Vietnam Winter 2011-2012

I just published the pictures of my last trip to Vietnam using Apple's iPhoto. For my sixth visit to the country, I travelled from Can Tho in the south on up to Hanoi. I'll be moving to Ho Chi Minh City in September. Download the PDF file here.

‘Café Noir’ 2-DVD Release Date

Mark this date in your calendars - June 9th. Yes, that's the day Café Noir will at last be available on DVD. Admittedly, we're not a little disappointed that we won't be getting a shiny Blu-ray in our greedy little mitts, but hey, this isn't The Avengers or anything! There have been petitions for a limited edition Blu-ray by... Continue Reading →


If you ask anyone what the single greatest innovation to come out of Korea is, you’re likely to hear many responses - hallyu, kimchi, Samsung’s blazingly fast Galaxy Note, “Sandglass”, the towering masterpiece of Korean television drama that transfixed an entire nation back in 1995, or even Kakao Talk, the amazing mobile messenger service I... Continue Reading →

Dentistry in Korea

Korea has exceptional dental care, but beware of aggressive treatments that are primarily cosmetic. While fillings are covered under health insurance plans, root canals and crowns are not, and unscrupulous dentists often perform unnecessary procedures on unwitting patients. I'm publishing a letter I sent to my dentist back home a couple of years ago after I... Continue Reading →

Buy Korean? No Way!

When I moved to Korea five years ago, I was impressed not only with how convenient everything was, I was also struck by how inexpensive everything - from food to transportation to medical expenses and the postal service were. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the cost of living in Busan is... Continue Reading →

The Busan Chronicles, Part 1

I found the first of my letters chronicling my initial impressions of Korea. I have to cringe when I read it now. October 26, 2007 Hello everybody! At last, here's a brief report of everything that's happened to me since arriving in this fair country. Read on. THE JOURNEY The flight to Tokyo was the... Continue Reading →

Xavier Dolan to Adapt Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan’s eagerly anticipated third film, Laurence Anyways, has not even been released yet (it hits theaters on May 18th), but the brilliant young Canadian director has already announced his decision to adapt a play by Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom à la ferme. This marks the first time the director will adapt a script not... Continue Reading →

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