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Former Seoulite Mark Schofield woke up at Vachira Phuket Hospital five days after he was involved in a nearly fatal scooter accident on the evening of Sept. 6. The crash left him with extensive injuries, including a broken maxilla, a broken collarbone and right arm, a shattered eye socket and brain trauma.
Just over five weeks later, he was walking on his own and on a plane back to Canada, where he will continue his recovery.
In the center of bustling Myeong-dong, a vendor carefully circles his hand back and forth, slowly filling the base of a cone, teasing out tasty chocolate and vanilla swirls.
With a final push of the lever, the vendor passes the dessert to his customer.
“I have a special summertime treat for you,” says Steve Miller, revealing the towering ice cream cone to the camera.
“It’s so delicious. It goes down great. And with the hot temperatures of Seoul quickly approaching, this is my No. 1 recommendation for some of the best street food you can find in Korea.”
Coming from the eclectic mixture of a Japanese, Korean and American upbringing, Kent Kim has trained in various martial arts and now utilizes his mastery as a kickboxing trainer and fight choreographer in the expat scene and abroad. Kent sat down with Artist’s Journey Wilfred Lee to talk about the nature of martial arts and his roots in karate.
Katlego Nakedi first learned how to ride a bike just three months ago. As a self-described passionate person who “plunges fully into things,” she stretched that learning curve to its parabolic limits by embarking on a 500-kilometer ride from Seoul to Busan, championing personal success in an effort to support women’s rights and advocacy against violence.
The Baseline Bikers Seoul to Busan Challenge began as a rough idea with Nakedi’s friend Thato Mokobane, a veteran cyclist, to explore Korea during their summer vacation.
Kang Hyeon-min, aka DJ Min, got his start spinning vinyl in 1990 at the East & West Club in Itaewon. Back then he mostly played ’50s and ’60s music, also moonlighting at the Grand Ole Opry, which was located in the same building. Kang recalls one of his most popular requests was “Louie Louie,” a 1960s tune by the garage band the Kingsmen.