Tag Archives: Korean Stuff

Nice Parking, Dumb Ass

Usually, bad parking in Korea doesn’t annoy me (yes, it does, but I am trying hard to be nicer these days), but when I saw the way the driver of this car parked in front of a fitness club next to my apartment, I couldn’t look the other way. To be fair, it was Sunday […]

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All The Right Moves

If you’ve walked past the 3rd floor gymnasium on Tuesday mornings between 9:00-11:00 you’ve probably heard a lot of shouting. Don’t be alarmed. It’s just Dr. Kim Choon-won conducting one of his Taekwondo classes.

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Flying into Panmunjom with CNN — June 14, 2001

Of all the cool things that I got to do when I was a feature writer for The Korea Times, one of the coolest things was flying into Panmunjom in a Blackhawk helicopter with CNN on June 14, 2001. In 2001, the U.S. Army switched from their green/camo fatigue hats to black berets and the […]

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On the Waterfront

I’m not sure what’s going on in this photo via the Chosun Ilbo. Doesn’t look like too many people want to go swimming. Maybe the waves are too high. Where’s the fun in this just standing on a crowded beach?

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Korean Maemi

Starting to feel like summer in Daejeon which means summer is just around the corner and the return of the Korean maemi (cicada). They are noisy little critters.

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How well do you know the two Koreas?

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Ice Fishing Anyone?

Although I’ve never enjoyed the fine art outdoor of ice fishing, I am sure this is not the way you go about it.  This photo, which comes via the English Chosun, was taken at some ice fishing rodeo in Korea. Could someone please tell me where’s the fun in all this? And if anyone caught […]

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Korea: Up Close and Personal — A Review of Korea: The Impossible Country

When I came to Korea in 1990 to live and work, my knowledge of Korea was what I was able to glean from a South Korean Fodor’s travel guide, travel information from the Korea National Tourism Agency, a couple badly photocopied pages of firsthand experiences by English teachers at the language school I would be […]

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Steady as she goes

The Lespo Standard. Your all-weather bicycle. And why do we say, “steady as she goes?” Why not, “steady as it goes?” Either way, this gentleman was not about to be dissuaded by snow and ice. Look closely, you’ll also see his cane and an industrial-strength chain to make sure no one steals his Lespo.

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Kimchi Chocolate — Namdaemun Market, December 2002

On assignment for the Korea Times in 2002, I decided to write a story about Christmas shopping at Namdaemun Market, Seoul’s oldest, traditional market where you can find practically everything including Kimchi Chocolate. And the taste? Never tried it. Like this photo? Want to see more? Want to read about what living in South Korea […]

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