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Miyeok Guk | Birthday Soup

It’s Danny’s birthday! What should I cook? I only had one thing in mind: miyeok guk.

미역국 (miyeok guk) is also known as the birthday soup in Korea. It’s made of seaweed and sometimes mixed with chunks of beef or mussels. This soup is nutritiously packed with iodine and calcium. Pregnant mothers usually consume this healthy soup after giving birth to increase breastmilk production. That’s also the reason why birthday celebrants are given this soup as a reminder of their first food from their mothers. But of course, one can have this delicious, hot bowl of miyeok guk anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients: (4 persons)

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Thanks to my friends and family, I had the best birthday this...

Thanks to my friends and family, I had the best birthday this year!

I Won't Share My Oreos

As you get older, birthdays get...complicated. It used to be so easy. Cake and candles, invite your friends over, a pile of presents, rinse, repeat. But now that I'm older, it's more of an annoying obligation that anything else at times. It feels as if I'm expected to have a party, expected to go out, when often all I want to do is stay home with a pizza.

Human Gutterballing


by Pablo Harris


“Damn, man, you’re still here?”


“Don’t you have a bed? A house? I know you do. Why don’t you try and visit it sometime? I mean, shit man, you know you’re welcome here but sometimes, I just want to open the door, come home from work, walk into my place, and not have this lazy fuck sleeping, crop-dusting on my couch. So you just been laying around, dropping ass in here all day? Open a window or something, man.”

“Yeah, uh, sorry.”

“Do you even remember last night?”

“Most I think. Not everything.”

“So, what do you remember?”



In all honesty, as fun as it is to think that I’ve been going through some sort of early midlife crisis, the lack of comics has actually been due to two factors. The first is that I’ve been insanely busy, especially since my schedule has been getting switched up on me quite often. I guess that’s the price you pay when working odd jobs, especially during the season where everyone else is going on vacation.

The second reason? Well…let’s just say I’ve been struggling a bit. I fear I may be reaching a point where I’ve been in Korea too long. Ideas are getting stale, and I’m left feeling like I have no excuse to play the wide-eyed, confused foreigner card. It’s very possible that I’m just being too rough on myself, but it doesn’t make the creative process any easier. Maybe I just miss working on personal projects?

Buddha’s Birthday at 반야사


The nearest Buddhist temple to our place is just across the road. In fact I pass it every time I go to work. It’s small and hidden up a small hill behind ample tree cover. In fact you’d miss it completely if it were for the multicoloured lanterns which line the street from early April, lanterns which are of course in anticipation of today, Buddha’s Birthday.

Ah, the belated birthday post. This is the last year of my...

Ah, the belated birthday post.

Letter from Korea, November 2013


Suwon, South Korea
November 2013

Dear Ireland

Birthday Blues


I think I should start off by saying that my birthday is actually on Wednesday (not today) this year. Still, I almost forgot that it was even happening until a few nights ago. So much for planning a slumber party. Wait, do people still do that? Is it bad that I still want to do that?

For anyone that knows me, I have an odd habit of creating some sort of self-deprecating picture at around this time every year. I figured I could share it with all you awesome readers, just because. I was accused of using it as an opportunity to do a “lazy” comic…which is not entirely wrong. I do apologize.

A Splendid Salad at Seven Springs in Seoul

If buffet chain restaurants were a flock of teenage girls, Seven Springs would be the Queen Bee demonstrating the supreme art of  smörgåsbord dining in Seoul, Korea.


I ventured to one of Seven Springs’ Seoul locations recently. When a friend mentioned she wanted to go to a buffet restaurant for her birthday dinner I laughed and asked where we were really going. She was excited for this particular salad buffet in Hongdae, and because it wasn’t my birthday I went along with the green meal idea and made my way out of Exit 8 at Hongdae Station and found the veggie oasis.

석가탄신일: Buddha’s Birthday



So Long, Farewell: It hurts when friends leave Korea.



I won’t lie, last week in Korea was rough. I should have been elated for the upcoming weekend forecast of warm weather and birthday celebrations for yours truly, but my heart was a little crushed. A handful of fellow teachers departed or began preparations for the journey home. Each time someone leaves I realize how much they’ve influenced my time abroad. I mean, come on, they basically made it.


Happy Birthday Millie

Happy Valentine's day everyone! I decided to eat chocolate for my breakfast this morning because, a. I'm not in England for long and there's not much time to fit in good chocolate, and b. I haven't been given any chocolates for Valentine's day as Nick is thousands of miles across the planet.

