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Canada: Wonders of Whistler

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Our time in the prairies was filled with lots of great memories and the realization that we have been gone too long. Being home has this funny way of lulling you into such a state of comfortableness that you could easily be home for a month and not even realize it. Sadly, we only had a week this time and we had to get moving.

The next stop was Whistler, BC. This place has a lot of history for me. It was a place where I had lived while I was a broke student and where I first explored photography with my Father’s Pentax Spotmatic F. The last time I was there was with my late friend Dave Harvey. So it it has a special place in my heart for many reasons. I could easily retire there… if I had a few million dollars to throw around.

Heading up to Whistler, I had a lot of expectations for what I wanted to shoot. I had done my research and made a shot list of what I wanted. I had great expectations about early mornings with epic sunrises over mountain lakes. However, the wildfires had left a haze over the skies for most of the time that we were there. This left me wondering what I could do.

Not to mention that not having a vehicle also made things a little difficult to get around. Most of the scenic places like Joffre Lakes are not exactly in Whistler. Thus, I had to sort out what exactly I wanted to shoot. I think managing your expectations is a big thing when shooting places that hold a particular significance to you. In the back of your mind you are expecting to get those shots like you see on 500px, you forget how much time and dedication it takes to achieve them. Only having 4 days to shoot an area like Whistler and doing so without being able to hike out into the backcountry or drive around made things very challenging.

With all of that being said, I made the best out of it. I visited a number of the lakes in the area as well as got tickets to Vallea Luminea. The crown jewel of this trip was taking the gondola up to the top of Whistler Mountain. Do be advised that this is an expensive trip and tickets for the sightseeing package cost around $60. However, this does include the peak to peak and the new suspension bridge.

The best advice that I can give is to get to the village early as the lifts open around 8:30 am. Use the morning light to your advantage as once the day goes on, more and more tourists will arrive on the mountain. We made the best of our time on the top and I was please with the images that I got. The biggest obstacle was the constantly changing weather conditions. One minute it was sunny and the next minute you could not see your hand in front of your face. This made the suspension bridge experience a little more interesting but also frustrating as I never fully got a clear shot from up there.

The main thing that I tried to do was to create shots for what was in front of me. Sure, I had my lists but with the hazy skies and changing weather conditions, it made the shot list obsolete. Thus, when presented with a suspension bridge stuck in a cloud, you must be creative. This also allows you to create images that are a little more interesting than your average Whistler postcard.

The bottomline is that you must always balance your expectations and use your creativity to make the best of challenging environments. It is not always going to be sunshine and rainbows, no matter how much you plan. The last two times I was home (2015 and 2018) I was confronted with the exact same situation, the BC wildfires. As much as I had planned to re-shoot the shots that I missed the last time, I had to simply get creative and do my best.

Overall, this was one of the best trips home that I have ever done. It was relaxing and even to an extent, rewarding from a photography stand point too. I even came home with a new camera! No… not the Canon EOS R but a Rolleiflex SL35 from my neighbour. This was amazing as he had kept it in amazing condition in a cool leather  case. Make a note, things like this will confuse Chinese customs officials when they go through your stuff. I must warn you about that, if you are flying through Beijing on a connection, they are super sticky about batteries and whatnot. So keep that in mind when flying through Asia.


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How To Say ‘Kiss’ In Korean

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So, you’ve been on a few dates with your crush, and maybe even progressed to an official relationship status update already, and now you are eager to move to the next step. That is, you may want your bae – or prospective bae – to finally kiss you!

But wait! Do you yet know how to say ‘kiss’ in Korean? No need to fear in case you don’t! Today is your lucky day, as that is what this lesson will cover! Time to pucker up, and let’s get learning!


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‘Kiss’ in Korean

Without further ado, the word for how to say ‘kiss’ in Korean is 키스 (khiseu). Isn’t it sweet and wonderful to know that the word for ‘kiss’ in Korean is a loan word from English? It means it’s a word you’ll remember and be ready to use in no time! Not to mention how difficult it’ll be to forget what the word is!

Now, how about we try to turn this into the verb ‘to kiss’? This is also easy; all you need to do is add the verb ‘to do’ aka 하다 (hada) to the word 키스. In other words, write 키스하다 and you have yourself the basics of the verb ‘to kiss’! The basic conjugation would turn it into 키스해요 (khiseuhaeyo), or 키스해 (khiseuhae), if you are comfortable using informalities with your bae.

