Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning from Korea!

For this week’s photo challenge, Good Morning!, let me take you through my Sunday morning.

When I stepped outside this morning, this little guy was at the door.  Mystery solved about the faint knocking sound I heard previously. The knock of a praying mantis is nothing like its grip. ;-)

This morning’s breakfast was a bit more special than usual. Yesterday we went to Gyeongju, and this ancient city is well-known for its famous, Gyeongju Bbang (bread). Each time I go there, I pick some up. Although it’s usually eaten as a snack, in my opinion, it makes for a hearty breakfast. The perfect companion to a strong coffee.

Don’t let them fool you. That isn’t chocolate. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste.

After breakfast, it’s time for my morning meditation: sit for a bit and then journal.

And now, my Sunday is coming to an end. If you’re in the Western hemisphere, your Sunday is just beginning. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Fire-spinning Nostalgia

In a past life, I was a fire-spinner.

Before coming to Korea, I had a short career as a fire performer: I did workshops (my first teaching experience I think) and performances in my community, and I once busked at a jazz festival.  I haven’t spun in about 6 years. My speciality was spinning fire poi.

When Byongchan and I went to Thailand recently, we sat down at an outdoor market for dinner. We didn’t expect to see the performance you see below.  Watching him spin, I was flooded  with memories of a time that seemed so foreign. He reminded me of how much I loved spinning. He reminded me of the long hours I used to spend practicing, and how hours passed by like minutes. I recalled the joy I used to feel when I finally got a new move.

Well, thanks to this bit of nostalgia, I am picking up poi again.

fresh, new poi from Home of Poi
Fresh, new poi from Home of Poi

Now, please enjoy the Thailand fire show, and scroll down for a performance of my very own.

Fire staff






Below is a video of me spinning LED poi at the SIT El Café in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. It’s not the best lighting, but it is a dear moment. The voices in the background are voices I hold dear in my heart. They are the voices of my dear MA TESOL friends, and they remind me of a night we all shared a little piece of ourselves. This is my little piece.