As a travel blogger, I have a behemoth heap of posts in my archival bank. Sadly however, a blog post only has a firefly’s lifespan. Once it’s had its run, it folds into the blog tomb, awaiting a Google search to resuscitate it. A lot of hours (days even!) of laborious writing, photo uploading and video editing for a very short parade.
Tripbase Project: ‘My 7 Links’
When Megan of On my way RTW tagged me on Tripbase’s My 7 Links project, I was both, honored to be counted in as a member of the travel blogging community and thrilled to share some of my favorite pieces. So if you missed some of these posts the first time around, here’s your second chance!
From a restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the endearing mayhem of honking motodops and tuk-tuks as inspirational backdrop, I write for you …
My 7 links:
My Most Beautiful Post (photo above)
Everyone should experience the magic of awakening to the eternal spring of a love letter and Jeju Island’s Olle trails (inspired by Spain’s Pilgrim Trails) conveys just that. I’m not sure if this is my “Most Beautiful” post but the experience was certainlyone of the biggest romances of my year, such that it inspired my Love Letter project.
My Most Popular Post
This competes in the daily ranks with my post about the Korean bathhouse; and honestly, I think it’s because sex, naked and Koreans appear in the search tags! There’s a lot of mystery and gossip around Korean love motels as being seedy places to visit in Korea. This past year, the topic of ‘Korean love motels as brothels’ even drew heated controversy at a Formula One international racing event when event drivers were wrongly housed in its suspect variants. For tourists and expats however, love motels (and bath houses, for that matter) are well-worth the second look into quality, as they offer practical, affordable and fun means in Korean budget holiday gems.
Deep thanks to Daegu Pockets magazine for publishing it (it’s my first article in print!), to fellow K-bloggers for linking to it and The Korea Times for quoting from it (even if at the time, I wasn’t sure if the latter was a good thing) .
My Most Controversial Post
Why is the world still hating on Americans? Aside from my article about love motels, this is my next most controversial post. Meeting small-mindedness and stereotypes on the road, when we should be bonding as a travel community, really steams me! I’m fed up with ugly American stereotypes still existing and if you’re American, you should be too.
My Most Helpful Post
Without a doubt, my most helpful posts are my survival guides for living, eating,working and playing in Korea. A lot of empathy goes out for my fellow inmates, errr… expats in Kimchi-land and I get a lot of hits and comments from those curious about Korea or who are here for the job of teaching English. If you read the ESL forums, you’ll get the feeling that Korea is one of the countries foreigners love to hate on. Why is that? Well, things in Korea doesn’t always make a lot of sense to westerners. From tackling culture shock, work issues, cultural misunderstandings and attempting to build a lifestyle that you won’t always have translation help for, Korea is a safe and technologically-advanced country in many ways; but that doesn’t deem it as an easy country for foreigners to adapt to. Alternately, it also doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying!
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
What lengths would I go through to survive a Korean winter? When I wrote this, I felt a bit awkward revealing some of the silly things I did to stay warm, but thanks to my fellow readers, I didn’t feel left out in the cold alone. I really didn’t expect the amount of hits and responses it’s gotten.
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
I’d say many of my India posts like 5 Travel Must-Haves for India and the like… The one that’s been greatly gyped of attention however, is my post on lessons from my first solo trip there. I lost my solo traveler virginity on this trip! Though a bit scruffy in writing, it bore my very first GRRR and from it, sprang wonderful lessons of being alone on the road for the first time. At the time of post, I didn’t have any readers but my mom and dad –and though they definitely count big time in my book– they’re not really going to need to use the advice I’m sharing. Y’know?
The post I am most proud of
I’m not sure if this is my proudest post, but it always surfaces first in my mind. I had learned of Jeju Island’s mythic haeneyo (aka mermaids) before moving to Korea; and thus, I was really proud with my quest and actual discovery of them. The haeneyo are an older generation and dying tradition of women divers whom continue to dive and whom I find truly remarkable. Special thanks to Daegu Pockets magazine for printing it in their December 2010 issue.
Other people I’m tagging for this project are: