What it means to be truly happy – 5 takeaways

What it means to be truly happy – 5 takeaways

What makes you truly happy? Friends? An exotic vacation? A good book? Laughter of a newborn child?

Great. Because those things make me happy too. But what if those sources of joy were stripped off of you and you were left with just… you? Are you your source of happiness?

This is the question that I had asked myself over and over again, resulting in fake answers each time. I can’t pinpoint exactly when this started, but I had been building a facade of happiness to mask dissatisfaction and flaws in my life. I continued on with such lifestyle because it worked for me for a period of time. But over time, that facade started to crumble with the ever-growing weight of overlooked unhappiness and depression beneath the surface. I was so scared that my imperfections and vulnerabilities would shine like a high beam through the cracks. Helplessness engulfed me because I felt like I was losing control of my mind and life. My sources of joy were falling through beneath my feet. I was terrified. Read More

Childhood memories in Korea

Childhood memories in Korea

So here’s a bit of my story. I was born in Seoul, Korea and lived there (well, “here” now that I’m back) until I was 8 years old. Until then, I thought I was going to live like any other normal Korean kids. Never in my short 8 years of life, did I think that I’ll be moving away from my “home” and live in different countries… for 15 years!

Because of this, Seoul to me was more of a place of nostalgia than somewhere I would call “home.” When I lived abroad, I could look back at those years in Korea and recall the sweet, sentimental notes of childhood memories. Those memories always felt dreamlike and brought a smile on my face. Read More

My Bucket List: 50 Places in Seoul in One Year

50 things to do in seoul

What is the biggest tourist spot in your city? What is the most famous landmark that Trip Adviser tells you you have to see in your city? Now tell me, how many of those places have you actually visited?

There’s a saying that if Disneyland is outside your door, you will never go until a friend from out of town visits. We are usually so focused on seeing places outside of where we live and visiting new countries that we neglect all the great places to see within a short walk or drive.

This certainly was the case for me in every place I lived in. Every time I was getting ready to move to a new city, I immediately regretted not having explored more. But not this time! Read More

David Foster Wallace Tells TCKs to Chill

Coping with a major identity crisis, having a constant feeling of restlessness, feeling like you’re never going to feel at home.. these are only a couple of issues that plague TCKs.

I know that I struggled to “identify” myself.

I was Korean. Then I was American. Then I was Chinese. Then I was a Korean expat. Then I was an American expat. Then I was a half-donkey, half-bunny alien that struck Earth due to a freak meteorite that hit my spaceship. Read More

How to spend a productive long weekend

How to spend a productive long weekend

Long weekends are amazing, without a doubt, and one is fast approaching here in Korea (tomorrow to be exact). Unless you have a getaway planned (lucky you), chances are you’ll be spending it as you would on a regular weekend. I, for one, don’t want to feel like “where the hell did the long weekend go?” next Monday, and I’m sure you don’t either. Therefore, I’ve committed myself to making sure this long weekend is as productive as possible. This doesn’t mean full-on work mode like the weekdays – this is a break, after all – but making sure the following Monday, you’ll feel like you just absolutely killed it. Here are some things to keep in mind: Read More

TCK Goes to Oahu 2017

TCK Goes to Oahu 2017

Ahh… another dream vacation has passed. I kicked off the month of April with a week in the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. This was my 4th time going to Oahu, yet each visit always feels fresh, like there’s something new to be offered. I love that Hawaii has something for everybody. There’s the beach, hiking, shopping, restaurants… And anywhere you go will feel like you’re in paradise, thanks to the crystal clear blue sky, the sun, and the ocean breeze. I was super lucky to have my boyfriend, who is originally from Hawaii, plan the majority of the week. It’s always great to have a local show you around! Read More

Cafe Sapoon Sapoon

Cafe Sapoon Sapoon

Last weekend, Soyoon and I decided to take advantage of the warmer weather and spend our “blogging day” out. I conducted a quick Naver search to find a cafe nearby and there was one particular place that seemed promising. Read More

The Best and Worst Things About Being Back Home

After relocating back “home” (the country that I have a passport from), I experienced reverse culture shock. It wasn’t all smooth sailing so here I present to you the five best and worst things about being back “home.”   Read More

What’s in my carry-on pouch

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I’ve been really obsessed with minimalism and multi-tasking lately, especially when it comes to beauty items. I’m scheduled to go to Beijing (for work) then Hawaii within a few weeks, and I thought I would share some of my must-have beauty items to carry on with me on the plane!

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11 things that always happen when you’re Skyping

I love Skype. It has made my life so much more convenient because I can literally talk to anyone wherever and whenever. As a dedicated Skype user of 10+ years, I’ve come to label certain things as “Skype things,” meaning, these “things” always or almost always happen when you’re Skyping. If you’re an avid Skype user (or dependant) like me, you’ve probably familiar with some of these. Here are just a few: Read More