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F1 Grand Prix
Written by Kenneth QuiLLinan On October 14th-16th, the prestigious Formula One event returns to South Korea for the second time, more specifically to a place called Yeongam, in South Jeolla Province. The location is very close to Mokpo, which is approximately a four hour drive from Daegu. This Korean International Circuit (KIC) is the first race track in South Korea which achieved the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Grade A standard. It was initially regarded as a huge milestone for the country but it has been far from smooth sailing so far, for all involved. Last year’s preparations for the inaugural event were deemed to be unsuccessful with The Korean Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) coming under severe scrutiny for their unprofessional approach towards the construction of the stadium, ineffective marketing tactics and their overall approach to the entire event. Much negativity arose in the aftermath of the race, which, in turn, led to the dismissal of chief organizer Mr. Chung Continued on pg 7 Young-cho in January.
Written by Chitsidzo “Chitsi” Kurangwa Shot by Chretien “toKen” Le Keur Beer Can Chicken, a hof in the Yongsan area, was born out of an idea the owner had while watching 1 Night, 2days (1박2일) a famous Korean TV show. It is only a year old and nestled at the edge of the main square in Yongsan and near some apartments. Walking into Beer Can Chicken does not feel like tection from the Labor Board. So, they go home, giving up their paycheck and final contract compensation. Because of factors such as these, experienced and competent instructors often avoid working for institutes and, as a result, it’s become more difficult for academies to provide high-quality English education. Therefore, considering the reality of Korea’s education system, where native-speaking instructors are essential, preparing countermeasures, such as forming a task force to reduce this kind of damage, is urgent. Moreover, for prevention and an efficient English education, we need to invite proven instructors and to complement the system to protect them. Mr. G, 30, a Korean American working for an English institute, said about his unjust case, "I’ve worked for one year but I was fired Keyword translation by Yujeong Lee the usual Hof atmosphere, it’s quiet and not smokey. There are cute floral seat covers and low lighting at the tables. In the middle of the room, there are flashing Christmas lights and along one side is a balcony that looks out at residential apartments.
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Translated by Yujeong Lee Edited by Laurent seweLL Native English-speaking instructors working in Daegu are sometimes hurt by unfair dismissal, so improved treatment is required. According to the Daegu Education Office, there are 476 language institutes and about 1300 foreign language instructors working for institutes and schools as English teachers, as of Sept. 2011. However, some do not get final paychecks, bonuses and the flight tickets home, which they are contractually specified. This often happens due to early and unfair dismissal. If an institute terminates a teacher’s contract before the day of expiration, they don’t need to pay the final paycheck, bonus and flight tickets. Some institutes abuse this and instructors suffer the consequences. Some of the institutes give three written warnings, then dismiss a teacher based on a manager’s arbitrary decision that they didn’t improve. According to the labor law, if the employer dismisses the employee, they should give 45 days notice and pay the final paycheck and bonus, as specified in the contract. However, they sometimes give notice of only a month or even a few weeks. Most of the employees who are unfairly dismissed can’t cope with it properly, and also can’t hold out until they get the pro-
a week from the contract completion date, since I didn’t teach well. So I have to leave without my pay, bonus and flight ticket.” Ms. J, a 27-year old teacher from Canada complained, “I refused to renew the contract at my school, so the institute that I worked for didn’t pay me my last paycheck and bonus.” A staff member from a recruiting agency said, “You can’t blame only the institutes. It’s Continued on pg 4 also the instructors
Letter from tHe eDItorS
Hi, and thanks for picking up the October issue of InDaegu. You'll notice some new concepts with this month's issue, as we integrate more local, national and Craig WHite international news Executive Editor content, with Naver email@example.com Netizen News, Top Tweets, and we also brought back a popular concept that we used to do with Daegu Pockets, with Photo News provided by Maeil Shinmun, Daegu's largest Korean newspaper. Big thanks to our expanding Columnist section. For anyone that runs a club or group in Daegu or who wants to regularly feature something from or for the foreign community, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make room for you. Also, we're looking for more foodies! Anyone like going out to eat, taking pics, and writing about it? We've got a backlog of cool and interesting places worth visiting and we'd like to send you there to document your chowdown. Email us to get involved! Cheers, Craig White executive editor email@example.com
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Fall is finally here, and along with it, the most beautiful time of year in Korea! We have some great travel destination suggestions in Korea and we’ve also got the 411 on Singapore. For those of you who are movie lovers, get the scoop on the Busan International Film Festival and an in-depth look at Korean Director Park Chan Wook. If you do head to Busan, you might also want to dive with the sharks at the Busan Aquarium. True to form, there are some tasty reviews for you this month, including directions to yummy bubble tea at Sandy’s and hearty sandwiches at Homestead. Finally, there are only a few short weeks before Halloween, so if you’re looking for costumes, read on for some great tips. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as the fall weather! Happy Reading, Priya Sam Laurent Sewell managing editors
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A sampling of what Koreans were talking about in September
Translated by sangwoo Kim Edited by Laurent seweLL
Netizen News from Naver
Last month's notable tweets from around the world 1. An employee who had access to the Secret Service's Twitter account, accidentally thought they were using their own Twitter account and posted an "unapproved and inappropriate tweet", the agency said. "We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account. Policies and practices which would have prevented this were not followed and will be reinforced for all account users." 2. Twitter user Stefanie Gordon photographed and filmed the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from an airplane window and tweeted on her feed: @Stefmara
1. First day of Chuseok, Seoul 추석 연휴 첫날 텅 빈 서울 The street in front of Gwanghwamun is all quiet on September 10th, with many residents returning to their hometowns for the family holiday. 2. Wealthy doctors divorce case examined ‘돈자랑’ 아내에게 의사남편 “그렇다면 나는 피타고라스 정리를 묻겠다” An obstetrician who graduated from a prestigious medical school has divorced his wife after months of conflict. The couple married whilst he was still a medical student. It appears the couple lived quite a comfortable life, supported financially by his wife’s wealthy family. However, the marriage fell apart when the husband discovered his wife was having an affair with a gentleman she met in a golf club. The distribution of the estate was determined by a lawsuit. 3. A famous blogger accused of murdering his wife says she committed suicide. 전 부인 살해 유명블로거 목매 숨져.."자 살 추정" Mr. Hwang, a famous blogger accused of murdering his ex-wife last July in Suwon has committed suicide. Although the police did not find a suicide note, they are certain that the man took his own life at a mountain near his house. He had previously wished to reunite with his ex-wife, but she had refused. Out of rage, he apparently murdered her and ran away. More than 1.7 million people have visited his blog, but there were no further postings following his wife’s death. 4. Woman dead after young boys toss rocks from apartment roof. 아파트 옥상에서 날아온 벽돌 맞은 40대 끝내 숨져 A woman in her mid-forties has died in hospital after being admitted in a critical state. It is believed her death occurred after being struck by rocks tossed by young boys from an apartment block roof. The police booked the minors without detention and they will not receive a criminal penalty due to stipulations of minor protection law. The young boys threw the rocks from an apartment rooftop after using an emergency door to gain access. The apartment building’s supervision of roof access is to be questioned by officials. 5. Collision of international marriage and human trafficking. 국제결혼 단꿈, 인신매매 악몽으로 A Mr. Kim, who registered at the inter-
national marriage bureau, paid millions of Won in membership fees and other expenses, it has been revealed. Months later, Kim went to Mongolia in pursuit of a wife. Whilst there, he was arrested for prostitution and paid a fine valued at millions of Won. Following this misfortune, he still managed to marry a Mongolian woman. She subsequently ran away on return to Korea to find her ex-boyfriend. Although, Mr. Kim is not the only victim of international marriage agency shady dealings, the government has not made any effort to address this growing issue. Experts have advised that government management of these agencies may be the only solution. 6. Man arrested on charge of murdering wife after he suspected she was having an affair. 미시령서 날 죽이려던 남편, 시댁 식구 성 화에 면회했더니… Mr. Choi, who was indicted on charges of murdering his wife and dumping her body, was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment. His wife, who barely managed to survive by climbing the cliff which she was dumped off, has refused to forgive her husband. In his last words before leaving to begin his prison sentence, he promised he would spend his incarceration repenting for what he had done. 7. Three-year-old killed in a car accident. 조수석서 엄마가 안고 있던 3살 딸 사고 로 숨져 A three-year-old has died in a car accident in which four family members were injured. The car reportedly hit a tree guardrail. The police are investigating on the details of the accident. It is believed the child’s mother placed her in the front seat because she was sick. 8. College student struck by train. 귀성열차서 떨어져 숨진 대학생…사인 논 란 A 20-year-old returning home for the Chuseok holiday has been hit by a train. The college student, known only as Mr. Moon, was traveling from Seoul to Cheonan and is believed to have fallen onto the track. At the time of the accident, the plastic seal of the emergency lever was broken, leaving the train door open while the level was down. The police report suspects Mr. Moon of jumping on the train without paying. An investigation has been launched. 9. 60-year-old dies after being pinned between two cars whilst unloading her bags. Continued on pg 20
3. Lady Gaga became the first tweeter to reach 10 million followers. Thanking her fans with a tweet, she wrote, "It's an illness how I love you."
4. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney got riled up by an unruly fan on Twitter, who tweeted, "Rooney ya fat whore ill smash ya head in with a pitchin wedge an bury ya with a ballast fork ya fat ugly lil nonse." Rooney challenged the fan to a fight but later tweeted that it wasn't serious and "just a bit of banter."
5. In September, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo shared some impressive stats about their growth. He reported that the site now has over 100 million users around the world who tweet at least once a month. Additionally, that half of these users access Twitter every day.
6. In early September, actress Demi Moore tweeted a photo of her bare back. "[R]emember,"she wrote, ".....you've got your own back."
7. Alec Baldwin's visit to a Starbucks got him tweeting in Sept. He bitched about the barista who served him, dropped the employee's name and even posted the location of that Starbucks. 8. On September 5, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum tweeted a photo of Hurricane Katia, from his vantage point from aboard the International Space Station.
9. Beyonce Knowles and her five-month baby bump was noticeable at the Video Music Awards, which whipped Twitter into such a frenzy that the issue broke the record for most tweets per second.
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A foreign resident of Daegu and her husband were enjoying ‘a multicultural family day’ in Bongmu Park, hosted by Dong-gu District branch of the National Red Cross.
Daegu's Samsung Lions coach, Ryu Joong-il, was celebrating the winning of the pennant race with players at Seoul's Jamsil Stadium.
In Chilgok County, the Republic of Korea Army and UN Army were repelling the North Korean Army at the rehearsal of the re-enactment of the Battle of the Nakdong River. This event hosted by the Ministry of National Defense and supervised by ROK Army mobilized 650 soldiers, 8 fighter planes, 10 landing boats and other equipment to vividly present the famed battle from the Korean War. Photo credit: Woo Tae-ook A Buddhist monk at Haeinsa Temple tends to his work for being responsible for the preservation of the UNESCO-recognized Tripitaka Koreana tablets.
New Drug Hits Daegu
Translation by jiYeoun shin As reported in maeiL shinmun According to police, there is a new danger involving various types of narcotic drugs that are spreading rapidly to Daegu. Having been used in Seoul for several years, its spread is thought to be due to usage by U.S. military and native English teachers and police believe continued soldiers and expat usage is putting young Koreans at risk. One drug in particular, JWH-018, commonly known as ‘Spice’, has been discovered by police in Daegu. The drug is synthetic marijuana, which is added to an herb and smoked, with studies showing that it has an affinity for the cannabinoid (CB1) receptor five times greater than that of THC, the cannabinoid found in marijuana. Another major concern for local police is the amount of “Spice” smuggled into the country. The drug seems to have first appeared onto the club scene in 2009, despite being deemed illegal by the government that same year. Since then, there have been 31 po-
September's surprise heat wave created nationwide power failures, including affecting shoppers who had to browse Daegu's Seomun Market by candlelight.
