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  • PLUG FOR THIS WEEKEND'S COMEDY SHOWS

    For those of you in the area, let me plug the two comedy shows I'm taking part in this weekend:

    Friday, July 3rd, at VINYL UNDERGROUND in Busan.
    Saturday, July 4th, at TANDOORI BAR out in Gimhae.

    Real live standup comedians.

    Featuring

    BRIAN AYLWARD (Newfoundland, Canada)
     
    *Winner of the 2008 Hong Kong International Comedy Festival

    ROSS GARDINER (Glasgow, Scotland)

    *Appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival

    ME, SHOWBIZ MCTHARPY (Seattle, baby!)

    *Infamous agitator, blogger, rock and roller, fisherman, and provocateur.

    Hosted by ROY EARLY

    Both shows start at 10:30 (ish)


  • Seoul Food

    46,300 websites may have used the above semi-pun in some shape or form before me, but given the subject matter and my own penchant for corny tricks of the English language, I really couldn’t title this post anything else.

    As you may have guessed, I just spent the weekend in Seoul, where despite eating two zinger burgers in one day, I also managed to get a taste of some of the street food.

    Shortly after arriving we discovered our camera was missing – either left on the KTX or nabbed at Seoul Station – so forgive the shaky details and lack of accompanying photos!

  • XXXXXOOOOO

    We'll always have Montreal.
    We'll always have Kingston.

  • Home Sweet Disastrous Home



    Curious to see what my little piece of Korea looks like?
    Right before the ginormous waves show up and ruin the party .... everything you see is everything I see everyday.

  • 6 Months in Seoul

    Six months have passed since I left the familiar surrounds of Busan. The Korean university system is fairly good, but lags noticeably behind the west in a number of ways. As a summary, those ways would be social conservatism, class quality and student freedom. But to make up for these shortcomings, Korean students work incredibly hard. This puts them on par with the quality of research churned out by their western counterparts.
    If I were better informed of the conditions here before I came, I may have made a different choice. But I've started now, and quitting is not one of my usual habits.

    Perhaps, someday in the distant future, I can be in a position to influence some changes here. For now though, I'll just count my lucky stars and think of myself as fortunate to have even received this opportunity in the first place.

  • If Kimch-jeon is a marriage made in heaven, I am a home wrecker.


    In my last-post-but-one I felt I had purged myself of my often inappropriate love of pajeon, the Korean seafood pancake. I thought that was it for my online paj-love, and I was just coming to terms with the comedown when I happened across another Korean pancake classic, kimchi-jeon, being served on the street behind the Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon.

  • Japchae



    Down a side street not far from Gukje market, the bustling pace of Saturday Nampodong suddenly slows a little as you hunker down amidst a clutter of metal buckets and plastic stools and let one of the resident ajummas take care of your eating needs for ten minutes or so.

  • Beomeosa in black and white

    Took a Sunday stroll up Guemjeong and witnessed evening rites; visiting bhikkus from Thailand were led around in their orange robes and the abbot of Beomeosa passed everyone a gift of his calligraphy (us too). The temple was muffled in dribbly evening haze. Five people quietly watched the monks exit the hall single file and chant the heart sutra into the mountains like a hoarse fight song; an ode to awakening. Metaphysical mercenaries. Many were quite young. I was surprised. Drums and bells echoed and reverberated, tinkling and bouncing through the evening air as white mist mushroomed off the southern peaks.  It was a long weekend, and a bleary eyed Sunday, also the first day of monsoon season, and the scene, my mind swamped in stale smoke and alcohol,made me wonder why I don’t go up there more often.


  • South Korea Trip - Daegu 대구

    Alright you can check out the video of my trip from Busan to Daegu in South Korea. The trip in total was 420 kms. I rode the #14 highway out of Busan to the #25 all the way to Daegu and went back the same way to Busan.

  • Tempura alert!


    A while back I wrote about Korean Tempura, the lightly battered and deep fried bits and pieces that seems to be one of the most popular street foods here in Busan. At the time, I was in the middle of open class hell (just finished!) and found my stall of choice to be fresh, satisfying and cheap.

  • Mike vs the Mozzies

    Busan, 18/6/09. I write this blog as I'm holed up in my bunker, fighting against an army the likes of which Kim Jong-Il can only dream about. This army is small, well co-ordinated, can strike at any time of day, and can drive any potential opponent to screaming suicidal distraction. I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE HUMBLE MOSQUITO. Dinner time has become a well co-ordinated effort, whic...

  • Mike vs the Mozzies...

    Busan, 18/6/09. I write this blog as I'm holed up in my bunker, fighting against an army the likes of which Kim Jong-Il can only dream about. This army is small, well co-ordinated, can strike at any time of day, and can drive any potential opponent to screaming suicidal distraction. I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE HUMBLE MOSQUITO. Dinner time has become a well co-ordinated effort, whic...

  • Mike vs the Mozzies...

    Busan, 18/6/09. I write this blog as I'm holed up in my bunker, fighting against an army the likes of which Kim Jong-Il can only dream about. This army is small, well co-ordinated, can strike at any time of day, and can drive any potential opponent to screaming suicidal distraction. I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE HUMBLE MOSQUITO. Dinner time has become a well co-ordinated effort, whic...

  • Pajeon and on.


    I have wanted to write about pajeon, the Korean seafood pancake, ever since I started this blog. It was one of the first street foods I ever tried in Korea and since then I’ve eaten it in a countless number of bars, restaurants and tents throughout the city. It’s hands down my favorite Korean food and when someone doesn’t like it, I can’t help but take it a little personally, such is my relationship with the stuff.

  • 2nd Annual Korean National Toastmasters Conference

    The reason I'm pretty enthusiastic about Toastmasters in general is because they're a non-profit organisation aimed at improving your leadership, social networking, public speaking and communication skills.

    And they are fond of alcohol.

    Although the first Toastmasters club opened in Korea in 1992, it was only last year that they held the first conference and speech contest. I attended this year out of sheer curiousity.

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