Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Micro and Yellow Dust Warning!



I think all of you have heard of these notices going around, it is potentially harmful to your body so here are some ways to minimize it. Before that some information on where it is coming from. The dust originates from the deserts of Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstan. They have very dense clouds with fine, dry soil particles and that carries over to China, North and South Korea and Japan, as well as parts of Russia. Only in the most recent years it has been getting a lot more serious.





If you have any repertory problems or any immunity problem it might be a good idea to refrain from going outside when the dust level is high and if you have to go out, wear a mask to keep the dust out. Washing your face and hands on a regular basis and drinking a lot of water is a good way keep the dust from effecting you.



Make sure to stay updated on the current situation on the dust, and stay indoors if the dust level is abnormally high. Keep your windows closed when you aren’t home, and if you are eating food, keep them enclosed and wash your vegetables extra well to make sure you get everything. Stay clean and as long as you be careful it shouldn’t affect your daily life.

There are apps that show you days with the most dust particles in the air, there is a link below and you can use that to be safer.

Check out the links below for apps and more information.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Daegu Blog Press Workshop 2016


Last weekend Daegu City held a workshop for its City Blog Press for the team bonding.  The workshop was a 2-day trip to Daejeon Metropolitan City which has been one of Daegu's sister cities, and also well known for the city of science & technology. About 40 people including Korean press and multinational foreign press attended the workshop.

Our first schedule was having a lunch together. All Korean and foreign members from diverse countries had lunch at one of famous Korean food restaurants in Daejeon.



After lunch, we went Innopolis Daedeok (Daedeok Science Town) for a tour.  We visited ETRI and learned some newest electronic technologies of Korea.


They have great technology simulations and hands-on experiences. Our tour guide from ETRI gave us educational and interesting information.



After that, we visited KIGMA museum, which is another popular site in Daedeok innopolis among tourists.


After the tour, there were some lectures about social media and article writing for Korean reporters. Meanwhile, foreign press had their own meeting and discussed effective ways for running the City blog.


The 2nd day was scheduled to explore more of Daejeon city! Next morning we headed to  Daejeon O-world for a safari ride.  Everyone enjoyed themselves at O-World.


The last destination of our tour was Metasequoia Sky-walk at Jangtaesan forest. Walking along the beautiful path surrounded by tress all members got closer each other regardless of their age and country.


Let's run Colorful Daegu's Social media successfully :)
Cheers to Blog Press 2016 of Daegu City!   

Korean Traditional Instrument Lessons for Foreigners

Korean traditional instrument lessons for foreigners


Interested in learning some new skills and experiencing culture rather than just looking at it? From July 6th (Wed) and every Wednesday until September 23rd there is going to be lessons for Samulnori (Korean traditional instrument) at the Daegu Cultural arts center. You will be able to have a classes that teaches you the basics until you can totally understand and use the instruments.
The class sizes are small there will be about 10 people and it is well organized. There are two different classes one for advanced and one for beginners so once you start getting the hang of it and you have a talent for this type of instruments you can move up to the advanced class and learn in more detail.
Samulnori has gained Global popularity as it delivers superb Korean music throughout the world. Samulnori expresses rhythm of percussion but more importantly it is based on excitement and relaxation and harmony of the music. Samulnori music, when the beat is slow, it becomes extremely slow and when it gets to the end it becomes really fast. This is because of the excitement and relaxation style of music.



Type

Date

Instructor

Qualifications

Time

Payment

Optimal Participants

Location

Samul

Nori

(사물놀이)

Advenced

July 6

(Wed)

Sungjae

Gong

(공성재)

A member of Daegu Metropolitan

Traditional Music Orchestra

17:30

(About

1hour)

30,000

KRW

10

Rehearsal

building

(2예련관

한국무용실)

Jang-gu

(장구)

Beginner

July 6

(Wed)

Sungjae

Gong

(공성재)

A member of Daegu Metropolitan

Traditional Music Orchestra

18:40

(About

1hour)

30,000

KRW

10

Rehearsal

building

(2예련관

한국무용실)


Take a real class on the culture of Korea to take home, skill like these, you never know when they can come in handy. Korea is becoming very global and skills like these could come a long way someday. I hope you decide to go J
If you go to Jungangro station, Exit 4 is the closest exit and you will be able to find it.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheonggyesa, a hidden gem

Cheonggyesa, a tiny jewel box temple in Daegu, is a little-known find that’s nestled in a peaceful nook of Mt. Daedeok.  


