Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Horoscope for December

Horoscope for December

Do you feel the winds of change? It will take you to a new and exciting place. Embrace the future and don’t get stuck in the past, but don’t try to actively to enact change on your own, just let it take you forward.

Planning on an early weekend? You might be tempted to go out dancing and drinking. But it might be better to stay home, so mix up some margaritas and throw a dinner party - think the first half of “Hotel California.”

It is not too difficult for you to make a new friend and influence people. Put on your sharpest outfit and go bargain with a sales person. Continue to do what you do, and if necessary, give advice to people you care about.

If you want to make cupcakes on your birthday, you have to share with the entire class. They might be too delicious to share, but all this was impossible without the help of others. Give credit where it is deserved.

Today is the day when everything just goes perfect for you. If it is clear that you are on a lucky streak, go get a lottery ticket or ask out the cute bartender. But beware, your luck won’t last forever.

You might need some of that change you saved for some unexpected expenses. Tread carefully now. You don’t want to drain your savings because you accidentally dropped your phone in the toilet.

If you are thinking about your future, start planning now. Relationships might need to be evaluated and your career could need some examination. You don’t have to make a decision now but at least start thinking.

You have worked hard to get where you are today, so enjoy the rewards you’re receiving now. But continue to do your best so you can earn more in the future. Just be confident because you’re heading in the right direction.

When was the last time you read some classic literature or saw major play? You could learn a lot about love by delving into the arts of the past. You might be inspired by the famous love stories from years ago.

Keep your family close today. Call your relatives for dinner at a cozy restaurant have a get together at your place. Meanwhile, keep your co-workers at bay. You don’t want them interfering in your life right now.

Are you planning on making a big purchase? Perhaps you want to get a new car or phone, but think before you just go out and buy something. You might be just bored and simply wanting a new distraction.

Craving for mental peace? That strong desire for internal calm might be quenched if you go about your day the right way. Try to stay relaxed at work and home and get some rest. Things should quiet down.

Korea music awards end with mixed reviews

Korea music awards end with mixed reviews

The Mnet Asian Music Awards, the first Korean pop music awards ceremony held in a foreign country, garnered high attendance but mixed reviews on Sunday at the Venetian Hotel’s Cotai Arena in Macau.

The highest honors of the night went to the girls. YG Entertainment’s 2NE1 won the most awards, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Group and Best Music Video, while JYP Entertainment’s Miss A won Song of the Year, Best New Female Artist and Best Dance Performance by a Female Group.

The awards ceremony drew more than 10,000 fans from all over Asia.

But despite the high attendance, event organizer Mnet, a Korean cable channel, is facing criticism that the awards were not distributed fairly.

Musicians that participated in the ceremony were from only two management companies - JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment - with the exception of D.J. D.O.C.

In addition, awards for four artists that could not attend the event - CN Blue (Best New Male Artist), 2AM (Best Vocal Performance by a Group), BoA (Best Female Artist) and Jo Kwon and Ga In (Best Collaboration) - were not mentioned during the awards ceremony.

The primary reason for the artists’ absence appears to be related to the underlying friction between Mnet and SM Entertainment, whose artists did not attend Sunday’s ceremony.

Gwangju Pungnamni Toseong

Gwangju Pungnamni Toseong

This earthen fortress is one of the last remaining relics of the Baekje period within the boundaries of modern Seoul. The circumference of the fortress once measured 4 kilometers, but due to urbanization it has been reduced to approximately 2.7 kilometers. Due to excavations conducted in 1966, the Seoul National University Archaeology Department was able to conclude that a civilization that continued between prehistoric times and the early Baekje period flourished in the present-day area.

Gwangju Pungnamni Toseong

Monday, November 29, 2010

Yukhoe, Steak Tartare

Yukhoe, Steak Tartare

Raw meat. It’s not common, but neither is it unique to Korea since there are few parts of the world where it’s not enjoyed in some shape or form. Beef tartare dishes abound in Europe and have never lost their popularity. We’ve all heard the old joke of the unwitting tourist in France ordering steak tartare for the first time only to be horrified upon being served raw beef.

That said, I think I can safely choose yukhoe as my definite favorite in this family of foods. It’s basically a dish of thin strips of raw beef tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil and pear juice and served with pine nuts and slices of pear. As well as being ridiculously easy to make, it captures the real flavors and taste of Korea and has a distinct personality.
The thing that sets yukhoe apart for me is the pear. The sweetness and texture are perfectly matched with the other ingredients and give the dish an identity of its own. Pine nuts are another surprise—I had always classified them as an “Italian” ingredient never to be seen anywhere else, let alone Korea. The addition of gochujang (red pepper paste) gives it that unforgettable Korean heat.