Another way to express ‘to kiss’ is to say 입을 맞추다 (ibeul matchuda). However, it’ll likely be a rare occasion for you to hear, or use, this one. You can also use the word 뽀뽀 (bbobbo), but be aware that this is more to describe a peck on the cheek rather than an actual kiss.


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences

Valentine Couple


첫 키스는 어땠어요? (cheot khiseuneun eoddaesseoyo?)

How was your first kiss?



내 입에 키스를 해줘. (nae ibe khiseureul haejweo).

Please kiss me on the lips.

그 남자는 너를 아직 키스해 봤나? (geu namjaneun neoreul ajik khiseuhae bwatna?)

Has he tried to kiss you yet?


Now that you’re ready to kiss that special someone, what other words would you like to learn? Let us know in the comments below!


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Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto


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Korean FAQ – Guys Can Have 오빠s Too?

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Most people learn the words 오빠, 언니, 형, and 누나 during the low-beginner level, or even before they've begun properly learning Korean. They can be used to refer to your older siblings (older brother, older sister). However, whether you're a boy referring to your older brother or sister, or if you're a girl referring to your older brother or sister, you'll have to use a different word.

But that doesn't mean that males can't also say 오빠 and 언니, or that females can't say 형 and 누나. Never heard of this before? Find out here.

Your comments, feedback, and suggestions are always appreciated.

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Quitting your job in Korea (A little known loophole with your E-2 visa)

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I am not advising that you do this and this is not for everyone, but I am just telling it like it is. If you are considering quitting your job or if you have been fired from your job teaching English in Korea then you have a few options.

If you are trying to quit your job and would like to transfer to another job then you will probably need a letter of release from your employer.

But I am not going to go into that with this post. You can read more about that here.

In this post I am just going to tell you about the loophole. 

Here it is.

You can actually quit your job and remain in the country on your E-2 visa. I did this when I was fired from a public school in Korea. I was fired after the first semester and stayed in Korea another 4 months or so on an E-2 visa.

The visa will remain active until it expires on the date that's in your passport. You can't legally work at another school with this visa, however if you have other means of making money or just want to hang around or travel throughout Asia or whatever you can.

If I remember correctly your employer can't cancel it without you. In fact when this happened I called immigration and explained my situation and they said the school can't cancel it.

You can cancel it though by handing in your ARC when you leave the country. If you want to get a new job legally teaching in Korea and start all over then you would have to leave the country on a visa run and complete all of your paperwork again.

Again I am not advising this, but you could also get a part time job or work under the table at another school temporarily. If you are a very conscientious person then that is not for you. 

According to Jordan Peterson's Big 5 test I am not a very conscientious person which means I don't necessarily follow the rules. If you object to this then that means you are a more conscientious person.

From my point of view I look at it like who are you harming by teaching under the table? But the immigration staff is very conscientious and you could get kicked out of Korea or maybe fined for teaching illegally.


If you want some more time or you need to make some more money before you go then you could get another job.

Of course if you are fired or quit your job then you will probably have to arrange your housing as most housing is included with the contract. I didn't have to arrange new housing. I stayed in the same housing, but had to start paying rent which was like 350,000 Won or so a month.

Anyways that's the deal if you are fired or quit you can stay in Korea on the E-2 visa until it expires. This probably isn't something you would plan on doing, but if you find yourself in this situation then well you have some options now that you probably didn't know.

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Po Tid: Harry Potter Themed Cafe in Busan

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I think you can understand what will be the content of my blog today reading the title! But I have a surprise for you and that is, I made a whole video about my experience of visiting this wonderful cafe! This is a must visit place in Busan for Harry Potter fans. Although I heard during the weekend the place is super crowded, but we were really lucky and managed us a table. Check my full vlog for details!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/09/2018

What Do Koreans Think of Foreigners Who Speak Korean?

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You're studying Korean, right? What do Koreans think about you? I wanted to ask them how Koreans feel when they hear you're trying to learn their language - whether you can speak it or not.

I filmed a series of interviews this summer in Korea, and asked several questions to people. I've since been compiling them into separate videos, and there are about 2 more left for this series. Next year I'll go again and film some more. Speaking of which, is there somewhere you'd like me to go to film my next series of interviews? I've done the past 2 at 광화문 (that's why everyone's wearing 한복s), and I've done one in 홍대.

Enjoy the video!

