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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.

I went to a palace themed coffee shop in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea...













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).

While Gangnam Style isn’t as big as it was a year ago,...



While Gangnam Style isn’t as big as it was a year ago, it’s still well-known in Korea. I finally did the horse dance outside of the Gangnam Subway Station. Have you?


The Maoul Bus*

I walked up and down the street looking for the bus stop on the opposite side of the street. Where I was going was only four stops away in that direction, but I soon realised that the bus only went in the opposite direction, which left me a good fifteen stops away. I bit the […]

Mexican Food, Korean Style

Mexican food, or at least its Americanized, cheese-drenched iteration, is nearly impossible to find in Korea.  Since Ric and I were used to weekly visits to La Carreta or Pancho Villa’s when we lived in Lenoir, the lack of comida mexicana in our lives is definitely an issue.  While tortilla chips and salsa are readily available, most of the time our needs for tacos and burritos are best satisfied at home.  Even though the love of my life is an ace in the kitchen, sometimes my desire for things like sour cream or a mojito drive us to seek out Mexican restaurants.  After many, many meals that were varying degrees of disappointing, we have come to this conclusion–Pancho Villa’s in Lenoir, NC, needs to open a Busan branch.

However, since the likelihood of that occurring is slim-to-none, we present, for your reading pleasure, four brief reviews of Mexican restaurants in Korea that had some redeeming qualities.

We’ll start with Busan:


Ssamziegil (쌈지길) is the place to shop in Insadong. There are...







Ssamziegil (쌈지길) is the place to shop in Insadong. There are multiple floors connected by a spiral-like stairway. There are plenty of little shops and cafes to buy Korean trinkets.

Location: Anguk Station, Seoul Subway line 3, Exit #6 (towards Jongno Police Station). Enter the Insadong one-way street of Crown Bakery & GS25, and go straight 100 meters. Ssamziegil will be on your left.


Migrant Workers Assembly December 15th- Seoul

The Migrant Workers Assembly will take place on December 15th in Seoul in commemoration of International Migrants Day. For more information please download the event poster here.

migrants poster



Masters in Computer Science student wants Internship/Job in Seoul

Hi,

I'm currently searching for a position that I could possibly get before travelling to Seoul.  I would like to work in an internship or Graduate position with a company that does Web/Mobile Development or I'm willing to do other positions that are related to modules/subjects I've studied at university.

I would like to travel to Seoul in Feb, 2014.  I'm currently at the end of my Masters in Computer Science course.  I don't have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. The course I am doing is a Skills Conversion course.  Nonetheless, this hasn't stopped me from doing well in some topics.

If anybody can contact me in regards to any positions or provide with any online resources such as websites that can search for these fields, I'd be extremely grateful.

Here is my LinkedIn account:


Seoul's nightlife

I've been thinking about What to wirte lately, apparently been in Korea for 3 months and doing lots of activities is draining me and I just can't think what to blog about... sad, I know :(
Even from the sky Seoul looks very alive 

SOREA Band Live

On a summer night, go out 여의나루역 (Yeouinaru Station) exit 3 to...









On a summer night, go out 여의나루역 (Yeouinaru Station) exit 3 to chill on blankets along the Han River. So much fun.


Win a Family Trip to Korea!

Would you like to spend an unforgettable, fun-filled winter in South Korea with your family or friends? Well, this may be your chance.


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.

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