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Coming back from India, missing friends and family, the food and noise and the lovely, warm sun, it isn't easy to get back to the normal routine in Korea. Just can't get rid of this homesickness :( Not that i was trying. Fighting the cold, remembering to wear heavy layers before i step out of the door, I decided to venture into the city which would be my home for sometime now, after too many days of self-imposed solitary confinement.The Very Sweet Iron Man I decided to do a good deed and get back the clothes that my husband had dropped off for ironing. The iron shop is about a kilometer away from home. I walked cheerfully but the wind was too piercing, too cold. Braving through it, i tol... Read more
clicks 199 View   Vote 0 Like   1:00am 11 Jan 2013
Blogger: meoww
Korea has four distinct seasons. Cherry Blossoms in Spring, Sweltering Summer, Fall colors of the leaves in Autumn and Skiing and snowboarding in Winter. These are the shots of the season, conveniently taken from my window :)Spring from my balconySummer showers in SeoulMy window to the Fall colorsSnow show during WinterSnowfall at nightSnow fall on the pines!Snowed carsJust started to snow :)... Read more
clicks 209 View   Vote 0 Like   8:11am 6 Dec 2012
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Jihachul of SeoulJihachul is the Korean subway system whose arms reach each and every corner of Seoul. There are 9 subway lines and also an airport railroad which conveniently runs to the Incheon from Seoul station in 45 mins flat. Each line is color coded, each station numbered, transfer stations clearly marked with directions (both in English and Korean) so that it is very easy to figure out how to get from one part of the city to the other.Stations in the brown line in Seoul Subways are the fastest way to reach a place in Seoul, especially during the peak hours. It not only cheap (1,050 won per trip including the transfers and is just 450 won for kids and 900 won for teenagers), but alway... Read more
clicks 253 View   Vote 0 Like   12:34am 4 Dec 2012
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Sanchon is a quaint, very-hard-to-find Temple food restaurant in Insadong, Seoul. Brain-child of Kim Yon Shik, who learned the art of creating Temple Food when he was a Buddhist monk for 18 years.The myriad tasty and healthy veggie accompaniments to the rice Temple Food is primarily the cuisine of the Buddhist monks Korea. Since they only prepare food with fresh, healthy vegetables without the stimulants- onions, green onions, garlic, green chilli- Temple Food has become very popular in Korea due to their unique taste and a refuge for vegetarians. Interestingly, the royalty in Korea were also primarily vegetarian and the royal court cuisine also has a lot of influence in the Temple cuisine. ... Read more
clicks 177 View   Vote 0 Like   1:01am 28 Nov 2012
Blogger: meoww
If Evolution is believed to be, "the gradual process in which something changes to different and usually more complex or better form", our fingers will probably be the first ones to change. They'd probably evolve into more independent, snake-like entities each acquiring the ability to be able extend and reach out more with minimum movement from the arms while having more nerve-endings for sensitivity. All because of their boundless usage on the touch screen of the cellphone. The touch screens have made our lives so much easier. Just touching, dragging and swiping the fingers and voila! the call is made! Game is won! Minimum movement of the arms and the ball and socket joint. But i have to ... Read more
clicks 277 View   Vote 0 Like   12:40am 22 Nov 2012
Blogger: meoww
Samsung TVs, Samsung Washing machines, Samsung cellphones, this one is new to me! This picture was taken in Gangnam, very close to the Kyobo book store. ABC Wednesday- S for Samsung Fashion :)... Read more
clicks 169 View   Vote 0 Like   6:26am 21 Nov 2012
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The War Memorial in Seoul is a grim reminder of the atrocities and trauma of the war and the looming fact that the countries are just under an armistice (An armistice is a situation in a war where the warring parties agree to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, since it might be just a cessation of hostilities while an attempt is made to negotiate a lasting peace) and not protected by a peace treaty. I remember signing off documents after documents that incase of a force majeure, (which literally means superior force, but in South Korea, i think they refer to war) we shall not hold the house owner, school or the company responsible for any damages! 1910- 1945     ... Read more
clicks 226 View   Vote 0 Like   3:37am 10 Nov 2012
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Fall is a new season for me. I was so looking forward to the beautiful colors of the leaves and the nip in the weather. Seoul did not disappoint. Though there are specific places in Seoul to enjoy the true colors of the season, i could see the colors at every signal! Red and YellowOrange, Yellow and Green in between :)Shades of redFall(en) leaves!Yellow is my favorite!One tree, many colors Yellow leaves in movementColors at speedOrange has been promoted as the new favorite!What a lovely shade!Fifty shades of red.... Read more
clicks 216 View   Vote 0 Like   12:08am 5 Nov 2012
