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April 2013 in 2 Minutes

 


Get your music on this summer in Seoul.

I’m all about the music. I am up for any concert, just ask. With only a few days left before I leave (tear tear), lately I’ve been reminicing about all I’ve managed to experience while teaching and living in Korea (Are you ready?). I am amazed at how much I have done in such a short amount of time, especially when I think about all the concerts I’ve attended. It seems like ages ago, but at this time last year I was preparing to witness Lady Gaga’s first and very controvercial world tour stop in Seoul.


A Thousand Years of Seoulitude: Weekend Return to Seoul!

Last weekend we had work off on Friday for Buddha’s Birthday, so we took the extra day and hopped on a bus to Seoul! Unlike my training week in Seoul a couple months ago, we had plenty of time to explore and be a tourist.

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!


Mamas & Papas Are Going Hiking!

The weather is warming up, and after a ridiculously long winter Mamas & Papas are itching to get outdoors. So this Saturday we will be having our very first hike […]

Every time I start to get comfortable with Korea, something...





Every time I start to get comfortable with Korea, something throws me a curve ball, and I’m quickly out of my comfort zone. Example: Miss H Multi Function Lounge (aka glorified bar). This place has a clown that walks around and makes animal balloons for drunk people. If it’s feeling dirty, it’ll blow up a penis balloon animal for you!

Honestly, this place kind of gave me the creeps, but… I’ll probably go back. The music wasn’t bad, but sadly, the DJs became less cute as the night went on.

Address:  서초구 서초동 1307번지 지하 1층 Seoul, Korea 137-856

Hours:  Mon - Thu: 19:00 - 03:00, Fri - Sat: 19:00 - 05:00


Foreigner’s Free Driver’s License Classes

 


PHOTO_0024Good news to those who have never driven before or would like to drive in Korea! ^^


석가탄신일: Buddha’s Birthday

 

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Wolhyang (월향)

 

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Hongdae


Lotus Lantern Festival 2013

Buddha's birthday falls on May 17th this year. The city was primed for the festivities by lighting of the lantern in the Gwanghwamun square on April 23rd, and the display of the lanterns in the Cheonggyechon stream and in the Bongyeunsa and Jogyesa Temples.

Lanterns are an important part of the Buddhist beliefs symbolising wisdom to the world. Huge, colorful lanterns made of Hanji  paper, beautiful girls dancing in pretty hanboks, cute kids carrying lanterns with enthusiasm, makes-me-want-to-dance rhythmic music from the instruments, comfortable seats for the spectators arranged by the city :) and perfect spring weather to watch the show! Just perfect.

Looking Up

You come to Korea from where I’m from and you can’t stop looking up. Always up. At the sky without so many rain clouds, at the trees forever in a constant pattern of change, and at the buildings which stretch above everything I’ve ever known. It takes a lot of concrete and steel to make a megalith as complete as the Korean urban space, and event then it never seems complete. There is always some mason tapping away at some finer piece chiselling another groove in the pursuit of perfection.


Is It Safe to Travel to Korea?

While eating breakfast at my hostel in Barcelona last month, a CNN news brief aired declaring that tensions were high and nuclear war was eminent on the Korean peninsula.  A Korean backpacker that I had met earlier that week looked at me and simultaneously, we rolled our eyes, irked by the excessive urgency and seriousness in the reporters' words.  The others in the room, who hailed from all corners of the globe, looked worried and advised us to prolong our stay in Europe rather than return to a country that was in such a hostile state.

The concerned comments didn't end there.  Messages from my friends in America began flooding my inbox with questions regarding my well being and my parents even offered to purchase for me a plane ticket back to Mississippi.

Registration for 18th May Meeting OPEN!!

It’s that time again, and we are ready for some more fresh and delicious makgeolli! This meeting we are heading close to COEX to a little place called ‘Helen’s Kitchen’. [...]

Danimgil Makgeolli Pub (다님길 막걸리)

Name: Danimgil Makgeolli Pub (다님길 막걸리) Location: Hongdae Reviewed by: Mama Julia & Mama Wangmin on 20th April, 2013 Thoughts: Danimgil is a casual and relaxed makgeolli bar with an [...]

Let’s shop ‘Folk Style’ at the Seoul Folk Flea Market

Once upon a time the Seoul Folk Flea Market (서울풍물시장) vendors set up shop around the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, Korea. Now they return each day to well-manicured squares of space within a recently built warehouse location. Some merchants refer to the market as The Ant Market due to its many moves over the years. Thankfully, a friend who is always in the know dragged me to the market a few weeks ago. I am very glad she did.

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Dinner at Lotte Hotel World’s La Seine Buffet

 

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Go ride a bike.

