Under A Curve

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” ― Winston S. Churchill We’ve been living in Seoul for over a year now and it continues to amaze us. In this ever-changing metropolis, gleaming peaks of grey quickly fill out blank spaces in the skyline and quirky artworks transform quaint neighbourhoods into popular tourist hubs. There is…

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The Route from Bibimbap to Coffee

It’s almost July and the seasons are set to turn. This year, the rains (in June) have been a no-show and it felt like summer a month too early. Local news agencies have started issuing heat wave alerts and I’m beginning to dread the next two months. July also marks one year of our stay in…

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The Art of Making Friends

I wish there was a manual wherein you could learn ‘how to make friends’. I’ve always thought it’s an extrovert’s well kept secret. As a child, I’d take comfort hiding under the shadow of an extroverted sister. I’d let her do the talking whilst I’d struggle with the right words to say. And, at every bend of my life —…

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Discovering Psy’s Gangnam

“Oppa is Gangnam style Gangnam style” In 2012, Psy turned into an instant YouTube sensation with the catchy song, “Gangnam Style“. And even if, very few truly understood what or what about he was singing; Gangnam would soon become Seoul’s top tourist draw. Back then, neither the beat nor lyrics particularly appealed to me and I couldn’t understand the need…

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Under a Canopy of Cherry Blossoms

Nature has a way of helping you cope with change. There’s a brief interlude before the onslaught of severe cold or heat. These intervals don’t last for very long; but give you the respite, you’d need, to handle the difficult months to come. After a cold, seemingly never-ending winter and a chaotic trip back home; I…

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Hiking Inwangsan in Summer

The cherry blossoms have faded away, trees have got new leaves, and warm days are around the corner. This period opens a fantastic gateway to exploring Korean mountains. Last year, a heat wave swept across the country (like many other parts of Asia) making it extremely difficult to hike or even travel. That’s when, you…

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Another revolution around the sun and and we’re back to where we left off — last year. I’ve never quite understood the difference between the first day of a new year and the last day of the year that went by. Morning doesn’t seem any different, the sun peeks when it feels like, clouds drift…

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Chasing Fall in Seoul

After a long sweltering summer, I couldn’t have been happier to welcome October. And as I waited patiently for the temperatures to fall, leaves to turn, and magic to descend on the city, I’ve been calling home — for half a year; Basil got a few days off. The timing couldn’t have been more wrong.…

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