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서울 등불 축제 ♥ Seoul Lantern Festival

Are you looking for something fun to to in Seoul during the month of November? What about the beautiful night-time event of 청계천 서울 등불 축제  Seoul Lantern Festival in Chungye-Chun on the river!


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was one of my favorite temples that I visited in Cambodia, and it’s not too surprising. Along with Bayon, Ta Prohm had that feeling of being a lost temple filled with potential discovery, which I loved.

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Even when it was swarming with tour groups (a lot of which were Korean), there were plenty of nooks and crannies ripe for exploring away from the crowds.


I’m A Tree Hugger

I started writing about Ta Prohm, but looking through my pictures there was so many ones I liked, and so much to talk about I didn’t know where to start.  In the end I felt that I needed split it up so one post wouldn’t have 50 pictures in it.

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Ta Prohm was the only temple my friend Russ and I ended up going to twice, and was the last temple we visited before leaving Siem Reap so I have a lot of pictures and a lot of things to talk about.


What will 2013 Look Like?

Things changing this year in Korea Starting in July, there will be no smoking allowed in PC bangs! The age of becoming a legal adult will change: 19 year olds are adults and thus will be drinking it up!  (Korean age, aka 18 by our standards) Korean Day will “REbecome” a holiday from 2013. The 9th [...]

Alone – A Movie in the Making

 


Chop Chop

Yesterday, I cut off all my hair.  Or more accurately, I cut off over 10 inches of my hair.  To start my 27 Things list off on the right foot, I decided last night to do something I had been wanting to do for a while, cut my hair and donate it to Locks of Love. DSC00960


Korean Foreign Policy Year in Review 2012: So Many Grievances…


Not-So-Normal-Norms, Part V

 

 In the latest segment of "Not-So-Normal Norms", I talk about letterman jackets, MTs, condiments, the excessive wearing of high heels, and the lack of gray hair in Korea.   As usual, I must note that this post has been written to point out Korean cultural norms that are different from those in my home country, America, and the West in general.  My comments are in no way intended to degrade Korean culture or Korean people.
 


Bayon

After a stunning sunrise, and some pancakes at the “Lady Gaga” food tent near the lake, we headed off to the nearby temple of Bayon.

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Bayon and Ta Prohm were my two favorite temples of the whole trip.  Bayon, or ‘that one temple with all the faces’, really felt and looked unreal.  The fact that it’s a Buddhist temple amongst a lot of Hindu temples does make it stand out, but it really was more than that.


My Cambodian Christmas

I have so much that I want to share about my recent trip to Cambodia, that I really don’t know where to start.  I guess I could have started at the beginning, (I remember hearing that it’s a very good place to start) but talking about how I got super sick on the plane didn’t seem that exciting.  Instead, I decided to start with Christmas.

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Thank You 2012

Dear 2012,

You’ve been a lovely year.  You began with great friends in the States, and now you’re ending with great friends here once again in Korea.

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Thank you 2012, for amazing students who surprise me constantly, personal fulfillment, the ability to complete 50,000 word writing goals, and even more travel!  You haven’t always been the easiest year, but you have definitely been an unforgettable one!


Childbirth in Korea: Yeonjung’s Baby!

 


The Spain Culture Function! 스페인문화원 송년행사

 


‘I Find your Lack of Cheer Disturbing’ – Merry Christmas

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This is awesome. Smile


A Week in Photos #9

 


The 2012 South Korea Presidential Election

 


A Quick History of the Democratization of South Korea

 


‘We Need a Little Christmas’

The Holidays are full of traditions and being away from home this time of year has me clinging to some of the traditions I can replicate overseas.  Today I was talking with a friend about things we watch every year and it made me realize I was overdue to watch my absolute favorite Christmas tradition: A Muppet Family Christmas.


Korean Movie Review: Architecture 101 (건축학개론)

 


Mexican & Art in Masan!

Dave and I traveled to Masan this past Saturday, as a way to get away for the day and explore the city we had passed through on our way home one day. The city is well renowned for its textile industry and the site of the production tools of Hite Brewery (one of the most popular beers in Korea). My teacher described it to me as a blue-collar city. The word "Masan" means horse mountain.

Too Many Choices?

Living in photo obsessed Korea, while shopping for a camera, do I have too many choices?

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I took a walk along Haeundae Beach the other week only to find almost everyone there taking or posing for pictures.  I was so amused by this that I had to respond by taking out my own camera and take pictures of other people taking pictures.

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Saturday in Seoul: Let’s have a tea party & play dress-up.

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A few close friends recently completed their year of teaching in Korea and returned home to the US. Although it was sad to see them leave, their last few months here were full of new adventures in Seoul. They made a list of things they wanted to accomplish before leaving The Land of Kimchi and I am glad they were serious in completing this to-do list. One Saturday, instead of heading into Seoul to experience the plethora of shopping and dining opportunities that we love, we ventured to a new part of the city and found our way to a traditional Korean hanok (home) where we, for less than $20, learned how to properly drink and serve tea and dressed in hanbok clothing.


WKB Tour - Day 5 / Final Day

Christmas Island

Now that November is over, NaNo is done, and I have relaxed enough to return to my regular state of weird, I have begun getting pumped for Christmas and my upcoming vacation to CAMBODIA!

Just from the few things I’ve looked at about Cambodia, I am already super excited and can’t wait!

Yesterday I started looking around and began trying to figure out my plans for the week I am there.  I would appreciate any and all suggestions and recommendations.  This is the first time I’ll be in a warm climate for Christmas and also the first time I’ll be away from family and/or friends that have become my family, so it will be a different experience to say the least.

Before leaving for Cambodia, I plan on getting my fill of cold weather Christmas here in Korea.  Yesterday I started making a Christmas tree for my apartment (which is still a work in progress).  Today while watching Elf,  I may have also made a few whales wearing scarves. It get’s cold in the ocean.


I’m A Winner!

… and not just because my Mom says I’m a winner, although she does.

Tomorrow is the last day of National Novel Writing Month and I am not worried because thanks to yesterday’s marathon writing, I am finished!! On the 28th I wrote just shy of 5,000 words and crossed the line into 50,000 word territory!  The novel isn’t finished by any means, but it’s hopefully a good chunk of the way there.  This month really has taught me a lot about writing a novel and even gave me ideas about future novels.


Namhae’s German Village

On the island of Namhae, there is an odd little community, the German Village.

It was made back in the 1960′s for Koreans who had gone to Germany to work and had since returned home and missed part of their old life.  Now I have not yet been to Germany, but sometime tells me, this place isn’t exactly like Germany.

I love the welcome sign and it’s complete lack of German.


Pepero Day ♥ 빼빼로데이 11/11

Did you know that on top of Valentines day and White day, Korea has ONE MORE holiday for giving sweets to someone special? Pepero day 빼빼로데이~ a holiday made for giving pepero snacks that is held every year on 11/11!  Why that date? Well because it resembles the stick biscuit treat! ♥


5 Good Things about Korea you should be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

 


Celebrity-Style Wedding at Shilla Hotel

So recently Nara and I were able to attend another wedding here in Korea that we thought was worth sharing with everyone on the blog~  the wedding of Nara’s old classmate Minah and her new husband Seunghun at the extremely high class Shilla Hotel in Seoul!


Daegu Musical Revue: One Last Night

 


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