Category Archives: Living abroad

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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Ping pong or badminton? Both!

I went to my storage locker today.  It’s a bit like having a mini-Christmas; there are surprises in every box!  Granted it’s all mine, and in theory I should remember what’s in there but I don’t.  There are boxes I … 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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Remembering how to be Canadian

When I was in high school, I thought I was invincible.  That’s the only explanation I can think of for my absurd cold-weather behaviour.  I lived in Montreal, and Montreal in the winter is COLD – eye-wateringly, snow-crunchingly, snot-freezingly cold.  … 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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