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  • The Busan Boys...

    Busan, 5/3/09.The Busan BoysDuring my time here, I have had the fortune to be part of one of the best drinking crews I've ever had. Why is this? Maybe because unlike college or University, we're all here for similar reasons ( Economic in some cases, cultural in others). Most of all, we're all teachers, which, while not being a failsafe towards sparkling conversation, means we all have a similar ba...
  • An Umbrella in the Laboratory

    I've just entered my third month of the Ph.D here and getting into the swing of things. It takes around six months to a year in most labs until you can work completely independently. This is because there's a lot of know-how involved and the fine tuning of your methods really means the difference between an experiment working or failing. Some experiments take a few hours to do, but the more complex ones like a Yeast 2-Hybrid can take a couple of weeks in their entirety.
  • Buying Bonds

    I'm your typical English Teacher in a foreign country with student loans to pay. I realize that the world is in a mess right particularly the US. In spite of that, the Asian economies are still buying U.S. Treasuries. That portends good news and bad news for people like me.
    One, it is bad. I've been following the exchange rate and I've noticed that every time there is a bailout, the currency I get paid in is devalued against the dollar. So, the money I must send home is far less than prior to the bailout.
  • Rice Cake Dumpling Soup 떡만두국

    WHAT'S IN IT?

    (for 3 persons)

    Water 6 cups
    Rice cake 400 g
    Anchovies 60 g
    Dumplings 10 (Beef, chicken or vegetarian, it's up to you)
    Green Onions 2
    Chopped Garlic 1/2 teaspoon
    Eggs 3
    Seaweed 1 sheet
    (unsalted one - ones that you use for sushi, but salted one works too - just make sure to season accordingly)
    Salt 1/2 to 2/3 tablespoon (taste it and season)
    Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
    Vegetable oil 2-3 tablespoons

    HOW DO I MAKE IT?

    Egg Garnish
  • Busan-Latest

    Busan, 13/2/09.Today is Friday the 13th. I realised this just before I started writing, so I'm hoping I don't jinx myself with anything I say here.Having finally passed my health test (see previous notes), I have been really looking forward to finally sorting a bank account out, as well as getting a mobile phone. How foolish this idea is proving to be.............Korean Mobile phones.In the UK, mo...
  • Busan-Latest...

    Busan, 13/2/09.Today is Friday the 13th. I realised this just before I started writing, so I'm hoping I don't jinx myself with anything I say here.Having finally passed my health test (see previous notes), I have been really looking forward to finally sorting a bank account out, as well as getting a mobile phone. How foolish this idea is proving to be.............Korean Mobile phones.In the UK, mo...
  • New Year's Carnage+Captain Liver Failure!

    Busan, 3/2/09.Wow, February already, madness! The last few weeks have passed by in an absolute blur, though much of this has been booze (read soju) induced, which has led to a couple of recent problems!New Year's was pure insanity with the Busan Boys, the crack drinking unit which Filip and I have assembled here (more on the boys at a later date). Anyways, here goes with the medical stuff!Liver Te...
  • Kimchi Stew

    WHAT'S IN IT?

    Kimchi (sour and fermented for a while) 3 cups
    Tuna 1-2 cans
    Butter 1 tablespoon
    Water 2 to 2.5 cups
    Kimchi juice (as much as you can get)
    Salt

    How Do I MAKE IT?

    1. oh high heat saute tuna with better for 5 minutes.
    2. Add kimchi and saute for at least 10 minutes.
    (if it starts to stick to the bottom, add a little bit of kimchi juice or water)
    3. Add kimchi juice and water (add some chili pepper flakes if you like it spicy)
    4. boil for 10 minutes
    5. Season with salt.
  • The Nude Beaches of South Korea

    Boy, that is a good one. I have never come into a more modest group of people in my life. Last week, while doing a unit on travel with my older students (middle school), one of them asked me if it was true that there are places where people swim in the ocean naked. I said yes, I have heard of such places, but that I had never been to one. They screamed and reflexively covered their eyes at the thought. Most Koreans at the beach swim fully clothed.
  • Don't Come to Busan

    I was very happy to be back to Busan after my recent trip. I remember walking out of Busan station and stopping for a moment and looking out across the plaza to the neighborhood crawling up the mountainside across the way, all of it bathed in bright winter sunlight, and turning to my girlfriend and saying, smiling ear to ear, "Busan is best." "Yep," she said.

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