Grandpa’s Face | Incheon, Korea

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When I was at Korea, I took a 2 hour subway from Seoul, down to Incheon to visit this great town. I went to an art gallery which features different designs of the students. It’s quite fascinating as their designs are huge!

Just like this huge grandpa’s face hanging just like that on the wall. I stood there wondering what’s it trying to tell me. It seems like he’s happy, it seems like he’s confused too.

What do you think?

Sweet Sugary Memory | Wol Gok, Korea

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Ho-Tteok!

Ho Tteok is a popular street food, a Korean pancake, with sweet sugar filling in it.

I bought it at my homestay area, Wol Gok, Seoul.

Ajumma’s Stall

Ajumma is how we address older females, in Korean. Should have taken a closer picture! They were very friendly when I chit-chatted with them. The Ho-Tteok is one of a popular snack during Winter, but it’s quite high in calories, 1 Ho Tteok gives you 230 calories!

As the needs of customer changes, Ho-Tteok now has different fillings such as corn, peanuts, green tea etc etc.

But still, my favourite Ho-Tteok is the one with plain sugar.🙂

“What’s Your Favourite Street Food?”

 

Just One | Tonle Sap, Cambodia

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“1 dollar”

Tonle Sap is a place of self discovery, not just a mere tourist attraction of Cambodia.

The boat ride from the shore to the floating villages, which took about 30 minutes, taught me a few things.

This little boy in the picture is a hero.

He jumps into visiting boats to sell soft drinks for 1 USD.

He’ll smile and give you that smirk, and point his tiny index finger up to the sky saying, “One, 1 dollar”.

With his eyes, he taught me:

To be appreciative and thankful.

To strive for life.

“What is one thing you are grateful for, today?”

What’s That Black Muddy Dish? | Korea

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Bap (rice) & Jja Jang (salty sauce)

This was my first dish I had when I was in Korea. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Kim Chi, or Bi Bim Bap, or Jja Jang Myeon.

It’s a simple dish where the Jja Jang or salty sauce, mixture of chunks of beef/pork, some peas, corns and vegetables; were mixed with plain white rice. Korean rice are a little sticky too. So I ended up having lumps of black muddy like rice.

Being all dark black coloured, muddy look with nothing to accompany with, some people had rejected this kind of food at the very first sight! The surprise is, it taste wonderful!

The Taste of Happiness

It’s mainly one of the simplest and cheapest dish, sufficient enough for those who are not so well-off. I felt a sense of happiness and satisfaction when I was savouring this simple dish. As I watched the kids eating happily away, talking with their mouth full of Jja Jang Bap, I felt happy too.

It has taught me that happiness can be found in the very simplest way, by the very simplest thing. Perhaps, with the very simplest person too!

“Do you feel thankful for your food, or do you grumble at your mother’s cooking?”

You Can’t Survive Without T-Money | Seoul, Korea

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….Unless you just walk or cycle

I was rather fascinated when I know about T-Money. It’s like a public transport debit card! If you have full load of credit in it, you can just tap in the taxi, in the subway, on the bus, even making phone calls at subways! I loved the tapping sound!

A T-Money machine in the cab

You can easily buy a T-Money card for 3000 won. Then, you can top up at any subway stations.

Cellphone – My Soulmate

My Korean friends told me that Koreans cannot live without their cellphones. A Korean and his/her cellphone are always glued together. Knowing that Koreans will ALWAYS bring their cellphones out, T-Money comes in the form of cellphone key chains!

I certainly must admit that Koreans are creative!

You can buy one of these for 5000 won, if I’m not mistaken.

 

“Do you like travelling by foot or by transport?”

 

Anyonghasaeyo, Teacher!

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That’s me

Just few months ago, I got a job as a teacher at Korea.

6 weeks later, I was fired.

“You serious?!”, you must be asking that. Of course I’m not! I was actually qualified for a volunteer programme to work with World Vision Korea for only 6 weeks. So I went there to teach them..Ingerisi (English). The kids pronounced as Ingerisi, probably due to their mother tongue, they can’t pronounce “l” properly.

So Why Korea?

Do you know that Koreans are one of the most competitive races when it comes to education? In my country, we have a term called “kiasu”, meaning afraid of losing. Well, what I want to say here is that I realised Koreans are very hardworking and competitive when it comes to studying. They have so many tuition classes, even during summer breaks! I would have been playing all around if it’s summer.

Tuition – The Bomb

I stayed with a Korean family and the daughter goes for tuition practically almost everyday. I get to learn that tuition was rather expensive. But Korean parents care a lot for their children’s education and are willing to work hard to send their beloved kids for extra classes. They even learn to dance, swim, sing, play sports!

Ingerisi, is a tuition class which is very costly.

Helping The Less Fortunate

Given that English tuitions are expensive, some can’t really afford it. Thankfully, World Vision Korea has various community centres or churches which provide English classes for them.

And I, was one of the volunteers!🙂 It was really a great experience.

Let me share with you, bit by bit in this blog of mine🙂

 

“Do you like to have a teaching job at a foreign country?”

Marvellous Wings

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Don’t you agree?

These huge wings bring us far..and further away to a faraway land we always dreamed of. Just like how I used to believe that Peter Pan’s Never Land truly existed!

Being on air is great, but I would love to travel more by land, and hopefully by water!

Hmm, which is more exciting? Or..dangerous?

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