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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Video: The Battle of the Oyster

Last weekend I went camping with friends to Geoje Island.  I will do a full write-up at some point, but until then, check out this video of a Korean woman shucking oysters at the harbor market.  Two of my friends ordered them as a snack.  Who knew it was this hard?

(I am switching to Vimeo from Youtube for video hosting… let me know what you think in a comment!)

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Kimbap (김밥) is Korean comfort food.  It’s tasty and inexpensive, and can be purchased almost anywhere.  I’m assuming it’s not that hard to make, either, although I have never tried.  Kim (sometimes spelled gim) is Korean for laver seaweed, which is the dried seawood on the outside (similar to Japanese sushi rolls).  Bap refers to the steamed rice.  Inside can be all sorts of fillings – egg, vegetables, meat or tuna, and the list goes on.  Unlike sushi, all ingredients are cooked. But like sushi, kimbap is delicious! Kimbap varies in price from 1200-2500 won (~ 1-2 USD) for a roll of several pieces.

Platter of sliced kimbap

I recently found this great video showing the production of rice and kim for kimbap.  The seaweed scenes are filmed in Busan, and the rest of it is filmed in Daegu.  I hope you enjoy!

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Video: Day Trip at Apsan

Daegu, like most Korean cities, is completely surrounded by mountains.  One of the most frequented is Apsan (앞산), or Front Mountain.  Apsan is on the southern edge of the city and offers some great views on clear days.  Unfortunately for me it wasn’t super clear, but the views were impressive anyway.

Many people choose to hike to the top, but I opted for the cable car ride.  Round-trip was ~7,000 won.  At the top, there was a cafe/restaurant with some great views as well.  Around the base of the mountain is a park and Korean War memorial/museum.  The entire park was busy with people and even a random festival.  Korea loves its random festivals…

View from Observation Area

I also put together a short video that embodies the feel of the entire day.  Unfortunately, I forgot to charge Andy’s camera, so I had to use my digital camera for the latter part of the video.  There’s a clear drop in quality 🙁 But this was mostly to help me learn iMovie and become better at video… nothing major.  It’s about 9 minutes long, feel free to watch.

Edit: I’m having some issues with the audio/video being out of snyc… working on that.  I think it’s tolerable for now but not ideal.  Sorry about that.

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Video: How to Move in South Korea

This morning I was rudely awakened by a loud, mechanical noise.  By this morning I mean the ungodly hour of 9:30 AM, so don’t feel too bad for me.

It turns out my next-door neighbors were moving out.  Every so often, I see a family moving in or out of a nearby apartment.  Since almost everyone in South Korea lives in high-rise apartment buildings, moving is not the same as it is in the States.  Instead, people pack up their belongings in crates and lower them onto a platform via the balcony.  This is the same for larger items, such as furniture or televisions.  The platform then descends on a track to the movers, who expertly pack up a truck.  Then the empty platform ascends once again, sometimes with empty crates on top.  This whole process can take a very long time… but no one has to carry a sofa down 20 stories, so it’s worth it.  When the next neighbor moves in, the process is just reversed.

Here’s a short video demonstrating what I’ve described.  Remember, this goes on for hours.  Normally I don’t mind, but when it’s my next door neighbor and I’m asleep… well, I might be a bit grumpy at work today.

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Video: Korean Apartment Tour

Despite living in Daegu for nearly 2 months, I’ve only just filmed my apartment tour.  Better late than never, right? I remember looking at similar videos when I was still a prospective English teacher, and they certainly helped me prepare for the possibilities.  I think it’s also a great way to share my place with friends and family.

So, without further adieu:

Oh, and did I ever mention that as part of my contract, my rent is free? Because it is – that’s the best part!

If any prospective English teachers have any questions about my place or position, feel free to leave a comment!

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Video: Buddhist Monks at Donghwasa

While I was at Donghwasa, I took some video on my digital camera.  It’s not the best quality, but I wanted to record some of the unique moments and capture the gorgeous temple grounds.

It’s one of my first forays into recording.  Hopefully you enjoy.

In case you missed my post about Donghwasa Temple, you can find it here.

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Video: Election Season

On Wednesday, Korea is having elections for assemblyman.  In anticipation, candidates have had dancers, car bowers (people who stand on the side of the street and bow at passing cars…), trucks with loudspeakers and/or dancers on them, and many other organized events in Daegu.  It’s quite amusing and quite annoying.

Today while teaching, the local market had lots of representatives for all candidates.  Candidate #6 had an entire crew of dancers, as well as a truck.  Later in the day, the dance numbers got more intense.  This went on for about 8 hours… while I was teaching.  In between songs, there were also some loud speeches.  It was definitely a distraction!

I took a short video, but sadly the dancing is extremely tame.  Hope you enjoy this unique part of Korean election culture…

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