see the thumbnails above. Not really a struggle, since I did it each day in 2007 and 2009. Looking forward to the photos I’ll be taking in Hong Kong, starting tomorrow. A-sah!


Pictured are Diana, Lora, Mimi and Sara. They are part of my...



Pictured are Diana, Lora, Mimi and Sara. They are part of my smartest class. These girls are really clever and quite witty.

Diana is the sassy one that is always dishing it out. Lora is boy crazy and the boys are crazy for her, as well; she has a new boyfriend every other week. Mimi is the smartest and much wiser than the other girls. Sara is definitely the quintessential popular girl that doesn’t think too much about her actions and is actually pretty rude to the other girls.

These girls have gotten me in trouble more than once. I guess I can only blame myself for speaking Korean in class, but you would think you could trust some students not to tell the other teachers. They’re my easiest class, because their English is so advanced that we could talk easily for hours. They’re also my hardiest class, because they’re such little bitches. Happy Wednesday.


Pictures from the Orange County Buffet in Dongnae. I often feel...





Pictures from the Orange County Buffet in Dongnae. I often feel cheated eating at buffets in Korea, because they lack two essential items: (1) unlimited free soda and (2) ice cream for dessert. Who cares if you can cook unlimited amounts of beef at your table if you can’t refill your soda five times at the fountain? Also, who wants to eat toast for dessert?

Sheesh, Korea, you do me wrong.

But, yet, I can’t quit you.


I miss the summers when my mom and I would share papingsu at...



I miss the summers when my mom and I would share papingsu at cafes. We’d asked for canned fruit, banana, and kiwi on top of our red bean and ice —with extra ice, of course. Good places don’t charge extra for more ice. Come back, hot weather, come back!


I enjoy taking photos of people sleeping on the subway. This mom...



I enjoy taking photos of people sleeping on the subway. This mom is obviously trying to get some winks in while her two boys entertain the rest of the passengers.


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