Category Archives: ex-pat

Big face, small beauty?

Recently I was going through a box of things I had shipped home from Korea.  Metal chopsticks, cute notebooks, sparkly hair do-dads for my nieces, and this: I can’t remember what it’s called in Korean but I do remember where … Continue reading

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Korea – the gift that keeps on giving

Yesterday I was going through a box in my storage locker, when I stumbled across this pretty little gift box.  During my last few hot, humid, hectic, harried days in Korea, I vaguely remember the lovely gym teacher at my … Continue reading

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Smells like what??

I lived in Asia for almost ten years.  Eventually I learned to read both Japanese and Korean but sometimes, especially when in the grocery store, it was easier to look at pictures or shapes than to try to sound out … Continue reading

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I don’t normally do this…

My life normally provides me with more than enough inspiration for blog posts.  I am simply one of those people to whom strange things seem to happen.  However, I saw this on my Facebook feed and had to share it. … Continue reading

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You can leave Korea but it never really leaves you…

It is astonishing.  I have been back in Canada for nearly 6 months now, and yet my love life (or lack thereof) is still a source of intense interest for my Korean friends.  I received this email yesterday, from a … Continue reading

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Further Cockroach Capers

I was in my teeny Japanese kitchen, washing dishes, and probably howling along to the radio when I reached over to grab a dirty pot.  There was something a little crunchy on the handle, and I looked down to see … Continue reading

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Why I hate cockroaches

I have often been asked about the name of my blog, and I assure you, there is a story.  I didn’t just decide arbitrarily to hate cockroaches, even though they are vile little creatures. Long, long ago, I studied biology … Continue reading

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Times they are a-changin’

A month ago, I was in Korea.  It was hellishly hot; I had to climb over a pile of sand and bricks to get to my classroom; the pinatas for our Mexican lesson had imploded over the weekend; my apartment … Continue reading

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Cars, Ships and Petrochemical Plants… oh my!

Ulsan is the industrial heart of Korea, and is home to the world’s largest automobile assembly plant (Hyundai), and the world’s largest shipyard (Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)).  There are also petrochemical plants, oil refineries, and a huge number of smaller … Continue reading

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

I had been told many times during my almost 10 years in Asia that I needed to see a baseball game.  Apparently witnessing an Asian baseball game was an essential part of The Asian Experience.  Not being a huge sports … Continue reading

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