Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2019 1:18 pm


Date Joined: June 14, 2019
Last Online: December 11, 2019
Birthday: February 2, 1982
Country: Korea, Republic of

About Me

Hello fellow swappers! I’m a 37 year old guy living in South Korea, but originally from the USA (Florida). Travel is a big passion of mine. I’ve lived and worked in a few different countries and visited over 40. Some of my favorite places/cultures are Italy, Japan, Germany, and mountainous regions in North America like the Canadian and Colorado Rockies.

I’m an English teacher in a small city in the middle of Korea called Chungju (pictured above). "Chung" actually means center, so it is literally the center of the country. It’s a beautiful place with many lakes, rivers, and mountains surrounding it. We are also famous nationally for our apples! One of my favorite things is taking morning walks through the apple orchards while listening to music.

I've lived in Korea for over ten years total and can speak the language, so it really feels like home. I get a bit of anxiety every time I visit the states because it feels more foreign now than Korea does. Life is easy and wonderful here! I'm also happy to do any private swaps if you'd like to exchange for Korean things like K-pop, beauty products, special papers, etc. Just send me a message!

I joined Swap Bot because I tend to spend more time at home these days. In my younger years I was always going out with friends to bars and parties, etc. I guess now that I'm getting older the domestic country life suits me more. So, creating swaps is a fun way to connect with people around the world and feed my artistic side. I love taking the time to make something really special for my swap partner.

I enjoy listening to music, reading, watching movies, or being creative. Crafting is kind of a new hobby, but others include sewing, bookbinding, playing piano, photography, fussing over my houseplants, and macramé.

Themes and Colors

I love plant and botany themes, although I'm not big on floral designs.

I like all things vintage and old maps!

Also space, the ocean, or animals (mostly orca whales, dogs, sloths, bears, really all animals except cats, haha).

My favorite colors are earth tones such as green, any shade of brown, and dark red. I like anything made with craft paper and neutral tones.

I personally don't like pink, pastels, too cute or kawaii.


I love postcards! I would be happy to receive any postcard from your home country, art, graphic design, weird and strange postcards, etc. If you have a card you feel hesitant to send because it is raunchy or too strange, please send it my way, haha.

I am not picky on what I'd like to receive. Some ideas are washi tape, memo pads, blank cards, letter sets, stickers, pens, die cuts, tote bag, or candy, etc. Just have fun and be creative! I will appreciate anything sent with thought and care.

ABC Likes

A: architecture, Americana, aviation, aliens

B: books, biology, Berlin

C: cooking, Crime and Punishment (favorite book), costumes, circus, carnivals

D: drawbridges, deserted places, distressed anything, dragonflies

E: elephants, education, eighties memorabilia

F: fish, Florence, fashion, french bulldogs, furniture design, farms

G: gay and LGBT life, graphic design, geometrical patterns, Greek mythology, graffiti

H: history, handwriting

I: Italy, insects, illustrations

J: jackets, jungles, journals, jewels

K: knots, Korea

L: Leonardo da Vinci, leather

M: the male body, mountains, maps, math, military stuff, macrame

N: nature, nineties memorabilia

O: the ocean, outer space, orca whales (my favorite animal! I would be so grateful to get this postcard)

P: philosophy, plants, psychedelic art, puppies!

Q: queer, quotations, quantum physics

R: RuPaul's Drag Race, Renaissance art

S: sewing, sea animals, sushi, stamps, sunsets, stained glass, stationary

T: Texas, trains and other means of transportation

U: ugly art, uniforms, UFOs

V: vintage anything, Victorian era

W: wildlife, woodworking, winter

X: I'm still thinking about this one....

Y: youth, yarn

Z: any Z lettered stuff (my last name starts with Z)

Favorite Books

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell
  • Anna K by Tolstoy
  • Symposium by Plato
  • Moby Dick by Melville
  • Storm of Swords by GRRM
  • The Wisemans Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Once a Runner by John Parker
  • The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

Favorite Television

Breaking Bad, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, South Park, RuPaul's Drag Race, Parks and Recreation, Seinfeld, Mary Tyler Moore, Pose, all 90's shows like Saved by the Bell, Family Matters, Hey Dude, MTV Real World, ER, The Wonder Years.

I don't watch too much TV these days, but more into YouTube like Joe Rogan, cooking channels, Kurzgesagt, etc.

Favorite Movies

Dancer in the Dark, Ordinary People, Contact, Romy and Michelle's HS Reunion, Bridget Jones' Dairy, A Christmas Story, Arrival, Clueless, Alien, 200 Pounds Beauty, The Revenant, Girls Will Be Girls, The Matrix, Taxi Driver, Young Frankenstein, Forrest Gump, Scarface, Splash, The Godfather, ET, Jurassic Park, Dumb and Dumber, Tootsie, Signs, Taegukgi, Catch Me If You Can, Amelie

Favorite Music

I listen to music ALL day long!! Absolutely love it. I appreciate all different genres. It just depends on my mood. I usually listen to classical and jazz while at work, otherwise I play some of my favorite artists listed here.

