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Diving with Sharks in Busan

Korea may not be at the top of your list for scuba diving destinations, but you have to learn somewhere! I recently had my first experience scuba diving, and it was a long time coming. Can you believe that I went backpacking around Southeast Asia for 5 months and have never been scuba diving?? Me either. But it’s pretty expensive, and my other half sinks more than he swims.

The Busan aquarium in Haeundae allows Aquatic Frontier, a PADI 5 star dive center located in Osan, to lead dives for the uncertified in the large shark tank. It’s a great chance to experience scuba diving before paying a large sum of money for the PADI certification course. Me and my friend Kate have been talking about doing the shark dive for a year, and the day finally came with a lot of nervous excitement.


56. – 59. Cafe Beato, Mins Coffee, Capia, JaJeonGo Poong Gyong (Gimhae)

In Korea, one will often find the same kind of commerce specialties side-by-side-by-side. As if the logic goes that if one business is popular, others selling similar product should set up shop in the same location. This applies to cell phone shops (ad nauseum, it should be noted), restaurants and, absolutely, coffee shops.

Here are four located very, very close to one of the schools I teach at during the week. At least I’ll never be without caffeine on Wednesdays!


51. – 54. Irang, The Venti, Caffe e Cibo, Crema (Busan)

51. IRANG Coffee and Brunch, Gwangan, Busan.

51. IRANG Coffee and Brunch, Gwangan, Busan.

52. The Venti, Jangsan, Busan.

52. The Venti, Jangsan, Busan.


Cook show craze is sweeping Korea

Guess who is the hottest entertainer in TV these days in Korea. K-pop idol? Sexy actress? No! It’s CHEF! From 2006 when Olive TV, the only food life style channel in Korea, was launched, various cooking programs starring professional and amateur chefs have drawn viewers’ attention more and more. The term ‘Chef-tainer’ has been coined recently, reflecting their growing popularity in show business.


39. – 42. Na-Neun Coffee, Cafe Corea, Best Beans, Cafe Cantata (Busan)

Na-neun Coffee. Or, in English,
Na-neun Coffee. Or, in English, “I am coffee.” Located on the way to Gwanganli Beach, this independent coffee shop has a warm interior, coffee academy classes and a lot of bean varieties.

Gnarly Dude: A paddleboard lesson in Busan!

I walked to the back of the shop to meet Dylan, my Korean surf guru for the day. When the general greetings were out the way, Dylan pulled out his phone, stared at the screen, and behind a grimace he said, “I checked the weather. The water is totally flat. Not good for surfing. Do you want to try stand-up paddle boarding?” I had no idea what paddle boarding was, but it sounded cool.

Plan B

Dylan led me upstairs and out onto the roof of his shop, where I somehow managed to cram my fat arse into a skintight wetsuit… only after putting it on backwards twice! Dylan’s tanned muscular body meant he looked like a Korean adonis in his, whereas I resembled vanilla ice cream dripping from a plastic carrier bag.


35. – 38. Green Bean, Cafe Byul, Nidor Coffee, Coffee # (Gimhae)

Green Bean. Green exterior. Appropriate.
Green Bean. Green exterior. Appropriate.
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Bubbling goodness

Yay! Summer vacation is here! I love it when my kids are around, waking up late, heavy breakfast at noon, playing and chatting until lunch time and continuing to play and chat until dinner. It is pretty fun and I am enjoying every second spent with them. 

Today, we ventured out of our home even with the MERS situation hanging above our heads. Few people were wearing masks, there were sanitizers even inside the bus for public use, and antibacterial wipes everywhere. Maybe a little less crowd in the malls, and deserted restaurants. Everything is a bit gloomy and depressing here in Seoul :(

30. – 34. NY Hotdog & Coffee, Waffle & Caffe, Cupcake & Coffee, Cafe DOU, Ruban Coffeebible (Busan, Gimhae)

Sometimes, coffee is just not enough.

Some prospective business owners recognize this and decide to add something else to the mix, in hopes of attracting a wider audience, whether that’s hot dogs, cupcakes, or the Lord above.


How to enjoy the Coolest Water Sports in the middle of Seoul: let’s flyboard on Han River!

Summer in Korea is humid and hot. One of the best ways to fight against the hot hot summer is definitely WATER SPORTS!

One of Trazy’s customers, Yoonhee C, went on a one fine day in June to explore what exactly flyboarding is.

I visited Jamwon Hangang Park to ride flyboard. The staffs are very kind and you can the instructions on how to prepare the ride in many languages (English, Chinese, Japanese). The staffs are fluent in English so foreigners don’t have to worry about the language problem.

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25. – 29. Caffe Pascucci, Hands Coffee, Coffeesmith, Cafe Nada, Babeans (Gwangan, Busan)

Once upon a time, expat revelry (not to be confused with L’revelry) revolved mostly around Haeundae Beach and the famously-wealthy district surrounding it. Today, it remains a popular destination for foreigners, offering many varieties of food and drink, both Korean and western-owned-and-designed (as well as a dizzying multitude of coffee shops. Soon, soon). Not to mention Burger King.


South Korea’s CARS Epidemic Enters Fourth Decade

A Yangpa News Special Report

SEOUL – The OECD has announced that 5,869 South Koreans died of CARS in 2014, which marks the 30th consecutive year that the number of fatalities from the epidemic has topped the 5,000 mark.