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who have issues and this compounds these kinds of problems. However, it dishonors our country to cause damage to instructors by unfair dismissal.” A person from the Ministry of Labor said, “Even though the foreign language instructors are protected by Korean labor law while working here, it’s limited. So we need to make a measure to protect them.” On the other hand, if you are legally employed by a school who you feel are not paying or issuing an unfair dismissal, you can report them to the Labor Board. After you report them, the Ministry of Labor receives it and the labor relations commission
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will look into the case. Then, you can return to work, or get paid for what you worked, once it’s deemed an unfair dismissal based on Korean labor law. Also, you can get compensation for the period that you couldn’t work because of dismissal. Once the Labor Board makes a favorable ruling on your case, if the institute doesn’t follow the order, they have to pay 5-10 million won as a fine to enforce fulfillment. For more info or help, call the Labor Board by dialing 1350, then press 5 and then 1, to speak to someone in English, between 9am-6pm on weekdays.
lice cases with over 600g seized in 2010 and 1,067g seized in 19 cases this year. In a new twist, police believe an aroma is now being added to the narcotic, removing its unique smell and, therefore, making it more difficult to detect. Also, all traces of this drug disappear from the user’s body after 2 or 3 days. With the possibility that the supply route originates with the U.S. military and native English teachers, the police plan on halting its spread by cooperating with future military investigations.
SPeeD tO LeArn:
Written by sheLLeY d'souza
When I was in elementary school, I was addicted to video games. I couldn’t wait to get home sometimes and beat the next big guy on Final Fantasy. Yes, I was a nerd in some respects. However, things have completely changed in the past decade. The most interactive video game when I was in elementary school was Mario Paint, now it’s Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Fitness. Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell is using this concept to revolutionize the way high school kids can learn their curriculum in and outside of the classroom. Tired of the archaic ways of the public school system, Bushnell has been working on this concept for 10 years, which could eventually take three years off high school. Speed to Learn is a gaming system that teaches while playing games in a Dance Dance Revolution meets step aerobics meets drill practice way. So what does this mean? Kids are addicted to television and video games and now you can take the interactive part of game playing and adapt it to learning in school. Bushnell has noticed that students using Speed to Learn are three times faster at learning curriculum, because an increased heart rate leads to better retention and mental capacity. Not giving out too much information at the Cloud Gaming Conference USA, the rewards for good work and learning are more realistic to what students want. His research has found that Speed to Learn can teach subjects ten times faster and can teach a full career of
Fast Food ordering A: May I take your order? 주문을 받아도 될까요? B: Hi, l’ll have a cheeseburger.. 안녕하세요. 치즈버거 주세요. B: Extra mustard but go easy on the onions, please. 겨자 좀 더 넣으시고요. 양파는 적당히 넣 어주세요 B: Hold the pickles. 피클은 빼 주세요 B. And a large order of french fries. 그리고 프렌치 프라이 큰 사이즈 주세요 A: Would you like anything else? 더 필요한거 있으세요? B: What kind of drinks do you have? 무엇을 마실래요? A: We have Coke, Sprite, and Fanta. 콜라, 사이다, 환타를 먹겠어요.
B: A Coke with lots of ice please. 콜라는 얼음을 많이 주세요. A: Large or small? 큰거로 드릴까요, 작은걸로 드릴까요? B: Large, please. 큰거로 주세요. (payment) A: And here’s your change. I’ll be right back with your order. 여기 잔돈 있습니다. 곧 주문받으러 올께 요 (time passes) B: Here you go. 여기 있습니다 A: Can I have a little more ketchup? 케쳡 좀 더 주세요 B: Here you go. Enjoy your meal. 여기 있습니다. 맛있게 드세요.
high school in about a year. Using cloud-computing technology, Bushnell believes that it’s the most effective and efficient way to get students from fiddling around with the software and infecting them with viruses, as they have a tendency to do. Cloud computing is more an internetbased network rather than a LAN based network, which they use in public schools. Using a web browser with the server in a remote location would be easier to use, however, most schools would need to update their computer software in order to attain access to the learning program. While the education system needs to be updated, and Speed to Learn could very well enforce the type of learning methods needed for students, it does also mean that universities will be accepting 15 to 16 year olds. If it does mean that students can graduate under 20, the big question is, will they be mentally ready to enter the work force at such a young age?
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Revolutionizing Education by Speeding up High School
Korean Scenario Practice
Written by PriYa sam
Fun and Films at BIFF
The 16th annual Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, formerly PIFF) is just around the corner and this year promises to be the best yet. The festival will showcase 307 films, including 135 premieres. This year, the films come from 70 different countries. BIFF will open with the world premiere of Always (오직 그대만), which is the newest film from Korean director Song Il-gon. Song also directed award-winning films, such as Flower Island. Song’s Always is the love story of a boxer and woman who is losing her sight. Other Asian films that are drawing the attention of critics include Nino, which is set in the Phillippines, the Burmese production Return to Burma, and an Indonesian film, The Mirror Never Lies. The festival will close with a Japanese film, Chronicles of my Mother, directed by Masato Harada. This film, which debuted at the Montreal World
Film Festival in August, is based on author Yasushi Inoue’s autobiographical novels, focusing on his relationship with his aging mother. BIFF will also pay homage to one of Hong Kong’s most well-known directors, Yonfan. Seven of his films will be featured, the oldest of which dates back to the 1980s, which have been re-stored and re-mastered. While the festival aims to highlight Asian productions and directors, it will include several high-profile non-Asian productions, such as Luc Besson’s The Lady. The Lady is a politically driven love story based on the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy activist from Burma and her husband, Michael Aris. There will also be several Portuguese films in this year’s festival, as well as a seminar about analyzing Portuguese cinema. One of the most anticipated of these films is Blood of My Blood by Jose
Conijo, which depicts the difficulty of the life of one family in Padre Cruz, a slum on the outskirts of Lisbon. So how can you get tickets to BIFF? Well, if you are comfortable navigating the web in Korean, or you have a friend to help you, then you can register at www.daum.net to purchase tickets. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1688-3010 (Press 2 for service in English). Tickets are a cool 6,000 won apiece and if you plan to see several films, then you can take advantage of the “Challenge Five” package which gives you six tickets for the price of five or the “Passion Ten” package, which is 13 tickets for the price of ten. The best part of these packages is that if you don’t use all your tickets, you can use them for up to three years, even if tickets prices rise. If you decide not to buy tickets in advance, then you can always get them on the day the film is being shown, as 20% of the tickets have been reserved for this purpose. Aside from the films, another exciting feature this year will be the unveiling of a new cinema centre. The Busan Cinema Centre will be a major venue in this year’s festival and in years to come. The Centre includes an outdoor screening theater, which can seat up to 4,000 people. The facility will also have four indoor theaters, the largest of which can seat 833 people. For more information about BIFF, you can visit http://www.biff.kr. ■
world premiere (연극, 영화 등의) 세계 초 연 ■ drawing the attention of 주의를 끌 다. (관심을 불러 일으키다) ■ debuted at 처음 선을 보이다. (데뷔하다) ■ pay homage to 경의를 표하다 ■ high-profile 세간 의 이목을 끄는 ■ take advantage of 기회 를 활용하다 ■ unveiling of 공개되는(베일 이 벗겨지는)
Film Festival Winners around the World
Compiled by PriYa sam SUNDaNCE FIlm FESTIval World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis (U.K./U.S.A.) World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic Tyrannosaur, directed by Paddy Considine (U.K.) U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D. Richardson ToRoNTo INTERNaTIoNal FIlm FESTIval (TIFF) Cadillac People’s Choice Award Where Do We Go Now? Directed by Nadine Labaki Cadillac People’s Choice Award, Best Documentary The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk Best Canadian Film awards Edwin Boyd, directed by Nathan Morlando and Monsieur Lazhar, directed by Philippe Falardeau. CaNNES FIlm FESTIval Palme D’Or The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive Special Jury Prize Elena, directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev 4. BERlIN FIlm FESTIval (BERlINalE) 2011 Golden Bear Award Nader and Simin: A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi.
VenGeAnCe, VIOLenCe, VAMPIreS:
Ju Seok Oh
Dark Humor in the Films of Park Chan-Wook
Written by jessiCa hughes
“revenge is good for your health, but pain will find you again.” - Oh Dae-su, Oldboy This line from South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s third feature film, Oldboy (2003) is one of the rare times when dialogue, rather than visuals, directly conveys
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the moral of his film. Best known for his onscreen displays of graphic violence, especially in his Vengeance Trilogy, Park is recognized as an auteur for blending horror and action with more than a hint of dark humor. Irony is also important in his use of violence, because his films are ultimately about the failure of revenge; rather than the satisfaction resulting from seeking vengeance, as Park’s protagonists often end up suffer-
ing just as much as their victims. While the dark humor in all of Park’s films highlights the futility of the revenge and graphic violence being portrayed, he has, more recently, begun to explore the psychological effects of violence and revenge. In his most recent film, Thirst (2009), Park uses the Western vampire narrative to portray a globalized take on violence and a concentrated form of revenge. The protagonist, Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), is up against himself in this battle, after being exposed to vampire cells that leave him questioning his morals as a Catholic priest. While the graphic violence in all of Park’s films can be read as a response to Korea’s tumultuous past, the barbaric vengeance of his earlier films is distinctly different from the primarily internal dilemma of Thirst, which deals with conflicts of man versus himself and man versus nature in place of the man versus man battles of the Vengeance Trilogy. The success of Thirst, both domestically and internationally, speaks simultaneously to the significance of the contemporary vampire film, Park Chan-wook as a filmmaker, and South Korean cinema, in general. As an addition to the vampire film canon, Thirst offers a renewed interpretation by emphasizing the conflict of religion inherent in vampire symbolism. While earlier vampire narratives have focused on religion as the source of opposing forces of good and evil, Thirst’s unique portrayal of a Catholic vampire presents contradictions that encourage audiences to reconsider the implications of this disease. The film is also stylistically distinct in its use of dark humor to compliment
grotesque images of blood and violence. Furthermore, Park’s vampire narrative shows audiences that he has expanded his filmmaking style by unifying image, sound, and story in his unique interpretation of a traditionally Western narrative. Being among the first Korean films to feature the Western vampire tradition, Thirst will likely be regarded in years to come as the stepping-stone for Park Chanwook’s rise (or fall) to the fame and glory of Hollywood filmmaking. ■
Feature film - 장편 극영화(흥행을 목적 으로 일반 영화관에서 상영하기 위한 상업 용 영화) ■ graphic violence - 잔인성, 폭 력성을 담은 장면 ■ auteur - 영화 감독 ■ dark humor - 슬프거나 비극적 상황을 승 화시킨 유머 ■ protagonists - 주인공 ■ Up against - 부딪혀(봉착하여) ■ exposed to - 노출되다 ■ internal dilemma - 내부 갈등 ■ inherent - 내재하는 ■ opposing forces - 대립하는 세력들
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drivers and teams
An initial construction budget of 340 billion won ($304 million) was deemed to be sufficient to cover all costs involved, but additional funds were required by KAVO and the final number was closer to 400 billion won ($357 million), according to some sources. Such a drastic miscalculation was a major embarrassment. Some reports suggested that pay-offs were made to local construction firms to prematurely terminate contracts without incurring excessive cancellation fees. A mere two weeks before the race was to commence, the track was completed to the approval of the FIA. This, in turn, led to organizers being forced to give away thousands of tickets free of charge and to discount others to ensure the stadium was as close to capacity as possible. A major boost in spectators and interest became a priority of the organizers this year to ensure the progression of Formula One in Korea. We provided Early Bird Ticket sales, which started from 50% off. This proved to be a huge success. The addition of more benefits to F1 ticket holders was another success. “Every F1 ticket holder can attend a K-pop concert on Saturday and major tourist spots near Mokpo for free”, explained an official from the Tourist Planning Production Team for the F1 Korean GP Organizing Committee, in a recent interview. The language barrier between locals and visitors to Yeongam was also a major issue during the previous event. “This year, the initial search for bilingual volunteers proved to be challenging, with the F1 race being held at the same time as many students sit mid terms,” said Mr. Andrew Scholz, CEO of Korea-Consult who will be ensuring that accommodation, meals and transportation of all F1 related professionals, companies,
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Kart Racing in Daegu
Written by derriCK smith
Korean F1: 2011
Don't want to watch the F1 but would rather do some racing of your own? PNS Kart in Waegwan has a go-kart track for you to burn up that energy. Tough to get to, but take a subway all the way out to Munyang Station on Line 2, then take a taxi the rest of the way. About a 15 minute drive from the station. Make sure to call well in advance to make sure that PNS is open for the day that you are planning to go. No easy directions to explain, so plot this address into Navigation: (주)피엔에스. 경상북도 칠곡군 왜관 읍 낙산리 655-5. ☎ 054)975-4936 the transport and shuttle services between our accommodation and the track. We do, however, have options available for people who only need transport or accommodation. It is a fun tour where English, Afrikaans, Korean and some German is spoken. It's an awesome way to experience the Korean F1 and make friends with people with the same passion. For more info, please see www.waegooktravel.com ■
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Derrick Smith and Chris Truter went to check out the new track in Yeongam at the end of 2009. There were talks of the 2010 Korean F1 being cancelled because the circuit was not going to be completed in time. We were also surprised that there was little English information available, not to speak of information in other languages. Living in Korea and my wife being Korean, we decided to organize a Korean F1 tour and to make information available to expats in Korea and international travelers. We tried to get accommodation in Mokpo, but soon found out that group booking was nearly impossible, seeing that most of the accommodation was booked out by FIA officials and the city counsel. We knew it would be very difficult for Korean expats and international travelers to get information, book tickets, accommodation, transport, etc.. and to find their
way around, and this is how our Korean F1 Tour Packages started. We soon started getting bookings from all over the world. October 2010, we attended the Korean F1 with 100 people. Our buses left the Saturday morning from Seoul and Gumi (40 minutes from Daegu). We attended an awesome weekend of racing, including Practice 3 and Qualifying on the Saturday and an air-show and the main race on the Sunday. It rained hard on the Sunday and, at one stage, the race was black flagged (suspended). Everyone waited in suspense, seeing that this race was a decider for the championship. The rain subsided somewhat and the race was on. Nobody could have wished for a more exciting race. Cars were spinning off and championship leaders wrecked their chances of getting points after crashing at different spots all around the track.
