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Miracle 10: Super C

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From the time I was 8 until I was around 10 years old, I had some strange breakouts that plagued me (and my poor Mother while we were in France!).  I got teased quite a bit because of it.  When kids called me the traditional, silly, childhood names reserved for acne I wasn’t really bothered because they were mislabeling the issue.  They weren’t zits, but nobody really knew what was going on with my face.  At one point it all just cleared up, and since then I’ve always been the kind of person who found pride in being able to wash my makeup off with soap and water and still have pretty flawless skin.

Since coming to Korea, I’ve made much more of an effort to use a proper cleanser to take off my make-up before bed.  Since I’ve started teaching, my crows feet and forehead wrinkles have gotten out of hand.  It’s sudden, too.  I woke up in Osaka, Japan last summer and smiled at my reflection in the mirror while putting on make-up.  To my sheer horror, there were crows feet.  Aging: not a subtle bitch!

I haven’t gotten botox (yet…) or any cosmetic surgery, but you had better believe that my medicine cabinet has more than a few moisturizers.  Even with my twice daily moisturizing routine, the air quality in Korea combined with the dry winter cold (they don’t heat places like they do in Canada!  I’m constantly wearing my winter coat indoors) has left my skin really dry.  I know that a lot of my friends have had their fair share of weird and unexpected changes in how their bodies react to things in Korea, but the most common issue (beyond gut rot) has been related to skin.

My face is the biggest concern because that’s the only place where the dry skin actually feels itchy.  I don’t want to constantly be scratching my face – I’m (finally) trying to be good to my skin!  One of my kindergarten students actually pointed out that I had some red patches along the lower half of my face closer to the jaw-line.  My bronzer or blush actually clumps up in these patches.  It’s not pretty, y’all.


I think it’s important to note that while this is in no way a sponsored post, The Plastic Surgery Clinic and Miracle10 skincare were in a Brand Ambassador-style partnership back in 2014 and 2015.  Miracle 10 skincare had been very good to me when I was in Toronto and had my lifestyle blog up and running, and my Twitter feed was more Toronto-centric.  I had been given the entire starter line of skincare products  ($249.00 on their website) tailored to my particular skin type.  The scents are very, very subtle (which I loved) and my skin felt fresh, clean, and healthy.  After running out of the products I unfortunately just did not have the money to purchase the set, but now that I’m getting older I think it would be a really wise investment (especially with this air quality and pollution in Asia).  Since their products are available with international shipping on, as well as on The Shopping Channel and, I can’t imagine I’ll have a problem getting them shipped to Seoul.  Fast forward to cleaning out my Busan closets and going through my  beauty collection, I found I actually still had quite a bit of one product left: Super C.


Super C is designed for Normal/Maturing and Delicate/Dry Skin.  It helps to refine the appearance of fine lines, refines the texture and tone of the skin, and aids with skin brightening and fortifying.  When I see skin brightening in Korea it usually means whitening agents (eek – bleach!), but since this product is from Canada I felt fine going right ahead.  The Miracle10 skincare  website also provides the following information:

Your unique skin type may need a little extra boost to help it look its radiant best. Super C is 100% pure Vitamin C. This powerful anti-oxidant helps to repair the look of sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, and the signs of aging.

Super C

100% pure topical vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) is a highly stable antioxidant powder formulated to dissolve into and instantly supercharge any Miracle10 gel or cream formulation. Powerful antioxidant properties may help to repair and heal damaged skin. Super C assists in collagen production and the repair of sun damage to restore vitality, clarity and refinement to all skin types.


  • Over time, skin becomes accustomed to certain ingredients, so it becomes important to adjust your skin care system.
  • This powerful antioxidant instantly dissolves into and supercharges any Miracle 10 cream or gel.
  • Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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Within 2 days and 3 applications my dry patches are almost entirely gone.  I’m pretty thrilled with the change in how those dry patches reacted, and wanted to pass on this little beauty fix to you!  Have you tried any of the Miracle10 products?  Are there any Korean beauty products that corrected an unexpected problem?  Let me know in the comments, Seoulcialites!

