Not so super-human

u.s. puzzle map with pictures representing the industry of each state

Question: “Will the human[s] of [the] future be stronger and faster than us now?”

Answer (edited & expanded):

There are so many factors to consider when answering this question.

First, I think we should determine what part of the world we’re taking into consideration. Since I’m from the United States, I’ll consider that population.

United States Map Puzzle

United States Map Puzzle (Tom)

If our lifestyles stay the same, I believe humans of the future will be weaker and slower.

Many Americans struggle with obesity, heart disease, cancer, etc. Right now, the number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. And what is the number one cause of heart disease?  Atherosclerosis… which can be caused by various correctable problems related with lifestyle. These correctable problems include a lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, smoking, etc.

So, if you look at the trajectory for the ordinary human in the United States, we are becoming weaker due to overeating and inactivity.

What about athletes breaking more and more world records?

Individual humans, such as athletes, are getting stronger and faster. They’re breaking world records. However, this is a very small fraction of the population, who have the benefit of improved technology and other factors, and doesn’t apply to humanity as a whole.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt (J. Brichto)

Will genetic engineering make humans stronger?

There could be genetic engineering in the future. I say ‘could be’ because if people can’t be convinced to give their children life-saving vaccines, I highly doubt they will trust scientists to create the perfect child—but who knows what will become acceptable.

Let’s say there is genetic engineering, to make the “perfect” child. What about the way our environment affects us? Genetic engineering can only go so far—we can only work with known factors. What happens when something new pops up? Will people have to constantly bring their children in to get genetic updating? We cannot confidently say that humans will be strong and faster in the future, due to genetic engineering.

In conclusion…

If there are improvements in lifestyle (including physical and mental), I believe humans could become stronger. In the U.S. and other countries, a lot of the population has access to the knowledge, technology, and other resources that will allow a person to reach peak physical health if they are smart enough to take advantage of them.



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Jeju Island, South Korea: Food

Part 2 is dedicated to a topic close to my heart: Korean food. More specifically, hoeguksu (회국수) and ogyeopsal (오겹살).

jeju island part 2 food in the foreground and a picture of ogyeopsal in the background

If you visit Jeju, and you’re not vegetarian, these two should be high on your list of food to try.

Hoeguksu consists of raw fish, noodles, veggies, and spices. It’s a bit spicy, so it makes a great meal if you’re in need of re-energizing.

After exploring Seongsan Ilchulbong in the morning, I was ready for an early lunch. I was the first one to the restaurant, so my food came out quickly and ate peacefully. I was lucky because it filled up shortly after.

An empty restaurant near Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju, South Korea

The empty restaurant near Seongsan Ilchulbong, where I ate delicious hoeguksu.


The spiciness of Hoeguksu can be offset by eating it with different side dishes. Dongchimi (동치미 radish water), is my go-to for spice relief.  
Hoeguksu with side dishes. jeju, South Korea

Hoeguksu with side dishes.

Close up of hoeguksu.

Hoeguksu, all mixed up and ready to eat!


If you’re familiar with Korean food, samgyeopsal probably sounds familiar. Ogyeopsal is like samgyeopsal, but instead of having three layers (sam= 삼 = 3), it has five (o = 오 = 5). 

This ogyeopsal/samgyeopsal was made from Jeju black pork, but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between it and what I have eaten in Seoul or Busan. However, it came with grilled pineapple, something I never encountered outside of Jeju… and believe me, it was amazing. AMAZING.

If you didn’t know, eating Korean barbecue is usually a group activity. It’s a bit strange to eat it alone, but the restaurant staff was very kind and didn’t seem to judge too much. 😉

Black pork ogyeopsal being grilled on a round table, surrounded by korean side dishes and beer

This may seem like an intimidating amount of food for one person, but the taste made finishing it an easy task.



Jeju Island, South Korea: Transportation & Seongsan (성산)

I visited Jeju Island in the Summer of 2015. Like a lot of the trips I took while living in Korea, I went by myself and my visit was short. I was there for four days total, but only had two full days (the other two were travel days), so I had to make the most of my time.

This first part will be dedicated to getting around the island and my first destination, Seongsan (Seongsan Ilchulbong), a volcanic feature formed approximately 5,000 years ago.

jeju island part 1 getting around and seongsan with a waterfall in the background

Before I left, I planned out most of the details of my trip. This isn’t exactly ideal for people who enjoy spontaneity in traveling, but for a trip like this, it was definitely necessary.