Saturday night we slept in comfortable and clean accommodation in Gwangju and used our buses to shuttle everyone to and from the track. The rooms each have a big screen TV, refrigerator, own bathroom, air-conditioners and most of them have PCs with internet. Our group all had dinner and drinks together and we saw many new friendships formed over the weekend. Sunday night, the buses returned to Seoul and Gumi after an awesome race. People could watch replays of the race on the bus. This year, we are doing the same, but have more options available. With most packages, we also included Saturday evenings Rib BBQ meal (Galbi), sub sandwiches on the buses from Seoul and Gumi as well on the way back. A lanyard with a waterproof ticket holder is also included. Our packages include tickets, accommodation and all
Caliente mexican Restaurant
Written and shot by Chretien Le Keur
“Anyonghaseyo!! Anyonghaseyo!!! Welcome!!! Welcome!! Where would you like a seat sir?” was the flamboyant and boisterous greeting that I received upon entering the restaurant. “A seat at the bar counter will be fine, thanks” was my response as I was ushered in. Immediately, a bartender took my drink order and 2 minutes later, it arrived before I could even introduce myself and the business I was preparing to do that evening. How’s that for service! This left a very good first impression. After introducing myself to the bartender, I asked to speak to the manager. A shy fellow emerged from the kitchen area. “Hi, my name is Blue,” he introduced himself and apologized for making me wait 5 minutes while he was sorting out an issue in the kitchen. My reason for visiting Caliente was to catch-up with “Blue”, the restaurant manager, to find out some more about the place direct from the horse’s mouth. After taking my order, Blue and I sat down for our Q and A session. indaegu: Why did you get into the Hospitality/restaurant industry? Blue: Well, I am service oriented. I focus on the needs of the customer. They come to our restaurant to eat good food. Instead of just good food, I want to give them a really good experience here. My approach is to put myself in their shoes then serve them as if I were the one dining out. All I can say is that we are really busy nowadays and getting very popular, so I try my very best to make Caliente customers have a really great overall experience. indaegu: What is your history in the Hospitality Industry? Blue: When I was in the army, I visited a bar in Seoul on my off-day. I saw a barman flaring behind the counter while pouring drinks. It was amazing to watch. That inspired me and I decided I want to become a bartender as well. I then looked for a bartending job. Sometime after that, I opened my own small bar in Daegu and was doing quite well. Before Caliente opened, the owner approached me and asked me to help him open this place. He needed me because of my 10-11 years of experience in this kind of industry. I am the manager here and I have to make sure everything is ok. In the short space of 5 months, we built this Continued on pg 19
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Don’t feel like making lunch today? Monopoly money running low? Head down to Sandy’s for something cheap, fun, and scrummy. Over the past seven years, owner Lee Hyung Soon has been working hard to perfect the art of the sandwich as well as serving up the popular yet rare bubble tea. All the menus are in Korean (mostly Konglish) but fear not, you lazy buggers who can’t be bothered to learn. The staff will be more than happy to run you through it. The menu itself consists of mainly sandwiches, smoothies, and the popular icy Korean dessert patbingsu with your choice of fruit. The main attraction, however, is the bubble tea. This Chinese tea is both fun and delicious, and Sandy’s offers a variety of tropical fruit flavors like kiwi and strawberry (ok, when did oreos and ice cream ever hurt anyone?). But Hyung Soon adds a touch that’s more like a smoothie with bubble pearls added, nice and frothy and less like tea. Stick to tradition and opt for the taro flavor or green milk or go for the infinitely delicious chocobanana. All smoothies are served in a sizeable glass measuring jug (1/2 quart Pyrex) adding to the charm of this seemingly ordinary sandwich shop. Hyung Soon picked a wide variety of sandwich selections packed with your choice of filling (ie. Ham and cheese, salami, chicken breast, hashbrowns??) as well as a healthy serving of pickles, tomato, and lettuce. He also incorporates a tangy mayo-based sauce that amplifies the flavor in every bite. To keep you coming back, the owner deliberately priced almost everything on the menu between 1,700 and Continued on pg 20
Bubble Tea anyone?
Written by Catherine Laws
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For starters, we received a salad (cabbage generously covered in salad cream), radish (mu) and three condiments; mustard, salt and sweet chilli sauce all placed on a smaller version of the school lunch trays. We also received a house (spicy) sauce and garlic sauce. The owner, Yun Byun Gun, signaled he was ready to deliver our whole chicken and it arrived on a trolley, sitting on a beer can (more like a cup), hence the name Beer Can Chicken. He snipped off the wings, made a few cuts and then blow torched it. It looked wonderful and lasted about 30 seconds. The chicken was served cut up, laying
on grilled onion slices and a pineapple slice. It tasted quite plain and the sauces were definitely needed. The house (spicy) sauce was a favourite, as it was not all that spicy. The garlic sauce, however, managed to be pungent and sickly sweet, at the same time. The pineapple slice positively enhanced the flavour of the chicken. The blow torching was not only fun to look at, but it also made the chicken crispy and gave it a nice golden colour. Beer Can Chicken offers four main flavours of chicken (regular, hot, garlic, or curry), with garlic chicken being a favourite.
It takes about an hour to cook the chicken, but there are pre-cooked chickens, so you only need to sit and wait for it to be blow torched. The average price of chicken is 15,000 won and beverages are the usual Korean brand beer and soft drinks. The grilled chicken makes a nice change from the usual fried variety offered up in other hofs. If you are in the Yongsan area and fancy seeing the spectacle of a blow torched chicken, then certainly visit Beer Can Chicken. Directions: Come out of Exit 4 of Yongsan Station and walk to the intersection. Turn right and it’ll be a long 4 blocks until
you see a parking lot on the right side and a Korea Mart on the corner. Make a right, right in front of the Korea Mart, past Chan’s Cabin and then take your next left. Then look for it on the left side. Or show this to a taxi: 삐루먹은닭 비 어캔치킨. 전 화 : 053 524 6977. 주 소 : 위 치 : 장기도 공영주차장 진성참치 뒷편
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Food/driNK t CLASS COFFee:
Written by sheLLeY d’souza
a Class all on its own
Have you ever wondered what it would take to combat having a haggard face? Or what to drink if you had a loose idea? Well, you have to look no further than downtown to find a coffee shop that specializes in therapies for day-to-day ailments we humans may incur. T Class Coffee prides itself on the fact that everything is hand made. There are no espresso machines and none of their food is pre-made. Their coffee is made by a handdrip coffee maker, and their food contains no additives and is also gluten-free. Unlike most coffee shops that work at a quick pace, you may have to wait a while for your drinks and food because everything is made fresh for you. The owner, Hyun Cheol Kim, used to work in an Oriental pharmacy and studied herbal remedies, until he decided to open up his own coffee shop. Wanting to create a coffee shop unlike most others, he focuses on slow food and health. When you enter the coffee shop to read the menu, instead of the traditional coffee drinks, you get “Therapy” for things- such as Menstrual Leave and I Feel Anyhow. You
also get therapies for your blood type, antismoking and for energy. The therapy itself is just a capsule containing Oriental medicines specifically designed to make you feel better- which, like a tea bag, you let sit in a cup of hot water. If you decide to get the coffee therapy, you get a cup of coffee infused with your therapy choice. You get your drink, and you dip the herbal capsule into your coffee or your hot water for about 30 seconds, more or less depending on how strong you like your drink. You also get unlimited hot water. As a tip, if you decide to get the Go Go Energizer Therapy, you will be jumping off the walls in a matter of minutes! The salad menu has a wide selection and the sandwiches are to die for. I love fresh made bread; I also love a good sandwich, and T Class Coffee does not disappoint in either department. Their sandwiches range from balsamic beef to king prawn and caprese to vegetarian. Situated across from the 2.28 Park and next to the Lotte Cinema, T Class Coffee is a good alternative to the other generic coffee shops found within the city. In addition, where else would you be able to go to find a coffee that can help you in those dark dog days?
