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Recruiting CITYNET Young Professionals 2013


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The CITYNET Young Professionals is a student-led organization funded by CITYNET and Seoul Metropolitan Government. This program offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to network and participate in various tasks in the field of international development. Participants are expected to demonstrate professionalism and take appropriate initiative in assigned responsibilities and activities. The program further hopes to provide a platform for students to learn and study about the concept of green growth, multiculturalism and ODA policies in Seoul, Korea. Foreign students studying/residing in Korea, as well as Korean students, are highly encouraged to apply and join our program.HOW TO APPLY
– Please download application form from
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0nr7wC2RPL7bmFzZ0lVejZUVUk/edit?usp=sharing
– Fill out the form and send to citynetyp@gmail.com

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Korea’s Healthy Winter Foods


I came across another interesting post from KTO, again! Just wanna document my blog and yeah..share with you all. I like Byoelhae Jangkuk, the best, and also all the picture in “Hot Soup” Section are my favorite too. I miss Samkaetang, I miss summer…Ah.. already mouth watering! ***

Like most people, the item at the top of my winter to-do list is staying healthy. Of course, avoiding seasonal flu is easier said than done when chilly weather forces us indoors where germs abound.So, what to do?

Aside from washing hands and getting sufficient rest, keeping yourself well fed with nutritious foods can keep sickness at bay. In much of the world, winter is about staying warm with piping hot soups and beverages. Korea certainly experiences a robust winter of chapping winds, cold temperatures and shrinking hours of daylight. Despite this, in Korea, hot soups are associated with summer heat, where “fighting fire with fire” is a hot weather tradition.

Nevertheless, the Korean kitchen is full of hearty soups and stews, traditional porridges and medicinal teas, all perfect options to help keep you warm and healthy this winter. To give you a “taste” of what’s on offer, here’s a quick review.

Soup figures prominently in the Korean diet. Served with virtually every meal, its ubiquity has spawned diversity.The perfect meal on a snowy afternoon is Gamjatang. The so-called “potato soup” is better known for its succulent pieces of pork, which are boiled (typically at your table) with sesame leaves, spinach, green onions, enoki mushrooms, spices and, yes, the occasional potato.

As a peninsula, seafood soups also figure prominently in Korea. From the hot and spicy seafood smorgasbord called Haemultang, to the freshwater shrimp soup, Minmulsaewootang, and marsh clam soup, Jaecheopguk, Korea’s seafood soups are a fantastic alternative to land-based meats.

If you crave some land fowl, however, your best bet is Samgyetang, a soup made from a whole young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice and boiled in a ginseng broth. Beyond its lovely taste, Samgyetang is fun to eat. As your spoon emerges from the earthenware bowl, it’s a guessing game to discover what emerges. Will it be a clove of garlic or a gingko nut? A cracked walnut or dried jujube? Traditionally eaten on “Sambok,” the three hottest days of the year, the wholesome soup is said to protect the body and restore energy.

Not to be missed, beef is another staple of Korean soups. The sister soups of Gomtang (beef brisket and tripe soup) and Seolleongtang (ox bone soup) are two popular options that claim to buoy one’s health. Seolleongtang is a widely loved winter soup. Made from ox leg bones simmered for eight hours or more, the milky white broth is seasoned by the customer with coarse salt, green onions or chili pepper powder. Some restaurants will serve it with wheat or sweet potato noodles, while most customers tip their tin of rice into the broth, mix, and enjoy.

Finally, as you’ve probably noticed, many Korean soups end with “tang,” but another common suffix is “guk,” as in Tteokguk. This soup actually is associated with winter, since it’s typically enjoyed on New Year’s Day. The chewy sliced rice cakes, called “tteok” in Korean, are said to resemble coins, thus ensuring a healthy and prosperous year to come.

Perhaps you still can’t tell your “guk” from your “tang?” Nevertheless, we’re going to throw more into the pot, if you will. “Jjigae” and “jjim” are two Korean types of stew. Distinguishing soup from stew is more art than science, but the latter usually refers to a dish where the broth has reduced significantly and the other ingredients dominate.Two of the nation’s most popular stews are Kimchi jjigae (spicy pickled cabbage stew) and Doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew). While it takes some people a while to fully appreciate doenjang (think of miso soup with a lot more character), the fermented soybean is a staple in Korean cuisine.

During the fermentation process, the liquid form becomes soy sauce while the solid is crushed into paste. When added to an anchovy stock, hot pepper paste, vegetables, garlic and thick slabs of tofu, the result is a delicious and pungent stew.

Korea’s best soybean paste is said to come from Sunchang County. The tiny hamlet of North Jeolla Province also boasts the nation’s highest proportion of residents over age 85. Since Doenjang is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants, perhaps it’s more than just a coincidence?

Similar to jjigae, jjim is made by steaming or boiling marinated meat until the liquid is reduced even further. Examples of regional jjim include Andong’s Jjimdak steamed chicken and Masan’s Agujjim, a mix of anglerfish, sea squirt and soybean sprouts. My personal favorite is the sweet and spicy Galbijjim. The delectable dish’s beef short ribs are cooked over low heat with chef’s choice of vegetables, cellophane noodles, rice cakes and sometimes even a quail’s egg.