Getting around: Public Transportation

Before I start, please note that it will be INCREDIBLY helpful if you learn how to read Hangul before visiting Jeju. It isn’t necessary, but it will help tremendously when trying to navigate

I didn’t rent a car, so I chose a location that had easy access to public transportation. I found a spot in old Jeju City, on Airbnb. It was about a block away from Jeju Intercity bus terminal (제주시외버스터미널) From this terminal, you can go just about anywhere on the Island with ease.

Helpful resources if you’re taking public transportation:


Day 1: Seongsan Ilchulbong

I woke up at 6:30am, not able or willing to go back to sleep!

At 7:45, I boarded the bus for Seongsan (성산).

I took the 710 bus from Jeju Intercity bus terminal (제주시외버스터미널).

Most of the buses leave from the back of the station unless it is going around the island (I was a bit confused at first because I was waiting at the bus stop, but the bus number wasn’t listed). The trip there cost 3,300won. *Tip* for buses that aren’t inter-city buses, you have to say what your destination is prior to scanning your card. Then, the driver changes the fee according to your destination, and you can scan your card. This is different if you are used to the Seoul bus system.

10:30– I hiked Seongsan (성산). It was beautiful but with the crowds of people stopping to take pictures every few steps, it seemed to be a bit removed from nature. I’m glad that I had the experience, but I wasn’t overly sad to leave.
stairs leading up seongsan

Climbing up the mountain can be a challenge, even with stairs.

a view looking down from seongsan, into aqua and dark blue water

Beautiful views can be seen from all sides of the mountain.

a panoramic view of seongsan ilchulbong

Seongsan Ilchulbong formed 5,000 years ago.

A closer view of Seongsan Ilchulbong

A closer view of Seongsan Ilchulbong

Danger sign overlooking the cliffs at Seongsan

Parts of the journey can be very steep.

Pastures surrounding seongsan

One of my favorite views. I loved the pastures surrounding the mountain.

Walking down Seongsan, a view of the edge of the mountain by the water

Walking down Seongsan

Pasture extending to the cliffs.

Pasture extends to the cliffs.

cliffs and beaches meet blue green waters at seongsan


Before taking off to the next destination, I took a break at a coffee shop with a fantastic view.
A coffee shop near Seongsan Jeju, South Korea

A coffee shop near Seongsan

Day 1 continued here:
jeju island part 2 kimnyung beach manjang cave ogyeopsal

Cycling and Eating in South Korea: Part I

Bike on a bridge over a river in South Korea.

A foggy day cycling in South Korea.

I have very fond memories of cycling and eating in the South Korean countryside. There are few things that are better than working up an appetite cycling, taking in gorgeous displays of nature, and then taking a well-deserved break to eat, in my opinion, some of the most delicious food on the planet. 

Below, I’ve written about one of my favorite areas for cycling and eating.

You have to do both to get the full experience! Oh, and if you don’t have a bike or don’t feel like carrying your bike on the subway or in your car, you can rent one near the station! I only cycled around the northern parts of South Korea, so if you have any other suggestions, leave a comment below!


A view of mountains and a river from a bike trail in South Korea.

A view from the bike path.


Cycling in Namyangju (남양주시) / Okcheon (옥천군):

I cycled from Paldang Station (팔당역) to Asin Station,(아신역) roughly 25km (16 miles). There are other stations in the area if you feel like cycling more or less.

*If you’re living in Bundang/Seoul and haven’t already downloaded:

I highly recommend you do so. These include transportation information about Seoul and the surrounding areas. It makes life a lot easier.

Map from Paldang Station to Asin Station, South Korea

Map of the cycling trip I took from Paldang Station to Asin Station, South Korea

I rented a bike near Paldang Station for ₩10,000 (~$8).

There’s a restaurant in front of Guksu Station that serves really delicious food. I can remember it clearly, but I can’t recall the name, so I’ll do my best to direct you there because it’s definitely worth the stop.

A restaurant,역전마당, is marked on the map (bottom of page), but I’m not sure if it’s the same one. I believe I ate at the one marked in red. Look for a white building, across from the station. The restaurant is very sparsely decorated with a separate screened-in area off to the side. If you can’t find it, at least try to find somewhere that serves Jeon (전: Korean Pancake) and Makgeolli (막걸리: raw Korean rice wine) …that’s the mission 😉

And now for the pictures of food… 😎

Memiljeonbyeong, kimchi, and makgeolli in South Korea

Memiljeonbyeong (메밀전병), kimchi (김치), and makgeolli (막걸리). ❤

Buchujeon, a Korean leek pancake

Buchujeon (부추전) is a Korean leek “pancake”

Map (from memory, so this is the approximate location)


Map for the restaurant across from Guksu station.

If you go (or have been before), let me know what you think! Also, please feel free to share any advice or experience you have about cycling around South Korea. 

잘 먹으세요~ Eat well!