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Politics: Philippines and South Korea 15

Politics: Philippines and South Korea

The Philippines and South Korea are the two countries I am most familiar with. In the Philippines, we say that the three top interests of Filipinos are basketball, show business and politics. Here in...

Saving Points in South Korea 2

Saving Points in South Korea

Saving points in South Korea is in, while saving coupons is not so in. A few years ago, I posted about collecting proof of purchase to exchange them with points. I did it with...

Jeane Napoles with Pnoy 2

Jeane Napoles with Pnoy

I don’t usually post stuff about Philippine politics here… Today the photo of Jeane Napoles with Pnoy, Philippine president has come out on Facebook. Remember that Jeane Napoles is the spoiled daughter of Janet...

The First Gay Wedding in Korea 13

The First Gay Wedding in Korea

The “first gay wedding in Korea” happened last Saturday, September 7th. It was held publicly in Cheonggyecheon, near Gwanghwamun. When the “invitation” was published on news portals a few weeks ago, I thought I...

Incheon Airport Sky Festival 2013 3

Incheon Airport Sky Festival 2013

This year’s Sky Festival, hosted and organized by Incheon Airport, is going to be held on September 13 and 14th. There will be two free concerts for the general audience: a classical concert on...

Expensive private kindergartens in Korea 7

Expensive private kindergartens in Korea

My son didn’t go to kindergarten. Instead, he attended a private day care for two years and government-run day cares until he reached school age. In total, he went to four day care centers....

KPOP Republic 2013 5

KPOP Republic 2013

The Incheon KPOP Festival 2013 was held yesterday, September 1st. A few of my friends went there. I remember my first Kpop experience in Korea and it was okay, but I told myself I...

Korea’s latest dance craze: Crayon Pop 1

Korea’s latest dance craze: Crayon Pop

Have you seen Crayon Pop and their video of the song 빠빠빠 (bar bar bar)? First time I saw them about two weeks ago was in a Korean morning show and I thought they...

Murals in Seoul 10

Murals in Seoul

Street murals in Seoul has rendered the city more colorful. They can usually be found in old villages or neighborhoods where there are universities. These wall paintings are not all located in one street....

Kongbubang: Legal private tutoring in Korea 16

Kongbubang: Legal private tutoring in Korea

Private tutoring in Korea without a permit is illegal. The teacher could be fined up to 5 million won and/or up to 1 year imprisonment. Getting a permit for “kongbubang” is easy and it...