Tuesday, August 30, 2016

KAPS (Korean Animal Protection Society) Movie Time

The Korean Animal Protection Society (KAPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to housing, feeding and caring for stray cats and dogs. Their goal is to find new homes for all of them, but KAPS’s kindness has no expiration date, so the cats and dogs that get passed by can stay in their shelters as long as necessary.

KAPS has two branches in Daegu – one for dogs and one for cats. Now and then they host a movie event where people can drop by, watch a movie (usually about animals, of course!), and play with the kitties. There are dozens of cats big and small, friendly and skittish, and having people play with them helps to socialize the cats and make them easier to adopt out.
A few weeks ago we watched “Zootopia”, which the cats didn’t seem to care for, probably because there are no cats in the city of Zootopia. (Cats are so narcissistic.) But I didn’t watch it either; I was absorbed in a high-stakes game of “chase the hamburger” with a handful of kittens and a plush hamburger toy.

And two of them were strangely preoccupied with the strap from my camera.
The little cutie above, named Doona, broke my heart with that sad look as we were leaving. But she’s so adorable, she’ll find a forever home soon, so I’m not too worried!

The movie-watching event is held now and then, about once or twice a month. They ask for a small donation toward the running of the shelter (cat food ain’t cheap!), and if you have time you can help tidy up a bit. But the regular volunteers do a great job of keeping things livable and quite nice for the furry residents. Their efforts go a long way toward making life better for countless animals not just in Daegu but across the country.

For more information and to help at any of KAPS’s volunteer events, visit one of the following:

Facebook: (English)
Naver: (Korean)
Website: (Korean)

[Daegu Dialects] Let's learn Daegu dialects!

In standard Korean language, 'eoksu(억수)' means heavy rain. It is a combined word of eok(100 million), and su(water), so literally the word stands for 100 million raindrops.

However, in Daegu and Gyeongbuk province, we also use a word 'eoksu' as an adverb eoksu-ro(억수로), which means 'very'.

So let's practice with the following examples. :)

1. It is very delicious!
(Seoul ver.) Aju ma-sit-ta. (아주 맛있다)
(Daegu ver.) Eoksu-ro ma-sit-ta. (억수로 맛있다)

2. I feel very sick
(Seoul ver.) Na man-yi apa-yo. (나 많이 아파요)
(Daegu ver.) Na eoksu-ro apa-yo. (나 억수로 아파요)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Busan to Seoul Cycle - A Pitstop in Deagu!

Many keen cyclists flock to the state of the art 500km cycle path that stretches across the length of the country in the early summer/autumn months. I did this journey myself at the beginning of August, which was not the most ideal time to be out in the beating sun all day. That said, I made it to Seoul after five days of pedaling, and what a journey it was. 
Deagu, whether you start in Seoul or Busan, should be a destination as a place to rest on your cycle. Because of its positioning beside the Nakdong River, as well as the neighbouring cities and towns you need to cycle through, it makes an ideal stop for those that want to simply rest up before heading on the next day, or if you fancy a longer rest and want to enjoy more of what’s on offer.
 You can enjoy the nightlife, have some R&R and relax in a spa or eat your way through the city in some of the finest restaurants. As the fourth largest city in Korea, there is no shortage of accommodation no matter the taste you’re looking for, and an abundance of restaurants to dine after a hard cycle all day.

