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Are you Stuck in a Rut? Ryan Thompson from Journeys Korea

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Hi everyone, it’s Jackie here. This is an article from Ryan Thompson, who is currently teaching in Korea. He writes about his experiences at Journeys Korea. If you’re stuck in a rut, check out what he has to say and hopefully you’ll find some inspiration! Let’s get to it. I …

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Eating Raw Beef with Jinyoung | Trying 육회 (YUKHOE)

Sat, 2018-07-14 01:45

Have you ever tried eating raw beef? I wouldn't recommend slicing a raw steak into noodles, then eating it - normally - but Korean 육회 (YUK-HOE) can give you that opportunity, if you're so inclined. It's made with fresh (very fresh), cold beef, so it's safe to eat. But if you have a weak stomach, or don't like beef, then you should probably avoid it. The flavor was similar to eating a really, really rare steak, but it was also cold. As someone who often cooks and enjoys steak, I really liked it and it was better than I thought. Now I can say that I've tried raw beef.

Another feature of this dish is the sesame seed oil mixed into the beef. It gives the beef a deep, nutty flavor and smell that many first-time visitors to Korea can find off-putting - but only at first. Once you're familiar with it, it won't seem so strange anymore, and I quite like the smell and taste.

To try this dish I went together with my friend JinYoung. She's had it before a few times, but it was my first time to try it.

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How to Say ‘Flower’ in Korean

Fri, 2018-07-13 22:06

Flowers are some of nature’s most gorgeous inventions, not only the kind you can see in bloom everywhere in springtime, but also the kind you can create right in your backyard. In this lesson you will learn how to say flower in Korean so that you can start creating that flower garden in Korea as well – or at least tell your Korean friends about the one you have back at home!


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‘Flower’ in Korean

The word for flower in Korean is 꽃 (kkot). As you may have noticed, the word ends with ㅊ (ch). Which means that when you combine it with an object or noun marking particles, you will pronounce it as 꽃을 (kkocheul) or 꽃이 (kkochi). However, when you refer to the ‘flower’ on its own in Korean, with no marking particles attached, the pronunciation needs to end in a ‘t’-sound.

Another word for how to say ‘flower’ in Korean is 화초 (hwacho). It is rarely used, but would be an especially good vocabulary word for referring to planting and growing flowers or when the word you wish to use is ‘plant’.


Related Vocabulary

꽃 한 다발 (kkot han dabal) – a bunch of flowers

꽃꽃이 (kkotkkochi) – a flower arrangement

벚꽃 (beotkkot) – cherry blossom

(nan) – orchid

수선화 (suseonhwa) – daffodil

양귀비 (yangwibi) – poppy

튤립 (thyullib) – tulip

장미 (jangmi) – rose

베고니아 (begonia) – begonia

백합 (baekhab) – lily

나리 (nari) – lily

제비꽃 (jebikkot) – violet

해바라기 (haebaragi) – sunflower

무궁화 (mugunghwa) – Hibiscus*


*Korea’s national flower


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences


올해는 꽃들이 일찍 피었어요. (orhaeneun kkotdeuri iljjik phieosseoyo.)

The flowers bloomed early this year.


장미는 언제 꽃을 피어요? (jangmineun eonje kkocheul phieoyo?)

When do roses bloom?


오늘은 화초를 심을게요. (oneureun hwachoreul shimeulgeyo.)

I will plant the flowers today.



나는 너한테 꽃을 좀 꺾었어. (naneun neohanthe kkocheul jom kkyeokkeosseo.)

I picked up some flowers for you.


어디로 꽃을 심을까? (eodiro kkocheul shimeulkka?)

Where should we plant the flower?


Now that you know how to say ‘flower’ in Korean, what other nature-related vocabulary do you wish to learn? Let us know and we’ll make the magic happen!


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Play and Stay in KK: SPLURGE at Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Sun, 2018-07-08 23:26
Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

If my short, magical stay in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) taught me anything, it’s that service is of utmost importance, the people are incredibly friendly, they all seem to be amazing singers, and there’s no shortage of things to do!  My first couple of days gave me a deal (Dock In Hostel) and a steal (Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu).  My third night in Sabah was spent at the luxurious Gaya Island Resort.   I have 150 pictures of my 24 hours here to share with you.  I was so busy with meetings and tours I didn’t even get to step foot in the sea nor the pool, but you should!  This property is perfect for responsible eco-tourism, relaxing by the pool, yoga, getting spa treatments, or spending quality time with your lover. If you’re going to Kota Kinabalu, you must stay at least a couple of nights at Gaya Island Resort!