I’ve heard that you can get this dish made with horsemeat in Japan, but I’ll leave that particular gastronomic treat for the braver souls among us. Koreans will sometimes use raw beef liver, tripe and other offal in the same way. I once tried this variant of yukhoe in a small restaurant close to Gyeongdong Market. As I recall, it took a lot of soju to digest the 1 cm square pieces of raw liver. Whatever the final cut, consider having a bottle of soju handy as the perfect complement for this tasty dish.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

For carmakers, G-20 is about more than diplomacy

This week’s G-20 Summit in Seoul is not just about diplomacy. For companies, the global gathering is an opportunity to promote their businesses to some of the world’s leading officials.

Among industries using unique marketing techniques to make their businesses stand out at the Seoul’s diplomatic event is the automobile sector - and it has been one of the busiest of them all. Carmakers are making their products, and their brand images, as visible as possible on the city’s streets.

Five automakers - Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors, Audi Korea, BMW Korea and Chrysler Korea - were selected by the event’s organizing committee in September to provide premium sedans for country leaders, their spouses and heads of international organizations.

A total of 240 vehicles will be used to shuttle dignitaries around the capital this week.

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, the nation’s two largest automakers by sales, have provided 172 cars, including the Equus Limousine, Mohave, Grand Starex and Grand Carnival.

“Sponsoring the [G-20] will enhance our global brand and help the Korean automotive industry boost its global competitiveness,” said Chung Eui-sun, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor, at last month’s ceremony to deliver the cars to the Presidential Committee for the G-20 Seoul Summit.

Hyundai Motor’s Equus, which will be provided to officials of the world’s leading economies, is the most luxurious vehicle made by a local automaker. The 146 million won ($130,000) limousine can put out 400 brake horsepower, has an engine displacement of 5,038 cubic centimeters and fuel efficiency of 8 kilometers per liter (18.8 miles per gallon). The sedan is more spacious than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and has a seat massage function.

Not everyone will be in the official G-20 cars.

United States President Barack Obama will arrive with his Cadillac, which is made by U.S.-based General Motors. It is worth more than 600 million won. The U.S. president will also bring with him two additional customized, bulletproof Cadillac limousines.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev will also bring in his own personal limousine made by Mercedes-Benz.

Leaders’ spouses will be provided with BMW’s high-end 750Li, which costs 180 million won and is the most expensive vehicles of the official G-20 cars, and Audi’s newly launched A8 sedan that costs 140 million won.

BMW sponsored the Asia-Europe Meeting held in 2000 in Seoul and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in 2005 in Busan.

Chrysler Korea’s 300C Signature sedans, with diesel engines and worth 65.8 million won a piece, will be used by heads of international organizations.

The G-20 meeting will also promote the green-car industry.

Local electric vehicle makers will heavily promote their cars since the electric automobile industry in Korea has lagged behind other developed nations.

According to industry sources, CT&T and AD Motors are the major “green” automakers making the most use of the summit to introduce their products to leaders and officials, looking for export opportunities.

CT&T erected a large advertisement outside a building near Samseong-dong in southern Seoul, where the summit takes place. The ad emphasizes its eco-friendly image. Its products will also be used to escort leaders’ spouses when driving short distances in Seoul.

AD Motors is participating in a smart grid exhibition taking place in Jeju, where global officials will meet to discuss ideas to reduce carbon emissions. The company will display five of its electric vehicles.

“The [G-20] is an opportunity for us to let the world know about the technology that Korea has developed in the electric vehicle industry, which hasn’t been known globally as of yet,” said an industry official.

“It can lead Korean electric automakers to export their products to developed regions such as Europe, the largest electric vehicle market.”

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lee Min-Jung Is The New Model For

Lee Min-Jung Is The New Model For…

The actress, most recently seen in the hit movie “Cyrano Dating Agency“, has shot a commercial for the shampoo/conditioner line. Shampoo commercials are considered to be a big deal in both the Korean advertising and entertainment fields. Only top Korean actresses snag such endorsements.

Korean free Online Lectures

Korean free Online Lectures

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Socializing with your Korean Coworkers

Socializing with your Korean Coworkers

Can karaoke(no rae bang)really get me a raise?
Should I socialize with the people at work?

The webmaster is quite convinced that he once got a nice raise (the very next work day!) because he went out singing with the boss and other administrators. In some cultures, after-work socialization is very important (it is in the Western world too - isn't it?).

Because of the great cultural divide, it is quite useful to socialize with your coworkers - on their terms and in their ways - to help them get to know you. Make an effort and actually sing if asked. By the way, nobody cares if you sing well, it's only that you make the effort! And, once you do it a few times, you'll love it!

Socializing with Coworkers?

Why not? You did back home, didn't you? For most people their long-term friends are people they met at one workplace or another.

Do it just to be polite. But also be open to finding some new friends.