The distance of the cycle is laid out by “passport offices.” These are red phone boxes every 30km or so, with a stamp marking each location to add to your cycle passport. I decided to make my way to the last phone box in the Deagu area, before starting the next leg of my journey to Chilgok the next morning. North of Dalseong was the district with the last stamp, and I managed to stay right next to the river, which allowed me to get up and back at it without any delays the next day. 
Dalseong is quite a rural area of Deagu, and I had the pleasure of staying in the countryside for the night while I rested my muscles for the following day. Although finding motels is far easier closer to the city, I was able to stay in a guest house, for much cheaper staying along the river. The personal touch of a welcoming Korean family was a lot more heartwarming to me than a motel, while I would only stay for the duration of a night. That said it all depends on taste, and whatever that is, you’ll find what you are looking for in Deagu. 
Although a rural village about 30km to Chilgok, I had plenty restaurants to choose from, between traditional Korean and western diners, I wasn’t stuck for choice. Even if you decide to stay in this area, you could venture into the city for food with taxi’s available at a convenient price. If you have Korean, you won’t have any trouble finding accommodation along the river passing through Deagu. If not, use Naver apps to locate accommodation that is near you. You will find anything from hotels to pensions and the distance in between. 
I was glad of my night in Deagu, as the comfortable stop lead me to travel all the way to Mungyeong the following day.  If you are coming from Seoul, then the next city you should aim for is Changwon, with plenty motels to available to cyclists. If the thought of making this journey fascinates you, I implore you to do it. It’s an incredible cycle with stunning views, peaceful stretches of countryside and a taste of Korea that you’ll never forget. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Out With The New and In With The Old- Going back in time!

In an area near Yeongnam University Hospital Intersection, in Nam Gu there are two new themed restaurants.  They are styled after the tents that people would frequent in the past.  These tents were mini restaurants on wheels.  Often they would roll out in the early evening hours and set up in the same place evening after evening. As they are mini and often staffed by a single worker, the menus were usually limited to a small number of items.  It was a simpler time in Korea even just fifteen years ago.  I personally love them and feel this style will grow before it goes away. 
These places were very busy and filled with people enjoying simple foods and the cool air of fans and air conditioners on the four different evenings I visited to get a feel for how they operated. The customers all seemed comfortable and enjoying their food and drink with friends or family.
The simple setting is meant to be nostalgic, but so many of the customers were younger people.  They may not have ever been in an actual tent in the past, so this is a way for them to have that experience.
Both of the restaurants opened with-in a few weeks of each other and have similar themes.  The 70s seems to be the target era.  But, the menus are more modern and the owner at one establishment said he would be updating the menu to fit customer requests and seasonal items.
In one of my visits I ran into a very lively group.  There were several different dishes on their tables and they were enjoying adult beverages with their food.  They were also happy to pose for a few pictures.  I hope they will see this post and share with their friends so more young people can have this experience.
It was fun for me each time I went in to see what had changed and each time there were different decorations to remind me of a time in my past that I was able to enjoy this experience.  I have lived in the northern part of South Korea and in Busan.  I have visited these style tents in Seoul and in the country.  They really are a lot of fun in a small package. 
I really hope you will find this an enjoyable way to spend some time with your family or friends.  It is something anyone who visits Korea should experience.  It is also a great way to make new friends.  Another thing to remember is the great photos of you eating and drinking in a street tent.

I hope this is something you will check out and maybe I will bump into you.  If I see foreigners in places I report on, I usually stop and ask what they think of the place and the food.  Maybe I will see you there!

2016 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival will be held at the Kolon field concert hall in Duryu Park from August 27th and 28th.
DIBF Award is one of the Daegu's famous festival, started back in 2008 for the first time in the Asia. The competition is open to all artists from all around the world and will have an opportunity to show their own artistic skills of bodypainting with various materials, techniques, fantastic costumes and show effects.
Total of 48 teams from 10 countries join the competition of three categories--fantasy make-upbodypainting, and photogenic model. For audiences, there will be variety of programs run by universities and companies where visitors can participate and experience bodypainting. Musical gala show and awards ceremony will take place in the second day of the event, followed by a fireworks at night.
Chung, the director of Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in Daegu, announced that they will do their best to keep safety and encouraged visitors to use public transportation.

2016 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival
  • Date : August 27th, 2016 ~ August 28th, 2016
  • Venue :  Kolon field concert hall in Duryu Park
  • Host : TBC

Detailed Schedule


for more information, visit DIBF Website