Winding through the stone streets of Jiufen 九份 after sunset, I am bewitched by the glowing lanterns illuminating the path to tea houses and street vendors. Asia has no shortage of these paper orbs, and they may be a kitschy tourist attraction, but that doesn’t take away my fascination and awe when I see them strung through the trees lining a mountain-side market street. 

Jiufen, Taiwan 中國臺灣, 2014 

Sifting through my shots and memories from my week in Taipei, Taiwan, is going to be tedious job, of which I am not allotted enough time during my hectic week teaching my Korean tater-tots…

Stories, rambling, and more photographs to come shortly. For now, enjoy this flower ∞ 

Sifting through my shots and memories from my week in Taipei, Taiwan, is going to be tedious job, of which I am not allotted enough time during my hectic week teaching my Korean tater-tots…

Stories, rambling, and more photographs to come shortly. For now, enjoy this flower ∞ 

Lanterns from the rooftops #jiufen #taiwan #taipei #buddhism  #lanterns #lifeabroad #southeastasia  (at Jiufen)

Lanterns from the rooftops #jiufen #taiwan #taipei #buddhism #lanterns #lifeabroad #southeastasia (at Jiufen)

Sometimes…

Sometimes, when I’m running wildly down the descending steps into the subway, with my headphones pumping emotionally-caffeinated folk music into my skull, with my bag swinging energetically by my side, with heads turning as I barely miss a collision, with my adrenaline rising and an inevitable smile possessing me, I pretend I am racing the clock to fall into the arms of my soulmate, letting spill my desires since our first encounter, and him seeing everything that I am and handing me his heart as he throws his bags to the ground in declaration to be mine and mine alone.

Most of the time, I just miss the damn train.

Gachi CSA Taster Basket, 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Special delivery! After MONTHS of talking about ordering a sample box from the WWOOF CSA, I finally did it. Photos are not so amazing, but these delicious organic goodies should speak for themselves. 

Anyone in Seoul interested in supporting your local farmers AND nomming on in-season organic fresh produce, order one now! 

http://www.gachicsa.com/ 

Toasted pumpkin seeds with sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Easy•Spicy•Healthy•Satisfying•Warming•Addicting

Some Korean cherry blossoms from April #betterlatethannever #cherryblossoms #springtime #southkorea #무의도  (at 인천 무의도)

Some Korean cherry blossoms from April #betterlatethannever #cherryblossoms #springtime #southkorea #무의도 (at 인천 무의도)

Seokbulsa ( 석불사 ) Lanterns, Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea, 2014

Seokbulsa ( 석불사 ) Lanterns, Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea, 2014