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#KPOP sighting! ~ Target was flying fron ICN to Japan!

27 Apr

Excitement!

The new #KPOP band #Target were flying with us today to #Japan! We Checked in right beside them and then flew out on the same flight.

I hadn’t heard of them yet, but the Fan girls were out on force and brought me up to date 😀 4th KPOP band I’ve seen on my travels!

Awesomeness!

#music #koreanmusic #pop #kpopband #instakpop #koreanpop #music #band

A #Korean Odyssey and the #Chinese Legends that inspires it ~ Princess Iron Fan

10 Feb

Original Chinese Characters and the Korean representations in “A Korean Odyssey”:

Monkey King ~ Son Oh Gong

*The Monkey 🐵King’s Chinese name is Sun WuKong.  Wu is the Chinese word for “5” while “Oh” is the Korean word for “5”  So Son Oh Gong is just a rewrite of Sun WuKong. 😋

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The Monk Xuanzang ~ Jin Seon-mi

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The Bull Demon King ~  Woo Ma-Wang

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Drinks Around! #Alcohol and South #Korea

10 Feb

Glass of wine anyone? 🍷

Thought I’d drop a small Warning about alcohol for Visitors to #Korea during the #Olympics or well, visiting ever. 😀

Don’t get me wrong, the alcohol in Korea is good. But like #Baijiu in #China – you gotta be careful. One really famous Korean #drink is #Soju (소주) which usually ranges between 20% to 40% alcohol, but can be as much as 50%. 😱 VERY strong. You drink it in shot glasses and moderate the intake. The first time I visited #Seoul, two boys in our group drank it like Beer and were deathly ill the next day (and they weren’t lightweights). It’s fun and a great #Cultural experience, but be warned 😋

If you want a Good drink, but prefer something less likely to sterilize your insides, I recommend one of Korea’s Plum Wines. They are sweet and great to sip & enjoy! 🍾

Tip #1- Asian Culture (Including both #China and #Korea in my experience) is often built around the idea that an empty cup or plate is a sign the host did not provide enough. So if you don’t want them to keep pouring you more alcohol later, leave a medium bit in your glass. They are less likely to add to it. If your glass is mostly empty, thery are inclined to fill it back up.

Tip #2 – The more you drink at the beginning of the night, the more they’ll assume you can hold your alcohol and start encouraging you to drink even more through toasts. If you’re moderating, drink less early in the night. They won’t pressure you as much later.

Tip #3 – A lot of culture guides say you cannot refuse alcohol in cultures like this because it is ‘rude.’ That’s not true. In my experience in Korea, they were always understanding if I said I wasn’t drinking tonight. They usually just assume it’s for religious or health reasons and move on. Though it’s easier for women to avoid than for men.

If you are gonna party hearty, drink responsibly! Bring a friend who can make sure you A) get home, B) don’t accidently get in a fight or trouble, and C) don’t accidently offend the locals around you. 😀

Translation in #Asia – Miscommunication Much?

8 Feb

This is why living in #China or translating from Chinese – English is so hard. . . . Apparently this was supposed to say ‘Copy Business Hours’. Instead it says ‘Check toilet’ 😂😜 Most translators are like this! Even #Google translate sucks with Asian languages 😭 *For anyone visiting #China I recommend #HanpingLite. It’s a great dictionary. If you’re in #Korea to visit or for the #olympics, I recommend #codegent Korean Lite app. 😀

Travel #Foodie – Green Tea Chocolate

3 Feb

Ok Korea, I Love a good hot cocoa and this mint Chocolate was delish. But WHY add the green tea tree on top?!? Cocoa doesn’t need tea! And I thought it was a mint cookie. . . . it was horrible! Trickery I tell you! But seriously, if you’re in Korea for the #olympics, you gotta try their cafes. They are SO good. Cafe Bene and Angel-N-Us are two of my faves. Fellow #traveler, which coffee shop is your guilty pleasure?

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A Cloud of Flowers

2 Feb

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What Would Your Lock Say?

29 Jan
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Locks from N Seoul Tower

Using Union Pay at #Korea ATM

1 Jan


​How to use a Chinese Union Pay card at a Korean atm. 😜 I had to learn through trial & error. Hope this saves some Chinese residents visiting Korea!
1. Click button that says English (with #Chinese characters below) – you cannot actually use a union pay card and English – so it has to be done in Chinese.

2. Choice 2 – ‘Foreign Card 中國語’ – That’s Chinese

3. Put in your card.

4. Choose ‘CUP’ – Chinese Union Pay

5. Choose the top left button (first button) – 信用卡(credit card)

6. Choose the top left button (first choice) – 取现 (take cash)

7. Now it will ask you how much Won you want.

8. Enter you Bank Card password.

9. Take receipt, card, then cash!
Hooray!!

Well done!

#Christmas Light Show in #Seoul!

29 Dec

Breakfast at #Seoul

28 Dec

​One of my #Korea favorites! #Peach Iced #tea at the Paris Baguette. With a delicious ham & cheese muffin. . . . Great start to a Great day!

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