Favorite Things

The Hardest Part

The Hardest Part

It is safe to say I spent the better part of my first six months in Seoul alone. Yes, there were co-workers, there were several dozens of nine-to-thirteen year olds, there was a German visitor, and there was Wayne. It wasn’t until a fateful summer evening when I attended my first Flickr in Seoul gathering […]


Ten Things I Will Miss About Korea

Ten Things I Will Miss About Korea

I’ve been composing this list for quite awhile, as I’ve known since last November that 2010 would be my final year in Korea. The fact that I’m moving to Japan automatically eliminates some items from the list – bowing, no tipping, polite customer service, pigtailed children – as those all remain in plentiful supply across […]


Display

Display

One of my very favorite things on earth is a good display. A shop window, a well-merchandised table, a refrigerated case. It makes me go ga-ga in the same way that my other strange preoccupations — paper goods, things in miniature, ginger anything — make me swoon. As far as presentation goes, Japan basically kicks […]


A few favorites

A few favorites

A few favorite things during my first week: Bicycles Mornings on the patio Miso baked halibut with genmai and seaweed soup for lunch ($8) Powerpoint (Actually, no. But it owns me. OWNS ME!) The vast selection of convenience store puddings and custards French shows on Japanese TV (the only ones I understand) The flower shop […]


By popular demand…

By popular demand…

It’s really not important that one has furniture or an apartment of one’s own, for that matter, when one stumbles upon something that one knows will pull a whole room together when one has said room. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I previously lived in a cave in the netherregions of southeastern Seoul. It […]