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Surviving Korea (more like, Loving Korea)


For some weird reason every time I seat in front of my computer to write I just can’t do it, I don’t know what to blog about and I get distracted easily… it sucks, I have been in Korea for 2 months and we’ve done quite a lot, the weird things is, we’ve been doing things we never did before, or things we haven’t really done in a while….

Temple Stay: Geumsunsa Temple (Seoul)

(Courtesy of the Geumsunsa Temple website).

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Geumsunsa Temple is over 600 years old, and it’s beautifully situated in Mt. Bukhansan National Park in Seoul. Historically, Geumsunsa Temple was the place where King Jeungjo prayed for the birth of a male heir. As for the temple itself, it specializes in Seon meditation. There are a couple highlights to this temple like the beautiful stream that passes under the Hongyaekyo (Bridge of Nirvana) inside the temple grounds, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds the temple.


Seorae Village – Little France in Seoul, South Korea

For our 1 year wedding anniversary, we went up to Seoul for a nice, relaxing weekend together. We decided to go to Seorae village in the Banpo neighborhood of Seoul. About 600 French expats live in this corner of the city, that is nicknamed Montmarte for its location on top of a hill. It includes a French school, some french brand name stores like L’Occitane, real bakeries, with REAL bread and REAL cheese!! By “real” I mean not Korean. There are lot of things that Korea gets right, but bread and cheese is NOT one of them!


Supermarkets -v- the People?

 

It has been bothering me since about the time it has been instigated. It’s a simple thing that shouldn’t really get me agitated as it has very little effect on me, and in many respects it is a good principal to take. It’s just that I think it’s the wrong step and I don’t think it really solves any problems, only encourages more populist resolutions to complicated social and economic problems.

What am talking about? Sunday closing for the so-called discount stores in Korea.

Now lets establish some terminology first.

“Discount stores” are what major supermarket chains are called in Korea. These include E-Mart (part of Shinsaegae international), Homeplus (owned by Tesco, the second largest supermarket company in the world), and Lotte Mart, which are the biggest ones.


Weekend Makgeolli Course in English!

MMPK is pleased to announce a very special event coming up next weekend.  Instead of our regular meeting, we will be teaming up with our expat brewing instructors Becca Baldwin & Dan Lenaghan, Muldwinda, Susubori, Chez Mak, and the Makgeolli Bar Association to offer a weekend course to learn all things makgeolli!  This is the first event of its kind, and we are thrilled to be able to put together such an awesome program.  Here is an overview of what is on offer:


Temple Stay: Myogaksa Temple (Seoul)

(Courtesy of the Myogaksa Temple Facebook Page).

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:


Lunch date in Hyewa’s Philippine Market

 

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September

Half way through October and I am only just getting around to writing about September. September was the month that my mum came to visit Korea for the second time and that I officially decided to leave Korea. There is only 44 days left until I'll be getting on a plane.

So this month I...

Haemul Pajeon
Shared how to make delicious Korean savoury pancakes. This is one thing I will really miss, I love ordering them in restaurants, they are so easy to share and tasty too.

What Korean Dramas Have in Common

My  blog has been dormant for days, but it’s not because I am preoccupied with other things. We have a guest staying in our computer room and I can’t use the computer… argh! When I’m done with all the house chores, I usually stay on the computer, but for the past couple of days, I …

Re-visited Gyeongbokgung Palace in Pictures


I've visited the Gyeongbokgung Palace 3 times and this has been the only time I had the oportunity to take my time to explore it, I've posted about this before here and here, so this will only be a re-visit in Pictures!

Say What?! Episode 7: Koreans think I’m a criminal?

First of all I want to say thanks to all the new EPIK teachers on the Fall 2013 intake page for voting on the Say What?! video topics! I’m getting a lot more votes every week, and your input is invaluable. :)

The topic of this video is related to differences in ideas of personal space and service. When we are experiencing a new culture, it is best to identify and acknowledge these differences in order to save us from unwanted frustration. Not that these things NEVER frustrate me, they do, but calling it what it is, a cultural difference, and not a “fault” of the people or country, is EXTREMELY important.

Doing so will make the difference in your time spent in Korea, whether its for just one year or more. I know people that have been here for more than 5 years that still actively complain about their personal space being violated, and it seems to really put a damper on how they view Koreans as people and as a country. This notion makes me sad, because they’re letting such unimportant differences define not only Koreans, but their experience living here.

As I said, my personal space being violated IS frustrating to me, but I recognize that it is not a personal offense, I am living in a foreign culture, and sometimes that means being uncomfortable and accepting a different status quo. In other words, shake it off! See the best in people, you will be happier for it.

Any thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments!



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Registration for October 12th Meeting Open!!

Jeonju has been coming up a lot lately at meetings, and people have been sharing their impressions of this unique style of makgeolli culture. We tried out one location in […]

What to do with a weekend in Seoul



It's nearly a fortnight since I was on my way to meet my mum and Julie in Seoul. I can't believe how fast time flies when you're busy, busy, busy. The weather was perfect for their trip and we managed to pack lots of things in. Here are some of the highlights from our weekend...

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace

My first Kpop concert (sort of)

 

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eeeeh 2NE1

What's up we're 2NE1!!!
 


MMPK Makgeolli Week!!!

