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It feels like you’re on top of the world when you’re at Jungang...

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It feels like you’re on top of the world when you’re at Jungang Park (청주 중앙공원) on Daecheong Mountain, because you get such an awesome view of Busan. where you can find Minju Park (민주공원) and a memorial statue to fallen war heroes. 

Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Address: 충청북도 청주시 상당구 상당로55번길 33 (남문로2가)
33, Sangdang-ro 55beon-gil, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do

Directions: The simplest way to get to the park is by bus from Busan Station. Take bus numbers 38 or 43 right up to the park entrance.  Alternatively, you can walk either from the Jungang side, or the Daesindong side. Be prepared for stairs.

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April 9, 2017This is the day I discovered that though Yoyogi...

Thu, 2017-09-21 09:30














April 9, 2017

This is the day I discovered that though Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jinju are near each other, you can not walk from one to the other easily as they have completely different entrances. Before this day, I thought that Meiji Jinju (Shinto shrine) was inside Yoyogi Park. I was so wrong, which led to a lot of walking, but it wasn’t so bad because I love walking around Harajuku.

I’ve said it before but I still believe that Harajuku is the best neighborhood to stay in when in Tokyo. You will have to stay in an Airbnb though as there aren’t many hotels or hostels nearby. 

Meiji Jinju was under construction (boo) but should be looking awesome soon. And weren’t the cherry blossoms something else? There are many ways to get here, as it’s close to Minami-Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Kita-Sando, Harajuku, and Meijijingu-Mae subway stations - and more.

My wonderful friend, Tim, took us to Sakura Tei where he did all...

Wed, 2017-09-20 09:30




My wonderful friend, Tim, took us to Sakura Tei where he did all the ordering and cooking of okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) and monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き), best described as savory Japanese pancakes. Of course I ate WAY too much but had an amazing time.

I remember that the first time I had ate these “pancakes,” I thought of them as a thicker and inferior version of Korean pajeon -which is popular to eat at restaurants like Joseon Kalguksu (조선칼국수와통막걸리) or Cheon Tak (천탁). But, once I ate okonomiyaki during a trip to Osaka, I was hooked and craved it every time I was in Japan. The perfect ones are burn-your-mouth hot, chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and so good!

The name of okonomiyaki is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like,” and yaki meaning “grill.” Monjayaki (often called simply “monja”) is similar to okonomiyaki but uses different liquid ingredients.

You can find directions to the Sakura Tei Okonomiyaki & Monjayaki Restaurant in Harajuku, Tokyo here. Enjoy!

Seoul Food: Summer Lane Cafe – Brunch in Seoul (Itaewon)

Tue, 2017-09-19 14:09

Summer Lane Cafe – A Hidden Gem for Brunch in Seoul!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find my perfect brunch in Seoul!  More than that, I can’t believe that someone else dreamed up my ideal Eggs Benedict.  Even more perfect?  It’s a 5 minute walk from my place on the Kyungnidan side of Itaewon/ Noksapyeong.  Summer Lane (써머레인) is an Australian-influenced cafe.  They mostly serve coffee, tea, other interesting-sounding beverages, and desserts.  The brunch we had on Saturday makes it a perfect destination for weekend brunch in Seoul.  I can’t believe they’ve been open for 4 months and last weekend was my first try!

Atomsphere at Summer Lane Cafe

While Summer Lane is a small cafe, they’ve made great use of the space.  The space is airy and bright.  The greenery adds a calm to the place.  You could easily have a group of up to 6 people seated at their largest table.  I’m hoping they’ll stay true to their word and start up the New York style bottomless mimosa brunch.  They’d like to start offering a Bloody Mary, but right now it’s just beer on the menu.  As much as I love Route 66, Sunday brunch in Seoul could get a massive upgrade if Summer Lane keeps their promise!

