A few things that shocked me while living in Korea
My first trip to Korea was in the fall of 2019 before COVID put so much red tape around everyday life. Thinking back, that trip is like a fever dream. On my first trip, I truly lived like a tourist in South Korea, but since I've met my boyfriend I have been able to have a deeper understanding of the people and culture. That said, on my first trip, there were many things I found surprising and interesting about this country compared to America.
Variety is the spice of Korean side dishes
The number of side dishes in Korean cuisine is so immense that Koreans themselves do not know how many different types actually exist. That is because over time, the amount grew so large, and it's also possible to invent your own type of side dish. Ultimately making it impossible to count how many there are. Most side dishes also take hard work to make, and many mothers in Korea can spend all day cooking just 1 or 2 types of banchan.
The Divine Rose
The Divine Rose To flourish is extraordinary For our blossom is dripping in the venom of discord and prejudice Yet with the simple allowance of peace
Stellaluna: the fruit bat that filled my childhood
Until the age of about 12, I waited every night for my mom to read me a bedtime story. That may seem a little old for a bedtime story, but my rotation of books had become so enticing I read them by myself long after my mom stopped. Among my most-read stories were books such as Trouble in Walla Walla, Aunt Flossie's Hats (and crab cakes later), The Rough face girl, Bad Kitty, Autumn, and one of my heaviest rotations; Stellaluna.
Songs that helped me feel pride
Ever since I was young, I had a great love for music. In fact, one of my biggest fears as a child was that the world would run out of new songs and that creativity would cease. Thankfully that fear was unfounded! To this day, music is such a big part of my life, I even dream of becoming a lyricist and co-producer. One of the reasons I am so passionate about music is because when I felt alone, the music of artists like Fall out Boy, Lady Gaga, and BTS was always there for me. The reason I accept myself this much today is thanks to the messages I heard from musical artists. I and many others found solace and truth in the fact we were born this way. So, in this playlist, I want to list new and old songs whose iconic presence shaped my life, gave me confidence, and helped me find community.
Beach of bones
Up until now, I always saw seashells as nothing more than a never-changing aspect of the seaside If the beach were, in fact, a lady, the sand would be her skin, and the seashells would be her freckles, while waves might be her hair that swishes and sways
Sonnet to myself
How do I love thee? Here are a few ways When I was young, life felt warm and snug in the skin I was given; I was proud and comfortable no matter what others thought
When I met you
Oh my dear, although you prefer winter Deep inside of me is a longing for those warm summer days When we went on sweet dates and I felt a flutter in my hearts center