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Below is a collection of panoramic shots taken throughout my year in Korea! Enjoy!

Munsu Mountain View, Ulsan - September Jujeon Pebble Beach - September Taewha River in Ulsan - Fall Rice Harvesting Time! - October Seoraksan National Park - October Gajisan, Ulsan - November End of the Semester Dinner with my Korean class! - December Rooftop View of Ulsan Love Land, Jeju Island - March Bukhansan Mountain, Seoul - April Jiri National Park - May Jiri National Park - May Jinha - April Jinha - April Korean Countryside - April Seoul - May Namisum Island, Seoul - May Namisum Island, Seoul - May Seoul - May Your typical public park in Korea - May Korean Countryside - May Korean Countryside (Pear Farm) - May Seoul to Busan Bike Path - May Seoul to Busan Bike Path - May Seoul to Busan Bike Path - May Taehwa Grand Park, Ulsan - May Taehwa Grand Park, Ulsan - May Taehwa Grand Park, Ulsan - May Seoul - May Seoul - May Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju - June Bulguksa Temple - June My walk to work at the onset of monsoon season - June Seoul to Busan Bike Path - June Seoul to Busan Bike Path - July Seoul to Busan Bike Path - July Badminton Tournament with Coworkers - July

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Yugasa Temple – 유가사 (Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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The view from the Sanshin-gak towards the main hall at Yugasa Temple in Daegu.

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Located on the western slopes of Mt. Biseulsan in southern Daegu, Yugasa Temple dates back to 829 A.D. The temple was founded by the monk Doseong-guksa. The temple was constructed by Doseong-guksa on Mt. Biseulsan because the mountains that surround Yugasa Temple look like a screen for serene meditation.

Up a long winding countryside road is Yugasa Temple. The first few things to greet you at the temple are a couple of fields of stone pagodas (some of which are shaped like turtles). Through one of the stone stupa fields, and under a stone arched entry way, you’ll make your way up towards the Cheonwangmun Gate. The entire time you’re climbing the uneven set of stairs towards the temple grounds, the peak of Mt. Biseulsan hovers in the background and beautifully frames Yugasa Temple.

Emerging on the other side of the empty Cheonwangmun Gate, you’ll see the newly built bronze roofed Boje-ru Pavilion. To the far right of this pavilion is an old guardian shrine for the protection of the land that the temple sits upon. As for the Boje-ru, and after entering the main temple courtyard, you’ll be able to look back and enter the pavilion. Housed inside this large pavilion, and sitting on the large main altar to the right, are a triad of statues centred by Birojana-bul (The Buddha of Cosmic Energy). He’s joined on either side by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) and Nosana-bul (The Perfect Body Buddha). The triad is then surrounded on all sides by smaller statues of the Buddha. And to the left of the main altar hangs a painting dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). The exterior walls to the large Boje-ru Pavilion have yet to be painted with their intricate dancheong colours. It can only be imagined just how beautiful this pavilion can truly be when completed.

Straight ahead of the Boje-ru Pavilion is the temple’s main hall. Except for the dancheong colours, the exterior walls to the main hall are unadorned. As for inside the main hall, a triad of statues sit on the main altar. The central image is Seokgamoni-bul. He’s joined on either side by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and Bohyun-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power). To the left rear of the main altar hangs an older-looking image of Dokseong (The Lonely Saint). And on the far right wall hangs the temple’s guardian mural.

To the right of the main hall stands a newly built shrine hall that has yet to be occupied by a Buddha or Bodhisattva. However, the exterior walls to this hall have some of the cutest Shimu-do, Ox-Herding, murals that you’ll find in Korea with a child-like monk attempting to find enlightenment. It is joined to the right by a historic statue dedicated to Seokgamoni-bul.

To the left of the main hall stands Yugasa Temple’s Nahan-jeon. And up the hillside, and past the low lying blue paper lanterns that line the route, stands the newly built Sanshin-gak. The large hall overlooks the rest of the temple grounds, and housed inside this hall is a beautiful, large image dedicated to the Mountain Spirit.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Daegu Train Station, walk to get to the subway station, it takes only 3 minutes. It’s called the Daegu Station on the first line. Take the subway towards the Daegok subway stop. 15 stops later, or 30 minutes, get off at Daegok Station and take exit #1 out of the station. From there, you’ll find the Daegok bus stop. You’ll need to take Bus #600. After 40 stops, or an hour and thirty-five minutes, get off at the Yugasa stop, which is the last stop of the route. From there, walk 10 minutes towards the temple.

OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10. With a fair bit of new construction at this temple like the bronze roofed Boje-ru and the large Sanshin-gak, it’s beautifully blended with the historic main hall and the guardian shrine that lies at the entry of the temple gates. In addition to these structures, the temple also houses a beautiful collection of artwork that includes the historic Dokseong mural, the large Sanshin mural, and the Shimu-do artwork on the yet to be assigned shrine hall. And all of this is beautifully situated just south of the peaks of Mt. Biseulsan.


The stone stupa entryway at Yugasa Temple.


A closer look at one of the stone stupas.


The path that leads up to the temple grounds.


At the entry of the Cheonwangmun Gate.


The old guardian shrine hall at the entry of Yugasa Temple.


The big, bronze Boje-ru Pavilion at the temple.


A look inside the pavilion.


The main altar inside the Boje-ru Pavilion with Birojana-bul front and centre.


The view from the Boje-ru out onto the main hall.


A better look at the main hall, Nahan-jeon, and Samseong-gak at Yugasa Temple.


The main altar inside the main hall.


As well as the historic Dokseong mural.


A guardian statue at the entry of the Nahan-jeon.


The main altar inside the Nahan-jeon.


One of the Nahan statues apparently taking donations.


One of the cute Ox-Herding murals.


The historic statue of Seokgamoni-bul at Yugasa Temple.


A view of the temple courtyard.


A view of the neighbouring hillside with even more stone pagodas.


A look towards the Sanshin-gak from the main hall.


The beautiful view from the Sanshin-gak towards the neighbouring mountains.


And the amazing Mountain Spirit mural inside the Sanshin-gak.

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Let’s try Kimbap (김밥)

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Kimbap (김밥) is a super common Korean food that you can purchase at most corner restaurants. It's cheap, fills you up, and tastes good, and that's why I wanted to try it in this week's episode. For this video, I tried 3 different kinds of kimbap - regular, bulgogi, and pork.

Check out the episode here.

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A little flashback Friday. ㅋㅋㅋ I stole my dad’s toast and...

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A little flashback Friday. ㅋㅋㅋ I stole my dad’s toast and his rocking chair. Hahaha #silly #flashbackfriday #oldphotos #memories #shimmeringseoul #먹스타그램 #toast

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ㅋㅋ Only in Korea! Shopping in the supermarket is always an entertaining experience

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ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Only in Korea! Shopping in the supermarket is always an entertaining experience. #korean

15 Korean Expressions That I’ve Learned

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Having been married to a Korean for 4 years gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding about the Korean culture. Learning how to speak Korean fluently can be challenging and frustrating at the same time. I don’t know why I find it difficult to master the Korean language. When I decided to move to Korea with my husband and our 2-year-old son, I have accepted the fact that whether I like it or not, I have to learn the language in order for me to communicate well with other Koreans especially with my in-laws who couldn’t speak and understand English. When we arrived in South Korea on April 2, 2015, we stayed at my parents-in-law’s residence in Uiryeong County, Gyeongsangnamdo for 3 months. I’ve learned some Korean phrases/expressions just by listening to their daily conversation.

Here are the Top 15 Korean Daily Expressions that I’ve learned so far…

1.) Annyeonghaseyo!

This is their way of saying “Hello!” or “Hi!”. I know some of you are very much familiar with this expression. Koreans are known to be very polite and respectful especially to elderly people. If you don’t greet people who are older than you, they would often label you as “rude”.

You can also say “Annyeong!” when you want to say “Goodbye!” or “Bye!” to someone you speak casually with. Don’t ever use this word when talking to older people if you don’t want to be scolded. LOL


2.) Kamsahamnida or Gomapsumnida

This expression means “Thank you” in Korean.


