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Say What?! Episode 5: School Starts in March?

This episode of Say What?! Wednesday is about the school calendar in Korea. I’ve already posted the school calendar with all of the “red days” throughout the year, but in this video I discuss the big picture of the school year. It’s very different from the American school calendar, so it’s good to be aware of what time of year you will start working so you can plan accordingly. I’ve heard of quite a few teachers assuming that THEIR first day of classes is also the STUDENTS first day of classes, meaning they planned a lesson assuming the students didn’t know each other. But they may have already had an entire semester together! So keep all of this in mind to avoid having an awkward first class! It’s okay and encouraged to do a short introduction of yourself though. :)


Makgeolli Making Class Success

We spent last Saturday up to our elbows in rice, water, and nuruk, all in the name of makgeolli brewing education.  The good people at Susubori Academy and expat Brewers Becca Baldwin & Dan Lenaghan walked us through the ins and outs of fermentation, and our Mamas & Papas relished every minute.


Knees Up in Sindorim! Seoul Céilí, August 8

You’ll have to excuse this break from regular broadcasting as I’d like to plug an event I’m involved in organising.

For any of you in Seoul, or indeed South Korea over the next few weeks and you’re in need of a good knees up, the Irish Association of Korea will be having their annual Céilí on Sunday, September 8 in Sindorim.

Seoul Céilí: Irish Music and Dance Festival September 8, 2013.


Mak Ka Pa (막까파)

Name: Mak Ka Pa (막까파)

Location: Hongdae


Registration for August 31st Meeting Open!!

Latin inspired makgeolli?  Yes please!  For our next meeting we are headed to Anguk-dong to a little bar called Sanchez Makgeolli.  All we know is it’s small, it’s quirky, and it has an awesome makgeolli selection.  This place doesn’t have a lot of space, so we will be keeping the numbers for this meeting smaller than usual.  If you would like to join us, send us an email at mmpkorea@gmail.com fast to get your place!


Makgeolli School – An Adventure in Tasting

Rating and Opening

A while ago our MMPK staff and a few die-hard makgeolli lovers got together for a night of education and tasting wonderment.  We wanted to improve our own knowledge of just what is out there, so we can then pass it on to our fellow Mamas & Papas.  We couldn’t have chosen a better place than Makgeolli School right near Isu station.


Picnic by the River

Last weekend, my husband and I, together with his family, went to 팔현리 은항하리 to have a picnic by the river.


Speech Competition and Photo Contest for Filipinos in South Korea

This is happening. All you can eat meat. Sexy ladies. Hongdae,...



This is happening. All you can eat meat. Sexy ladies. Hongdae, Seoul, next Saturday, August 17, at 1pm.


Myra recommended visiting Seoul Grand Park. On a sunny day, I...


Gaemi Jip (개미 집)

Name: Gaemi Jip (개미 집)

Location: Apgujeong


Double decker views

The Seoul city tour by night on the double decker bus was another one on the bucket list of things to do before i leave Seoul. I have no idea of what i was expecting. A brilliant night time of the city I currently call home, view from atop without the hassle of climbing up a mountain or was it just that I had seen too many movies featuring the double deckered ride that i felt the need to go on one? Anyway, with a lot of spirit, I aboded the bus which takes a Han river focussed route.



Color Me Rad Korea!

At the weekend we took part in a Color Me Rad run in Seoul. It was a lot of fun! The event was held in Seoul Olympic Sports Complex. As it was extremely busy there was not a chance to run, it was more of a fun walk but this was okay with me. At various points of the course colour tunnels were set up. The first colour was orange, then pink, blue and yellow. As you walked through a group of volunteers threw coloured powder all over you!  The atmosphere of the event was fantastic. Everybody was having a lot of fun and were very happy to be covered in so much colour! To participate in the race the sign up fee was 35,000 won. This included a t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses. There were also a lot of freebies to be had at the end of the race. Everybody got their own colour powder pouch(s), wet wipes and vitamin water(s).  It was a very messy experience but I am glad we did it!


Hands down, this is the best ride at Lotte World (롯데월드). It’s...


UP Student Bags Silver in Dokdo Essay Contest

 


One of my favorite places to go in Seoul on a nice day is Sky...













One of my favorite places to go in Seoul on a nice day is Sky Rose Garden (하늘 로즈 가든). Admittedly, it’s unbearable on a very hot, very cold, or rainy day. Yet, if the weather cooperates, this roof top rose garden is magical.


Oh, Ryan Teacha. You constantly change your tumblr name and...











Oh, Ryan Teacha. You constantly change your tumblr name and you’re so bad at meeting up, but I do enjoy our sporadic chats.

Here’s a haiku for you.