Ingaksa Temple – 인각사 (Gunwi, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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The snowy Sallyeong-gak at Ingaksa Temple in Gunwi, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Ingaksa Temple in south-eastern Gunwi, Gyeongsangbuk-do is said to have purportedly been first constructed by the famed Wonhyo-daesa during the reign of Queen Seondeok (r. 632-647 A.D.). The name of the temple relates to the neigbouring landscape that surrounds Ingaksa Temple. Ingaksa Temple, in English, means “Giraffe Horn Temple.” With the Wicheon Stream flowing to the north of the temple, Ingaksa Temple is surrounded by Mt. Hwasan. Historically, people thought that Mt. Hwasan looked like a giraffe. And where Ingaksa Temple is located is where, according to these people, a corresponding giraffe’s horn should be located.

Ingaksa Temple was further expanded during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), and with its growth, it also became one of the most prominent temples throughout the Korean peninsula. Ingaksa Temple is closely associated with the famed Ilyeon (1206-89) because it’s believed that he wrote the Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) at Ingaksa Temple over a five year period starting in 1281.

You first approach Ingaksa Temple in a bend in the Wicheon Stream. Entering the temple parking lot and past the field of stone artifacts which date back to the Unified Silla Dynasty (668-935 A.D.), you’ll finally enter the large temple courtyard. Straight ahead lies the Geukrak-jeon main hall. Out in front of the Geukrak-jeon Hall is a three tier pagoda. Housed inside the recently renovated main hall is a triad of statues centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). Amita-bul is joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) and Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power for Amita-bul). To the left of this triad are a pair of paintings. The first is an elaborate Dragon Ship of Wisdom mural that’s joined to the rear by a rather unique Chilseong (The Seven Stars) mural. Rounding out the set, and to the right of the main altar, is the temple’s guardian mural.

To the right of the Geukrak-jeon Hall is the Guksa-jeon Hall (The Hall for the State Preceptor). In this case, this Guksa-jeon is dedicated to Ilyeon-guksa. The exterior walls to this hall are adorned with the Shimu-do, Ox-Herding, murals. Housed inside this large shrine hall are a pair of murals dedicated to Ilyeon. To the rear of this hall, and to the right, are a pair of stone artifacts. The first is a seated stone image of the Buddha, Seokgamoni-bul, that dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty. This stone sculpture is joined to the right by the octagonal stone stupa for Ilyeon. It’s believed that the stupa dates back to between 1289 (the time of Ilyeon’s death) and 1295. Either way, the stupa has been amazingly preserved for its age. A little less well preserved is the stele to the left rear of the Guksa-jeon Hall. Like the stupa, it dates back to between 1289 and 1295, but only the stone body of the stele still exists. And even this is in rough shape. Both the stupa and stele for Ilyeon-guksa are Korean Treasure #428.

Between both the Geukrak-jeon Hall and the Guksa-jeon Hall is the temple’s Myeongbu-jeon Hall. Inside the dancheong exterior of the Judgment Hall is a smaller, green haired statue of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). This statue is joined by ten smaller sized statues of the Ten Kings of the Underworld, as well.

To the rear of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall, and up an elevated path, is the Sallyeong-gak, which houses a fading mural of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). Unlike the other shrine halls, the Sallyeong-gak shaman shrine hall cannot be entered. Instead, at this diminutive shrine, a person must pray outside towards the painting inside.

The final shrine hall a person can enter is the Mireuk-dang Hall, which is housed in a modern building. The damaged image of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha) rests all alone on the main altar and dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty.

