Finding and Staying at a Seoul Goshiwon

Ace Residence Seoul

Image Source unknown. Ace Residence Sinchon (aka. my old home!)

If you’re looking for a cheap and affordable place to stay in Seoul, be it for one night or one year, goshiwons make a great budget option!

Goshiwons are places offering small rooms, usually located in the more studenty areas of town like Shinchon, Hongdae, Ehwa, Seoul National Station etc.

A goshiwon will usually offer renters a small room with a desk, chair and cupboard for about 15,000-25,000 won/night (short-term) or 300-600,000 won/month (long-term).

Almost all of them will also offer free rice and kimchi for you to eat (and instant noodles read more

Being Rich…

…is not about how much you have, but how much you give.

These are the truly magnificent words spoken in the following Gift – Singapore Drama Short Film by Daniel Yam.

It depicts the heartbreaking but beautiful tale of a young boy who never appreciated how truly wonderful his father was until it was too late.

It carries a strong underlying message across to those watching that not everything is always as it seems and it is also a gentle reminder to all of us to appreciate our parents while we still have them. One day they will be gone read more

C25K Challenge: Color Me Rad Leeds 2014

Image by Bahman / CC BY 2.0

Image by Bahman / CC BY 2.0

Sometimes you’ve just got to let go and be a little crazy to achieve the most out of this lifetime. – RJunkie

Some people let loose at parties, other people let loose in the streets and yet others don’t need any excuse and just let their wild side take over whenever and wherever they feel like it.

Whilst I don’t consider myself to be too crazy most of the time, I do have a bit of a thing for challenges and putting myself in for once-in-a-lifetime-if-i-don’t-do-it-now-i-probably-never-will type events. So, when my friend read more

When Was The Last Time You Were Happy?

Seoul Happiness

Image by Nayoung Kang
Me + Friends = Happiness!

I recently watched an inspirational video on and started reading Living, Loving and Learning by the amazing Leo F. Buscaglia. These really got me thinking about all the things we are taught in life and all those things we think will make us happy. Money, family, friends, possessions?

It got me wondering about what makes me happy and in particular, what has made me happy recently. I came up with this list:

Recently, I was happiest…

1) …when an old friend I hadn’t seen in a year came to visit me during my turbulent read more

Stand Up To Racism: Reach out and Travel

One of the reasons I’m a huge advocate of travel and social outreach is because it lets us experience so much. Through travel and taking the time to reach out and listen, we can meet people from all walks of life. Rich, poor, grateful, hateful, black, white, enabled, disabled, inspirational and in many other ways brilliant examples of humanity.

Often it takes no more than a simple “Hi” to start a conversation, which will let you learn more about the viewpoints of someone who regardless of nationality, colour or background will read more