Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

I was very excited to see this week’s photo challenge theme. I consider myself to be an urbanite. I love the traffic, the tall buildings, the noise and the modernity of the cities I’ve visited and lived in. Here are some photos of some of the cities I have been to and adored.

Helix Bridge in Singapore

A narrow street in Kuching, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Seoul as seen from 63 Building




My Canada Day Photo Tribute

Today (July 1st), is Canada’s birthday. Today the country I call home is 145 years old. I decided to skim through my photo albums and find photos that had my country’s flag in it. I’ve posted the photos below as a tribute to my home country and the nation that gave the world peanut butter, snowmobiles, gas masks, basketball, IMAX, insulin and of course, ice hockey.

Have a Happy Canada Day wherever you find yourself on planet Earth.

Cape Spear, Newfoundland

Cirque du Soleil Tent, Seoul, South Korea

Outside of COEX Mall, Seoul, South Korea

JSA Museum, Korean DMZ

Niagara Falls

United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea


The Cupcakes of Cafe Everyday

Nestled inside the trendy, university district of Hyewha-Dong in Seoul, is a great little cafe with the most delicious cupcakes. The cupcakes of Cafe Everyday do not only taste great, but also look like individual pieces of art.

These cupcakes look almost too good to eat, but if you have a sweet tooth you will eat them anyway.

I’m not too sure what the calorie count is on these tasty suckers, but you will lose weight in your wallet or purse though purchasing these treats. The average price is about 4000 WON ($3.50 USD) each.

Though these cupcakes can be a little pricey and maybe a little high in calories, they  are certainly worth a taste. You will admire their creative designs and then devour their deliciousness.

The Ways We Get Around

As you travel the world you get to see many different modes of transportation. Here are some photos taken from different places I’ve visited of the different ways people get around.

A motorcycle/car. (Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka)

Elephant ride. (Sri Lanka)

Kia’s new electric car; Ray. (Bukchon, Seoul)

Boat (Marina Bay Sands Mall, Singapore)

Boat taxi (Kuching, Malaysia)

Triways (Seoul)

Zipline (Boracay, Philippines)

Buggy Car (Boracay, Philippines)

Sailboat (Busan, South Korea)

Junk ship (Ha Long Bay, Vietnam)

Strolling Around Bukchon

The alleys and narrow streets of Bukchon will bring you back in time. It’s a great place to see how Seoulites of the past used to live.

The hanok villages are actually still occupied by some of Seoul’s residents.

The area is quite hilly. You should be prepared for inclines and stairs if you visit.

From this picture you can see how much Seoul has changed over the years. From the traditional roofs to the modern skyline.

Each house has either a wooden gate or a metal one and sometimes both.

Bukchon is always on the lists of places to visit in Seoul. It’s a great glimpse into the past while still seeing how Koreans use this space today.

7 Things I’ll Miss About Seoul

1. Transportation in Seoul is cheap, extensive and easy to use.

2. Seoul has a number of great palaces to explore how Korea used to be, especially for its royalty.

3. Street food in Korea is inexpensive and tasty.

4. The city hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. My favorite has always been the Seoul Friendship Fair.

5. The mighty Han River.

6. The friends we have made from around the world.

7. I’ll miss the challenges and joys of teaching. As well as the amazing children.

Bonus: I’ll definitely miss my home church here. I’ll miss everything from the community of my small group to the challenging teaching times and everything in between. If you need a home church while in Korea check out Onnuri English Ministries (www.onnurienglish.org).

For those of you who have lived here, currently living here or have visited Seoul; what do or will you miss about Seoul?

Moving in South Korea

Ahhh….The cardboard box! Is there a greater symbol in the world that represents moving? The act of packing up your earthly belongings and moving them from one location to another can be summed up in a light and practical recyclable container. Last week we used a number of boxes as it was moving week for us. We sold and donated things we didn’t need, want or couldn’t bring with us. We boxed up the irreplaceables and shipped them and everything else will be brought on our backs and carried in our hands to the airport.

The last time we moved was actually within Seoul. At that time the cardboard box was not a symbol for us. The ladder-lift truck is a more accurate symbol for moving in Korea. Most people live in high-rise apartments. This makes moving a little more difficult. Instead of going up an down the elevator you can hire a ladder-lift truck. These trucks have a platform  that can reach a window in your apartment. Items are then placed on the platform and lowered to the moving truck below.

Both the cardboard box and the ladder-lift truck are symbols of moving. Both sum up the practical side of packing yourself, your family and your belongings up and relocating them elsewhere. The emotional side of moving to another place is a different story.