expat life

It’s Halloween in Daegu!

Last weekend we suited up and went to celebrate one of my faaaaavorite holidays! Does it really surprise you that I like to dress up?  BAM! I impressed myself with putting this Wilykit from the Thundercats outfit together in 3 days. I made it! WoooOOooo, mama be proud! Everything including contacts cost like $35.  We [...]

Phnom Penh Tour by Cyclo: A Beautiful Intrusion

Editor’s note: A slightly modified version of this was published in The Phnom Penh Post

By Scott Liam Soper

“Without architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”–Frank Lloyd Wright

A cyclo tour group whizzing past the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Sreng Meng Srun and Alexander Crook/Phnom Penh Post

Cultbusting Korea: World Mission Society Church of God

For personal reasons the author wishes to remain anonymous.

Phnom Penh Newsbriefing: Street 282

By Mizaru

Oh, the city’s a fire a passionate flame that knows me by name. Oh, the city’s desire to take me for more and more. U2

Adventures in Parenting Abroad Part 2: Push It!

Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a series about an expat mother’s experiences in Korea.

Read Part 1

By Ms. V

You may remember that when I arrived in country I was 32 weeks pregnant, which should have meant I was giving birth about eight weeks after we arrived. Alas, I remained pregnant for ten weeks after our arrival, giving birth at nearly 42 weeks.  It was June, in Seoul, hot and dusty as could be, and my belly just kept getting bigger and bigger. It was as if someone was sprinkling baby fertilizer on it while I slept. By 41+ weeks my doctor was beginning to contemplate ways to get things going, but thankfully, mercifully, the little one decided he was finally ready to face the world at 41 weeks, five days.

Do you Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinchon? Playing at Nori Bar

By Mizaru

Part 1 (here) Part 2 (here) Part 3 (here) A recent take on the live music scene in Hongdae (here)

Part 4– The Alpha and the Beta.

“Best of everything there was and everything there is to come is often undocumented.”–Patti Smith

Jet Boy Jet Girl meet Juju and Guju

Two Homes, a World Apart

By John M. Rodgers

Squam Lake (foreground) and Lake Winnipesaukee. By John M. Rodgers

I was sitting aboard an Asiana Airlines flight some 37,000 feet above earth on my way from Seoul, South Korea to New York’s JFK Airport where I would catch a flight to Boston and then a ride to northern New Hampshire. During the flight I had plenty of time to contemplate the transition from a frenetic, wired city of more than 10 million people to a bucolic town (pop. 4,044). I’d be staying at a relative’s home more than eight miles down a road that ends at the state’s largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee.

“No Internet here,” my older brother told me during a call before my arrival.

Who Do You Love?: Korean Ethnocentrism, International Couples and the Dating Dilemma

By Bo-Kyung Byun

Do you Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinchon? Playing at Nori–The Alpha

By Mizaru

Part 1 (here) Part 2 (here) Part 3 (here)  A recent take on the live music scene in Hongdae (here)

 Part 4

“Best of everything there was and everything there is to come is often undocumented.”

Clueless: How Korean Public Schools Got English Ed. Wrong


By Stuart Stravis

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