Building project: Please help rebuild my mom’s home

As some of you may know, my mom’s house burned down at the beginning of last year. I say my mom’s house, but really it was my house too, and I’ve been carrying that around with me for a while. We didn’t have any insurance, so for the past year and a bit I’ve been […]

How I use my journalism skills in the EFL classroom

My first semester back in South Korea after a three-year hiatus is coming to an end, and I thought I’d share a few thoughts on a very special project I embarked on the second time around. In addition to teaching at two elementary schools in the Jungri-dong area of Daegu, I also signed up to […]

Love letter to a dive bar – The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk

  Book Review: The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk Device: Hardcover Location: One Saturday, in my bed in Daegu, South Korea Rating: Google an appropriate synonym for mindfuckingly beautiful   In 1998, a young South African makes his way to New York in pursuit of what Toast Coetzer calls “the Afrikaans American Dream”. Nearly […]

Book review: Jimfish by Christopher Hope

  Book Review: Jimfish by Christopher Hope Device: Paperback Location: Green line – Gamsam-dong to Sinnam; Monorail – Sinnam to Suseong Lake in Daegu, South Korea Rating: Unsure   In an interview with Sue Grant-Marshall in April last year, Christopher Hope said that older South Africans would remember the greeting, “How are you doing Jim […]

National Park by Hinesh Vithal: A heart-warming tale of friendship and courage

  Book Review: National Park by Hinesh Vithal Device: Kobo Location: Express Bus number 1 (κΈ‰ν–‰ 1) from Jungri-dong to Jungangno-ro Rating: Awesome-sauce Hinesh Vithal’s National Park (the first in a trilogy) can be read and enjoyed on multiple levels. Set in the Madiba National Park – a fictional wildlife park in South Africa – […]