Alone~ 혼자서

On tired days

I will spend time counting the passing stars

Only the sound of the sea

Can be heard in this spot

My rough translation 😊

Gazing at the sky is one of the most humbling things. In the grand scheme of things the world is small, you are small, and your problems are small. Is it strange that I find that comforting?

The book is called 모든 것이 마법처럼 괜찮아질 거라고 (Everything will be okay like magic).

The illustrators Instagram: 9jedit

Happy days~

The Sea~ 바다

Some memories never

Leave your bones. Like

Salt in the sea; they become

Part of you.

-April Green

Some memories will always stay with you.. let the good ones inspire you and the bad ones be reminders of how you’ve survived and grown past them. 🙂

주말 잘 보내요!

Have a good weekend!

Christmas Festival~ 크리스마스 트리 문화 축제

Christmas in Busan has been completely different from all the Christmas’ I’ve spent in Canada. It feels strange to live in a place that never snows.. this is the one time of year where I actually love having snow blanketing the ground and trees. Generally not many places here (besides cafe’s) really decorate for Christmas, and because I’m spending most of my time with friends of different countries and cultures I realized that Christmas is definitely for the most part a Western and European holiday.

However, I was so happy to stumble upon one area of Busan that turns into a Christmas wonderland in December. I was luckily traveling to Nampo one day and came across a street filled with thousands of glistening Christmas lights and the sounds of Christmas music and caroling. Briefly, I felt like I was home again! It turns out this is a yearly festival called the 부산 크리스마스 트리 문화 축제 (Busan Christmas Tree Culture Festival).

One thing that was really amazing was the LED Christmas tree that’s built in the center of Nampo’s main square. It has to be at least 5 or 6 stories tall. It becomes the hub of most of the Christmas festivities with many carolers and spots for people to bring their instruments to play to their hearts content. We came across a group of 아저씨’s singing and it was so cute and heartwarming to listen to them sing together.

Nampo is also really famous for it’s street food. Actually the main reason why we came here was to try out 호떡- a famous food that’s especially made in Nampo. It’s so light, buttery and filed with so many nuts and seeds. By then there was a lot of hype surrounding this snack because we were looking for it for so long, and honestly it lived up to the hype. I now feel the urge to eat one each time I’m near Nampo.

We also tried 어목 (fish cakes) and 유부초밥 (Yubuchobap), which is fried tofu stuffed with rice and veggies, and was served with a broth that was really comforting to sip on in the chilly evening weather. Everything tasted SO fresh. I also tried 프로즌 스모어, which is Konglish for ‘frozen smore.’. It was basically a toasted marshmallow with ice cream inside.

Nampo’s a fun place to begin with, but it’s definitely one of the best places to go to in Busan during Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone~ 🙂

Journey into Gamcheon Culture Village~ 감천문화마을

A beautiful rainbow sea of homes, ebbing and flowing among the mountains like the tide of a sea.

This village was originally built in a matter of days to house the many refugees during the Korean War. Houses upon houses are stacked upon each other like LEGO blocks- no wonder it’s also known as the LEGO village. I read this article about 감천문화마을 and it was really good about explaining some of it’s complicated history.

Many people now come here for the beautiful sights and Instagram pictures- myself included- but there are many layers of depth to the village. A lot of the artwork has it’s own story of what it represents to the artists and residents.

Photo courtesy of The Bare Yard

Photo courtesy of The Bare Yard

I personally liked the bookshelf staircase. I was thinking that this village felt like a place that popped out of Alice in Wonderland. So enchanting and it’s winding roads seem to draw you further down the rabbit hole and into another world. There is a main street that is dedicated for tourists and is bustling with many souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes, but peering down the alleyways I saw a glimpse of what the ambience of the village is normally like- peaceful, calm and serene, with the occasional dog or cat looking back at me with equally curious eyes.

It’s important to respect the residents living in the village, so I hope that everyone honours the space that the residents need and tries not to disrupt their daily lives.

Someday I’ll come back here again~

Welcome~

This blog will be about my personal perception of the many multifaceted sides of Korea. I’m hoping to share some of my experiences and pictures for my friends, family, and anyone else who’d like to read and learn more about this beautiful country. I am a language student at Silla University and will be mostly spending my time in Busan, but hopefully I will be able to explore other parts of Korea and possibly Japan or other countries in Asia.

The name Maple Ppopgi comes from a mixture of my Canadian heritage and Korean food. Ppopgi (뽑기)  is a sweet treat in Korea that is made from brown sugar and baking soda that is whipped together and pressed into a flat, circular shape and later decorated with cookie-cutter designs. It becomes a fun challenge to eat the candy around the design without breaking the cute shapes. The taste is sweet, smoky and a little nutty with a crispy yet airy texture, kind of like toffee. I’m not sure if it exists, but I feel like a maple-flavoured 뽑기 would be delicious. 🙂

Thanks for reading~