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Persimmon is an orange fruit locally grown in Korea. The fruit bursts with sweet flavor but looks like an orange tomato. The fruit laden trees are all found all along the sides of the streets in Seoul and Gyeongju too! The fruit is eaten after removing the thin outer covering of the fruit. It has two big seeds inside. November 1st was persimmon day in Seoul and was celebrated with much pomp and show at the Yongsan Subway Station Plaza. Stalls of persimmon fruit salad, fresh fruits and dry persimmon were available for free! (Long lines, though) There was also a dance show by the local talent to all the latest music videos including the Gangnam Style!It was 6 deg C at this time. Pretty cold! ... Read more
clicks 242 View   Vote 0 Like   2:21am 2 Nov 2012
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What does the UN Secretary General, US Navy Robot, Wolverine, and Britney Spears have in common? They all did the Horse dance moves of The Gangnam Style video by PSY.So what is this Gangnam Style Music Video and how popular is it?Gangnam Style is a K(Korean)-Pop song by the Korean Artist who calls himself Psy, which was released on Youtube in July of this year. The tune, being catchy and the dance moves being unorthodox (inspired by a horse), the video went viral and got world wide attention in the past few months.    A few weeks ago, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that the Gangnam Style was a force for world peace. Gangnam Style became no.1 at the official UK charts. "This i... Read more
clicks 216 View   Vote 1 Like   12:49am 26 Oct 2012
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Beautiful fall colors on a poet's home in Seoul. Pretty red colors of the fall leaves among the greensThursday challenge- Fall colors... Read more
clicks 188 View   Vote 0 Like   8:55am 25 Oct 2012
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To replace the bitter taste of movie watching experience in Korea  (where we saw Madagascar 3 in Korean, Blah!), I wanted to see the  movie MASQUERADE- 15 days lost to History (Korean Name is Gwang Hae- The man who made king) that is running successfully in Seoul since September. I was hoping to brave through the movie with my knowledge of Korean (equal to that of a three year old -as my Korean teacher carefully put it) when i found that Yongsan CGV runs subtitles in English for Korean movies on Thursday at 7PM and Sunday at 5PM. Yay! The movie starts with off with intrigue. During the reign of the King Gwang Hae of the Joseon dynasty in Korea, there is an entry as told by the king- "Do ... Read more
clicks 192 View   Vote 0 Like   9:45am 21 Oct 2012
Blogger: meoww
To replace the bitter taste of movie watching experience in Korea  (where we saw Madagascar 3 in Korean, Blah!), I wanted to see the  movie MASQUERADE- 15 days lost to History (Korean Name is Gwang Hae- The man who made king) that is running successfully in Seoul since September. I was hoping to brave through the movie with my knowledge of Korean (equal to that of a three year old -as my Korean teacher carefully put it) when i found that Yongsan CGV runs subtitles in English for Korean movies on Thursday at 7PM and Sunday at 5PM. Yay! The movie starts with off with intrigue. During the reign of the King Gwang Hae of the Joseon dynasty in Korea, there is an entry as told by the king- "Do ... Read more
clicks 193 View   Vote 0 Like   9:45am 21 Oct 2012
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Yes! Seoul has a fortress and a great wall which snakes around the Northern part of Seoul for about 18kms. It was built in 1396 by King Tajeo of the Joseon dynasty to keep the Mongol and Chinese invaders at bay. Though this wall was torn down, it was rebuilt and fortified during the reign of King Sejong. It was again reinforced during King Sukjong's period when precise-cut rectangular slabs were used. It is said that the wall was so perfect that even a piece of paper couldnot fit through the stones. Then again, it was demolished and the wall has been restored by the Korean Government. Korea too suffers a long a tough history of struggle for Independence. Our aim was to trek from the Eastern... Read more
clicks 236 View   Vote 0 Like   1:14pm 17 Oct 2012
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Beach is always a fun place to be. And touching the East Sea was a bit of a thrill :) We made towards the coast from Gyeongju (a mere 40 minute ride in the taxi) in South Korea on the pretext of seeing the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu. Now this King is said to have been cremated in the islet on the Sea from where he promised to become a dragon and protect Korea from invaders.Turquoise waters of the East Japan Sea and the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu who promised to guard Korea from the invaders even after his death, by turning into a dragon. Black pebbly beach of the East SeaThrill on touching the East Sea :)Feet at the Pacific OceanFeelings of the Feet at the Marina Beach, Bay of Bengal ... Read more
clicks 177 View   Vote 0 Like   2:54am 11 Oct 2012
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The latest of my drawings  Cant seem to let go of my passion for black and white even when i wanted to incorporate the fall colors.... Read more
clicks 176 View   Vote 0 Like   2:01am 11 Oct 2012
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A not to be missed place in South Korea is Gyeongju which is located at the South Eastern part of Korea. It is the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty- which successfully ruled and defended Korea to prosperity. Gyeongju is a very popular destination during all seasons and can be reached in 5hrs from Seoul by buses and by regular trains by 4 hrs. The express trains with their speed of 333kmph and on the dot accuracy, reach the city in 2 hours flat. It was a cool, ear popping journey through tunnels after tunnels into the mountains to Gyeongju. We decided to tackle the Open Air Museum of Mount Namsan to start our exploration of this beautiful city. The mountain itself is a historical relic... Read more