oktoberfest comes to Korea
A chain of microbrews named Oktoberfest have been popping up in Seoul and now have 5 locations, located in Jongno, Mapo, Sinchon, Seocho, and Gangnam. From Sept. 13 to Nov. 11, their locations are celebrating Oktoberfest and offering AllYou-Can-Drink Microbrew for 10,000won, featuring German varieties of Pilsner, Weisse, Radler (Shandy), and Dark. Time: Jongno, Sinchon, Mapo from 9/13 - 10/12 -andSeocho, Gangnam from 10/18 - 11/17 Jongno Oktoberfest directions: Go to Jonggak Station (Line 1). Take Exit 1. Walk down until you see a side street (not the side street straight out of the station exit). The side street is right before the Nonghyup Bank. Walk down this street a little (you will pass an Izakaya). It will be on your left. 02738-8881 Sinchon Oktoberfest directions: Go to Sinchon Station (Line 2). Take Exit 3. Walk down until you reach the 4-way intersection. Take a right. Walk down this street a bit until you reach another intersection and it will be on your right on the 3rd floor. 023481-8887 Gangnam Oktoberfest directions: Go to Gangnam Station (Line 2). Take Exit 5. Take the first right down the major side street and you will see it on your right. It is in the basement. 02-3481-8881 For more info, visit www.oktoberfest.co.kr
Homey Homestead Café
Written by Katherine haCKett
Autumn in my opinion is Korea’s finest season; getting around no longer involves dripping with sweat or hopping from one air conditioned unit to another. What better way then to spend a day like this than in an open air café? Homestead Cafe is owned by Young Jin Um and opened just 2 months ago as a new addition to the Daegu cafe scene. The Homestead brand was first seen in Seoul but after becoming a huge fan, Um decided to bring the concept to Daegu. The café is located a short 5 minute walk to Suseong Lake and a 10 minute walk from Suseong Homeplus. With its red brick interior and open plan seating, it gives off a relaxed vibe that is sometimes lost in the numerous cafés of Korea. The cafe would be an ideal place for a study session or afternoon date, particularly because of its proximity to the
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affluent lake area. Homestead café has the usual coffee house arrangement where you order at the counter. The menu at Homestead is standard coffee shop fare/burger joint. Plenty of sandwiches, salads, and waffles with a highlighted section of favorites including the café exception-the burger. Upon talking to Um, he mentioned that the Brunch Combo and Huckleberry Waffle were the most popular orders. The Teriyaki burgers were also highlighted as a menu hit and if I was in a greasy food mood I think they would have gone down quite nicely. There were also fries available and the café catered to both healthy and not so healthy food preferences. We went for the tomato basil sandwich and the Cajun chicken salad. Both of us are newly on diets and thought these would be
pretty sound options, however we couldn’t resist the baked goods on offer at the counter and also ended up with a couple of miniature walnut pies. The walnut pies were yummy and tasted home-made, giving us high hopes for the mains. We were not altogether disappointed. The tomato and basil sandwich was actually more of a ham sandwich with tomato relish, having said that it was tasty, due to the fresh rosemary and olive bread. The real star of this place seemed to be their baking. The Cajun salad wasn’t the best we’ve tried but was fine and not overdressed. We also received some service cookies as a side with the meal, and as there are no calories in free food, enjoyed them too! All in all, Homestead Cafe was a pleasant place to eat and worth a trip if you’re in the area. ■
Written by Craig white
State Fair Food vs Korean Street market Food
Ahh...street markets. The smell. The taste. Yeah, certainly not for all tastes. Fish cakes on a stick? That's Odeng. Pig intestine stuffed with rice, noodles, and pig's blood. That's Sundae! Pull up a chair for some grilled pork intestines (Makchang) and soju! Or how about we get something to-go, like grilled chicken anus (dak-ddong-jib)? Or we can order spicy chicken feet (bul-dak-bal) for delivery. Don't worry. We can order it boneless. Funky street food is not limited to Korea, or even Asia for that matter. This is the Season of the State Fair in the US, where they are famed for coming up with bizarre and sometimes, hideous-sounding concoctions. Here's a list of recently wrapped up state fairs and some upcoming ones, along with some wacky food that the fairs are known for:
alaska state Fair: reindeer sausage massachusetts state Fair: Fried Jelly Beans
West Springfield, Sep. 16-Oct. 2 Wailuku, Sep. 29-Oct. 2
hawaii state Fair: Chicken-Fried Bacon
oklahoma state Fair: deep-Fried mashed Potatoes on a stick
Tulsa, Sep. 29-Oct. 9
texas state Fair: Fried Beer
Dallas, Sep. 30-Oct. 23
mississippi state Fair: Krispy Kreme hamburgers
Jackson, October 5 - 16 Columbia, Oct. 12-23 Raleigh, Oct. 13-23
south Carolina state Fair: Fried Pepsi
Palmer, Aug. 25-Sep. 5
north Carolina state Fair: Kool-aid Pickles
minnesota state Fair: spaghetti and meatballs on a stick
Falcon Heights, Aug. 25-Sep. 5 Syracuse, Aug. 25-Sep. 5
arizona state Fair: mealworm-Covered Caramel apples
new York state Fair: Kangaroo spiedies
Phoenix, Oct. 14-Nov. 6
arkansas state Fair: deep-Fried egg on a stick
oregon state Fair: roadkill (not actual roadkill, but fried dough made to resemble it)
Little Rock, Oct. 14-23
Salem, Aug. 26-Sep. 5
louisiana state Fair: Pizza on a stick
utah state Fair: deep-fried Peanut-Butterand-Jelly
Shreveport, Oct. 27-Nov. 6
Salt Lake City, September 8-18
Kansas state Fair: Pickle Pop
Florida state Fair: Cheeseburger topped with Fried ice Cream
Tampa, Feb. 9-20, 2012
Hutchinson, Sep. 9-18
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4 Days In…Singapore: The lion City
WRITTE By steven moore That I am nomadic, there can be no doubt. Thus, I am both blessed and cursed with an innate desire to visit inspiring and enlightening places. Singapore is such a place. The very definition of multiculturalism, it demonstrates that people of different faiths, ethnicities and cultures can live side-by-side in perfect harmony- thriving on and embracing one another’s differences. Other places claim the multicultural tag: London and New York, for example. Singapore, however, stands out as the most dynamic and variegated of all. Owing to its strategic location, the Lion City is an important transport hub, but this fine island nation is far more than a convenient stop-over. With history, culture, night life and world class shopping by the truck load, Singapore has something for everyone. In a land of juxtapositions, you will find beautiful ancient temples nestled between towering futuristic stratosphere scrapers; scraping the sky no longer seems adequate in Singapore. Amongst the high end malls, discover locals peddling a myriad of goods, while enticing eateries compete with street vendors hawking mouthwatering morsels. Most tourists stay in the city’s downtown area, where in two hectic days, you can enjoy most of the highlights. However, if time allows three or four days, slip into comfy shoes and slide out to uncover this gem-hewn city state. Begin your mini world tour with a meander around Little India. This fragrant suburb is worthy of its name, with aromatic markets, intoxicating spice stalls and wide smiled, garland draped local Indians. It only lacks the free range sacred cows, ever present in ‘big India.’ With faiths and suburbs beautifully intertwining, make the short pilgrimage from Little India into the Muslim Quarter, exchanging Hindu shrines for Islamic mosques. Hunger inducing smells of Middle Eastern delicacies waft from every corner, while an array of tempting coffee shops exude charm and opportunity for quiet contemplation. Divert to China Town for oriental food and medicine markets. A fifteen minute stroll transcends time and continents, depositing you within the imposing colonial era of the British. With vast neo-renaissance architecture encompassing a well-worn cricket pitch, you could be in suburban London or Calcutta- exemplifying the cultural diversity of Singapore. The city’s most iconic building, the Raffles Hotel, oozes history from every portal and sipping classy Singapore Slings in The Long Bar alongside the ghost of Hemingway is to delve into a literary past. Opportunities to feast are limitless and the riverside areas of Boat, Clarke or Robertson Quays are a magnet for magnates, expats and tourists alike; if imbibing the night away is your vacation vice, look no further than this district, with bars for those of either mellow or hedonistic sensibilities. Whether back-packing or flash-packing, Singapore has it all. Traverse to Sentosa Island, via cable car, for an up-market excursion. The many top drawer hotels offer exquisite dining, classy beaches and golf courses and for the able-stomached, a Universal Studios. Back on the main island, Singapore Zoo, set in an ancient rainforest, ranks as the world’s best and an evening at the unique nighttime safari is memorable. Before departing, get a duck’s eye view of the city with a river cruise on an archaic bumboat. Enjoy the free seminar of Singapore’s past as you glide smoothly under countless historical bridges, simultaneously admiring the juxtaposition of ancient technicolor trading houses at the foot of megalithic glass walled office towers. If you’re lucky enough to witness an immense tropical storm whilst on the river, the scene, just like the buzz in The Lion City, is literally electrifying. ■
7th International Busan Fireworks Festival
Written by janna maCinnis Finally, the hot sticky walls of summer have been lifted and leaving the city without frizzy hair and sweaty clothes is an option again! What better way to spend your weekend than by going to the beautiful beach side city of Busan. This month, one of the most successful festivals in Korea, the 7th Busan International Fireworks Festival, is showcased in a weeklong celebration. Attracting over 1.3 million visitors annually, and with over 2 million attending last year, this is one of the biggest events in the Korean festival calendar. In terms of fun, it’s more comparable to Boryeong Mud Festival than the Salted Sea Festival. The city is abuzz with visitors over this weeklong event and with so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. Events for this festival will take place on Gwangalli Beach, a close rival to the well
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known Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli offers hundreds of raw fish restaurants, a great view and if you're feeling brave, a refreshing dip in the ocean. The celebrations kick off on October 21st with a Super Model Pageant, a Fashion Show, and the Hallyu Star concert. On October 22nd , the stunning fireworks are showcased against the backdrop of Gwangan Bridge at 8:00 p.m., creating the perfect setting for an evening away. Countries competing in this year’s event include Poland, the U.S., China, and Japan. The event continues during the next weekend, when on October 28th , the next Hallyu concert kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Nineteen acts are scheduled to hit the stage, including Se7en, T-ara, 2PM, SHINee, and a plethora of other bands with misspelled English names. If you need a K-Pop fix, this is an event not
to be missed. Finally, on the closing day of the festival, the major fireworks are scheduled for ignition. Starting at 8:00 p.m., with a rumored 80,000 fireworks ready to go, this final showdown is a must see.
Getting to Gwangalli Beach is a short and easy jaunt from Haeundae beach. Jhop on the subway in the direction of Yangsan and get of after 5 stops at Gwangan Station. Have fun! ■
Go to Gyeongju
by travis haYes Salutations Daytrippers! Now that you’ve powered through Pohang, surveyed craggy Songni-san and dazzled at the delights of Danyang, yours truly has another day of fun suggestion to send your way. This gem of an excursion is pretty close too, so pack those saddles, paint your wagon, we’re headin’ to Gyeongju; the glorious old capital of Korea’s once great Silla Kingdom. While Gyeongju is ideal as a daylong jaunt from Daegu, if time permits, try allowing for a weekend as there is a whole lot to see and do. For the history buff there are temples and tombs aplenty; for the thrill seeker there’s a coaster in Kyongju World and for the nature nuts there are plenty of trails to tackle. Whatever your pleasure, Gyeongju is sure to satisfy. Getting to glorious Gyeongju is as easy as ordering gimbap. You can take a train or bus from Dongdaegu Station. The buses are across the street from the subway exit and run every 40 minutes or so. The train will take you further into Gyeongju and closer to sites like Bulguk-sa and Kyongju World. Either way, you’ll get there within an hour or less, so there’s no need to wake up at the crack of dawn (Halleluiah!!) to catch a bus or train. When you arrive at the bus terminal or train station, the 10 or 11 bus (1,500 won just across the street) can be your chariot to most of the goings on in Gyeongju. These buses will take you to the mighty masonry of Bulguk-sa, the excitement of Kyongju World (26,000 for all rides), the Folk Art Village, and much more. Other sites of interest, such as Anapji Pond with its floating temple and Cheomseongdae observatory, the oldest in the Far East, are accessible on different bus routes conveniently discerned by color (red, green, blue, etc.). These are but a few of the scenic sojourns available to you, but one I highly suggest is an autumn trip to the top of Mt. Toham-san and Seokguram Grotto. Across the street from the entrance to Bulguk-sa you can catch a bus (every hour on the 40s) to the top. The spectacular sunsets, fall foliage, high hike, and the sight of Seokguram grotto make this a must see! So go, daytripper; bask in the glories of Gyeongju, the once proud capital. Share in the wonder of its legends, depth of its histories, and revelry of its recreations and don’t forget the gimbap. ■
Written by Kenneth QuiLLinan 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning is, without a doubt, an ungodly hour for any expat to be up and about, but this was no ordinary Saturday and not because it was to be the day that Ireland would deliver the first real shake up of the Rugby World Cup with their win over Australia – I was going shark diving in Busan. With my still slightly intoxicated mate Aiden in tow, we hopped on the early train to Haeundae Beach with no real concept of the danger awaiting us at Busan Aquarium and unaware that Ireland was about to trounce all over the Wallabies. Arriving at the Aquarium, which is conveniently situated on the beach, we met some fellow daredevils for some pre-shark dive practical training in the 'Education Room' with our instructor Michael Jones. The classroom training consisted mainly of filling out forms, including a questionnaire and watching a brief slide show presentation of what we should expect during our dive. Next up, it was time to change into the diving gear provided and hit the training pool. The next hour was spent going through the different ways to deal with certain situations that may occur while underwater. This was very interesting for a person who had zero previous diving experience, the case with the majority of our group, it reassuringly transpired. By 2 p.m., we were ready to make our descent into the shark tank, climbing one by one to the bottom of the nearly five meter deep pool. Using a rope to lower ourselves down the side of a thick acrylic glass tunnel, it occurred to me that this was more of a “shark abseil” than “shark dive”. Once we hit the bottom, the reality of what we were about to embark on became very real. A number of different sharks are housed at Busan Aquarium including grey nurse sharks, black and white tipped sharks, hammer heads; all of which were staring at me and passing with only inches between us. Just to make the experience more petrifying, there were also groupers thrown in the mix, which are apparently the most likely to attack; throw in a few scary looking sting rays swimming amongst hundreds of schools of smaller fish for good measure and, well, I’m sure you can imagine the fear levels soaring. It was a great experience to get so close to such a variety of underwater species. At a total cost of 110,000 won, many may find this a little on the steep side, but it is not everyday you have an opportunity to swim with some of the world’s most dangerous fish in a controlled environment. For an extra 20,000 won, you can hire an underwater camera. A video camera will set you back 40,000 won to record the whole experience. With the cold weather on its way, indoor activities are going to have to keep us entertained and this is one the more adventurous that our readers should strongly consider. For more information contact Michael Jones on email@example.com or visit the website www.scubainkorea.com
Suiting up this Halloween
Written by Laurent seweLL
Last year’s Halloween brought an innovative mix of costume wearing locals downtown, including a classic zombie bride-and-groom, Korean Elvis, a handful of freed Chilean miners, and an Iron Man clad in painted cardboard armor. It’s always great to see homemade costumes and the innovation that goes into them. Iron Man’s cardboard chest and hands lit up with embedded LED’s. How cool is that? But if you’re less of a do-it-yourselfer, there’s a shop located across from downtown’s Gukje Bosang (Bell) Park looking to fulfill your holiday needs. 신기한 새상, meaning “Mysterious World”, has been operating for twenty years in Daegu. The front of the store is decked with colorful wigs, shiny suits and jackets, hats, masks, and mascot heads. There was a shabby looking Mickey and JJanggu that were begging to be worn. Further down the
crowded back-stock, prop swords emerged along traditional Korean outfits, sombreros, (and the coolest of the lot) puffed up Batman, Superman, and Spidey costumes. The store owner has been packaging catalogs for distribution to elementary schools across the city, but don’t be fooled by the kiddies in the picture. Adult sized costumes are available for rent starting as little as 15,000 won a night. So if you’re in need of one this year, head downtown and have a look. Directions: With your back to the big bell at Gukje-bosang Park, go across the crosswalk towards the Post Office/KT Olleh Building. Take a left and walk along the main road leading towards downtown. After a few blocks, you’ll see an SK Networks building on the right side. Turn right after that. The store on the right side behind the SK building is the costume shop. 053-427-2655 ■
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Interview with new DIS headmaster mark Grice
Q: Where were you working, prior to joining DIS? A: I was working at a Montessori school in Carbondale, Colorado, which is about 20 miles down the road from Aspen. I've been involved in the Education field for many years, and specifically have been in a managerial role for the past 6 years, which, as a school principal, is like dog years, so it feels like almost 40 years. Q: So how is your role balanced with Principal Gary Odom's duties? A: I think we're really a good team. He's running all the day-to-day stuff, and I'm handling an overseeing role. I think that being in an isolated place, as in any international school, but having other administrators that you are working with, it's helpful, as the job is a lot for one person. We have a lot students and staff that have a lot of expectations from parents, so we need as much administrative support as possible. Q: I know that you weren't here in the first year of DIS, but have you been witnessing any early feedback from returning DIS students about the new year? A: We recently held a Back To School Night and many parents came up to us and gave a lot of thanks. When we greet the arriving students and parents, there's a lot of positivity and openness. Q: How many returning teachers does DIS have? A: We have about 70% returning and we've increased our teaching staff with an additional 4 more teachers. Q: What are some of the new extracurricular programs that you're helping integrate? A: Gary has helped contribute to our outstanding extracurricular agenda with sports and athletics groups. I've also brought in a science focus with our robotics initiative. We teach robotics to 2 different levels of students. It revolves around the First LEGO League (FLL), which is an international competition for designing and programming LEGO robots to complete various tasks. FLL was founded by the world famous inventor, Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway. They then have to discuss their robot with a judge who quizzes them on their developmental process. The robotics aspect hooks the kids in, but every year, the educational theme changes. This year, it's about Safe Food, where they also plan how to tackle issues with Safe Food, such as research and planning refrigeration units for 3rd world countries, for instance. Research would involve doing field trips to hospitals, farms, and restaurants. That will help stir up ideas for their solutions, which they'll then need to present, via powerpoint or even creatively, like through a skit or a song. The current age groups we're working on are from 9-14 years old, but we have early childhood programs of related themes, as well. ■
ms. Proceivat 1st Grade
K with mrs. Timmreck
This year at DIS, students in first grade will be expanding on their reading and writing skills. We will be learning problem solving strategies in reading to decode new words. The students will also be working on comprehension skills. Writer’s workshop will allow the students to organize ideas and use the writing process to communicate. Math in first grade will consist of basic addition and subtraction, as well as concepts of time, measurement, money, geometry, and data. The firstgraders will be exploring science and social studies, as well as improving English speaking skills. It will be a fun and busy year!
