Seoul at Night: Best Areas to Experience the City

When planning a trip to Seoul, be prepared to throw your typical weekday bedtime in the trash. No, seriously. Going to Seoul without experiencing Seoul at night, is like going to Italy and not eating pizza. I’ve never been to Italy nor eaten the pizza there, but I think most...

Sapa, Vietnam: Overnight Trains & Homestays

Hop in my DeLorean as we rewind to November 2016, where I spent ten days exploring Vietnam. I briefly wrote about my time in this gorgeous country in my 2016 Hightlights Post, however it is such a special place, it deserves an entire post on its own! (Never too late, right?...

Seeing Red: Chinese New Year in Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown during Chinese New Year season in Singapore is one heck of a busy place, I’ll tell you that much. Not only will you be seeing red because of the festive colour being quite literally everywhere, however you may also start seeing red due to the streets being so...

First Month in Singapore: Eight New Normals

My first full calendar month living in Singapore has come to an end. Filled with some ups and downs, I’m definitely still adjusting to life here (but I’ll make another post on that later). Throughout this month, I’ve learned a lot more about Singapore and the realities here that...

Eighteen Things for 2018

New country, new job, new apartment, new year. Lots of new things for 2018 and they have all got me feeling inspired! 2018 is going to be a great year. Taken inspiration from Gretchen Rubin’s “Happier” Podcast, here are Eighteen Things for 2018....

Christmas in Singapore

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas season filled with hearty meals and time spent with loved ones. It feels unbelievable to say this was my third Christmas spent abroad in the past four years. Luckily I have two friends here in Singapore (Nat &...

2017 Recap: A Weird & Wonderful Year

2017….a strange year to say the least, perhaps for all of us. For me, it was the year I returned to Canada after spending two years in Korea. Up until that point, I felt like life had progressed in a natural way. I graduated high school, went to University....

2016 Recap: Highlights

In a vague attempt to maintain some sort of consistency with this blog, I have decided to make a 2016 recap post, just like I did last year for 2015. 2016 may not have ended how I expected and it was not without it’s challenges, but it was a darn...

Letting Go Of Your First Love Abroad

November was the month that marked the end of my two year relationship with South Korea. A loving, caring, supportive and secure relationship. Yes, a real relationship. Oh, if you were expecting this to be about a person, I am sorry to disappoint but I will not be divulging the details of...

Jeju: Photo Highlights of 5 Days in Paradise

Jeju-do: the “Hawaii of Korea”. A temperate climate with countless cliffs, coasts, and beaches; vastly different than the rest of the country. It had been high on my list of places to see since before I even arrived to Korea. And I finally made it happen! Lucky for me,...

What You DON’T Need to Pack For a Year in Korea

Cue almost two years ago, Laura at the Ottawa airport with an exploding 40L carry-on backpack and TWO massive overweight suitcases, ready for a year abroad (or what looked like a lifetime abroad, given the amount of stuff). Thankfully, the kind Air Canada staff member only made me pay...

The Best Things About Korea in the Summer

A whole new season is upon us, and despite the sometimes unbearable heat and humidity, there are some great things about Korea that you can only experience in the summer time. My favourite things, in no particular order, are as follows. If you’re lucky enough to visit Korea in...

Things That Start to Happen During Your Second Year in Korea

1. It is very clear you are no longer “new” Once new batches of teachers start to come in to town, in awe of everything around them, almost in a “Korea daze”; it is then you realize how far you’ve come. Sometimes you forget what made this place so...

Japan vs. Korea: Six Differences

Way way back in February, I traveled to Japan! And I have yet to write about it….oops! Actually I haven’t wrote about a lot of things. Mainly because I’m procrastinating trying to work on my new general travel blog, but I have yet to come up with a domain...

How to Kill a Few Hours in Incheon City

Maybe you have a long layover and are wanting to explore nearby areas, or maybe you’re wanting to venture outside the hustle and bustle of central Seoul. Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself in Incheon, South Korea with a few hours to kill, this is where you...

