Hello, Toaster.

I’m not going to dwell on it for long, but I have the coolest toaster in the universe. The day that I moved into my new Korean apartment, I was rooting around underneath the sink cupboard. The previous teachers had left behind some items, and I was sorting the things that I would use from […]

Two Weekends

Time slides by quickly. Weekdays pass like a sequence of flashes, the perpetuum mobile of teaching, I suppose. In the daytime, there is hardly a minute that passes in which I’m not engaged in some sort of activity either with the kids or while I’m running errands like sending off mail or getting coffee to […]

Coca-Cola Cherry

It wasn’t too long ago when one of my favourite colas of all time hit the shelves in Canada. It was called Cherry Coke, and it had one of the best commercials of all time.     Alas, Cherry Coke was doomed to fail in Canada, and the product was yanked off the shelves. Thankfully, […]

Birthday Wishes from Children

A Cafe la Jelly

I suppose it should have been immediately apparent that this particular Korean delight would be terrible. Still, my curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself at the checkout of the 7-11 store below my apartment. I stared at the strange package in the elevator and noticed that the failed attempt at French […]

The First Day of School

I used to think that heading to the first day of school was a nerve-wracking experience. I am reminded of a memory in which I am hurrying down the street of a suburban neighbourhood in Nova Scotia, frantically walking to keep up with my mother as we head to the school. We are late, as […]

Space and Time

The last few days have been a blur. Streaking subway cars, masses of bodies with urban stoic faces, the midnight glow of bright neon lights stacked endlessly on the sides of buildings, luring you into their spaces. And yet space is limited. One of the most immediate effects of moving to a city like Seoul […]

Hitting the Ground Running

It’s Friday, and I’m exhausted, but satisfied. Yesterday I wandered into the chaotic mass of bodies in the Seoul Metro Subway system and made my way across the city to Dogokdong, which is where my school is is situated along a long stretch of fir trees along the river. Dogokdong is beautiful, Gangnam being one […]