Punching Strangers

There’s something about seeing people bash their fellow human being’s faces in which really gets us all going… I don’t know what it is exactly – perhaps it is rooted in our more animalistic side which we ordinarily stifle for the sake of being more civilised and not getting weird looks as we bulldoze throughContinue reading “Punching Strangers”

Plastic Surgery (강남 언니)

One thing that makes me a wee bit uncomfortable about South Korea is the whole plastic surgery thing – they are easily ahead with the highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery in the world. But it’s not really the fact that it is so popular that freaks me out…I mean live, and let live, right? IContinue reading “Plastic Surgery (강남 언니)”

When MERS Attacks!

My boss sent me a rather rushed message last night regarding my work for the next day, the gist of which was; no school tomorrow. Please stay home.  This is because South Korea is on high alert at the moment, especially in my close area, due to the recent outbreak of the MERS virus*. This is pronounced like “Merris” forContinue reading “When MERS Attacks!”

Scream Train

Public transport is a funny thing isn’t it? Not haha funny, but you know…weird. Odd. Strange. Often horrifying. That kind of funny – so not really funny at all I suppose, but still – often eventful… I find the Seoul subway is actually quite tame for the most part, perhaps because I am comparing withContinue reading “Scream Train”

Genius on the Subway!

As we all probably know…it’s often a challenge to get a seat on the subway, especially at rush hour! But this young genius had the answer… Spotted somewhere near Seoul – proven way to be guaranteed a seat! Brilliant! http://www.facebook.com/storytimewithjohn http://www.youtube.com/storytimewithjohn101 Please buy my collection of stories! Get it in paperback here – or on Kindle here! ALL proceedsContinue reading “Genius on the Subway!”

Masterchef (For Two Hours!)

Received a message out of the blue from an in-need friend…modelling for a clothing line he said – well I’m never one to say no to anything weird, or wonderful – which is just as well as the photo shoot was for a chef’s outfit range! Good fun!  These are just ones he got on hisContinue reading “Masterchef (For Two Hours!)”

Kiss Me, I’m not Irish.

So it is upon us again…St. Patrick’s Day! Or as I like to call it “the day Americans tell you they are Irish because their Grandmother’s half-cousin once dated a guy who once had a teacher who was Irish.” ..so yeah, with that in mind it should come as no surprise that the global Irish population expands temporarilyContinue reading “Kiss Me, I’m not Irish.”

Breaking Bad: Kindergarten

You could say we had a little…erm…”science experiment” today… Because, errr…we did! And it all exploded in my face, and now I smell horrendously bad. You see we had to mix sodium hydroxide with vinegar – and then the subsequent reaction would blow up a balloon…amazing I know! What I wasn’t warned about was that if theContinue reading “Breaking Bad: Kindergarten”

Umbrella Please!

I should probably preface this by pointing out that (in my experience) Koreans are an amiable, friendly, and warm-hearted lot! But naturally there’s always the bad apples…and I met one on Saturday night… The setting was central Itaewon, it’s a very ‘foreigner-friendly’ place, which isn’t particularly my bag – but I was out with friends, and we were heading to theContinue reading “Umbrella Please!”