2017 Year End Climb: Sailing Towards a Better Year

December 3, 2017 It’s been a month since I’ve climbed a mountain. My last was at South Korea’s Ulsan Bawi Rock, my first international hike. Sadly, after that Korean excursion, I have fallen into a spell of sedentary lifestyle. My procrastination made me long for a new adventure. Then I came across a hiking group’s […]

Book Review # 80: The Golden Compass

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1996 Number of Pages: 351 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars in Jordan College, her daemon familiar always by her side. But the moment she hears hushed talk of Dust, an extraordinary particle, she’s […]

South Korea Day 10: Farewell Busan and Hello Jeonju!

October 31, 2017 Taejongdae Park was an amazing experience. It is a very idyllic and relaxing spot. If only I had the luxury of time, I would have spent the entire day simply walking around the vast park, breathing in the sea, the mountains, and the pine breeze. And although walking is physically taxing, I […]

South Korea Day 9: Transforming the Village

October 30, 2017 From Haeundae Beach area, Joy and I rode the subway to Seomyeon station. It underground station is intersection of Busan Subway Lines 1 and 2 and is connected to underground shopping malls such as the Lotte World Underground Shopping Center of Busan and Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center. The area surrounding the station […]

Book Review # 68: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Book Specs Author: Zora Neale Hurston Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Publishing Date: 2006, first edition published on September 18, 1937  Number of Pages: 193 Genre: African-American Fiction, Classical Fiction, Classics Synopsis One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring […]

Book Review # 61: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Book Specs Author: Betty Smith Publisher: Perennial Classics Publishing Date: 1998 Number of Pages: 483 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Autobiographical Synopsis The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, […]