Learning Korean: Highs, Lows, and Motivations

Over the past year since I left my ESL teaching position in Korea I fell into a mild language rut. It might have been due to not being surrounded by my students, or being inside my hagwon’s main office where 2/3 of the staff were Korean and knew little or no English. It might have…

Summer Days (썸머 데이스)

Since I was a little girl my favorite season of the year was summer. Coincidentally, I was born in the middle of summer on what may have been a hot summer day that may have also been a horrible day for my mother (꒪ȏ꒪;). Nonetheless, summer has always been the best season of the year….

MA degree vs BA degree (석사 학위vs학사 학위)

Recently, I have been debating with my family about why I still do not want to pursue a PhD after obtaining two master degrees.  To summarize our lengthy discussion I tried convincing them that living with a MA degree is more valuable than a BA degree – because the job market in my ideal field…

Gel Nail Art Fashion in South Korea (한국 젤 네일 아트)

A few months ago during my winter vacation in Seoul I wanted to enjoy my vacay period not only catching up with close friends and traveling around Korea, but experiencing some popular fashion trends. Having not been to a nail salon in a while I decided to look into well-known or trending nail salons in…

Beauty is Skin Deep: Beauty Image in Korea (한국의 뷰티 임미지)

For many women maintaining a beauty image is considered an essential part of portraying one’s beautiful side.  I do believe there is some truth to this, but I do not believe that beauty is only visible from the outside. For centuries, however, (if I am not  mistaken) women have been viewed as beautiful for their…

Dwindling Twenties (내 거의 삼십년 늙었어요)

It may seem a little redundant but I thought it might be a good refresher to talk about why I started blogging and what kind of stories I’d like to share.  If you haven’t read my first blog this year I hope you will read the few that I have written about my life, including…

Work Life for a Millennial (천년 사람들)

As a member of the millennial generation (late 1980s baby) I am a part of the generation that is highly over educated and underrated in the U.S.  The millenial generation unlike previous generations before have been well nurtured with the rise of modernization (the period of major growth in OECD countries with a relatively high…