Today I'm off to get my hair cut and have cream tea. Exciting.

Yesterday it snowed lots, but it didn't stop us going to a restaurant to celebrate Millie's 22nd birthday after she got back from university. Happy Birthday Millie!

Birthday Cheesecake

December Memories: Day 21

Birthday Hint
What does it mean when some gives you a pilot's cap as a hint
of you birthday present?
A little apprehensive to discover the answer tomorrow as long as the
rain in Busan goes away...eeek!

Happy Cakeday

Swanky rooms and fancy cakes is how I celebrated by 26th birthday.

It was nice to be given two different cakes on my birthday, a christmassy reindeer one and a fruity cream cake, both from my beloved Paris Baguette.

The room I hired meant we could sing along with Westlife karaoke, play flip cup and balloon keepy uppy until 4:30 in the morning. I imagine this is what would go on at a children's birthday party if all the adults disappeared for the day.

I was very lucky to get so many presents, from Tash and friends from home, and still have a mystery present planned by Nick to come on Saturday. A little concerned that as a hint I've been given an old school pilot's hat with goggles...

It may not have gone quite as smoothly as I had hoped but it's one I won't be forgetting for a long time. So thanks to everyone who was a part of it!

December Memories: Day 18

Birthday Girl
Happy Birthday to me!

Birthday's Away

Tash, Pauline and I on my last birthday.
Can you tell I'm becoming slightly obsessed with
adding aparkly bits to my phoros?

“Call Me Maybe, Teacher?” -Phone Teaching with Korean Students-


{{{{August is special!}}}}

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So today is the day!

I am 27!!

Here is a playlist I made ^^

Places on a Map

For my Birthday, amongst a myriad of other awesome things, (including a beautiful, handmade necklace and a punk rock chick scrub brush) my friend Heather gave me some scraps of fabric.  They're really cool patterns, and I put two of the three of them to good use.

I've seen some of these handmade cloth state or country outlines both for sale, and as craft projects online and so I decided to channel my inner Martha and get crafty.  It was really quite easy and I think it turned out great.

Buddha, please forgive me for the late birthday wishes.

5 Birthday Cakes!

In the past week I have had pieces of 5 different Birthday Cakes, three of them for me!
Birthday Cake #1

Needless to say I'm kind of caked out at the moment, although I didn't know that was possible.

Getting Old

Getting Old

Hey guys, sorry to say that there won’t be a comic this week. Life seems to get insanely busy at the weirdest times, no? I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

While there is no comic, I hope this picture of me as an ajumma will do for now. My birthday was this week (technically, just an hour or so ago), and I’m feeling insanely old. I’ll be an ajumma before it anyway. For anyone that doesn’t know what an ajumma (아줌마) is, it’s basically a title given to middle aged women. While being a middle aged woman doesn’t make one stand out in any way, Korean middle aged women are something else.  I will be sure to cover more on this topic in future comics.

Kids Give the Best Cards

Korean kids give the best Birthday Cards.  It has happened enough that I will claim it as fact.

Both of the Birthdays I have spent in Korea have been highlighted by amazingly sweet cards from my students.   

 My most prized 'thing' I took away from the year I spent at Daegyo Elementary was my Birthday card from the girls in 6-3 class.  They wrote me little notes and drew me a great picture and even laminated it for me.  It has since been hung up in both the places I lived last year, and is waiting at my Mom's house for when I come back. 

The Cutest Thing I Never Knew I Wanted

I've been having a great Birthday Weekend!  And even though I shall chronicle it more later, I wanted to share one of my awesomely cutesy gifts. 

There are few things I love more than cutesy things, nostalgia, and dinosaurs.

Yesterday Sam gave me a shrunken triceratops in a cup.  I mean what says "Happy Birthday" like a stuffed animal that promises to grow in water.  I don't know where he found it, I might need to find out, for research purposes of course.

Happy Buddha's Birthday Busan

Since it is still Buddha's Birthday for another hour or so, I decided to share with you a few pictures from a couple of the Buddhist temples around Busan. 

Right now Korea is covered with beautiful lanterns for the occasion

Part of me wishes I could decorate my house with them, they look so festive. 

This one is obviously my favorite.  I just love the bright beautiful colors.



Because it is Monday,  and I feel like this:

 because I am in a fight with my dear friend writer's block, and feel like I'm about this good at hiding from it: 

Birthday Post!!


Well it is my birthday so I thought that I would drop a quick post in here and share some thoughts about the year gone by. I must say that this has been a great year and one that I will remember for a long time. Photographically it has been great too.

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