What Dreams Are Made Of: Gaya Island Resort

Staying in a villa at Gaya Island Resort is pretty much every travel blogger’s dream.  Unfortunately I wasn’t there quite long enough to take a breath, but I have ever intention of returning someday soon!  My whole trip to Sabah was jam-packed by the Sabah Tourism Board.  When organizing your stay in Kota Kinabalu, make sure to take some time to enjoy yourself and soak up the sun.  Gaya Island Resort is such a romantic place to stay, but there are TONS of activities, too!  Don’t miss out by spending one night like I did – make sure to book at least 2 or more!

Getting to Gaya Island Resort

My journey began at Jesselton Port – the ferry dock to get to plenty of wonderful public islands where you can go snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking.  My trip was a short ride to the private Gaya Island Resort.  After checking in with the staff in their lovely, air-conditioned office, I wandered around the Port eyeing all of the shops, kiosks, and food vendors.

There’s plenty of eat and drink here, just make sure what you order hasn’t been sitting around for too long.  When it was time to depart, all my luggage was already on the boat.  All I had to do was don a life-preserver and hold on!

The Story of Gaya Island Resort

“Tucked amidst protected mangroves, sheltered coral reefs and curled around the pristine sandy coast of Malohom Bay rests Gaya Island Resort.  Set on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, discover a sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon.” Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort is pretty huge!  Upon my arrival I got a quick peek around some of the grounds and then went for a tour of the spa.  I got to enjoy some gorgeous views, but I was really disappointed that my stay was so short.  The resort prides itself on being ecologically-sustainable and aware of its carbon footprint.  There are a few motorized vehicles for staff, but beyond that it’s a walking resort.

The Spa at Gaya Island Resort

“Spa Village Gaya Island is a tranquil hideaway surrounded by distinctive island flora and fauna. From the warm clear waters of Gaya and its rich lowland forests to the high altitude blossoms of Mount Kinabalu, our treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients. A rich tapestry of spa programmes reflects the cultural healing traditions of Sabah’s many indigenous people. From the specialised rice scrubs and masques of the Kadazandusun to the age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads, Spa Village Gaya Island is uniquely rooted in ancient tradition while seeking to restore balance to the body and soul.” – Spa Village Gaya Island Resort

Proboscis Monkey at Gaya Island

The sense of tranquility at the spa was instantaneous!  They have plenty of different treatments for couples and his and hers alike.  The spa is where they have all their yoga.  It’s done in a studio with different risers so that everyone can see the instructor.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to do your yoga teacher training in such an oasis?  The spa is where you might catch a glimpse of the resident proboscis monkey, too.  I didn’t get to see him, but I did go home with a sweet plush toy imitation!

Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre After my tour around the spa I definitely wanted to indulge in some treatments, but the tour continued over to the private beach!  This is where the Marine Centre is located.  It “advocates 3 key conservation themes – Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation Through Education. [The] resident marine biologist and dedicated team work together with equally passionate partners, championing initiatives to protect marine life, raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices and aim for pollution-free waters.” The Marine Centre is where I learned about the resort’s efforts to clean up the water and rehabilitate wildlife.  Sometimes those efforts aren’t successful, others the sea life is housed in the centre, and the team gets really excited when they’re able to release back into the marine environment. Guided Nature Walks and Jungle Treks

Make sure to go visit Justin, the Gaya Naturalist, throughout your visit.  He’s a wealth of knowledge and is so passionate about animals!  “Discover an exceptional botanic reserve, diverse wildlife and a rare, undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forest, found only within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Our nature walks offer an environmental education voyage with our Resident Naturalist.  Limited guests are allowed daily to minimise human impact to the wildlife and their habitat.”

In the afternoon I got to learn all about how the team rehabilitates injured owls, snakes, and even monkeys from the island.  We took a look at a pregnant viper they were keeping safe from predators in the jungle.  I also learned about how humans can prey on elements of the island.  It’s amazing the number of animals and plants certain cultures will steal and murder all in the name of “strength and vitality”.  I’m pretty sure ingesting pangolin is not going to make your boner any harder.

