South Korea: Second Time’s A Charm

My recent trip to South Korea was my second after 2013. The first trip was not a memorable one. I wasn’t able to fully explore Seoul as I met with a minor accident in Cheongdam-dong which left me with a swollen foot and a pair of crutches. Cheongdam-dong is a district in Seoul where all the major K-pop entertainment agencies like JYP, SM and FNC are located. After the accident happened, I vowed to return to South Korea.

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Reaching a New Horizon: Teaching English in Japan

Growing up, I had two big dreams I wanted to achieve in life. The first was to earn a higher degree. The second: to live in Japan for a while. So after completing my Master’s degree, I embarked on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, a government initiative aimed at increasing grassroots international exchange and English fluency by hiring native English speakers to work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) and Coordinators for International Relations all across Japan.

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The Rose of Bussorah Street: Wardah Books

Midday, and though the sky is leaden signalling the rain that would soon come, the pristine common path between the rows of shophouses leading up to the golden-domed majesty of the Sultan Mosque is already teeming with arrangements of tables and chairs from the Turkish restaurants, racks of tourist-trap paraphernalia, displays of voluminous skirts, colourful pashminas, and opulent Persian rugs.

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China: Misunderstood or Might of the Dragon?

GETTING STARTED
When I decided to travel to Beijing in September last year, my decision was met with utterly lacklustre responses. More than that, close friends and colleagues whom I discussed my trip with, all of whom happened to be ethnically Chinese, vehemently protested and tried to get me to change my mind. When I told them that I would be travelling solo, my plans were, as clear as day, blatant madness to them, and they thought that I was the only one who could not see that.

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