Typhoon: Sanba

Typhoon Sanba hit South Korea earlier this week.  It was hailed as a Super Typhoon, Category 5, but by the time it descended onto Daegu it was little more than a strong tropical storm.  Other parts of Korea were not so fortunate, but living in an inland valley does have its perks.

Whatever the classification, the storm still meant lots and lots of rain.  Here are some shots I took (with my new Nikon 3100 – a birthday gift from Andy!!) during and after Sanba.

Downtown

Downtown

The stage downtown

Ominous clouds over 2.28 Memorial Park

Finally, some sun!

View of downtown Daegu after the storm

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Freaky Food: Beondegi Round 2

About 3 months, Andy and I faced one of our fears… eating bugs! Beondegi are super popular snacks at Korean events or even sold in stores, similar to popcorn or nuts.  I remember very clearly my distaste for this snack… but Andy wasn’t convinced.  A second round was in order.  Watch the verdict below.

Don’t forget my original post on beondegi!

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International Bodypainting Festival

Fantasy Make-up

Last weekend, Daegu hosted its annual International Bodypainting Festival in Duryu Park.  Bodypainting seems like an unusual choice for such a conservative and modest country, but the massive crowds clearly indicate a lot of interest.

Artists from all over the world were present (including 2 or 3 from the States), as well as international models.  I heard many languages spoken in the various tents.

There were three categories at the festival: bodypainting, fantasy make-up, and most photogenic model.  The contests were on Saturday and the awards on Sunday night.  Either day, I’d recommend going later in the afternoon (after 3pm at least) to see the models with the most amount of paint coverage.  As it gets dark, the models assemble on stage while K-Pop blares into the crowd.  If you get hungry, you can always buy food from one of the vendors lined up next to the field.

My friend Deva wrote a great article for Chincha!? magazine, read it hereWarning: some photos might not be safe for work!!

European models chatting
A Korean artist works on her model
Just a small cross-section of the astounding number of photographers
One of the best – a jaguar prowling on a Korean temple roof
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Thailand: One Night in Bangkok

The final day and a half of my Thailand trip was spent in Bangkok (Krung Thep to locals).  After almost a week in island paradise, Bangkok presented a sharp contrast to the relaxed lifestyle.  Like any city, the City of Angels was hot, noisy, crowded, and smelly.  But it was also full of beautiful sights, delicious food, and friendly (and not-so-friendly) people.

As with the rest of this trip, nothing was planned in advance.  We caught a cab and told the driver to take us to Khao San, the popular tourist street.  Near this area we found a hostel called Wild Orchid, which I would recommend.  Definitely cheaper than the islands, if you can believe it!

While in Bangkok, we
– saw the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
– were approached by gem scammers but avoided trouble and scored a cheap tuk-tuk ride and free visit to the Golden Mount (as well as a free admission to a fake Buddha)
– explored the infamous Khao San road… on a Buddhist holiday on which the sale of alcohol was prohibited! A few bars paid off the police and served alcohol in coffee cups, however.
– took lots and lots of riverboats

We only had one night… so we made what we could of it!

Khao San
Making our pad thai
in a tuk-tuk
Wat Arun from across the river
in front of the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Plinking satang (essentially Thai pennies) into 108 pots for good luck
A Thai man and a Buddhist monk
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