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  • 078. What will you buy for me


  • 079. Who is the person standing over there


  • 077. All you need is 10,000 Won


  • 074. I lost my bag, what shall I do


  • Hoddeok

    Tuesday was Childrens’ Day here in Korea so we made the most of our day off with a trip to the beach.

    Songjeong, the most westerly of Busans’ beaches, is relatively free of the high rise sprawl that dominates the others. It also seems to enjoy better water quality and tends to get less crowded, making it a great place to loll about the sand for a few hours on a sunny day.



  • South Korea Trip - Jinju 진주

    Alright you can check out the video of my trip from Busan to Jinju in South Korea. The trip in total was 280 kms. I rode the #7 highway out of Busan and continued on it as it turns into the #2 and heads all the way to Jinju. Just outside of Masan. I did change to a smaller road for about 20km that was very fun to ride.

  • Gyeran Bbang

    On a recent Sunday morning wander through the streets of our neighbourhood, Sarah and I came across a vendor selling egg bread, or Gyeran Bbang in Korean.

    My first experience of egg bread was when a student brought a huge bag of it in to share with the class. Feeling the 4 o’clock hunger beginning to gnaw at my insides, I subsequently broke my “no food” rule and allowed them and I a brief afternoon snack before tackling the finer points of English Land 4.

    On that occasion the bread was fluffy and ever so slightly sweet, a good foil to the richness of the whole egg that lurked inside waiting to pounce on you with its just-cooked consistency. I remember thinking that if I just had a rasher or two of bacon and some hollandaise sauce that would be me for the day – the kids could teach themselves.

    That day passed and although I often saw the egg bread cooking away in the street by our school, I never again indulged. Until I saw this chap that is.

  • Street Foodie

    Hello and welcome to Street Foodie, my brand new food blog!

    In the coming weeks and months I will be dispatching regular reports on my kerbside culinary experiences as I travel from Korea (where I am currently slogging out the last few months of a teaching contract) onwards to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia, before finally finishing up in my personal street food Mecca, Singapore.

    So why street food?

    For me, street food represents everything that is integral to visiting a new place for the first time. Many of my most treasured travel memories have revolved around this most basic of cooking styles. Whether it be watching the smoke rising from the grills over Marrakech’s Djma el Fna like some medieval battlefield, or sampling Paejon (a Korean seafood pancake) for the first time, street food has provided me with some of the best eating and traveling experiences of my life.

  • On Feeling at Home Away from Home

    It has been 10 months now and the earth has gone far enough in its circuit around the sun that the city is starting to throw recollections at me, fleeting memories of my first days here. The slant of the sun, still up now at the end of the work day, the outdoor revelry on weekend nights, the smells erupting from the open-fronted grills, and even the feeling of warm sand under my feet, these things all recall to me in brief moments the initial thrill of being for the first time in a place, then to me, utterly foreign.

  • Plagiarized Thoughts on my Newfound Mortality

    "Forseeing"

    Middle age
    refers more
    to landscape than to time:
    it's as if you'd reached

    the top of a hill
    and could see all the way
    to the end of your life,

    so you know without a doubt
    that it has an end—
    not that it will have,

    but that it does have,
    if only in outline—
    so for the first time

    you can see your life whole,
    beginning and end not far
    from where you stand,

    the horizon in the distance—
    the view makes you weep,
    but it also has the beauty

    of symmetry, like the earth
    seen from space: you can't help
    but admire it from afar,

  • The Sad Saga of My Left Testicle

    My love affair with the Korean medical system came to its full fruition this weekend as I had surgery to repair various vascular components of my left testicle. This medical episode has been ongoing throughout my first year here and has been described in various post that I haven't the energy right now to hyperlink. I spent the night before I got here in the emergency room with this problem and have been treated for it twice since and several times before. Basically, for those not already sick of hearing about it, the blood supply exiting the left testicle has to go through the kidney to get back into the stream and in something like 40% of all men this causes a problem, especially when the affected individual is physically exerting themselves. The problem is further aggravated when these activities occur during warm weather.

  • Science Park and a Wedding

    After an initial flurry of motivation for lab work, I've since found the inevitable slow-down that occurs approximately 3 months after you start. The main ideas of science are always exciting to me, however the daily routine of mindless protocols is sure to wither away even the most ardent enthusiast. But I was expecting this to happen anyway. One thing I've learned in life thus far is that in order to get where you want, you often have to do a lot of things that you'd rather not do.

  • Kimchi Pancake 김치전


  • Thoughts about tomorrow's Koreabridge Webast

    Been gathering my thoughts in preparation for tomorrow's Koreabridge Webcast. Topics that I'd like to address at some point - either tomorrow or during future webcasts.

    • The Vision/Big Picture
      -a media channel that helps  those interested in Korea connect, learn, and collaborate
      - how  Pweb/KB fit into Worldbridges
    • Standards & Values
      - where do we draw lines?
    • The Business Model
      - show who the money?
    • Community Contribution
      - giving back, starting last year
    • Content Producers
      - what's in it for them?
    • Ratings & Reviews (businesses, employers/recruiters, content)
      - balancing the value of crowdsourcing with the headache of potential lawsuits
    • Forums
      - consolidation?  range of categories?
    • Advertising
      - more than banner ads, interactive advertising
    • Other Sites
      - collaborate if interested, cordial co-existence (no Pweb mafia)
    • Tech Stuff
      - Drupalers wanted,  OpenX vs Google Ad Manager,

  • Thoughts about tomorrow's Koreabridge Webast

    Been gathering my thoughts in preparation for tomorrow's Koreabridge Webcast. Topics that I'd like to address at some point - either tomorrow or during future webcasts.

    • The Vision/Big Picture
      -a media channel that helps  those interested in Korea connect, learn, and collaborate
      - how  Pweb/KB fit into Worldbridges
    • Standards & Values
      - where do we draw lines?
    • The Business Model
      - show who the money?
    • Community Contribution
      - giving back, starting last year
    • Content Producers
      - what's in it for them?
    • Ratings & Reviews (businesses, employers/recruiters, content)
      - balancing the value of crowdsourcing with the headache of potential lawsuits
    • Forums
      - consolidation?  range of categories?
    • Advertising
      - more than banner ads, interactive advertising
    • Other Sites
      - collaborate if interested, cordial co-existence (no Pweb mafia)
    • Tech Stuff
      - Drupalers wanted,  OpenX vs Google Ad Manager,

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