The Menu at Summer Lane Cafe

The duck prosciutto and truffle scrambled eggs at Guilty Pleasure are to die for.  The Saffa brunch at Braai Republic is killer, but so is the wait for a table.  I love these spots, but I don’t want to climb over a hill after a big night out.  An average, basic western breakfast in Seoul will generally cost around KRW 10,000.  For prime ingredients, you’re obviously going to pay a little bit more.  Our meals at Summer Lane Cafe came out to about KRW 15,000 each.  For the serving of delicious, western-style bacon on the platter plus plenty of avocado, it was a total bargain.   You’ll find Australian traditional eats like Pavlova as well as cheap and cheerful scones and cookies.  The prices are pretty in range with the area, so no surprises here once the bill arrives!  I’ll happily place Summer Lane Cafe on my list of favourite brunch in Seoul spots after Saturday.  It’s worth it to be a destination restaurant and I’m thrilled it’s so close!

Eats at Summer Lane Cafe

I can’t say I ever expected to have two poached eggs, a ton of bacon, avocado, and cheddar cheese cajun hollandaise sauce plopped onto a savoury waffle and called Eggs Benedict.  I’ve fairly certain if I dreamed up my perfect brunch in Seoul this would be it.  The poached eggs were perfectly runny, while the egg white was well-cooked.  The hollandaise had a hint of spice and was packed with flavour.  I don’t like too thick a hollandaise, either, and its consistency was what I craved.  Popping edible flowers on the side was a nice touch aesthetically.  My friend had the bacon and banana Croissant French Toast which was equally beautiful and a sensational serving size.  These were insta-worthy brunches that actually tasted phonemenal!

Getting to Summer Lane Cafe for Brunch in Seoul

Open Tue-Sun 08:00-20:00 and closed on Monday. Take exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station and walk straight until you reach the underpass.  Take the underpass and exit on the left hand side (if you can – there’s currently construction in the underpass so you might have to double back).   Walk up the main Kyungnidan street passing Cafe Pascucci, Paris Baguette, and Well Being Mart until you reach Maloney’s Pub.  Hang a right and walk up the street a couple of blocks then turn right.  Summer Lane Cafe will be on your left.  Alternatively, you can go from the top of the hill (where you’ll find Baskin-Robbins, 711, and “Club GS25” with the giant patio).  Follow the street between 711 and gs 25 away from Baskin-Robbins/ the Hyatt.  Walking along that street you can’t miss it.  After a couple of blocks it’ll be on your left-hand side.  We were actually headed to another restaurant when we were welcomed inside by one of their employees, Jess.  The service was impeccable – relaxed and also warm and friendly.  I definitely recommend a visit soon!

Make sure to pin this to your Seoul Food pinterest board for directions to this great spot for Brunch in Seoul! 

Where’s your favourite place to grab brunch in Seoul?  Leave me a note in the comments!

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This was the place in 2015, but still worth a trip for me....

Tue, 2017-09-19 09:30






This was the place in 2015, but still worth a trip for me. Dominique Ansel is the NY cronut (a croissant and doughnut hybrid) inventor and has its own bakery/café in Tokyo. I highly recommend a Cookie Shot, which are chocolate cookie “cups” filled with vanilla milk.

【Menu】 (tax included)
The Cronut® ¥594 
Cookie shot ¥518 
Frozen S‘more ¥778 
DKA ¥594 
Cannele ¥346 
Gingerbread Pinecone ¥972
Paris New York ¥734 

Address: 5-7-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Phone: 03-3486-1329 

It’s official: We’ve moved

Mon, 2017-09-18 15:18

To all of our long-suffering readers, I’m happy to announce that while Sweet Pickles and Corn has officially rung down the final curtain and joined the choir invisible, we have taken up shop at a new location: Koreafix.com.

The new site features many of the same cast of characters, with a tightened focus on Korea. Come have a look for yourself, and from all of us at Sweet Pickles and Corn, thank you for your love and support.


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Gimbap/Kimbap (김밥) is a Korean dish made from cooked rice and...

