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Knees Up in Sindorim! Seoul Céilí, August 8

You’ll have to excuse this break from regular broadcasting as I’d like to plug an event I’m involved in organising.

For any of you in Seoul, or indeed South Korea over the next few weeks and you’re in need of a good knees up, the Irish Association of Korea will be having their annual Céilí on Sunday, September 8 in Sindorim.

Seoul Céilí: Irish Music and Dance Festival September 8, 2013.


By Hand Wellness

Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and deep tissue, need I say more?

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In Busan there is a wonderful man, named Dr. You. He is trained as an oriental medical doctor as well as a chiropractor. If you ever are having issues and want to try eastern medicine this is your guy.

He has gotten one of this medical degrees from Australia, so his knowledge of English is superb. He is also on the stronger side of things, so adjusting Western bodies is easier than say some shorter (smaller) Korean Doctors.


Gaya Health Spa and Sauna

By Daniel Benner

This decent little gym was pretty close to wear I was living in Gaegeum.  While not having a whole lot of amenities, it suffices well enough if you live in the neighborhood and don’t want to do a distant trek for some place further afield.

The place has a few machines, all the necessary free weights, about a dozen treadmills, a few stair masters, and also those silly, what I thought were 1950s era belt machines that are suppose to shake out all your belly fat.  Not being too crowded and having a jimjilbang attached is another much appreciated bonus.

The place is rather steep, in my opinion, for a monthly membership at 60,000\ a month, but since you can go for a day for only 5,000\ (not including the jimjilbang), I just opt for the daily rate and use it when it’s convenient (I do plenty of other sports and group exercises so I don’t go more than once or twice a week).


Gudok Stadium and Sports Complex, Dongdaesin.

By Emma O’Flynn

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The Gudok Stadium is within short walking distance from the subway, and offers a pretty decent selection of sporting facilities.  The sports complex has a swimming pool with public swims available throughout the day (swim hat and goggles compulsory attire!).  It is also host to a gym.  The stadium itself, offers free access to the running track, available whenever there are no sporting events on.  It also has an indoor basketball court, and a baseball diamond, though access to these is more controlled.


DaeWoo Fittness PNU

Finding a gym in Korea can either be really simple or the most challenging of adventures. I decided about a month into my contract that working out at home was not, well, working. I wanted to join a gym but had nowhere to start.

I researched some places on facebook groups, and walked around my neighborhood but I kept being drawn to Daewoo, 1. Because it is literally 2 blocks from my house and 2 because there were a number of well fit men that would walk in and out of the doors. I should have just gone there at first, but being that it is a basement gym, I was not sure what to do, being that walking in to new and big places full of very muscular men can be very intimidating.


Jangsan Mountain

Jangsan is one of a handful of mountains that dominate the landscape of Busan.  We’ve hiked it twice now, taking different sets of trails each time.  If you’re an experienced hiker, it’s not difficult at all, with fairly well-marked and maintained trails that start at Jangsan Park and wind all over the mountain, putting you out in different neighborhoods in the city.  If you’re not afraid of coming off the mountain in a strange part of town, we highly recommend taking one trail up and another one down in order to see more of the mountain.  And, if you are afraid, get over it!  You can always catch a taxi home from wherever you end up.

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Punishment

My school term started a week late ‘because of the heat’. It’s been pretty hot, but I’m too British to understand cancelling things because of weather. Still, no complaints! I spent the Tuesday I thought would be my second day teaching at a big water park with my friend Jeong Sook and her daughter, sporting the compulsory cap and lifejacket ensemble and learning that the made-up girls wearing no shirts over their bikinis were ‘nalari’ – meaning ‘ne’er do well play-girls’, or something to that effect. I played spot the nalari while we queued, and the whole day was good old-fashioned, tube-clutching, water-in-face fun.


NS vs. NNS Who cares?

Native speakers versus Non-Native speakers.  People who read this blog either know or must have guessed I am an NNS.  My opinion might be biased.

I am referring to the following: ELTrants and EBEFL.

EBEFL started a discussion on what is a native speaker, and as such, how to define NNS

ELTrants used this opportunity to discuss that making the distinction in itself creates confusion overall.

What does it matter to me?


EVERYTHING’S ON THE MENU

(The following is a chapter from the first draft of my newest book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, due out in 2014. I’m in the middle of revisions right now, and sadly, this story is one of a couple that have been cut from the manuscript. There is a small chance it could make it back in, so I decided to post it here so see what people think. Please feel free to comment. Thanks.)

Nong Khiaw02


EVERYTHING’S ON THE MENU

(The following is a chapter from the first draft of my newest book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, due out in 2014. I’m in the middle of revisions right now, and sadly, this story is one of a couple that have been cut from the manuscript. There is a small chance it could make it back in, so I decided to post it here so see what people think. Please feel free to comment. Thanks.)

Nong Khiaw02


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