Introducing: Silly/Serious!

I want to start getting to know y’all more. Seems like I do all the talking on this blog, and despite conversations that develop in the comments or on Twitter, I want to do more to make this blog adorned with a hitchhiking fish more of a place of bonding.

Which brings me to an exciting all-new TMZ blog topic: Silly/Serious.

If you’ve been following me since my blog’s inception last fall, you know my blog is a bit of a mixed bag. On any given day I could talk about the “religion vs. relationship” debate or comment on the irony of a misspelled parking space at the middle school where I used to work.

I’m a silly/serious guy, and that facet certainly bleeds into my blog. But I never like delving too deep into one area over the other on this blog. So it naturally follows I should get to know the silly/serious aspects of you. My dearest readers.

I’d love to ask y’all some Silly/Serious questions fairly often on this blog. So please participate! Yes you, reading in the shadows. Emerge from the darkness and get silly/serious with me.

Let’s kick off Silly/Serious with a relevant question relating to my recently written Korea dilemma. Here are two critical questions for y’all to ponder/answer:

  1. When I say “Korea,” what’s the very first thing that comes to mind?
  2. Have you ever traveled out of your country of citizenship/residence? What was the experience like?

I’ll answer first in the comments. Hope to see you there!

(I will see you there, Shadow Man. Or Shadow Woman…)

  • TMZ

    1. Korea honestly reminds me of that Sound of Music song. But instead of “Maria,” I sing, “How do you solve a problem like Korea?” Indeed, it is quite the problem in my life right now.

    2. I studied abroad at Oxford University the summer of 2008, and it was awesome. It was my first experience outside the USA, and aside from writing insane papers for scary British professors, the trip was incredible. I got to see my fair share of the UK, especially at the end of the summer when classes were done. From Scotland to Wales to London, I had the time of my life!

  • 1. At boarding school, one of my good friends was this girl named Bo Yoon who was from Korea, but she spoke Chinese as well. So cool!! But yeah, since she was the first Korean friend I ever had, she is definitely who I think of each time.

    2. Yes! I’ve actually been fortunate enough to have visited 9 countries other than the U.S. My favorite experience was probably going to Ghana for Thanksgiving break 2 years ago. One day I went to a small, African village with music, dancing and tons of kids and I felt like I was on a Survivor reward!

    • TMZ

      Bo Yoon! Asians in general have the best names. Amazing.

      9 countries. Kirin, you cultured experienced little young adult. So jealous of that Survivoresque experience! Sounds awesome.

  • 1. I think of South Korea, and also of kimchi. For those who’ve never had the experience of trying it, kimchi is cabbage soaked in spiced vinegar and fermented until its alcohol level equals that of vodka. (I may be exaggerating, but only a little.) I also think of delicious Korean food, and Korean food that wasn’t particularly delicious. (Kimchi-flavored donuts. I’m not making this up.)
    2. I’ve done some traveling, including a visit to South Korea. I grew up in Ecuador. I live in the United States, and my folks live in Uruguay. To wit, I’ve been privileged to spend time in several countries. Every country is different, from superficial things like food to deeper things like cultural attitudes. To my delight, wherever I go, coffee is there.

    • TMZ

      I’ve heard much about kimchi, especially as I’ve been researching and talking about this potential Korea expedition. Will have to give that a go someday! Including the kimchi doughnuts.

      And what a life of travels! So jealous. Thank goodness the constant of coffee always remains no matter the geographic boundaries.

  • Rebecka

    1. I think of a stupid, old Swedish joke about cows being cheap in Korea, because in Swedish ko=cow and rea=sale.
    2. I’ve been to Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, France, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, Scotland, the Czech republic and the U.S on vacation and I’ve lived in England during two seasons of my life. I love traveling, but there is a huge difference between spending a week in a foreign country and trying to make one your home. I can’t wait to do it again though, I want to move to Italy! 😉

    • TMZ

      Hilarious. Would’ve never attached “Korea” to “cheap cows.” THANK YOU for that delightful connection.

      I’m so incredibly jealous of all you guys and your epic world travels. If I do decide to go to Korea, I seriously need to visit like 10 other surrounding countries just to catch up to all of you guys. LOVE IT.

  • MLYaksh

    1. I think of the movie “Despicable Me”- for my birthday two years ago, my best friend made me a Korean dinner and then we watched that movie. Yes, I equate the country with fluffy unicorns.
    2. I sadly have never had the joy of leaving the US, something I want to change. The first place I want to go is Italy, though I know I’ll never eat at another American-Italian restaurant afterwards.After that, Japan, Korea and then anywhere else in Europe.

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  • YH

    Why would you wake me from my lurk? This internet lurk(started from curiosity about Oceans singer) was meant to be private. (Oh This was years old post)

    1. I am a Korean. Was born and grew up in the country. Even currently doing my dissertation fieldwork in the country. Koreans in my opinion, are warm-hearted, passionate, but sometimes are emotion-led, are caring but not always careful, Maybe more informal than other Asians like Japanese.
    I think I am assigned to this specific nationality by God for some reason but I am currently considering a life that seemingly has nothing to do with the country(and discerning if this is what He would want).

    2. I am currently pursuing Ph.D. degree in geography in United States(Pennsylvania). I spent 2 1/2 adult years of my life in the country and it saw the worst and the best days of my life. I am considering a completely new life in here but might go back to Korea after the program. Either way, I will always affectionately remember the country because it was where I made my conversion of heart to God(and where pools are less crowded).

    I’d be curious if you ever put into action this potential trip?