Archive | July, 2014

Adventures in South Korea: Haesindang (penis park)

19 Jul

Ok so you are in Samcheok! if you were to google samcheok, as I did before coming over you will find that there are a lot of penis carving pictures (go ahead do right now, I can wait). If you are at all offended by the subject of penis sculptures or you cannot handle it you may look away now.

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For those of you who stayed, lets move on. First I will assume you are in Samcheok and have arrived there via express bus from Seoul (if you arrived by train, you can tell any taxi driver you want to go to bussuh teminal is oh yo). Ok you are at the bus terminal you will be able to go to the information booth located right on the side of the bus terminal and ask the ladies there (I have only seen ladies there so it might be a gentleman who greets you) for a bus schedule to Haesindang (they usually speak English, but if they don’t they will pull out a Samcheok travel book for you and a bus schedule). from there you will walk past the bus terminals until you get to a bus stop (is is covered and has a bench there will be hangul next to bus numbers and bus schedules). You will need 1,600 won (this is also in the bus schedule you get) the bus gives you change but make it small bills you do not want to walk around with 10,000 won in change. 

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The stop will a lot like this but a bit order looking and odds are there will be nice anjumas waiting as well. 

So you get on the bus,the schedule will say it takes about 40 minutes and you must get off at Sinnam (do not listen to it! I did and I ended up two stops away from where I should have been.) You will instead get off in a place that looks like this.

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This picture was taken from across the street which is where the park is but a soon as you see this building press the ‘stop’ button. you can also get off at the following stop, and cross the street to a fishing village, the park has two entrances.

Ok so you made it to the correct stop (the bus driver was nice enough to flag down the bus that would take me to the correct stop, and they dropped me off at the stop where there is less walking to the entrance). You will pay 3,000 won unless you are in a group in which case you will pay 2,000 won (for some reason prices are less when you are not a lonely looser).

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See the entrance? yup that is one of them. 

Ok so here is the story behind this park: A long long time ago a maiden who picked seaweed was taken to a rock away from the shore by her betrothed (because there was a bit of seaweed there). He told her he would come back for her once she was done. Well the guy did not, because there was a storm and he was unable to get his boat to her (or so he said) and the poor girl drowned. Soon after the fish began to disappear, which made the people think that the girl was angry for having died a maiden (talk about sexual frustration) and so they decided to offer her phallus carving to console her spirit.  This is still done today, on the first full moon of the lunar new year people gather to carve out phallus out of wood and they get placed in the park.

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There are the images that greet you as you walk into the park, I ate a snack there.

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I did not fully followed these stair because it looked like a bigger hike that what I was ready for however going down the stair was worth my time.

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I found dragon flies! which was awesome to me anyways.

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This was like phallus-ception a penis within a penis and so on.

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sitting are with decorative phallic chairs.

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The path smelled like Jasmine flowers (at least it did to me).

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There were for sure the most weird carvings because they are cut off.

 

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eventually you come across this tent looking thing and if you go under it you will discover stairs!

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So I took the stairs.

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got to an observation area where you could see the ocean from (it was nice a bit of a rest

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Then I saw that this also lead to a longer hike to for which I was not prepared for so I turned around.

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And this weird looking (spider/ beetle?) jumped out from the bushes so I took a picture and run back up stairs (if you are not spider friendly you probably don’t want to go down the stairs, because there were a lot of spiders and they looked like they could kick your ass.)

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These ones are stone phallus! and they have animal, the explanation for them was in Korean so I don’t know…

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I am not entirely sure what these men where supposed to be doing (again Korean explanation) but their penises are out so you can come up with an explanation.

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Ah the quiet kisaeng (courtesan) house!

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in other pictures they are in more compromising positions. 

 

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This is the maiden ghost with sexual frustration issues.

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fun seesaw!

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By this point it was really hot and so I found the fishing village museum! it has toilets, water and air conditioning. 

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The ladies were not left out and the exhibit turns into more of a history of sex around the world!

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cannon penis that I assume spouts water at some point because there is a fountain at the bottom.

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I also found a squirrel so that was cool too.

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there were sitting phallus for the pleasure and comfort of those who wanted them. Have fun on your own adventure!

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Because I wanted to eat like an adult again.

19 Jul

Ok so this may be a more regular thing then previously planned (I made food for myself again). So a new friend had some bell peppers she was no longer going to use and I thought of a recipe for them. Long story short we are here again.

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What I used: Bell pepper (red have the best flavor for this dish plus you get the color), green onions (the reason green bell peppers don’t work so well), Soy sauce, chicken (I used dark meat of the chicken, and well here in Samcheok they cut up the entire chicken  in small pieces) oil (just a bit to cook the chicken) and sesame oil (this can be left out if you don’t have it). First you brown the chicken in a pan (or you can just use the sauce pan or pot you would be using to make the entire thing because I did but you can choose to be fancy and clean more things later). Then you lower the heat and add in the bell peppers because they are hardy and will take longer to cook (cut the bell pepper btw, in any shape you want be creative!). Once you feel the moment is right and you start seeing that the bell peppers are beginning to cook add about half a cup (or less, there are no real measurements here, let’s be honest) to the pot or pan you are using. Finally when you start to see that the soy sauce is boiling you can add the green onions (if you are not sure that your chicken is cooked all the way add a quarter cup of water and let it reduce for a bit) then just leave the heat on long enough for your onions to die a bit. Enjoy over white rice (or brown rice, because you are the person eating it and no one else but you can determine how you will enjoy your food. Also add salt if you feel like it needs to but the soy sauce can actually be salty enough but you know your food.) and there you have fed yourself like and adult human!