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Canada: Exploring the Prairies

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I don’t get to travel home very often. For me it is always a bittersweet moment, as you realize just how far and how long you’ve been away. You see your parents getting older and your friends moving on. It can be tough at times. However, it also gives you a different lens to shoot with, in some regards.

This trip home came after a few family struggles and my Grandmother passing away on my birthday last year. Suffice to say that I really wasn’t in the right mindset to go out and get some good shots. However, I did bring my camera with most places. It was when I stopped at seemingly “normal” places and really focussed on what those places were saying to me, that I started to rediscover my hometown.

What is the Scene Saying?

By this, I mean, “why did you stop and look there?” or “What is jumping out and capturing your attention?” when you look out at the scene. For me at home, I never really explored that area  when I went home. I just occasionally looked for nice shots to take. With so much time since I had last been home, I did a lot of thinking. We had a whole week at my parents place and we could have stayed more. However, the mountains were calling.

We had the chance to explore some great spots just to have fun. The wildfires that were increasing in size in Western Canada, were also causing air quality problems across the entire country. Much like the last time I visited, the skies sadly were hazy and overcast for much of the time. I just had to work with the conditions that I had and make the best of it.

Interesting Over Exotic

Too often we think that have to travel to exotic locations to achieve great shots. However, your ability to make the everyday look amazing will set you apart from the rest of the photographers heading out to Iceland or wherever the next “it” place is. I had the same issue with Manitoba. I struggled to find the “interesting” in the “everyday” but thankfully I had my muse with me. My wife was in constant awe of the vast open fields and the nature that was seemingly everywhere. Keep in mind, that she grew up in Korea where you would be hard pressed to find such vast landscapes anywhere in the country.

So, I used her wonderlust to fuel my own. The fields, the the trees, the lakes, all became much more interesting. I kept thinking about “if I was a traveler, what would I find interesting?” and went from there. Soon I captured some shots that I was generally happy with. Ones that I can look at and sort of say “this is where I am from!” and have people interested in the scene.

The bottomline is that you have the ability to make any scene interesting. The trouble is to express that interestingness through your photo. Often, what we find interesting may not transfer so well into the visual medium. Thus, keep examining your shots and the scene in front of you to find what exactly is making you stop and look. Is it the sky? then drop that horizon down. Is it a road that cuts through the scene? Then centre the road and even get a little lower to the ground to emphasize the road. Once you start taking stock of what the scene is saying to you, you will see a noticeable difference in your images.

Stay tuned for the next installment when I travel to Whistler, BC!


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Candidly Cartier – Hit Back: Be Your Own Best Boss

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Photographer: Andrew Branch

Kicking My Own Ass Back to Sanity

Buckle your seat belts and take out your chips and salsa, ’cause it’s about to get real cheesy up in hurr.  If you follow The Toronto Seoulcialite (my other “less sarcastic” blog), you’ll have read about my issues finding a job, finding a man, and finding my figure through the mess of moving back to Canada.  I’ve finally found something which  could be the makings of a career, and a date with myself 3 times a week which gives me structure and an outlet.  Coming back home is like picking up an old, ear-marked book.  The characters are the same and the setting hasn’t changed, but you’re still not exactly sure what will happen to the protagonist next.

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Photographer: Scott Webb

Someone Else’s Story

My biggest fear returning to Toronto was that I would be reliving the same old story.  While I was away, several of my friends partnered up, a couple had kids, many got promotions, some went back to school, and my nightmare boss was finally arrested.  Beyond that?  A lot of the people I’ve left are ear-marked – frozen in time right where I left them doing the same old things and just banging their heads against the wall calling it happiness.  I knew I wasn’t happy back in 2014 when I made the decision to begin the arduous application (okay – it was long, but not that tough) to move to Korea.  I couldn’t come home and return to old habits.

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Photographer Scott Webb

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Old habits die hard.  I ended up moving back to Queen St. West and was working in the events industry when, at last, I found work.  Getting into a rhythm took time, and my physical and emotional health took a hit.  I decided to hit back.  I bought myself a 2 week unlimited introductory pass at Big Hit Kickboxing Studios.  At that time, I was living with a disrespectful roommate who was a neglectful pet owner.  I had no autonomy in my own life.  Looking back, I think that I was committed to my 2 week membership, but not so much to myself.

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Be Your Own Boss (Without Working for Yourself)

I once read that you should treat yourself like the CEO of your own life, and that fitness was a meeting you set with your employees.  Good bosses don’t reschedule again and again.  I wasn’t managing my life properly, nor was I being a good boss to my mental and physical health.  At this point I needed to hit back, but not just for 2 weeks.  Big Hit Kickboxing Studios in Toronto has given me the schedule I need to succeed.