Mon, 2017-09-18 09:30

jeju-famous kimbap


bulgogi kimbap


homemade kimbap


chamchi tuna kimbap


nude kimbap

Gimbap/Kimbap (김밥) is a Korean dish made from cooked rice and other ingredients that are rolled in gim—dried sheets of laver seaweed—and served in bite-size slices. I’ve heard people refer to it as “Korean sushi” but it’s very different from Japanese sushi. 

In Korea, it’s often part of a packed meal, or dosirak, to be eaten at picnics and outdoor events, and can serve as a light lunch along with danmuji (yellow pickled radish) and kimchi.

It’s simple; it’s rice seasoned with roasted sesame oil placed on a sheet of seaweed stuffed with various vegetables and meat like yellow egg, orange carrots, white cucumbers, green spinach, pink ham, brown burdock, and yellow turnip. Then, they’re wrapped carefully, yet firmly, brushed with some more sesame oil (to prevent the seaweed from ripping) and then sliced.

Variations of gimbap are boundless. It can be stuffed with tuna fish, kimchi, beef bulgogi, shrimp, crab, cheese, and even crispy, tiny anchovies.

I have even seen dessert gimbap and “nude” gimbap that has rice on the outside. Gimbap is limited only by the imagination. 

I’ve been to Ulsan Grand Park (울산대공원) several times throughout...

Sun, 2017-09-17 09:30




I’ve been to Ulsan Grand Park (울산대공원) several times throughout different seasons and it always has something new to offer, whether it’s a light display in winter or blooming roses in spring. 

Other places in Ulsan that might be fun to visit are Jangsaengpo Whale Museum (장생포 고래박물관) and Amethyst Cavern Park (자수정동굴나라).

Address: 94, Daegongwon-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan
울산광역시 남구 대공원로 94 (옥동)

Directions: From the Ulsan KTX station, take bus 323 to the park. This bus only comes once every 1-½ hours, so consider taking a taxi for the 20-minute ride. From the bus stop, walk to the first intersection and take a right, then stay straight through the second intersection and look for the entrance on the left. WARNING: the bus stop is over a kilometer from the entrance.

Korean Phrases Ep. 52: 조삼모사

Sun, 2017-09-17 01:05

This week's new video is a "Korean Phrases" episode. This series is for learning quick idioms and phrases in Korean. Lately, it's mostly been a series for learning about 사자성어 ("4 character idioms"). These types of idioms (mostly) originally come from China and the Chinese language, but are still useful to know in Korean as well. And this week we'll learn about the idiom 조삼모사.

Even if you don't use any of these idioms in this series when speaking, you might find them written in books, or hear someone use them when speaking.

Check it out here~

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May 18 - 19, 2013If you tell a Korean person that you’re headed...

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May 18 - 19, 2013

If you tell a Korean person that you’re headed to Yeoju, they’ll probably assume you’re going shopping at the outlet stores there (여주 프리미엄아울렛), but there are other fun things to see and do there.

It’s home to Silleuksa (신륵사), the only riverside Buddhist temple in Korea. Silleuksa was founded in 580 by the monk Wonhyo, one of the leading minds in Korean Buddhist tradition. It is home to a collection of 7 relics as well as a brick-constructed pagoda, one of only several in the country.

The tomb of Sejong the Great, the most influential king in Korean history, is in Yeoju and is one of the largest tourist attractions for the area. 

Also, in 1851 towards the end of the Joseon Dynasty Empress Myeongseong, the last Empress of Korea, was born in Yeoju. I didn’t visit her birthplace, destroyed and then restored after Korean liberation, but I imagine that it’s worth seeing. It’s a quaint, beautiful city and worthy of your time if you have a day or two.

The Wide Gap between South Korean and American Media Coverage of North Korea

Sat, 2017-09-16 06:10
The Wide Gap between South Korean and American Media Coverage of North

 

 

This is a re-post of an essay I wrote earlier this month for the Lowy Institute.

Every time there is a war crisis around North Korea, I notice the wildly different coverage between US and South Korea media, with the former being too alarmist and the later 

being almost too sanguine. My Korean cable packages includes CNN and Fox, so I can quickly parallel the coverage, and the difference is extraordinary. Fox is freaking out over impending nuclear wear, while YTN is talking about so celebrity with a drinking problem before getting to North Korea. The contrast really is that extreme.