 

What is MMPK Makgeolli Week?

You’ve heard of Restaurant Week, you’ve heard of Food Week, well now Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Korea proudly presents the very first MMPK Makgeolli Week!


"Dreams come true" trip to the Myeongjae mansion at Nonsan

I'm Back!

Seoul Collage 2

I accidentally took a week long break from everything last week. Everything, that is, apart from trying to be an amazing tour guide for my mum and Julie.

They left last night to catch the train to Seoul where their flight left this morning. In the meantime I've been trying to scrape some order back together. It was back to school yesterday, I had about a billion pictures to sort through and upload, which I'm still in the process of doing, and still have an apartment that is desperate for a clean, despite my mum taking a whole suitcase of stuff. It's funny that even though I live in a tiny studio apartment, and I arrived with just one suitcase, I could probably fill 6 of them now. Where does it all come from?!

Temple Stay: International Seon Center (Seoul)

(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:


Seoul Search: Part I

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So I’m back in Daegu after a lengthy Chuseok (Thanksgiving) break. I had a few days off of school so I decided to pay a visit to Seoul, the destination that almost everyone knows about in Korea.


Korea and Me

It's no secret I love Korea, and when we decided to pack our backs an Travel the world, Korea was a MUST, after some crazy 5 weeks in Japan it was time to Fly to Korea for what would be (is) a VERY different kind of traveling, 1st because we are not staying for 1-2 weeks, 2nd because this isn't like Italy last year, that we got to live the Tourist life, this time we are staying a little bit longer and just enjoying the city in a more day-to-day kind of way, we are not staying in nice Hotels (or even Hostels for that matter), our expenses are not being payed by someone else and we are basically on our own.

Korea Burn 2013: A Wet Party, But Not an Enlightening Event.

 

 

Originally Published on KimchiBytes.com


Chuseok Gifts in Korea – Spam, Coffee, and More!

Chuseok, Korea’s Fall Harvest holiday, is a great time to be in Korea. We have a longer holiday (3-5 days) in between summer and winter vacation, the weather is finally cooling off and the leaves are starting to change. On top of that, some of my favorite fruits come into season (asian pears) and are often eaten in the teacher’s room, and lots of gifts are given!

Hagwon teachers are usually given more gifts during any holiday than public school teachers, just because at hagwons foreigners are the only teachers! Anyways, there are some pretty unique gifts given during Chuseok, and you’ll know it when you see the huge displays of canned meat, tuna, dried vegetables, bathroom toiletries, and assorted rice cake treats in all of the big stores.

This year Evan really hit the jackpot! Check out Evan’s Chuseok haul, and behold all of the SPAM! :D


Political Firestorm in South Korea » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

An in-depth look at the current NIS scandal and the charges against Unified Progressive Party representative Lee Seokki. By Gregory Elich
Political Firestorm in South Korea » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

CounterPunch

CounterPunch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Chuseok Jeon Making Class Success!

Mamas & Papas came together to learn how to make a Chuseok staple: Jeon! We had expert instruction from the head chef at Muldwinda, who patiently coached us into making the perfect Jeon. We then successfully demolished all our jeon with plenty of delicious makgeolli. We are as ever grateful for the awesome hospitality we always receive when at Muldwinda. Keep your eyes open for more events like this in the future :)


EZ Shop Korea – Costco Delivery Haul!

We’ve mentioned EZ shop before in our “10 websites that will make life easier in Korea” post, and I’ve even made a video about it on my personal channel. But after seeing Qiranger’s Costco haul video, I decided to finally make an EZ shop haul video for our main channel! We’ve been getting Costco groceries delivered to our door for about 2 years now, and it’s such a fantastic service!


September 21st ‘Chuseok’ Meeting Registration Open!!

Wouldn’t you know it, our regular Makgeolli Mamas & Papas meeting falls right smack in the middle of the Chuseok holiday!  As Chuseok is a traditional eating and drinking holiday, we thought we should find somewhere with a traditional style to celebrate ourselves.  Of course we were inevitably steered towards the Insadong area, and we stumbled on a traditional alcohol house that has a seriously extensive makgeolli selection!


Say What?! Episode 6: Maybe=Do it?

This week I posted a poll asking new EPIK teachers what topic they would like to see me cover in a Say What?! video. This topic would have been my last choice, just because it seemed to be the hardest to talk about. But I’m really glad the new teachers voted for this topic, because usually the hardest things to talk about are the most important! And this is a VERY important thing to understand in order to be happy here.


Temple Stay: Bongeunsa Temple (Seoul)

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The view from the large sized Mireuk-bul statue at Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Bongeunsa Temple is conveniently located in the posh neighbourhood of Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The temple was first established in 794 A.D., by National Teacher, Ven. Yeonhoe. There are quite a few unique features to this large sized temple including the large stone statue of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha) to the rear of the temple grounds, as well as the beautifully situated and adorned main hall.


First Gay Marriage in South Korea Causes a Stir

 


Hallyu Tour – Kpop in Seoul

It’s time for a new GSL Mission, this time, to create a Tour in Seoul.

Are you a Kpop Lover?, why not book a room at the Kpop Stayin Hongdae, not only Hongdae is very trendy but you’ll get to meet other kpop fans!

The Kpop Stay is located in 6-153 Changjeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-880, South Korea 

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