A Day of Stage Fright: Reading My Work in Public



     Presenting an excerpt from my article in our upcoming anthology, New Beginnings, at Port Moody’s Gallery Bistro was a frightening endeavor. My medicine for panic was practice. I did practice as many time as I could on the week before. I even dreamed about the day as both good and bad. My classmates at Port Moody Writers’ class may wonder why I was under so much pressure, given that I did the same thing many times in front of them.

I am a nervous one by birth. I sometimes wonder why I like telling stories so much while having a fearful heart. I stepped out of my comfort zone that day and it paid off.  My mother was there. It was the first time she had watched me reading my own work in front of a crowd.

“Son, I video-recorded the whole thing on my phone.”

“I hope you enjoyed it.”

“I sure did. This was a fun event.”

That day was a stepping stone for me as a writer.

I still have miles to go.


Author’s Note

Please click New Beginnings to find out about our upcoming anthology in Port Moody, BC, Canada


The Ocean




Looking at it from inside a charter seaplane, the ocean seems like an endless expanse, reflecting sunlight to shift its fluid veil from aquamarine to turquoise and indigo as the day goes by. At night some may find the black depth fascinating while others may find it scary.


Note to My Readers 

This is a short dribble  which I wrote in my writing class


Tribute to Kyle Centre


The Banner

Located by Barnet Highway, Kyle Centre serves as a nexus of recreation in Port Moody, aptly named City of Arts. Flaunting its age, building’s s drab, gray rectangular exterior stimulates the imaginative minds of local children, who usually attend the Arts Centre next door in comical ways. Once a little girl exclaimed, “that looks like daddy’s lunch box!” and her mother responded, “yes the colour is the same.”


The Lobby

Aside from its exterior,  the place deviates far from dull as the wood-smelling interior houses many different rooms for long-running creative activities.  A receptionist sitting in the room next to the door welcomes visitor and a brown shelf full of attractive brochures stands right next. The space’s friendly, vibrant spirit comes from both a long history and numerous dedicated patrons. The most versatile and persistent crowd of all call themselves the  writers’ group and fill the lounge with humorous discussion every season


A Note to Readers

This is my tribute to the place where I write  all my posts.


The Nine-Headed Monster of Korean Folklore


[Image (1) 0: 22] & [ Image (2) 0:42]


One of the earliest figures in Korean Folklore, the nine-headed monster is a big humanoid with nine heads and a tail. Along with superhuman strength and endurance, he has regeneration so powerful that he can even regrow his heads, or reattach them[1].

Though this folktale has many variations, the most common narrative is that a warrior journeys to the underground kingdom to rescue a princess[2] from the monster.

However, he is no match for his adversary at the beginning and has to train himself underground in addition to drinking a holy water to gain boosted strength. The princess helps him by providing food and shelter. She cleverly entices the monster to drink an excessive amount of rice wine before the final duel to weaken him.

The warrior attempts to cut off all nine heads one by one to kill the foe, but they regrow or reattach faster than he can cut. Though drunk, the giant is virtually invulnerable. Luckily, the princess had discovered a weakness. She throws hot ash on the wounds to prevent regeneration[3].

Working together, the pair separates all immortal heads from the body and buries them before departing to the surface.[4] Overjoyed by his daughter’s safe return, the king allows the warrior to marry the princess.




[왓섭! 공포 라디오]. (2016, October 11). [요괴 백과] 한국의 요괴들 #2 [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yfAN7oPhBU



[1] This tale is resembles Hercules’s hunt for the Hydra in Greek mythology.

[2] or a daughter of a wealthy merchant

[3]   In Hercules’s case, the nephew burned the Hydra’s necks with a torch to prevent regrowth after his uncle decapitated them.

[4] The tales are still different in that one monster is a humanoid while the other is a serpent.


Korean Monster: Singiwonyo

A Korean Youtuber’s Video about Various Korean Monsters:

Jump to 18:22 To See Singiwonyo


Singiwonyo 1 is a female ghost in Korean folklore and a rape victim. Her story is set in Pyeongando, one of the regions in Korean Peninsula, during the early period of Joseon Dynasty (16th century).

