Under the Eye of the Buddha

Monday Night falls over the city. I’m alone in my apartment, wondering how to kill an hour. The humidity seems to have finally broken in the last few days, with the sweltering, sticky days giving way to warm but drier days. This makes the evenings rather comfortable. I decide to go for a walk. Down […]

A Lazy Weekend

Friday As the weekend finally rolls around I have very little remaining energy. It has been a challenging week, as Shawn and Ashley, our senior teachers have departed for their backpacking trip around Asia. Their contract is over, and before heading back to BC they wanted to get one last slice of this side of […]

Well, If Simon Says…

  Simon doesn’t like it when you smoke near him.

New Arrivals, Old Buildings

Friday Yesterday a new arrival came to town. Another friend from Nova Scotia. We are arriving in droves these days. We meet up with Nick at a subway station in Mokdong and head to a Hof. A Hof is a Korean bar with a stolen German name. I was immediately suspicious when I arrived to […]

Sometimes I Worry About My Kids

Wondering if some of my students have suffered severe psychological trauma.


One of the most interesting and delicious foods that I’ve come across since relocating to Seoul would have to be Galbi. From Wikipedia: Galbi or kalbi generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef (or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy […]

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 […]