Now And Later? — When Should I Renew My Passport?

The time is quickly approaching for me to renew my passport again. I have had this, my second passport, since 2014, and at that time, I had no idea that after just four years I would need a new one. Also, at that time, I read somewhere that it is better to get a business… 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.

An International Perspective

Save the time when my family and I took a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico, I had never traveled outside America’s borders until 2007. In 1998, my father added to his VHS collection two documentaries — Banned From TV I and II. Since I had access to my father’s video library I took advantage of… Read More


2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so… Read More

For Those That Matter Most

I produced a short magazine for my family after I spent one week (March 9 – 15) with them in Los Angeles. The link is below.  

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

Yams? No. Sweet Potatoes, Bitch!

If you find this blog title offensive that is because it was meant to be. Just as Dave Chappelle used an audio byte of Donnell Rawlins screaming “I’m rich, bitch” I want to make a proclamation about a different subject — one that has perplexed me for some years now. If you are like me then… Read More

City of Angels

In one of my previous blog entries I wrote: “And there isn’t really a strong fear of being shot …. near the ‘Jungles’ anymore.” Oh what a long way from the truth that statement was. I made that statement after making a cursory inspection of my neighborhood after returning to Los Angeles from Seoul about one month… Read More

Home Ec 101

Over a week ago my sister and her family visited me. We spent some time together in Korea and then Japan. I had decided before their arrival to end my adventure in Korea and return home with them. And now we are all in Los Angeles. I have been adjusting to my temporary living arrangements, i.e., back… Read More


To my day care teacher, Rose, wherever you are … Dear Rose, It has been such a long time since you took care of me. I have not forgotten your name or the impression you left with me however. If nothing else I remember your name and that someone at the day care was kind… Read More