All posts by Danlin Zhao

Small Victories: Tackling the Recycling System

In the United States, people usually sort their trash in two separate bins– waste and recyclable. It’s something that people do instinctively and don’t really need too much direction to do. Even though some people don’t follow the instructions, (although they should) I’m pretty sure that they know about it. In elementary school, we were ...

Welcome to the Sindang Neighborhood

If you guys don’t already know, I live in the Sindang area of Seoul, which I find to be quite diverse. Although I feel like I never see that many housing areas nearby, I always see a lot of people get off at the same train station. Maybe it’s because of what I’ve seen in ...

So much food, so little time!

After the Korean War, street food vendors became popularized. It was a good and relatively cheap way for low-income bracket workers to find a steady job. With the amount of refugees and U.S troops during this time, they were able to serve many customers and made a noticeable impact to those of lower class. At ...

Gaming and PCBangs in Korea

If you play any of the popular games on PC, you’d know this already. Gaming culture in Korea is much more popular and socially accepted than the United States. New York Times has called gaming and esports in Korea a “national pastime”. It’s no wonder that they have been ranked at the top for several ...

Living in Korea

Although I very much miss my parents and friends back in Philadelphia, there are 3 perks that I will miss about living in Korea and wish could be emulated back in the States. They may seem like such simple things, but I think they’re important when it comes to an ideal place to live in. ...

Shopping at Gangnam Terminal

Gangnam is known for their extremely luxurious and lavish products. International brand name stores could be found here, boasting the title of the home of the only official Apple store in South Korea. I’ve actually been told to skip out on visiting Gangnam as it just wasn’t college-student-wallet friendly. The once popularized song, “Gangnam Style” ...

And the results are in…

It has been approximately two weeks post-midterm week and I finally got my last exam results back. I had started studying two weeks prior to the exam date to compensate for my weekend Japan trip the right before the exams. You could tell midterm-week was approaching by how packed the study rooms were. Eyes were ...