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  • jhboisselle 3:03 pm on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Couple Clothing 

    This posting is from Chelsea Gannon:

    One “culture shocking” aspect of South Korean life I encountered was couples. Not only are there immense numbers of couples, but large cultural supports for the prevalence of these pairs. In Korean dramas and movies, love and dating is an incredibly popular subject.  Additionally, gender roles within these relationships are rather strictly defined with girls often acting cutesy and innocent, a trait known as “aegyo”, and the boys acting authoritative, strong, and as the caretaker of their girlfriends. With such a prominent role of couples, a culture has developed where each engages in “normal” activities such as the men carrying their girlfriend’s purses or most interestingly wearing matching accessories or clothing. More often than not, couple items are shoes or shirts, but it was not uncommon to see couples decked out in matching gear including shoes, full outfits, and bags. In extreme cases, couples would wear even matching nail polish. While this phenomenon was highly prevalent throughout Seoul, we witnessed extensive numbers of couple items due to the sheer number of Koreans we encountered on a daily basis. Couples, both dating and married, even purchased matching “USA Pavilion” cowboy hats and t shirts from our gift store, specifically asking if a certain item had one for the other gender so that it was “couple wear”. Although I couldn’t take photos while working, I was able to snap a few while on my breaks or off days, and I’ve posted them below:


  • jhboisselle 2:59 pm on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Yeosu Bay and Mosageum Beach 

    This posting is from Chelsea Gannon:

    Yeosu was selected as the location for the 2012 World Expo with the theme of Living Oceans and Coasts because of its tropical -like environment and picturesque coastline. However, Yeosu was also picked for its industrial and economical ties to the sea. Because of this Yeosu has been a particularly interesting place to explore; full of beautiful beaches but also indications of Yeosu’s industrial significance.
    On one of the local beaches I’ve visited often, Mosageum Beach, is famous for it’s black sand. It is a small but pleasant beach with coarse, dark grey sand nestled between a cement jetty and jagged green hillside. The water is vibrant teal on sunny days (despite the grey hue in the picture) and spotted with small fishing boats and in the distance, with oil tankers waiting to be loaded with petroleum. The picture below is of Yeosu bay, which I took from a ferry to a nearby town.

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  • jhboisselle 2:56 pm on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Yeosu’s Market 

    market1 This posting is from Chelsea Gannon:

    Fruits and vegetables are incredibly expensive (I have bought a single carrot for 3 dollars and seen watermelons priced at 30) so today  I decided to go to the local market rather than the standard grocery store in hopes of finding some lower prices. Not only did I find vegetables for reasonable prices (still pricy compared to the states- but no where near as mind blowingly high) I had a lot of fun exploring and talking with the ajumas.

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    The meat section of the market was a little less enjoyable and I was nearly run over by an ajosshi pushing a cart of halved pig carcasses.


  • jhboisselle 2:47 pm on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    양념오리한마리 (Marinated Duck) 

    This posting is on behalf of Chelsea Gannon:

    My favorite style of Korean restuarant is Barbeque, which involves using the hot griddle or grill over hot coals at your table and cooking your own order of meat. Tonight for dinner, two of my friends and I went out and ordered 800g of marinated duck for 30,000 KRW, which converts to around $27 (under $10 a person!).

    While our griddle heated up, the ajuma brought out an array of side dishes: kimchi, garlic, anchovies, cucumber kimchi, pickled sesame leaves, two kinds of sauces, rice, and lettuce leaves for wrapping.

    Pretty soon she brought out the duck.


    All of the ingredients in the final product!!


  • explorewithasmile 3:08 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunset in Sihanoukville 

    Sunset in Sihanoukville

    Taken on my way back to Sihanoukville from Koh Rong Samloem, an island off the coast of Cambodia, via boat.

  • explorewithasmile 1:36 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    It Finally Feels Like Vacation 

    After touring the capital, I traveled south to Sihanoukville – a popular beach community. It is filled with tourists, foreigners, backpackers of the like especially since it is around the holidays. The beach is stunning, the people are incredibly nice and the parties are great!

    Picture 1- Sunset on the Ochheuteal Beach
    Picture 2 – A view from my beach chair
    Picture 3 – Me and a friend I made getting a chance to play with the fire tricks at a party on the beach




    • Ellen 2:29 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no! You’ve just open the door for someone to remind you (one more time!) how he learned to EAT fire.

  • explorewithasmile 1:29 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Exploring Phnom Penh 

    I spent a day and a half touring Phnom Penh doing most of the tourist spots. It is similar to Ho Chi Minh City as far as modernization, but has the historical and political building that are in Hanoi. In short, Phnom Penh has the best of both worlds, what a city!

    Picture 1 – Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument
    Picture 2 – The King (massive image) in pfront of Royal Palace
    Picture 3 – Cambodian Independence Monument




    • Ellen 2:25 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful structures. I’ll admit my ignorance of Cambodia’s history. Can you fill us in when you get a chance?

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