All posts filed under: Wanderlust

Three hundred & sixty-five days of adventure

  I haven’t done a great job at keeping this blog active – oops – but I will shape this post to stay true to its purpose; to share my adventures, both through world travels and intrapersonal discoveries. Three hundred & sixty-five days ago I packed my life into two suitcases and boarded a plane to a country I had never set foot in, ready to call it home. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Here goes a year in review through wanderlust and mindfulness~ mindfulness “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally” – Kabat-Zinn Three hundred & sixty-five days later, I can literally say I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. The past year has been a roller coaster of experiences, emotions and adventures. I’ve had to deal with situations I had never been faced with before and it somehow all brought me closer with my own self. It’s amazing how a moment of time can move so fast, or so …

Culture shocked

I always believed that a culture shock was when you didn’t adapt to the local food, felt disoriented in your surroundings or felt unsafe. None of these are true for Korea. However, many things are different to home, which I hadn’t realize would affect me. The language barrier is my main issue at the moment. Online shopping This sounds stupid but in Korea, online shopping is the way to buy EVERYTHING (even though they have huge shopping malls – these malls are usually filled with Chinese tourists). Most sites are not translated in English and your best source is not Google ! They have their own search engine called Naver. It literally kicks Google’s ass from what I understand from it. Oh, and you need a Korean credit card to shop from Korean online websites. Therefore, I cannot search, I cannot shop and I cannot buy by myself. I am lucky enough to have Korean friends and co-workers who help me out with this. So as I said, this sounds stupid, but something that was …

A second glance at Bangkok

I had the chance to visit Bangkok about six months ago. Thailand had long been on my list of places to see and I finally planned a trip to do so. Who would have thought that I’d be back, six months later, for work purposes? Life is full of surprises ! Bangkok usually gets mixed reviews from travelers. Either you love it or you hate it. It’s not your typical Thailand beach scenery. It’s hectic, somewhat dirty, and full of culture. It is also the central hub of Thailand so people travelling often pass by Bangkok for transfers to other parts of the country or of South East Asia. I loved Bangkok. Being here for a second time, under different circumstances, allowed me to see this city in a completely different perspective. I felt like a experienced more as a local than a tourist this time around. From an economical point of view, the city is booming and its people are working hard to make it a world renowned city. Local entrepreneurs are starting businesses …