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Bukansan National Park: Finding Serenity in Seoul

Bukansan holds a Guinness World Record for the most visited national park in the world, with five million visitors a year. Today, I decided to be one of them and I’m glad I did.

You get to Bukansan by taking Line 4 to Gireum Station, then getting on some random bus (I can’t remember which one; I just followed someone who was going to the same place.) The closer and closer you get to Bukansan, the more the city changes from sleek and Westernized to traditional and calm. Surrounding the national park are high tech hiking clothes outlets, like Black Yak and North Face. It’s interesting to me that practically no Koreans would even consider hiking without their matchy-matchy pants and long sleeve shirts. How do they not pass out from heat exhaustion?!?!!!!  To them, I must’ve looked pretty crazy hiking alone in vans and casual street clothes. Oops.

Oh, and entry to the park is free!!! You just pick a route and go for it! Woo-hoo!


Registration For May 23rd Meeting Open!!

Well Mamas & Papas, we have been doing this meeting thing for about three years now.  And that’s a lot of bars!  So whenever there is something new on the scene, we jump on it so others can explore.  Well there is  relatively new bar that has been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately that we couldn’t wait another second to try it out!


Where do you want your Neurin Maeul?

There’s nothing like sitting down to a really good meal, or hanging out in an awesome atmospheric bar and thinking ‘One thing would make this experience even better…good makgeolli.’ Well […]

10 Things to Do in Seoul


New City, New Friend

Vlog Entry #17: Hey Seoul Sister

I would apologize for the obvious song choice, but I don’t want to! ‘Couldn’t help myself!



Cat Cafe

Another big tick next to the things I want to do before leaving Korea. Visiting the cat cafe in Seoul :)

Cat cafes are very popular in Japan but are a rage here in Korea! Taking care of pets like you would do your own child is very common here. I see people carrying dogs in dog carriers like you would carry a baby- protective and concerned, dogs in prams being pushed by their devoted human and the best of all, all the outfits that are available for the pets for all seasons- including hats, socks, sweaters... oh! so cute~ There are also pet hotels where the pets are housed with utmost care while their humans are away, salons where pets are given makeovers and pampered beyond compare. Cat cafe is just an extension for those people who desperately want to own a pet, cuddle with them, pet them and love them but do not do so for whatever reason. Just like me...

There is a lot of buzz in Korea around Paul McCartney’s upcoming...











There is a lot of buzz in Korea around Paul McCartney’s upcoming show in Seoul on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Koreans are big Beatles fans, as I saw at a recent McCartney art exhibit. I braved the queues and crowds to check out the ‘Linda McCartney Retrospective’ at the Daelim Museum in Seoul. The exhibit ran from November 6, 2014 to April 26, 2015.


The Best Place for Cherry Blossoms in Korea

Cherry blossom viewing is a big deal every year in Korea. Rightfully so, considering the country is full of cherry blossom lined streets, and they are all amazingly beautiful. Every year droves of people visit famous places like Yeouido in Seoul, Jinhae, and Gyeongju to catch a glimpse at just the right time. People battle crowds, inclement weather, and time at the cherry blossom festivals. While it can still be a great time, they haven’t been my favorite Spring experiences.


Green Wall

Out in the open

Seoul has been giving us the best temperatures this week. Spring is finally here and we were treated to a burst of flowers. And I managed to drag the family out in the open. Hangang park in center of Seoul by the Han river was the ideal place to go. Lazing around in the sun, we flew a kite in a bright blue sky. Simple pleasures in life!



[Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors] Apr 9~22

Since our new launch of Trazy 2.0, the rewarding system has been changed a little along with the new sleek design.

First of all congratulations to the Top 3, June P/ Cecilia/ Fat Girl!

Now not only you can grab reward on a bi-weekly basis but also once you earn 300 points, you can use them to book any travel activity on Trazy.

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Registration For May 2nd Meeting Open!!

Well Mamas & Papas, you may have noticed a bit of a gap in meetings of late.  MMPK HQ has been hunkering down for a super important test that has taken all our focus for the last few weeks, but now that it is done we are salivating for some good makgeolli!  In the three years we have been in operation, we have been to some amazing bars and seen the industry begin to re-discover the beauty in traditional recipes and quality drinks.  So in celebration of (hopefully) the end of our testing time, we thought instead of visiting a new bar, it might be fun to revisit some of our favorites, with an added twist!


A must-do thing as a YG fan in Seoul!

If you’re a YG fan (or Bigbang, GD, 2NE1 or Psy’s), there is one thing that you should do when you visit Seoul.

Drum roll… Watch the Hologram Concert at Klive! :)

It’s actually even cooler than it sounds with fascinating visual effects and graphics. It felt like we were actually there at a real concert.

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Psy talking to us the audience!

