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Monday… Monday

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From the media pole!

The past few days have been amazing, but alas it is Monday once more and time to focus and get ready for work.

This past weekend was a great little get-away for Jo and I since we had a lot on our to-do list. It entailed traveling all over Seoul, picking up items from Craig’s List, seeing movies, breaking bread with friends, and visiting historic sites.

Probably the best part about the weekend, is that we just kind of took things step-by-step, having a few ideas of what we wanted to do , but being open to other opportunities along the way.

For example, we had completed all of our shopping on Saturday and had a few hours to kill before meeting up with our friends for dinner. While on the bus to Sinchon (신촌), we passed by a Megabox movie theater and decided to see if something was playing. We opted for Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl.

It looked like it was going to be a cute comedy, and there were moments, but in the long run, it fell flat and was predictable. But for Jo and I, it served its purpose and allowed us some down time and time to get out of the summer heat in Korea. (Seriously, when is it going to end?)

Over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing some video footage to put together a quick video about a normal weekend in Korea. I hope you’re downtime was fulfilling. What did you do?


Written by Steve Miller

September 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

They are delicious?

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I had some left over footage from out trip, or non-trip to Jeju. I filmed the toilet bit just before we started back to Seoul and really wanted to use the footage in the video, but couldn’t make it work. So my solution was to couple it with something else.

I also wanted to try my hand at some other transitions, and thought this would be the perfect time to do so! The result was something fun and a little different.

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August 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Our non-Jeju trip…

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Ah yes… Jeju Island. Just saying its name invokes strong emotions akin to living in paradise. Jo and I set off on an epic adventure Friday night, riding in a bus to a Busan ferry terminal, only to get there at the same time as a typhoon hit our island destination. We waited at the terminal until the government ordered all sea-faring vessels to remain in port.

This crushed us, as we were really looking to a two-day whirl wind trip around the island. To make the most of the day, we then jumped back in our bus and headed inland to Boseong (보성), home to some of Korea’s best green tea farms. We spent a few hours there, eating and walking in the rain before jumping back in the bus and driving to Gunsan for a quick walk along the world’s longest seawall.

All in all, it was a fun 23-hours… and even though we never made it to our initial destination, getting out of the city was a blast.

Written by Steve Miller

August 30, 2010 at 5:00 am

Comfort Food

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I love pizza.

I love coffee.

I love greasy, greasy french fries.

They are the things that make me feel fantastic and provide that feeling inside that makes me warm all over.

What’s your comfort food?

Written by Steve Miller

August 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm


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It's HUGE!

Ever since I first ventured out to Mr. Big this summer, I’ve been longing to return with Jo and tackle their King-sized burger. This weekend we finally did just that.

We had made a fun day out of it as well. Our first stop was the jjimjilbang for a few hours of relaxation, which, I thought would be key to tackling such a huge burger. Then we walked over to the CGV and watched Inception.

Then, it was finally time to walk down to Mr. Big. We ordered a side of potatoes and a couple of beers while we waited for the main feast. We arrived at the right time, since shortly after we placed our order, the restaurant filled up. Finally, with our mouths watering, our burger came!

The regular size comes with four slices and the king size has six. Our host told us that this burger would feed 4 people. I’m not sure how, but hey, we weren’t interested in that. We wanted to chow down… and that’s just what we did. When all was said and done, we finished our potatoes and Jo and I almost were able to to complete the burger (remember, not everything you see on TV is real).

I’ve had a lot of burgers over the years, and I still think that this is really one of the best I’ve every had. If you’re in Korea and want to really enjoy a great burger (I highly recommend the TG Burger), head over to Mr. Big and you won’t be disappointed. Just be prepared to really sing your teeth into something that will take a while to consume… and bring someone to help you!

Written by Steve Miller

August 16, 2010 at 6:40 am

Spicy Ramyun!

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I love noodles. In fact, almost on a daily basis I consume a package of ramyun for lunch. Most of the time I dump in a cup of rice and add some meat, but every now and again, I’ll just have the noodles. One of the things I love about Korean ramyun, is that it’s full of spicy flavor. I often joke that there’s hot and really hot flavors. For the most part, that’s accurate, since there’s no really assorted styles like they have back home.

Dongmin and Myungsup, two friends I met at a World Cup Match, told me there was some really spicy ramyun out there. I was doubtful, since I’ve tried most everything spicy here in Korea, and haven’t found it such. But after having a recent dinner with them, they showed me what they meant and I purchased a 5-pack.

The ramyun is indeed spicy. In fact, it’s damn spicy. It’s probably the hottest thing I’ve had in Korea to date. As I was eating the noodles and gulping the broth, I kept drinking lots and lots of water. All-in-all, I finished it, but also spent the next hour peeing like there was a fire nearby.

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I got a picture from the rafting trip! Check it out!

Michelle, Steve, Kiwan, and John

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July 20, 2010 at 4:19 am

Two great things!

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Saturday night Treats

Saturday came around and I was puzzled as to what to do. I had originally planned on heading out to the East Sea for a little adventure, but the forecast called for rain, and I really had no desire to sit on a bus for three hours and then get rained out. So I turned my attention to Dongtan!

What to do on a rainy day: Screen Golf. It had been almost a year since I last went for an outing at our local place. I had originally planned on playing nine holes. However, I was in rare form and was knocking the ball a good 220 yards on the tee-off. Even my fairway blasts were good. However, once I got on the green, things went downhill… and fast.

I really need to spend more time there practicing putting, because in relation to everything else in the game, it’s far more difficult. Since the screen has hills, valleys, and everything you’d expect on a golf course, putting on a flat surface takes some time to get used to. As a result, I two-or-three-putted everything! I did manage to salvage some holes: (I parred four and birdied one).

After doing a little shopping in town, I popped over to a restaurant Jo and I discovered on one of our walks around town: Mister Big (미스터빅). It’s a hamburger joint. I never really understood the name, but thought it was pretty cool. While the menu is in Korean, there are a few things that are in English, namely the sizes of the burgers: Single, Regular, and Giant. I opted for the regular size.

It was huge, as you can tell from the picture. I really wasn’t expecting something like that. I thought it would be something like a one-pound burger. BUT NO!!!!!!!!!! It was freaking huge… and delicious. I am really looking forward to taking Jo back there and getting the giant size. One of the nice things about the place, is that they have W2900 500cc beers. Oh, and they deliver!!!!

After the meal, I went to my local Home Plus. There I picked up an adult beverage for the night. I decided on trying something new, and seeing how there was nothing special in the beer section, I opted to start looking in the liquor area. Something captured my eye, a bottle in the soju section: OAKZEN. My 한글 (Korean) is pretty bad, but I could tell that it was special: the soju was aged 10 years and in oak caskets. The result was an amazing blend of soju and oak. In fact, it tasted almost like a weak scotch. The alcohol content was also a bit higher than normal (25%).

Here’s a little video from the night:

Written by Steve Miller

July 5, 2010 at 4:01 am