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Balloon Race for health

The Bandwidth of the Senses

Happy Handwriting day!

It is National Handwriting Day in America today! John Hancock, the first person to sign the declaration of Independence had a bold handwriting was born on January 23rd. His birthday is celebrated as National Handwriting Day.

2015 New Year Party @Muldwinda!!

 Happy New Year Mamas & Papas!

Registration for January 10th Meeting OPEN!!



This is an image I made during a week-long stay in Seoul back in October. This particular shot focuses on wealthy Korea. It is entitled "Over-the-top" as I find this is a phrase that can often be applied to Korean opulence, but also because I had to climb and lean over-the-top o the glass safety barrier at Seoul N Tower to make the shot.

Grub's Up at Gwangjang

Grub's Up at Gwangjang

Dinnertime at Gwangjang Market, Seoul.

Lost Seoul

Lost Seoul

Police with riot shields fill Gwanghawmun square in preparation for planned protest against the Park administration in the aftermath of the Sewol disaster.

Winter, whites and wreaths this week!

This week, winter has really set in in Seoul. Temperature is plummeting to -18C makes me crave for sun and sand :) I am waiting impatiently for the trip to the beaches of Taiwan this weekend.

Last week we had white lily, white rose and white lace flower and eucalyptus leaves at the Korean Flower Arrangement. Not only beautiful, it smells so good!

Sometimes it can be hard to find a good sandwich in Korea....

Sometimes it can be hard to find a good sandwich in Korea. Admittedly, in Itaewon, Seoul it’s a lot easier. One of the places I like to visit there is Rye Post.

Why the long face?

Cheonggyecheon Stream lights

Doseonsa Temple – 도선사 (Mt. Samaksan, Seoul)

Doseonsa Temple, below Mt. Samaksan

Hi, Everyone!

This is Giuseppe, back with my second contribution to the site. It’s a bit longer than I anticipated, but this temple is jam packed with sights, artifacts, and history. Even more than I was able to mention. I hope you enjoy!

Last year, I asked a friend of mine to recommend a temple to visit in Mt. Bukhansan. “Doseonsa is supposed to be nice,” he replied. Looking it up, it did indeed seem like a nice temple with a wealth of history and attractions. When I managed to finally visit it, “nice” turned out to be a massive understatement!

The sign of the V

Nobody can miss the V signs that people in Korea make when posing for a picture here in Korea. All people young or old, male or female can be seen flaunting the sign of the V. Though many Koreans whom I talk to did not know why they did the V sign when they pose for the camera, I heard that the V may stand for victory, for the peace sign or (possibly in the olden times) the symbol of chopsticks to indicate that they were going for a meal presently.

Eyes on the floor

Yesterday, I had been to the Ewha women's university Museum for a quick tour of the Women in Ancient Korea. It was an interesting museum but I was happy because I had captured some unique pieces of art that was on display.

Pet Alley

Mat Gori 맛거리

For real Makgeolli lovers or the Makgeolli curious, Mat Gori has something to offer everyone.

Throne in Seoul

The Gyeongbokgung (palace greatly blessed by Heaven) built in 1395, is the biggest palace in Korea. It was totally reduced to ashes during the Japanese invasion in 1592. It was then rebuilt again in 1867. Again, it was torn down in 1915 by the Japanese. It is from 1990 that the palace has been restored and renovated to its present glory. Korean history is such a sad story. Always filled with war, slavery and fear... Even now, North Korea seem to pose a pertinent threat to the South.

The palace was a must visit place when my parents visited Korea in August. They liked the Korean building structure and were impressed by its size but were totally tired by the amount of walking involved in seeing it!

Weirdest of weathers in Seoul

Very cold a snowy start on a glorious sunny day!

It was a snowy start today with snow on red leaves.

