2 Days in Chuncheon

On most prominent public holidays, Seoul resembles a zombie town. I’d only heard about it and never experienced it until Lunar New Year last month. For starters, getting out of Seoul becomes a nightmare. If you have a car, it’s best to leave in the wee hours (around 2 AM) of the morning. For the rest of us…

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Hiking Taebaeksan in Winter

In January, Gangwan-do province is a hub for snow festivals, skiing, and ice fishing. Taebaeksan National Park hosts an annual Snow Festival, in the second week of January, when temperatures dip to an all-time low. Taebaeksan is also popular for its sunrise view hike. I generally avoid festivals and tourism events. But, I felt the need to escape Seoul, city life, and…

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The Road to Nowhere

I’ve always struggled with ‘faith’. The battle to believe in the heavens is as hard as the one to believe in myself. From believer to cycnic, my thoughts and beliefs often oscillate between blind hope and indifference. And yet, Christmas has always been special for me. It symbolised new beginnings, family, and a reason to be happy. Unlike…

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Drowning Out the Noise

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”  ― Jean-Paul Sartre It’s hard being an introvert. You spend half your life convincing others: there’s nothing wrong with being one, and the next half — convincing yourself. Sometimes, it’s easier to put on the mask of an extrovert and get on with the torture of having to explain…

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Hiking Hallasan in Autumn (Yeongsil Trail)

The extensive walks and exploration trails we set on, during the course of our Jeju trip, were in preparation for our Hallasan hike. Blogs and tourism sites warned of possible injuries out of exhaustion, if you aren’t adequately prepared for the hike. And I’m well aware of how (Great Wall of China Hike) injury can crush your morale — during…

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