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  • Japchae



    Down a side street not far from Gukje market, the bustling pace of Saturday Nampodong suddenly slows a little as you hunker down amidst a clutter of metal buckets and plastic stools and let one of the resident ajummas take care of your eating needs for ten minutes or so.
  • Beomeosa in black and white

    Took a Sunday stroll up Guemjeong and witnessed evening rites; visiting bhikkus from Thailand were led around in their orange robes and the abbot of Beomeosa passed everyone a gift of his calligraphy (us too). The temple was muffled in dribbly evening haze. Five people quietly watched the monks exit the hall single file and chant the heart sutra into the mountains like a hoarse fight song; an ode to awakening. Metaphysical mercenaries. Many were quite young. I was surprised.

  • Tempura alert!


    A while back I wrote about Korean Tempura, the lightly battered and deep fried bits and pieces that seems to be one of the most popular street foods here in Busan. At the time, I was in the middle of open class hell (just finished!) and found my stall of choice to be fresh, satisfying and cheap.
  • Mike vs the Mozzies...

    Busan, 18/6/09. I write this blog as I'm holed up in my bunker, fighting against an army the likes of which Kim Jong-Il can only dream about. This army is small, well co-ordinated, can strike at any time of day, and can drive any potential opponent to screaming suicidal distraction. I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE HUMBLE MOSQUITO. Dinner time has become a well co-ordinated effort, whic...
  • Mike vs the Mozzies

    Busan, 18/6/09. I write this blog as I'm holed up in my bunker, fighting against an army the likes of which Kim Jong-Il can only dream about. This army is small, well co-ordinated, can strike at any time of day, and can drive any potential opponent to screaming suicidal distraction. I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE HUMBLE MOSQUITO. Dinner time has become a well co-ordinated effort, whic...
  • Mike vs the Mozzies...

    Busan, 18/6/09. I write this blog as I'm holed up in my bunker, fighting against an army the likes of which Kim Jong-Il can only dream about. This army is small, well co-ordinated, can strike at any time of day, and can drive any potential opponent to screaming suicidal distraction. I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE HUMBLE MOSQUITO. Dinner time has become a well co-ordinated effort, whic...
  • Cheap Sunglasses

    Why, in a country where an umbrella can be purchased for W5000 ($3.50), is it so hard to find a good pair of cheap sunglasses? I lose (or break) sunglasses at a rate which precludes purchasing an expensive pair. The ones I see at HomePlus and the like are cheap, but they are priced at W30,000 and up. Someone somewhere is getting rich off sunglasses. The same goes for watches. The plain analog Casio's I see everywhere being sold for W70,000 are in the dollar store at home.

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