What the Snow Reveals

When I woke up to the snow on Wednesday morning, I knew I’d have to work quickly to photograph the magical scene. As soon as I stepped out the door I could hear the snow melting. Yeongcheon isn’t dealing with the heaps of snow my friends in Gangwon-do are dealing with. Actually the snow was mostly gone by Wednesday afternoon.

The following pictures are descriptions of what the snow revealed to me.


Samsoon waits patiently as I get the right shot.

the winter journey begins!

The moss woke up for a moment.

On the right, the snow reveals a lone grave. the lone grave

Samsoon is getting bored with my photography. *yawnSamsoon's getting bored


Once again the snow reveals layers you would miss without it.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Objects of Nature

In my last entry for the “Object photo challenge, my objects were more on the abstract, unnatural side. Now we go back to the beach on Tioman Island, Malaysia and find objects that are still abstract, yet this time, all natural.

The objects are worth a close look. Click on a picture to see a slideshow of the gallery.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

After a long hiatus from WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt has pulled me back in: object. During my family’s recent trip to Tioman Island in Malaysia, I found many curious objects washed up on the shore.

Based on my pictures, you may think the beach was filthy. This is not the case. This is how beautiful the beach was.

Tioman Island

I just happened to find a small treasure filled patch. Perhaps, the rough rainy season waves were the cause of these little quirks.

I’m just keeping the legs


Taking out the good china

Didn't like the china

Then on a little hike to “town”, I found this bike chain melted into to asphalt. It was a hot day, but not this hot.

Bike chain in asphalt

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the Art of Kusama Yayoi

“Polka dots can’t stay alone. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots we become part of the unity of our environments.”
― Yayoi Kusama

I went inside the Daegu Art Museum tired and unsure. I came out obliterated. This is the art of Kusuma Yayoi.

Posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside.


See us?

Here too. Reflections upon reflections.


Me and some polka dots. Time to obliterate.20130914-205159.jpg




Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (married on Mavillette Beach, NS)

As I was browsing for photos for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea, I found these: my sister‘s best friend’s wedding.

Dear Natalie, this is for you…. and a song you might remember. Scroll to the end for this beauty. ;-)




“Natalie, oh, she’s pretty!”


I don’t know if Natalie remembers, but I used to sing this song anytime she came over. I still remember her giggles. Oh, the silliness.

Photos taken in the summer of 2010

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea – Gwangalli surfers & night lights


Say it with me,

Gwang-  ahhh  –  ly

I love the way it rolls off my tongue.

For my second post for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea I bring you Gwangalli Beach, Busan, South Korea.

Gwangali surfers

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. – Isak Dinesen (Karen von Blixen-Finecke)




My first post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (East or Japan?)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (East or Japan?)

For this week’s challenge, a few shots on our way to and from Fukuoka, Japan via the waters of this sea that shall not be named.

Names are a hot topic here…

… except mine I think. ;-P

boarding pass

Leaving Pusan


leaving Pusan

Leaving Fukuoka

view from the ferry

Photos taken in August 2012