Visiting this beautiful temple is a worthwhile afternoon’s walk, starting from the park behind Daegu Stadium.

The road leading to Cheonggyesa offers some lovely surprises, and it’s no wonder that the area is a favorite among locals who want to escape the city’s bustle and enjoy the outdoors.

You’ll begin your walk up the mountain from Daegu Stadium’s park. The Cine World Cup drive-in movie theater (씨네월드컵) will be on your right. About half-way to the temple, you’ll reach a stunning reservoir, which is a perfect place to pause for photos and refreshments. Depending on the season, you might spy some wildlife — the author caught sight of a pair of Eurasian kestrels overhead.


During Buddha’s birthday, colorful lanterns adorn the path all the way up to the temple.  In warm weather, you’ll likely see groups of people camping and picnicking along the creek that runs parallel to the road.

Climbing gets a bit more steep as you come closer to Cheonggyesa.  You’ll know you’re nearly there when you see a well-kept, terraced garden appear to the right. You might even start to hear the hollow tapping of the mok-tak, the wooden percussion instrument played during sutra chants.


A smiling Buddha figure will greet you at the narrow front entrance to the temple grounds.  Continue in and have a look around! The resident monks are welcoming.  Explore the temple, see the pagoda, and look for a metal footbridge at the far end of the property.  In fine weather, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities.



- Directionsto Cheonggyesa:
1. Bus : 403, 609 or 939 → Get off at Daegu stadium → 30 min walk to Cheonggyesa.
2. Walking: At the park behind Daegu Stadium, find the signs toward Cheonggyesa. As you walk along the path, you will pass Cine World Cup drive-in movie theater on the right.  The road will get a little more steep as you approach the temple.

Address : 626, Daeheung-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colorful Daegu Welcome Festival 2016 - Press Article II

“Colorful Daegu Welcome Festival”


There were performances, information, food, games, face painting, fingernail art, photo opportunities and costumes to try on. The Police were playing with kids, and the Fire Department was offering safety advice. It was an international event for all!



The ever popular face and body painting is a crowd favorite.  My daughter Min Hee, usually  goes for a face painting.  This time she chose a little arm painting.  I saw another young girl having the Korean flag put on her cheek.



There were over 80 different tents or booths with information, foods to sample and freebies as well as games to play and photo opportunities with costumes from around the world or different animated characters.



Many of the booths offered both information on social issues or topics people may not be aware of.  All sorts of topics were covered from educational issues and child abuse awareness to health information and safety awareness guides. Several of the booths handed out refreshments to visitors along with information.



One station that occupied my daughter was a table with games from around the world.  She was very interested in the spinning tops and a bird whose beak is also the center of gravity and can balance on a finger tip or even your nose!



There were several bi-lingual members of the Daegu Metropolitan Police on hand to offer advice on how to be safe.  The information was provided in at least five different languages.  It was also nice to see them interacting with young kids.  They were using some of the international toys/games and playing in the grass.  I thought that was very kind of them.


A local university had almost two dozen volunteers serving free cups with curry and rice.  They were all smiles, and in the heat and serving hot food, that was very nice.  You could see the happiness on their faces as they greeted the international visitors at the festival, in a welcoming way.


It is always important to sign in at booths with sign in sheets and sometimes it is good to ask if there is a sign in place.  The reason is so the community groups and agencies can see the number of people they have reached or interacted with.  This helps them prepare for upcoming events and also helps them understand who is visiting and what languages are needed by staff or volunteers.