[travel] Chicago

Rest doesn’t always mean a resort. I ventured to the Windy City for my summer holiday, and was met with great food and great views.

[food + travel] Hong Kong and afternoon tea

I’m a city girl at heart. I left my birthplace, Seoul, at the age of two, but I suppose the city never left me because I gravitate to cosmopolitans over the suburbs any day of the week. My idea of the perfect vacation is a big city by the beach – not everyone’s idea of…

[thoughts] Achieving goals for 2017

In two days, 2016 will be over and I’m sure many are in the same situation I’m in, where I’m reflecting back on the experiences I’ve had this year, and wondering what’s next for 2017. This year has been a big one for me, and possibly the most fulfilling year I’ve had. In part, I…

[life] A night for myself

I’m a workaholic by nature and there seems to always be something scheduled in my calendar. Work has been crazy lately with deadlines and translations galore, and weekends don’t seem much easier… but from my experience, I know that if I keep this up for too long – I’ll burn out like a fire pit….

Why I run

I didn’t start running until I was in my early twenties. In fact, I never liked exercising until college. After I broke up with my ex-boyfriend my freshman year, I moped around until sophomore year when I decided to hit the gym and try out this thing people call “adrenaline.” I was hooked on the…

It’s that time of year again

I love this time of the year. The leaves crunch under my feet, and it feels like hot chocolate… you know that feeling. One of the perks of living in Seoul is that you actually get to experience Fall and Winter transitions and the boot-lover in me can’t get enough of it. I’m one of…

#realworldtalk

So aside from my very vague “note to self” – why have I been MIA for the past 5 months? Well, maybe it was because I was in a relationship that ultimately ended, or that because of the aforementioned relationship, I was in a very lonely place… or that even during the relationship I was…

I’m quite possibly the worst blogger ever to walk the face of the earth. But my friends, sometimes life just puts blogging on the backburner. First off, I started a new job outside of Seoul. While going ANYWHERE in Seoul takes minimum 40 minutes to an hour, I realized that the commute takes quite a…

Gangnam living

I’ve moved! After a year of commuting an hour each way to work, church, and pretty much anywhere I need to go – I’ve finally moved to Gangnam, a central area of Seoul. It’s only been a few days and so far I’m missing a lot of furniture and necessities, but I am so so…

[food] Noryangjin Wholesale Fisheries Market

When you start getting comfortable in Seoul, you find that the amount of coffee shops you visit goes up, and the amount of cultural attractions you visit goes wayyyy down. But thankfully, it’s never too late to start it up again. Now, Seoul is getting hot. And uncomfortably hot… the humidity just kind of screams…

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

I left Korea at a very young age, but I remember coming back for vacations every few summers. My family also spoke Korean at home, so I never felt like I was a “tourist” per se. And now that I’m living here in Seoul, I rarely feel like I’m just visiting – which to be…

[recipe] Rest Frittata

I love the late-morning/no-schedule/books-to-be-read/coffee-to-be-brewed/miles-to-be-run feeling that I get during summer. I love that I can sit down and drink a cup of coffee without burning my tongue because I need to rush out the door, or that I can make a GOOD batch of pasta sauce because hallelujah, I don’t have to pack my lunch…