2016: Looking Forward

Since my last post was taking a look back on 2015, I figured HEY why not make a second post, looking forward to 2016?! 2016 is already off to a great start, since we are currently on winter vacation until March in Korea! Well, almost….. My vacation hasn’t technically...

2015 Recap & Look Back

2015. The year I discovered mangosteen, and finally made it a habit to wash my face every night. OK, and maybe a few more things. 14 days in to the New Year and I think it’s finally sunk in at what a year 2015 really was. I arrived in Korea in...

7 Little Things I Love About Korea

As there are things that bug me about living in Korea, there are of course many things that I love about living here. Many of these things, are little things. But when I first came to Korea, these little things weren’t so little. They were new, different, exciting, and...

6 Things That "Grind My Gears" About Living in South Korea

Little things are going to annoy and bother you no matter where you are in the world. Whether in your home country, or travelling, or living abroad. The “honeymoon phase” of culture shock has no doubt worn off since arriving here in Korea over a year ago, and there...

Fall Hiking on the Cloud Bridge in Wochulsan National Park

This fall season in Korea has been a cold and rainy one. So when you finally get a clear day and not-so freezing temperatures, on the weekend ESPECIALLY, you go out and seize the day! And that is exactly what we did. Late morning on Saturday, my friend Claire...

9 Things I Never Thought I Would Eat Until Coming To Korea

As you may have noticed in my last post, I have officially been in Korea for over a year! A lot can happen in a year, including what food I have allowed to enter my digestive system. Almost all of these foods were surprisingly tasty, and I would eat...

6 Things I’ve Learned My First Year in Korea

Cheers to one year in the land of kimchi! Happy Anniversary, Korea. I’ve learned a lot from you, and not just how to use a selfie stick. Let’s take a deep dive into this arbitraty list of six things I have learned from you (so far)....

Korean Thanksgiving: Camping in Picturesque Piagol

Last weekend was the celebration of Chuseok, essentially the equivalent of Thanksgiving here in Korea. For us teachers, that meant a 4 day weekend! We took full advantage of this and headed for Piagol Valley in Jiri Mountain for some good ol’ fashioned fall camping. Campfires, cool nights, and...

Vacation Mode in Beautiful Bijindo

August 9th- breakfast filled with Dunkin Donuts (makeshift Korean Tim Hortons breakfast), and we set out for our week long cross Korea road trip! After some failed attempts of camping on the East Coast during the first part of our vacation (paying $30 to sleep next to a roller...

How to Celebrate Canada Day Abroad in 7 Easy Steps

1. Dress the part Put on your deepest reds and freshest whites. This should be a daily occurrence, however on Canada day especially; if you aren’t wearing red and white, are you really Canadian? 2. Take a selfie with the giant flag hanging on your wall Because it’s Tim...

Beaches, Beer, & Buddha’s Birthday in Busan

This past weekend was the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, meaning- a long weekend for us teachers! This time I decided it was time to explore South Korea’s second biggest city- Busan. Saturday We were Busan bound bright and early that morning. After hopping off of our express bus, we...

Happy 6 Months, Korea!

April 26th- the day I reached my six month anniversary of being in Korea. Also known as the midpoint of my contract. I have lived, learned, and experienced an immeasurable amount during these past six months, yet I also feel as though there is still so much exploring to...

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To Korea

Iwas recently asked by my TESOL course instructor if I could Skype into a class and talk to a new group of students, since there were some interested in going to Korea. Of course I immediately said yes, and we worked on figuring out a time-  a somewhat difficult...

Lunar New Year: Seoul Style

Lunar New Year was now a month ago, but the memories are still fresh (….somewhat….). I decided to take advantage of this amazing five day weekend and head to Seoul- my first visit there since arriving at the airport Korea! After hopping on our 8:00 AM train Wednesday morning,...

