The Year of The Snake…


So, it’s soon to be the Year of The Snake. Tomorrow (Sunday 10th February) to be more precise.

In this part of the world it’s a huge deal (think Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and a good weekend on the lash – combined) and you’ll get the idea. Plenty of scran, a few drinks (well, quite often more than a few), lots of banter (usually with me partaking in various drinking games with Eun Jin’s  – not that I’m one to abstain such a request), and some more eating. All in all, it’s not a bad day out with my wife’s extended (and very large) family.

It’ll also be the first time visiting Eun Jin’s parent’s house since her father passed away just before last Christmas. Never an easy time, but I’m sure they’ll remember him tomorrow in one way or another with a few well-versed stories. And a toast.


I’m in the middle of reading “Religion for Atheists” by Alain de Bottan, and I know it probably sounds like a pretentious, smart-arse, kinda thing to do, but it’s something that I have found to be quite interesting.  The author (a non-believer himself) claims that religions have some important things to teach the secular world. It’s a bit long-winded to fit into 500 words here, but he did publish an interesting list of ‘virtues’ that I think we could all take a look at (see link above). Food for thought?


Another great thing about the Lunar New Year is that it’s also the second chance for anyone to make a New Year’s resolution (새해 다짐 -sae-hae da-jim), which reminded me to post this nugget. Whether you’re familiar with Woody Guthrie or not, I think there are a few things that we could all take on board from his most excellent list (written in 1942).

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes — look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed cloths often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Dont get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but dont waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

Well, all that’s left for me to do is to wish you all a Happy Lunar New Year.  Be safe, happy, healthy, prosperous and very, very groovy! 설날 즐겁게 보내세요!



Author: From a Late Night Train

Teacher. Musician. Ponderer. Had lived in Seoul, South Korea since 2000. Moved back to Glasgow, Scotland in May 2017.

3 thoughts on “The Year of The Snake…”

  1. Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I was looking for an “about” section on your site–I’m curious to know more about you! I have been to Korea once. Busan. Loved it and want to go back. In fact, I’ve contemplated moving there to teach abroad for another year… Not sure yet. Anyway, thanks again. And Happy Chinese New Year! I miss the celebrations now that I’ve moved back to the States.


    1. Hi Jessica,

      As you gave me some food for thought, I updated ‘about me’. I’d actually forgotten it was there in the first place. I’ve lived in Seoul since Feb 2000 (I got here Feb 15th), and I’ve never really looked back. Not yet, at least.
      I look forward to reading more of your blog :>



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