Western pundits particularly tend to get carried away every time we have a North Korean war-scare. All sorts of irresponsible rhetoric gets thrown around about how we should invade or pre-emptively attack North Korea (we shouldn’t). In fact, so often do I read these sorts of op-eds when North Korea re-surfaces in the Western media, that I now call this the Kelly Rule, only half in jest. Just look at some of the frightening examples in that link.

The short version of these war-scares is that no, North Korea is not going to nuke the US out of the blue, so stop freaking out about and stop listening to Fox pundits scaring the hell out of you. The real threat is that North Korea the gangster state will use the nukes to shake down South Korea and Japan. Coercive nuclear bullying – not war – is the real threat. But that’s not as exciting as dramatic red arrows flying across the screen or ‘fire and fury,’ so let’s all get carried away over a war that’s not going to happen.

 

 

This summer’s war-scare over North Korean missiles is now spilling into the autumn as we debate the whether the North really has a fusion weapon. The outcome, however, of all the rhetoric is not really in doubt. I do not know one person in the Korea analyst community who thought that war was likely. Nor do I know anyone serious who advocated airstrikes or other kinetic options. Even hawks on North Korea know that bombing North Korea is hugely risky, for reasons elaborated every time one of these crises strikes. Donald Trump and Fox News may have said dangerous, or just plain bizarre, stuff, and neocons like John Bolton can always be relied on to threat-inflate. But no Korea analysts of any stature argued for war.

Indeed, so ritualized are North Korea war-scares that the interesting parts are not the rehearsed statements and events themselves, but how people react to them. One regularity I have increasingly noticed is the tendency of outside analysts, especially in the West, to, for lack of a better word, freak out over North Korea. As I said on Twitter a few weeks ago about an analyst advocating a preemptive nuclear strike on North Korea (yes, really – follow the link): “North Korea has this effect. People kinda lose their minds and say gonzo stuff they wouldn’t say about other foreign policy problems.” Here are a few more chestnuts: North Korea’s missiles are apparently “franken-missiles” or “game-changers,” because they look like other missiles, or something. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster seems to believe North Korea is undeterrable, despite seventy years of successful peninsular deterrence. Not to be outdone, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has repeatedly said North Korea is an “existential” threat to the US, even though bringing down the American state (not just killing people) would require dozens of nuclear strikes. President Trump of course threatened “fire and fury” like some Old Testament prophet. And when in doubt, you can just turn on Fox for your run-of-the-mill ‘the-North-Koreans-are-insane-and-believe-in-unicorns’ flim-flam. For a nice run-down of just how alarmist and irresponsible western, especially American, media coverage is, try this. In my own TV experience, I am constantly asked in these crises if war is about to break out. I often have the impression the hosts or producers are slightly disappointed I am not more alarmist.

The contrast with Japanese, but especially South Korean, news is striking. As I pointed out a few times during this summer’s hype, South Koreans were barely paying attention. The South Korean president and then foreign minister both went on vacation (yes, really) in early August, at the peak of the Kim Jong Un-Donald Trump war of words. The big political issues here this summer have been the prosecution of the Samsung dauphin and the continuing drama around impeached former president Park Geun Hye. South Koreans were obviously paying attention. But there were no runs on the supermarket; no one is building bomb shelters; civil defense (unfortunately) is still treated as an afterthought; my students still have not the slightest idea what to do if Busan is nuked and continued to be amazed that I give them advice (‘go uphill to escape ambient radiation’), and so on. But at least American ‘preppers’ are getting ready for a North Korean nuclear strike on the US.

