Meaningful Brand Icons From Unique Tattoos

Niackery Elements logo — Design by Julie @Niackery, with modifications by Tia Tanguay

My attachment to my tattoos goes more than skin deep. Using them as brand icons isn’t something I planned, but I’m sure happy with how things have turned out! I’ve been using my Eco-Footprint tattoo as my brand icon for almost five years now, and it’s always served me well, ever since it was designed for me and […]

Living in Busan: City Walks, Tourist Spots, and Local Haunts [Photo Album]

View of Dadaepo Port from Dusong Peninsula, skyscrapers crowding right up to the shore.

Yep, this photo album should have been posted a looooong time ago, but better late than never! It didn’t take much time to create this album of my walks and explorations throughout my year living in Busan, during which nostalgia and a fierce desire to return clashed with astonishment at having been back as long as six years […]

Memories of a Carnivore: A Vegetarian in Korea

Memories of a Carnivore: Adventures in Eating Ethically, by Julie Dupuis.

While I was in Korea, I wrote most of a book. I had to sit on it, go back to it, let it go through its process (which took a lot longer than most of the writing did). At the time, I didn’t know it was a book. I suspected it might be, but I never dreamed that […]

Sports and Entertainment in Busan: Soccer and a Movie

Sand sculptures in Busan, South Korea.

For a dose of sports and entertainment in Busan, I finally attended a few events over the summer. The soccer game wasn’t at all what I expected, and the movie was way better than I thought it would be. Soccer Match In July, I made it out to a soccer game, Seoul versus Busan. The game was in […]

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Bad Hagweon Experiences: Teaching in South Korea

Bad hagweon experiences in South Korea were had in this classroom...

With only 7.5seven and a half weeks left in Korea, I’m stunned that I’ve never described something that is crucially important: my teaching job here in Busan! After all, teaching is the *primary* reason I’m here. But since you can tell from the post title that I’ve had one of those bad hagweon experiences, I guess I might […]

Vegetarian Living in Korea: Bean Burgers, Shellfish Divers

Children playing on a rocky beach with ships on the horizon, a water hose leading to the ocean from an unseen beach restaurant where ethical eating and vegetarian living in Korea is made that much easier.

My issues with vegetarian living in Korea are pretty much all cleared up now. I’ve learned enough Korean to express my dietary restrictions and I’ve figured out which meals are always a safe bet. I haven’t had to eat meat because of a lack of options and I don’t think I’ll have to. But I do have a […]

Striding Along in Busan: Korea After Eight Months

Panoramic view of the Port of Dadaepo, Dusong Peninsula in the distance and ships floating on the ocean beyond.

I’ve been striding along in Busan, sometimes stumbling, for eight months and I feel like I’ve got less to say about Korea now. I guess I’ve found my rhythm. It’s fun to travel around the country, to see different landscapes and experience different foods and cultural quirks. It’s equally fun to stay in Busan for a weekend. It’s […]

Good Luck in Busan: Public Transportation Crisis Solved

Inside a Busan subway station, on the waiting platform...

I’m generally a lucky person. Only a few days ago, I had some good luck in Busan. I somehow managed to lose my hanaro card on Saturday (a discount bus card). Right, this isn’t the good luck part yet, I’m coming to that. Lol. Good Luck In Busan On the Subway I tried to buy a new hanaro […]

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