Just look at Psy singing Oppan Gangnam Style~! Bring back 2013!


Insider’s Guide to Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin fish market is the most popular fish market in Seoul. It is located in Noryangjin, subway line 1 & 6, near Yeouido. Because of the convenient location and the huge size of the market, many people visit this market to buy fish. Also comparing to other markets, you can definitely get fresh and cheap sea food here. You can just look around the market to watch many kinds of fresh sea food. Let’s go inside the market together.


Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Mar 26~Apr 8)

Here are the top contributors. Congratulations to Fat Girl, Cecilia & Lee!  :)

Keep up the good work!

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Monitoring Seoul



Korea is slowly but surely opening up itself to the world. Always belittled by the giants of China and Japan, Korea is blossoming into the world bearing its own unique scent. With the electronics and automobile biggies Samsung, LG, Hyundai leading the way, the Koreanisms have reached far and wide. The Korean dramas are extremely popular with the younger generation in China and India, with many of them translated even into the regional Indian languages. K-POP is widely loved and is again quite catching.

Oh my…#mikescabin #seoul #sexytime



Oh my…#mikescabin #seoul #sexytime


Korean Flower Arrangement~ About the flowers

I have been going to this Flower arrangement class ever since we moved to Korea and I have made such good friends and learned a lot!

Flower Arrangement is the term but this art involves using branches, stems, even rocks (as props), twigs and flower buds along with the actual flower. Some flowers fade off so soon while many buds bloom after the arrangement giving a new twist to the arrangement. Some stems shoot out leaves and buds right after they are immersed in water and some just stay the same whether in water or out of it. And then, my favorite kind, there are some flowers that stay on and on :)

Chapter 1 - KIIP 중금2

결혼 관련 어휘:

연애하다: dating
연애 결혼: love marriage
약혼하다: engage
 결혼하다: marriage

선을 보다: receive a match (from a matchmaker -> in 중매 결혼)


 중매결혼: arranged marriage
이혼하다: divorce 

주례: wedding officiant (the guy who does the church-like stuff and makes the wedding official) (결혼깃 따위의 예식을 맡아 징행하는 사람)

사회자: MC of the wedding (the guy who says what's happening next in the wedding, e.g. "here have the groom, please give a round of applause, etc.). 모임이나 예식에서 진행을 맡아보는 사람


신부: 新婦 bride

신랑: 新郞 groom


Hello! This is quite random, but do you happen to know any coffee shops in Seoul that have good latte art? Even any chains? I'm getting tired of all the paper cups. Thank you ^_^

Well I have seen super cute latte art at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae. They recently moved to a...

Japchae- Tasty treat

Japchae is a popular Korean noodle dish that I love making. The chewy texture of the translucent sweet potato noodles along with the plethora of veggies makes it so colorful and tasty.

Curse you 황사 (Hwang Sa or Yellow Dust)!

Man I have been feeling pretty crappy. I mean I felt better the other day then all of a...

The Third Culture Kid

Today I understood the concept of Third Culture Kids. At a seminar with Libby Stephens,  I was introduced today to the new breed of kids with a passport from one country, living in another, living with parents of yet another culture. What a mouthful! Imagine the culture confusion and language crisis in that set up!

These kids might be the "cool" kids with multiple passports, who have visited a lot of countries in the world, understand and speak different languages. But they are also the kids who constantly have to make new friends, adapt to different cultures, traditions and languages, missing their favorite grandma.

Now and Then: Bongeunsa Temple

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Bongeunsa Temple at the turn of the 20th century.

Hello Again Everyone!!


Reflective Practice: The true value of "lived experience" and why we must first do then think.



Here I will talk about how to become a better teacher through reflective practice.
Reflective practice is the key between the dichotomy I drew between thinkers and doers, describing that you need to act in the world first before you think; and that there are different forms of knowledge that are produced in the world: one is derived from experience (reflective practice), but another (theory-based) is driven away from experience (body) towards the abstract and context-less (mind). These two different forms of knowledge (reflective practice vs theory-based) and the activities that produce that knowledge are in fact in competition with each other for legitimacy, gaining speed in recent times.

MMPK Groove Magazine Article

At the tail end of 2014 we were approached by Groove Korea who had an interest in what we are up to.


ZenKimchi Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide 2015

Hello makgeolli lovers ~ For those of you who live in Seoul we have a special treat for you… Joe McPherson is the founding editor of ZenKimchi, Korea’s longest running […]

This week in doodles

This week has been so busy so far with the Korean class becoming more and more complicated and the number of school meetings increasing as my son approaches the 12th grade. I still found some peace and quiet with my doodling :)

Midam (미담)

Name: Midam (미담) Location: Sadang Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on February 28th 2015-03-03 Thoughts: Midam is an established Makgeolli brewery, who produces a decent premium makgeolli that we have […]

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