Busan to Seoul via bicycle

I am looking to bicycle to Seoul from Busan over Chuseok but am wondering about the condition of the bike paths on the 4-Major River Project that the previous president initiated. Specifically, are any of them paved? Most of them? I'm asking because I only have a road bike (8-speed, thin tires, aka. NOT a mountain/trail bike). Anyone know enough to say whether I'd be able to tackle it or do I have to look at getting another bike. If it's the latter I'm not going to do and will just have to wait until a more opportune time arises. Anyway, any advice much obliged. Thanks.


Tricky Trip to the Trick Eye Museum

Summer holidays are here and the temperatures are climbing up! Thankfully, there are so many cool ways to keep the kids engaged in Seoul. Hongdae, where the student crowd of the Hongik University gather, is a hep and happening place with all the pubs, bars and awesome shopping all around and houses the Trick Eye Museum, which creates fun effects by optical illusion!

The Trailer For My New Ebook


Jujeontak (주전탁)

Name: Ju Jeon Tak  (주전탁)

Location: Seollung Station


Because Korean Kids Aren't Cute and Life isn't what You Expected


Cool it off in Seoul! (The Ice Gallery)


The Ice Gallery is a cool little place tucked quietly off a quaint street close to the Anguk station. Perfect for little kids on a hot summer day, this place is a mini refrigerator maintained at a bone chilling 5 degrees below zero for retaining the ice sculptures. It has the typical rooms as in a home all made in ice- kitchen, bed room, a study room with computer, even a bar and bathroom with an ice potty! It also has a few famous Korean structures too. It also has an ice sculpture of the leaning tower of Pisa, Eiffel tower and the Statue of Liberty. All the things to touch and feel, an igloo to go and huddle into and a tiny slide makes it a perfect place for the kids!


MinHwa Art- Korean Folk Paintings


Paintings in India are generally done on the walls of Temples which tells stories about the Gods and their ways of expunging evil. In the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, India, in the Meenakshi Amman shrine,  the walls are adorned with the depiction of Goddess Meenakshi from her birth, growing up to be a mighty ruler, her conquests and the story of her wedding with Lord Sundareshwarar. In the Lord's Shrine, there are amazing paintings of the Thiruvilaiyadal (God's games with the common people) by which he delivers them from evil.

May I have this silent dance? *Korea Silent Disco*



Hongdae, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea, is known for being loud and full of music. Every night you can count on the area’s public spaces to be full of spontaneous and talented performers and one can not ignore the deafening beats blaring from the many clubs that line Hongdae’s narrow streets. But one random night each month is reserved for a different kind of party.

silentdisco1photo credit


Registration for June 29th meeting Open!!!

For this meeting, Mamas & Papas are headed to Seodaemun-gu for some premium makgeolli and ‘slow food’. The makgeolli at this place is fermented for 3 months in jars, and is overseen by the President of Korean Traditional Liquor Research Institute. In other words….they know what they’re doing!


The 38th Parallel- DMZ

One major attraction around Seoul is the trip to the DMZ - the De Militarized Zone, which is one of a kind in the world! The DMZ separates the North and South Korea and it runs 250kms long ending in the Yellow sea on the West to the Sea of Japan on the East. And is considered the most fortified and heavily guarded border in the world. The 4km wide buffer zone between the Koreas is populated with more than a million land mines. The DMZ trip that we took, does not actually take one into the DMZ. It merely takes us to the tip of the DMZ, lets one have a peek from the Dora Tower Observatory in the South at the North Korea, walk into one of the infiltration tunnels and visit the Dorasan Train station.

North and South Korea have not yet signed a peace treaty since the war in 1950 when the North Koreans attacked Soul on a Sunday. They have signed an armistice agreement, which means that both the sides have decided to stop fighting and they have agreed to have their forces moved 2kms on either sides from the Military Demarcation Line. The Joint Security Area is an area in the DMZ where tourists are allowed in but after extensive checks and reservation. But the JSA primarily still remains a place where the talks between the Koreas take place.

Seoul is just around 50kms away from the DMZ. It seems that the South Korean Government had given it a serious thought and even tried to move the capital further down South because of the constant threats from the North Koreans. But now, the South Koreans are so used to the North Korean threats that it doesn't even pop up in their Sunday morning chit chats.
 

Check posts on the way to the DMZ
Check posts on the way to the DMZ


I find it really amusing to see people selling items on the...



I find it really amusing to see people selling items on the Seoul subway. They are so excited and animated. I’m always too nervous to buy anything, because I’m worried I’ll mess up speaking Korean in front of a train full of people. The man pictured is selling (ricecake).

I’ve seen people sell umbrellas, visors, arm sun shields, and mosquito repellent bracelets. Has anyone else seen anything else sold, or have any fun stories to share?


A walk under the mines

The 3rd infiltration tunnel into South Korea

The most fun part in the DMZ tour was the descent into one of the 4 infiltration tunnels that the South Koreans have discovered so far. Our guide said that there could be as much as 20 tunnels leading into the South!

3rd infiltration tunnel

FREE! Bradley Manning

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Seoul, South Korea

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