Naksansa Temple

Taean-gun, Korea: Naksansa Temple

Sitting on a hill on the northernmost end of Naksan Beach, one can spot the 18 meter high Bodhisattva of Mercy, Haesugwaneumsang, the largest of her kind in the region, while lying on the beach enjoying the sun. As she … Continue reading

Le Banh Mi: The Vietnamese Sandwich Done Right

Hongdae, Seoul: Le Banh Mi

Having visited Vietnam almost seven years ago, it wasn’t fresh in my mind all that I had done there, seen or eaten but after visiting Le Banh Mi in Hongdae the other weekend with some friends, the memories started resurfacing. … Continue reading

Yangyang-gun: Paradise at Naksan Beach

Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea: Naksan Beach

After scouring the internet sites for pensions in Gangneung last week and coming up nil, I decided to focus my search on pensions near beaches to the north and south of the ever famous Gyeongpo Beach for this past weekend’s trip … Continue reading

24 Hours in Taean-gun

Taean-gun, Korea

Sometimes the hustle bustle, noise and chaotic surroundings of Seoul can become a bit too much to handle and a quick getaway is a necessity to maintain sanity. During the summer, the humidity can be so immense in the city … Continue reading

Kkotji Beach, Taean-gun

Anmyeondo, Korea: Kkotji Beach

Kkotji Beach (꽃지해수욕장) gets a lot of attention from tourists to Anmyeon-do. Said to be one of the best places to view the sunset in the area, in the evenings, don’t be surprised if you’re not the only one there. … Continue reading

Dakgaejang: Spicy Chicken Soup

Korean Food: Dakgaejang, Spicy Chicken Soup

Always preferring to stop at an actual restaurant with good food over the nearest highway rest area with so-so fare, while still in Chungcheongnam-do, we decided to make a pit-stop in Dangjin for dakgaejang (닭개장) or spicy chicken soup. While … Continue reading

Mongsanpo Beach, Taean-gun

Anymeondo, Taean-gun: Mongsanpo Beach

Mongsanpo Beach (몽산포해수욕장) is purported to be a 3 kilometer stretch of white sand in Taean-gun (태안군), but in all honesty, it isn’t. The Visit Korea website would have you believe that of the 30 beaches in Taean-gun, this is one of the white sandy ones, but the mud that covers the feet as one trudges through it to the water would have you believe otherwise. Is it beautiful in its own way though? Sure Continue reading

July On The Go!

July On The Go: baby and book

It’s fairly easy to take her out without causing much of a scene, but one thing I’ve noticed again and again is that wherever we go, if she were to need a changing, there wouldn’t be anywhere to do it. Bathrooms just aren’t equipped with the necessary changing table and though in the past five years bathrooms around Seoul have generally seen a big upgrade in cleanliness, they are far from clean enough to change a baby if there isn’t a changing table available. What’s a mother to do? Continue reading

Married to a Korean Indie Musician: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

ESD 2011 @ Busan Sunset Live Festival

From basically having a soundtrack playing to my life every day to fan girls not understanding boundaries, here are the good, the bad and the ugly points about being married to a Korean indie musician. Continue reading

Conversations With Koreans: When Maybe Doesn’t Mean Maybe Anymore

Korean Language: Maybe

Maybe is one of those words that loses its meaning, or the subtlety of the word, in translation. While most English speakers will use ‘maybe’ to mean ‘possibly but most likely no’, Koreans will generally use ‘maybe’ to mean ‘yes’. Continue reading