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Fellow Pinoys in Korea, Let’s Vote for MICA… ^^

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This Friday (October 10th), MICA will be performing on Superstar K6’s first live broadcast, together with other finalists. With MICA’s exceptional singing prowess and impressive performances in the past episodes, they have a higher chance of becoming the show’s victors, but with our support, we could maximize their odds of winning by voting for them. They are still on the 9th spot in the online poll. If you haven’t cast your votes yet, tonight is your chance to vote via Live Broadcast Text-Voting. The first live broadcast will be shown on Mnet, KM and tVN channels at 11 P.M. KST.

Text-voting is quite simple. Just type 미카 (or the name of the contestant or group you want to vote) and send the text to #0199 during the live broadcast. Use Korean letters when you type in the name. The vote costs 100 KRW. Only those who have mobile phones in Korea registered under their names are eligible to vote.


Photo from superstark.mnet


Photo from superstark.mnet

Buhay Korea has a detailed instruction on how to vote using your mobile phone:

MICA is the only non-Korean contestant/group to be included in the TOP 11, and it gives us great pride that they are from the Philippines, so fellow Pinoys in Korea, let us support them! ^^



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Registration for October 18th Meeting Open!!!

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We have a hankering to go old school for the next meeting! The thing about the no-frills locations is that they usually only serve something in the way of Seoul Makgeolli, so we trawled Naver for an appropriate location that also serves at least one non-aspartame option.geondae gul jeonAnd a good trawl always pays off, as we found a place up near Korea University that has the atmosphere we are looking for, as well as a selection of different makgeolli (including the trusty 느린마을).   They also appear to have an amazing looking oyster jeon!!geondae interior  So if you would like to join us for a good time, send us an email at for your spot :)

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ELT Not-Live: Reflecting on #kotesol2014

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ELT Not-Live
Reflections on the 2014 KOTESOL-KAFLE International Conference

October 5, 2014

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Our next Show:
 ELT Live#6 - Lesson Planning and Preparation 
 Tuesday, October 14, 
1200UTC/9pm KST  Global Times
  Connecting with the #KELTchat  community ( ) after a day-long slow burn twitter chat discussing how we get ready to do what we do.

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Celebrating a language-Hangul day

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Hanguel day is a National holiday here in Korea to celebrate the creation of the script of the Korean language. It was created by King Sejong who is depicted on the 10,000won note. Though the Korean people have always had their own unique language, they had been using Chinese scripts which was ill adapted to their spoken language and also too complicated and cumbersome for the common man to read. King Sejong then created the unique Korean scripts which is so easy to learn for anybody in the world even now. (I learnt to read Korean in about 2 days.) The tongue movement while pronouncing each letter is said to be the basis on which the King created the shape and structure of the letter. I watched this drama called the Deep Rooted Tree which is also about how the king creates and implement the language. It was a good one.

I found learning to read Korean was actually very easy. Figuring out what it means is the tough part :)
I found it very interesting to learn Korean. Reading, remembering the vocabulary and later on constructing a sentence from the bits and pieces that I learnt was actually a rewarding experience. (Even more so when you need to use it on a daily basis when you are living in Seoul :) The global centers located strategically through out Seoul runs free classes to help you learn Korean. The Koreans are quite encouraging and sweet to you when they see to trying to converse with limited vocabulary. I get sobees (konglish for service= free stuff) for my effort :D Sometimes, though, people think I am an expert in Korean and talk to me in rapid bouts of Korean and I am left stumbling for words. Best part in Korea though is when the person who irons the clothes for us tries to improve his English by talking to me in English and I am determined to make some improvements in my Korean by replying to him in Korean. It is good fun! The most complicated sentence I understood so far is that a taxi driver told me to go and cheer India in the Asian Games so that they move up from the 10th spot. People love and respect Indians here. Anyway, learning Korean is not only interesting for me but also useful in many ways. So, I am glad King Sejong created Hangul. I am happy to be in Korea and happy to learn Korean. Thrilled to celebrate Hangul. Secretly ecstatic that my kids and husband are home on this Hangul day, which, in case i forgot to mention, is a national holiday!

Happy Hangul day
Happy Hanguel Day!

Seoul in Hangul
Doodled Seoul in Hangul

Contest Winners – KPOP Now!

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Thank you all for participating. We had a good response and everyone seemed to have their heart poured out in their participation to the KPOP Now contest. All of them participated very well. And it was a very difficult task to select the winners so we ended up randomly selecting five names…

  • Audrey Mei
  • Chilla
  • Lara
  • Richard Moore
  • Yazhini

Congratulations to the winners above. Tuttle Publishing will be getting in touch with you soon on the email id provided by you.

2NE1 - KPOP Top 10

For those of you who were not able to win this time. Do not fret. We have another contest coming up soon so keep looking out for this space.

The Dalmaji Limited - A walk along Busan’s abandoned railway

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A walk along Busan’s abandoned railway

Originally constructed in 1918 as part of the Donghae Nambu line, the tracks were abandoned last December. The old Haeundae Station, which stood right by the beach, has now been relocated* to Jwa-dong, a full 15 minutes by car further from the sands.


The replacement of the line comes as a massive blow for trainspotters and railway enthusiasts, as chugging down by the coastline as the sun hung over the sea, or set over Gwangan Bridge, was most tranquil indeed.

Fear not, though, for someone with the power to do so (probably some suit in an important official capacity within Busan) decided to open up the old line to the public. Hurrah!… but not until next month.




Perhaps because of the wondrous city views, sequestered natural surroundings, and the zero gradient hike; the unruly masses of South Korea’s second city have taken it upon themselves to walk down the old gravelly coastal path to Songjeong beach ahead of time.



And I was one of them. Though I, reaching new peaks of unfitness, only managed to walk as far as Cheongsapo. I was slightly put off, though, by signs which threatened to fine me to the tune of 3,000,000 Won ($3,000) for walking down there. But I took the threats as empty, seeing as the ajumas and ajusshis rambled down there with complete impunity.




The walk is long, and a bit uneven, but the views, fresh air, mad dogs, occasional splatterings of graffiti, and the sunset were sublime.

From Haeundae Beach: Look at the sea, turn left and walk all the way past Geckos, and whatever it is they’re building down the end. Then, walk up the road to the left towards Dalmaji hill. About halfway up, you’ll find the disused railway line.




A note from the Editor-in-Chimp: This article was originally posted here on Asia Pundits. Check ‘em out, won’t ya?

* Should you give a shit why the station has been moved, Kojects, a transportation and urban planning projects in Korea blog, explains it way better than I ever could.

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한국어 Ronald McDonald Spreads the Gospel in Gimhae

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A new McDonald’s opened recently in Gimhae–not that far from the old one, but this isn’t a post to complain about that. While our group was meeting to head over to a local orphanage (aren’t we the best?), we were accosted by none other than Ronald McDonald himself. Or, at least his Korean counterpart. And despite this man’s valiant effort to stay upbeat, a number of noticeable facial expressions and mannerisms led several of us to assume he probably wasn’t “lovin’ it” on this lovely Saturday afternoon in South Korea. Ba-da-bum-bum-bum!

JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.

My name in doodles

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My name in Doodles

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My name in Doodles

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