20. – 23. Cafe Sweet Coax, Cafe Tirol, The Caffe, Yellow Coffee (Gimhae)

Here are a few of the coffee shops I can walk to. Some, like Cafe Sweet Coax, are close enough that I could walk to all the time if I was in love with their coffee. Others, like Yellow Coffee, may be a bit too far for a last second decision, but are still close enough if I cannot resist having a little color with my caffeine.


Hiking Mt. Jiri

A few weeks ago, as spring was just beginning to give way to summer, I took a whirlwind trip to Jirisan National Park in the south central part of the country. As South Korea’s biggest national park, it offers some amazing scenery and spectacular views! The only unfortunate thing is that there’s no major city nearby, so getting there without a car of my own proved to be just as exhuasting as actually climbing around on the mountain (literally 12 hours of roundtrip travel and 12 hours of hiking/being out and about, all in the same span of 24 hours). But it was worth it!


12. – 15. Angel-in-us, Tom N Toms, Ediya, Dunkin’ Donuts (Gimhae)

Here are four of the most visible coffee shop chains you will find in South Korea. All of these locations were photographed in Gimhae.


7. – 11. Cafe Do, Cafe Friends, Imperial Coffee, Coffee Tree, Let it be (Gimhae)

These were the coffee shops that surrounded my first apartment in Gimhae I lived in for two months at the beginning of 2014. I took a ride back to that area Friday morning to see what remained and what had gone to the caffeinated clouds in the sky.


7. – 11. Cafe Do, Cafe Friends, Imperial Coffee, Coffee Tree, Let it be

These were the coffee shops that surrounded my first apartment in Gimhae I lived in for two months at the beginning of 2014. I took a ride back to that area Friday morning to see what remained and what had gone to the caffeinated clouds in the sky.


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4. – 6. Gentle Coffee, Starbucks Coffee, Black Keys

At first, I hoped this was a play on a type of coffee that has low acidity, like the Aeropress. Sadly, it does not appear to be (it's also not very good).
At first, I hoped this was a play on a type of coffee that has low acidity, like the Aeropress.

Insider Shopping Tip for Dongdaemun Market you won’t find else where!

 

Dongdaemun is one of tourists’ favorite shopping places. Although it is known as one of the famous shopping areas, people still don’t know much about how to shop well around this place.

For those who haven’t visited Dongdaemun or who don’t have much information about it, we will give you the one & only insider tips to go shopping in Dongdaemun.


3. Audrey Hepburn Cafe (Random Review Weekly)

This one is right across the street from my apartment.
This one is right across the street from my apartment.

The Audrey Hepburn Estate knows about this … right?

Recently opened across the street from my humble apartment building in Gimhae is Audrey Hepburn Cafe, which, if paired with a few songs at a Kenny Rogers Noraebang, could make for a wonderful night of possible copyright infringement.


2. Bergamo, Gimhae, Gyeongsangnamdo

As far as I know, this is an independent coffee shop. But, it seems most businesses in Korea are chains.
As far as I know, this is an independent coffee shop. But, it seems most businesses in Korea are chains.

1. Coffee Walk Vol. 2, Gimhae, Gyeongsangnamdo

1. Coffee Walk Vol. 2 (or is it, Vol. 2 Coffee Walk?)
1. Coffee Walk Vol. 2 (or is it, Vol. 2 Coffee Walk?)


All the Coffee in Korea: Resurrection

In the past two years, the number of coffee shops in South Korea has only grown.

In September 2013, while still living and teaching in Busan, I had an idea to chronicle the vast number of caffeinated businesses South Korea has on offer. I dubbed it “All the Coffee in Korea.” I had big plans, including reviewing all the coffee in Korea. I stopped after reviewing one, the BC800 Coffee and Tea which had recently opened in humble Jangnim.

I don’t even remember there being a Starbucks in Jinju eight years ago. I remember Holly’s Coffee and that’s really it. And now, you can hardly find any of those. But, don’t worry, there are plenty of other options.


How I Accidentally Killed Benny’s Hedgehog

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by O. Langer

In a recent study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, one hundred ten-year-old boys and a hundred ten-year-old girls were sat at tables with a pencil and sheet of paper and asked draw a mouse.

The results confirmed the scientists’ suspicions. Of the 200 children, 180 had drawn not the rodent but a computer mouse. These were millennials. They may not have had pets but they’d always had a PC in the house.

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Taking a Lunch Buffet Cruise in Han river.

WE86862559_w920 Did you watch the drama, “My Love from the Star”? In the drama, main characters took a cruise in Han river. Like the stars in the drama, how about taking a cruise in Han river with a luxury lunch buffet? We’ll show you around how to book, go and enjoy your moment at the romantic cruise of Hangang river. :)

1. Book for the cruise on Trazy!

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Photography and the Growth Mindset

Here is the result of moving my tripod while the shutter was still open

Here is the result of moving my tripod while the shutter was still open


Doing some desk-warming at the moment. So I’m looking through my...











Doing some desk-warming at the moment. So I’m looking through my Pap’s old photographs from the Korean war. My Pap was always into photography and gadgets so of course he photographed some of his time there. Check them out.


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