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Tsunami in Japan

March 11, 2011
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There’s very little I can add to this story. Best to check my Twitter account for updates, as more video and stories are uncovered. The only thing I can say for uncertain is South Korea is completely unaffected; I’m on the east coast and we didn’t see so much as a centimeter rise in...
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I don’t need to go to the hospital

March 11, 2011
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I don’t need to go to the hospital

I’ve been pretty sick the last two days. Fortunately, I have a very accommodating boss here in Korea. I’ve covered for him at school when he had family emergencies or needed to take a few hours to rest himself. I’ve just been fascinated by the different ways cultures approach minor illnesses (major ones too,...
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Gambling in My Travels

February 8, 2011
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Gambling in My Travels

I will admit it: there’s nothing like the rush of setting a few chips in that betting circle and waiting to see what cards are dealt. Blackjack is my game of choice when I’m playing for cash, but I like to organize Texas Hold ‘Em gatherings whenever I settle in for a year. As...
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Bitterness and the Lifer

January 24, 2011
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I promise I’ll try to make more of an effort to blog consistently. The truth is, I have a difficult time finding a good balance between blogging for leisure and out of obligation. What’s been on my mind recently? Actually something I’m quite concerned about. Let me set the stage. A new NongHyup Mart...
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

October 21, 2010
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

Why travel by ferry when there are other options? Cruises. Flying. For me, it comes to comfort. Ferries take a little longer, but there’s more amenities on longer trips, like table tennis. And even if the ride is longer than a few hours, the overall commute is just… well, easier. Consider someone in Seoul...
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

October 6, 2010
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

I’m sitting at one of Fukuoka city’s famous yatai: a food stall lining the river, usually stocking fresh ramen or sushi. This time, as I perch myself on one of the red stools and start slurping loud enough to attract the attention of Japanese, it’s as though I’m settling into a warm bath. With...
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

October 1, 2010
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

I’m walking down the Subashiri Trail on the east face well after the sun has set. Unlike knowledgeable hikers, I hold no rain gear, nor a decent flashlight; fortunately, I planned my ascent around the full moon, and, being a clear night, this light is more than enough to guide me. My feet slide...
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Five “Hello”s

September 13, 2010
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Five “Hello”s

I was walking through Juk-byeon (줔변), a town relatively close to Bugu, having completed a solid beach run and just killing time window shopping before the next local bus arrived. I had been in this area before, but only in the evening and only briefly on the streets; a few English teachers host a...
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Differences in Learning English

September 12, 2010
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Differences in Learning English

The idea of escaping one’s national economy to go teach English in Asia is nothing new; I don’t why it’s been getting such attention lately, but I might as well put more information out there. Of course there are differences in the way children learn English, just their countries offer unique cultures. With each...
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What is it with Dokdo Island?

August 31, 2010
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What is it with Dokdo Island?

I’m going to get in trouble with this entry no matter what, so I better check all my facts. It’s worth mentioning that during my two years in Japan, I never heard mention of Dokdo Island (독도 or Takeshima, 竹島, as it is known in Japan), though I did hear about disputed territory north...
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