International Ripoffs — The Philippines & Turkey

i To date, I have traveled to six Asian countries and the islands of Jeju and Taiwan. In this edition of International Ripoffs I will retell my experiences in China, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. It got real in all those countries. The Set Ups China — a helpful man approaches the mark and… Read More

By Far, 2017…

By far my most adventurous year to date has been 2017. I traveled to 17 new countries that year. Here’s a look back on the people I met and the places I visited. Sadly, I also lost my cousin that year.

Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967. 1985: I took my first Tae… Read More

2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip… Read More

Tales of Travel Trials & Tribulations

Story #1 Summary: I had a bag full of souvenirs stolen from me while in Olongapo. While checking into my hotel room, I placed my bag of souvenirs on the floor between my body and the reception desk. After being handed my room key I went to my room. I forgot that I had left my… Read More

2015 in Pictures

These are some of the most attractive images I captured in 2015.

Pink Manila Hostel & Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is a nice place to visit near Manila. During my last week in the Philippines I visited this natural wonder.


The Huffington Post claims that Palawan is the most beautiful island in the world. There’s so much to see and do on Palawan. Below is a short blurb about my time on this island in the Philippines. In February 2015, I left Korea for a one month trip to the Philippines. During the course of… Read More