Alone~ ํ˜ผ์ž์„œ

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฒƒ์ด ๋งˆ๋ฒ•์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„์งˆ ๊ฑฐ๋ผ๊ณ  (Everything will be okay like magic).

The illustrators Instagram: 9jedit

Happy days~

Day trip to ๋Œ€์ „

Last week I wound up having to go to Daejeon (๋Œ€์ „) for a day and discovered a charming city with a laid-back atmosphere and really nice food. I only had a few free hours of spare time so I decided to try some of the well-known food before I went back to Busan.

Daejeon is known as a transit city because it’s in between Busan and Seoul and many travellers pass by here. Because of that, many interesting shops and restaurants are all located right around the KTX station which is really convenient!

I first decided to try some ๊ตญ์ˆ˜ (noodle soup). The noodles in ๋Œ€์ „ are usually made by hand and rolled and cut with a knife which makes them have a thicker texture than usual. I found a place called ์˜ค์”จ์นผ๊ตญ์ˆ˜ and tried their ์นผ๊ตญ์ˆ˜ which is a type of noodle soup with clams. It was so delicious and the handmade noodles turned it from a typical dish to something special. The flavour was subtle and light, and was extra delicious with kimchi. For only 6 000์› I got a bowl that was probably initially meant for two but I was so hungry I ate it all ๐Ÿ˜‹

You can get here by leaving exit 1 of ๋Œ€์ „์—ญ and walking south for a few blocks!

Afterward for something sweet I went back to the station and visited one of the most famous bakeries in Korea called Sung Sim Dang. This historic bakery was started in 1956 and has expanded into several branches but they are all only in ๋Œ€์ „. People literally travel to this city just to order their bread so I knew this was a must-do. Their fried papa-streusel bread (ํŠ€๊น€์†Œ๋ณด๋กœ) is one of their most famous and comes with several types of fillings for whatever suits your fancy. I’m on a real ๊ณ ๊ตฌ๋งˆ (sweet potato) phase and when I saw they had that filling I didn’t hesitate to order it. Also I tried the original ํŒฅ (red bean) filling. They have box sets for different prices and I got a pack of 6 for 10 000์›. The chewy rice cake-like texture and flavours are AMAZING. I totally see why people travel just to try their bread because it’s worth the hype.

If someone is ever stopping by ๋Œ€์ „ please take a moment to try it’s food. Totally recommend it~

The Sea~ ๋ฐ”๋‹ค

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

์ฃผ๋ง ์ž˜ ๋ณด๋‚ด์š”!

Have a good weekend!

์‚ผ๊ด‘์‚ฌ~ Buddhaโ€™s Birthday

May 12th was Buddha’s Birthday in South Korea (๋ถ€์ฒ˜๋‹˜ ์˜ค์‹  ๋‚ ) and we made the journey to ์‚ผ๊ด‘์‚ฌ temple, where thousands of paper lanterns (์—ฐ๋“ฑ) are adorned all over the temples grounds with messages wishing for things such as long life and congratulating Buddha. The atmosphere was nothing short of magical. Although it was quite busy as you walk higher up through the temple’s grounds you can usually find some places that are quiet and serene.

The temple’s architecture on it’s own was gorgeous, but coming here during May is definitely the best time to visit. There was also a small market where you could buy some street food and snacks.

We got here easily by taking the number 15 village bus from Seomyeon (์„œ๋ฉด) and rode it till the last stop. The temple’s open for 24 hours but the buses tend to stop running around midnight. If you call a taxi the fare to get to Seomyeon is only around 5 000์›!

See you next time~ ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee Museum~ ๋ถ€์‚ฐ ์ปคํ”ผ ๋ฐ•๋ฌผ๊ด€

Within Jeonpo’s coffee street (์ ํฌ ์นดํŽ˜ ๊ฑฐ๋ฆฌ) is, without a surprise, a coffee museum! It’s free to enter and you can get there from Jeonpo Station (์ „ํฌ์—ญ). If you go out of exit 7 it’ll be less than a block away!

It’s a small museum with only two rooms, but it’s packed full of antiques that all have their own story. The information is sometimes translated into English, but for the most part it’s in Korean. Even if you’re not fluent in Korean you can still appreciate the intricacy of the different machines and how the techniques they used in the past influenced how coffee was made and tastes. The owner is really friendly and as far as I know he collected all of these machines himself. His passion for coffee really shows when you walk inside!

Also, there’s a really lovely rooftop patio one floor above that you can go onto when the weather’s nice ๐Ÿ™‚

I definitely recommend coming here even if it’s just for a short time! Then afterward you can appreciate a real cup of coffee next door at Landmark 9 or among the dozens of other cafes nearby.

Until next time~

๋‚˜์ค‘์— ๋ด์š” ๐Ÿ™‚

Korean Cooking~ ํ•œ๊ตญ ์Œ์‹์„ ์š”๋ฆฌํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ

Ever since my first trip to Korea a few years ago I became motivated to learn how to cook Korean-style food. I did it mainly to bring back the memories of being there and also because it’s so so tasty. Korean culture believes that food is more than just something to eat – it’s seen as medicine for the body and also gives a reason for family and friends to gather and talk and share the experience of eating together. In fact it’s so integral to the culture that in the language “๋ฐฅ์„ ๋จน์—ˆ์–ด์š”?” (Have you eaten?) is equivalent to saying “how are you?” In English.