Be careful, however, of getting sloppy drunk or becoming too familiar with members of the other sex until you know your coworkers a bit better - and the culture a bit better. You don't want to start off on the wrong foot.

Now get out there and SING!

Rent an iPhone for free with iTour Seoul!

Rent an iPhone for free with iTour Seoul!

How to rent an iPhone and Use the i Tour Seoul Mobile web and Application
Step1. Upon arrival at the airport, visit the SHOW Global Roaming Center to rent an iPhone and to start using i Tour Seoul.
Step2. While traveling around Seoul, you can utilize the i Tour Seoul Application and the Mobile Web service.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hiking Trails Connecting Seoul's Inner and Outer Mountains are Now Open

Hiking Trails Connecting Seoul's Inner and Outer Mountains are Now Open

A 1200-m stretch of Bukhansan Dulle-gil from Bugaksan (Mountain)'s Haneul Maru skyway to Bukhansan (Mountain)'s Hyeongjaebong Intersection has been connected and is now open

Bukhansan Dulle-gil trail is a path in the form of a concentric circle, surrounding the foot of Bukhansan (Mountain) and Dobongsan (Mountain). Now that the trails have been joined together, one can hike from Namsan to Bukhansan, Dobongsan to Suraksan, Seooneung to World Cup Park, and other pathways.

Dulle-gil trail is one of three sections of a larger 200-km-long trekking course that will allow citizens and tourists to walk along a hilly trail that highlights culture, history and the landscape of Seoul while Seoul Seonggwak (Fortress Wall) trail is a 20-km-long trekking course that connects Seoul's four inner mountains of Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan.

Now that Bugaksan and Bukhansan are connected, hiking the 4.1-km-long stretch from Bugaksan's Waryong Park to Bukhansan's Dulle-gil, for example, would take about 1 hour 40 minutes to complete.

The Korea National Park Service plans to open the rest of the 26 km of the Dobongsan Dulle-gil trail in the first half of next year. According to the KNPS, the Dulle-gil trail is expected to help reduce damage to the natural ecosystem.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sundae (순대): Korea’s Answer to Black Pudding

Sundae (순대): Korea’s Answer to Black Pudding

When it comes to blood sausages, the Germans have their blutwurst, the French have boudin noir, the Spanish have morcilla, and we Irish (and, let it be said, the English) have black pudding. Having heard then about sundae from my Korean friends, the chef in me was immediately curious. Coming from a country where very little of the pig is left on the butcher’s floor, I couldn’t wait to try Korea’s take on this international delicacy.

Sundae is generally made of potato starch noodles, barley and pork blood. There are versions that have soybean paste, rice, kimchi and other ingredients added, but like many Korean recipes you will be hard-pressed to get two people to agree on the “original.” Just to muddy the waters even more, there are a lot of regional variations of sundae reaching as far as Jeju where squid bodies or fish bladders take the place of pork intestines depending on the province.

“Sundae Village” in Sillim-dong, located near Seoul National University, is the spiritual home of this Korean dish and offers an endless assortment of sundae dishes. It’s said to form 50% of students’ diet with alcohol picking up the other 50%. They take it very seriously here, even running a Sundae Festival to celebrate the joys of the blood sausage. A walk down one of these streets will give you the chance to try it in every shape and style: plain, in soups, (순대국 sundaeguk), stir-fried (순대볶음 sundae bokkeum), and various other combinations.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hangeul (Korean)

Hangeul (Korean)

It is typical character of Korean language which consists of 24 letters; 14 consonants and 10 vowels. It was invented by the Great King Sejong in 1443 with the name of Hunmin-jeongeum and proclaimed in 1446. It has got its name of Hangeul in 1910s and the name Hangeul has been generalized in 1928. Hangeul has been adopted as an official character of Ciacia language of Indonesian minority race, the Ciacia tribes in 2009. Hangeul belongs to alphabetic writings among phonograms.

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Choo Choo, Out of this world

Choo Choo, Out of this world

Choo Shin-soo looks on after belting a solo home run in the third inning to give Korea a 3-1 lead over China in its Asian Games semifinal match at Aoti Baseball Field yesterday. Korea went on to win, 7-1, and will play in the gold medal game today at 5 p.m.

In Japan, the Girls rule, big time

In Japan, the Girls rule, big time

The Girls, who were giving a press conference at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club, had those gathered at the event whispering that they were the embodiment of “cute”: with their beaming smiles and their hugging of one another during the interview. The Girls are getting press coverage outside the country because their presence of just two months in Japan is at the forefront of what is now being called the “second Korean wave” - and they are enjoying every minute of it. “We believe that we’ve been able to enter the foreign market because those who came before us did so well,” said leader Tae-yeon.

