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  • globalkiwi 4:27 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Traditional Korea and "Yummy" bugs! 

    SO while on vacation during Chusok here in Korea, I visited a small traditional village where I stated in a traditional Hanok: Korean housing with heated floors that we slept on and enjoyed the chestnut festival. I even got to try on a Hanbok (traditional Korean dress)!  Among the festivities, my friends and I decided to enjoy some of the traditional street food cuisine, one of them being silk worm pupae!

    It was crunchy and had a aroma that surrounded the entire area…

    I’ve been told it was Bee Larvae, but it in fact Silkworm Pupae. While it was exciting to try, I won’t be eating these again. 🙂 lol
  • globalkiwi 9:02 am on November 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , korea, , silk   

    Silk Art: Their Beauty and Detriment 

    Here are a few pictures of handcrafted silk artwork done by women we visited while in Dali City, Yunnan Province, China. The women there do these intricate pieces to raise money for themselves and their family. Some of them are students who, when they return home for the summer, create these masterpieces and hope they will be sold.

    We were told that the eyesight of many of the girls are severely damages as they work with such fine, thin threads and strain their eyes in attempts to be as precise as possible.

    “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. ”

    • Pablo Picasso



    Silk Worm Cocoons, The workers harvest their own silk too.


    • DougReilly 3:11 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Did you see the stands on the main pedestrian shopping street in Seoul selling stewed silkworm cocoons? I didn’t try any…

  • globalkiwi 8:51 am on November 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Challenge #2: Signs! 

    A sign in the Foreign Language Institute (FLI)

    I have seen this sign in the building building that I have 2 classes, lunch and sometimes dinner in. While I can understand what is says, I didn’t understand why it needed to be said, until now. It is in the administrative building of the Foreign Language Institute. They encourage (or require)  non-native English speakers to speak English as well as non-native ones. It is immensely valuable in Korea to be able to speak English especially at the university level.

  • globalkiwi 2:58 am on November 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Trick Eye Museum 

    Trick Eye Museum

    I will be posting a few picture from my amazing time at Seoul’s Trick Eye Museum! I had a great day there with new friends and had my first Italian meal which was AMAZING!!!

    The Trick Eye Museum is an optical Illusion exhibit where you interact with the art work and have a great time!

  • iameeps 8:39 pm on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    One year later…

    February 21st was the one year anniversary of my return to South Korea, for the HWS-Yonsei Exchange program.

    I have spent much time this semester thinking about ‘where was I one year ago?’ and processing my time in Korea: wondering what I would like to share in this post.


    Ultimately this picture sums it up. The little Korean girl, going about her business, walking along while this huge group of foreign students attempts to catch big air in the typically tourist style ‘jumping photo’.

    I had a pretty rough adjustment when I moved to Korea for the Spring ’11 semester, and it was just as rough when I returned to the states. Despite that turmoil a year later when I think of my time, it is not the bad roommate or the homesickness or the rough times that I think of. It is the faces you see in the picture above. At the time I was frustrated by my situation because I found it challenging to meet Korean students on the campus of Yonsei, due to the removed nature of the international students’ dorms and classes. However, although almost all of my group of friends was American we came from such a diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions that I learned more about the world we live in from these thirteen people than I ever expected I could. By the time the semester came to a close I realized just how much I had been underestimating the potential we a a group possessed to teach and learn from each other. So although my second round in Korea was not as aggressive in language learning I would not trade it for the world– not to mention being one of the only Korean speakers in this group gave me a great opportunity to work on conversational Korean and my accent!

    I would like to share a couple of apps that I used frequently on my iTouch for future students as well!

    The first is called “Korean”: a bit pricey at $14.99, I am so glad I jumped for this app. With literally hundreds of different topics to study, this app teaches Korean vocabulary in a four-part interactive flashcard style which quizzes the user on spelling (Eng-Krn and Krn-Eng), listening, and reading. I used this app to kill time on the train and in between classes.

    Maybe an unexpected choice, “SoundHound” actually came in really handy. Everywhere you go in Seoul there seems to be music, and being a student of Korean popular culture, I was always interest what songs I was hearing. SoundHound had a surprising amount of access to identify Korean music in addition to music in English, and helped me to connect with my surroundings– and is a great topic for conversation too! (Free)

    Finally, is a really popular free app in Korea called “KakaoTalk”. KakaoTalk is a free messaging software, operating much like iMessage. The user simply downloads the app, makes a user name, and then you can message friend unlimitedly. This was great when I had wifi access because it allowed me to save some money on my cell-phone bill. Great news, it works internationally so I can still message friends in the U.S. and Korea now that I’m home!

    Thank you all for reading, and supporting my blog work while I was abroad! I wish the upcoming participants of AsiaPod an enlightening voyage~



    • DougReilly 6:24 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a thoughtful, mature post! I know Korea was a difficult experience, but I’m really proud of how you’ve tried to build on the positive parts of it and carry on. Also thanks for turning me on to Soundhound…likely another app that I’ll have to go group therapy to get over!

  • DougReilly 6:50 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , korea, pop culture, seoul, street art   

    Lost in Translation: street art 

    I found this street art in Sinchon, the busy student quarter of Seoul. It was old and preserved under plexiglass. Other parts of the panel seemed to be about a restaurant. But I’m not sure what this part is about: You sit down with your family for some nice barbeque at your favorite restaurant and then a dragon incinerates one of your children? Maybe the food is randomly spicy? Although, it kind of looks like the kids are actually some kind of birds. It was next to a modern restaurant called (in English) Chicken and Beer.

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