Millionth reason why I love mother.

It’s no secret to most people who know me that my momma is my best friend and that I love her immensely… Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love her any more than I already do, she knocked the theory down last night within two minutes. 

We were out at a beautiful restaurant with two of her friends from Korea. I was there to show them around my area. Since it’s been 5 years since I’ve moved out of the house and situated myself here, my mom wanted me to be an evening tour guide to the beach cities. 

While we were eating, my mom’s friends naturally asked me questions about my future career plans, boyfriends, my year abroad, grad school, etc. I answered all of them honestly and with a smile. And of course (as always) my answers sparked their obvious judgement a couple times. 

Each time she stepped into the conversation and would say exactly what I wanted to say straight up. It saved me from being in the uncomfortable seat of having to explain the reasoning behind some of my decisions to her conservative and ultra fundamentalist friends. While my mom is a conservative lady in her lifestyle, I can always depend on her for wisdom in anything. 

Her friends ended up switching the topic to the flavoring of their soups. 

I hope I can raise my future daughter half as good as my mom has raised me. 

Getting tickets for GD’s concert. Found this random clip on my old laptop and find it to be hilarious. 

Emerline & Co vs. Korean Girls Everywhere

Journal / 9.01.14

I once heard Paulo Coelho say in an interview that the idea of marrying the “same person” for the rest of our lives is wrong. Is that person really the same person when you married them 5, 10, 20 years ago? As time goes by, people change and walls are broken and rebuilt. We find ourselves better as the years go by or we discover things that change the way we had always been. 

I think this is true for many things. It is arrogant for me to assume that a friend I knew a long time ago is still the same in the present. They probably have changed just as much as I have changed. For change is a constant and growth finds each person at their own pace and own way. 

"When people realize they’re being listened to, they tell you things." - Richard Ford

I think the best thing we can do is to meet the other person where they are in the best way that we can…. and simply listen. I have a feeling this is going to be one homework assignment I’ll have for the rest of my life.


서울 사람 (Seoul Saram) is an interview series featuring 10 friends of mine who are working or living in Seoul. Others featured may originally be from Seoul as well. The series will include videos, podcast style interviews, written posts, photos, and a mix of other experimental content. 

The first episode of 서울 사람 will be with my Yonsei graduate and all around interesting friend, Yourim Jeon! A year before I left for Korea, Yourim actually came to my home campus as an exchange student. We met through a club I was involved in. The next year when I went abroad to Yonsei, I got closer to her and we’ve been good friends ever since then. 

Stay tuned for our conversation on her favorite indie pop rock bands, places to go, and what she has to say on certain topics of gender inequality in Korea. 

Please submit any questions or comments in the ask box that you’d like for me to address along with the first post. 

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