40 Before 40 – A Bucketlist

5 years ago I turned the perfect age of 25 and wrote myself a bucket list that I dubbed 30 before 30.  On January 15th 2016 I celebrated my dirty 30 with my girlfriend & family in the Philippines!  I knocked off 24 out of 30 and had the time of my life doing so.  (Scroll Read More …

17 tips from a friend to save money [for travel]

My friends over at www.OutOfYourComfortZone.com wrote a great article with ideas on how to save money for anything (especially travel!)  I met Rodrigo & Nikki while hiking Seoraksan in the Spring and can’t wait to go back. But for now check out their article 17 simple tips to help you save money [so you can do Read More …

Buying a laptop, camera, or any electronics in Seoul

This post was from my first time buying a laptop.   Check out my follow up with tips on how to get the best prices and a guide to shopping in Korea! I came to Korea with a Samsung Galaxy and a tablet, the Nook HD.  Together I had internet when I needed it and it Read More …

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. This wonderfully written article in the Washington Post illustrates many of the misunderstandings about teaching which have turned it into a disrespected profession in the good ole U S of A.  The attitude towards teaching and education in America was one of the factors in my Read More …

The Best Teachers Don’t Do What They’re Told

The Best Teachers Don’t Do What They’re Told This is a great read for any teacher, parent, administrator or anyone who just wants some insight into the teaching world.  Each and every day teachers perform hundreds of tasks; being a teacher can often feel like you are trying to balance a juggling act while giving Read More …

6 ways to enjoy the holidays while living abroad

Here are 6 simple ways to brighten your holidays if you are a long way from home! This year I’ll be celebrating my holidays outside of the United States for the first time.  Heck its my first time really being away from home!   Yeah, sure I was away from home at college near Boston Read More …

Cynical quotes about a modern world

“Life is what happens while you’re looking at your smartphone.” Check out these illustrations. My favorites are the above link & “Please like me.” Smartphones are great tools and can make boring commutes go quicker but there is so much more out there. Pick your head up and go live your life!  Before smartphones you Read More …

7 Phrases that Will Drastically Improve Your Cultural Fluency in English

Some great advice that a fellow blogger found.  Check out Ellen’s ESL teaching blog! Be an “active listener” by responding with the following instead of getting frustrated.  Remember, learning a new language is difficult and takes lots of practice & patience. Use the phrases “sorry/excuse me/pardon” instead of “what”