A jimjilbang initiation

Korea offers many experiences alien to the Western world. The 찜질방 (jimjilbang) is no exception. ‘Bang’ holding a meaning far from its western counterpart, denotes room, ‘jimjil,’ denotes hot bath. Put plainly, a jimjilbang is a gender-segregated area for naked cleansing. A place for Koreans, old and young, tall and small, hairy and not so hairy; … More A jimjilbang initiation

Treating our taste buds in Kyoto with Emi @ Uzuki Cooking

Two months belated, this post dates back to September (구월 gu wol), the time when Koreans donned their hanboks, overspent on spam gift sets and set out on a 3-day food extravaganza in celebration of the traditions of their ancestors. Chuseok (추석), generally believed to date back to the Silla Kingdom (approx. 57BC), the time when … More Treating our taste buds in Kyoto with Emi @ Uzuki Cooking

(Green) tea-time!

Happy birthday hangul! Hangul, the native tongue of Korea, proudly celebrated its 567th birthday yesterday. However, instead of receiving gifts, it generously gave away, giving workers of Korea a day of enjoying comfort- from anywhere outside ones workplace! October 9th marks hangul day, officially reinstated as a national holiday in November 2012, this mini mid-week … More (Green) tea-time!

Local and Mountainous Blossoms: Hiking Jangsan Mountain, Busan

Caitlin’s first experience in Korea’s second city, Busan, arrived. It was March. Blossoms were blossoming. The sun was occasionally shining. But coats were still required for teaching time. Korean schools only succumbing to the temptation of bringing warmth and comfort to the classroom when icicles are almost formed upon ones nose… It was a ‘shiny’ … More Local and Mountainous Blossoms: Hiking Jangsan Mountain, Busan

Superkyeongseon!

Last week I taught my students how to talk about superheroes. So what a fantastic opportunity to talk about my very own real-life Korean superheroine. The blossom of the Korean cherry blossoms, the persimmon of my Korean fruit bowl, the kimchi of my Korean meal… The absolute best thing that could have happened to me … More Superkyeongseon!

Soggy blossoms didn’t dampen our spirits!

Cherry Blossom festival: Jinhae, Gyeongnamsam-do Journey: Gimhae to Jinhae Koreans and weather are like Danny and Sandy, salt and pepper, fish and chips, they go together! So sure enough when I heard the words rain and Saturday bandied around on the forecast front, it was an unfortunate ‘near cert’ a damp weekend lay ahead. Saturday … More Soggy blossoms didn’t dampen our spirits!