Speaking Korean in America (미국에서 한국어를 말하기)

How many of you speak a second language not native to your home or present country of residence? This is a snippet of my daily life.  Since I’ve been back state-side I’ve been trying to upkeep my Korean language skills not only in convos and vid-chats with my BF and Korean friends, but also in…

Make-Up(화장품): Casual Days vs Special Days

As the summer days spike and fall I always feel like less is better when it comes to how much make-up I decide to wear on a daily basis. But compared to Korea summers in the U.S., especially in the upper northeast region, are very different. Instead of heat, intense showers, and dense humidity summers…

운전할때

롱아일랜드 뉴욕에서 모든 사는 사람이 차 소유해요. 롱아일랜드 살면 운전해야돼요. 그 근체에 전철 없다고 모든 마을가 좀 멀지요. 차 타면15-20분 쯤 걸려요. 저는 롱아일랜드에서 태어났는데15살때 고등학교갈때 운전을 배웠어요. 16살에는 운전면허를 받았는데 그 때 부터 제가 독립적으로 운전해요. 17살에는 우리 어머니의차 운전했고 그등학교, 내 학교 스포츠 연습장, 백화점들, 내 친구집, 식당들, 국장들, 내 삼천집도 운전을 많이했죠….

Courage to Grow (용기와 노화)

Less than two weeks ago I turned 28. My birthday was a quiet one this year. No birthday cake or evening celebration, just a quiet one with family for the first time in a while. Being a simple birthday this year gave me the chance to look back and reminisce about my louder, splashier, and…

Love Myself (내가 나를 사랑해)

(I love me) Gonna love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else (Hey) Gonna love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else (I love me) Can’t help myself, no, I don’t need anybody else Anytime, day or night (I love me) These are the chorus lyrics to American singer Hailee Steinfeld’s debut album hit song. …

내가 집에 오전 때

요즙은 더운 날씨 왔어서 쉬는 날 있으면 집에 계속 있어요. 내가 집에 오전 때 기분이 좋아요. 자주 평일에는 너무 바쁘지 – 매일 일 있고 알바도 있어요. 나는 일으로 운전하되요. 제 평일 너무 바쁜 것 같은데 그래서 쉬는 날 있으면 집에 계속 있어요. 언제 쉬는 날 나오면 내가 음식을 요리하고 한국어를 공부하고 책을 읽고 영화를 보고 그림을…

Housing in Korea: My Residences (한국의 거주지 내 자리)

Just like many foreigners living in Korea  I think my experience living in various types of Korean housing have been unique. Going from living in a big size one-room, to a 3-bedroom family apartment, and finally small-size cubicle room I would say that I have seen it all. However, in many urban cities especially in…

A Female Perspective: 2016 Murder in Gangnam

Two weeks ago while exploring other blog pages I came across Katie in Korea’s blog post called #강남살인 (Gangnam Murder). If some of you do not read or watch Korean news I would like to brief you on a recent and very tragic murder, which happened in the heart of Seoul, Korea this past May….

Buying clothes in-stores again (매장에서 옷 쇼핑)

Since I have been back on the island and just a short drive away from visiting all of my favorite clothing stores at my local mall or even NYC I have been ecstatic. Living in Korea for three years was not always easy when it comes to shopping. Outside of food, drinks, and basic essentials,…

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…