In the unlikely event that you tire of Korea’s vast selection of soups and stews, another option that’s sure to warm your gullet is the traditional porridge, called juk. Made from boiled rice at about a 1:6 rice-to-water ratio, variations on the soup are popular from Sri Lanka to China, where it’s known as congee. Frequently advertised as a health food, juk is often served to the very old, very young and infirmed, since it is mild and easily digested.Korean juk comes in dozens of varieties, with vegetable and seafood porridge among the most common. Bean sprout, pumpkin, oyster and pollack are other options. Jeonbokjuk, an abalone gruel mixed with small pieces of carrot and green onion, is another favorite. If you’d like to spice up your gruel, add ground nuts or dried seaweed.

Although the colorful seafood options are winter mainstays, my cold weather choice is the red bean porridge called patjuk. Red beans have a subtle flavor and are packed with fiber, protein and vitamins. Plus, frequently hiding beneath the purple surface are chewy balls of rice called birds’ eggs. Often eaten on Dongji, or the winter solstice, the vaguely red hue is said to bring good fortune and dispel evil spirits on the shortest day of the year.

Finally, traditional tea has a long history in Korea. It’s been said that a tea offering was made to the spirit of King Suro some 1,300 years ago during the ancient kingdom of Gaya. Although daily tea ceremonies among the royals and aristocrats waned during the Joseon Dynasty (1394-1910), wild tea plants have grown continuously for centuries on Korea’s southern foothills, and today, tea represents a major regional export.Although tea comes in many types and colors, all tea originates from the same plant. Despite their common source, certain preparations are prized for their well-documented health benefits. For example, in addition to green tea, Yujacha (citron tea), Saenggangcha (ginger tea) and Ssanghwacha (harmonized energy tea) are frequently consumed as home cold remedies in Korea. Furthermore, tea served with locally harvested honey can relieve allergies, sore throats and coughing.

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YuYuArt’s Korean Dolls


Today I came across a site from Flickr and my heart melt for those cute art from YuYuArt. Please click here to find more of these cute Korean dolls and her artistic design, if you love it too, support her and spread the word. It also a very good gift set. I’m consider these to gift to my friend in Cambodia too.

For order please visit : http://www.etsy.com/shop/yuyuart

What’s This?


Let’s me laugh first!! hahaha!!! Funny story that remind me to post this. Last winter, my new Chinese roommate moved in. She always take care of her beauty and she definitely beautiful, and she has this tiny thing in the bathroom. I was wondering she really take good care of her face even using the eggs to improve her face skin, Chinese are a like to Cambodian, because in my country, egg can be used a lot to care for health, the first main role for lady are that we apply the white area of the eggs with some milk over the face to have baby-face skin.  However, day by day, that eggs are still there, in the bathroom, she had 2 of it, 1 with the brown skin and one without skin (Like a boiled and cooked egg, ready to eat) If I were her, I’ll finish the egg right after 2 minutes but no, it’s months over there.

Then I start to think again, maybe she got swollen or hurt somewhere that she need to use the boiled egg to heal the swollen area. Yeah, we do like this in Cambodia, once you hurt or got swollen, we use boiled egg to apply over there so the blood can process well and get better soon. Again, days passed, that eggs are still there, same place, same shape. I thought to myself, why don’t she throw it away, the cooked egg can smell very very bad if we keep it long, due my experience I remember when I was young we travel on a trip while having the boiled egg on the way in our car, dad said, one day the car smell so bad and later he found out that it was the egg that left there. If you wanna know how bad smell it is, you can try. lolz. Though, she didn’t throw it even if the boxes were already teared into pieces due to the wet from the bathroom. I lived with her for 6 months, till she moved out and back to her country, then the egg also gone. Of course, we have to respect with each other, I can not tell her to throw away her stuff also the egg was giving no bad smell as my dad’s experience at all. Also, I didn’t care to smell it either.

Many months passed, I have a new roommate, she doesn’t have that egg at all. However, I walked passed by a shop “Tony Moly” and it surprised me because I found these things, “THE EGGS”, I laughed to myself, they have wide rang of it, even in the nest and many other cute things, fruits, dolls, ..etc. and I have nothing to say anymore.

In Korea you can find a lot of cute stuffs that make you wanna buy them all even you dont really know what to use it for, especially those cute cosmetics design like this one.

Countdown from KTO Tips


Recommended places to celebrate the year’s end

December is a month of both remembrances of the passing year and expectations for the New Year. Couples recollect memories together and whisper promises for the days ahead, friends regret getting older but celebrate the good times spent together, and others pray for their family’s health as the New Year’s sun rises. The year-end season in Korea is filled with happy energy. Read on to choose the best place to spend the few remaining days of the year with your loved ones.

More info: Here

Start-Up Entrepreneurship Education Training’11


Aw…I have a lot to write! ^^ It’s a 4 days training which in sort, I got brain washed from a normal university student to think back of my country needs while using business to help.