Ms. Timmreck is very excited to be back at DIS teaching Kindergarten. This year her Superstars will be exploring fun themes like pumpkins, snowballs, and The Polar Express. They will become writers inspired by authors such as Eric Carle and Ezra Keats. The Kindergarten Superstars will be pushed to their full potential while working in small groups and as a class.
mrs. Jolly 2nd Grade
art with ms. armusewics
I am the new second grade teacher and I come from Vancouver Island in Canada. Although I am new to DIS, I am not new to Korea. I have lived in Busan for the past eight years, and two of my three children were born in Haeundae. I feel great about teaching second grade. My motto is, “work hard, play hard.” This means that I have high expectations of my students, but when they complete their assignments, their reward is always fun and exciting. This year we will focus on reading, grammar and writing, spelling, math, science, and social studies. Second grade students also learn P.E., computers, health, library, Spanish, culture, art, vocals, and instruments. In addition to teaching second grade, I will also be coaching the boys’ high school volleyball team and heading the NHS/NHJS with Mr. Jolly. I’m thrilled to be a part of the DIS faculty, and I look forward to meeting many of you very soon.
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Students in the visual arts program will be introduced to a wide range of media, ranging from drawing, painting, and sculpture to mixed media and digital art. Along the way, students will be introduced to various aspects of art history, the content of which varies with each course. At the elementary level, students will explore art, artists, and history, typically through literature, from which they will then create artworks that express their own ideas. The middle and high school program will focus on fostering creativity and building technical skills through creative problem solving.
Science with mr. Cole
This year the science program is reaching new heights. Along with the middle school Earth science, life science, physical science and beginning biology for ninth grade, high school chemistry and AP biology have been added to the curriculum. It is with these new additions, DIS will be able to better prepare students for future college research programs in science.
This is the first year having an athletic program here at DIS. We are officially a member of SKAC (Southern Korean Athletic Conference) with 5 other international schools in southern Korea. This league will provide tournament play this year for high school basketball and soccer, and middle school/ elementary soccer and basketball. Crosscountry meets, a spelling bee, MUN and an Arts festival are also on the schedule with SKAC. DIS will also be looking to join another league, with 5 more international schools, which will provide many more opportunities for middle school/elementary athletics and activities. And don’t forget, the BIFS Bears will be competing against all of our Jets teams throughout the year. It is looking to be a busy year, and this year will be a wonderful foundation to build on for next year. Come out and play! Sign up for a team today! Mr. Rudderham
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Shaving, Waxing, lasers, oh my!
By LesLie PatriCK If there is one thing in this world that I hate with raw, passionate vehemence, it’s shaving. I am certain that all you ladies will agree that the rigorous procedures we go through to remain silky smooth are about as much fun as spending a day at the gyno. Although shaving is probably the easiest, most traditional and least expensive form of hair removal, it is the one with which I have the most issue. Without fail, I nick my knees or ankles, and I ALWAYS miss a spot. After a few years of battling with my Bic razor, I decided it was high time to try other forms of hair removal . . . Enter Waxing. After one gets over the initial shock from hair being ripped out by the roots, the pain is really not so bad, and the results can last up to six weeks. Yet, the main problem with this sticky hair removal situation is that the hair must be at least a quarter inch long for the wax to grip, making waxing in the summer a real pain. One may choose to suffer through the heat by wearing pants during the regrowth period or simply embrace their inner hippie and bear the hair. Women’s magazines are constantly writing about the loveliness of laser hair removal. Articles that scream, “Your life will never be the same!” I imagine myself trekking through India for months on end or perhaps being a contestant on Survivor and never once having to worry that, at any second, I may start to resemble a yeti. The problem with laser hair removal in the United States is simply the price. Costs can range from $300 to $600 per session, and one needs between three and six sessions in order to completely prevent the hair follicle from re-growing. This hairless nirvana was simply out of my reach in the States, but not so in Korea! After a bit of sleuthing in local beauty clinics, I discovered that laser hair removal in the ROK is incredibly affordable! I immediately decided to have it done on my legs, underarms and bikini line. My grand total for these three areas was 840,000 won, which includes all five required sessions—a bargain compared to the upwards of $5,000 that I would have spent for the same treatment back in California. The actual procedure is as easy as getting a teaching job in Korea. The laser technician simply places a cell phone sized device on the desired area and then systematically moves it
around until the whole area has been zapped. The pain level is minimal. On a scale of one to ten (ten being, “I want to die!”), laser is maybe a two. For comparison’s sake, waxing is approximately a five. The sensation of the laser is a prickly hotness, much like your foot falling asleep and waking up with pins and needles. I have, thus far, endured two of my five sessions (which must be done at least four weeks apart) and my hair is already beginning to grow back more slowly
and sparsely. I have every confidence that by the time I’ve breezed through my last session in November, I will remain as smooth as a baby’s… well, you know. Where to go: Diet Skin Dermatology and Oriental Medicine Clinic, 053-816-7555, www.dietskin.co.kr Leslie Patrick is a freelance writer currently based in Daegu, South Korea. Visit her website at www.lesliepatrick.com.
Surgery in Korea, Not So Bad!
Written by rebeCCa seweLL When my foot touched the ground, I knew it. Something had just gone terribly wrong. It wasn’t so much the pain shooting up my leg, or the popping sound I heard come out of my knee, but more the look on the face of the ajjuma standing in front of me. My own expression must have said it all, as she stared at me with a mix of horror and worry, wanting to help but unsure how. Luckily, I was on my way to a physical therapy appointment at Bogang Hospital in Wolbae and, call it fate, had injured myself just in front of the entrance. I’d been struggling with a damaged meniscus for months, and had started treatment at this hospital. It is known for its specialization in neurosurgery and intensive spinal treatment, but also has an orthopedic department which is also quite well-known, from my experience, with very good reason. Embarking on emergency surgery in a foreign country is never a pleasant prospect, but Dr. Lee, the orthopedic surgeon who saw me, and subsequently took my case, did an incredible job of making me feel well-caredfor from the minute I walked into his department. He also speaks excellent English, which made everything much easier. After a frantic call to a wonderfully understanding manager, a Korean coworker came to check me into the hospital and I spent the night
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British teen goes under the knife to speak better Korean
People go to great lengths to obtain the things that they want. I once had a classmate who ate only ground turkey burgers for two weeks because she heard that she could drop 10 pounds—just in time for her sister’s wedding! Or we all know those annoying people who never want to do anything or go anywhere because they are saving up for a special occasion—though if truth be told, these people are the ones that end up taking the amazing trips or paying off their student loans on a teacher’s salary, and we end up jealous because all our money seems to have disappeared into the gilt-lined coffers of Thursday Party. But what if that thing you wanted so badly required more than mere self-discipline for a few weeks. What if the thing you wanted was to speak another language perfectly, and the only way you could achieve your goal was to have surgery on your tongue? Would you do it? The question is, how badly do you want it? The answer for 19-year-old Rhiannon Brooksbank is very badly. Addicted to K-Pop and preparing to study Korean when she attends university, this British teen was convinced that going under the knife was her best option. This particular surgery, called a lingual frenectomy, involves making an incision on the lingual frenulum—the flap of skin that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth— thereby lengthening the tongue and allowing it more range of motion. Dr. Amee P. Shah, associate professor and research director in Cleveland State University’s speech and hearing program, was quot-
written By LesLie PatriCK
anxiously awaiting what was meant to be a routine, one hour, meniscus repair. Four and a half hours later, I emerged from a more serious than expected surgery to fix both my meniscus and my ACL and facing a 10-day hospital stay. I was thankful for having my surgery in Korea especially after learning that the operation I had here would have been split into two separate operations back in Canada. This would have meant being in and out of hospital for a full year given the wait I would have incurred for the second surgery. Also, the hospital bill didn’t sting as badly after Dr. Lee told me that in 6 months time, my knee would be fully recovered thanks to his successful operation. While I must say that the medical system here does not seem favor the western tendency towards painkiller euphoria, the care I received over the next week and a half at Bogang was fantastic. From the kindness of the nurses, to the diligent care of my doctor that continues today, to the lovely adjumas on my floor who took me in like their family and brought me rice cakes every day, to my wonderful friends who brought meals and much appreciated company, my 10 days there were made as bearable as they could have been. I continue to go for physio and check ups with my doctor whose concern for my case has never wavered. ■
ed on MSNBC as saying that the teen probably had a condition called ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as “tongue tie,” which restricts the movement of the tongue. Once a lingual frenectomy is performed, the no longer tongue-tied recipient is newly able to pronounce those pesky vowel and consonant sounds that involve using the front or top of the mouth such as D, L and T. Interestingly enough, none of these are particularly prevalent in the Korean language over any other language. Dr. Shah further explains that lingual frenectomies are a common procedure in many countries, and that Brooksbank likely possessed a speech impediment before the surgery. Verdict? Snipping Brooksbank’s lingual frenulum has improved her ability to speak in general, not specifically her ability to speak Korean. ■
Written by Catherine Laws
For many of you, Daegu’s famous oriental medicine is simply not of relevance; it’s from the east, and it never works, anyway. But I urge you to bypass this cynicism and try something truly Korean. Yangnyeongsi Street has been supplying oriental medicine to the world the past 350 years. On the typically tourist side of things, you can visit the Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center. I was advised to try the foot spa infused with a thick brown herbal medicine to help improve my ‘Chi’ (Chinese universal energy). After 20 minutes, I didn’t feel much different, but later in the day, I was certainly feeling more positive. You may think: coincidence. I think: perhaps. Next on the agenda was an oriental medicine clinic, Soriso. Inside, there were a number of bedrooms where clients are treated with face masks and stone back massages. The face masks are a mix of oriental powders and oils, each targeting a specific skin type. I was told to try Oatmeal and Ginger plant for my dry and sensitive skin. Mix this with their popular Gmdansu moisturizing oil. Massage first, then apply the mask for 10-15 minutes. Do this weekly, and in eight weeks, I should have bright radiant skin. Including
these two, there are eight powders launching this month, all with their partner oils. Finally, we visited a 약계탕 (Yak-GyeTang) restaurant just a floor below, which serves a variant of the more famous SamGye-Tang chicken soup served in broth, however this variation, while still being healthy, is without broth and serves up its boiled chicken with ginseng herbs. And after a full table of side dishes, the third course of juk porridge, complete with steaming rice, peas, and black sesame was more than fulfilling. So if you’re bored of the usual downtown shopping and fancy something weird and wonderful, head down the historical Oriental Medicine Street to help improve your inner Chi. Because let’s face it; after a summer of downtown drinking, we could all use a different take on spirits. Directions: From Exit 13 of Banwoldang Station, head right towards the fountains. Take an immediate left down Yangnyeongsi street, and when you smell the herbs in the air, you’re there. A few blocks down on the right, you’ll then be in the vicinity of Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center. Soriso, and 약계탕. ■
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In the Classroom...