And no trip to Ingaksa Temple would be complete without visiting the museum dedicated to the monk Ilyeon-guksa at the front of the temple grounds.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Gunwi Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to board a bus that reads “Gunwi – Nakjeon, 군위 – 낙전” or “Gunwi – Hakam, 군위 – 학암.” With either of these buses, you’ll need to take the bus for 21 stops, or 57 minutes. You’ll then need to get off at the Hwabuk 1 ri (화북 1리) stop. From where the bus lets you of, you’ll need to walk an additional 900 metres, or 13 minutes, to get to Ingaksa Temple.

You can take a bus or simply take a taxi from the Gunwi Intercity Bus Terminal. The taxi ride should last 33 minutes and set you back 23,200 won.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10. Like so many other temples on the peninsula, Ingaksa Temple has quite the past. But what sets this temple apart is its connection with Ilyeon-guksa with the Guksa-jeon Hall, as well as the stele and stupa dedicated to the writer of the Samguk Yusa. Other points of interest at Ingaksa Temple is the painting of Sanshin housed inside the Sallyeong-gak and the stone artifacts at the front of the temple.


The temple courtyard at Ingaksa Temple.


A look at the stone artifacts of the temple from the Unified Silla Dynasty.


The Geukrak-jeon Hall and three tier stone pagoda out in front of it.


A look inside the Geukrak-jeon Hall at the main altar and the Dragon Ship of Wisdom mural.


The Chilseong mural to the left rear of the main hall.


The Ilyeon Museum at Ingaksa Temple.


The Goryeo Dynasty Buddha statue at the temple.


The octagonal stupa for Ilyeon-guksa at Ingaksa Temple.


The Guksa-jeon Hall to the right of the main hall.


A look inside the Guksa-jeon Hall.


One painting dedicated to the author of the Samguk Yusa.


And the other painting dedicated to Ilyeon-guksa on the main altar.


The enclosure for the battered stele dedicated to Ilyeon-guksa.


The late 13th century stele has seen better days.


One of the Ox-Herding murals that adorns the Guksa-jeon Hall.


The view from the Myeongbu-jeon Hall.


The main altar inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall with Jijang-bosal front and centre.


The Sallyeong-gak shrine hall dedicated to Sanshin.


And the beautiful, fading mural dedicated to the Mountain Spirit inside.


The snowy trail leading up to the Sallyeong-gak with a devotee praying at it.


The statue of Mireuk-bul from the Goryeo Dynasty that’s seen better days.

Over the last two years, I’ve really gotten in geocaching. It’s...

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Over the last two years, I’ve really gotten in geocaching. It’s a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There is literally hidden treasure (aka geocaches) everywhere!

It’s a great way to spend an hour or three on the weekend in your city, but I really recommend it when you’re on vacation or traveling. It’ll take you to great place you wouldn’t have otherwise found.


Hi, I'm Stacy. I'm from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living in Busan, South Korea. Check me out on: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Lastfm, and Flickr.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: War Of Words On The Korean Peninsula

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Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland continue last week’s focus on rising tensions between North and South Korea.

The ROK is now questioning North Korea’s UN membership, President Park Geun-hye has called on the nation to remain on high alert over possible terrorist attacks, THAAD deployment as been delayed, & even name calling is taking place as North Korea has printed that President Park is a “crazy old b—-.”

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City of reading… Busan? Um, I dunno.

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City of reading… Busan? 

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Learn Hangul (Part 3)

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Here's the second episode of the new "Learn Hangul" series - a series designed to help you learn the Korean alphabet from the very beginning to the end.

Part 1 introduced Hangul and talked about the basics. Part 2  introduced 5 new consonants, plus another vowel and syllable block.

Part 2 will teach you more of the alphabet, including 2 new consonants and 2 new syllable blocks.

Stay tuned for more!

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How to Say ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean

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It happens to us all.

Maybe you had trouble sleeping the night before.

Or you stayed up all night to study for an exam.

You might have even had to stay late at your job and work overtime!

No matter what the reason, you’ll want to learn how to say ‘I’m tired’ in Korean. That way you can properly express yourself.

We’ll show you how!

