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

 

 

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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 

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


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