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Be a Good Boss

Proper preparation prevents poor performance.  I’ve set meetings with my very important sanity at least 3 times a week, which is honestly pretty manageable!  After work on weekdays I leave the office between 5 PM and 5:30 PM (I know – my job offers work/ life balance <3) and walk for about 35 – 40 minutes from the office to Big Hit Kickboxing Queen West.  The walk enables me to just zone out and enjoy constant, steady movement while listening to music.  The workout to follow is full of different combinations which challenge my mind and various muscle groups.  Over the next 3 months I’ll be sharing my highs, lows, pounds, and measurements.  Stay tuned for preparation and progress, not perfection.

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Photographer: Aral Tasher

Naked Back-flips

Since getting back on a regular schedule with Big Hit Kickboxing Studios, I haven’t actually lost any weight, but the rest of my body and my life has changed pretty drastically.  My clothes have started to feel different – better.  I don’t crave sweets like I did throughout my unsettled period between my old job and old apartment and now.  I have been on several dates with not one, not two, but 3 different men who actually want to see me again.

When you start physical activity with dedication, dedication spreads throughout your life in different ways.  My posture exudes confidence rather than that fear of failure with which I started.  I’m back to caring about a connection rather than having a fear that I won’t be liked (word to the wise – fear of someone not liking you crushes a connection right off the start).  I don’t really have time for people who aren’t adding to my life in a positive way, so when I make time to see my friends we’re connecting on a much deeper and more enjoyable level.  I also always seem to come back to that old adage: “You can do naked back-flips across his lawn, but if you’re not the one he wants, honey, you’re just not the one he wants”.

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Photographer: Matheus Ferrero


Strength, determination, and hope fill the pages of my novel.  I know what comes next in that old, worn out, dog-eared story because I’m writing it now.

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How To Say ‘Color’ In Korean

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Everywhere we look, we see color. Every item of clothing we wear, all the food we eat, each and every piece of furniture in our homes, all of it comes in a color of some sort. It’s interesting, isn’t it? Since it’s also something we don’t always consciously consider.

Our lesson today outlines how to say color in Korean. We will also introduce you to what some of the basic colors translate to in the Korean language. Although a seemingly never ending list of shades to each color exists, just knowing these basic colors in Korean is an impressive skill. Let’s get learning!


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‘Color’ in Korean

The word for ‘color’ in Korean is 색깔 (saekkkal). However, you can often get by just by referring to color as 색 (saek), but it does slightly depend on the context. If you must, you will also likely be understood just fine if you use the Konglish word 컬러 (kheolleo) instead, but our advice would be to refrain from using it. The word ‘color’ also occasionally translates to 빛깔 (bitkkal) in Korean.


Related Vocabulary

하늘색 (haneulsaek)  – sky blue

빨간 색 (bbalkan saek) – red

녹색 (noksaek) – green

파란색 (pharansaek) – blue

노란색 (noransaek) – yellow

주황색 (juhwangsaek) – orange

보라색 (borasaek) – violet, purple

갈색 (galsaek) – brown

검은색 (geomeunsaek) – black

횐색 (hwoensaek) – white

분홍색 (bunhongsaek) – pink

회색 (hwoesaek) – gray

부드러운 색 (budeureoun saek) – soft color

선명한 색 (seonmyeonghan saek) – vivid color

어두운 색 (eoduun saek) – dark color

밝은 색 (balkeun saek) – light color

파스텔 톤의 색 (phaseuthel thone saek) – pastel color


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences



제일 좋아하는 색은 뭐예요? (jeil johahaneun saekeun mwoyeyo?)

What’s your favorite color?


그녀는 블랙색 옷만 입어요. (geunyeoneun beullaeksaek otman ibeoyo.)

That girl only wears black clothes.



다음에 내 머리를 무슨 색깔로 염색할까? (daeume nae meorireul museun saekkkallo yeomsaekhalkka?)

Which color should I dye my hair next?


내 새로운 자동차는 파란색이야. (nae saeroun jadongchaneun pharansaekiya.)

My new car is blue.


Now that you know how to say ‘color’ in Korean you should have no problem describing that rainbow in your backyard. Any colors we missed? Let us know in the comments what color you’d like to learn to say!


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Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto


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