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‘I’m Tired’ in Korean

Formal I'm Tired in Korean

The main verb that we’re going to use to say ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean is 피곤하다 (pigonhada). There are other phrases that also deal with tiredness, so we’ll cover those in the ‘Bonus‘ section below!


Formal ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean

Formal I'm Tired in Korean

1. 피곤합니다 (pigonhamnida)

This is the formal version of ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean. You might hear this in formal settings, such as at an office, in a speech, or during a news report.

Use this form to show extra respect or formality!



Standard ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean

Standard I'm Tired in Korean

1. 피곤해요 (pigonhaeyo)

This is the ‘go-to’ version of ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean. It’s the standard form, so you can use it with anyone. It’s the middle of the road with formality, so you will sound polite enough not to offend anyone while also not sounding too respectful.


Informal ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean

Informal I'm Tired in Korean

1. 피곤해 (pigonhae)

This is the form of ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean that you’ll use with close friends, significant others, and young children. It’s very informal, so use accordingly!


Bonus: Alternative ‘I’m Tired’ in Korean Phrases

Alternative I'm Tired in Korean

1. 졸리다 (jollida)

Formal: 졸립니다 (jolimnida)

Standard: 졸려요 (jollyeoyo)

Informal: 졸려 (jollyeo)

This word means ‘to feel sleepy. ‘ You might use this while listening to a lecture or speech in a warm room when you haven’t had much sleep.


2. 지치다 (jichida)

Formal: 지칩니다 (jichimnida)

Standard: 지쳐요 (jichyeoyo)

Informal: 지쳐 (jichyeo)

This means ‘to be tired or exhausted’. You could use this to describe your feeling after you have studied for 18 hours straight for a test!


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You can download a free guide to learn the Korean alphabet in about an hour here.

Learning vocabulary words is a great way to help you learn the basics of a language, but your language learning will only really take off one you start attempting to have conversations in Korean. Take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when studying Korean.


Now that you know how to say ‘I’m tired’, get used to using it on those days when you just don’t have the normal energy you would need. When you use it, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the next night!


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Review: Missha line friends magic cushion foundation

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OK, so finding the perfect foundation is the hardest struggle for any make up lovers. I have used couple of foundations, cake make up, BB cream, CC cream even pan stick. From those experience I know, the struggle is much harder if you have oily skin. I don’t know, but I heard it’s same for those with combination skin type too. After moving in Korea, my skin broke out suddenly. One of the Bangladeshi Sister here then suggested me to stop using the products I brought from Bangladesh. So, I did. As you all know, Korean BB cream is famous in world wide. I bought one, it’s actually good! It gives you the perfect coverage, and gets set in your face quickly. While my make up routine was getting better, my skin was getting worse. Searching google and with the help of internet, I came to know that for oily skin some times the culprit for acne is your BB CREAM!! Because it’s too light, and often gets your skin clogged with dirt and debris in your pores which eventually gives the CYSTIC ACNE :'( I know how pathetic to have a cystic acne, I am a sufferer. -_- And Indeed I was having them while using my favorite BB cream. :(

So, I had to find one alternative foundation. Again a little google search and research I learned about MISSHA LINE FRIENDS MAGIC CUSHION FOUNDATION. MISSHA is one of the the very popular brands in Korea. And it’s available in a mart near my house. So, I thought I would give it a try. ;)

The foundation comes with a compact case, with an extra refill and applicator; They gave me a hand mirror as a gift too ;) That’s the thing  I love about buying Korean products. They often gives you something additionally. <3 The product cost me 11,600 Korean Won. And trust me, it was totally worth it ;)

Now about the foundation, there’s a sponge saturated with foundation. You need to dab your applicator on the sponge and then just apply it on your face with little patting. :D It sets so quickly! And the most important thing is, it’s so moist. When you apply in your face you will feel it. <3 And most amazing thing is it gives you a matte finish at the end. Girls like us with oily skin, we all know most of the times we feel like, our face is LIVE OIL MINE when we put foundation type things on! -_- And what we want to avoid most is the muddy or dewy look when applying make up! :/ :/ Now, admit it, that part consumes a lot time of your make up routine. It’s not possible everyday to spend much time on make up if you need to go to work or college or university. So, it’s always better to have something which can save your time.

