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Marmot’s Hole Podcast: “Creative Korea” Faces Uphill Battle After New National Slogan Announcement

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Marmot’s Hole blogger & tourism magazine editor Robert Koehler joins Korea FM host Chance Dorland to discuss South Korea’s new national slogan, “Creative Korea.”


Like the Cat That Got the Cream

“Where have you been?” everyone keeps asking. Last week, before I could fully wake up enough to call my mother for her birthday, a message came through from her that she was in the hospital again and would have to turn her phone off. Some more translation and other kinds of work has come through, and there is even more silhouetted on the horizon. I’m writing. I’m still trying to get my insane potter in hand — even if I sit perfectly still working for six hours, he still looks disappointed in me when I say I really — I mean it this time — have to go now. But he’s teaching me a lot, about onggi and the history of Korean pottery, traditional glazes, which I started this week, Lee Kang-hyo, who reminds me of Jackson Pollock. He’s always digging up documentaries with English subtitles for me to watch and scribbling down terms in Korean. He asked me last week if what he does is called “pottery” in English.


Creatively Creating Cinemagraphs

With the recent launch of my Cinemagraph Pro Tutorial course, I pushed myself think of new ways to make cinemagraphs that stood out. I love taking landscapes and turing them into cinemagraphs. I think that is what sort of put me on the map with regards to this new form of expression. However, that may not appeal to everyone and thus, I had to really get to work and try and find new cinemagraphs to make in order to really get the word out.


Top 15 Things to Buy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Nothing is ever more fun than buying things that you can get only in that country when travelling. Thailand is no exception when it comes to buying high quality products at cheap prices. Besides the cheap summery shirts and fisherman pants, here is the ultimate list of things (goods & food) you must get in Bangkok.

GOODS

1. Fruit Soap

You can find all kinds of fruit soaps at Chatuchak Market (a weekend market in Bangkok) with Mango soap being one of the most popular ones. They only cost around $1 each!

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Dear Korea #144: Hold the Door

 

It’s been a busy and weird few weeks, but here’s a new comic! The concept for this one was given to me by the one and only Roboseyo. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. Even after almost six years, those doors that don’t open still don’t make much sense to me.


Live Podcast Recording At Seoul Book & Culture Club

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Barry Welsh’s Seoul Book & Culture Club recently hosted a live podcast recording featuring KoreaFM.net podcast hosts.


“The Curious Love-Hate Relationship between China and North Korea”

 

 

The following is a re-up of my monthly post for the Lowy Interpreter for June. The original is here.

The fissure between North Korea and China is widely noted, and Kim Jong Il supposedly told Madeleine Albright when she visited Pyongyang in 2000 that he’d rather have a deal with the US than with China.


The Chaebol: The 1997 IMF Financial Crisis and the Neoliberal Era (The Korea File)

Corporate stereotyping, the cult power of Chaebol leadership and the structural differences before and after the 1997 IMF financial crisis.


…and they’re off (-track Horse Racing at Walkerhill)

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I’m always on the hunt for something new and exciting to do on the weekends in Korea.  In Seoul, it’s been go, go, go with new and exciting opportunities popping up all over the place.  This past weekend was one of my most luxurious and exquisite weekends yet.  If you’re looking for a real Seoulcialite experience in Korea, read on…



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