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Nice. And with a tweak here and there, you’ve got a poem.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 19/February/2018 @ 8:04 pm

Making friends

Yeah, ol’ Uncle George’s outlook seems kind of bleak and hollow to me. He seems to be saying, “You’ll be fine once you accept the fact that all your relationships with women will never be more than “Rent-a-Relationship”s. To me, that makes the Philippines into little more than a House of Horrors—or a House of Whores, given the inevitable money angle. I’m sure the country is better than that, what with its rich and lush history and its mishmash of varied local cultures. As is true here in Korea, there’s much to see and do and learn over there.

I’d say, though, that if you’re aiming to find a Woman of Substance, someone with constancy and good morals, you’ll need to aim higher than bar culture. Such women are found more in churchy circles, or in scholarly/academic circles, i.e., in places where people take life’s virtues seriously and actively pursue them with the aim of constant self-improvement. As long as you see bar culture as something to gravitate to, it can never become something you graduate from. Aim high, and you’ll find the Woman of Substance you seek.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 18/February/2018 @ 10:08 pm

Fat and happy

Good to see Harry Shum still getting work after his time on “Glee.” I also enjoyed him in this lightsaber-themed adventure.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 15/February/2018 @ 12:41 am

Scenes from my beautiful life

Looks like a great trail (or “trial,” whatever). How long did it take to reach the top?

As for that awesome ice formation: you definitely have to come back when things are starting to warm up. All that ice is going to become a torrent. I’ve seen this on Namsan (and I’m sure you have, too); the change is pretty spectacular, even on a small mountain.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 10/February/2018 @ 5:00 pm

Back to the future

May your Friday night be, as the French say, well watered.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 09/February/2018 @ 7:30 pm

A few of my conservative friends, being generally anti-government, love these shutdowns: “If the government’s not doing anything, that’s a good thing,” they say. These same friends say the same thing about gridlock, a distant cousin of shutdowns: “We don’t want government getting things done.”

I’m sorry that this messes with your life, but what the hell is a conservative doing working for the government?! Curious monkeys want to know.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 09/February/2018 @ 5:51 pm

Against the wind

“(technically still my brother-in-law)”

Are you technically still married? I somehow thought the cords had been cut a while back. Or do you consider yourself eternally bound to JY’s family despite being divorced? Just curious like a monkey, is all.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 04/February/2018 @ 10:21 pm

Heart and Seoul

Sounds dangerous. I hope something can be done to shore up the aneurysm. Take care, man.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 04/February/2018 @ 3:51 am

Sorrow floats

Is “Ephphatha” the name of a place in Pennsylvania? It’s a biblical term: the Aramaic utterance “Be opened,” which Jesus says the moment he heals a blind and deaf man. One bite of a cheesesteak from Ephphatha, and you can hear the universe speaking to you, I guess. Be opened!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 01/February/2018 @ 3:22 pm

CT scans? Is this the lung-nodule thing? If it is, well… may the news be good.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 01/February/2018 @ 1:55 pm

Let’s get physical

Almost 1.7 million won! Whatever happened to “free” healthcare? Scandaleux!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 26/January/2018 @ 6:25 pm

The only thing worse than getting older…

With the amount you walk, you shouldn’t even BE on blood-pressure meds. I’m on such meds because I don’t walk nearly enough—you’ve been showing me up for the past six or seven months.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 25/January/2018 @ 8:48 pm

That’s a first

May you not have any burst pipes.

I’ve heard the key to keeping running water in the winter is to let your faucets drip, ever so slowly, when they’re not in use. Not sure if that’s an old wives’ tale…

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 25/January/2018 @ 11:27 am

And so it goes

Here’s hoping the lung nodules turn out to be nothing.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 24/January/2018 @ 2:22 am

What he said

Thanks for the shout-out, John!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 22/January/2018 @ 11:40 am

Seven year ache

“Sons are like birds flying always over the mountain”

That lyric reminds me of what Kahlil Gibran had to say on the subject of children:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.