Magic cushion gets powdery at the end, so you don’t need to use much loose powder or compact powder to set it off. Once you applied it, give that a little tapping, and you are done! <3

There’s a little drawback in it. It gives you a powdery finish at the end. It doesn’t set on the scabby or irritated skin portion. But others than that it’s a very good one. :) ^_^ So far, it’s the best everyday foundation I’ve used. <3

It comes in two shade. Shade 21 & shade 23. I have brown skin, so I chose shade 23. You can choose shade 21 if it suites you!






Haeundae Smokehouse

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Food to savor:

I eat out a lot, so when I do find a restaurant that I truly cherish, it gives me a sense of satisfaction that’s hard to match. I found one last night.

I had heard a lot about Haeundae Smokehouse, the restaurant just off the beach which has been generating a lot of buzz locally. It opened five months ago, about the same time I arrived in Busan. It was high time I checked it out.

The interior is tastefully done. Dark wood, warm lighting, and a bar stocked with top shelf booze makes for an appealing eyeful when you first enter. We were seated right away, and given a simple, concise menu to peruse. Having heard a number of recommendations from friends we ordered quickly, plumping for the Brisket (18,000 for 170g), some Mac N Cheese (6,000) Jalapeno coins (5,000) and a house salad. We were just about to top off our order with some Pulled Pork (15,000 for 150g) when a voice piped up at the table next to us. ‘I highly recommend the Pork Belly (15,000 for 150g) it said, ‘It’s new from us and it is awesome’. The voice turned out to belong to Yuni, the owner of the restaurant and a nice guy to boot. We took him at his word, and ordered the Pork Belly. We added some drinks, including a glass of my favourite IPA from Galmegi brewery (Website here), and sat back to await our food.

Whilst we were waiting Yuni told us a little bit about how the restaurant had begun, and his ethos and work ethic. He made a promise to a friend back home in Brooklyn, that he would always, ALWAYS produce the best BBQ he could, regardless of the time and effort it took. Inspiring stuff. After hearing his story, I couldn’t wait for the food to arrive.

When it did, it didn’t disappoint. Let’s start with the Brisket. Firm, charred flavoursome crust, check. Beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth tender meat, check. Feeling of sadness when we had eaten it all, check. It was superb, and I will be back to have it again. The pork belly was just as sublime. It was SO moist and tender that it was hard to get on the fork. The flavours were rich and meaty, and the accompanying sauces spot on. The smoky BBQ sauce especially was excellent.

The sides were also up to scratch. The house salad was fresh and crisp, and provided a nice juxtaposition with the richness of the meat. The Mac N Cheese was gooey and generous with the cheese with a satisfying crunch on top from the breadcrumbs. The only slight let down was the jalapeno coins. They were pretty good, but for me the batter they came in was just a little oily, and they weren’t seasoned generously enough. The cheddar cheese dip served with them was delicious however.

All told, the bill came to 57,000. A total which I’m absolutely happy to pay, given the exceptional quality of the food on offer, and the obvious care and effort that has gone into making it. As we were leaving, I complimented Yuni on the food, telling him it was excellent. His response, “I know. I only wanted to make the best BBQ, the best quality. That’s how it’s so good.’ The guy isn’t short on confidence, but with the quality of the fare he’s selling, he’s got every right to be proud.


Haeundae Smokehouse is located on the ground floor the Pale de CZ building, at the east side of Haeundae beach. Walk along the promenaded until you see the Pale de CZ building, then begin to go under the entrance, the Smokehuse is on your immediate left, opposite Sam Ryans bar.

Address: 부산시 해운대구 해운대해변로298번길24 1층 1-8호.

Website: The website is under maintenance at the time of writing, but should be up shortly: (Website here)

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