Tame Impala, Portishead, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Adele, Queen, Britney Spears, Bjork, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, REM, Coldplay, MIKA, Imagine Dragons, Oasis, No Doubt, Michael Buble, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Moby, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Pink, George Michael, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Elton John, The Strokes, Annie Lennox, MGMT, Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, David Bowie, Eartha Kitt, Billie Eilish, Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac, Run DMC, The Eagles, The Spice Girls, Kanye West, Jimi Hendrix, Franz Ferdinand, Weezer, Alanis Morissette, Sam Smith, Damien Rice, Prince, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson


Ninna rated for HOW STRANGE!!! POSTCARD-NOVEMBER on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Wow, this one is much stranger than the one I sent :D I hope all your wishes will come true. Have nice day and all the best!
Comment: Thank for such a unique card! I like to watch space documentaries instead of fictional movies. I would say my favorite space movie is, Apollo 13.
Gefs23 rated for Motivation/Inspiration Postcard #3 on Dec 9, 2019
LinseyB rated for Motivation/Inspiration Postcard #5 on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: thanks for the motivational text. It made my day!
Comment: So cool you were my partner! LOVE the PC!! thank you so much!!!
Comment: Thank you!
robinjeree rated for HOW STRANGE!!! POSTCARD-OCTOBER on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Hi Loren, I was excited to see your postcard arrive! And yes it's very creepy, good choice. I hear that S. Korea is such a great place to live. I hope the kids liked the Halloween party. I wish you very merry holidays! --RJ
Comment: Thanks for the resend!
Response: Glad it got there! Thanks again for letting me know.
Comment: I just LOVE those two astronaut cats! Thanks for the super cute postcard. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you - looking forward to opening them and I will rate properly once I do :)
Response: You're welcome. I think you will really like them! ☺️👍
Comment: Thanks for the advice on the bet teachers who never say they are the best! Wishing you all the best :). and thank you so much for the south korea post card!
Mamamoose rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #3 INTL on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for chosing this awesome postcard! Love it! I looked up Hopare. He does a wonderful job!
Ninna rated for Motivation/Inspiration Postcard #3 on Nov 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wise words and great postcard!
Avi rated for Profile based Happy mail #2 on Nov 25, 2019
Comment: Wowwwww! You have sent so much stuff! I loveeeeee everything! Especially the face masks and the Real Snail cream! Is that supposed to be applied on the whole face or just eyes? Since it’s not written in English, wasn’t sure...but love Korean beauty products!! Thank you soooooo much! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You're so welcome!! I use that snail cream just around the eyes and I love it! Glad you liked it all and thanks for hosting this swap. All the best to you!
Comment: Thank you for the letter and the goodies, I will be writing back to you shortly. Have a wonderful weekend!
kasa rated for Mental Health Month on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing about your daily reading and how you apply it to your life. I will look out for this book at the local library. Thank you so much for the penguin postcard and stickers of penguins, that was an extra special package. Happy swapping.
Comment: I really liked the card you sent, as you wrote some really interesting information about the mountain, Namsan, thankyou! Plus the cat stickers and washi made me smile! See you in the next swap!!!!
Comment: I loved everything about your package <3 We almost lived in Orlando at the same time! My husband used to work at Disney and I have good friends who worked at Universal. Such a funny small world. I WILL write back
Response: Wow, a small world indeed! So funny. Glad you liked everything and I'll message you those questions when I get home from work. Hope all is well with you!
Colinde rated for private swap lorencz and Colinde on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Loren, today your package arrived. I have almost no words to say 'thank you' enough!! Everything you sent is just só amazing! The lots of candy, your lovely letter, and the beautiful beauty products, all só perfectly wrapped up; so pretty!! If I could give you more hearts here on swap-bot, I definitely would! You really put a lot of effort in this and I appreciate it SO MUCH. Thank you so, so much for this fantastic swap! ALL THE BEST TO YOU! <3
Response: I'm glad you got everything okay and liked it! Your first one you sent me was so perfect, I wanted to do the same for you. You're very welcome and hope to swap with you again some day!
CHOWEFACE rated for October nightview postcards on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Seoul card! Some of my favorite Korean dishes are soondubu, bibimbap & of course, kimchi!
Response: Mmmm, kimchi. Yes!! I just made a large batch because the cabbage is in peak season here. Thanks for the rating and heart! ❤️

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CookieMomster78 on Nov 7, 2019:

Thank YOU 😊 for the postcard of thanks! I am very pleased to know that you appreciate the orca postcard (and animal) as much as I do too! There’s something special about those black-and-white animals, huh!! Best to you this holiday season 🥰⭐️🐼🐧🦓

Canariangal78 on Oct 17, 2019:

Simply green with envy after reading that you are living in South Korea :-) Like you I adore traveling - but in my case I have "only" visited 34 countries- and S. Korea is definitely on my bucket list. Hope you're enjoying every minute of your stay there.

Bantiarna on Jul 15, 2019:

I received your PC thank you, I do like the embroidery!

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