I play the #violin. I am not good at it. But, I played since the age of 6. I wanted a tattoo to represent the scientific and artistic components of my life. I thought it would be painful. It was not. I am squirmish and I have a high pain tolerance. I blame #endometriosis for pain tolerance. But, I adapted a tattoo design I found on #Pinterest. The artist felt it was perfect but we changed the lines to be symmetrical. This is my version of representing both hemispheres or characters of me. My Ying and yang.
2018. Yes. It has been a tumultuous year.
I want to comment on what Christmas means for young adults in South Korea. I want to feature other bloggers, vloggers and Instagrammers as a manner to present how millennials live a single life or virtual collective life in South Korea. As native English speakers, there are highs and lows of teaching in rural counties. Therefore, … Continue reading ‘I am solo this Christmas’: Christmas is a couples thing in South Korea.
And, I do not think that people think or realise that while people are shopping at a place called N1 City Mall. Family members are wailing in the waiting rooms. There are children silent. We speak about the Grinch that stole Christmas. But, grief and grieving can rob you of a joy unspeakable.
By now, you are well aware that I love the outdoors. If not, welcome to my blog. In this post, I would like to highlight how hiking is like moving mountains for a millennial hustling on the university. It turns out that the crunching sound and whistling noise of the Cape Doctor puts many minds … Continue reading #Internationalmountainday: It’s like moving mountains
The blog piece was written as a cathartic piece on the rebel that saved a nerd. Yes, it is a racially biased movie. But, It also speaks about mental health and self - care for the nerd. I can relate.
An opportunity to speak to your past and present audiences, i.e. Acquaintances, friends and family are rare occasions
So, you’re from South Africa. I know that place. Your accent, it sounds familiar. You must be from Cape Town… (sic). Right, I know Cape Town. And, I know South Africa because of Trevor (Incheon, February 2018). These were the responses upon discovering my nationality by Expats in Korea. … Continue reading “My first encounters with SAFFAs”: The representation of Uncle Trevor and Bra Trevor in South Korea.
I was never a runner as a child. We were required to run barefoot. It was not my style. I do not walk barefoot. Why would I run it? Needless to say, Belhar Primary school would make every one audition for the yearly athletics. You had to complete every field event. I do think that … Continue reading I am no Zola Budd.
I had a friend not so long ago who wanted to write his PhD about Chronicity among low – income communities in South Africa. His proposal aimed to focus on syndemic chronic diseases. While working with the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, I realized that fewer articles and research concentrate on chronicity among middle – income … Continue reading Chronicity: a glimpse into a career-driven woman’s closeted pain in middle – income communities.
Are you aware that the Minister and DBE agreed on terms to fix school infrastructure? Will we receive assistance for school infrastructure this year? Now is the time to pressure DBE and partners. It has been a long time coming. Be informed posters and tweeters concerning poor school infrastructure in South African public schools.
((Picture taken from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5707802/)) Before Korea, I did not watch Netflix. I was an outdoor and outgoing person. My life was enmeshed in the collective. I came to Korea, and I was told to obtain various forms of online social presence. I was reminded that it would be difficult for a Person of Colour to … Continue reading Dear Expats in Korea,
I lost someone to life. I lost someone to the streets. And, I lost him to his fear to lose something more. These were the words that I thought of the day that I sat in the small chapel in an undisclosed church in Idas Valley, South Africa. I had to say farewell to … Continue reading Tis’ Christmas: Are we supporting those on the street?
So. It is easier said than done. Christmas is next week Tuesday. Yes, and like many in South Africa. We will set the table for the one in rehab and the one who has been on the street for so long. With a large family, I do not think that people realise that you … Continue reading The empty seats at the Christmas table: how to navigate those awkward questions.
I would like to reflect on how the "becoming an adult" for a Person of Colour is breaking the "adolescent disillusionment" at a cost of othering yourself from your kin.
It has been two months since my mother came to South Korea. This was by far her first solo flight outside South Africa. Also, it was the first time that she was away from my father for nonmedical reasons. I would like to say that it was a daunting experience for my mother and our … Continue reading Travels with my Mom in RoK