2013: Annis Memorabilis

Hmm… How to summarize 2013 in just one word? ‘Really, really amazing?’ ‘Unbelievably good!’ I’ll settle for ‘THE BEST EVER…YET!’ 2013 didn’t start out the best, with Leslie back in the U.S and the Korean winter chilling me to the bone. But as winter gave way to spring, things soon picked up. The sun came…

Will The Korean Mandela Please Step Forward

In honour of yesterday’s World Human Rights Day, I’ll begin with… A TRIBUTE It is with great sadness that his family, the people of South Africa, and indeed, the entire world lost Nelson Mandela. Very rarely in the history of humanity has one man meant so much to so many people. His bravery transcended the…

Fighting The Ugly Fight In Movember 2013

You guys may think it’s November. You’re wrong!! It’s MOvember, which means it’s time to grow out your mustache and help raise awareness of men’s health issues around the world. That’s what I’m doing. It’s Day 7, and despite looking like a very bad 70’s adult-movie star, I’m still willing to sacrifice my lip for…

Shamed By A Burning Monk

On June 11th 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc killed himself on a road in Saigon. Why? To protest the persecution of the Buddhists by the South Vietnamese Diệm government. How? He burned himself…to death. Duc self immolated for religious equality. Hundreds, even thousands of people have done the same thing, for religious or political beliefs, and for…