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Their teas are all distinctly Korean. They offer the traditional teas that can be found in most traditional teahouses around Busan and in Seoul.
However they also offer Korean tea blends : with nuts or cinnamon or other natural ingredients.
and there you can find their full menu. Most of it is in Korean however when you click the links you'll find that all their teas are written in English and in Korean making it very easy to select and order.
About the Author
Matthew William Thivierge has abandoned his PhD studies in Shakespeare and is now currently almost half-way through becoming a tea-master (Japanese,Korean & Chinese tea ceremony). He is a part time Ninjologist with some Jagaek studies (Korean 'ninja') and on occasion views the carrying on of pirates from his balcony mounted telescope.
A good way for any business to retain customers is to generate brand recognition. Brand recognition brings with itself a status that parents can carry around like a badge. The problem with branding is it can easily bite you in the ass too.
When I first opened my school, I asked people around and they immediately said “Ohhhh looks expensive!”, even though prices in Korea are regulated …. I thought that image might have been in my advantage but it seemed to work against me. Since people had the perception of me being “too expensive” they didn’t bother inquiring. When schools advertise, they have to add their prices in their advertising, it is just that no school does that, and no punishment is given, at this point. It is also dangerous to do that since you might actively start a price war with your competition. Koreans are very good at starting rumors, especially bad ones. As a foreigner, you will have absolutely no recourse against this problem.
This is probably why franchises do better in South Korea. Since the brand recognition is there. But most of us silly foreigners don’t get that part, and are convinced we can do better. We do better, but your customers don’t know that. Certainly not at first.
It took me three years to get my “brand” recognized on city level. It is when I reached my peak that my brand recognition started to backfire. I had two negative incidents with 2 different teachers not too far apart ( +- 6 months) which turned my brand into a negative added value. I am still trying to turn back around the negative implications of those incidents.
The customers I have know this, but the customers I don’t have (and would very much like) don’t. They rely on past information. It is very difficult to expunge these bad ideas when you are a foreigner. You have zero control over information spread in your area. Going viral, as they like to say, is a two-edged sword.
Koreans Trust The Gossip. The Gossip train is run by mothers who are not pro-actively seeking the truth. They are very much ingrained with a herd mentality. What the truth is don’t matter, what everybody else is saying matters. Exasperating when you are swinging on the wrong side, Exhilarating when you are on the right side.
You want to get that early success, you need to get that Gossip Train work in your favor, but beware, you make a faux-pas, it could well bite you in the ass.
It starts at 9 pm on Friday night, April 4th, at Club Jess in Hongdae. Entrance is 15,000 won.
Saturday night at GQ Bar in Jongno has their typical Club Party with K-Pop music (both current and retro) throughout the night. This one is for singles and apparently you are supposed to kiss in the dark.
If you wanted something a bit different on Saturday night, you could go to the Charity Date Auction for CARE. CARE has an ongoing spay and neuter campaign. At the Bull & Barrel in Itaewon, there ae both straight and queer folks you can bid on for a lovely date!
Have a great weekend!
I'm still here!
This week came and went... friday is almost here and we've done too many things.
Currently I'm singing "GZB" while my sis and I remember what we've been through with our Instagram pictures. I know you must be tired of me saying how Blessed I feel but I really do feel Blessed everyday.
Today I was walking while waiting for the train and I was thus close to take a picture of a random tree because I thougjt it looked amazing and it made my day brighter (despite being cloudy and rainy all day).
Yesterday GD (hey... you already know I'm a fan here!) Posted a quote that said something like "When a door closes another one opens but sometimes you are so busy pondering about the closed one that you don't realize another one has been open" and that's very true... I got a job yesterday doing marketing in Spanish but I wasn't convinced it was a legit company so, I decided not to take it and instead I decided to focus on what was going on at the moment and BAM! I received another proposal!!
I then went into my 1st and most loved job and ended up cooking Pizza with a student and my sister, we had a great time...like we always do~~
My boss got me a Giant baguette because she knows I love REAL bread (nothing against Korean bread but its not the same), she is awesome and always worry about us ♡.
We have also RSVP'd for a party with Jay Park next weekend! Wooooo~~
This weekend we have 2 videos to make for our Vlog and then is Chillin' time because I have the worst Dark Circles ever... my boss even told me today that she felt sorry cuz I cooked and I looked VERY tired 헐.
Anyway, just wanted to post a little update, I'm working on a "Single Mom in Korea" post but the next weeks promise to be very busy ones.
Have a great weekend and I'll see you wjen I see you!
