This blog should have been written months ago, but maybe I’ve needed some time to process…

Traveling in South East Asia was amazing.  Words do not capture the beauty I have seen in Thailand and Cambodia.  I never imagined myself going to either of these countries, or even Korea for that matter, but I am very glad I got to experience them with Seth.  I am forever changed.

One year in Korea and it feels like a dream.  That’s the only way to describe my time there.  I have been home for several months now and when I speak of Korea, it feels like some wild amusement park ride.  That “thing” I did last year.  It doesn’t feel like real life to me for some reason.

Here in the States there are responsibilities and commitments.  I have to pay soo much money to have a phone, computer access and gas for my car.  The few responsibilities I had in Korea were minor and without serious consequences.  That was a major change from my life prior to moving to Korea.  I learned how to relax and chill out, finally.

I am happy to be able to shop for clothes and shoes again.  That part is nice.  I also enjoy having a full kitchen again with the ability to cook just about anything I want to eat.  Most of all, I’m happy that I get to see my nephew and the rest of my family.  It’s difficult to be away from the people I love.

People ask me if I would recommend moving to Korea and teaching for a year… I say, Go for it!  The money is great and you might get lucky to meet some fantastic people in the process.  Just keep an open mind and be willing to try new things.  Before Korea I had never eaten fish with the head and tail still attached, I had never eaten soo much cabbage in my life (and if I ever eat cabbage again, it’ll be too soon), and I had never seen soo many men wearing pink sparkle ties.

The world is a giant place and I think it’s wonderful to experience as much as possible.


I will be teaching Science at my Alma Mater!  Life goes on and I’m excited about my next adventure.  I’m also working on a food blog.  Since I won’t be traveling the globe eating exotic cuisine, I decided to write about my own culinary masterpieces.

Thanks for following along on my journey.  It’s been a wild and wonderful ride.

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Still Sweating in Cambodia

We spent a few days in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.


Minimal waves, comfy umbrella chairs, yummy coconut drinks, lazy days…

Orange, peach, cream and periwinkle stripe the sky at sunset.  I can’t convey how amazing it is to see the night like this with only palm trees in the skyline.  It reminded me of something I’ve seen on a T-shirt.

Visited Kep, Cambodia today for a short visit.  It’s a quick tuk tuk ride away from Kampot, which is where we are staying right now.  Several people have told us that Kep serves the best crab around.  They were right!  The crab was scrumptious, veggies were perfection and dinner ended with free pineapple.  Two people, only $12!

You! I´m gonna eat you!

Travel time is winding down for me.  I’m thrilled to get home because I miss my family and friends, but sad because I love to travel.  Sometimes I wish the world wasn’t soo big and I could fit in quicker trips home.

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Never did I think I’d be traveling in Cambodia… but here I am sitting in a hot internet cafe on a dusty street in Siem Reap.

Sticky.  That’s how I describe this place.  It is not Rainy Season at the moment and so the weather remains hot and sticky.  My body is constantly covered in a layer of slimy sweat.

Why did I come here?

That’s easy.  I wanted to see Angkor Wat.

Angkor WatAngkor Wat Tree

The border crossing was awful, the relentless calls for ‘tuk tuk’ are annoying, the scorching sun burns my white pasty skin, and the sad little children playing in the dirt just break your heart, but none of this mattered once I caught a glimpse of these amazing temples.

Angkor means ‘Holy City’ and Wat means ‘temple’… so Angkor Wat is the City of Temples.  It is an ancient capital city that was populated between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.  More than a million people lived in and around this city.

Everyone can feel the abundance of power this place holds.

Watching the Earth trying to reclaim its land is my favorite site to see around these ancient temples.  Trees grow right through brick and stone, shoving dirt, moving walls, making way for their roots.  I saw temples like this in Mexico too.

It is awe inspiring.

