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Rice cooker macaroni and cheese

7 Sep

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The experiment was a success,  just add regular macaroni and cheese ingredients but make sure the milk doesn’t over boil.

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Adventures in South Korea: The Immigration’s Office *YAY*

24 Jul

So Earlier this week I moved to Bundang, from the beautiful Samcheok in hopes to be closer to the Airport. Which I am (except for a week I am in a Motel while housing gets cleared out). Anyway, my visa did this thing that it expired (and the people that should have payed some attention to it didn’t) so I went to the immigration office near the Mokdong station. A lot of standing in lines and waiting for a number to appear in the tiny screen above the immigration officers. The filling out of forms that reminds me I still don’t know my own phone number (yeah it’s a thing, I do I just carry pieces of paper with my number on it or just do the whole phone status in the settings). Finally I got to an immigration officer and she was the nicest (partly because I only let my visa go over by a day…so kids don’t wait for stuff like that).

I payed the money which included 60,000 won for the stamps, and the fine for letting my visa expire which is a sum amount of money daily. Then it was all solved and a happy ending while I took several trains back to work and all was well in my world at least.

Breakfast of an extended sleepover

18 Jul

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What was in it? In the hash there was potatoes, bell pepper, onion, cheddar sausages and bacon.
Scrambled eggs, avocado and toast.

Adventures in South Korea Japan Edition :Kyoto

7 Apr

So while living in South Korea is fun and is full of adventures and cultural experiences, there is one thing I am mainly angry about and that is that Korea lacks an understanding of Brunch or breakfast as I have come to know it. Which is why as soon as I saw that a brunch place was near my guest house in Kyoto I took my chances and ate there.

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After an amazing brunch I headed to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the shrine of a thousand gates (and much walking).

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The messenger of the god that this shrine was build for is a fox. And that is why there are so many fox statues around the shrine. The foxes are all dressed up also because of the New Year.  Each object the foxes carry is specific to a message the god wants to send (but you can look that up if you are interested).

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The gates are meant to be good for businesses which is why there are so many (they have definitely passes the thousand gate mark). The gates take you all the way up the mountain and the down through a cemetery where people who really benefited from putting up a gate now rest (because it is expensive).

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Here is the beginning of the cemetery (I did not make it all the way up the mountain because we had other places to go. However all of it was beautiful and kept that old time influence with the modern life that we know Japan for (there were automatic sliding door that looked like traditional door in the little shops selling things by the monks of the shrine.

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There will no doubt be more gates added to the trail but for now I like the colors and the contrast with the mountain.

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Next in the day was Toji, everyone was dressed up and I really enjoyed seeing the people in Komonos go by.

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Again the temple was in a mountain/hill which meant a nice but tiring walk (again).

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This Shrine was more commercial than Fushimi because it had restaurants and more things were being sold much closer to the shrine.

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If you do travel here make sure to get the Sesame ice cream ( I loved it as you can tell because I only remembered to take the picture after half the ice cream was gone).

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While getting all the way to the top may be difficult it is totally worth it because the view makes it so.

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Again, sadly doe to y timing all renovations were being done to the pagoda due to the coming new year.

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However the structures I was able to see were lovely and made up for most of it.

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Remember comfortable shoes are very important!

Kingsman: The Secret service

15 Mar

So, apologies for not writing in so long somehow I managed to get a life for a bit there. This weekend among other things I went to watch Kingsman: The secret Service. And I thought it was awesome!! This movie is part “Red” and part “Ecpendables” which makes it into my top 20 most awesome movies.

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Right so the main idea is that a vacant spot in a super secret organization is opened and a not-exactly-gentleman-material kid is given the opportunity to take part in a competition to take the vacant spot.

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The movie is also awesome due to the introduction of puppies who become a part of the recruits’ training.

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All of the agents have names belonging to Arthurian legend which is fitting since the agency is based in the UK.

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Colin Firth takes the alias of Sir Galahad and he shows how much of a badass he really is. (let me just say that to me he was the main reason to watch this movie)

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Then there is Merlin, he is pretty much like the real Merlin a magician of our modern time and therefore a hacker for the organization. He demonstrates wisdom and is the one in charge of the recruits. Much like how it would have gone down in Arthurian legend (I’m sure of it).

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Not only is this movie awesome and violent it also has multi-layered characters, For instance The villain while (like most villains) driven by the destruction of the world as we know it; is afraid (or more like gets queasy) at the sight of blood. His main henchperson is a disabled woman with lethal swords for feet (which is awesome because we all know there is an under-representation of anything other than white males in the industry) and is insanely good at killing with them.

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I would like to give some time to Roxy, who is not a romantic interest at all (even though based on many, many films she would have been a romantic interest for the lead actor). She is just a woman deserving of the tittle kingsman, and is not used as a prop because she is a beautiful woman who can use weapons.

Needless to say I did enjoy this film and I am glad that while it had it’s spy movie moments it gave us all good looking men in well tailored suits, great acting and puppies.

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

9 Sep

Because the internet belongs to us all.

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Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

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Adventures in South Korea: Mureong Valley, Donghae, South Korea

17 Aug

Mureong Valley, if you want to cab her you can say Mureong chegok (because they will not understand valley). There is an option of taking the bus here but I did not do that so you may have to go to the information center in Donhae (yes this valley in the town of Donghae in the Gangwondo area. A 1.650 won bus ride or you can just cab to the valley). 

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So once you get off the taxi you will see the shops all around, good place to get souvenirs along with places to eat and drink. 

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After you are walking for a while you will get to the area where you can buy your admission tickets which are not at all expensive. Once you have passed the gate feel free to wander around the valley. 

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There is a couple of rivers so you can pack a bathing suit and towels (most Koreans had tubes and other bloating devises along with tents they do not kid around with comfort they will carry all this stuff around). You may also want to have a change of clothing because well you never know when you may thing you can make it to the other rock in the middle of the river and then you don’t. 

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There is a temple where people can come and stay to enjoy the nature and what not else of the valley.

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These are rather small but they find strength in numbers so be prepared to work out your thighs. 

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This was the chosen spot for a break/ picnic a small but deeper than my legs are long led me to believe I could make it across with out having to get my clothes wet (It did nit workout so well for me). 

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After finishing the rest of the hike it was time to see what the shops outside of the valley entrance had to offer and came upon Makgeolli (in it’s truest form and we had it with a Korean soft drink called Cider because it tasted better). 

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The following is what they call a Korean pizza, which is essentially a giant potato pancake (it was great and even though the amount of hiking did not equate the caloric intake it did not matter).

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When the day came to an end a taxi took us to a tore where wine was bought to be enjoyed at the Donghae beach (it was also a bit rainy yet the summer heat was very real). 

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Happy travels and drink responsibly!