The Thing About Vanity

It’s different here. Nor is this a jab at the choices that people are capable of making out of their own free will. It’s an acknowledgment that some norms aren’t norms for everyone. I mean, duh, but when faced with the reality of it, there’s still an Aha! Moment.

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Are You a Runaway Or Just Brave?

It pains me to admit that it still surprises me just how many foreigners I come across in South Korea who are exposed to one of three stereotypes about why we’re here. The pigeonholing usually comes from well-meaning friends and family still in their home country. They are either asked what they are running away from, put on a pedestal of bravery that they could never muster up, or that they’ve consumed too much K-pop and K-dramas and have culturally lost their mind. Why does this happen?

Silla

A time-traveling-trek took place this past weekend for myself and two friends.  Fresh off of payday and ready to spend our hard earned won (within reason), we planned a day trip from Daegu to Gyeongju to see remnants of the Silla Dynasty. Known as the smallest of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, Silla lacked in…

Drop my Gmarket at the door, PLEASE.

I hate ordering things online. With the exception of a pizza or computer crap from Amazon while in the States, I’m not cut out for it. I prefer to frustrate myself with physically getting up, traveling to a store, finding out that they don’t have what I want in my size/color or the store’s all…

오랜만이다. (It has been long.)

Oh my gosh, it’s been a LONG TIME since a posting has been on the blog! No need to worry, all is fine (…better…not as bad as it was?!?), we’re not abandoning you! There’s much to get caught up on, like the weird types of people you’ll meet who’ve been here “too long” or the…

“Loner Culture”

I came across an article on CNN about something on the rise in South Korea: loner culture. As a certification student at Yonsei University, I’ve come across the topic in my cultural studies course, but I didn’t think that the article would seem so… peculiar… to me. “Culture” is an interesting word. A formal definition…

“All work and no play…”

Today was a “throw the whole experience away” type of day. Monsoon season has the power to change even the kindest attitude into a horrible one. I like a little bit of emotional anarchy from time to time (sparingly) but it grinds my gears when the youth are without emotional release. Korea demands so much…

Kimchibytes New Social Media Launches July 1

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The Traveler’s Guide to The Unique Tastes of South Korea (Part 2)

This series originally appeared on the now-defunct blog, Black In Korea in 2015. The story recaps a foreigner’s first trip to South Korea prior to becoming a resident alien in 2017. Oh good, you’re back! Is your appetite ready for more? I’m glad to hear it, because we’ll be on the move, leaving the Capitol…