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A Korean Aussie adoptee goes back home for the first time. Hilarity ensues?

A nerd tour of Korea with Namja Chingu

namja chingu 남자친구 – boyfriend I burst into Incheon Airport’s arrival lounge 2 hours later than I intended thanks to a traffic jam; sweating, panting and tripping over a small … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eggs, Marriage and Cherry Blossoms

As Umma drove Sister 2, Sister 4 and I to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, she was rambling on about eggs. Eggs, Sister 3, Sister 3’s boyfriend, aunties and uncles. … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chicken Man Saves the Day

I had a horrible day. Actually, the last two weeks have been horrible. It’s the start of a new school year. Everyone has moved up a grade. My combined grades … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Things I didn’t do until I came to Korea

Eat raw garlic I love garlic. Recipes that call for only one measly clove of garlic are to be ignored and ridiculed. But eating raw garlic isn’t something we do … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

Leap of Insanity: Bungee jumping in Yuldong Park

“You know someone went bungee jumping in Seoul and the rope snapped, right?” said my friend Ellwyn to Nelli and I on the subway. “I don’t believe you.” “There’s a … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Making of ‘To the Motherland’

After much blood, sweat, tears – well, mostly tears – I produced a radio documentary about Korean adoption and finding my birth family. I wrote about the ‘making of’ process … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seolnal: Korean Family Holiday Do-over

My irrational fear on my first ever Lunar New Year with my birth family was that I would bow to my grandmother wrong and she would kick my ass. There’s no … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

A week in Beijing part 2: Riding down the Great Wall, Peking Duck and Prawn, the Labyrinth, Meeting Monsters and Friends

The Great Wall I awoke early the next day to go on a tour to the Great Wall with another guest at the hostel, Su from Scotland. She’d just finished … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

A week in Beijing Part 1: Pig Forbidden City, Ice-sledding, Communist Panda Pop Art and lots of dumplings

For absolutely no reason whatsoever except a week off and a cheap flight, I travelled to Beijing for a few days. I didn’t know what to expect, though I naively … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Busan: Hip Hop, Fish, Art and Creepy-Pretty Parks

I spent a few days in Busan during December. I’m in love. Busan is a big city on the south east coast of Korea featuring picturesque beaches and mountains. I … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment