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This edition of Misshoggy 101 is really just a diary of her struggles in Japan with public transport and taxi. It has episodes of hilarity and confusion, but nonetheless she managed to get where she needed to go.
Let us begin with Misshoggy holding a scorecard of Foreigner vs. Taxi Driver from three years ago. Being ripped off in the Philippines, haggled like no tomorrow in Georgia, surprised by the honesty of the Armenians, and complete distrust in Malaysia, interestingly she had no intent to keep score with Japanese driver. They are close to perfect and taxi war is well prevented in Japan. Continue reading “Japanese 101”
“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
It is difficult to write about Japan sometimes without being biased by her history, not with Misshoggy, who had worked closely with her Korean colleagues in South Korea. Precarious is probably an understatement to describe Korea-Japan relationship.War is not kind and reveals the worst of mankind. The unkindness of war, however, escaped Kyoto. Due to an American statesman’s desire to protect the land of dreams he remembered Kyoto to be, thus the city of Kyoto is preserved till this very day, allowing her visitors to enter a dream of old Japanese charm. Continue reading “Otherworldly Kansai: Kyoto”
“Sooner or later, everybody dreams of other worlds.”
―J. Aleksandr Wooton
The grind of work in South Korea sometimes led Misshoggy dreaming of other worlds, outside of her classrooms and lesson planning. Alas, a long weekend beckoned. Hence, she packed her bags and flew across the sea to Osaka for a five-day journey across Kansai.It was sorely needed: the quirks of Osaka swept across her like magical dust, leaving behind the happiness-sucking worm at the office. Continue reading “Otherworldly Kansai: Osaka”
Dear Memory Hoggers, As Misshoggy has settled down in a new city, with a certain big day coming up, she no longer leaves home that much often any more. As she is reminiscing and hogging memories, When Miss Hoggy Leaves Home is now Misshoggy: A Memory Hogger Continue reading Name Change
“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien
Sokcho, two days ferry ride from Vladivostok, an hour to the DMZ, a home for North Korean refugees in the 50s, entrance to the highest mountain in South Korea, a place between the sea and the mountains. Here is Sokcho. Welcome to the gateway of the Eastern shore. Continue reading “Mysterious Gateway of the Eastern Shore”
“I’m a big fan of the misunderstood, the vilified, the underdog, the breaking of myths.”- Dominic Monaghan, actor.
Continuing into our journey of breaking the myth of Busan being the land of gangsters and the uncultured, my journey into the southern city was more than surprising, it was enlightening. Shall we? Continue reading “Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 2)”
“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Busan, your accent has been the benchmark of any feared gangsters, your people mistaken as unsophisticated countryside peasants and your cuisine is supposed to consist only of seafood. Do not worry, being misunderstood is just a path to greatness. And you are a great city, Busan. Shall we explore and untangle these misunderstandings?
Continue reading “Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 1)”