Seoul: A Raw Review (video)

One of the dopest food I’ve always wanted to try was the raw octopus as their feet are cut off and squiggle on your table. But what I did not realize was that Koreans do beef raw too. Right after my last shift, I took the next available train to Seoul for yet another reunion with a new set of…

Seoul: GW Reception

Three days before I pack up my luggage, I was fortunate to attend a GW alum reception at Seoul. On the same day I met up with a couple Korean friends that I met in Seattle back in 2015. That morning, thanks to TripAdvisor, I visited three famous local coffee shops and tried out their caffeinated beverages. All of which…

Pins, Pins, Pins

Since probably day one I was intrigued by the pin trading ecosystem at the Games, but never did I think I would be into it so much. Throughout the entirety of my trip, I had probably stopped by the Coca Cola trading center and the open trading areas a dozen times. One, you never know who you will run into/meet…

Low Key House Jumps

Honestly, I’m not a huge drinker, and definitely not a night person. I sort of limited my house visits to the daytime. First was the Japan house, we were fortunate to meet the president of the TOCOG and the president of the Ski Association in Japan and I utilized my broken Japanese to communicated with them. On the side note,…

High School Crush Reunion

Who doesn’t have a childhood crush right? On the 11th, Jay Ishimaru visited the Gangneung Ice Arena all the way from Japan and we were able to catch up. We went to high school in Oregon together briefly and I remember stuttering when I told her she was like an angel. Yea, I said it. Her alma mater was at…

Team Korea House

The day after my crazy encounters, I was able to get into Team Korea House’s second floor where they have their training room sponsored by Get Set (YISSEM IOC research center), film room and offices. The reception person at the front desk also gave me a Team Korea pin. As a matter of fact, I stopped by the House a…

Sliding Center Education

When I asked to observe the luge at the Winter Olympics, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was somewhat surprised spectators really only have a few ticketed locations to observe the athletes during their run. Even then, a lot of the folks who purchased tickets don’t sit in their seats, they stand up near the front of the stands…

When in Rome (or Canada House)

Only the Olympics can bring countries and people to accept and invite one another like we are all actually humans, and the country houses were no exception. Everyone regularly cheers on other countries while visiting those houses, and sometimes even wears the colors. The experience of seeing so many people happy to associate with other nationalities was very enlightening and…