Koyasan, Japan – Where Buddhism was Founded

Koyasan is the founding location of Shingon Buddhism in Japan.  A priest then known as Kukai, and posthumously referred to as Kobo Daishi (The Grand Master Who Propagated the Buddhist Teaching,) learned the esoteric ways of Shingon Buddhism in China before traveling to Japan in 816 and getting approval from Emperor Saga to build a mountain Read More …

3 nights in Puerto Princessa, Palawan – Philippines

After a few day on Cebu Ronda and I departed for Palawan where my brother, Ben, was waiting for us in Puerto Princessa. Truth be told this city is really just a hub and the best thing to do is head north for Sabang, Port Barton or El Nido but if you’ve got a few days Read More …

UNESCO exhibit at Seoul Art Center’s Hanagaram Museum

It is with great pleasure that I announce my photos are on exhibit at Seoul Arts Center!  The Hanagaram Museum is hosting a UNESCO exhibit and they accepted 4 of my photos from Vietnam & Korea.  The Hanagaram Museum is often referred to as the “best fine art museum in Seoul” and on the 3rd Read More …

Castaway on an island in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Day 2

Waking up on Castaway’s boat in Ha Long Bay and walking to the sundeck for a relaxing morning would have been fantastic.  It was cloudy and we had to transfer to a smaller boat soon after breakfast and hustled across the side to the other vessel.  A few hours on these choppy seas caused the worst Read More …

4th grade overnight field trip to Gongju – Buyeo

Field trips are great.  They can be exhausting for students and teachers alike but its a welcome reprieve from the classroom and an exciting opportunity to see a different side of each other.  Last week we embarked on a 3 hour bus trip to Gongju for my first overnight field trip as a teacher.  Each Read More …

Overnight in Yangdong Hanok Village – Seoul Hiking Group

As the Spring blossoms breached full force I took my 2nd overnight trip with Seoul Hiking Group to Gyeongju, our first stop was Yangdong Hanok Village.  We arrived at roughly 3am and were ushered into our pensions amid confused roosters and howling pups.  Upon waking up we discovered an ancient village still housing hundreds of Koreans Read More …