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Korean Movie Review: Herb (허브)

 


Angola Poetry and Languages Galore

 


My October in 2 Minutes

 


Five Election-Explaining Clichés I really don’t want to hear this Tuesday

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On Interstate 71, south of Columbus; Ohio’s most famous sign

So it’s election time, which means CNN, etc. will be filled with pundits with only the vaguest credentials – never any PhDs Sad smile – telling you why the outcome inevitably had to be such-and-such.


Halloween in School

 


It’s Halloween in Daegu!

Last weekend we suited up and went to celebrate one of my faaaaavorite holidays! Does it really surprise you that I like to dress up?  BAM! I impressed myself with putting this Wilykit from the Thundercats outfit together in 3 days. I made it! WoooOOooo, mama be proud! Everything including contacts cost like $35.  We [...]

3rd Presidential Debate, Foreigner Version: If you’re not an American, you’re Mentally Ill or something

Warning! The lyrics are explicit – but the movie is hysterical


Only in the Classroom

 


Korean Seolleongtang 설렁탕 Featuring Sinseon 신선설농탕

 

If you have read my Juk post, you will know I am a LOOOOVER of soups! For a while I thought my soup world in Korea was limited to things like kimchi jjigae, until Nara introduced me to the delicious world of Seolleongtang 설렁탕~ a simple, but satisfying dish that has been around in Korea for over 500 years!


5 Awesomely Awesome Things: Turtle Ships

Sitting in Tongyeong’s harbor are 4 boats that are pretty hard to miss. Turtle Ships!

Turtle Ships are infamous throughout Korea because they helped fend off the Japanese at the end of the 1500’s with their great design paired with great leadership. They’re called Turtle Ships because their roofs are round and look a bit like the back of a turtle.  In Tongyeong’s harbor sit 4 different interpretations of the Turtle Ships (since there are very few accounts on the design, we don’t know precisely how these ships looked).

We were able to walk through 3 of the 4 ships and I will say, Turtle Ships are awesome.

Here’s why:

1. Dragons-


What’s Up Democracy? What’s Up?

Today, I voted.  I know I may be a few weeks early for most, but I just couldn’t wait?  I seriously love voting.  It makes me feel much more involved.

Even though I am overseas and there were a few hoops to jump through, it really wasn’t that hard (at least for my state).  After applying for an absentee ballot and mailing it to my county election board, they emailed me the ballot and instructions.  You could either mail the ballot or email it (there is still plenty of time for emailing if you’re an expat too).


A visit to 홍제천 river

Do you ever just ride the bus or drive not knowing where you are going? I love doing that… if I had a car here I would do it all the time, but in Korea I am limited to the bus XD thankfully, Korea has an amazing public transport system so you can just hop on with your t-money card and go pretty much anyplace! Korea has so many places to explore~


Film Fanatical

This weekend and upcoming week is BIFF, the Busan International Film Festival. I am currently on film overload.  I saw 3 films today and am going back for more tomorrow.  Not only am I going back to watch more movies tomorrow (and some more after work this week), but I’m getting up earlier than I have to for weekdays to do it.
A lot of the films sell out quickly online, but they save a percentage of tickets for each film, for the day of the screening.  As I learned today, if you don’t show up early, you’ll sometimes have to go with your 3rd or 4th choice.


Nikko

Nikko is stunning!  I’m so glad I spent one of my days in Japan there.  I never would have considered it, and I might not even had known about it if it hadn’t been for my friend’s recommendation. After doing a search for images of Nikko, I was sold.

Nikko looked like the lush,green, and quiet zen forest full of UNESCO wonders I wanted to explore, and it totally was.

Even though Nikko can be seen as a day trip from Tokyo (the train ride took less than 2 hours), I went the night before so the whole day would be open to explore all the temples.


Pop Music Brings a Lot More Readers than Social Science: Follow-up on ‘Kangnam Style’

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Now THAT is Korean art – the Seokguram Buddha; I’ve been to see it 3 times


5 Awesomely Awesome: “I Love Korea” Edition.

Even after living in Korea for a year and a half, I still have these wonderful moments where all I can say is “I Love Korea”.  I’ve been out exploring some of Korea’s islands the past few days which provided quite a few of these moments, so here are some of my favorites:

 

1. Defunct Carnival Rides:


Down near SangJu Beach in Namehae we found two old carnival rides sitting on a lot.  And for some unexplainable reason the famous ride “Supertagadisco” had some very famous faces.


What is it with Koreans and Plastic Surgery?

It is fairly common knowledge that South Korea is plastic surgery capital of the world http://abcnews.go.com/Health/niptuck-nations-countries-cosmetic-surgery/story?id=16205231.  Every person living in Korea currently will also know why they do it and it is most commonly down to achieving a more 'Western' look.  Nose jobs and double eye-lid surgery are very popular to achieve this as most Koreans have a fairly low nose ridge and have inconspicuous eye-lids.

Happy 추석!!

Happy 추석(Chuseok), or Happy Thanksgiving!

The next few days in Korea are a time to honor family, eat traditional foods such as 잡채 (japchae) and rice cakes, and if you’re my students- look traditionally adorable.

This also means a fantastic 5 day break!