 


Seoul Mate

A sweet little surprise today! I was selected to be one of the Global Seoul Mates with a medal for my blog :)

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I am so looking forward to getting to meet new people and exploring the city even more! Yay!

Spring Flowers in Seoul

Spring has brought in an explosion of color, sweet scents, and the long missed warmth of the sun. It is just glorious to see the leafless trees bring forth buds and suddenly, all you see is flowers all around!


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Another leafless pink!

Into The Sky – (길목에서)

Name: Into The Sky (길목에서) Location: Chungmuro Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on: 17th April, 2013 Thoughts: Into The Sky is a traditional style makgeolli gem tucked away in a [...]

It's Cherry Blossom time!

Cherry Blossoms most delicately and bewitchingly herald the onset of Spring in Korea. These gossamer flowers are at their zenith only for three days in a year. An entire road overlooking the Yeouido park, adjoining the National Assembly building of Seoul has around 1400 cherry blossom trees. The entire street is closed for vehicular traffic and is in a festive mood for the Cherry Blossom festival which runs for five days. It is tradition for the couples to walk along the flowery lane, which they feel will strengthen their love and happiness. Today was the last day of the Cherry Blossom festival in Yeouido.

Seoul Photo & Imaging Show 2013

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Being a part of a huge event where pretty much everyone around you is a photographer in one way or another is an intense time. This year I was invited to attend as a member of the “press” which basically meant that I got a free pass and… well that was about it. Not that I am complaining but it was a little unimpressed after jumping on the KTX from Ulsan at 5:22 am to hit Seoul and then an hour on the Subway to get to COEX to get a plastic badge after the emails about being a “VIP blogger”


A Seoul Spring on the Han

Something about being near water is simply relaxing. When the weather finally agrees to reward Seoul, Korea with a mild and sunny day after a brutally long winter people tend to flock to the Han River. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the river in the coming months.

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photo credit: my cool friend James

1) Banpo Bridge


An Origin of Korean Discontent

A thought struck me as I was taking a shower before work this morning. With the renewal of tension along the North-South Korean border it’s a sharp reminder of the results of history, and what we’re looking at here, could be considered as one of the final plays in the game of the Great Powers. It, like so many skirmishes before, is taking place in a distant field which effects the lives of people so far away they don’t even look real. Well as one of these people I can assure you that it’s quite real.

Since Korea opened up to outside influence in the late nineteenth century, much like many other small kingdoms, was turned into a pawn in the chessboard of empire building. This process set Korea up to be misused and abused by forces outside their control, and today we are experiencing the continued results of this.


“Free, for me?” Korea knows a thing or 2 or 10 about great service.

Living and teaching in Korea has allowed me to adopt a pretty decadent life-style. I’ve been pampered in traditional Korean bathhouses and spas, I’ve wined and dined most weekend evenings in Seoul, I’ve adopted a Korean sense of style and I can find an item that ‘I just have to have!’ in any store, and I’ve adventured throughout Korea and flown to Taiwan and Thailand all in the last year. My teaching salary has allowed me to try, see, taste and shop my way through Southeast Asia all while sending money home to the US each month to pay off student loans and other debt.

I will leave Korea in June, so I have decided to be a bit frugal and save more money in my last few months. It is comforting to know that while I am saving I can still enjoy myself in true Korean style. Korea is famous for exemplary ‘service’ and freebies. Money is great, but free things are even better.

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Meeting 10 – Makgeolli Salong (막걸리 싸롱) Photo Gallery

If you’re looking for somewhere lively and relaxed in Hongdae for makgeolli, this place would fit the bill. Mamas & Papas felt particularly laid back here and we tried just [...]

Golden Buddha at the Sanbangsan Mountain

Jeju island, located in the South of South Korea itself was formed due to a volcanic activity. The Sanbangsan Mountain, located in the South West corner of the island, was formed some 800,000 years ago with the cooling down of viscous lava from the volcanic eruption. I loved the unique, almost flaky texture and interesting patterns in the mountain.

Meeting 9 – Tricycle (세발 자전거) Photo Gallery

We had a great experience at Tricycle, the highlight being the high quality food and top selection of makgeolli. The atmosphere was very stylish, but we were still able to [...]

Makgeolli Salong (막걸리 싸롱)

Name: Makgeolli Salong (막걸리 싸롱) Location: Hongdae Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on: 13th March, 2013 Thoughts: Makgeolli Salong is a loud and bustling location which becomes packed with people [...]

I’m having an excellent night in Seoul with a pretty lady. I’ll...













I’m having an excellent night in Seoul with a pretty lady. I’ll update you all soon.


April 6th Meeting – Registration OPEN!!

The weather is warming up and we are in the mood for some fresh makgeolli, old school style. Our next meeting came personally recommended to us for its Nongju and [...]

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