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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

 


A Week in Photos #8

 


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:

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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.


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