Heroux on martial arts
Remember in high school how every class had that one student who hated being in school and did nothing except loudly disrupt the class, seemingly trying to make it impossible for everyone else to learn? And remember how in every class there was that kid whose clothes sort of smelled like cat urine and who literally slept everyday? Now, imagine taking all those students in every school in your city and putting them together in one school; imagine the learning environment that would create. That’s what it’s like trying to teach in most Korean technical high schools. The interesting thing for me, who is trying to teach them, is that I was one of those students in high school (I wasn’t the sleeping, cat-pee-stench variety, more the disruptive “no one learns on my watch” one) so I do sort of understand their mentalities. In most of the classes, the students are a little smarter than they want to seem; they’re mostly lazy, but even more than that, it seems like most just like the attention they get from clowning around. They live for the laughs from their friends (and, in truth, from me). I remember being that kid. I remember sitting in Spanish class thinking “Why the hell am I here listening to this clown tell me how to conjugate verbs in Spanish? I will never use any of this.” And, to be fair to my former self, I haven’t. However, the difference between me, as a high schooler in the US, and these kids, is that Korea has already completely given up on them. My co-teachers have said to me, “This school is a waste of tax money.” My Korean friends have echoed these sentiments. For these students, the votes have all been mailed in and counted: they will never amount to anything important or interesting. They will work low-level factory jobs, if they’re lucky; Emart or 7/11 for the rest. I don’t want to believe that the school is a waste, but with every class in which I fail to teach them, for every mid-term exam on which they end up scoring less than 50%, I wonder if everyone else is right. Is this school a waste of money? Is it a waste of time for all the teachers here? I still haven’t come to a conclusion. To believe that the school serves no purpose, is to believe that the futures of some students have been decided by the end of middle school. The students know this and, thus, put forth no effort. I don’t think the school is a waste because the students are unteachable; I’d submit that it’s a waste because the system has failed them. It is basically impossible to explain to a 12-year-old that the decision he makes now will impact his life at age 50. Yet, there’s a flip side to this type of school system: if all the bad seeds are in one school, it stands to reason that all the good seeds are in the other schools. Thus, the learning-environment, in a school like mine, is awful, which makes the learning-environment in other schools better. While the system is failing some students, it’s succeeding overall. So I’m torn. The government has no reason to change this system, a few loose gears shouldn’t stop a well-oiled machine. But as a guy who’s looking at the students, just kids, and knowing that it’s basically over for them, that no one believes in them, that they don’t believe in themselves, it’s tough to accept. ■
I was facing a dilemma in middle school and high school. Oh no, not one of the big, made-for-tv-afterschool-special dilemmas, like drugs or beers or American pies, nothing nearly as dramatic as that, but a dilemma nonetheless. I’d see them everywhere. I’d see them in school, in church, at the park, and oh God how I envied them. They were in plays, they sang, they had bands, they skateboarded, they played lacrosse, or basketball, or wrestled, or swam. Some had a collection of Magic: the Gathering cards that would make the most battle hardened of wizards cower in hushed reverence. One even had a model train set up that established a mathematical proof for efficiency in commuter heavy residential districts. What did they have that I lacked? They had passion. They had drive. They had that little something that differentiated them from the teeming masses of apathy
that I found myself so readily joining. They had stories of victory and woe; they had weekends spent at meets, or games, at gigs and concerts. They had national qualifiers and scraped up knees from trying to ollie into a nosegrind and deepseated blood vendettas against Gary for winning their prized nightorc from them in a 9 hour long, Mountain Dew fueled battle of wits. In short, they had a life. They had a fire inside them that pushed them to achieve something, to be the best they could be in their chosen field. The individual merits of their respective fields may not have been universally agreed upon, but to someone like me, it didn’t matter. They had LIFE. I on the other hand had television. I had movies. I had an enormous comic book collection. Not in the focused way others may collect the entire run of a series, but more in a “I’ll read anything to help myself escape from my empty monotony” collection. I had things to
be enjoyed passively. I had things to distract me from the fact that I didn’t have anything. I desperately wanted to be like them. I wanted something to care about. I tried acting, basketball, art, and soccer and I became more and more discouraged. I even began to resent the passionate people for their passions. It wasn’t until I took my first Tae Kwon Do class that my life made sense. Everything just clicked. I understood my potential. I understood what I could be and how far there was to go. I had finally found something intrinsic to me to push me to be more than myself. I finally knew how the singers and skaters and athletes and musicians and model train aficionados felt. And it felt good, very good. Life is nothing without passion. It drives us to improve and better ourselves. It wakes us up in the morning and pushes us to be the best people we can be and the older we get, the more important it becomes. So I ask you; what are you passionate about? ■
mike Roy on vegetarianism
matt Smith on Texas Hold'em
Anyone who has spent any time in Korea is familiar with the seemingly endless varieties of meat cuisine; kalbi, bulgogi, samgyeopsal, makchang, bosintang, chobap, sannakji, Spam. Land-based, sea-based, air-based, canbased; ribs, spines, wings, drumsticks, fat, intestines, organs, wombs, whole. Grilled, stir-fried, steamed, battered, skewered, marinated, raw, still squirming. On a mountain, on the street, on the floor, on a stick, in a chair, in a tube, in a paper cup, at a buffet. Innumerable animals, along with most of their parts, prepared in various ways, eaten in various settings requiring diverse prepositions - that’s meat in Korea for you. Avoiding it may seem like an impossible task. Care to hear how I manage it? Having lived in Daegu for nearly five years, and nearly two and a half of them as a vegetarian, I’ve been around enough marts, markets, and menus to know where the good greens are at. Did you know, you can get huge platters of vegetables downtown for just over 5,000 won? Or that there’s a Korean soup that tastes almost like Fettucine Alfredo, but which is ninetynine percent vegan? Or that you can supply yourself with a week’s worth of awesome side dishes for less than the cost of an hour in a noraebang? In fact, there are vegetable treasures everywhere! I’m not sure if there’s another country in the world, other than India, where it’s so easy to find a wide variety of vegetable, grain, bean, and nut dishes, each made in their own special way and sold at such unbelievably low prices. So, if you’re a prospective vegetarian, a lapsed one, or just plain interested in adding a little more variety to your diet, please keep checking back. Each month, I’ll share a tip or two about shopping, dining out, cooking for yourself, or some other aspect of getting by meat-free. As a foreigner here, it’s easy to feel like you’re on a break from real life – a one, two, (or, in my case, five) year vacation from the pressures and responsibilities of home. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your commitments, whether they be to animal welfare, local food, or just plain eating healthy. It’s actually a whole lot easier– and tastier –than you think. ■
Know your place:“If you look around the table and you don’t see a fish, it’s you.” If you feel intimidated at the table, like you don’t fit in, then don’t play. It’s that simle. If you feel uneasy and out of place, the entire table will notice it, too, and eat you alive. Create an identity: I’m quite talkative at the poker table. Whether it’s talking my opponent out of a raise or begging for a post-river call, I don’t shut up. But it’s all intentional. You can, of course, act in an entirely different manner. Most players resemble statues while playing a hand, neither talking nor moving. The “statue” demeanor is perfectly fine, too. Either way, whatever your identity, keep it. The trouble occurs when you diverge from your usual demeanor. Then you opponent will know something’s up. Do the math: You’re holding K-Q of clubs. The flop comes 2-8-J with two clubs. How many outs do you have? “Outs” are the cards you could catch to make the winning hand. In this case, you have at least nine outs (the nine remaining clubs), plus a possible six more for top pair on the board (three queens and three kings). If the pre-flop pot is $30
and your opponent bets $15 on the flop, you should also calculate the value of a call. How much are you willing to put in to chase the club? Outs and value go hand-in-hand. Read a book: I recommend Brunson’s Super System, Harrington’s Harrington on Holdem, and Caro’s Book of Tells. Nobody’s perfect. The advice in these books has helped me with my game a great deal, and will help you learn poker terminology. Get comfortable: You could be sitting there for five hours or more, so plan accordingly. I always bring my iPod. It helps me focus if the table is noisy and/or slow. Set limits: As with all casino games, only play with as much as you’re comfortable losing. If most players have about $200 each, why sit down with $50? That’s not enough to actually play with. I always buy in for $200 or $300 to be safe. These are, of course, only tips and suggestions. Every player has a different style, limit, and ability level. But these tips should, for the most part, be applicable to any player. Good luck. ■
Deutsch on Yoga
Tanmatra Kim and Megan Deutsch
When we hear the word “yoga,” we may think of twisting, movement like a snake, or simple stretching in a fitness club. These are valid thoughts, but they are not the totality of yoga, which means that contortion and leg stretching, like the splits and inversions are not all of yoga. Of course, yoga makes our bodies flexible and makes it possible for us to do advanced postures, but it is different from athletics, simple exercise, or stretching. Yoga is a healing system that uses Indian wisdom that has been around for thousands of years. And it is the best science and art of the body. Stretching just works with the physical body of muscle and tissue, but yoga asana (postures) is melting into a pose with pranayama (breathing) and being one with existence. We work with body and breath
through yoga like a poet writes p o etry, an artist draws, and a dancer dances. This is a kind of art and also an internal science, which uses ancient wisdom. As stated above, yoga is ancient Indian wisdom with history spanning back over five or six thousand years. The etymology of the word ‘yoga’ is traceable back to the Sanskrit word ‘yuj,’ meaning to yoke the horse to the cart, unify, or make balance. Yoga becomes the metaphor for yoking the horse to the cart. And it means to integrate body (the cart), mind (the driver), and the senses (the horse) to become the true owner of yourself (the rider inside the cart) or to become one with existence. Yoga is one of the oldest disciplines, but in modern times it is becoming the newest healing system. It Continued on pg 20
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anne merritt on Teaching
mansell on Halloween
We hear it constantly. We all do. The English-on-autopilot script of “how are you?” “I’m fine, thank you and you?” Students say it all in one breath, and the words are pretty much meaningless. In my low-level classes, I started the semester by asking that loaded question, “How are you?” A mumbled chorus of “finethankyou” was the predictable reply. On the board, I wrote “Fine” and drew a thick red line through the word. “You can’t say fine,” I told them. “I’m going to ask you this question every week, because I want to know how you really feel.” We brainstormed a list of possible answers, every degree of happiness from unbelievable to terrible, every teenage emotion from hungry to frustrated. We had a whole lesson about emotions, what could prompt them, what teenagers normally feel on any given day. Now, at the start of each lesson, the lowlevel students and I go through a pretty bland speaking exercise. “How are you?” “I’m _______________.” “Why is that?” “I’m ______________ because ______________.” Basic stuff, but it always takes a while, and we always end the exercise laughing.