This contrast cries out for a graduate student in media studies and political science to address, especially as this is such a durable phenomenon. These sorts of scares happen every few years, and the contrast between CNN – with its virtual maps with dramatic red arrows – and the South Korean media yakking about some celebrity pregnancy is startling. Here are two hypotheses (more substantive than the tritest possible explanation: that scare-mongering to fill air-time drives up rating):

1. South Koreans are much more cognizant of the North Korea threat, so it is never new news.

North Korea abuts South Korea and has provoked it relentlessly since the 1960s. So dangerous is the North, that South Korea retains conscription. It is the dominant issue of South Korean national security strategy, and it constantly overwhelms and blows off course South Korean presidencies who seek to ‘normalize’ South Korea by de-linking it from the mad uncle in the attic. This current president – Moon Jae In – sought to emphasize the domestic issues, such as corruption and social welfare which elected him. Instead, North Korea has consumed his first four months in office.

By contrast, Americans seem to ‘re-discover’ the North Korean threat whenever it pops up. US attention toward Asia is mixed at best. Elites care, but I doubt most regular Americans care much about the ‘pivot to Asia’ or North Korea, especially compared to the war on terror and the ‘clash of civilizations’ cultural anxieties it activates.

The upshot is that whenever North Korean bad behavior spikes enough to make it into international news, the Americans suddenly pay attention. But in the interim, the South Koreans have also been paying attention. So they appear sanguine when western journalists suddenly show up at those peaks.

2. Americans are Curiously Alarmist about their Thick Security

This is a point Stephen Walt has helpfully made again and again at his Foreign Policy blog. America is remarkably safe. Ensconced between two oceans and two weak neighbors and far from the tightly-packed Eurasian cauldron of competition, the United States is one of the most secure great powers in history. Yet we are prone to extraordinary outbursts of national security panic, most recently on display after 9/11. In response to approximately three thousand fatalities, the US has killed orders of magnitude more people than that in so many wars in the Middle East, that analysts now use terms like ‘forever war’ to describe our engagement there. Neoconservatism as a foreign policy posture is based on the notion that American security is constantly threatened, even in weak, far-away places like Yemen or Venezuela.

North Korea activates these impulses more than most rogues. America depicts North Korea in outlandish terms – video games and movies repeatedly depict North Korea invading the United States, acquiring super-weapons, or otherwise as crazy. In my media experience, this has sunk in. I am regularly asked if the Kims are crazy, insane, war-mongers, and so on. They are not. They are just gangsters, not suicidal ideologues.

My own sense is that # 2 is probably more causal. We are prone to threat-inflation, and North Korea is so easy to caricature.


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Dating In Korea: What To Expect

Fri, 2017-09-15 18:36

So you’ve found yourself in Korea, whether it’s for school or for work, intending to stay awhile. You have been looking for friends, and now find that romance might also be in the air.

However, as you’ve already heard that the dating culture in Korea can be rather different from what you’re used to back home – especially if you come from a country outside of Asia – you’re cautious and want to get more information before going for that cute girl from the cafe or that hunky guy at the bookstore since you know they’re from a Korean culture.

After all, Korea does seem to have some specific quirks when it comes to dating, though they are by no means reasons to run away from dating here. Instead, they just might make dating even more fun!

So what exactly can you expect when dating in Korea?

 

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How do people meet each other in Korea?

Just like in every other country, there are various ways in which you could come across your next bae. They could be your classmate or your co-worker, they could be someone you met while out at a bar ringing in the weekend, or someone you met through language exchange, or perhaps your love story began when you two ran into each other and they accidentally spilled their coffee all over you.

With that said, there is one common way for Koreans to form relationships that seems to surpass the others: meeting through a friend, the specific term for this being “소개팅.” This way you’ll already have at least one reference, going into dating them, that they are a decent person, approaching you with earnest intentions. The downside of this sometimes might be that you can’t be too sure how much the possibility of the compatibility of you two has been thought out, besides the fact that you’re both single. However, if you’re single, and ready to mingle, don’t be scared to ask your friends to set you up! Even if it amounts to nothing, it’ll still be a fun experience, and perhaps you at least came out of it with a new friend?

 

Who foots the bill?

