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Category: Life

All blog posts about life or lifestyle topics (i.e. personal life, travel, etc.)

The Korean Medical System; Or, How I Continually Ended Up In The Hospital Abroad

I just so happen to get sick frequently. I am a life-long sufferer of gastro-intestinal issues. I also suffer from nomadic inflammation, the likes of which would move from my neck to my shoulder to my chest and ribs, back, and various joints. I’ve had knee injuries on both knees, as well as carpel tunnel issues in both wrists and gout in both feet. As a kid, I ended up with strep throat a handful of times and seasonal allergies yearly for as long as I can remember. While all… Read more The Korean Medical System; Or, How I Continually Ended Up In The Hospital Abroad

The Round Trip to Nowhere; or, My Surreal Misadventure on Buddha’s Birthday

Missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can be hard to deal with, especially when you are involved in the opportunity and still miss out. I had been living in South Korea for about 2 and a half months at the time of this event, working as a public elementary ESL teacher. One thing about living and working in South Korea was accidentally finding out you had days off work, since I was not afforded a school calendar or anything. I had to rely on my fellow teachers to remember to… Read more The Round Trip to Nowhere; or, My Surreal Misadventure on Buddha’s Birthday

Surviving Japan; or, How I Almost Died for a Stick

When I was younger, I had been a fan of popular Japanese-related fandoms such as Power Rangers, Pokémon, Dragonball Z, Final Fantasy, and various anime. I grew more into the fandom—or otaku—nature of it all as I came into my teens and befriended others with the same likes. In fact, there are three franchises that I credit with basically changing and/or altering my life to make me who I am today. I’ve already talked extensively about Final Fantasy and Harry Potter.  But before those, at the start, was Pokémon. Prior to… Read more Surviving Japan; or, How I Almost Died for a Stick

Final Fantasy & Harry Potter: How Two Franchises Changed My Life

In 1999, when I was the grand ol’ age of 13, my mother and I were at Target. Remember when the electronics sections of stores would have the TV jutting out above you with the console controller right under it so you would have to give yourself a crick in your neck to play? Well, that’s where I was. I started playing a game demo. I had never seen anything like it. I played for a while, running down the streets as some soldiers attacked me. Then I chose a… Read more Final Fantasy & Harry Potter: How Two Franchises Changed My Life

My Tattoo

Note: This experience took place in February and early March 2020, before the COVID-19 explosion in the US. I wanted a tattoo for many years, but there are many factors to not getting one–parental disapproval (despite being a grown man), the permanence, changing likes and dislikes throughout life. When it came down to it, the first step was tossing the first concern out the window. It was something I wanted to do for me as a birthday present. I watched videos from people who got tattoos and people who give… Read more My Tattoo