• just some thoughts,  travel,  Uncategorized

    “Um…I speak English?”

    I knew there was something I forgot to do! It’s weird when you look JUST LIKE a bunch of people, but you know very little about their culture and ZILCH about their language. Which was basically my (and my brother’s) experience in South Korea.¬†People understandably spent all their time speaking to us in Korean, while we flailed our arms around with dazed looks on our faces. It just became a daily way of life. Go out, get talked to in Korean, awkwardly mime a bit and say, “English, sorry!” Repeat x 50 Get back to the hotel, go to bed. It wasn’t annoying and it wasn’t frustrating. It just happened…

  • travel,  Uncategorized

    Gangnam does have style.

      I’ll admit it. When we had an opportunity to visit Gangnam in South Korea, I mostly wanted to go because I wanted to see the place behind Psy’s infamous hit song ‘Gangnam Style’. Not because I thought it would be some kind of ‘crazy’ depicted in his music video, but because I think I wanted to debunk that idea and be able to tell people I’d been somewhere they’d actually heard of – even if it was because of a ridiculous song that makes people want to break out into a weird pony dance at weddings. I’d also read that Gangnam is a place where there is a lot…

  • Little Mister,  travel,  Uncategorized

    Travelling Korea with my celebrity child.

    We couldn’t go anywhere without people chasing us down, trying to get a look at him. Cameras flashing, people gushing, gifts being bestowed at every turn. Cries of “OH SO CUTE!” in English everywhere we turned. School girls giggling and pointing. Look, I know the Little Mister has been the star of my blog, but no – he isn’t actually famous. Which is just how I like it. In Korea, it was the whole celebrity experience. I had heard rumblings before we went that the Koreans love children. I had also learnt that they also got extra special attention if they are Eurasian or Caucasian. So we had some kind…

  • just some thoughts

    How it feels to revisit the place I was born.

    This is one of my (sure to be) many posts about my family’s journey to Singapore (for stopovers both ways), South Korea and Japan. I have thought about how I want to document this trip and have decided that it won’t necessarily be a chronological type of thing, but more a bunch of posts about various themes, thoughts and events etc. Hope it will still put together a picture for you all xx So I’m typing this in real time, so to speak. As in, I’m posting it while I am still here (and will publish it on the same day I wrote it too – go me)! Where am…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Asian faces and my girl crush.

    image Less than a week before we depart for our once in a lifetime family holiday to Korea (where I was born and adopted from) and Japan for the first time, I have been soaking up just about anything Korea related – news, TV documentaries, anecdotes from friends etc. It’s like I’ve got some crazy radar for it all of a sudden. Of course, I was excited to find out that the show¬†Sunday Night was going to feature Dami Im* (Australia’s 2013 Korean-Australian X Factor winner) revisiting her home country. It was so great to see footage of places I might see. The hustle and bustle of Seoul and Dami’s…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Why I shouldn’t blog late at night.

    Lately I’ve been feeling confused. Sh*t got real when we booked plane tickets (and now a couple of hotels) for a trip to South Korea. The place where I was born. The place where I was given up for adoption from. It was never supposed to be a crazy emotional journey. We’ve always maintained that it will be just a touristy trip to soak up some culture and see some new stuff. I have always been down with that. So cool about it that I kind of surprised myself. Turns out I might have been in denial. And now I’m as confused as f*ck. image When I was younger, I…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized,  updates,  What We've Been Up To

    It’s getting real.

    image So it’s really happening. The flights were booked and paid for yesterday. This means that in roughly 3 months’ time, we are headed to both South Korea and Japan. With my parents, my brother and a two and a half year old. What could possibly go wrong? *hyperventilates* This is really exciting and it’s a trip we have talked about doing for years, but we never managed to get our timing right as a bigger family group. You see, my brother and I were adopted (separately – 3 years apart) as babies from Korea, and despite showing little to no interest in where we were born for most of…