Now that you’ve met someone that you seem to be mutually interested in, the time to go out on a date has come. You’ve both dressed up nice – as is also custom in Korea, at least for the first few dates if you really want to impress someone – and you’ve planned out some fun activities. But right before the start of the date, or perhaps during it, you’re left wondering: who pays?

Although the times are changing, and especially the younger, school-going folks in their early twenties tend to split the bill, at least at the restaurant, it is often still the unspoken custom that the man should pay on the first date, and perhaps on the next few that follow. In some instances, especially on the first date, the man might pay for the whole lot of it, while on others he’ll pay for the first round, the girl the next, and so on. As you get to know each other better and become an official item, the paying should even itself out.

 

How affectionate can we be in public?

You’ll likely want to save your steamy make out sessions and the like for private, or else you’ll find an 아줌마 (older Korean woman) raising a storm on you. Otherwise nearly everything seems to be fair game. Everywhere in South Korea, especially in Seoul, you can see couples holding hands, having their arms around each other. Some even daring to share small pecks, and sometimes you may even see them squeezing each other’s pimples and what not. In many ways the level of PDA acceptable in South Korea may surprise you – in ways it’s a lot less steamy than what you might see in public in Europe or the United States, but simultaneously the couples in South Korea are much more in your face and obvious about their relationship status in public.

 

What about the rules of communication?

In the West, you may have heard of the 3-day rule, but you are making a grave mistake if you think that applies in South Korea as well. Here it may be taken as a sign of disinterest if you’re not already contacting them right after the date to let them know you had a good time!

In comparison to what you may be used to, in general Koreans like to communicate with their boo much, much more often, all throughout the day, from good mornings to good nights. They might not be the most riveting conversations, but it seems important to show you care through asking them various times during the day what they’re doing, whether they’ve eaten, did they get home safe, and so on.

On the flip side, if they’re not texting you that much, it may or may not be a sign of disinterest towards you. This of course doesn’t consider everyone as some people are naturally the type who don’t like to spend so much time on their phone, no matter how infatuated by you they are. However, if the person you’ve been seeing suddenly contacts you drastically less, it very well may be that they’re losing interest but don’t know how to tell it to you, out of fear of hurting your feelings. It may not be how you’re accustomed to handling a situation, but it is normal among Koreans. Of course, instead of jumping to the worst conclusion, it may be to your benefit to discuss with your crush or partner about other possible reasons behind their lack of communication. It is also normal – although frowned upon by Koreans alike – to sometimes simply “ghost” someone (cease contact without explanation) at the beginning stages of dating if the interest happens to fizzle.

 

Are there any other peculiar aspects to dating in Korea?

The peculiarities of Korea’s dating culture don’t quite end there. One part of the local dating culture that you may find especially fun – or especially annoying – are all the things couples do together. Unlike in the West that has just Valentine’s Day for couples, Koreans have additional couples’ holidays like White Day, Pepero Day, and even Christmas. On top of this, the 14th of every month is a small holiday for couples, with a specific theme for each month.

Another aspect that could be fun for you to experience, are all the couples items. From rings to shoes to whole outfits for “couple looks.” It’s up to you and your partner to decide how subtle or wild you want to get with this!

 

All in all, we hope and expect you to have fun if you choose to date while living in Korea. There are so many great things you could experience by having a partner here; however, your life will be fun and fulfilling even without one! To best communicate with your future friends, and your new boo, why not take part in this fun Korean 90 Minute Challenge to see how well you can read Korean?

What do you find interesting or peculiar about dating in Korea? Share your tips and experiences with us in the comments below!

 

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Bibimbap (비빔밥) is what I often share with people as their first...

Fri, 2017-09-15 09:30




Bibimbap (비빔밥) is what I often share with people as their first venture into Korean food (also anglicized as bi bim bap or bi bim bop). The word literally means “mixed rice.” 

Traditionally, it’s served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. 

In South Korea, the cities, Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of bibimbap. I’ve seen many different combinations and types of rice used. With fusion food, the possibilities are endless! I say throw together whatever you like and eat.

The decadence of “white boy/girl” problems.

