Life in Taiwan

Ghost Festival with the Grandparents + the Origins of the Festival

Last week marked one year of my life in Taiwan. When I arrived last year, I was vaguely aware of Ghost Festival 中元節 and how people believe that the spirits, humorously called "good brothers" 好兄弟 come back around this time of year. I used to visit Taiwan in the summer, so this wasn't news. But...… Continue reading Ghost Festival with the Grandparents + the Origins of the Festival

Life in Taiwan

Taiwanese Wedding Banquet, emphasis on “Banquet”

Last weekend, I had the chance to attend a Taiwanese wedding for the second time in my life. In neither did I actually know the bride or groom... but that's OK, because weddings here are about the food. The first time I attended a Taiwanese wedding, I was actually sent specifically to eat. I have… Continue reading Taiwanese Wedding Banquet, emphasis on “Banquet”

Life · Life in Korea

“So you WEREN’T interested in Korean Culture?”

The conversation usually starts with them asking me why I wanted to come to Korea or how I got started learning Korean. Unlike most people who study Korean, I wasn’t drawn in by Korean pop culture. I was interested in exploring a new country, and the best option happened to be Korea.   So far,… Continue reading “So you WEREN’T interested in Korean Culture?”