Nature Always Wins In The End

There are many temples in the Siem Reap area.  We rented bicycles one day and did a 27km loop that took us to 6 different ancient temple sites.  We also hired a tuk tuk driver one day to take us out to the Roluos Group of temples because they were too far away to bike in this heat.

People can buy 1, 3 or 7 day passes to the Angkor area.  It is a bit like getting a visa for a different country.  They take your picture and it is only good for a certain amount of time.  Once you have your pass, you are admitted into any of the temples as many times as  you want.

I recommend seeing the sunset while sitting in front of Angkor Wat.  This temple is the only temple, in this area, that faces West.  So if you’re sitting in front, you’ll be facing the beautiful orange, pink and purple sunset.  Watching the sun go down over a jungle, with only a few temple buildings and palm trees in the skyline, gave me the most serene sense of being I have had in a long time.

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Krabi, Thailand

For me, the best part of traveling is tasting the local cuisine.

I love Thai food.

Coming to Thailand was always on my list of ‘Must Go’ places because of the food.  In the States I would enjoy the occasional curry, and even made a few myself from pre-made curry paste packages.  Never did I imagine all the different flavors found here.  Honestly, I’d have to say that it’s a Flavor Explosion with every meal.  Two times a day I eat some sort of curry: Green, Red, Yellow or Massaman.  Before coming to Thailand I would have said that Green was my favorite, now it’s most definitely Massaman.

I can’t only brag about the curries, because most of the Thai food is equally as wonderful.

My Favorite Thai Foods:

  1. Massaman Curry – “Muslim Man” Curry is originally from Persia, but the Thai people have been perfecting (at least I’m guessing because it tastes soo darn good) this recipe for a long time now.  It is made with peanuts and potatoes.  That sounds weird, I know, but trust me it’s amazing.  This curry is usually eaten with chicken or beef, chicken being my favorite.
  2. Rice baked in a Pineapple – This is usually served with shrimp.  The rice and a few other veggies are baked right in a hollowed out pineapple.  I love pineapple even more when it’s warm.  This is a real treat for me.
  3. Thai Spring Rolls – I specify Thai spring rolls because they are made with rice paper, where Vietnamese Spring rolls are made with flour.  Usually they are vegetarian, but they can be ordered with any kind of meat you prefer.  I’ve only eaten the vegetarian ones, and they’re fabulous.  Plus, spring rolls are served with an orange sweet chili sauce.  It’s similar to the Duck sauce you get at Chinese restaurants back home.
  4. Fried Rice with Chicken – I’ve had this a few times and it’s different everywhere I go.  The fried rice is very different from the typical fried rice varieties I ate in the States.  This dish is the most simple of my favorites.  It’s a good choice because you can add your own spice and sauce to suit your mood of that particular meal.  In Thailand, there are usually four condiments on the table at all times: sugar (in case you like your food sweet or it’s too spicy for your liking), crushed red peppers (for even more kick), vinegar/soy mixture (don’t know the name but it’s used instead of salt), and a clear spicy sauce with chili bits (this one is super hot!).
Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Spring Rolls

Thai Spring Rolls


Chicken Fried Rice


This is what's on every table.

Trip Update

Panorama - Maya Bay - The Beach
Phi Phi Islands

  • “The Beach” – this is where the Leonardo Dicaprio movie was filmed in ’99
  • More snorkeling with views of coral and fish in a rainbow of colors
  • This place was too touristy and too expensive.  I enjoyed the sights, but we left right after our snorkel trip

View from Our Balcony at Ko Lanta
Koh Lanta

  • Less people
  • Stayed on the West side of the island on Long Beach
  • Super cheap food and shopping
  • Rented motorbike – a bit scary for me, but had a blast
  • Cooking Class!!!  – learned how to make my very own Massaman curry paste (I’ll have to do an entire blog on this later.)
  • Night Carnival – found some shirts that actually fit me, Seth ate giant bugs (ewwww) and I got some cotton candy
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Adventure Thailand

Where to begin?

After our exhausting travel out of Korea, life has become extremely pleasant.   Landing in Bangkok, Thailand instantly brought a smile to my face. 

