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Los Angeles and Me

 

Being grown and bred from LA, I was exposed to gangsters, hippies, drugs, etc.  America’s good at exposing these things and frankly, I loved it.  Because it definitely has made me who I am today.

The first time I heard California Girls by Katy Perry somewhere in Seoul, I started screaming out of joy and started dancing!  It’s just something CA girls do, and I know other girls do it to.

Throughout my time in college, I was an environmentally conscious person, smoked weed, wore no shoes to class, and embraced being a lover of all things.  I bought some decals and cut out huge peace symbols and stuck them on my car.

I remember smoking weed with a friend while we were sitting on the grass out of an apple.


Why the interest grew

 

I’ve never been really interested about my Korean background, so it’s still funny that I now am dedicating part of my life to create a network of kyopos all around the world.

When I went to Korea, I always found that native Koreans were fascinated and interested in my because my American accent was, well, American.  I never understood this awe they felt for me until I met a British-Korean for the first time.  It was jaw dropping.

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My little brain couldn’t even comprehend what was going on, but something started inside of me and I wanted more of it.


A space for all

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Hello,

I never really was into my Korean background at all.  I would’ve thought I’d make a website dedicated to kyopos but here we are.

During high school I wanted to have blue eyes, blond hair, and hated that I wasn’t born this way.  Throughout my life, I’ve been called Chinese, Japanese, or the typical ‘Asian’.  I hated being called asian, it almost sounded degrading; people would assume I played the piano well.  I played piano well because I practiced, but was quickly assured that it was because I was ‘asian’. Right.


Monochrome Seoul

 

I don’t get into Seoul as much as I’d like to. Although recently I’ve been fortunate enough to hit up the tourist trails around Myeong-dong. I miss the big city. The feeling you get as you’re lost in a tidal wave of more people. I miss the main streets, and the side streets. I miss looking up from the cavern floor of a canyon of highrise. I miss getting lost in a world of alleys and emerging and finding my way around because it’s just Seoul.


Seoul’s Filipino Market

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Happy Market Monday, where the first Monday of each month we highlight a different market in Seoul!

 

One of my favorite trips I’ve taken in Asia would have to be the Philippines. Whenever I am struck with memories of the trip I can’t refrain from grinning ear to ear. The friendly people, out of this world beaches and amazing food are just some of the things I love about the place!

 


Seoul Lantern Festival

I was skimming through some photos in my camera and found a lot of pictures from last year’s Seoul Lantern Festival which my husband and I came to see before we went to the Philippines in November. I was going to talk about the festival and share the photos in my blog, but I suffered from “temporary amnesia” as a result of my preoccupation with our business in the PI. Now I’m back in Korea, back to sanity, back to blogging… but I miss my Mom and the family back home. I can’t wait to see them again this summer.


Seoul Lantern Festival

I was skimming through some photos in my camera and found a lot of pictures from last year’s Seoul Lantern Festival which my husband and I came to see before we went to the Philippines in November. I was going … Continue reading

Zen Kimchi’s Dark Side of Seoul Tour!

You can only have so many nights out in Hongdae. We were looking for something unique to do with our friends on a Saturday night in Seoul. We had heard of the ZenKimchi food tours from fellow YouTuber Noe, who also went on the Dark Side of Seoul tour. He enjoyed it, so we decided to go for it! Last time we were in the U.S., we went on a walking ghost tour of my hometown and we enjoyed it a lot! We thought it would be even cooler in a huge city like Seoul. It definitely was!

Joe from Zen Kimchi


Bongwonsa Temple

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While up in Seoul, we had the great idea to hike up Mt. Ansan at 5 am or so. This meant getting up at about 4 am and catching a taxi to the mountain to meet up with Simon Bond and the legendary Robert Koehler. Robert knows pretty much everything there is to know about Korea and especially Seoul. He was kind enough to take us up to the top despite the early rise and the lack lustre sunrise that morning.


The Dondaemun Design Plaza

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When it first opened I wondered what exactly it was. This spaceship-like building has landed right next to one of Seoul’s historic gates adding an interesting touch to the area. It should fit with the surrounding fashion stores and cafes but it somehow doesn’t. That being said, it is one of the coolest buildings that I have ever seen.

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The 2014 Seoul P&I Show

In order to fit all the photos on the exhibit space, they had to drop the size down. I am still happy with the print

In order to fit all the photos on the exhibit space, they had to drop the size down. I am still happy with the print


Intro to Makgeolli Brewing Class May 10th!!!

We were so excited about last April’s enthusiasm for the class, we simply had to follow it up with another!  Actually this is the first class that will kick off […]

문래창작촌 | Seoul Art Space | Mullae-dong, Mullae Line 2 Part 2


문래창작촌 | Seoul Art Space | Mullae-dong, Mullae Line 2 A rainy...


Finally got out to Jongmyo Shrine (종묘) in Seoul. Kind of silly...















Finally got out to Jongmyo Shrine (종묘) in Seoul.


Seoul Cherry Blossom Festivals in Review

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Spring is here again and my senses are over joyed  as I take in the warm sunshine,  blooming trees and delightful  smells of blossoming flowers! Could there be a better time of year?