In the time since they debuted in Japan, the group’s popularity has risen - along with their chart rankings in the country. “Gee,” the group’s second single, shot to No. 1 on Japan’s highly-trusted Oricon daily singles chart. The group also made history for landing in the weekly “top 3 ranking” on the famous Japanese chart, something that hasn’t been done by a foreign female artist since 1980. The rankings are determined by artists’ record sales and popularity ratings gathered from its Web site. “This is the happiest news we’ve had recently and we believe it has provided a great chance for us to try even harder,” Tae-yeon said of the group’s success.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another Social Media in Korea: Yozm

Another Social Media in Korea: Yozm

Korea’s second most popular search engine, Daum is preparing to launch its own Social Network Service called Yozm (http://yozm.daum.net).

Various modification of a Twitter-like services have developed in Korea to better serve Koreans’ socializing habit, needs and interest:
-me2day(www.me2day.net by NHN Naver), Twitter-like service instead offers 150 words
-sfoon(www.sfoon.com by Nurien), Connects your twitter, Me2day, Flickr, You Tube accounts in one viewing convenience
-itgling(www.itgling.co.kr by Mediare), socializing with people who share similar web surfing/using pattern rather than choosing to follow or request to be friends

So, how is Yozm different from the rest?

Well, first of all, Yozm, meaning “nowadays” in Korean, allows the user to select/type in
- What you like
- What you dislike
- What you are good at
- Where you go often to find friends.

Under each category, the user can enter up to three things, which can be changed at anytime.
This function, not offered in Twitter and Me2day allows the user to quickly socialize by allocating and becoming friends with people who share similar taste and lifestyle.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Seoul's Flea Markets

Seoul's Flea Markets

Seoul may be home to some of the world’s most voracious brand name shoppers and whole districts full of über-chic boutiques to support their habits, but that hasn’t stopped the city from developing its own selection of flea and other markets for those that appreciate the random charm of the second hand and the unusual. The following is just a selection of some of the city’s ever diversifying markets – great places for both the committed shopper and the idle weekend stroller.

A bustling Sunday market in Hyehwa-dong dubbed “little Manila” is a popular place for curious Koreans and foreigners alike to attune themselves to Philippine cuisine and hard-to-find imported goods. Seoulites can shop for cheap second-hand cell phones, international calling cards, CDs, books, toiletries, and a plethora of imported canned, bottled and fresh fruits and vegetables that you won't find at your local E-Mart. You can also sample freshly cooked food at the market. A popular Philippine variant of everyday street-meat is balut, which at first glance appears to be an oversized egg---but inside is an underdeveloped duck fetus. It is a Philippine delicacy, though to many Westerners it is seen as an extreme cuisine gross-out. For my Filipino-Canadian friend Carmella, the market is a place of nostalgic indulgence. She recommends adobo (vinegar-fried chicken) and dinuguan (pork blood stew). Enjoy one of these hot exotic entrées for 5,000 won while sipping on a chilled San Miguel for 2,500 won.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010



Bongeunsa Temple is one of only a few traditional Buddhist temples found in the city. It is quite a pleasant surprise that a temple of this size could be located in the busy, fast-paced part of the World Trade Center area. Established in 794 during the Silla Kingdom, the temple was originally called Gyeonseong-sa which literally means "seeing true nature." Although the temple fell into decline during the late Goryeo era, it was reconstructed in 1498 under the patronage of a Choson Kingdom queen who renamed it Bongeunsa, or "offering benefit." Not to be missed is the Great Statue of Maitreya Buddha. Built in 1996, it is the tallest stone statue (23 meters) of Maitreya Buddha in Korea.

Monday, November 15, 2010



Songpyeon: Half Moon Rice Cake

When the full moon appears, we call it “borum” in Korean. There are 2 major "borum" days. These are “daeborum” and “hangawee”. “Daeborum” is usually on January 15 and “Hangawee” is on August 15 (lunar calendar). “Hangawee” is also called Chuseok, and is the biggest festive day in Korea. The representative food for Chuseok is half moon rice cake.
Half moon rice cake is made of rice flour dough and a various fillings such as sesame seed paste, chestnut, sweet potato, pumpkin, mung beans and so on. Although the rice cake itself is half moon shaped, the filling should be rolled or cut into a full moon shape. The reason of this shape is related to Korean traditional superstitions. In those days, people believed that their wish would come true if they pray to the moon, and they did so to get a fruitful harvest. We can also add beautiful colors songpyeon when using various vegetables when making the rice dough. The favorite natural colorings are wormwood (green), pumpkin (yellow), cactus (pink) and sovereign (pink).

Half moon shaped rice cakes made of rice flour dough stuffed with various fillings. A traditional festival dish served on Chuseok, the Korean "Thanksgiving Day."

Ingredients and details of how to make Songpyeon