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The Most Racist Things I’ve Done

March 1, 2014
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The Most Racist Things I’ve Done

In keeping up with the media feeding frenzy on racially charged stories, and if nothing else, to get a few things off my chest, I want to share some stories with the Internet. Whether this reaches a larger audience than my usual readers and ignites a storm of hate-filled comments and alienation from acquaintances,...
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Why not live in the big city abroad?

February 25, 2014
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Whether it’s a bus or an airplane, I’m always relived when few people show up, leaving me free to stretch my legs across the aisle. This weekend was my first time returning to Seoul since my arrival after New Year’s. In addition to soaking up a little culture at the Sejong Center with Aida,...
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What I’ve Accomplished as a Millennial

February 20, 2014
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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to change my definition of success more times than I could count. If you had asked me what that word meant at fifteen, I probably would have said a mansion in LA, an acting career, and a supermodel on my arm. In college, I would have settled for...
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How do I afford this much travel?

February 16, 2014
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I’ve talked a little about some of the credit cards I use to receive travel benefits. In this video, I go over exactly how I used these cards to travel, and the points programs out there. It’s also handy to live in a country like Korea where there are cheap accommodations: jimjilbang, love hotels,...
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Back in the Classroom

February 8, 2014
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Back in the Classroom

This is the first time I’ve seen anything like corporal punishment in Korea. I witnessed my old boss grab students by the ears, but generally this was done without malice and only if students had really been misbehaving, e.g. hitting others, making others cry with insults. Nevertheless, my current employer is taking things to...
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Food Discoveries in Fukuoka

February 1, 2014
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Food Discoveries in Fukuoka

Fukuoka, Japan will always hold a special place in my heart. As my first vacation spot inside Japan, I was introduced to so many new things: capsule hotels, ramen at the yatai, nightlife worth going out for, and the laid-back atmosphere of Kyushu. I’ve been back once before while passing through on my way...
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My Travel Quirks

January 31, 2014
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My Travel Quirks

I freely admit I’m a bit of a nerd. When it comes to travel, there are certain things outside of typical travelers’ behavior I do that I ordinarily wouldn’t admit. Not that they’re illegal or particularly embarrassing; I just fell into a habit of doing them whenever I go abroad and don’t really think...
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Making a Visa Run to Japan

January 30, 2014
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Making a Visa Run to Japan

First off, I should point out my situation is unique. The majority of English teachers are hired prior to departure and able to secure their Korean working visas in their respective home countries. I, on the other hand, received a 90-day tourist visa on arrival and hand delivered my E2 paperwork to an employer...
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Patching Bits of Happiness

January 29, 2014
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I try to remember when I was at my happiest. I distinctly remember my parents asking me in 2009 about which year of my life had been the best, and I answered “this one”; at that point, things had just improved by the moment. Being in New Zealand can have that effect. Though I...
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Korean Foods I Absolutely Must Eat

January 20, 2014
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Korean Foods I Absolutely Must Eat

Now that I’m back on the Korean peninsula, there are certain foods for which I can finally satisfy my cravings. It’s true, Korean food is probably the most widely available on the planet and not necessarily lacking in quality outside of Korea, but there are certain dishes I’ve yet to see in the US....
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