My Mom Remembers Her Sister, My Aunt

I have been watching many videos of my sister, Flo Jo, on Facebook tonight. Watching them makes me feel her presence. I recall the good times with her. When she was alive, I could not watch her run on t.v. I was instead of watching her, running through the house screaming. I was asking what…

A Day in Songtan

From Iksan it took me 3 hours by train to get to Songtan. To make the journey worth it I spent the night at a local massage parlor. The massage and accommodation were basically the same for accommodation alone in a local motel. Winning. I then awoke on Saturday afternoon where I eagerly anticipated having…

International Teacher

I had a wonderful time teaching trainees in Peru. In January and February, during Korea’s winter season, I hope to return to Peru to visit the many students I met during my time instructing trainees at Punta Hermosa. Those teachers came from various cities in Peru (Iquitos, Arequipa, Puno, Ancash, among others). They worked hard…

In Flight

I returned to Korea after spending three weeks with my family during my vacation. I did so in the hope of teaching at a summer camp. I did not see the contract before I flew back to Korea and upon first inspection it was not one that I wanted to sign. Now I am on…

MERS

Here’s a picture of the only MERS I knew before this whole Korean scare started. MURS is a Los Angeles based rapper with whom I attended high school. Small world. MERS is the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome — a newly discovered disease that has threatened the health of South Koreans while taking the lives of…

Iksan, Seoul, Gwangju

Saturday’s adventure began in the early morning when my colleague, Herbert, and I left WonKwang university bound for Seoul. Upon our arrival to Seoul’s Gonkuk university we parted ways and I rode the subway to Gangnam station. Alone, I had breakfast at Butterfingers and coffee at Marley’s. Later, I ate Indian cuisine for lunch in…

Marley Coffee, Gangnam

  Gangnam Style! I am in that part of Korea made popular by Psy’s 2012 infectious song and dance. This morning I stopped for breakfast pancakes, eggs, and a sausage at Butter Fingers Pancakes. Thereafter, I made my way here. This is Marley Coffee. It’s noticeably decorated with images of Mr. Marley himself. Surprisingly, it…

Kung Fu Master Larry

It never gets old. This is my history. After looking up Kung Fu Master Larry on YouTube, I came across this link. A lot of people mentioned how much they loved/liked this movie. They really enjoyed this fight scene too. Then again someone did say it was the worst fight scene ever. Whatever! Thanks, Robert…

2014 “To Me, Korea is…” Contest

I won the bronze prize for my submission to this contest. Upon further reflection, however, I would like to make some revisions to this video. First, I would like to show these pictures when I say “despite tragic historic events”. These images would further drive home the idea that African Americans and Koreans share tragic histories….

Back in Los Angeles

Tonight started with an impromptu Korean lesson at Haus Coffeehouse. It was great imparting knowledge gained from experiences in Korea to my eager to learn new friend, Zakiya. After meeting, we rendezvoused at the BCD Tofu House on Wilshire. I asked for the spiciest bowl of Soon Tofu (Sun-dubu-jjikae) which wasn’t as spicy as the…

Campus

  Feeling good after finding money and receiving Peppero cookies from a student, Subin Choi, I took a walk around campus with my iPad mini. I have been thinking about writing more in my blog and today is the first day of doing just that. I am inspired to write.