Spending and Saving in South Korea

Reds of the week

Looking back at the last few days, I just discovered that that I had clicked a lot of reds. Warm color for this cold season :)

Top 6 Korean Drama



I wasn't surprised when I saw Korean drama on a local channel in South India. I had heard from the giggly girls of my family that dreamy, romantic Korean drama was on their daily menu. I was surprised to see, though, was dream boy Lee Min Ho sweet talk in Tamil :D Few reasons why people get hooked on to K Drama:

Where to Buy English Books in Korea

Winter is coming in Korea and it’s a great time to snuggle up with a few new books. This past January I made a goal to read 35 books in 2014, and I can finally see the finish line! I’ve read 26 books so far, so that leaves 9 more to go in under 2 months. That’s a lot of reading, so I decided to order some new books to motivate me to reach my goal.

I ordered them from What the Book, the popular used book store in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul. Many of you have probably heard of or visited the store, but you may not know that you can also order books from their online store and have them delivered to you anywhere in Korea! Even if you’re looking for a specific book they don’t have, What the Book can order it for you online and send it to you.

The colorful walk

It has been so weird in Seoul with the weather being so topsy-turvy. I am waking up to cold, frosty mornings and I end up being over dressed and sweating in the next few hours. Anyway, fall is here and there's a burst of color in Seoul!

SongPa county in South Seoul had organized a walk for charity and Samsung had promised to donate 1 won for every meter its employees walked. Taking this chance, S had registered for all 4 us for it. I was totally happy to participate as I wanted to finish my goal in my latest app S Health. Every day S Health wants me to take 10,000 steps and I am hardly able to cover half of it :(

Anyway, we took the taxi to Olympic park early on a Saturday, cursing the forecast of rain and clouds on this day. It took a good 15,000 won to reach the park. We at least could see some interesting sights on the way.

Same Chains, Different Countries = Unexpected Menu

Siqbal,Wikimedia Commons
Siqbal,Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes, even if you love Korean food, you just crave something from home- a burger and chips, a glazed doughnut, or a big cheesy pizza. Luckily, there is an ever-increasing number of Western chains across Korea, offering food for just these occasions. However, that’s not to say the menus are exactly the same..

Makgeolli Day 2014 & Insadong Festival

This time of year is a busy one for the makgeolli and traditional liquor industry, with a number of festivals and events being held all over the country.   The last Thursday of every October is also Makgeolli Day!  This is a day dedicated to celebrating not just the drink itself, but all the hardworking brewers, industry professionals, and the fabulous fans of drinking our favorite brew.

The Best Night At The Beastro


Delicious food, good service, weird cocktails and free wine? Yes please. Where do you go to get these things? The Beastro Restaurant in Seoul, my new favourite place.

Bücher kaufen in Seoul: Youngpoong Bookstore

Ihr habt in Seoul bereits alles gesehen, und noch eine Menge Zeit auf der Uhr? Dann begebt euch nach Seouls Downtown – genauer gesagt nach Jongno – und verbringt entspannt eine Weile in Koreas größtem Buchladen “YP” (wobei der Begriff “Laden” praktisch leicht untertrieben wäre). Youngpoong YP Bookstore in Seoul Ja, es ist und bleibt ein Geschäft zum Bücher kaufen in

Der Beitrag Bücher kaufen in Seoul: Youngpoong Bookstore erschien zuerst auf Mayerkim.

A Luxurious Staycation at Conrad Seoul

In recent years, Seoul has seen a dramatic increase in the number of accommodations offered throughout the city. With so many choices, finding the right place to stay can seem daunting to tourists, business travelers and even expats. For those seeking opulence without compromising location, Conrad Seoul, the luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide, is the perfect choice.

Although not a tourist, I occasionally treat myself to a staycation in the city- an opportunity to escape the monotony of everyday life and to recharge my batteries. After a recent chaotic week of work and ridiculously long hours, I knew one was in order and the rave reviews of the Conrad had me curious. As I took the short drive from the center of the city toward the Yeouido business district, the mere sight of the hotel's gleaming black exterior towering over the Han River put me at ease.

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