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Baesangmyeon Neurin Maeul Brewery Tour – September 6th


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Date: Sunday, September 6th.

Time: 9am – 6.30pm

Place: Pocheon City, Gyeonggido.

What:  Transportation, Lecture, Guided Tour, Lunch, Unlimited Tastings

Saint Patrick’s Day in Seoul, 2014


When you live in Korea long enough expecting public holidays from home to fall on their usual day or date becomes a waste of time. Really. Anyone American will be familiar with Thanksgiving falling on a Saturday, and even the Superbowl the night after. Irish, like myself, are now most familiar with a Saturday Saint Patrick’s Day, and yesterday was no different from other years (except for last year and the year before when Paddy’s Day actually fell on the weekend…which kind of ruins my point), the day of Ireland and it’s ‘ness was transformed from its early weekday schedule to a much more alcoholic friendly Saturday.

Our Weekend: Glowsticks and roller derby

This weekend was the busy doing nothing kind of weekend. Which was great! I started by giving the blog a much needed, good old Spring clean on Friday night. This was followed by a good Spruce up of my room. (I'm going to share pictures later this week of my a typical apartment in Korea).

After treating myself to some amazing banana, nutella and chopped nut pancakes, I had my Spanish class on Skype, then dashed to roller derby.

Our Weekend: One Year Anniversary!

It's been a whole year since Nick and I properly got together, so we decided to celebrate with how it all the Baseball!

As I had never watched a baseball game until I got to Korea, I got to see my first home run on Saturday night, scored by Busan's team the Lotte Giants.

Although I still haven't got my head around the rules, it was lots of fun to watch and it was nice to see them win! It was also good to don the orange bags on our heads again like true fans do! I also love that old and young people all flock to watch their team. An old couple sat infront of us constantly taking pictures with huge cameras that looked like they meant business, whilst next to them was a tiny boy who was sat alone. It was so cute to watch him know every single chant and song that we couldn't resist buying him a chocolate milk to have, it looked like thirsty work being such an avid fan!

Our Weekend: Pirates, prehistoric walks and Jurassic Park

Friday evening we ventured to one of Nick's favourite restaurants in PNU which he has suitably named the pirate bar. It's a tiny hodge podge of lots of different dimly-lit small buildings that surround a courtyard with the sound of water trickling by. The trees are overgrown and hang over you while you stuff your face with delicious pajeon and makeolli. It also helped that their used to be an endearingly grumpy old man that used to work there, but apparently he is ill at the moment so has moved out to the country to get some fresh air. I hope he gets better soon!

Following that we went to watch Dan do his stand up comedy, and I was in bed by 1:30 having popped into Basement to dance with Katie's friend who was visiting from England.

Biking in Gyeongju, the Best Way to Spend Korean Memorial Day

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, I’ve gotten super busy with social media marketing ever since my new post at Aclipse as International Marketing Assistant. Check out my blog posts here, and follow me on twitter at @arieldrosen for more Korea updates!

Anyway, Thursday was Korean Memorial Day, so everyone got off work! My friends and I decided to travel to Gyeongju to ride bikes and check out some historical sites. Gyeongju was the capital of Silla, an ancient Korean dynasty, (57 BC – 935 AD). There is also an amusement park there! But we’re saving that for another trip. It takes about an hour and half to drive there from Busan, but the drive was beautiful so no worries. Ok, here come the photos!

A Thousand Years of Seoulitude: Weekend Return to Seoul!

Last weekend we had work off on Friday for Buddha’s Birthday, so we took the extra day and hopped on a bus to Seoul! Unlike my training week in Seoul a couple months ago, we had plenty of time to explore and be a tourist.

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Temple Lights and a Rooftop Petting Zoo

This weekend we explored the Lotte Mall in Nopo, which we knew had some great panoramic views from the roof. We didn’t know the place was host to a fountain show on the first floor and a petting zoo on the roof though! So that was a pleasant surprise. After touring the mall, we headed over to the Samkwangsa Temple, to see the many lanterns they were preparing for Buddha’s birthday next week.

