Eunji Ban – “Because it’s you”

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I wrote this story in May 2014 for Korea Today. They don’t have their content online and it was a very personal story so I have finally got around to posting it here. I originally posted an opinion piece here the …

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Listening to Wanbi’s advice

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This article was published on Yan News in Vietnamese a while back. I still have not to date published the full version anywhere except my Facebook. Since it’s getting harder and harder to dig this story out of my old Facebook …

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Saying goodbye to Ten Dollars

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I would like to tell you a story about Ten Dollars. Ten Dollars is not a thing or a quantity. Ten Dollars is a person. A street vendor who I have known for several years. He worked in Pham Ngu …

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I’m fine, thank you – Ladies’ Code

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A very sad week for Korea. The new and much loved Kpop group Ladies’ Code suffered a terrible tragedy this week when their tour van crashed into a supporting wall on the highway while returning to Seoul from their tour. …

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John Nara, we will miss your smiling face so much

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An amazing man died today, but he wasn’t known by millions. He wasn’t famous. But he was a star in the lives of the people who knew him. His name was John Nara, but I just knew him as “Kun …

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We’re having a baby

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There’s not much to say about this. Yi has been late for a while now. I got her to do a test but it came back negative. We waited another week and she did another one tonight….. and she’s pregnant …

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Nothing changes. Just the price of the beer.

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You may have seen my previous article The Old Woman Who Sold Beer on this blog. Well, the story was published this month and it’s wonderful. It’s very slightly different to the version I put online, and it’s sad to …

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Kindergarten Cop

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One of my pleasures in life while living in South East Asia is meeting some of the unusual characters who visit or live here themselves. Not only the locals, but also the foreign tourists and the ex-pats. I must admit …

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Tales from Bui Vien Street: Ten Dollars

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I would like to tell you a story about Ten Dollars. Ten Dollars is not a thing or a quantity. Ten Dollars is a person. A street vendor who I have known for a good two years. He works in …

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Why I’m not happy

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I told you that Nam and Lynne’s (actually her name is Lien but I’m going to stick with Lynne) caretaker had been imprisoned for abuse. I was at a writers meeting at work yesterday and the subject came up and …

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