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Seogwipo Chronicles – Part 3

After an eventful day bouncing from one place to another around Seogwipo City and Jungmun Beach, Michelle and I slept like rocks and woke up the following morning with the … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seogwipo Chronicles – Part 2

There wasn’t any time to lose; well, in fact… there was. The following morning I woke up at 9:00am with the hostel nearly vacated of travelers. The Korean friends I … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seogwipo Chronicles – Part 1

After my return to Jeju-si and newly visiting Hyeopjae Beach and the northwest coastline amid impeccable climate, I set off to the town of Seogwipo during the second leg of … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Village: River Fishing

Michelle and I had planned to go to Sokcho Beach for the weekend, but when extreme fatigue and an upset stomach impeded her comfortable ability in making the trip, we … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Village

Waking up and then eating a hearty breakfast with Michelle’s family at their home in the outskirts of Namyangju, I caught myself staring out the wall-size kitchen window and enjoying … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Return to Jeju-si

I arrived Monday and Korean Independence Day wasn’t until Thursday, but bundles of Korean flags of various sorts were already installed all over Jeju-si (Jeju City). The comparison to Seoul … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

8th Place

I had just finished a multitude of additional project details when a posse of Seoul Milk executives and advertisers, a professional camera team, and some venerable art professors arrived to … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · 8 Comments

Love Busan

A look of happiness and determination… A look of curiosity and hope… A look of confidence and valor… A look towards the future… This was the first photo I snapped … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chuncheon Trip

After having a relaxing evening dining out and celebrating our wonderful 6-month anniversary, Michelle and I set off on a quick trip from her home in Namyangju to Chuncheon the … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

2013 Seoul Milk Carton Project: Completion

It’s done. It’s finally done. What a satisfying feeling! I’m in an ethereal state of solace that I wish could last forever on this earth. After several months of collecting, cleaning, preparing, … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

Café Farmer

The weather in South Korea was tranquil and friendly for an evening, providing a much needed break from the lugubrious monsoon rains that had wreaked havoc on my mental and … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

2013 Seoul Milk Carton Project: Progress

Just like last year, this milk carton project has also been a great mix of successes and dilemmas. The successes are that this project is about 60-65% done and it’s … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Slice of Busan

Michelle’s sister, Amy, came to visit South Korea from Australia for a few weeks and we set off to Busan for a quick weekend of fun. No, we didn’t ride … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Day Between Storms

Now, I could metaphorically emphasize this blog title to coincide with personal storms, but I really don’t have many storms to speak of at the moment, just light drizzles from … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jamsil Poem

Jamsil Poem by Paul Monroe Graham *    *    * The reflection of the sunset on the placid lake brings delight to the many passersby; and the cool aromatic sea breezes … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 1 Comment


During the last few months I’ve had the splendid opportunity to venture out to Namyangju various times in order to visit Michelle’s home and spend time with her parents. Michelle’s … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

2013 Seoul Milk Carton Project: Beginnings

After obtaining 18th place out of 150 Seoul Milk carton art projects last year and being rewarded 300,000won, I thought I’d take another crack at getting into the Top 12 … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Daegu Style

After having returned from a short trip to Jeonju with Michelle a few months ago, I began to ponder and attempt to plan some kind of quick, relaxing trip for … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sports Day

“Sports Day” is a competitive and delightful event that normally takes place in May at most public elementary schools throughout South Korea. It’s a day purely dedicated to the enjoyment … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Glass Ceiling

A few weeks ago while I was in the middle of teaching a class alone consisting of about twenty students from 2nd & 3rd grade (AKA “the wild bunch”), I … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

“How to Make a Book with Steidl” and the Wonderful Day that Followed

Michelle met me at “Roasters,” my new favorite coffee-roasting cafe close to Gyeongbokgung Station, where we both enjoyed a robust, yet delicate cup of joe before starting our day together. … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · 1 Comment


How did this happen? I’m completely mesmerized. Life is definitely unexpected sometimes. Actually, I’m convinced that everyday can be quite unexpected if I allow my eyes and ears to be … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 11 Comments

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