Is This Real Life? – Finding (Sur)reality in El Nido

Just like the limestone cliffs that surround El Nido and give it it’s charm- our journey there was a rocky one. After spending a couple days in Cebu- a lively city with less chaos than Manila (so I’ve heard), we were itching to get out the city and into...

Jungle Stays in Chiang Rai

Spending my last few days in Thailand at the Bamboo Nest was the only thing I had actually booked in advance before leaving for my trip. The idea of spending a few days in a bamboo hut in the middle of the jungle was captivating, and the rave reviews of...

Chiang Mai: Tea & Elephants

Chiang Mai: my home for 4 days and where my exploration of Northern Thailand began. For those wondering why I didn’t venture down to the beautiful beaches and white sand of southern Thailand, here’s why. I had heard so many positive reviews of Northern Thailand from friends, plus I...

Barfing & Bartering in Bangkok

A quick little 5 hour flight from Incheon (anything seems little compared to a 16 hour flight), and I had arrived in Bangkok. Since it was fairly late, I headed straight for my hotel that I had (responsibly) booked ahead of time. Upon waking from my surprisingly terrible slumber...

(Home) Sweet Home

3 weeks ago I departed for my first solo trip. Here I am, 3 weeks later sitting at a new coffee shop that just opened up by my apartment while I was away. Trying to find the right words to explain these past 3 weeks. Feeling at home in...

Life’s a Trip

Just under a week until I depart for my first big trip since arriving here (as if that wasn’t big enough already!). It’s crazy to think I have 24 days off work, when it still feels like I just got here. But, that’s just timing of it all! Not...

A Merry Korean Christmas

Despite being far from home and the fact that Christmas is not a massive holiday here in Korea, it still remained to be a special day. Christmas Eve was spent working during the day. This wasn’t so bad, since I received 3 separate surprise packages in the mail! These...

4 Signs You May Be Sucessfully Assimilating to Korean Culture

1. You Can Now “Fall Asleep” on Public Transit Your senses are no longer hyperactive/hypersensitive during your commute. You can now close your eyes and know exactly where the bus is, without worrying you will miss your stop. I realize this isn’t technically falling asleep, BUT this one time I...

Today Was A Great Day

As soon as I opened my curtain this morning, I knew it was going to be a great day. Mokpo’s first big snowfall....

Top 10 Cultural Differences in Korea (So Far)

I have officially been in Korea for over a month. Wow! So crazy. Although it’s a fairly short period of time, the amount of cultural differences I have experienced so far is astounding! I definitely did my fair share of research on Korean culture before arriving here, however being PHYSICALLY...

Living Abroad: Celebrate the Small Victories

It’s funny how living in a foreign country can change your perspective on your accomplishments. Back home, buying groceries or successfully taking a cab back to your house is a mundane task that probably deserves zero recognition. However when you are immersed in a new culture, these small tasks...

Teaching in Korea: Apartment Tour

Even though I’ve been in Korea for over 3 weeks, I only moved in to my apartment about 9 days ago. Since then, it has been a constant cycle of cleaning, organizing, buying more stuff, making more of a mess, and repeat. I am relieved and happy to finally...

First Weekend In My New City

My first weekend here in this new city I call home was spent exploring. On Saturday, my lovely co-teacher took me for a hike at Yudalsan Mountain, about a 5 minute drive from my apartment. It’s not the biggest mountain, but you definitely work up a sweat! Once you...

Oh right- I’m here to teach!

Orientation kind of felt like summer camp- the excitement of being in a new place, meeting new people- who became immediate friends, and having a day scheduled with new activities. (The fact that we also ate all three meals daily together and slept in the same hotel really added...

Planes, Trains & A Great Big Foreigner Bubble

Just over 2 weeks since I’ve landed in the beautiful country of South Korea. Time has flown by, but the plane ride seems so far from here. Even though I’ve only been here for two weeks, so much has happened during this time, that I can’t help but be...