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Let Us Help the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda

For days, I have shunned images of the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. I don’t have any relatives or friends from the provinces ravaged by the typhoon, but like many Filipinos abroad, I am one of those who are deeply troubled by the tragic news back home.


A Little Korean Govt Arm-Twisting of my Blog, Re:‘Sea of Japan/East Sea’ Spat

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Did anyone else get this email below? Who wouldn’t be persuaded by some PR firm hack with no idea about East Asia giving suggestions she doesn’t understand by robo-email? Yuck. Maybe I’m reading it the wrong way – maybe getting yelled at by the Korean government about nomenclature means someone actually reads my blog. Hah!

 

“Dear Robert,


Jong-ga Dining at Jeonju's Hakindang House

It's rare, if not impossible, that you will find yourself having a bad Korean meal in Korea.  It just doesn't happen.  But every so often, usually when it's least expected, you will experience culinary nirvana.  It will be a meal that proves to be unique from any other you've had in the past, one that changes you, one that finds you awake the following morning wondering if it was all just a dream.

It might be a plate of steaming mandu made with fresh kimchi at a street stall on a frigid winter day. Or a perfectly cooked jeon, served up with a bowl of homemade makgeolli in a back-alley hangout.  It might be consumed alone, with a new lover, or a group of old friends.  The meal might be a new gastronomical concept, unfamiliar and exciting, or may be Grandma's secret recipe, instantly recognizable and comforting.


Leaf Looking

Even though the weather isn’t really cold yet, fall has finally arrived to Korea.  To celebrate, we we up to Hapcheon this weekend with our hapkido school to see the maples changing color and check out Haeinsa Temple.  It was absolutely gorgeous and a really fun trip!  

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Asia shows the way in its Street Food, the West shows the way to a Heart Attack

I am having a bit of a war on Western food (from English speaking countries) at the moment and combined with a recent post of mine over at Asiapundits on enjoying food and food waste, I thought I'd use my own site to highlight some attitudes towards health and our food and what we can learn from Korea specifically, and Asia in general.

I don't know much about the United States, but from what I can gather from the news, my American friends and the internet the people there tend to be a little more overweight than average, my country is not far behind and to be honest it isn't hard to see why.

Pepero Crazy

As Pepero Day approaches, children, teens and young couples go crazy over pepero, chocolate-flavored 


Korean Street Food: A Peninsular Culinary Adventure

Korean cuisine is a cornucopia brimming with hot soups, stringy noodles, barbecued meats, unidentified vegetables and lip melting spices. With every pyeong of Korea’s megalithic cities given over to dining, it’s no wonder so much food has spilt out onto the busy streets. Good thing too, because it’s out here, free from the entrapment of four walls, where the street food connoisseur can chow down some of the best dishes on the peninsula. Here are some of the most popular street food delicacies:

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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.
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