Sweet Weekend Weather: The Beach and Gamcheon Village

Hey everyone! This weekend I hit the beach again! The weather is just too nice to stay inside or not listen to the waves while catching some rays. I also visited, and wandered around, Gamcheon Culture Village, which is a shamble of very colorful houses and steep narrow winding roads. It was pretty fun! Here are the photos:

The beach awaits

The beach awaits

This Weekend I Neglected My Camera

Sorry everyone! I kept forgetting my camera in my apartment this weekend. My excuse? I was very busy! I partook in a rooftop barbeque, makolli making, salsa dancing, nightclub endeavors, vagina monologues, and general wandering about. The rooftop bbq was held above a surf shop that also sold vespas! It was awesome and we could see the sea. There was good food and great people and we didn’t get back too too late. The next day I learned how to make makolli, a korean carbonated rice wine that is super tasty. We mixed together some yeast, rice and pine needles and it is fermenting still as I write this. After that, it was off to salsa dancing! Where I perfected my two step, and tried my best to keep up in basic salsa moves 101, which was the counting to 6 and twirling bit. After that lesson we watched in awe as some Korean salsa professionals began to fill the room. They were amazing, and all had their own unique flair, an extra kick in their dancing style.

One More Weekend Comes to a Close

Time moves so quickly here! I’ve already got my third week under my belt. fourth, if you count training in Seoul. This weekend I went to the beach, contributed to a pot luck yacht party, ate some super fresh fish at Jigalchi fish market, and went to the beach again, to see some stormy weather. Time for pictures!

Beaching it!

Beaching it!

A Seoul Spring on the Han

Something about being near water is simply relaxing. When the weather finally agrees to reward Seoul, Korea with a mild and sunny day after a brutally long winter people tend to flock to the Han River. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the river in the coming months.



photo credit: my cool friend James

1) Banpo Bridge

Highlights From Last Weekend’s Holi Fest and This Weekend’s Trick Eye Museum!

I found some forgotten photos from last weekend’s Holi Fest, which is an Indian celebration to welcome spring. Everyone throws powdered color or paint at each other and dances and it’s really fun. I’m definitely ready for spring now. Phew! Here are some photo highlights:

All the people at Holi, and can you see the onlookers with cameras in the back? We were superstars.

All the people at Holi, and can you see the onlookers with cameras in the back? We were superstars.

Our Weekend: Cherry Blossoms and Birthdays

Spring is officially here in Korea with the cherry blossoms deciding to make an appearance slightly earlier than usual.

This weekend was all about homecooked food, I made chicken and chorizo fajitas, pumpkin soup and dessert on Friday night. Saturday I went to support not one, but two of the local football teams in their games, followed by a party in Haeundae for Ethan's birthday. Sunday started off lazy, but to blow away the cobwebs we went for a walk to Gwangalli to see the cherry blossoms that are in full bloom. There are streets just lined with hundreds of the trees. It really is so pretty.

I hope that everyone at home had a great Easter weekend.

Exploring Busan Part 1: Cherry Blossom Hike!

This weekend I decided to explore my new city. My friend told me about a path that bridged Haundae beach (super close to me) and Songjeong Beach and went straight through where I’m living, Jangsan. She also assured me that it’s ripe with cherry blossoms at the moment. Needing no further convincing, we set out straight away!

The cherry blossom trail begins!

The cherry blossom trail begins!

Our Weekend: Pig Neck and Paddy's day

This weekend was mostly spent saying goodbye to George as she left Korea to return back to England. I finally donned my skates after a year and practiced with the ROKD giels, and we celebrated St Patrick's day by watching the rugby game.
Pig Neck BBQ
Pig Neck BBQ

Our Weekend: Freezing For A Reason

Friday saw the end of Winter camp and the start of a four day weekend, which is always welcome. And this weekend was particularly packed with friends and fun things to do.

On Saturday Nick and I headed to the beach early to take part in the Freezin' For A Reason January dip in the ocean for charity. I was umming and aarring about whether to do it or not, and at the last minute decided that I couldn't let Nick do it on his own. I won't be doing that again in too much of a hurry.
Before the dip. Shall I? Shan't I?

Our Weekend


On Thursday we had what was supposed to be a quiet get together at Rock and Roll bar in Seomyeon to say goodbye to Caroline, and Katie and Alex who are off to Thailand for some Christmas sun. Lucky! What started as a civilised affair turned into alot of red wine, pool and darts, which is one of the reasons I love Rock and Roll bar. Tears were soon added to the equation once we started to say goodbye.