In Seoul we journeyed to a less touristy part of the city in Dongdaemun and ordered ingredients in a local market and cooked together as a part of a tour called OME Cooking Lab. The tour guide was so friendly and guided us through the winding alleys of ๊ฒฝ๋™์‹œ์žฅ, which is a HUGE market spanning around 300 000m. I still feel intimidated navigating the different markets in Korea so it was nice to have someone to rely on to find what we needed and to also find our way back without getting lost. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once we reached our cute little workshop room, we made several different recipes- bulgogi (๋ถˆ๊ณ ๊ธฐ), kimbap (๊น€๋ฐฅ), soft tofu stew (์ˆœ๋‘๋ถ€์ฐŒ๊ฐœ), spicy rice cakes (๋–ก๋ณถ์ด), five-grain rice (์˜ค๊ณก๋ฐฅ), and green onion pancakes (ํŒŒ์ „). We managed to make this whole feast with the guidance of our guide and her ์—„๋งˆ in just over an hour. Personally I loved the rice cakes and soft tofu stew because of all the vegetables we added and the fact that it was spicy. During the colder months spicy food is just so comforting and brings warmth back after a day spent outside. Especially with makgeolli (๋ง‰๊ฑธ๋ฆฌ) ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here’s a link to the tour we went on:

http://www.instagram.com/ome_korean_cooking

http://www.5-tastes.com/

Hiking ํ™ฉ๋ น์‚ฐ

This is one of the best places to see a panoramic view of Busan ๐Ÿ™‚ in my opinion, this view beats the view from Busan Tower and it’s free!

My friend and I chose to hike most of the way up but if you want you can drive or take a taxi too. Sometimes the taxi drivers won’t want to take you up places like this because it’s outside of the city center but sometimes they don’t mind. We went to ์‹œ์ฒญ์—ญ (City Hall Station) and from there transferred to village bus #1 and rode it to it’s last stop, which was at the base of the mountain.

The hike isn’t that long and it took us less than an hour to climb each way. We chose to hike in the late afternoon so that we could catch the sunset and see Busan’s cityscape change from day to night. There’s a nice (but a tad overpriced) cafe at the top and it was calming sit there with a cup of tea and watch as the city gradually lit up and came to life during the night.

Very magical ๐Ÿ™‚

๋งˆ๋ฒ•์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ~

Wearing Hanboks in Gyeongbokgung~ ๊ฒฝ๋ณต๊ถ ํ•œ๋ณต ์ž…๋Š” ๊ฒฝํ—˜

My Canadian friends and I went to Seoul during my winter break and one of the things we decided to do was to rent hanboks (ํ•œ๋ณต) and walk around Gyeongbok palace. We had went there once before in 2017 but never had the chance to wear hanboks before, and it honestly made the experience way more special. The history of the palace is incredibly interesting and it felt like you’re walking back in time the deeper into the palace you get. The palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty in the year 1395 and has undergone a lot of changes from how it was originally, and it’s interesting to see how the buildings were built and what they were intended for.

Some buildings are dedicated just for royalty and you can notice the difference because some will have intricately painted walls with vivid colours in comparison to others which are unpainted and undecorated. Some buildings were dedicated only for specific purposes, for instance there’s one building that’s set by a gorgeous pond which was made just for the Queen to relax by herself when she needed to. Also, I thought it was so ingenious that the buildings are built with interlocking wooden beams instead of using nails. Every part of each building was pieced together like an intricate puzzle and the measurements had to be so precise for it to be built stabley.

Warning: hanboks are a little difficult to wear if you’re plus size. Our had to be pinned down to accommodate for our curviness. There may be a hanbok rental shop with different sizes, but the one we used was free size. However on the plus side they did our hair for free, so we only had to pay around 15 000์› for 3 hours and the entrance fee to the palace was free! It wasn’t much to pay for a great experience.

Here’s a link to some history of ๊ฒฝ๋ณต๊ถ!

http://koreatourinformation.com/blog/2013/12/08/gyeongbokgung-palace๊ฒฝ๋ณต๊ถ-ๆ™ฏ็ฆๅฎฎ/

Till next time~

๋‚˜์ค‘์— ๋ด์š”~ ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Festival~ ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค ํŠธ๋ฆฌ ๋ฌธํ™” ์ถ•์ œ

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 ๋ถ€์‚ฐ ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค ํŠธ๋ฆฌ ๋ฌธํ™” ์ถ•์ œ (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 ์•„์ €์”จ’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 ํ˜ธ๋–ก- 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 ์–ด๋ชฉ (fish cakes) and ์œ ๋ถ€์ดˆ๋ฐฅ (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 ํ”„๋กœ์ฆŒ ์Šค๋ชจ์–ด, 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~ ๐Ÿ™‚