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2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

Maybe it’s the tropical climate, or maybe all the shuffling around, but it’s hard to believe that Christmas is in a few days and we’re nearing the end of 2013. Also, I just realized that I’ve been blogging for two years, and I have published 200 entries. Insane! I spent a couple hours this morning reading...
My Grandmother and her House on Robie Street

My Grandmother and her House on Robie Street

My grandmother’s house on Robie Street was like my second home growing up. I spent countless hours sitting around the dining room table, inhaling the fresh aroma of pasta sauce and listening to soft, slightly scratchy tunes from the 1940s on the radio. Sometimes Grammie and I would sit next to the wood stove. I’d...
Christmas in July...or a night out in rural Maine

Christmas in July…or a night out in rural Maine

Thursday night. It begins like other thrilling nights out in rural Maine–with my mom dropping me off at a dive bar. I’m in no position to walk into that bar sober–especially since my mom is driving me–so I chug a glass of wine before hopping in the passenger’s seat. Even so, I feel like I’m...
Dueji and 'Diet' stamps: the importance of weight in Korea vs. the United States

Dueji and ‘Diet’ stamps: the importance of weight in Korea vs. the United States

“What did you do last weekend?” I asked my class of 24 twelve year-old students. “I played with these two pigs!” shouted one of the skinny boys, referring to two of his friends. His friend turned around and slapped him playfully on the head. Later in the day, I was playing a Powerpoint game with...
Remembering life as an art student in Brooklyn, NY

Remembering life as an art student in Brooklyn, NY

“Okay everyone, repeat: When did you go to New York?” “When did you go to New York?” my class of 30 Korean students chimed, looking at the title of chapter 13. I then clicked on an animation where a blond character named Jenny skypes with her friend Jimin, and tells her about visiting the Statue...
Where to see art in Portland, ME

Where to see art in Portland, ME

Photo: Swoon, a well-known contemporary street artist, adhered wheatpaste prints to the exterior of Space Gallery located on Congress St.  My newest service article titled, Where to see art in Portland, ME, was published on Matador Trips today. The Portland art scene is rather small, but there’s some innovative, inspiring work to be seen in...
Documenting desolation in Lubec, Maine

Documenting desolation in Lubec, Maine

West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine marks the most eastern point in the United States. (West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is shown above.) The warm summer months and famous Maine landmarks draw visitors to Lubec each year. In the fall of 2010, before I moved to Korea, my mom, grandmother and I took a trip Downeast....
A day trip Downeast

A day trip Downeast

While visiting my family in Maine two weeks ago, my mom, two sisters and I managed to find a day to drive Downeast. Downeast Maine is one of the most scenic areas to travel in the state, scattered with small towns along the gorgeous coast. There are several art galleries selling contemporary Maine-inspired paintings, along with famous...
Ideas evoked by an unpublished memoir from WWII

Ideas evoked by an unpublished memoir from WWII

When I was a middle school and high school student, I used to visit my great grandmother once a week. She was almost blind, suffering from macular degeneration, but her mind was intact. I would help her address Christmas cards and read her mail, as well as her favorite poems and stories, stashed in worn...
Life on an island: Long Island, Maine

Life on an island: Long Island, Maine

My aunt bought a cottage on Long island, Maine in 1987, the same year I was born. Every summer, I’ve spent at least one weekend on this quaint island, a mere 1.4 square miles in land area, located in Casco Bay. Like any island, time tends to stand still here. I’ve continually felt a sense...
stuffing my face in Maine

stuffing my face in Maine

In the last year and a half I’ve been working in Seoul and traversing throughout east Asia during my breaks. Time seems to tick faster in Asia, but bouts of homesickness for family, friends and food have recurred. Food. Yes, food. I have a deep everlasting love for Korean food, but my stomach has growled...
Pimp your travel photos with Android: PUDDING CAMERA

Pimp your travel photos with Android: PUDDING CAMERA

Pudding camera is an Android camera app with eight different camera types and eight different types of film to alter your photographs. The camera types consist of: Basic, Snap, Panorama, Fantasy, Motion 2×2, Motion x4, Fisheye and Triplex. The film types consist of: Basic, Vintage Brown, Vintage Blue, Vignetting, Dazzle, Mono, Vivid, and Noir. You...