3.) Gwenchana

You can use this expression when you want to say “That’s okay” or “That’s fine.”

Please take note that in Korea, it’s very important to use formal words when talking to someone older than you as a sign of respect. In this case, you have to add “-yo” at the end of the word. So it becomes “Gwenchanayo” instead of “Gwenchana”.


4.) Geurae

This expression means “Alright”. I personally like this expression and I use it too often. LOL


5.) Jinjja?!

This expression means “Really?!” or “Seriously?!”


6.) Daebak!

This expression means “Awesome!” or “Amazing!”


7.) Ottoke?!

This expression means “What should I do now?!” This is usually used when you’re in a difficult situation.

For example:

I forgot where I put my Alien Registration Card. Ottoke?! (What should I do now?!)


8.) Aigoo!

This expression means “Oh my gosh!” or “Oh my goodness!”. I often hear this expression from my mother-in-law. LOL


9.) Wae?

A very simple word which is commonly used by Koreans. It means “Why?”


10.) Jamkkanmanyo

This expression means “Just a moment” or “Excuse me for a second”.


11.) Eobseo

This word has different meaning and I find it hard to explain everything in detail. One thing I know is that it means “I don’t have it.”

Do you have an extra money?
Eobseo. (No, I don’t have.)


12.) Gaja!

This expression means “Let’s go!”.


13.) Mworago?

This expression means “What did you say?”


14.) Pali! Pali!

This expression means “Hurry up!” or “Faster!”. Koreans are know for their “pali-pali system”. It seems that they are always in a rush.


15.) Hajima!

This expression means “Stop doing that!”.


Alright, there you have it folks! Those are the expressions I learned since the day I arrived in South Korea. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. Catch ya next time! Bye!

2 Lesson Plans for Advanced ESL Students

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2 Lesson plans for advanced ESL students

Here are 2 lesson plans for advanced ESL students that are guaranteed to get your students speaking English and enjoying their conversation or discussion class.

Renewable Energy

The first is a renewable energy ESL lesson plan. It’s perfect for advanced ESL students anywhere in the world that are reasonably knowledgeable about technology. It also contains my PPT that I used for a 3-hour class, although I’ve adapted this lesson for classes ranging from 1.5 to 4 hours.

Youth Unemployment in Korea

The second is a lesson plan for advanced students about Youth Unemployment in Korea. In this case, I used it for a 4-hour “killer” class but have also adapted this lesson for a class as short as 1.5 hours.

Even if you don’t live in Korea, this lesson can give you an idea of how I take a topic and expand it to fill up a significant amount of time, while maintaining a common theme.

Of the two lessons, the reading for the first is slightly easier than the second. But, the second topic is usually the one that students have a few more thoughts about.

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On Jeju Shamanism pt. 2 (The Korea File)

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South Korea is one of very few developed nations to have maintained a Shamanic heritage over millennia, and although Shamanism’s influence has diminished on the Korean mainland in the face of modernization, state-sponsored oppression and a generational shift in recent decades, it is still widely practiced on Jeju by a shrinking, but significant, number of elderly islanders .

Here’s writers Anne Hilty and Hong Sun-young from a 2013 piece in The Jeju Weekly magazine:

“On Jeju, shamanism has long been the core of village life. In its village-based shamanistic system, all conflict within a village was expected to be resolved prior to communal rituals in order to help ensure the gods' benevolence and village prosperity.

Jeju’s traditionally egalitarian society was based upon mutual aid; its matri-focal structure included powerful female deities, and diving women, or Haenya, as the primary economic force.”

Filmaker, writer and photographer Joey Rositano has spent more than three years attempting to answer this question, documenting, researching and collecting myths and stories from the elderly practitioners of shamanism on Jeju island.

His documentary ‘At Search for Spirits on the Island of Rocks, Wind and Women’ premiered at the 2014 Jeju Women’s Film Festival and a book of his photography work entitled ‘Spirits: Jeju Island’s Shamanic Shrines’ was released this week.

This is the second of a two part conversation.

For more on Joey's documentary, to find out about shrine preservation efforts on Jeju or to order a copy of 'Spirits: Jeju Island’s Shamanic Shrines', go to

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