Blogs from Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea, Asia - page 6


Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Asan-gun September 2nd 2010

-- the flight from san francisco to seoul was rather uneventful, although i did end up seated next to a guy who had been teaching in seoul for 10 years so i got some great advice to ponder for the last couple hours of the flight. this was considerably better than sitting through the miley cyrus movie "the last song"(i'll admit it, i teared up and then instantly hated myself). i came out of the gate to find alistair, my contact from korean horizons. he instead found me and he was holding a picture of me with black hair seeming confused on why my hair was now blonde. we got some coffee and chatted about how the motto of south korea is "expect the unexpected." the other newbies, six boys from the us of a, showed ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong August 19th 2010

Hello Blog, It's been a couple of weeks, sorry for my infidelity. I've been getting steadily more lazy in all ways, the heat and humidity only seem to let up when it's pouring down rain...which is more often than I remember happening in Minnesota. I feel compelled to exercise but the gyms here are missing one key element- air conditioning. Speaking of which, my electric bill is going to be over $100 this month; awesome! I've had a love affair with fried rice recently. I keep trying slightly different variations though none of them are terribly healthy. I can't imagine rice, eggs, soy sauce and mushrooms to be light no matter how many carrots and beansprouts I put in there. It's at least more healthy than ramen (I think)? Two weekends ago I went to the ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 24th 2010

Well when it's July you know it's time for the annual Mud Festival, and as of years past it rained while we were there. This year they doubled the size of the area and added a big stage. We tried a new place to eat at this time; they served almost the same items, mullusk. They had clams, mussels, scallops, and a few others that I don't know the names, basically you have a grill on your table and you put them on the grill; when they open just pop 'em in your mouth. Pearl and I kick it up a notch, we bring garlic butter and mozzarella cheese, we get a tin plate add the butter and cheese, and put it over the fire, when the shells open we put the juice and the meat ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 18th 2010

I tried to make an entry from last weekend but there were no pictures and no interesting stories to tell. I just went out with some friends, ate spicy food, drank soju and generally had a good time. This week I was hoping would fly by. It did. Being rainy season, it's been either sprinkling, pouring, or humid as hell here. I've heard in the next couple weeks it's supposed to be the hottest all summer. Not something I'm looking forward to. Friday night I was supposed to get off work early and go see the Kia Tigers baseball game. Thanks to the rain the game was cancelled so I got the pleasure of staying at work. I met up with friends afterwards and we had some beers. I ended up going to noraebang for over ... read more
Korean Brethren

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong May 23rd 2010

Hey all, another week has passed. It was a bit rainy here most of the time but there were a few glimmering days of Minnesota-like summer weather. I went out to lunch on Monday with the plant president at OCI which was pretty cool, he's the #1 guy in the Gunsan plant. We dined at a Japanese restaurant near my school. I ate some raw fish (Wae) which is just eaten dipping in some kind of sauce. There was tempura shrimp as well. The best course was some big pieces of raw tuna, they were served very cold (almost frozen) and I wrapped them in some dried seaweed and dipped in some sort of oil. It was a very unctious taste, quite good. Lastly we ate some cold soba noodles. It was so funny when the ... read more
Ghetto Rappers
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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do October 31st 2009

My crazy-packed end-of-October weekend started off with an early trip to the Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal in Daejeon Saturday morning. Since our first tour (Chungju) with Adventure Korea left from Seoul, it didn't make sense to meet them in Seoul first thing Saturday as the city of Chungju was closer to Daejeon. It took 1.5hrs to get to Chungju from Daejeon. Chungju is a city in North Chungcheong province, South Korea. Its flower is the Chrysanthemum, its bird is the Mandarin Duck, and its tree is the Apple Tree. Did you know? Chungju is famous for its production of apples. The principal reasons being because of the large amount of daylight received and high different in temperatures. Once we arrived at the city, we took a taxi, which drove through a beautiful winding road with autumn-coloured ... read more
Gosu caving
the 3 Weird Rocks & us
Julia and I at Seokmun

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 29th 2009

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well and trying to enjoy the summer despite the unfortunate bout of Toronto weather I heard about. So about two weeks ago Jonathan and I went to an EPIK reunion. It was held in Seoul at the Olympic Parktel. Olympic hotels are a little creepy minus the Olympics. We went to a performance called Jump. Its was a comedy combined with martial arts. At one point they brought Jonathan on stage and made him do some somersaults and such. I tried to film it but I was asked to stop immediately for some reason. Later that night a bunch of us went to the Zebra bar (Real name -Juju bar) that we had frequented during our orientation. It was a real full circle moment. We had a lot of ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 25th 2009

Summer is in full swing and what better way to enjoy some sun than at the beach. Annually Boryeong, some two and a half hours by train South of Seoul, holds a mud fest. Yes, an excuse for just about every westerner in South Korea to hit the beach and get silly and’s a recipe for fun! 7:40 am, excitement at an all time high and time to taxi to the train station. We got lucky that our seasoned mud festing mates organised us train tickets so that we weren’t subjected to a gruelling 6 hour bus ride! Getting to the station was proving to be a little challenging though cause Megum is a little quiet at that time of the morning, in fact we had to knock on the window of a snoozing ajoshie ... read more
Welcome to boryeaong's Daechan Beach
Hayley and I
andrea and I

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 20th 2009

Well this is the third year that we have gone to the "Boryeong - Mud Festival", last year I did not take any pictures because when we went a Typhoon hit the cost. This year it rained so hard the first weekend, it is monsoon season now, so we went on the last weekend, although it did not rain the entire day, it was very very windy. But it was still very fun seeing everybody covered in mud we also ate lunch at our favorite restaurant, it is a shell fish joint with a hole in the middle of your table were the put charcoal, a screen goes over it so you can cook your shell fish, we got mostly claims about eight scallops, this is an All-you-can-eat, we had four helpings, we brought our own ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 14th 2009

Months ago, things started popping up on facebook like, “Korean Mudfestival 1 friend is a fan.” More recently I’ve had conversations like, “Do you know mud festival? Very famous in Korea.” Even more importantly, sandwiched between Turkey’s Camel Wrestling Festival and the UK’s Cheese Rolling Festival, the Boryeong Mud Festival ranks 3rd on a London newspaper’s list of the url= ‘World’s Weirdest Festivals.’ I’m also proud to mention that the Testy Fest in Montana made the same list at number fourteen; I know the ridiculousness of that place too well, so we can only imagine what kind of sillyness Korean has in store for their version of the world’s weirdest! The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual bash that t... read more
The center flags
Kiddy slide
Yeah... get in there

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