My favorite film lab in Seoul has started a new project all over Korea: disposable camera vending machines! There are currently 4 machines hidden in front of bookstores all across the country filled with cameras and film, yours for the taking!Read More
My friend Cheleen had told me about an incredible bike path stretching deep into the Korean countryside that I had to check out, so last weekend I found myself on the train out to a station I had never heard of to see what all the hype is about.Read More
This spring has been rough on my skin, with all the pollutants in the air proving to be pretty happy living deep in my pores where I can’t reach them. Luckily, I’ve found a few ways to combat the air with in home methods and the professional route!Read More
Christmas is upon us, and honestly has been upon us here in Korea since mid-October when everyone started to play Christmas carols and hang wreaths… But now that its December, I feel comfortable getting in the holiday spirit :)Read More
Seoul is becoming more and more friendly towards vegan and vegetarians, and Hongdae is one of the best neighborhoods for the lifestyle! Here are a few places to check out if you’re in the area and are looking for a delicious meal, some famous Korean skincare, or a sweet treat :)Read More
It’s the holiday season and that means that you might be visiting family in your home country if you live in Korea, or that you’ll be using your vacation to visit Seoul yourself! Either way, you’ll probably be looking for small gifts you can bring back to your family and friends, and I hope I can give you a few ideas.Read More
In high school, nearly everyone took ceramics as an elective. I, however, decided to take two languages and never got to use a pottery wheel, until about four years after graduating (shudder) and moving to Korea. My boyfriend and I had the opportunity to visit Cheolsu's Pottery Workshop in Itaewon thanks to One More Trip, Seoul Tourism's official site for cultural experiences.Read More
All of Korea has been suffering through a heat wave these past two weeks. Apparently temperatures, especially in the mornings, haven't been this high in a hundred years (lucky us...) So don't mind me hopping from air conditioned building to air conditioned building all weekend long!Read More
Olympic Park is one of my favorite places in Seoul because it is so expansive and changes so gloriously each season. If you saw my post about the poppy fields in June, you are already familiar with this little corner of the park.Read More
In case you're new here, my love of Haruki Murakami is no secret. My first tattoo was actually inspired by his novel Dance Dance Dance!
So imagine my delight when I found not one, but three cafes inspired by him here in Seoul all within walking distance of each other. Let's take a look at them~Read More
Unless you're coming to Korea with a job that sets you up with an apartment, the top worry on people's list before moving to Seoul is how to find housing. I put together a little tutorial for the most popular online real estate service in Korea, Zigbang along with a tour of my apartment that I found through the site!Read More
You might have already figured this out by now, but I love getting out of Seoul for the weekend. This past Saturday I woke up around 7am to head to the north western corner of South Korea, to an island called Ganghwa. It took about 2 hours to get to the island and then another hour and a half to get to my first destination, but staring out the window looking out on the green farmland and blue hills in the distance made the time fly by.Read More
Having lived in Seoul for nearly 5 years now, I have spent a good deal of time admiring the Han River. From bus windows, bike paths, and even from a sailboat, the view of this huge river is always breathtaking. One thing I had never done, however, was to actually get in the water. Other than a quick sailboat ride about four years ago, I had never actually touched the Han.Read More
If you haven't caught on already, I have a thing for fields of flowers. Perhaps it's because I grew up next to the Carlsbad flower fields that bloom stripes of bright ranunculus each spring. Or maybe it's my mind trying to break up the concreteness of my city life, drawing me to spots that make me forget I'm in a metropolis of 10 million.Read More
This past winter I received an email from a service called Usnaper, asking if I was interested in promoting their service. Usually I take some time to mull over the idea, but when I looked at Usnaper's site I knew this was a collaboration I needed to make happen!
Usnaper markets themselves as the AirBnb for photographers. You can browse their many artists (with skills in digital and film focused in portraiture, fantasy, weddings and more) and book them for a photoshoot while in Korea! They hope to be an international service soon.Read More
Just outside of COEX Mall in Seoul, lies an enormous temple called Bongeunsa. Technically, the temple used to be a brothel, but that's a story for another time...
I decided to check it out after work this week because after visiting it countless times during the day, I realized I never saw it at night. With Buddha's birthday celebration filling the temple with lanterns, what better time to visit?!Read More
I travel on a tight budget wherever I go, and as my most recent trips have taken me to Japan, I know a few things about capsule hotels. My first and favorite capsule was in a small guesthouse at the top of a mountain in Koyasan and I was excited to see if Darakhyu, Korea's first capsule hotel, could top that experience.Read More
Down a small alley and through the abandoned corridor of an old market place somewhere in Seoul lies my absolute favorite cafe, orang orang.Read More
A newly opened cafe near Apgujeong named Midnight in Seoul is whipping up some seriously delicious concoctions, with the help of a little cereal and a lot of sugar.
While you are encouraged to create your own mixture of toppings, milks, and cereals, I got overwhelmed and went with a set item that had all the goodies picked out for me.Read More