You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

I have no doubt your mom was the stablest of bows, and I know for a fact that her arrows flew swiftly and far. Peace and condolences. Hugs.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 19/January/2018 @ 12:31 pm

Who’s whom?

I suppose a dapper English professor going on adventures would be more palatable than a sinister grammar Nazi.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 15/January/2018 @ 9:26 am

Go tell it on the mountain

Ambitious hike! I’m not a fan of winter mountain hiking unless I’m wearing crampons, or at least ice cleats.

The two main signs in the foreground don’t give the mountain’s name. The one on the left, in blue, talks about (1) what to do if there’s an accident on the mountain, and (2) how to perform CPR. The one on the right, in green, offers general safety guidelines for mountain hiking.

In the background, however, there’s a white banner that has the name “Gobong-san” (“High-peak Mountain”) at the bottom, barely visible. I looked up “Gobong-san” on Naver, and there are several mountains with that name in South Korea, but none that are near Pyeongtaek, so I’m not sure what your mountain’s name is. You’ll have to ask your hiking partner, I think.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 13/January/2018 @ 4:32 pm

Just how cold is it?

Some good-lookin’ ribs and Saint Bukowski. Not a bad combo for an evening.

Watch dem lungs!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 12/January/2018 @ 7:10 pm

Stuff about things

That first photo is quite impressive. Also impressive: walking despite the snow (have you thought about purchasing ice cleats? they’re cheap). Keep on with the badassery! You’re definitely putting me to shame; I’ve been a fat, lazy bastard for most of this winter so far… although that’s about to change.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 10/January/2018 @ 7:53 pm


Loraine has already proven to have a forked tongue. There’s no reason to bother with her. I’d suggest doing the Korean thing and cutting her completely out of your life. It’s always Americans who, bizarrely, think they can preserve some taste of a past relationship by wanting to “remain friends.” I’ve never understood this urge myself; there’s too much potential for emotional pitfalls when two exes try to stay friends. No: simpler is better. Lop her out of your life, man, and don’t worry about her. Think of her as a wart to be frozen off. As a Buddhist might say: discard your attachments.

As for Mi Young… I think you’ve answered your own question: “As usual, her schedule was ambiguous.” Trust me, her schedule isn’t ambiguous to those she chooses to be truly close to. Now, at least, you know whether you’re part of her innermost circle.

Given the future-orientation of many of your recent posts, I think your happiest course of action is to remain focused on what’s coming next. A new life awaits!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 10/January/2018 @ 12:41 pm

Done with the Philippines

Welcome back, man. Hard to believe, but this is the Year of the Big Transition. May the Philippines be your personal Valhalla, but without all the fighting, carnage, and death to get there.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 04/January/2018 @ 12:11 pm

The first day of the rest of my life…

Awesome beginnings. May the coming months be equally awesome.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 02/January/2018 @ 4:23 pm

Dead and buried

I hope you and Gem can patch things up (and that the fight wasn’t major in any way). Good luck.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 01/January/2018 @ 6:13 pm

Ghost on the coast

Well, “alta vista” means “high view” in Spanish, so I guess that neighborhood delivers in that regard.

I’m admiring that kitchen as well. Man, I’d love to have a setup like that.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 30/December/2017 @ 1:01 am

And so it begins. Again.

Enjoy Philly!

So who took that final picture?

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 28/December/2017 @ 3:19 pm

Everyone needs a little Seoul…

Safe travels!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 26/December/2017 @ 9:15 pm

So this is Christmas

Fröhliche Weihnachten!
Joyeux Noël!
¡Feliz Navidad!
Buon Natale!
축 성탄!

It occurs to me that I don’t have any eggnog in the fridge. Am gonna have to make some.

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 25/December/2017 @ 5:31 pm

Christmas Eve

Well! Congrats on walking the length of the Nile! And I hope that pedicure filled your soul with bliss.

Merry Christmas!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 24/December/2017 @ 8:09 pm

‘Tis the season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well, John. All the best for 2018, and for your new future in Southeast Asia—coming soon to a theater near you!

» Posted By Kevin Kim On 21/December/2017 @ 11:16 pm

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