ONE NATION, UNDER THE CHAEBOL
by Third Bass
- Heptasyllabic Truncated Verse (七言絶句 칠언절구) |
- Chosun Late Period (朝鮮後期 조선후기 1637-1897) |
- Poets of the Hamlets and Streets |
- Yi Danjeon (李亶佃 이단전) |
- Chinese History |
- chosun |
- Classical Chinese |
- Classical Chinese Poetry |
- history |
- 한시 |
- 여항문화 |
- 여항시인 |
- 위항시인 |
- Korea |
- Korean |
- Korean History |
- Korean Language |
- korean poetry |
- Literary Chinese |
- Poems |
- Poetry |
Yi Danjeon (李亶佃, 이단전, 1755-1790) was a Chosun dynasty poet. He was of the Yeon’an Yi Clan (延安李氏, 연안이씨); his courtesy name (字, 자) was Un’gi (耘岐, 운기); his pen names were Piljae (疋齋, 필재), Pilhan (疋漢), and Injae (因齋, 인재). He always had on a bamboo braid hat typically worn by lower classes of Korean society, known as a Paeraeng’i (패랭이). This was transliterated as Pyeongryangja (平涼子, 평량자) into Chinese characters, and his nickname was Yi Pyeongryang (李平涼, 이평량) for this reason. As is clearly evident from his names, Yi Danjeon was a member of the slave caste (賤民, 천민). He worked in a household with the surname Yu (兪氏, 유씨). He first learned Classical Chinese from members of the non-aristocratic poetry circle known as the Songseokweon Shisa (松石園詩社, 송석원시사). Yi Danjeon eventually became so renowned for his poetry that members of the aristocratic Yangban (兩班, 양반) class invited him regularly to compose poetry with them and young aristocrats seeking bureaucratic offices paid him to write Classical Chinese texts for them. For a slave, he lived a rather eccentric life; however, because of his inability to climb up in Chosun society, Yi Danjeon despaired. He fell into alcoholism spending all his earned money on booze, and died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 39 in 1790.
Writing About King Gwan’s Shrine
The old shrine is secluded and deep; the daytime is bleak.
Clearly, the remaining portrait is in Han dynasty (漢,한) clothes and headwear.
At that very time, the affairs of the middle plains were not yet complete.
The Red Hare, for a thousand years, has not had its saddle undone.
Old • shrine • to be secluded • to be deep • white • day • to be bleak
Clearly • grammatical marker • remnant • image • Han dynasty • clothes • headwear
That • time • not yet • to complete • middle • plains • affairs
Red • hare • thousand • years • not • to undo • saddle
- 關王廟(관왕묘) – King Gwan refers to Guan Yu (關羽, 관우, Gwan U, 160-219), a famous Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms period. In Seoul, there are two shrines commemorating Guan Yu. One is South King Gwan’s Shrine (南關王廟, 남관왕묘), located outside of Namdaemun (南大門, 남대문). The other is East King Gwan’s Shrine (東關王廟, 동관왕묘), located outside of Dongdaemun (東大門, 동대문). In addition, there are two other shrines outside of Seoul, located in Andong (安東, 안동) and Sangju (尙州, 상주) in North Gyeongsang Province (慶尙北道, 경상북도). In his poem, Yi Danjeon is referring to the the South King Gwan’s Shrine, which had a portrait of General Guan Yu on the Red Hare, a mythical horse. King Seonjo (宣祖, 선조, 1552-1608, r. 1567-1608) ordered the construction of the South King Gwan’s Shrine in 1598 to offer rites to General Guan Yu, at the request of Ming Chinese generals, who fought against the Japanese during Hideyoshi’s Invasion of Korea (壬辰倭亂, 임진왜란, Imjin Waeran, 1592-1598). The shrine was destroyed by a fire in 1899 and was rebuilt in 1901. It was destroyed again during the Korean War (1950-1953) and rebuilt in 1957.
- 白日(백일) – Literally “white sun” or “white day.” Refers to the middle of the day (대낮).
- 中原(중원) – Literally “middle plains.” Refers to continental China.
- 赤兎(적토) – Refers to the Red Hare, a legendary horse owned by Chinese warlord Lü Bu (呂布, 여포, Yeo Po, ?-198). Some of the Red Hare’s abilities are recorded in the Book of the Later Han (後漢書, 후한서):
布常御良馬, 號曰赤兎, 能馳城飛塹
포상어량마, 호왈적토, 능치성비참
Lü Bu always liked riding [this] horse. [Its] name was the “Red Hare.” [It] could charge castle [walls] and fly over puddles.
- 시인 이단전｜“그래, 나는 종놈이다” 외친 천재문인 (Korean translation and biography).