And so The World Cup has ended

14 Jul

Well in case you missed it the World Cup’s final match was played and won. To be more precise it was won by the goal you see here. Germany takes home it’s fourth cup after defeating Brasil in their home court something that had not happen in ever (which then it lead to Brazil being beaten by the Netherlands).

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The Netherlands beat Brazil for the third place, which is sad because football is all about people who really want to will and only have a 40% chance of relying in their talent and the rest is up to other elements to determine the course of the game. tumblr_n8f3c4LJny1tfi4wdo2_500 tumblr_n8nuryn3ea1sp17zio1_500 tumblr_n8nvremRdE1sp17zio1_400

 

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The only goal of the whole match was made during the overtime and I have to say this World Cup was ridiculous with the over times and penalty kicks.

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But there you have it the winning goal and the dead eyes of Messi as he is being hugged by a German player (in the sport were the men who are not allowed to cry can cry. Messi is the poster child for bitterness)

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And Germany is at the top of football glory for the next four years. (enjoy it and hope that on the next World Cup you don’t get Spained out of groups)

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Adventures in South Korea: Samcheok Beach it is open now

14 Jul

Ok so the Samcheok Beach has finally opened, unfortunately my lenses has been having issues. But here it is in all it’s South Korean Glory the first weekend Samcheok beach is opened.

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Everything is out they will rent out floating devices and many other things (but do not open the parasols of someone will ride a four-wheeler to you and tell you to close them).

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It all looks pretty much the same but there is a lot more people than last time I was here. also there are a lot more life guards and what seemed like the coast guard well guarding.

 

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and then there are Koreans Having fun heavily equipped with life jackets and helmets.

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After all life by the sea is great even on a partly cloudy yet very (extremely!) hot day. 

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Because I wanted to eat like an adult today

14 Jul

Ok so currently living is South Korea is great, yeah I am a bit iffy on the language and the food is a million times more spicy that your regular spicy, but it is all good. Ok well except for the fact that I am in the land where ramen was perfected (it was a huge thing during the war and people had nothing to eat in South Korea, look it up) so I have been eating more than my fair share of pre seasoned, and cooked noodles that come in bags. So since I got payed today I decided it was time to actually make food that did not include partially using something packaged. 

So I bought pasta at Homeplus, and came home to prepare what you see in the images below. What it has well pasta, cherry tomatoes (because they are a bit more convinient than regular tomatoes for me and since people here put them in fruit salads they are a bit less expensive, fruit is expensive BTW.) chicken (that I had cooked the day before because I had no idea of what to do with it) salt (because you have to have salt in your house if only to just protect you from ghosts!) gralic (because it will make you seem like more of an adult if you just have garlic really and it makes things taste good. Trust it, it may smell not so great at first but once cooked it is a different story) and cream cheese (because I had it in my refrigerator like I always do). use all ingredients to taste and there simple food that looks kinda nice (I thank the gods of cameras mine had a food app to take pictures of food).

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Adventures in South Korea :Samcheok Beach

11 Jul

 

Ok so you have gotten to Samcheok, and whether it s to teach or just because you are going to the East coast of South Korea for some reason. You may end up in Samcheok beach.20140704_212824

What are we talking about here? well the time period in which these pictures were taken where a little less than a week before the beaches in the Samcheok area get officially opened (July 10th, if you want you can do the math). Before the official opening time you may find the beach a bit on the deserted side.

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You have a few life guards, who will yell at you in Korean if you go too deep (which is almost impossible because the highest the water got was up to my knees). There is also the natives who appear completely dressed in sport clothing and hats (because technically it is still not beach season even though I have a sunburn to show that it could in-fact be a very real beach day) and they will wade in the water with life jackets.

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But it is a pretty beach and those who were with me, including me got to swim in Samcheok beach. Now you will find Samcheok beach about a 10 (maybe less) minutes cab ride from almost anywhere in Samcheok (I will assume you get a cab in downtown Samcheok). you will see the farm land and then you get to the seaside.

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The water does not have harsh waves (just you know don’t ever face away from the ocean, it is a stupid idea) but this beach has no pulling current that will make you an episode of lost or cast-away (even if those movies required a plane).

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There is a convenience store locaded a narrow road away from the beach where you can buy all your hear may need, and if you perhaps want eatables there are plenty of restaurants also a narrow road away. Just be ready to read Korean or do research.  20140705_040010 \

There is a bathroom also but it is a bring your own toilet paper sort of thing so be prepared of buy at the store (it is called GS 25 btw, the store). As you can see in some of these pictures there are motels and hotels because why not, you are probably on vacation.20140705_040012

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An addition to How not to be a creep: A list

11 Jul

This is a great addition to my very first post ‘How not to be a creep: A list’ that may help better understand what is really happening when you are being creepy.