There are a plethora of spring  flowers blooming in Korea with average spring temperatures from 45-70 degree fahrenheit  (5- 20 celsius.)  The flower stealing the show of course being the Cherry Blossom!


Intro to Brewing Makgeolli Class April 19th!

Spring is in the air, and we have been in the Susubori lab brewing a lot recently.  There’s nothing better than having a cold, fresh batch of homemade makgeolli in the fridge to enjoy on a warm spring evening.  So it’s time to have another Intro to Brewing Makgeolli class to share the knowledge on how to make you own springtime brew!  As ever the class will be taught by our expat makgeolli experts Becca Baldwin and Dan Lenaghan, and you will be able to take  home your very own batch of makgeolli.   Here are the details:


Bridge of Life


사랑해주세요 - Please love me or Love me....

Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum

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My sister recently visited Seoul and I made sure she had the trip of a life time.  We had lots of great adventures, but on her last day  here we had a full itinerary including:

  • Drinking Tea with King Sejong
  • Swimming with Olympic Athletes
  • Climbing bamboo with pandas
  • Learninf to levitate
  • Hitting the jackpot
  • And much MUCHHHH more!

Impossible to do all in a day?  Well who can argue when we now have the Facebook pictures to prove it!


Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스)

Name: Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스).

Location: Myeong Dong


Saint Patrick’s Day in Seoul, 2014

 

When you live in Korea long enough expecting public holidays from home to fall on their usual day or date becomes a waste of time. Really. Anyone American will be familiar with Thanksgiving falling on a Saturday, and even the Superbowl the night after. Irish, like myself, are now most familiar with a Saturday Saint Patrick’s Day, and yesterday was no different from other years (except for last year and the year before when Paddy’s Day actually fell on the weekend…which kind of ruins my point), the day of Ireland and it’s ‘ness was transformed from its early weekday schedule to a much more alcoholic friendly Saturday.


Underground Selections

 

In the Myeong-dong Underground Shopping Mall, Seoul.


Steampunk Art in Seoul

This weekend I shall be taking the KTX train north to Seoul for its Steampunk Art Unfurled: Art of Victorian Futurism.

The showing will take place across from Seoul National University. Do click the Bing Map link to see the location.

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I went to a palace themed coffee shop in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea called 공주가 사는 궁전같은 카페 (“Where a princess should live”). The coffee shop has individual tables sort of hidden away, mostly meant for couples, but I saw a few groups of females there as well.


"Bitter, Sweet, Seoul": Korea's Capital City Through the Eyes of the World

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the premier of "Bitter, Sweet, Seoul," the Korean capital's first ever global crowd-sourcing film project.

I arrived at the premier at Seoul Cinema not knowing what to expect of the film. I was aware of the "Seoul, My Movie" campaign, as it was heavily promoted throughout last year, but I was skeptical of the final product.

Seollal

Seollal aka Korean's New Year aka Lunar New Year is around the corner and now that I'm in Korea there are MANY things I would like to do, but still, I have no plans for this year's 4 day Holiday.

1st of all, Seollas is the Lunar New Year and is one of the most celebrated Holidays in Korea -as well as Chuseok-, this year Seollal falls on January 31st of the Gregorian Calendar, this marks the beginning of a new year, unlike December 31st, this date is not a date to go our partying with your friends, it's about Paying respect to our ancestors and gather around with your family to catch up, most Koreans travel to meet their family, Hanbok is used for this day and games are played when the family is together but even if you don't have plans to celebrate this important holiday, you should be ready.

ANOTHER EXPAT BLOG?


A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream,...







A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream, Cheonggyecheon (청계천). It’s a 5.8 km (or 3.6 mile) walk. In the summer, I prefer finding a shady spot to sit in and dip my feet in the water.  In the winter, I’d just walk quickly along the stream as it’s really cold outside.

I recommend starting in Cheonggye Plaza. You can get there from Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 or City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2), Exit 4.


One of my favorite places to hang out in Seoul is a cat bar...







One of my favorite places to hang out in Seoul is a cat bar called 묘한술책. I try to stop by every time I’m in Hongdae. It’s a place you can drink alcohol and hang out with a bunch of cats! The owners, 조아용 and 장재영, are super friendly and nice. They’ll chat with you or they’ll leave you alone to read or play a game. Also, they’ll play any music you like. I’ve spent hours just requesting songs. Just so you know, 재영 really likes Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Selcas time!

Hi everyone!

I was wondering what have I been doing these past 2 weeks that I forgot to blog, well, not really forgto, but I didn't have the time to do it properly and I honestly don't know what I've been doing...I know we've been busy and had to run to busan for an almost 2 days trip but other than that, I'm not exactly sure what's going on, I have stories to tell but those will be left for a different day.

Today I will just talk about my latest hobby, this is something that now I do while I ride the bus, subway or just killing time while going from one place to the other: SELCAs, selca comes from Self-Camera aka selfies, my sister told me about this great app called CYMERA and this app can be linked to your Cyberworld account (like the Korean version of FB).

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