February 2010

Ryan Sadowski Comes to Busan

Tag: baseball, lotte giants, pitcher, Ryan Sadowski
Ryan Sadowski Comes to Busan

 

BUSAN, South Korea - Each Korean baseball team is alloted two foreign players each season. After releasing West Viginian pitcher, Jon Adkins (which was dissapointing to those of us who loved Jonny) the Giants have signed another American pitcher, Ryan Sadowski.



Swimming With Sharks in Haeundae

Tag: Aquarium, fun, haeundae, sharks, tourism
Swimming With Sharks in Haeundae

 

HAEUNDAE, South Korea - I haven’t even seen the movie “Jaws” nor have many of my friends, but you only need to start with the sound track’s pounding, "du-du-du-du," to get a shiver down the spine. Still, I couldn't pass on a chance to swim with these marine monsters. If for nothing else than to send my mother the pictures.



Vegging Out in Busan

Tag: food, loving hut, review, vegetarian, vegetarian review
Vegging Out in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea - Do you know any vegetarian or vegan Koreans? This country loves meat -- as do most of the expats that come here. I have only personally met three or four other foreigners in Busan who announced they were meat-free.



Designer Drugs: Just say "Yo!:

Tag: bands, designer drugs, international acts, music
Designer Drugs: Just say "Yo!:

Designer Drugs, Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson

BUSAN, South Korea - You better carb up on Saturday the 27th because you're gonna burn loads of calories on the dance floor at Club Elune.  Busan's first and only "mega club," nestled in at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae, has snatched up internationally renowned New York DJ's 'Designer Drugs' for what should be an electrifying performance from this world famous duo.



The Terrace: The Pan, The Pho, The Cafe

Tag: food, restaurant, review, The Cafe, The Pho, The Terrace: The Pan
The Terrace: The Pan, The Pho, The Cafe

 

BUSAN, South Korea - Whether you feel the urge to pose next to a brightly lit reindeer or embrace a ‘hug me’ statue, Nampo-Dong is certainly putting forth efforts to draw crowds to the area. The opening of the new Lotte Department store has marked a new beginning for Busan’s original “downtown.”

From Guess to The North Face, to the little ajuma-run shops, this shopping area has something for everyone. Of course, all of that shopping can wear the most ardent spender down. You’ve gotta refuel.



Survival Korean with Gus: Shopping in Korea

Tag: korean, learning korean, survival korean
Survival Korean with Gus: Shopping in Korea

In Korean culture sales staff are attentive, but instead of incessantly asking if you need any help, they usually stare, smile and coalesce with other sales people who stare and smile. However, if sales have been particularly low that month, a sales person may gather their courage to say one of the following:

Can I help you? 도와 드릴까요? Doh Wah duh lil kai yo?

What are looking for? 무엇을 찾고 계세요? Moo-uh-sul chaht go gye say yo



A Slice of Japan in Korea

Tag: food, haeundae, japan, restaurant
A Slice of Japan in Korea

 

Over the years, whenever I’ve felt the urge to get out of Busan for a breather, one of the places I’ve consistently headed to is Japan. For one thing, it’s close and easy to get there. For another thing, I like Japan. There, I said it. Lest I be accused of comparing Japan favorably to Korea, let’s just say Japan is pleasantly different and, as many Koreans, I enjoy visiting there. Sometimes that little bit of difference is all we need to recharge the batteries.



Trip pop

Tag: concert, Denial, music, pop, reviews
Trip pop

 



Famed Director Billy Wilder Featured at Busan Cinematheque Through the 28th

Tag: Billy Wilder, cimematheque, movies, reviews
Famed Director Billy Wilder Featured at Busan Cinematheque Through the 28th

 



Getting your Gear On: Busan's Little Known Music Market

Tag: guitars, market, music, music equipment
Getting your Gear On: Busan's Little Known Music Market

 

The outdoor Bujeon Si-jang (Bujeon Market) is your typical Asian open-air food and produce area: a sprawling collection of fruit carts, meat carcasses, and all manner of colorful characters who pass their days laughing, haggling, and gutting fish. What one might not expect to find, however, is the biggest concentration of music shops in Busan. But there they are, on the outskirts of the market’s Byzantine alleyways, inside a large nondescript white warehouse.



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