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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.

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