Tue, 2017-09-12 17:55

There’s a mutation in the latte wielding left’s discourse, a phraseology new to this six-year long expat, and it’s more decadent than a Cinnabon/coke combo at the connection airport. Here’s a bite: “Oh I know…(its my) white boy problems” or the “yeah….white girl issues..I know”, among other similar sentiments. What to make of this curious new flourish in mainstream American discourse, which agonized my soul’s stomach on several different occasions during my summer’s re-acquaintance?

The “they” opposed to the “we” of the “white-boy/girl” implied in this methane ass cloud of self-indulgence has expanded out to include all minorities regardless of their “first, second, or third world” (an obsolete metric, if it were ever cogent) status. Simultaneously, the rectal offenders insinuate that all white people suffer from this decadent state of affairs, regardless of how many ironic tattoos they don’t have.

Perhaps I’m being too harsh on these flatchulators. We know that they’re not referring to any real problems after all. The “white girl/boy” affixed to the word “issues” or “problems” is meant to denote triviality. That is, at best they’re lamenting on the trivial decisions of their privileged life, but at worst are backhandedly gloating about the agony that they can’t go yachting because they have to attend that wine mixer! I surmise most of these rectal offenders are somewhere between these two poles. What I am pointing out however, and perhaps you’re feeling it now, is the growing nausea in the middle American stomach…like from having too much cake. Have we (humans) become so shamelessly decadent that its now acceptable to voice disingenuous suffering for fake problems?

Not all white people have “white people” issues, and to insinuate such a thing is not only alienating, but also denies the dignity, and understanding of the very real socio-economic problems white people in America face. And perhaps they’re attempting empathy with non-white strugglers? However, such wafts off ass in the form of feigning humility serves only to sacrifice the self-respect and dignity of its speaker, and can be smelled a mile away.

If indeed you feel guilty for your privilege, that’s your cross to bare if you so choose to wear it. As a non-white American, I’d think it more worthwhile to use your position to give a hand to others, to help effectuate a more even playing field, to elect people that will help bring more equality to a system that is empirically tilted.

Uttering such non-sensical phraseology distorts class divisions, perpetuates race struggles, and serves only to prolapse even more the privileged white anuses of those who accrete the desire to appear more sophisticated, or part of the more “woke” mainstream. But in reality they are seen clearly by the rest of us, sipping on farts in their champagne flutes at their mixers via images increasingly brought to us via media.

And its making America twitchy…

 


Asking Koreans if Korean is Difficult to Learn | 한국어가 배우기 어려운 이유

Sun, 2017-09-10 02:09

As an English speaker, Korean is considered to be one of the most difficult languages to learn. Anyone who's studied Korean can tell you this: it takes a lot of time and effort to learn. But I wondered what Korean people thought about their language. Would Koreans think that their language was difficult to learn... or even easy to learn?

The two questions that I asked them specifically were these: “한국어가 배우기 어려운 언어라고 생각하세요?” (“Is Korean a difficult language to learn?”), and “한국어를 배우는 사람들에게 응원의 말 부탁 드릴게요.” (“Any words of encouragement for people who are learning Korean?”).

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5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay – Singapore’s Stylish Hostel

Sat, 2017-09-09 18:54
5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay Singapore

A terrace with a view overlooking the Singapore river, a magnificent view of Marina Bay Sands, and an endless supply of coffee?  5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay in Singapore made some big promises!  Located splat in between the Clarke Quay and Raffles Place MRT stations, this luxury hostel is the most convenient location in Singapore.  5FootWay.Inn has locations all over Singapore, but we were lucky enough to be able to walk everywhere from this beautiful riverside location!

Getting to 5FootWay.Inn Singapore Boat Quay

We took the shuttle from Singapore Changi Airport, which was actually the most convenient thing about the airport!  We only waited about 15 minutes from our bus to be ready and paid $9 (Singaporean) each for our one-way ticket.  If you take a GrabCar, however, you’re looking at about $22.  Still pretty cheap!  I couldn’t believe the phenomenal view of Marina Bay Sands (affectionately called the “Singapore Surfboard” during our stay) and the Singapore skyline.

