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New Korean Beer: Queen's Ale Reviews

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New Korean Beer: Queen's Ale ReviewsSouth Korean beer has taken some beatings. Over the years, expats and news organizations have called it flavorless and lacking. In response to increased sales of import beers, HiteJinro announced they would launch two new beers for the Korean market. This brings us to Queen's Ale Blonde Type and Extra Bitter. Both are modeled after English style beers and come in at 5.4% AVB. In this video I sample each and let you know my thoughts.

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Art Update: Yayoi Kusama @ Daegu Art Museum


Hey peeps, here’s a little post about the museum I went to recently~ I was able to take lots of pictures this time because it was photo friendly for the most part.^^

Why does Korea Make us so Angry?

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Why is it that so many people get so upset about Korea while living in Korea?  I have never sensed the same acrimony about living in Japan or South East Asian countries, not even China.  When bad things happen in these countries, people get upset and move on more easily than Korea, it seems.

Seoul’s Little Manila

What a busy, busy, busy week!

Thank God, I was able to unwind last Sunday after my hospital visit. I thought of going to the Filipino market since I was already in Hyewadong.

What to do with a weekend in Seoul

It's nearly a fortnight since I was on my way to meet my mum and Julie in Seoul. I can't believe how fast time flies when you're busy, busy, busy. The weather was perfect for their trip and we managed to pack lots of things in. Here are some of the highlights from our weekend...

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace

My first Kpop concert (sort of)


Eh eh eh eh eh eh eeeeh 2NE1

What's up we're 2NE1!!!

Korean Mums

I hate to link it, but without source material, you might not know what I am talking about:

Korean mother: A cultural icon

If he would have simply said, “I love my mom”, it might actually not piss so many people off.

Being a person that comes into contact with Korean mothers, on a daily basis, I think I might have something to add.

My first question would be, why are Korean mothers more of a cultural Icon than any other [insert nationality] mother? That pretext alone makes anyone reading this very uncomfortable.

Ulsan World Music Fest

Now I know this isn’t technically a Busan event… but it’s close enough and the amount of overseas talent onstage is alarming. There will be folk music from all corners of the world, reggae, disco, hip-hop, jazz. Sometimes, the absence of outside culture here gets to me and I yearn for something different to stretch my brain around. This festival seems designed to do just that.

Interview with Author, Essayist, and Travel Writer Rolf Potts

Interview with Author, Essayist, and Travel Writer Rolf Potts

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If you’ve heard the term ‘vagabonding,’ there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Rolf Potts. Though he invented neither the word nor the concept it denotes, he has done more than anyone to promote it as a viable travel ethic, describing it in his 2003 book Vagabonding – An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel as a deliberate way of moving through the world, “an extended time-out from your normal life –six weeks, four months, two years – to travel the world on your own terms.” Now in its 15th printing, Vagabonding has been hailed by some as a postmodern classic and has inspired thousands of would-be wanderers to reevaluate their priorities and hit the road.

Chuseok, the first.

I'm really overdue for a post. I'm really overdue for a lot of things these days. But in a great way. I'm always busy, and at least half of the time, it's doing things I want to be doing. Not many folk can say that.

First and foremost, I need to talk about Chuseok, which involved, yes, doing that thing I said (and B's mom said) I would never do until I was engaged -- going down to Busan to stay with the family for the holiday. I don't really feel like I have the time to give it the attention it properly deserves right now, but I'll try to get down the main events. Suffice it to say that his family is lovely, and even though I was a bit nervous for most of the three-night-four-day trip, I really couldn't have hoped for it to have gone better.

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