I haven’t stopped smiling.    :mrgreen:

Thai food has always been a favorite of mine, but I didn’t know exactly how good it should be.  I have no words for how scrumptious this food tastes.  Green, yellow, and massaman curries have become my breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I don’t miss kimchi at all… yet. 

So far, my adventure includes:

  1. getting a haircut (I got 4 inches cut off!! Seth basically shaved his head.)
  2. oil massage (Seth got Thai massage)
  3. listening to live music
  4. floating market
  5. petting tigers (quite scary actually)
  6. overnight train ride
  7. swimming in clear-green waters
  8. lounging & reading on the beach
  9. snorkeling (1st time to do this)
  10. kayaking in the ocean
  11. witnessing a Thai ocean sunset
  12. boat ride around various islands
  13. seeing stars!!!  (can’t see stars in Korea)
  14. napping (which is something I never do)
  15. all the yummy curry I could ever want


 PAD THAi BANGKOK Panang Curry Thai green curry with prawns

Hopefully soon I’ll get to a place that I can upload my pictures.  These things can be more appreciated with a picture to illustrate my ramblings.

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Leaving Korea

Things you should know when leaving Korea after a year of teaching…

I did alot of research about leaving Korea and things that needed to be taken care of or completed before making the final plane voyage out of Kimchistan.  Most of what I found was conflicting information or outdated.

I can tell you that the date on your Alien Registration Card (ARC) is very important.

We were told that we had a week or so after our final working day to leave Korea without a penalty.  This is wrong!  You must be at the airport by midnight of the ending date on your ARC.  This date will vary from your actual Visa dates, but they will go by the date on your ARC.  Things I read online were that the dates aren’t important and that it is up to the airport staff as to whether you pay a fine or if they let you pass through.  Most things I read told me not to worry, told me to leave whenever.

If your current employer in Korea does not renew your ARC, then you are overstaying your visa even if it’s only by 1 day.  Our employer told us that things would be fine.  He either lied or didn’t know.  I suspect that he did know, but wanted us to continue working that final day.

At the airport, it took us almost three hours to go through security because of the stupid one day over on our ARC.  We were shuffled to various offices, filled out various documents, and received a nasty stamp in our passport that says we overstayed our visa.  They were going to make us pay $150 each, but they would have had to hold the plane for us to have enough time to give them money.  So, instead of holding the plane they made us run to our terminal.  We actually had to RUN through the airport to make our flight.  It was awful.  We were the last people on the plane and everyone was upset with us.

Keep in mind that we each had a carry on bag, laptop bag AND guitar case!  Seth had his original acoustic and I had his newly acquired Korean Bass guitar.

All of this just made me happy that I was leaving Korea.  I was no longer sad.

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Goodbye Sanbon

One year has come and gone.

I can’t believe how quickly time passes!  Time really does fly when you’re having fun.  :mrgreen:

The past week has been a whirlwind of emotions.  I’m thrilled to be that much closer to getting back home, sad to be leaving my Korea friends, will miss the yummy food, but super excited to be traveling for a while.   Other than friends and family nothing makes me more happy than seeing new places and experiencing different cultures.

Packing our belongings up has been a draining task.  I’m still not sure I have everything I need… and have probably forgotten something seriously important.  But, there’s no time to dwell.  The plane leaves in about 10 hours.

Thai food here I come!

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Packing for Thailand

So, in less than a week I’ll be flying to Thailand.  Travels to Vietnam and Cambodia are also in my near future.

Clear waters, sandy beaches, temples, floating markets, jungles and trains….  I can’t wait.

Packing is a draining task.  Thanks to my sister and Skype I have decided what to pack.  I’ll be traveling for 6 weeks in a hot, sticky climate.  This is difficult for me to imagine now because I am still tripping over the snow piles as I walk to work everyday.

This is what I have so far……. all going in my backpack.


