TOPIK II & Language Studies(언어 학습, 토픽 II)

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of taking the TOPIK II test.  After taking TOPIK I last spring I was happy to know that my comprehension skills were surprisingly high for the TOPIK I test. My score was actually above average range for level 2 (score earners) giving me a strong  idea that my…

Year 2 Bloggerversary & The People I’ve Met This Past Year

Without warning or even an an iPhone calendar alert it is already the end of March and Yeppunshikan’s 2nd year.  First, I would like to thank any followers who have been around from the beginning. Second, I would like to welcome any new/ recent fellow subscribers who have just started reading some of my latest…

Box of Chocolate (박스 어브 초콜릿)

If life were really like a box of chocolate as metaphorically mentioned in the classic 1994 film Forest Gump then everyone would be able to fix or re-do the order of life events and experiences they do, see, or create(*if they could see everything inside the box).  In my case and in my life I am…

K-Travel: Boryeong Mud Festival(보령머드축제)

(my travel story continued from K-Travel: Jeonju (전주)) Once we arrived at the Jeonju bus terminal we were able to find the time-table schedule of Boryeong/Daecheon Beach bound buses.  Purchasing tickets for a noon bus me and Kevin sat down to wait until boarding time.  Within twenty minutes we left to stand in line for…

K-Travel: Jeonju (전주)

It was a hot, very humid, summer day back in 2014 when I decided to plan my first 4-5 day out-of-Seoul backpacking trip in Korea.  Being my first trip alone I decided to see most of the south-western, central, and eastern regions of Korea and travel through Jeollabuk-do, Chungcheongnam-do, and Gyeongsangbuk-do.  Prior to my departure I…

Being a (Young) Woman in Korea (영) 한국의여성 생활

Back in May, last year, I wrote a female perspective piece about a shocking event that happened in Seoul in mid-spring. To summarize that piece I shed some light on how women or females within Korean society are treated and often not respected because of their gender. Wanting to speak more about women in Korea…

Multiculturalism in Korea (한국의 다문화주의)

One of many reasons behind recent measures made in Korea’s immigration policies relates to confronting modern-day state issues. Some of these issues include increasing the population growth and preserving Korean nationalism in light of globalization. Presently, the Republic of Korea (South Korea herein) possesses one of the world’s lowest birthrates and highest aging populations internationally….

Life Lessons: Learned Lessons (삶의 교훈: 배운 교훈)

As a part of my Yeppuntwenties section I wanted to share a few life lessons that I have learned or re-learned in recent years.  These lessons each taught me something new about myself and my life. I hope that these learned lessons provide an opportunity for others to view their life experiences in a more…

Angkor & Siem Reap

For Part 1: Please refer to Arriving in Cambodia (…continued) Being an early riser I was up before the rest of my classmates. Deciding to use the time to sight see around our hotel neighborhood during sunlight hours I ventured out again. I was greeted by our hired tut-tut driver along with a few other…