The Adventures of a Couch Potato in Itaewon

Although I’ve lived here for five years, I hardly ever get around to going to Seoul. Many friends couldn’t believe I’d never even been to Itaewon. Well, this weekend I went with a few co-workers and of course, I brought along my camcorder to share all the hoopla with my faithful readers. Free background music from… Read More

Yonsei Prof Accuses Kim Yu-na of Playing Hooky

The unfavorable attention Kim Yu-na has been receiving in the press lately, far from discrediting her brilliant career, rather illustrates the fickle nature of fame and success in Korea, and can only tarnish whatever esteem her renown has brought to the “land of the morning calm”. Since May 8, Kim has been teaching at a… Read More

Hangeul

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… Read More

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… Read More