May 2017 be the year of compassion

It is almost 8pm on a Monday night in Seoul as I’m writing this. I’m sitting here, battling a nasty cold, trying to figure out what to write for the blog. Secret revealed: my sister and I “planned” this post to be relevant to 구정 (or the Lunar New Year), you know… because that’s what bloggers do… Plan ahead, right? I think what we originally had in mind was a cheery post featuring delicious food we’ll devour during the holiday, the importance of spending quality time with family, traditions… All the heartwarming things you could relate to such a holiday. Continue reading

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Going to NYC + Seattle!! D-30: let the countdown begin!

In exactly one month from today, I’ll be hopping on a plane to visit New York and Seattle!! I am beyond excited for this trip and have been counting down forever! This will be a special trip for me because I absolutely love those two cities. You might remember from my previous posts that I went to Seattle last year around the same time, and I had a blast revisiting my “home.” Continue reading

Starbucks in Korea: Toffee Nut Latte

Starbucks in Korea: Toffee Nut Latte

Fall means many different things to different people. To some, it means stepping on beautifully colored, crunchy leaves. To some, it means bidding adieu to summertime fun and preparing for the colder weather. (sweater weather, anyone?) To some, it means the start of school. The list goes on… And some might wonder, “why in the world is she talking about fall when we’re already halfway deep into the season???” Continue reading

Spending the holidays back home: What it’s like for a TCK

Spending the holidays back home: What it's like for a TCK

It is officially the night before Chuseok, one of the biggest national holidays here in Korea. I often like to compare Chuseok to America’s Thanksgiving. (If you’re not familiar with the holiday, read about it here) While they might not be the exact same, the magnitude of the two holidays sure is similar. Big feasts, family gatherings, travel nightmares, etc…

This year I’ll be spending my second Chuseok with the family since I’ve returned to Korea. It’s also something I should get used to since last year I was so busy with just trying to adjust to my new life at my new/old home and I didn’t really get to fully enjoy the holiday. As the buzz and excitement around Chuseok continues to build up, there are some thoughts that inevitably popped up in my head: Continue reading

First Korean New Year in 15 years…

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새해 복 많이 받으세요!

That’s “Happy New Year” in Korean. This will be my first time celebrating Korean New Year in 15 years. Back when my family and I were living in the States and Shanghai, it was not a huge part of our lives. The morning of, we would call our relatives back in Korea to bid them “happy new year” before carrying the day on as usual. That was as far as our “tradition” would go. Continue reading

8 Things I’m Thankful For…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is that we take time to sit down and appreciate all the good things that are in our lives. Because sadly, we don’t do this all too often on normal days. It’s so easy to get swept away by daily responsibilities and we are constantly tested by negativity surrounding us. So it’s almost cathartic to gather around with your family and friends to share what we’re thankful for. The glow produced from merry-making is just so warm and contagious. Isn’t this exactly why we love Thanksgiving? (aside from delicious feasting, of course…) Continue reading