Checking in @ 5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay

We were warmly welcomed by the front desk staff who seemed genuinely happy to be our first friendly faces in Singapore!  Check-in is from 3 PM onward.  Check-out is by 12 PM.  We were shown to our triple occupancy private room after a quick tour of the maze-like hallways, kitchen, and Gallery 76.  The hostel has different areas with very different vibes – all of them artistic.  The common area by reception has comfy couches and plays movies from time to time.  The self-serve check-in area is dark and brooding with these cool caged lights and information on a chalkboard wall.  I liked the vibe immediately!

5FootWay.Inn 3-Person Private Room

Our triple room at 5FootWay.Inn actually only had 2 beds, which kind of surprised me as it’s billed as a 3-person room.  It was only the two of us, so it kind of made it fair that the person with the bigger bed had to climb up a few stairs.  Each bed had 2 electrical outlets and a reading light.  While I brought along a convertible plug, I was happy that my Korean chargers fit in the multi-use outlet.  My only suggestion about this room would be to give easier access from the outlets to the mirror.  2 people getting ready for a night out at the same time was nearly impossible.  Had we been a full room of 3 it would have been a very tough time!  If you have have booked a private room, you’ll receive complimentary towels.

5FootWay.Inn Dormitories

We didn’t actually stay in the dorms, however the picture from the website of our room was nearly identical to the one I took.  I would assume that the dorm beds are similar to the single bed in our room.  It was pretty comfortable and had good air conditioning.  I always like to stay in the dorms when traveling by myself.  It’s a great way to meet new people!  The dormitory beds come with private lockers, electrical sockets and reading lights as well.  Towels also available (upon request) at the reception at a for $2 per piece.

Night Views from Gallery 76 @ 5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay

The view of the restaurant and bar-dotted Singapore River from 5FootWay.Inn was mesmerizing.  The water reflected the lights along the river and was punctuated by the glow of Marina Bay Sands all lit up at night.  We popped into Japanese places, Korean Chicken and Beer Restaurants, and Tapas bars all within walking distance of the hostel.  My favorite view was from Gallery 76 – a photo gallery displaying stunning and impactful black and white images by photojournalist Edwin Koo.  We met some new Korean friends on our second night and practiced our language skills while enjoying a local brew!

Vibe @ 5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay Singapore

There seemed to be a ton of hostel-organized opportunities to venture out into Singapore with new friends from the hostel. Most people kept to themselves, which was interesting as the hallways were pretty consistently noisy!  5FootWay.Inn hostel is also child-friendly.  I’ve never seen a child in a hostel.  It came as a bit of a surprise to see families wandering about!  Kids 2-12 years old are only allowed to stay in private rooms.  “Children over 12 years old are considered adults and standard policies apply to them.”  The hostel was within about 20 minutes of Kampong Glam/ Haji Lane (the Malaysian district), Little India, Chinatown (where all the great hawker stalls are found), Clarke Quay, Merlion Park, and Marina Bay Sands.  We walked almost everywhere!  We went back at the hostel to rest and recharge our literal and figurative batteries only.

Breakfast at 5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay

Complimentary breakfast at a hostel is fairly unusual!  It was great to see a full kitchen of travelers grabbing coffee, cereal, toast, jam, peanut butter, and fruit before starting their day.  The kitchen, terrace, and beautiful common area overlooking the river is so inviting during the day or at night!

Contact 5FootWay.Inn & Singapore Hostel Discount Code

5footway.inn Project Boat Quay
76 Boat Quay
Singapore
049864

Thanks to the team at 5FootWay.Inn for their hospitality.  They’re even passing some savings on to you!  While this article has been written in partnership, all reviews are honest and opinions are my own.   Use promo code “TTS10” when e-mailing marketing@5footwayinn.com to book your stay.  This code is valid for booking and staying at 5FootWay.Inn before March 2018!

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