Anonymous of Holland            -A Dutchman in Korea-

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Why, where and how I decided to get LASEK in Seoul, South Korea

One fairly interesting development has taken place thanks to me avoiding my thesis work for the past month; the somewhat impulsive decision to get my vision corrected via laser eye … Continue reading

17 February 2018 · Leave a comment

첫사랑 – First Love

These days, I’m reading a lot about how to get students to care about creative writing, helping them become better writers, and techniques that are important when writing narratives. So … Continue reading

13 December 2017 · Leave a comment

Happy Sinterklaas!

Late November/early December is always a difficult period for Korean students, with the end of the semester assignments and finals from every course all piling up into one big academic … Continue reading

5 December 2017 · 6 Comments

My room in Seoul

It’s been a while, so I thought I’d share a little update on where I’ve been spending most of my time here in Korea. Compared to my previous video, my … Continue reading

14 October 2017 · Leave a comment

멈추면 비로소 보이는 것들 – The things you can see only when you slow down

Yesterday late at night, I came back from a short trip to the Southernmost tip of South Korea: 해남 (Haenam) in 절라남도 (Jeollanamdo). Even though I only spent three days … Continue reading

18 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Living with a constant threat of war

These days, there’s no lack of shocking and distressing headlines related to South Korea and its attention seeking neighbour: ‘Air Force chief warns of possible sudden attack by N. Korea’, … Continue reading

4 September 2017 · 3 Comments

Under the same Sky

I am painfully aware of how I haven’t written any new posts in what is rapidly approaching ‘forever’, and although I could come up with dozens of excuses that would … Continue reading

23 August 2017 · Leave a comment

[StarCraft] An interview with Brendan Valdes and Wolf Schröder

About a week ago, I had the opportunity of sitting down with legendary StarCraft 2 casters Brendan Valdes and Wolf Schröder to ask them some questions after they finished casting one of … Continue reading

17 June 2017 · Leave a comment

I thought I’d have some answers by now

A couple of weeks ago, my father celebrated his 60th birthday. 60. That’s a lot of years. That’s an amount of years that you can’t even imagine when you’re young. … Continue reading

25 April 2017 · 3 Comments

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One of the many things I love about Korea is that it has way more 'themed stores' than my own country. For some reason, some companies or brands such as Ghibli, Gundam, Kakao or, as in these pictures, Line, decide to spend millions creating beautiful flagship locations that feel like a mix of an exhibition space and a regular store.

This was the first time I visited the Line store in Itaewon since I'm not very interested in either Line nor Itaewon, but it was definitely a really cute sight to behold.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Seoul_Korea #Line #Kakao #LineFriends #LineStore #Store #Shop #Shops #Stores #Brand #Messenger #LineMessenger #Itaewon #LineFriendsItaewon
#서울 #이태원 #라인 #라인프렌즈 #카카오 #가게 #스토어 #라인스토어 #브랜드 A Gangnam view from the offices of my eye clinic, which is incidentally the reason I haven't posted anything in a while; I've been "busy" recovering from LASEK!

If you're interested in the process of getting vision correction surgery in Korea, check out my latest blog post. There's a link in my bio, or you can Google 'Anonymous of Holland'.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Seoul_Korea #Gangnam #Sinnonhyeon #BGNEyeClinic #BGN #Eyeclinic #LASEK #LASIK #SMILE #Laservisioncorrection #Visioncorrection #Cityscape #City #Skyline #Simcity #visit_korea #ig_korea
#밝은눈안과 #강남 #신논현 #서울 #대한민국 #라섹 #라식 #스마일 #도시 #도시경관 While we were still huddled around campfires to keep warm, Koreans had already invented an ingenious system of stone passages beneath their homes that provided heating by redirecting warm smoke, and later water.

Now, ondol heating is a staple of any building, no matter how high or low the rent. As a Dutchman, floor heating has always been something associated with 'fancy people', so it's petty nice to be able to enjoy warm feet in cold winters like this one myself.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Palace #fortress #Koreanpalace #traditional #ondol #heating #floorheating #history #Namhansanseong #Asia #snow #historical #kasteel #burcht #UploadKorea #geschiedenis #verwarming #vloerverwarming
#온돌 #대한민국 #남한산성 #요새 #전통 #역사 #한국 #눈 Buddhism has an ever increasing following in Korea, in spite of the extreme popularity of Christianity. As an outsider, it's strange to me how traditional Confucian values and Buddhist teachings can live hand in hand with a modernizing society and the vastly different beliefs of a Western religion, but somehow, people here make it work.

The atmosphere of a Korean temple couldn't be more different from that of a European church or cathedral. Whereas a church makes one feel close to God, a temple makes one feel close to nature.
Perhaps that's why I love them so much.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Namhansanseong #Temple #Koreantemple #religion #Buddhism #Buddha #Buddhist #Buddhisttemple #Traditional #snow #Buddhisme #ZuidKorea #Confucius #Confucian #Christian #Christianity #Church #Cathedral
#대한민국 #남한산성 #불교 #절 #사찰 #석가모니 #전통 #종교 #기독 #기독교 There are lots of relics from the past strewn around all over the Korean peninsula, but I was really surprised when my 형 showed me Namhansan - a real (fake) traditional town that acted as an emergency palace for some time, surrounded by ancient walls and less ancient hiking trails.

It was probably my imagination, but the air did smell cleaner over there on the snow covered mountain where we found this small temple.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Temple #Koreantemple #Namhansanseong #Traditional #architecture #Buddhism #Buddhist #Buddhisttemple #snow #ig_korea #ig_asia #mountain #tempel #Buddhisme #ZuidKorea
#대한민국 #절 #불교 #남한산성 #전통 #눈 #산 #외국인 #네덜란드 #사찰 It's a miracle that Dark made it through to the round of 16. Not because his play wasn't amazing (his hold against Trap's shield battery rush was simply phenomenal), but because it's like having me as a fan is like death's kiss; the players I love never seem to win anything when I'm there to cheer them on!

RIP Byun, please come back stronger and harder next season.
Congratulations Dark, for beating my curse! 계속계속 응원하겠습니다!
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#Starcraft #Starcraft2 #SC2 #GSL #esport #esports #progamer #gaming #Zerg #Protoss #Dark #Trap #Byun #interview
#스타크래프트 #스타크래프트2 #스타2 #e스포츠 #아프리카 #아프리카tv #프로게이머 #게임 #게이밍 #게이머 #변현우 #박령우 #조성호 #저그 #프로토스 #인터뷰