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Chhaiya Im, Episode 6 Guest.

Listen to the Serendipity Stories Podcast on your mobile phone (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn) or on your browser (RSS Feed, Website, Soundcloud). Here’s the transcript for Episode 5 with our host YeSeul Kim and guest Chhaiya Im.

Chhaiya: At night, we could not sleep well because sometimes we need to keep ourselves safe in a big hole under our house in order to to make sure we are safe from the bullets just raining down.

Welcome to the Serendipity Stories. I’m your host YeSeul Kim, here to share the beauty of life’s most unexpected moments.

In this episode, Chhaiya Im grew up during the Cambodian Civil War and faced tremendous adversities. But learning a special skill and a chance encounter with a tourist changed his fortunes forever. It was just an ordinary day….


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Mykel Dixon, Episode 5 Speaker

Listen to the Serendipity Stories Podcast on your mobile phone (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn) or on your browser (RSS Feed, Website, Soundcloud). Here’s the transcript for Episode 5 with our host YeSeul Kim and guest Mykel Dixon, featuring music by Kym Purling and Mykel.

HOOK: I walked after her. I grabbed her hands and I told her, “Hey, I’m going to see you.” And she looked dead in my eyes and said, “I know.” And then that was it. And then I lost her. And then the whole next you know, for the next three days, I was like, where is she? Where is she? Oh, my God. …


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Tyler Grace, Episode 4 Speaker

Listen to the Serendipity Stories Podcast on your mobile phone (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn) or on your browser (RSS Feed, Website, Soundcloud). Here’s the transcript for Episode 4 with our host YeSeul Kim and guest Tyler Grace, featuring Ben von Wong.

Tyler: And then I looked down and I see a box with a bit of hair sticking out, bit of wild, wacky, crazy hair. My mind sort of jumps a little, thinking “Wait, I know that hair.”

Welcome to the Serendipity Stories. I’m your host YeSeul Kim, here to share the beauty of life’s most unexpected moments.

In this episode, we meet Tyler Grace. Growing up, he spent most of his time bedridden in his countryside home in Albury, Australia. But his life changed forever when a box showed up on his front porch — and a man jumped out of it. …


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Listen to the Serendipity Stories Podcast on your mobile phone (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn) or on your browser (RSS Feed, Website, Soundcloud). Here’s the transcript for Episode 3 with our host YeSeul Kim and guest Katherine Kylila Rice.

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Katherine (sings): I want to run towards the sun and never look back, break these chains. Let go of the past, I want to run towards the sun and never look back. Drop this weight. Let go of the past. Choose to let go. Let go. Let it go. Choose to let go, let go, let it go.

Welcome to the Serendipity Stories. I’m your host YeSeul Kim, here to share the beauty of life’s most unexpected moments. That was Katherine Kylila Rice, starting us off with her song.


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Listen to the Serendipity Stories Podcast on your mobile phone (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn) or on your browser (RSS Feed, Website). Here’s the transcript for Episode 2 with our host YeSeul Kim and guest Rafiya Sultana.

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Rafiya: I cried for so long, so long. Then after that. All that I can see is blank darkness around me. There was a silence. A scary silence. And I cannot hear anything.

Welcome to the Serendipity Stories. I’m your host YeSeul Kim, here to share the beauty of life’s most unexpected moments.

In this episode, Rafiya Sultana and her serendipity story begins with a discarded newspaper that brought her hope, despair, and ultimately purpose. It takes us to the window sill of a high rise apartment in Singapore. …


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Listen to the Serendipity Stories Podcast on your mobile phone (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn) or on your browser (RSS Feed, Website). Here’s the transcript for Episode 1 with our host YeSeul Kim and guest Joanna Kalafatis.

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Jo: My dad was in tears. I remember the ambulance door opens and I see them standing right outside. And I just remember my dad taking one look at me and going, oh, Joanna, like, oh, no Joanna.

Welcome to the Serendipity Stories. I’m your host YeSeul Kim, here to share the beauty of life’s most unexpected moments.

In this episode, Joanna Kalafatis and her serendipity story begins 11 years ago, when she was just a 19 year old college junior. Her serendipity came in the form of an unexpected brush with death while she was studying abroad in South Africa. It was just an ordinary day….


A poem about missing freedom.

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Photo by Daniel Jensen on Unsplash

My wonderland is shrinking.

The world was my oyster,

the blue marble in my hands,

And now I hide and cloister.

A quiet town where nothing happens

has suddenly entered a war,

but the enemy has no face

so who is it that we spar?

A virus from half a world away -

it was easy to dismiss its arrival.

But then the graph curved upward

and I stayed at home for our survival.

The streets are dead, and my neighbors, too.

When will it end? I want to ask,

I hate the silence, so I…


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The panic, the ignorance, the resilience, and everything in between.

Two Friday afternoons ago, my relatives from South Korea landed in Venice Marco Polo airport. They were happy to escape the coronavirus fiasco back in Korea, even if it would be for only ten days. They were looking forward to eating pasta, exploring Venice and Verona, and meeting my dog Alpus.

The following day, we took a day trip to my husband’s hometown of Verona. As we enjoyed our gnocchi in pastissá de caval with my in-laws, the news broke that the coronavirus had reached Italian shores. One man near Padova had died while a cluster of cases was identified in the outskirts of Milan. That night, as we walked around the streets of Verona, all we could hear were groups chatting about the coronavirus. …


A poem about feeling less than

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Photo by kalpesh patel on Unsplash

I moved to Italy over a year ago to escape the cancerous political disaster of the United States. While the quality of life in Italy has been significantly and surprisingly amazing, I cannot help but miss my home. It’s not just the comforts and familiarity that I miss. I mostly miss the feeling of belonging to a tribe.

As the only Korean American in my small Italian town, I am constantly subjected to whispers, obvious stares, and downright microagressions. The exaggerated fears related to the coronovirus has only exacerbated the racism. …


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Auguste Rodin, The Thinker (1903)

In the age of outrage porn, trolling and vitriol spewing on every corner of social media, it’s hard not to lament the days of civil discourse and listening. The addiction to likes and attention feeds our bloated sense of self-importance. We have come to admire our own opinions, so much so that we spend more time one-upping each other on our wokeness than engaging in dialogue. These bad habits are spilling into the real world, affecting our politics, culture, and humanity. …

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Business exec with consumer research background. PowerPoint storytelling ninja. Currently writing a booking about business + relationships.

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