A diplomat, Joguangwon, happened to spend a night in a guest house on his way to China. Regional folks had warned him not to spend the night there because a vengeful ghost had killed all previous guests. He did not heed the warning, viewing it as superstitious.

At midnight, a freezing wind entered the room and several dismembered, pale body parts tumbled to the floor out of thin air. As if alive, these body parts crawled and reassembled together to form a beautiful young, naked woman. Her deathly pallor brightened to pearly white under the moonlight.

Unlike those before him, the guest composed himself, demanding to know why the creature killed the lodgers. The woman curtsied, explaining that she had not intended to harm them. They merely got scared to death before she could tell her story. Then Jo allowed her to tell her story.

She was once a local courtesan who had resisted a local official2 ’s attempt to rape her. Angered, the criminal stripped, gagged, and pushed her under two heavy boulders and they crushed her to death. Weeping, the dead woman begged her only listener to seek justice for her and disappeared.

Next morning, the diplomat found the rapist. He saw him beat him to death as punishment. He also retrieved the courtesan’s crushed, dismembered parts to give the victim a proper burial before leaving the region.

Though his diplomatic mission to China was long, Jo completed it safely, gaining a lofty reputation. Many people believed it was his reward for appeasing the ghost3.


End Notes

1 Stretching, storytelling courtesan who is a sorrowful monster” 

2 In another version of this story, the rapist is a manservant.

3 This is a typical ending for a protagonist who helps a mournful ghost in Korean folklore and sometimes omitted.


Working with Barriers in a Theatre


The Door to the Stage: A Barrier



With My Team of Actors with Disabilities



With My Guest of Honor, Fiona York


As a person with disability, playing a role in the play The Ridiculous Darkness was daunting. My team encountered many issues as we worked on the play. My biggest setback was the theatre’s accessibility.

While it had an elevator, the only automated door was in front of the building. The theatre had many heavy wooden doors. Someone had to hold a door open for me every time I came in and out of the stage. A cast-mate hurt his foot while doing so and I wondered how many people would come to see the show and find the building inaccessible. The situation frustrated me. Automated doors should be mandatory for all buildings.

When my adapted yoga class came to see a performance, they had difficulty with accessing the space. My friends had seats on the top row, and they had to get there by the elevator or up the narrow and dark stairway. The group had to separate to find their seats and then regroup at the end. The traffic in the theatre made this even more challenging. After the show, one of the group pointed out that dimly lit walkways and only one elevator are potential fire hazards in a big theatre. An accessible walkway would have made it much easier.

I, on the other hand, had little time to think about the inaccessibility because of work.  The stage staff and other actors opened the doors and removed any obstacles on the stage. By the end of the first week, my frustration turned to grudging acceptance. Focusing on the goal of being a good actor instead of dwelling on what obstacles, I overcame physical barriers in a theatre with other people’s help, and my determination to make the project successful grew.

Living with disabilities is often about dealing with the stress that daily barriers cause you. My brief time as an actor taught me that relying on other people, who share the same goal, is a way to deal with that very real and unpleasant struggle.



Many Thanks to the Kyle Centre Creative Writing Group in Port Moody and Jordan Cripps of Connectra and Daniel Arnold of Alley Theatre for their help and support.




The Rehearsal with Treats


With  My Group Scene Partner, Aria Law


With Richmond Youth Honour Choir

Working creatively with children could be so rewarding. I understood this while collaborating with Richmond Youth Honour Choir in the play, Ridiculous Darkness. Having children as co-performers had imbued me and other cast members with their liveliness. I couldn’t give up when those much younger gave off so much passionate energy.

Out of all the rehearsals  in 2017, I remember the one on Wednesday, November 1st most vividly with joy. It was the day after the Halloween and the whole company  enjoyed numerous lollipops, the leftovers from the the day before.  It may seem trivial, but getting treats boosted everyone’s morale while we rehearsed the group scenes. My partner, Aria Law got me a lemon lollipop and I licked it to oblivion during the break!

It is always good to feel like a child again.