With so much free time, my friend Sam and I are going to go wander around some of Korea’s islands.  We both wanted to go somewhere new so the plan is to go to Namhae and maybe Tongyeong, or somewhere else if all the buses are booked. I’m really excited to get out into the country a bit, and see some new parts of Korea I have yet to experience.


Today,

Today I played dress up!  What did you do?

From Busan with 추석 Love,
Jenna


Fall is Near

I am not one to frequent coffee shops, but this past weekend I found myself in a Starbucks.  While there I can happily report that our Corporate Overseers have since announced the impending Arrival of Fall to Korea.

Now there isn’t any of the infamous “Pumpkin Spice” aroma in the air, but there is a nice Salted Caramel flavor, that here in Korea is being called “Sweet and Salty”.

Now I don’t know if I just didn’t stalk Starbucks enough my first year here, or if Korea is finally catching on to the flavors of fall, but either way it’s quite tasty.
Now if only I could get some good apple cider.

From Busan with Autumnal Love,
Jenna


Olympic Soccer ♥ Korea VS Japan live at Seoul City Hall!

As we all know, this year was the 2012 Olympics in London!  During the last winter Olympics I happened to be in Korea and remembered how INTO the games the country got, you really feel the pride and unity all over the country when these sorts of things go on because Korea is quite small and hungry to win! One game Koreans get very excited for is soccer, and one thing Koreans get RABID excited about is playing against Japan… so when Korea and Japan Men’s Soccer made it to the finals to compete for the bronze medal I knew we had to go out and mingle with the crowds vs stay at home while Nara screamed at his TV all night lol.

The game was set for 8/11/2012!


‘Kangnam Style’s Irony is Missed b/c of the Publicity Wave

yeah, it’s pretty hysterical, especially when you get the underlying social critique

 


5 Awesomely Awesome Things: The Very Merry unBirthday Edition

Now before this gets confusing it’s not my Birthday, that was a few months ago.  Even though it wasn’t my Birthday, this past week it was 3 of my co-worker’s Birthdays in the span of only two days.  Needless to say I’ve had Birthdays on the brain, which is fine.

I love Birthdays.  So here are some things I find Awesomely Awesome about them.

 

1. Mail: 

I love Mail!  I love getting cards and letters and bits of awesomeness to brighten my day and adorn my walls.  Birthdays mean mail and especially far from home, they are that much more special.  Seriously, if you ever need to win me over, send me a card.  If you send me a package, I’ll love you forever.  Did I mention I like mail?


Life’s Short, Eat Dessert First.

My Grandma used to tell me this, and when I was in Osaka I totally listened.
My last night in Japan I was wondering around Osaka after checking into my hostel looking for a place to eat.  It was one of those times that there was so much selection that nothing in particular sounded good.
As I was walking down one random street, I found this little bakery tucked away.

Inside was this cool young dude who I found out is the owner and creator of all of the stores delicious treats.  I was hungry and it looked super good so I dove into vacation mode and had my dessert first.


Once Upon a Time…

…in the not so distant past, in the land of South Korea, Oreos were a mere figment of a foreigner’s imagination.  It was a dark time where Oreos had to be obtained in care packages from home, visits to other countries, or succumbing to eating Cameos- Oreo knockoffs.

 

Little did I know that upon my return to South Korea, Oreos would be plentiful sitting on store shelves as if they had been there with the rest of America’s food imperialism for years.   Even though you can’t find my personal favorites Golden Oreos (sad), or Double Stuffed (double sad), more than just plain Oreos are available.

Today I found these:


300: A Countdown

 

I’ve always been better with words, but today is a good occasion for some numbers.


Old-school toys and treasures at the 문방구


Some Nights…

Some nights in Korea it feels like you’ve been here for years and not much could phase you, let alone shock or surprise you.

Other nights, as you’re walking home with a friend from the Cat Cafe you take pictures with anthropomorphized alcohol!

Another thing I love is that in Korea, the person in the suit not only speaks great English, but also watches your bike for you while you try to win a little bottle of soju and instead win a packet of wet wipes.


Mostly Harmless

When I was tentatively asked to move from working part-time to full-time at Busan International Foreign School back in February – a job I finally began last week – I understood that as part of this my son could be educated at the school during the duration of my contract, which my wife and I had decided would be a good idea since we had become concerned at his interactions with other children when he met them. Because of this, we didn't search for a place in a Korean nursery for him, but a couple of days after I signed the contract we found out he was 10 days too young to qualify for a place. The moral of the story perhaps, is to always check the small print yourself.

9 Hours in Sci-Fi

I’m not really writing about my trip to Japan in sequential order, so I figured I would jump to one of the most asked about aspects of my trip (mostly by my mom and her co-workers)- the capsule hotel.

In Kyoto there’s this capsule hotel that I found called 9 Hours, and it looks just as futuristic and straight out of a sci-fi movie as it does on its website.  I’ve found that it’s actually cheaper to book through their website, and since I was staying in hostels the whole trip, this was the most expensive place I stayed in.  But it’s all about the experience, right?   It looked a lot fancier and sci-fi than a lot of the other capsule hotels I saw online, so I took the plunge.

Who wouldn’t want to sleep here?


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