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Jeju’s Olle Trails: Reading its secret Love Letters

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

Finding love in the Korean Love Motel

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) .
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My Most Controversial Post


“You Ugly American”: Is America a country that people love to hate?

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.

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My Most Helpful Post

Getting my hair done at a Korean beauty salon’.

Expat Life & Teaching in Korea series

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

8 ways I stay warm during winter in Korea

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.

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A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

beware of pickpockets sign, weird india signs

Lessons of a first-time Solo Traveler in India

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

Haeneyo: The Last Generations of Korean Mermaids

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.

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Other people I’m tagging for this project are:

Kelsey of Drifting Focus, Laura of Gringation Cancun, Feather Ives of Vegan Around the World, Josh Johnson of Travel Media Ninja, Jack and Jill of Jack & Jill Travel the World.

 


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The funny thing is that people hate on USA but folks in USA dont give a remote “beep” . Hell they dont even know where countries are on the map, they just dont care.

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Loved this chance to look into your archives 🙂 Very glad I tagged you.

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Laura in Cancun
September 4, 2011 1:31 am

I need to do this. I have a bunch of posts that were really cool and are now stuck in the archives somewhere.

I’m always surprised by post popularity… the ones I think no one will care about get the most comments (my posts on Jorge’s war with the neighborhood cats), while my most interesting travel posts (my recent cenote post) sometimes get nothing! Sometimes I don’t understand readers haha

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    @Laura: Well I hope you do this project cause you’re tagged! 😉 ha ha… I still remember that one post you wrote about how you were getting so many hits off of one of your posts due to the fact you tagged the name of one of the Twighlight stars! I do and don’t understand what what my popular posts are– my stats hike on subjects around Korea. It’s interesting to know where my reader niche is; and this makes it feel a little challenged for me,when I go off-topic to my travel (outside of Korea) sections. =(

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I think this is a nice sort of ‘recap’ of your ‘blogging life’. I was just thinking last week how sad it was that I have over 200 posts and most will likely never see the light of day again. Then it occurred to me that I mostly just blog for my own sake. I love going back and looking through my old posts. I enjoyed looking through your old posts as well.

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    @Chance: Thanks for reading! Yeah, a bloggers life is interesting– what possesses us to pour so much hard work into our posts? Existentialists would say, we write for ourselves and secretly write for an audience. I definitely do both and is why I so value reader comments. Even if I get one comment, it fulfills the same joy I’ve experienced when teacher used to put a star on my paper when she checked my homework (something I’ve actually implemented in my ESL classrooms). It means the post existed for someone other than myself. 😉

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