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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Things I Will and Won’t Miss About Korea

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Things I Will and Won’t Miss About Korea

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Volunteering at Mulmangcho.I miss my hair this color. (2014)

Getting ready to depart Korea has left me with a lot of emotions. I have spent the last 4 years of my life in this country, and for better or worse, I have grown a lot as a person. There are a lot of things that I will miss and not miss about Korea, but as I’m winding down I thought why not close out this year with writing about those things.

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Mocha Diaries: The Intervention

Mocha Diaries: The Intervention

About a month or so ago I had an “intervention” of sorts. I met a friend of a friend, who has now become my friend. And she intervened in my life, by talking to me about myself. In many ways it came out casually as talking about other things and then it came to the point of talking about what is going on with me and with my life.  The conversation made me very uncomfortable.

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Mocha Diaries: An Introvert Finding Herself

Mocha Diaries: An Introvert Finding Herself

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Enjoying the sea breeze at Anmok Beach in Gangneung.The above is kind of self explanatory,or is it? Back at the end of October last year I realized I was heading into a big dark cave I have seen many times before. It wasn’t my first time in that cave nor was it going to be my last day dragged back down into its depths.  I decided to talk to a few friends about how I was feeling and even they noticed how much of a change had overcome me. A few close friends suggested that just maybe, I should reach out for help.

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A Year Ago Today…

A Year Ago Today…

A year ago today I boarded a plane at JFK Airport and met new EPIK friends in San Francisco before boarding our plane to Incheon International Airport in South Korea. Thinking back on the past year it is interesting to see how far I have come and how much my life has changed. A year ago, I went through orientation and upon completion was ushered by bus to a city in my province. I remember meeting my co-teacher the first day and  the car ride back to where I was going to live was awkward but friendly.  Fast forward to now and I can say that my co-teacher, 라미, has been my biggest supporter.

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“Everyone’s goal is to be married with kid(s) by 27?”

“Everyone’s goal is to be married with kid(s) by 27?”

“Everyone’s goal is to be married with kid(s) by 27?”

“I have seen too many girls from my high school pregnant waddling down the aisle”,

” OK, you got pregnant you don’t have to rush into a marriage and be miserable”

Three quotes from a friend that happen to resonate with me. While I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that will disagree with me and want to throw shit my way, by all means go ahead. Doesn’t fucking bother me.

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Rain and Rural Life

Rain and Rural Life

Welcome to monsoon season! The rain finally started coming more regularly now and most days it does kill most of the humidity where I live.

I haven’t been updating  about what I have been doing and I will give proper posts to the places I visited later during summer vacation.  I spend most of my time going to Incheon on the weekend to visit my best friend. It is really nice to have a close friend that I can rely on and to hang out with, eat a nice meal and talk with over coffee. I have met a lot of people through her as well.  Those weekends when I see other people, brings some sanity to my life.

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