  1. khaki shorts
  2. black workout shorts
  3. black skirt
  4. jeans
  5. 7 pairs socks
  6. 7 pairs underwear
  7. 3 bras
  8. 3 tank tops
  9. 4 T-shirts
  10. light weight sweater
  11. light weight over shirt
  12. bathing suit


  1. lotion (face and body)
  2. face wash
  3. Dramamine
  4. Ibuprofen
  5. vitamins
  6. hair pick
  7. toenail polish (red)
  8. toenail clippers
  9. shampoo/conditioner
  10. chapstick
  11. baby powder


  1. light weight blanket
  2. scarf that can be used as a shawl
  3. jean jacket
  4. novel
  5. book of puzzles
  6. pillowcase
  7. calendar/diary
  8. umbrella
  9. wash cloth
  10. laptop
  11. blueberry snack bars
  12. ginger (for nausea)
  13. flip flops

Buying in Thailand:

  1. towel
  2. sunglasses
  3. another bathing suit
  4. sunscreen

Images of 2 Thailand beaches.  Are you jealous yet?

Andaman Sunset 5 - Phuket, Thailand Tri Trang Beach, Phuket

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Seoul Museum of Art

The Seoul Museum of Art has an Andy Warhol exhibit. On Saturday, my friends and I decided to play culture vultures for the day and check it out.

Warhol was a print maker, filmmaker, producer and author.  He created beauty out of everyday iconic American products, claiming he liked boring things.  Some say that he even took common products and turned them into the iconic products we have in our minds today.

Andy Warhol coined the phrase “fifteen minutes of fame” because he thought even the smallest or most common things would all find their way into the spotlight at one point or another.

We waited in line for twenty minutes just to get a ticket, then waited another 20 minutes to enter the special exhibit area.  It was worth braving the cold to get a glimpse of this extraordinary collection.

To see the artwork, everyone had to stand in crowded lines.  Circling the rooms, we stayed three feet from the walls, looking at images of soup cans, Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvester Stallone and other famous faces.

My friend Asten and I pose with The Banana.  :mrgreen:

Directions:  City Hall Station.  Take exit 1 from Dark Blue Line 1.  Directly out of the subway you’ll turn left and walk along a palace wall until you see the sign for Seoul Museum of Art.

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Fish are Eating My Feet! Nom Nom!

I have always wanted to visit one of those strange cafes that have tanks of fish you put your feet into.  Before coming to Korea, I saw them online and thought it would be fun.  After 11 months, I finally made the trip.

Tiny fish nibble dead skin off your feet.  Sounds weird, but feels even weirder.

These cafe/spas are found throughout Southeast Asia.  Special kinds of fish eat only the dead skin, leaving healthy skin to grow.  Sometimes these fish are called Nibble Fish but commonly are called Doctor Fish. A franchise here in Korea even calls itself the Dr. Fish cafe.

Step 1:

Wash your feet.

Step 2:

Put feet into the tub of fish.

Step 3:

Wait…as fish eat your feet. Nom nom nom. Okay, not actually your feet, just the dead skin on your feet.

The fish tickle your feet as they nibble, but not to the point of actual laughter.  More like a bit of the ‘pins and needles’ sensation.  Sometimes my foot was completely covered in tiny fish; but most time, was more like 6 or 7 fish.  Overall, the experience was pleasant if weird.

Dr. Fish… success.    :smile:

This cafe in Beomgye was super cheap.  For 20 minutes of fish-time we paid a little less than $2.  Plus, they brought us free cokes.  How awesome!

I have heard that Dr. Fish cafes are all over Korea, but I haven’t seen very many.  Sanbon has one of these cafes, but all the fish died (must be dirty foreigner feet). They never replenished their fish supply.  Don’t really understand that one… considering the cafe is called the Dr. Fish Cafe.

Other than nibbling fish, the cafe offered a great selection of coffee and baked goods.

I have never put videos on my blog before… so I hope this works.  The bright red toenails are mine!

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