Marriage Visa in Korea: Foreigners used for National Interest?

Yes, the title is very provocative, but sadly there is a lot of truth to it. Everything starts with me being so exhausted and frustrated at the preparation process for a spouse visa in South Korea. As an Italian citizen, I know that it is fairly easy to receive a spouse visa in my country, … Continue reading Marriage Visa in Korea: Foreigners used for National Interest?

My neighbor Totoro: slow paced animation evoking childhood nostalgia

Hi folks! I came to you with a fresh movie review on "My neighbor Totoro" (Tonari no Totoro). Yes, I confess, despite of all the cute merchandise that I see around and have purchased, I had never really watched Totoro. So I decided that finally the moment had come and was lucky enough to find … Continue reading My neighbor Totoro: slow paced animation evoking childhood nostalgia

Bicycle Thieves a masterpiece of Italian Neorealism

Bicycle Thieves is a 1948 Italian film which came down in the history of cinema as one of the masterpieces of Neorealism and perhaps the most renowned piece by auteur Vittorio de Sica. Ricci and his son Bruno looking for the stolen bike around the markets of Rome The plot is fairly simple and revolves … Continue reading Bicycle Thieves a masterpiece of Italian Neorealism

Fabric Market in Dongdaemun and being Plus Size in South Korea

Hi you all!~ ^^ Yesterday I have been to the famous fabric market in dongdaemun ! In Korean it is called 동대문 종합시장 ( dongdaemun jonghap sijang). Unfortunately sellers are pretty sensitive about photo taking so I could take two very quick snaps to give you a general idea. If you like DIY or sewing … Continue reading Fabric Market in Dongdaemun and being Plus Size in South Korea

Adorable Statuettes from Jeju (Dol Hareubang)

Miniature Dol Hareubang from Jeju Island. Image subject to copyright, contact me if interested in purchasing Last year I went to Jeju Island in the South of South Korea (sorry for the puns aha) and I found everywhere these cute stone statuettes that are actually miniatures of much larger statues portraying the "Dol Hareubang," aka … Continue reading Adorable Statuettes from Jeju (Dol Hareubang)

JSA: Experiencing Korean National History through Pathos

Known as one of the best South Korean blockbusters and directed by renowned director Park Chan-wook, the mystery thriller JSA (2000) is THE first national film to uphold competition with contemporary Hollywood productions. Starring Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun and the legendary Song Kang-ho, this film dramatizes the trauma of national division through the complex relationship … Continue reading JSA: Experiencing Korean National History through Pathos

Enjoying the Vibrant Autumn Colors of Changdeok Palace’s “Secret Garden”

Secret Garden - Changdeok Palace- Seoul. Image subject to copyright, for information on how to purchase my photos please contact me. This photo was taken in early Autumn inside of the "Secret Garden" of Changdeok Palace (Seoul). Despite its classification as a "garden," this popular tourist attraction is non-other than a quiet forest encased in … Continue reading Enjoying the Vibrant Autumn Colors of Changdeok Palace’s “Secret Garden”