[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…

[food] Shaved Ice in Honolulu

Everyone knows that I have a soft spot in my heart for ice cream. There’s just something about having a cold ice cream on a hot summer day. It’s supported me through many a tough time, and to be honest if someone asked me what food I could never give up – it would be…

[food] Oido clam bake

Well, at least this time I didn’t take a few months to write another blogpost – it’s only been a couple (?) of weeks, right? Around August I came back from Cambodia (oh yeah, I went to Cambodia! More on that another time), and was really feeling the heaviness and the frustrations of the crowds…

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…

Lent, among other things

I have been a pretty sporadic writer these past few months. Apologies, they have been ridiculously busy months. With all the grading, designing, (other) writing, and oh yeah – taxes… this little journal of my life temporarily had to be tucked away in a corner. Anyway, an update on what’s been going on: during the…

Urban jungle

Sometimes in Seoul, you forget to look up at the little quirks that await you in the sky.

Rain again

Weather in Seoul has been so unpredictable lately. I came in the middle of rainy season where it literally did not stop raining. Then it just turned disgustingly humid (around 90%) and stayed at a warm 86-91 degrees Fahrenheit on average. And just when I started to get used to this hot weather – it…

3rd Street

It’s another one of those nights where I can’t seem to fall asleep. So I decided to look through some old(er) pictures. Photo credits go to Angie Paek, editing by yours truly. After graduation, I actually took a little break before heading to Indonesia. I stopped in LA for a few days to see some great…

Hong Kong, yet again

Seriously, of all the airports I’ve been in, I don’t think I’ve frequented an airport as much as I have at Hong Kong International. I am in and out of this place about 5 times a year, and now it just seems so familiar. My itinerary here always seems to be the same too. I…