300th Post: My Blogging Journey

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s really crazy looking back on this incredible blogging journey. Back in 2013, when I had just come back from living in Guangzhou for a 6-month internship, I did something that would forever change my life. I started writing about my experience living in China. Never could I have imagined this blog would become what…

The Most Beautiful Traditional Wear in Asia

Reading Time: 6 minutes Over the past years, one of the best memories I got from traveling have been those when I got to experience traditional wear in different countries. I have dressed up in different Chinese clothing, wore a hanbok in Korea and a kimono in Japan! I absolutely love trying out different traditional wear and it also…

How I Built a Relationship with My Chinese Mother-in-Law

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today’s guest post was written by Jocelyn Eikenburg from Speaking of China. She’s an experienced blogger and writer and has written pieces for the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. When I traveled Hangzhou during Chinese New Year 2015, she and her husband even found time to meet up with me and have dinner together. She’s…

Why I Love Teaching in South Korea

Reading Time: 4 minutes I never saw myself teaching English abroad. However, I always wanted to live and work abroad. After working a marketing job in China, I soon started teaching part-time there and then, in order to move to South Korea to be with my fiancé Jeongsu, I decided to teach English full-time in Korea. Now, I must…

5 Strange Things About Weddings in Korea

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have finally attended a wedding ceremony in South Korea. Since getting married is a pretty big deal for Koreans, I expected the occasion to be quite the event but I did not know what I had bargained for. Being engaged to a Korean man, I looked out for the details and noticed five things…

Celebrating My First Chuseok in South Korea

Reading Time: 2 minutes I love experiencing foreign customs and celebrations first hand. When I moved to South Korea in May this year, I had the opportunity to observe “Buddha’s Birthday”, one of the biggest holidays in the country. This time in September, it was finally Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, which is probably the most important festivity of the year…

Getting Ready for Chuseok: How To Make Songpyeon

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chuseok, Korea’s most important holiday, is right around the corner and people are getting ready to celebrate with their families and honoring their ancestors. To get into the right mood, Jeongsu and I decided to make one of the many traditional Korean snacks for the festival: Songpyeon! If you don’t know how to make songpyeon…

A Visit To The Cheongju Early Printing Museum

Reading Time: 3 minutes When in Cheongju, you’re going to see one name pop up all over town: Jikji. But who or what is that? I finally made it to the place with all the answers: the Cheongju Early Printing Museum. My new Korean hometown is famous for being home to Jikji, the world’s oldest extant book printed with…

How To Get Your Korean E2 Work Visa in Japan

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’ve had lots of trouble getting my Korean work visa in time in order to start teaching English in Korea. Eventually, I decided to go to Japan and get it there. This was the best decision I could have possibly made! It was a super easy process, saved me money and I was able to…

Buddha’s Birthday: My First Festival in South Korea

Reading Time: 2 minutes I can finally call South Korea my “new home” and begin to settle down. What better way to do so than celebrating a national holiday with locals? May 25th was Buddha’s Birthday in Korea and people celebrated by going to nearby temples or hiking mountains together. It was a great event to bond with my…

5 Things I’ve Learned From Teaching English In China

Reading Time: 4 minutes Even though I never imagined myself to become an ESL teacher, I slipped into it and am really happy with the experience. I enjoy teaching and improving the future of my students. Teaching in a foreign country is a great opportunity to learn more about the culture and the way people think in the country.…

A Day in Suzhou’s Famous Watertown Tongli 同理

Reading Time: 2 minutes China is famous for its economic boom and megacities that just seem to pop out of nowhere. However, there are still these picturesque small towns with their traditional Chinese charm so many travelers are looking for. During the 2015 Chinese New Year break, I visited Suzhou and it’s nearby water town Tongli 同理, an iconic…

How To Get Chinese Fonts For Word

Reading Time: 2 minutes As a learner of Madarin Chinese, being able to write Chinese characters is a huge part of studying. Even though I learned how to actually write Chinese characters with hours and hours of hard practice, most of the communication I am involved with that requires Chinese characters is all digital: on the computer or smartphone.…

5 Reasons You Should Start Drinking Matcha

Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever had a “Matcha Latte”? They are super delicious green drinks but what exactly is “matcha”? The answer might astonish you! I’ve started drinking matcha on a daily basis and noticed some positive changes to my body. There are endless advantages of matcha over other beverages such as coffee or regular tea! What…

Do You Suffer From Cultural Fatigue?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Cultural fatigue can be defined as a state of being where the small, adverse intricate of the culture begin to bother you out of reasonable proportion after living in another country for an extended amount of time. – Vagabond Journey The recent article published on Vagabondjourney.com on “What is Cultural Fatigue” inspired me to write this post because…

Engagement Diary: 1. How Is This Even Possible?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have been engaged for a month now and it’s been great. Well, Jeongsu is in Korea and I’m in China so our lives continued normally. My family and friends were surprisingly supportive of this engagement which I didn’t expect. I thought there would be some serious drama but there was none (yet). I’m still…

My Year 2014 in Pictures

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8 Things You Need to Know About Chinese SIM Cards

Reading Time: 4 minutes China is the country with the most mobile users in the world. If you live in China, I am sure you bought a Chinese SIM card in order to stay mobile. Cellphone plans are pretty cheap and the purchasing process is easy. However, there are certain things you should be aware of before purchasing a…

4 Mistakes To Avoid When In an Intercultural Relationship

Reading Time: 3 minutes Intercultural dating has changed my life completely. After a failed relationship with a Chinese guy, I was able to know what I want in a relationship. When I fell in love with Jeongsu, he and I were able to create a stable functioning relationship, even if it’s long distance. My intercultural relationship with a Korean…

A Complete Guide To Zhangjiajie National Park in China

Reading Time: 5 minutes I already talked about my amazing trip to Fenghuang in the western part of Hunan Province but I totally forgot to write a post about Zhangjiajie for you! It’s been a few weeks since the trip but a good travel recommendation is never too late!  It was a wonderful trip but also had a very…

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