Our Weekend

With all the build up to Christmas I keep forgetting that December's also going to be a sad month too. Not only will I be far away from my family and all the traditions that I'm used to on Christmas day for the first time ever, but another close friend will be leaving Busan in a few short days. Saying goodbye always acts as a reminder of how quickly time passes here and how it's all very temporary, especially with our first year flying by so quickly.

So to say a good farewell to Caroline we all got together last night in PNU to eat some Thai food and drink mulled wine at the Matahari Cafe and then danced the night away in Crossroads. On top of this we got to see a wedding ceremony between a couple who met in Busan.

Our Weekend: Birthday Burritos

Scrabble night
Think Scrabble had got the better of me.
Birthday nights, WII sword fights and burritos were all in order this weekend as we celebrated Anna's birthday and welcomed in December.

We spent the last few hours of November in Fully Booked, a used bookshop and cafe. We watched our scrabble skills slowly decrease as the number of glasses of red wine incresed.

Our Weekend: Grim Up North

All the group 1

I'd been looking forward to this weekend for aaages as this was when me and 11 of my favourite people from Busan were headed upto Seoul for a couple of birthday celebrations.

Our Weekend: Anchang Village

Anchang Village Grafitti and Flag
Korean flag amidst the rubble in Anchang Village
After weeks of dodging sneezes escaping from little mouths and pushing away the spluttering children that greet us in the hallways, the sickness bug finally bit me. Typically, it coincided with Tasha's sister, Emily, arriving from the UK.

Makgeolli Mamas & Papas 1 Year Anniversary Party!!

Set the calendars Mamas & Papas, there’s a big celebration coming!!  The idea for Makgeolli Mamas & Papas began almost a year ago, and we have had a big first year.  We have seen our community grow, met so many fantastic people,  received awesome support…..and of course drunk a lot of delicious makgeolli!

So it’s time to bring together old, new, and yet-to-be-met Mamas & Papas, so that we can kick back and celebrate how far we have come, and how far we are going!  What better place to do that than at the MMPK homebase, Muldwinda.


Our Weekend

After lots of weekends away it was nice to spend some time at home this weekend.

On Friday night some friends got together and we went to a few places around Nampo to eat, drink, and perfect our aegyo skills.

Our Weekend: Happy Halloween

“Like, what should we do this weekend?”

As an English teacher in South Korea, when Thursday rolls around each week I usually itch for my upcoming weekend plans. I have learned to take full advantage of my weekend time in Korea and I hope to continue with this new approach to my free time when I return home. I love the tired yet accomplished feeling of a Sunday night following a jam-packed weekend of experiencing new things and people in Korea. When I find myself without plans midweek, I use the following 5 resources to find inspiration for weekend outings. I hope you find them helpful and please feel free to comment with alternative ideas. I promise, armed with these resources you won’t find yourself uttering the annoying answer to a friend looking to have a memorable weekend, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”

Our Weekend: Chuseok

View of Gwangalli Bridge and Haeundae from Igidae coastal walk.
This is a little late now as we've had another weekend in between, but here's what we got upto the weekend of Chuseok.

After madly chasing the days away on my calendar, Chuseok finally arrived on Friday afternoon, and everyone was in a great mood at school.

What we Gone and Did at the Weekend

I know it's a little late to be writing about what we did last weekend, as the coming weekend is closer now, but it was a really great one for lots of different reasons:


I don't know what I would do if today wasn't Friday. This whole "being a teacher" thing is really draining and some days I just don't know if I can make it to the end of the week.

But this week I did. Just barely. Like always I am travel dreaming and planning my next escape. This habit might be one of my worst.

Where to Shoot! Weekend Edition

For this first post for what I hope to be a great series, I am going to give you a sort of mission and a place (if you are close by) to try and shoot. If you get something good, I will post if on next weeks edition. At any rate, the blossoms have sprung down here in Ulsan I am off to try and get some great shots. It is such an amazing time, but I think that these precious little flowers have been over shot in the typical sense. So your mission for this weekend is to check out the blossoms and find a new creative angle to shoot.

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