The students take the questions seriously, and, being teenagers, their answers are sometimes moody, dramatic, overwhelmed. The rationale is often touchingly frank; stripped down in their limited English vocabulary. “I’m bored because my life has no laughing.” “I’m happy because I like my pretty face.” “I’m angry because…. I don’t know!” Korean students, as many native teachers notice, are quite used to learning English in scripted chunks, and aren’t often given the opportunity to make sentences which deviate from a target language formula. Ask them to speak offContinued on pg 20
Halloween is a funny one, if you ask me. A bunch of kids get to dress up in masks and carry around various projectiles. They then threaten strangers in their neighborhood until they get want they want. Any other day, that's a door-to-door mugging procession in my books. Well, in Daegu, there's none of that. Instead, there's an opportunity to really get into the dressing-up aspect. However, this is an area in which I have failed remarkably. Even with the aid of a master seamstress (should that be a mistress? Or is that a different thing entirely?) my M.Bison costume ended up looking like a cheap, homeless and slightly autistic Optimus Prime. The doublehooded couple zombie costume I shared with my girlfriend was lovely, until we passed the zombie bride and groom. When a zombie couple costume beats yours for commitment, you feel worse than a zombie alone in the world. Why do we dress up? To have fun, certainly. To show off another side of our personality, or to show that there is more than one side to our personality? That seems right. But I think most people who take the time to get costumed-up are trying to impress others; strangers, as much as anyone else, but certainly friends and most likely, the object of our affection. So, here are some tips to choosing the right outfit for the night. Stay small. Don't be the reason people can't get to the bar or why their shots are spilled.
No one likes that guy/girl. If you got it, flaunt it. Hey, if I was ripped, I would be topless all the time. Hell, I got a pot-belly and saggy manbreasts, and I still twirl my shirt around on the dance floor, so more power to you young, beautiful people. Just be aware, there will be some hating going on around you. If you're in a group, you're locked in. Don't go with your mates dressed up as characters from Street Fighter 2 if you are going to leave them. People might think you're Optimus Prime and you'll end up crying in an alleyway. Don't be that guy. Take some form of storage device. Don't rely on strangers to carry around your wallet and camera because your Tarzan outfit has no space. Especially if you’re wearing two spare socks; time for your posing pouch to look more angular, chap. Stay lightweight and have mobility. No one wants to hug a giant cardboard robot. And no one in a sweaty monkey suit is getting laid. But conversely, don't wear skintight stretchy clothing, because a green power ranger with an erection is possibly the saddest thing ever. After a homeless Optimus Prime, that is. If you follow these guidelines, you should have a great Halloween. Just don't knock on my door wearing a mask and demand stuff. I'm liable to hit you until one of us stops screaming.
Happy Howl-o-ween to all you dog & cat guardians of Daegu!
Enjoy the holiday together with these nobake, homemade treat recipes and helpful holiday tips! DoGS no-BaKe P.B. & oat treat Balls • .5 cup fat free milk • 1 cup peanut butter (again, no sugary brands!) • 3 cups rolled oats (gmarket, iherb, or Costco have it!) 1. Combine first milk and peanut butter in a large bowl. 2. Slowly stir in the oats. (The mixture will be quite thick.) 3. Roll a tablespoon of the raw treats into a ball. 4. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper (Large marts have cookie sheets and wax paper). 5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour so they set before serving.
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“Are we going to do something special for our 2 week anniversary?” “Why, you’re not special. I’m going to go get drunk with my real friends.” (Insert slap sound here) “I was kidding; jeez, can’t you take a joke?” Korean girls don’t like crude humor and most of the time they’re going to hate your sarcasm- even if they know you’re joking. There are a few other things that I’ve realized Korean girls find distasteful. Most of these are just temporary and like other women from around the globe, they’ll be able to look past it if you’ve got some history. Nonetheless, here are some things that might give you a rough start. Don’t complain about Korea, its culture, or its people. She does not want to hear about how ignorant the bosses are, how superficial everyone is or how ugly you find the architecture. People tend to get defensive anytime you criticize something they can identify with. As a matter of fact, don’t complain at all. You’re going to be a bummer if all you do is complain. You CAN, however, cry on her shoulder after you’ve established a relationship. Now, everyone smoked a little bud in college, or took a little bump now and again, or shot up a little heroin in elementary school. You see, a Korean girl would not like that joke, but they also don’t like drugs; so don’t talk about them. There are STRONG social stigmas attached to drug use here, and you’re likely to make a bad, bad impression if you let it slip that you smoked a little grass way back when. It is one thing you can keep to yourself, even in a long, well-established relationship. As you may have noticed, not many men around here grow facial hair. There’s a rea-
son for that- they can’t. Most Korean businesses and offices don’t allow their employees to grow facial hair, and Korean guys don’t like it because it tends to grow out sparsely. She’s going to hate your facial hair, too. You’re likely to hear, “You look dirty” or “That looks greasy.” The only thing that might fly would be sideburns and subtle ones at that. Chops, chinstraps and beards won’t score you any points. Aside from being regarded as low-class, mustaches and goatees are also associated with playboys; a playboy label is the last thing you want. If you’re going out with a girl, stay away from her friends. Even if you see her cute friend all alone on some other night, don’t ignore her but be polite and let her know how much fun you had with her friend. It’s so easy to get a bad rep as a playboy and once you get it, it sticks. For many of us, Daegu is a big city, but it’s also a small town. Everybody knows everybody, and you’ll be seeing the same crowds everywhere you go. So, be aware that if you’ve got a casual thing going with someone and you’ve decided to take a stroll alone, your someone might have friends lurking about. Now, tattoos, on the other hand, are another story. I’ve not met a Korean gal who didn’t respond positively to my tattoos. Tattoos are rare and exotic here and even the negative connotations linked to tattoos (bad boy) have the right effect. You’re probably not going to go get inked just to score a date but if you’ve got them, don’t be afraid to show them off. Korean girls dig them. There are a few other things Korean girls find irresistible, but I’ll get to that next time.
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2,700 won, so I can assure that you’ll leave with not only a full belly, but that delightful feeling that you just bagged a bargain. To be perfectly honest, Sandy’s isn’t what you’d call ‘good-looking’. Instead, I’d go for ‘shabby’. The interior includes paint-peeled walls and pink booths for a poor attempt at the 50's American diner. But don't let this put you off. Hyung Soon always wanted a restaurant in a dense student area, and the place is buzzing with young and trendy high school and university kids eager for a cozy hangout and a deliciously cheap lunch. This much, Sandy’s delivers perfectly. I've found an excuse to go back three times this week. Tell them I said 'Hi'. To get there, come out of Exit 1 of Myeongdeok Station and head south across the crosswalk towards the Woori Bank. Walk a few blocks and take the right before Family Mart and Sandy’s is about three blocks down on the right side. directions for a taxi: 경북여상 옆 골목에 위치한 샌디버블
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Makes about 60 treats and there are 4o calories per treat. CaTS PumPKin tuna no- BaKe Balls • A 250g can of tuna – in water, drained • .5 cups mashed, cooked Korean pumpkin • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil • 1 teaspoon finely chopped seaweed (you’re looking for미역 “miyuk” – the soft kind, like in Korean seaweed soup) All of these ingredients can be found at a large Korean mart. 1. Mix ingredients together. 2. Roll a teaspoon of the mixture into a ball. 3. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. 4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour so they set before serving. Makes 75 treats and there are about 6 calories in each treat. You can choose to make less treats, with a higher calorie count each – whatever works best for you and kitty. Now that you have your treats, here are some tricks to ensure your pet has a howlin’ good time: • Ensure your pet is comfortable should you dress him or her up. • Should your pet shows signs of stress (panting, pacing), remove the animal from the situation, and allow them some time alone in a safe and familiar environment. • Be sure of what foods your pet can or cannot eat (peteducation.com has great information on this). Finally, don’t forget to have fun! And should you have any questions or need any more tips, feel free to email KAPS at KAPS.Adoption@gmail.com. 10. Divorce granted to woman whose husband called her a “whore”.
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the-cuff, and it’s intimidating. (It’s understandable, too. As foreigners in Korea, aren’t we all guilty of parroting as well? Of communicating in memorized Korean phrases to cab drivers and shopkeepers?) This simple exercise, though sometimes difficult at first, allows the students to build sentences that are personal and genuine. Yes, there’s a formula of sorts, but they are usually happy to deviate from it, to brag, to vent about a frustrating morning, or just to make everyone laugh. I highly recommend this 10-minute exercise.
The Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL chapter meets on the first Saturday of every month for teaching workshops. For more information, find us on Facebook or contact us through www.kotesol.org ■
consists of standing, sitting, lying, folding, and inversion postures and several special breathing techniques, and meditation. It influences the physical body, muscles, bones, hormone system, organs, and makes the spine stand straight, makes the nervous system balanced, etc. It has the power to cure diseases and make a person more beautiful. Especially asana with balanced breathing makes the mind comfortable, changes one’s appearance, and has the power to do even more than this. More importantly, it unifies the body and mind and makes it possible to experience meditation with deep relaxation. So... if you are ready, then come. Jump into the world of yoga, the great healing art, which is a gift, a beautiful transformation to your life. ■ fashion, it is indeed grounds for divorce. According to the justice department, the husband, who was a virgin before marriage, was severely disgruntled with his wife’s sexual experience and subsequently branded her a whore whilst on their honeymoon. The wife was understandably shattered by the attitude of her husband, and the conflict ended in divorce.
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A man in his fifties has been arrested in Jeonbuk, charged with the murder of a 60-yearold woman who was unloading her luggage. According to the investigation, he drove his car with the door open with the intent to kill her because she had obstructed his car.
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A judge has granted a divorce to a woman after her husband verbally abused her for being more sexually experienced than he. Seoul Family Court reached the verdict that if a husband verbally abuses his wife in such a
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place up to what it is today and are really proud of our success in this short time. indaegu: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? Blue: 5years…hmmmm? Well, I am happy and satisfied with my job here. I think that in 5 years time I will still be with Caliente, managing and running the show here. We (Caliente), will grow bigger and we plan to expand our brand. Maybe we will open another restaurant in the Suseong-gu area. Many customers live in Siji and East Daegu, so we will provide a Caliente in that area. This is just a plan at the moment. indaegu: So. do you mean franchise opportunities will be made available? Blue: Not franchise, just expanding the Caliente brand under the leadership of our owner. We want to make it easier for customers to visit our restaurant and, therefore, want to provide a branch closer to where they live. So I need to stick around to make sure our future plans will happen. Our staff needs to grow and be trained and I am part of that. So it will be hard work for the next few years, but I will still be here! indaegu: How many people are employed at Caliente? Blue: At the moment, we have 15 people working at Caliente. indaegu: I see you are advertising for more staff. What credentials should they have?
Blue: They should have experience in the restaurant business, basic at least. We do offer training in our restaurant, as well, if they are accepted to be shown the Caliente way of doing things. After about 10 minutes our food arrived: ▶ two Chicken Quesadillas. Mild spicy taste (choices are beef, chicken and pork) 6600 won ▶ one serving of a Beef Chimichanga. Four succulent taco shells, filled with tender beef chunks covered in grated cheddar cheese, lettuce, salsa olives and sliced tomato. Mild Spicy Taste (Choices are beef, chicken and pork) 9900 won ▶ A plate of Caliente’s homemade Chips and salsa. Crunchy tacos and secret spicy salsa made in the Caliente kitchen by their experienced chef served with sliced pickles and mustard sauce. 5500 won indaegu: What is your favorite meal on the menu? Blue: Chicken Avocado Burrito and it costs 11000 won. I love avocados. indaegu: Are there any weekly specials on your menu? Blue: At the moment, all of our meals are at a set price. Our owner has not decided on whether or not to introduce a “Specials” night. However, our meals are reasonably priced for the quality of food and service the customer gets. We do have drink specials.