Sabah Sunset Cruise

Sabahan sunsets are famous across Malaysia.  I got to meet a couple from Seoul on the ride, but it was really just the 3 of us and our Captain.  My Korean’s pretty bad, but we managed to communicate for a bit.  Unfortunately, the lady was very seasick.  Take this trip if you’re okay on motorboats, but steer clear if the slightest wobble makes you ill.  If you want to catch an unobstructed view of a gorgeous sunset,  take the Gaya Island Sunset Cruise.  If you’re going with a group, see if it’s possible to bring some music and refreshments. It’s lovely to look out where the sky meets the sea, but it’s a little lonesome for over an hour!

My Villa at Gaya Island Resort

My villa at the resort was tucked away up the hill.  At night, sweet little geckos skittled up and down the wall outside.  The bed was huge and had views of the jungle – until the screens went down to ensure a long, leisurely, lie-in.  The Sabah Tourism Board had arranged so many meetings and events for me in such a short stay.  My nap and early night’s sleep were necessary to keep adventuring around Kota Kinabalu!

I had a long, relaxing bath in my massive tub.  I really enjoyed the plethora of delicious-smelling Mangosteen bubble bath, salts, and lotions!  The villas at Gaya Island Resort truly make for the perfect romantic getaway.  If you’re traveling to Malaysian Borneo with that special someone, make it a vacation to remember at Gaya Island Resort.

Gaya Island Resort Contact Details ADDRESS Gaya Island Resort, Just Explore
Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah TELEPHONE +60 88 210 342

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Korean Cosplay Convention (with Abby P) | 코스프레 체험

Sun, 2018-07-08 02:25
Korean Cosplay Convention (with Abby P) | 코스프레 체험

I've wanted to try cosplaying since I was a teenager, but didn't have an opportunity. I wasn't a big fan of anime, but I did watch some, and I thought it'd be fun to visit a convention. Well this year in Korea I found out that there are several conventions going on, and one of them was a cosplay convention in Seoul. So I contacted my friend Abby P (another YouTuber) and we went together in cosplay as characters from the movie "Spirited Away."

Have you ever tried cosplay before? What are your experiences?

Abby P also made a video about our cosplay experience on her channel here:

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Détente Divergence: the US-South Korean split on this Year’s Engagement with North Korea

Sat, 2018-07-07 11:27

This is a local re-post of my monthly op-ed for the Lowy Institute: here.

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This Week: June 30-July 6

Fri, 2018-07-06 16:38

In an effort to get back to regular blogging, we’re going to try this one more time. Here is a collection of links from around the web that have caught my attention this week.

In Korea 

Conflict grows over Yemeni refugees in Jeju-do
Last weekend, a protest and counter-protest were held in regard to the approximately 500 Yemeni asylum seekers who have been stranded on Jeju-do, where a special visa-free program for tourists allowed them entrance they couldn’t gain to the mainland. A petition to the Blue House website requesting that they not be granted asylum has a record 642,000 signatures, and now Jeju-do’s visa-free policy is being debated. Meanwhile, the situation for the asylum seekers is becoming dire, given that many of them are camping on the beach, and as you probably know, a typhoon beat down on the island for the better part of a week, and it is really fucking hot.

Bakeries ditch plastic bags
In an ongoing effort to offset the recycling crisis caused by China’s ban on importing the world’s plastic, which went into effect in January, Korean companies are seeking out more eco-friendly alternatives. This week, both Paris Baguette and Tous Les Jours committed to ditching their plastic bags for paper. Government offices are already cutting back on waste by banning paper cups and those plastic umbrella sleeves, and Korean marts have committed to reducing plastic packing waste by up to 50 percent.

New 52-hour work week goes into effect
On Sunday, the government’s new labor law went into effect, meaning that the official workweek for companies with more than 300 employees is now limited to 52 hours, down from the previous 68 hours. Anything over 40 hours requires time-and-a-half overtime pay, but not everyone is feeling optimistic. A lot of people believe the new policy will just result in more unpaid overtime off the books, or basically no change at all. The thing is though, I don’t really get the overtime argument, considering how inconsistent overtime compensation is for the dozens of overtime hours many Korean workers put in per month currently. Meanwhile, people in fields that pay an hourly wage are upset at not being able to make as much money as before, if their hours are limited to *just* 52 a week. I call that a minimum wage problem, not a work-week limitation problem. No one should be struggling to get by on what they make working 52 hours a week.