clicks 180 View   Vote 0 Like   6:47am 7 Oct 2012
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I have seen lot of yellow and red threads on trees,  little notes hanging from the branches, small cradles offered to God in Temples in India as a gentle nudge to the Almighty to consider the case. Curious little pagoda-like structures which is made by stacking stones of bigger sizes in the bottom is a way of worshiping or praying by Buddhists in Korea. Each stone represents a wish to be fulfilled for the stacker or may also represent a person for whom prosperity is wished for.  These little structures where made in Mount Namsan in Gyeongju in the South Eastern part of Korea. The Mountain itself is an extraordinary Buddhist Relic consisting of hundreds of statues and carvings of Buddha. It... Read more
clicks 205 View   Vote 0 Like   10:00am 6 Oct 2012
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Living in Korea for the past five months, K is a cinch with Korea, Kimchi and Kimbap. Kimchi, the National dish of Korea is the nutritious fermented cabbage. There are many more vegetables like the radish and cucumber that are also fermented in huge earthen pots (in the olden days) and in trendy Kimchi refrigerators in current times. Cabbage Kimchi is the red dish to the right. The main course is the cold red bean sauce with noodles. Generally, they serve a lot of different kinds of side dishes with it. This is mushroom porridge with side dishes of boiled egg, some yummy roasted root veggie that i havent found the name for, mung beans sprouts, pickled radish, soup of radish and kelp. Yum!Ki... Read more
clicks 226 View   Vote 0 Like   9:09am 27 Sep 2012
Blogger: meoww
Living in Korea for the past five months, K is a cinch with Korea, Kimchi and Kimbap. Kimchi, the National dish of Korea is the nutritious fermented cabbage. There are many more vegetables like the radish and cucumber that are also fermented in huge earthen pots (in the olden days) and in trendy Kimchi refrigerators in current times. Cabbage Kimchi is the red dish to the right. The main course is the cold red bean sauce with noodles. Generally, they serve a lot of different kinds of side dishes with it. This is mushroom porridge with side dishes of boiled egg, some yummy roasted root veggie that i havent found the name for, mung beans sprouts, pickled radish, soup of radish and kelp. Yum!Ki... Read more
clicks 164 View   Vote 0 Like   9:09am 27 Sep 2012
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Thanjavur (or Tanjore) paintings is an exquisite and traditional South Indian form of painting which originates from Thanjavur, in South India. This complicated art form typically depicts Indian Gods and Goddesses in all their glory and splendor with a generous use of thin sheets of gold foil and semi-precious stones in bold colors. The sketch is made on a thin sheet of fabric spread over the wooden plank. Zinc Oxide or chalk powder is mixed with adhesive to provide that embossed feel for the various areas of the subject. Several areas, including the jewellery of the Gods and Goddesses and the backgrounds are then covered with the gold foil to give unique richness to the painting. The semi... Read more
clicks 284 View   Vote 0 Like   1:37am 27 Sep 2012
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This book was such a sweet read from the children's classics, that i naturally wanted to read it to my kids. But as i am currently reading the exciting "Boys book"- The Swiss Family Robinson to my kids, i had to be satisfied by just telling them this story. Though, they said that they prefer the other better, (boys will be boys! :), this was termed as a "cool" one. Story of how an isolated, friendless, bitter child transforms into an amiable and friendly person when just let loose in a garden. Spoiled and pampered cousins- Mary and Colin are cured by the "Magic" in the Secret Garden of a huge estate close to a moor in Yorkshire, England where Nature and Time play their part in healing and n... Read more
clicks 172 View   Vote 0 Like   4:09am 26 Sep 2012
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Superfluous yet lucid language, flowery and fluent tone of the book sets it a classical masterpiece. Not to mention that the book being the forerunner for all poor girl meets rich boy stories and also how an orphan makes a name for herself and a family inspite of all the childhood troubles. The book does start off slow and bleak with the orphan being ill-treated by the guardian. It gathers some momentum when she is sent off to a strict school for orphaned kids. The strong character of the girl is evident from the start as she takes a positive approach to any new predicament placed in front of her and is heart-warming to see her triumph over the obstacles. Again, her solidarity is tested as... Read more
clicks 184 View   Vote 0 Like   5:37am 21 Sep 2012
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Pictures of the sky overlooking the Han River in Seoul on a cold afternoonSkywatch Friday... Read more
clicks 189 View   Vote 0 Like   3:04am 21 Sep 2012
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Inspired by Korean folk art which holds the simple lotus in the highest regard. "A Yonhwa (lotus) grows in the mud but it is not tainted by it. It floats on water and does not sink. The strength of a yonhwa is powerful enough to withstand any difficulties that it may encounter. Its seeds emit a strong sense of willingness to exist and its roots extend continuously. A Yonhwa carries with it an outstanding capability of striking a balance between all of these factors that seem to go on and on."Lotus in black and whitePencil colors... Read more
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