As I sat munching away at this amazing spread I admired the interior décor. The soft lighting and reddish interior gave the place a warm feeling. The resident DJ was jamming the latest tunes and definitely creating an uplifting mood. The hustle of the bar staff taking orders and mixing drinks in the neon green, red and blue bar area can be likened to that of a bustling bee hive, each drink being poured quickly and efficiently. Jung Gun, one of the bar staff, was practicing his flaring technique while some customers were cheering him on. Quite impressive I must say. In general, the staff just look and act professionally and do their job with pride. After taking some pics I returned to my seat and Blue arrived for part 2 of the interview. indaegu: What do you think sets Caliente apart from other restaurants in the area? Blue: Well, our impeccable service-oriented approach we offer and great staff, stand out above our competition, I think. Since there are few Mexican restaurants in Daegu, our food is really special. We have various DJ’s that play here and create a good atmosphere while you experience our restaurant. We also have 5 board games, a pool table and darts to keep our customers entertained. Like I said before, it’s not just about the food but the whole Caliente experience. indaegu: What is Caliente’s greatest accomplishment? Blue: We are proud to have so many foreigners come here. They like our food and
service and that is the main thing. I plan to host a donation party within the next 2 months. A percentage of the night’s profits will be donated for charity organizations, UNESCO or NGO’s. We will advertise it once it is finalized. indaegu: Ok, final question. I notice that there is a Daegu FC- Foreigner’s League Football jersey on your wall with the Caliente name on it. What is your involvement with that team? Blue: Well, one day a foreign customer approached me and said that the team would need a new sponsor this year. I spoke to the owner and he agreed. We both saw it as a good investment. It is a year to year contract. We get some advertising in different cities now, because they play in Busan, Pohang, Ulsan, etc. In turn, the players and their fans can get some free food and drinks after their games and can enjoy socializing in the restaurant. Well, there you have it. If you feel the need to spoil your taste buds to spicy Mexican cuisine, head on down to Caliente Mexican restaurant. Their prices are affordable, service is great and the general vibe about the place is awesome. Gets both my thumbs up! Directions: Located in the side street across from Samdeok Fire Station. Or check our map in this issue.
A Night to Remember in Seoul's Sinchon District
Written by Craig white Going to see Seoul nightlife soon? Don't mess around. Do it right. Here's how to experience Sinchon, the hip international district just down from the famed Hongdae district. 1. Your night start's off at the Canadian pub, Beer O' Clock, where the Best Pizza in Korea (arguably) can be found. http://www.beeroclock.ca/, 02-333-9733 2. From there, you can stumble to one of Seoul's best Jazz bars, Bluebird. Or cozy rock bars, like Woodstock or Nori Bar. Or cab it to the bright lights and big sounds of the DJ clubs in Hongdae. 3. But where to stay? A tiny motel? Hell, no. Get yourself a motel with a party room and bring the party back with you. Complete with 3 beds, 2 computers, a jacuzzi, and even a pool table right in your room. 200,000won for a Sat night, but splitting that amongst a group, you can make it economical. Check out Campus Motel in the back streets of Sinchon. Directions: Come out of Exit 4 of Sinchon Station. Go straight and turn left at the police station. Follow the alley and take your next right. Then take your 2nd left and look for it on the left. If you get lost, call them at 02-312-8523. Best to call ahead to pre-book the VIP rooms for a Sat night.
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papa jOhn's • 20% Off Or free side dish When it comes to pizza in Korea, there’s one brand that most people recognize as soon as they see it. Papa John’s! The most recognized pizza restaurant in Korea with a reputation for making great pizzas just like you would get back home. What you order is what you get. No extra ingredients that you didn’t order, like most other pizza places in Korea. All their ingredients are as fresh as can be, using 100% meats and cheeses with no fillers or preservatives. Their dough made from high-protein flour and clear-filtered water to give you light fluffy, delicious crust, perfect for dipping sauces. With your Expat Entertainment Card, you also get one (1) free side dish from which you can choose cheese bread sticks, wings, salad, and more. Best of all, if you’re too tired or hungover to go all the way downtown, they DELIVER! And your EXEC card is still valid. There should be no hesitation when it comes to choosing which place to get pizza in Daegu!
all that burger • 10% Off
urban lOunge bar • 1,000wOn Off per drink Urban Lounge Bar has been a staple for live entertainment in Daegu for over 2 years now. Urban hosts open mic nights on Wednesday’s, regular live performances from local and national bands all over Korea on weekends, and special events for local organizations. The atmosphere of Urban allows you to lounge around in the early evening while enjoying a drink or two with friends, and then step it up and party hardcore once night falls and the drinks start flowing. Energetic live bands are always a crowd pleaser, coupled with an upbeat mix of hip-hop and dance music, it’s always a good time. With regular drink specials, friendly owners, a good mix of Koreans and Foreigners, Urban is an ideal spot to enjoy a Saturday night. lazy diner • 10% Off The newly renovated Lazy Diner located in the heart of downtown Daegu offers up a great selection of food and drinks. They boast an all day breakfast/brunch menu that rivals the best in the city from breakfast platters, to pancakes, seriously thick french toast, and more. Moving on to lunch and dinner, the menu just gets better. They offer some great tasting unique burgers and sandwiches to steak and potatoes, so there’s surely something for everyone. Their new layout features an L-shaped bar table for later in the night if you just want to come hang out for some drinks and chill with some grub. Lazy Diner is a great alternative to the other western bars around downtown with great, friendly, English speaking owners. flOwer field • 10% Off (30,000wOn Or mOre) Hands down the most relaxing, most chilled out spot in Daegu is this place. Pronounced “kote-baht” meaning “Flower Field”, most people simply know it as, “the Hookah place”. Incense fill the place with a peaceful aroma, the dim-lighting makes you want to just lay around and relax, and then there’s the hookah! They offer several flavors from mint, to apple, orange, herbs, and many more. There is also a fairly extensive cocktail, beer, and wine menu to enjoy with your hookah. All of the seating is on the floor with plenty of floor pillows to lounge out on. It’s a perfect place for groups to come and end a crazy night with a chilled out atmosphere to help you wind down. They’re open way late, so you can still party hard before coming over to chill out. A place you need to experience while in Daegu. jja - sha • 20% Off If you’re looking for good Chinese food in Daegu, this is a place you need to check out. Dishes range from chicken, to pork, to seafood, and delicious soju cocktails. Pronounced, “Jja-Sha” it is located in the middle of the downtown Daegu nightlife making it the perfect dinner and pre-game before going out to party for the night. The dishes are not the American Chinese that you’re probably familiar with, but it’s just as good, and will make you want to come back again. Once you’ve turned down the small alley, look for a monkey outside the restaurant, that’s how you know you’re there. Seriously. star kebab • 750wOn Off per 2 kebabs New for 2011, Star Kebab has exploded onto the fast food scene in Daegu. Boasting arguably the most eccentric staff in any restaurant, they are always trying to the please passers-by. Star Kebab specializes in Turkish-style kebabs. For those unfamiliar, they take super tender meat, add some lettuce, tomato, pickle, special sauce, throw it in a wrap, spicy sauce (if you please) and your good to go. They offer chicken, lamb, or a mix of the two, which makes them unique to other kebab shops that only offer chicken. In addition to having meat in a wrap, they also offer it on a baguette, a hamburger bun, or on a plate with some sides. Their most popular draw however may be their turkish ice cream stand out in front of the restaurant. Take a walk by and see for yourself, definitely worth the trip! phOtai • 10% Off (cash Only) Pho Tai specializes in Vietnamese and Thai food ranging from their delicious Pho, to different kinds of rolls, noodles, and pad thai. The atmosphere of Pho Tai is very clean and spacious with a great view of the downtown area out the window. One major thing that makes this Vietnamese and Thai restaurant stand out is the fact they offer the regional Vietnamese beers, Bia Ha Noi and Saigon Beer. If you’ve ever been to Vietnam, this is what you drink, so it’s either nice nostalgia from when you visited, or a precursor of what to expect if you’re planning to go and visit. Overall, a very good authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a great location in Downtown Daegu. TEUM is a great place to escape the hole-in-the-wall underground foreigner bars for a night and feel a little more upscale and sophisticated. Start your night off classy with a group of friends and chill out before gettin’ crazy at the clubs. Plus, with your Expat Entertainment Card, receive a complimentary shot or basic mixed drink with your order. Perfect for starting off the night.
In Korea it’s difficult to find good quality hamburgers at a reasonable price. In Daegu, there’s one place where you can get handmade delicious gourmet hamburgers, and at a price that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. All That Burger, located in Bummeo, has some of the best quality burgers in Daegu for easily the lowest prices. All ingredients and toppings are fresh, the patties handmade, and the wedges (not fries) are lightly seasoned and baked so you can enjoy without the guilt. With all the burger chains near downtown offering mediocre burgers at ridiculous prices, All That Burger has a relaxing atmosphere, great burgers, an extensive coffee menu, beers, and a patio to chill out on in the summer. Ditch the bustling downtown area for an afternoon, and enjoy some great burgers and drinks for a great price.
scent Of sushi • 10% Off (cash Only)
Opened in 2010, Scent of Sushi set out to make a great sushi restaurant that consisted of high quality food for a reasonable price. The only all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Daegu is a modern place with a friendly owner and great food. Plates of sushi float around on small wooden viking ship looking boats in a moat (as opposed to your conventional conveyor belt style) and if you see something you like, take it. There is no limit to how much you can eat, so with the EXEC discount it’s a great affordable way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends when time is not an issue.
gOm's cafe • 20% Off entrees
Gom’s Cafe is a trendy American style fusion restaurant specializing in pastas, pizza, rice dishes, salads, and en extensive drink menu. The decor and atmosphere of Gom’s is very light and cheerful with the majority of customers being in the 20-30 range due to the funky style and trendy upbeat music. The owners try to give their patrons the best possible experience as they are constantly updating their menu to keep things new and interesting. Fresh, natural herbs and seasonings are used along with a cook-to-order menu, to ensure everything is always as fresh as possible. With the location in the heart of downtown, Gom’s Cafe is a great place to go for a little something different from your normal restaurants. Great prices, good quality food, and a trendy ambiance will keep you coming back.
huanjO steak • 10% Off (cash Only)
A new dining experience in the heart of downtown comes to you from Huanjo Steak. You are able to choose either from the various different steaks on the menu as a single entree, or take advantage of their fixed price set menu. Their set menu gets you one sirloin steak, one chicken breast, one chop-steak dish, and one salmon steak! If somehow you haven’t eaten in 3 months and you’re still hungry after that, you can get MORE, for NO extra cost. Also included in the set menu is your choice of sauces, rice dishes, tea and/or coffee. You’re not going to find a better deal for meat lovers than Huanzo Steak. The regular set price menu is 23,000won (about the price of one steak at Outback).
shanghai grill • 15% Off
Your favorite Chinese food from half-way around the world back in the United States is available for you to enjoy right here in Daegu! The Mark Pi’s franchise company is pleased and proud to present it’s American casual concept to the Korean market. The Mark Pi’s chain, with close to 50 locations in the United States, wants you to come and enjoy the Chinese food you’ve come to know and love back home, all the way on the other side of the world. Shanghai Grill boasts some of the most delicious and authentic American Chinese food, with everything from sweet & sour pork, to mongolian beef, spring rolls and plenty more. The perfect answer to your Chinese food craving, and best of all, they deliver! teum lOunge bar • One (1) free shOt/One shOt mixed drink with Order TEUM Lounge Bar up on the 4th floor in the heart of Downtown Daegu provides a sexy atmosphere perfect for hanging out with some friends enjoying some delicious cocktails, or partying it up for a live DJ event. Sexy female silhouettes on the walls, blue neons, comfy seating, attractive bartenders, and a range of house, dance, and techno music make up the atmosphere of TEUM. 22 ■ InDaegu ■ october 2011
max tundra @ urban | w5,000 discOunt @ dOOr
SUPER COLOR SUPER brings Max Tundra to Daegu on October 13th, giving his Korean fans the chance to craze out to his twitchy, mind-boggling dance tracks. He’s guaranteed to make you move like you’re up against Neo Exdeath in a dance-off. Come out to Urban Lounge Bar and enjoy something new and unique in Daegu.
the hOly grill - 10% Off The Holy Grill is the paramount choice for fresh and delicious home cooked comfort food. Founded and operated by three hungry Canadians in 2007, the Grill provides ex-pats with everything they've been missing. The restaurant/bar formula has been scratched, and the Holy Grill now focuses on delicious, high quality food for fantastic prices. There are now two locations in Daegu for people to enjoy in Sang-in, and now downtown as well. Focusing on five gourmet burgers and sandwiches. No corners are cut here, using premium ingredients, just like you would expect back home. Almost everything is made from scratch, their burgers are handmade and never frozen, and the buns are baked fresh, exclusively for the Grill.
traveler's bar & grill | purchase 2 entrees, get free cheese garlic bread Traveler's Bar & Grill is a Canadian-owned establishment that offers a variety of food choices you'd find back home. Their goal is to provide a taste of home for those of us who are here exploring Korea and other places around the world. Traveler's goal is to create a place where you can go for a great burger, Western breakfast, or for beer and wings in a Western-style environment. It's the kind of place where you can come early and enjoy a meal, or show up late when the lights go down and the music starts. They host wing nights, sports and other events, and on most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, you can come and dance the night away listening to a live DJ. october 2011 ■ InDaegu ■ 23
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