Half of all single-person households are female and this is somehow news
On Monday, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family released a the results of a report that found that 49.5 percent of all single-person households in Korea are occupied by women. The headline says that women are “thinking less about marriage”, but this was a stats report and not a survey, so I’m not sure where that conclusion comes from. At any rate, women in their 30s continue to lag behind all other age groups in terms of employment, which is probably due to being expected to quit or being squeezed out after marriage and childbirth.

Women boycott consumer activities on the first Sunday of every month
In related news, women are beginning to organize around a spending boycott one Sunday a month to protest gender economic inequality, including the pink tax (the extra money women are often charged for goods and services of comparable value to the ones offered to men and the general population), the wage gap, objectification in advertising, and the extra money women are expected to spend to keep up their physical appearances as compared to men (see: women getting fired/not hired for not wearing makeup, which can cost hundreds of thousands of won a month).

KT Modern Korean Literature Translation Awards
The Korea Times have officially kicked off their annual Modern Korean Literature Translation Awards. They’re taking submissions in both fiction and poetry, and the deadline is August 31. The grand prizes are pretty hefty, but inexplicably, the prize for poetry is less than half the amount of the prize for fiction. Because as everyone knows, translating poetry is a piece of cake. Thanks, KT.

Chungmuro International Music Film Festival July 6-15
If you’re looking for a way to keep cool during this heatwave without running up your electricity bill, and you’re a fan of films and/or musicals, you might want to check out the Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival, which kicks off today. You can head to Chungmu Arts Center, DDP or the CGV Myeongdong Cine Library to catch films like Dirty Dancing, Victor Victoria, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof and both Hairsprays.

Pompeo to present Kim Jong Un with a copy of “Rocket Man”
What do you really want me to say about this? Because I’ve got nothing.

Around the Web 

NY Times critic reviews book about the art of translation
Benjamin Moser goes in on Kate Briggs for the loosey-goosey views she expresses on translation in her new book, This Little Art. Although the review is pretty scathing, I’m not strictly a traditionalist when it comes to translation, and the poet in me is more intrigued by these excerpts than anything. Moser also takes a few swipes at Roland Barthes by way of explaining why Briggs is inadequate, so that’s strike one for Moser, in my opinion.

Refugee crisis around the world
The global refugee/asylum-seekers crisis has simultaneously reached a boiling point both here in Korea and in my home country, and it’s having a major impact on politics in Germany right now, too. In 1951, following the atrocities of World War II, the UN made a commitment, based on the lessons we all had learned from the war, to take the issue of global refugees more seriously. Now, more people have been displaced worldwide in the past few years than any time since the aftermath of that war, and everyone is struggling to keep up and figure out how to handle it. This article by Uri Friedman in The Atlantic takes a look at some of the possible solutions, as well as their downsides. An interesting read for anyone who cares enough to imagine themselves in these refugee’s shoes and think seriously about what can reasonably be done for them.

The Internet remembers Ernest Hemingway
Monday was the anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death. The literary world lost their annual collective shit (which is a bit morbid, if you ask me), and a ton of Hemingway tributes went up around the web, but my favorite was this one from BrainPickings that outlines his advice on writing, the revision process and a list of books he thought to be essential reading for aspiring writers.

Run a bookstore in seaside Scotland
The New York Times Critic’s Notebook sent a critic to the Scottish seaside village of Wigtown, where bookstores are the main industry. There’s a bookshop there with an attached upstairs flat that you can rent, and while you stay, you’re also in charge of the shop. Reservations are full up until 2021, and there’s a waiting list after that, but I feel like this is something I’d still like to do in three years’ time.

Times publishes list of recipes for a heat wave
And finally, the Times cooking section published a list of 55 recipes for 90-degree days, which is perfect. I don’t mind cooking in the heat, but my appetite shifts dramatically in the summer, so I’m looking forward to giving more than a handful of these recipes a try over the next few months.

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