The Culture Map – Erin Meyers

The culture Map is a simple framework for decoding how people think and get things done across cultures. Throughout the book, the author uses real-world examples on how to succeed in managing across the diverse cultural contexts of the current workplace. “Whether you are sitting at a desk in Boston or eating at a restaurant in Beijing, communicating across cultures is the great challenge of the global economy. Getting it right will be the difference between success and failure.” Erin Meyers She provides a systematic, step-by-step approach to understanding the most common business communication challenges that arise from cultural differences …

Gyejoksanseonggil Trail

HIKING IN KOREA: Section 5 of Daejeon Dullesan-gil (Gyejoksanseonggil Trail)

Section five of Daejeon Dullesan-gil, also known as Gyejoksanseonggil Trail, is one of my favorite trails to hike around the Daejeon. It is the 5th section of the 133 km mountain trail Daejeon’s surrounding mountains – connecting mountains like Maninsan, Sikjangsan, and Gyejoksan mountain. I have hiked this trail several times in winter and summer, and it’s been a different experience every time. Less than an hour into the course, you arrive at Galyeonseong fortress – Daejeon’s city monument 12, where you are graced with beautiful city views of the Southeastern part of Daejeon on the left side and idyllic …

Dear Ijeawele – The inspiring guide to raising a feminist

I love Chimamanda’s books, she is one of my favorite authors in Africa, and I liked reading this feminists Manifesto. Dear Ijeawele is an easy breakdown on feminism that demystifies some misconceptions of feminism in a set of fifteen priceless suggestions. The book was birthed out of Chimamanda’s letter to her friend on how to raise her daughter feminist. She offers a practical, captivating, and fresh perspective on how parents (mothers and fathers) can nurture and empower their daughters to grow into strong and independent women. Offering advice like teaching girls to reject likeability, be brave, kind, and stand for …

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

Paul lived and taught in Africa during his youthful years. After thirty-five years, he returns to Africa – traversing from Cairo to the cape of Africa in smelly matatus (mini-buses), taxis, cattle trucks, canoes, and a ferry for this travelogue. Starting off by engaging in touristy activities in Cairo, where the locals don’t consider themselves part of Africa because they believe Africa is underdeveloped and dangerous. He traveled through the remotest villages and occasionally made quick stops in the cities, authentically sharing his experiences and stories. Paul does take the reader on the road less traveled in Africa, a road …

Jirisan Mountain

HIKING IN KOREA: Slaying Jirisan Mountain (지리산)

Standing at 1,915 meters above sea level, Jirisan is one of Korea’s top three legendary mountains and South Korea’s first national park in 1969. Located in the south, Jirisan is South Korea’s highest mountain mainland and second-highest after Hallasan mountain, located in Jeju. Jirisan, also known as “mountains of the odd and wise,” occupies three provinces (Gyeongnam, Jeollanam-do, and Jeollabuk-do) can be accessed from five cities; Hadong, Hamyang, Sancheon, Gurye, and Namwon. In addition, the mountain houses many valleys located over 20 ridges with plenty of flora and fauna. Hiking Routes There are various hiking trails, though I would like …

Bukhansan Dullengil Section 21 Uiryeong-gil

HIKING IN KOREA: Bukhansan Dullengil Section 21 Uiryeong-gil

Section 21 is the last trail of Bukhansan Dullengil, a path that was used by the North Korean army to invade Seoul in 1968. Since then, it was closed off to the public and controlled by the military forces until 2009, when it officially opened to civilians. It is 6.5 km and takes approximately 3 hours from start to finish with beautiful views of Bukhansan and the Obong, meaning “Five peaks.” The number of hikers on this trail is still limited to 1,000 people a day, not for military reasons, but for ecological safety. Hikers are required to make reservations …

Celebration of Discipline – By Richard J. Forster

As a Christian, I found this book necessary and informative in explaining our way of life and discovering the meaning and purpose through the different disciplines highlighted. Although I was aware of some of the domains only in part, I had not delved deeper into each discipline’s importance and the proper way of practicing each of them. These disciplines are not a set of rules for us to follow but rather a guideline into self-discovery, spiritual growth, and connecting with those around us. That said, this book can be helpful to everyone regardless of their faith or religious beliefs. The …

Beopjusa Temple

A Taste of Life in a Temple – Beopjusa Templestay

Templestay is a cultural program that gives you a chance to experience the traditions and culture of Korean Buddhism. It is a unique opportunity to stay for two or three days in an ancient temple and emulate a Buddhist practitioner’s life. It is open to everyone despite their religious background who wants a taste of temple-life. Korean temples are infused with the spirit and history of thousands of years. There is an absolute uniqueness and beauty that can be found only in the ancient monasteries. Participating in a temple stay allows this beautiful experience and connects with this history, culture, …