The Hallyu Wave Part 1: Why?

Being born, raised and currently living my teenage years here in Canada has given me the opportunity to diversify my interests. A common interest myself and many of my friends have is Kpop, to be more general, the Hallyu Wave, also referred to as the Korean Wave. When I first […]

A Welcome Patch

Outside of my English-speaking circle of friends, through a cluster of Indian and Pakistani merchants, over a bridge, and due north, can be found a patch of Korean shops and services known in Metro Vancouver as “Koreatown”. It stretches down both sides of North Road, hemmed in by […]

What does the national flag mean to you?

With pleasant cheers of encouragement, the audience breaks into rapturous applause as the athletes grandly enter the stadium. Each player has different appearance, different personality, and different background, but they have one thing in common: a small flag on their chest. 

Your Journey to Korea begins at ICN

Your passenger flight finally arrives in Korea. After reaching upwards into the flight cabinet to grab your carry-on luggage, you are ready to disembark the aircraft. While passing through the sky bridge, one can see dozens of other aircraft from various worldwide corporations parked at nearby exit gates. […]

Being Zen

The story of how I quite literally stumbled upon the Hwa Gye Sa temple and International Zen Centre is cliche. It’s so cliche that I almost didn’t share it with you. But then I remembered the happiness and joy that resulted from my visits, so here goes. If […]

Canadians in KPOP

It’s not exactly unusual to see at least one English speaking member of a KPOP group—in fact, I have a hard time naming more than two or three without one. To Korean companies, it seems like the USA is a goldmine of Asian-American talent. It’s easy to see […]

Sushi Koreans

I moved back to Winnipeg, MB from living in Seoul and was missing Korea! I went out in search of delicious Korean food locally and instantly started drooling at the idea of kimchi jiggae, dol-sot bi-bim-bap and sam gyup sal! Mashessayo! But what I found was that in […]

How’s your nunchi?

You just walked out of your first business meeting in Seoul and you have no idea what just happened. You have to report back to your boss in Canada and you can’t even say if your proposal was received positively, neutrally or negatively. You’re not even sure if […]

POTATO TORNADO in SEOUL!

Here it is: the great potato twister, the magic tool, perhaps one of the most clever contraptions ever made for a potato (after the masher of course). But Koreans don’t mash their beloved potatoes, they twist them, and they twist for a delicious purpose. Behold! – The Potato […]