Here are some highlight how we learnt through this training. ( I normally write about the process of how thing happen step by step day by day, but I think this one are not as important as what I have changed my mind after the training), so please enjoy the reading.

 

Professor George Kim, He never lost a smile ^^

1st day, we met up and divided into 9 people per 6 group, the main task is just to think of the product detail that your own community need with entrepreneur view (innovative and helpful to social benefit). My team has 1 from Cambodia, 3 from China, 1 from Afghanistan, 1 Italy, 1 Turkmenistan, 1 Uzbekistan, 1 Kazakhstan (Maybe).  We had no background about each other, but the workshop brought us all together, and we have to go on one direction together, but that is the main problem. The first day, we contrast the idea, however, somehow we just manage it right. However, it was the most hard time ever! International work is not easy, though I have some field background, but still it difficult to persuade people that we never know. I have no idea to which industry type that needed to develop Cambodia, but come to think of it, I need to know more of my country.

My Team 2 (2 more girls coming)

Our program helpers sang their unity song

2nd day, of course we have very good instructors to give lecture before we start to work step by step in our project, Mr. Kim who have already start up 7 companies in US never lost a smile to share up experiences and ideas. Mr. Lee who raised in US push our spirit up from a lazy morning session by have way too attractive of marketing explanation. Finance and Business law also played the rules. I studies business for almost 5 years, but here those who has no background need to study only 4 days to make business plan. That’s ridiculous, but somehow, those people I talked above are starting to change their perception of studying and look back to find their community needs.

Round Table discussion

Presentation

5 mins for Q & A session

3rd we can see people look tired and sleepless, their panda eyes show that they didn’t have enough sleep due to their responsibility in the team. We have our own job in our business plan, we all want to win the business plan competition which is held on the 4th day as formal and professional as we could. Ideas changes, assistant seeked, advises here and there,  then the time for rehearse presentation began. Nervous as usual, Time managing as we can, presenting our project plan. Other team also made lots of improvement, not only idea, but ppt, and presentation skill.

4th day that we all waited for arrived, we dressed up as businessman and women, team leaders were panic, as we already tried to bring the 4 sections of business ( Company, Marketing, Finance, Plan), we tried to impress our creative idea to our future investors, the clock was ticking, but who care, we all are well trained for 3 days already.

My team won the 2nd place (but I can’t tell what topic we proposed since those business ideas are creative enough that needed IPR, otherwise, people might grabs it for their own good)

For more info of the program please like their facebook page: Here

I think this kind of program will be held annually for foreign student in Korea, but last time it was also held in Cambodia, but as far as I know, there might be one in Kenya or the country in Africa next year.

Saemungil Road, Walk through History of Seoul


Walking boom in Korea is still hot since the Olle first drew the attention. Once a pretty road is discovered, people get busy in trimming and naming it. There are various roads such as Dulle, Olle, and Nadul. Courses limited to Mt. Jiri and Mt. Bukhan are diversifying to fortress roadside and yellow soil road on barefoot.

 

<Stone wall of Deoksu palace, the last spot of Saemun road> (Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

There are some nice road to walk on such as Shinsadong Garosu, Jeongdong, and Samchungdong. However there is a road which is not discovered by many. It is Saemun road. From History museum, Doneuimun to Ganghwamun, you are actually walking on Seoul’s history. Shall we walk?

 Walk on Seoul: Saemun Road 

Saemun is very well-known as “museum” road. It is 1.1 km long from the site of Doneuimun to Ganghwamun. When you walk down the most “Seoulish” road, you will feel what it’s like Seoul. Let’s take a step to the historic sites.
Saemun road starts at Seodaemun which is one of four big gates built during the King Teajo’s period. It was called Doneuimun at that time. However it was closed down due to Pungsu theory. Instead, Seojeonmun was built in the south of Gyeonghee palace. Seojeonmun was also dismantled when fortress was newly built and new gate was stood near Seodaemun. It was named Doneuimun.


<Seoul History museum, starting point of museum tour in Saemun road>

(Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

While Korea was under the Japanese rule, Japanese government destructed Seodaemun for “so-called” city planning. They called the inside of Seodaemun as Saemunbak and outside as Saemundong and Saemunan. These names were changed into Seodaemun after independence. Once again, a new name “Saemunan” was given in 2007. However, the road we are walking on is both inside and outside of Saemun road, so the road was named as Saemun rather than Saemun’an’, which means ‘inside’.
There are Chungdong road, Gyeonghui palace road and Naesusa road in both side of Saemun road. Saemun road is large and Chungdong road and Gyeongheui palace road are middle size. You may feel antique style of Saemun road which embraces ancient times and modern times of Seoul city.

 History Museum tour on Saemungil Road

There are various museums on Saemun road such as Seoul History museum, Police Museum, Salvage army history museum, Agriculture Museum, Apenzeller Memorial Museum, Saemunan church history hall and newspaper museum. Museums are located in the road between Seoul history museum and Deoksu palace. Let’s share Seoul history and have fun together!
When you get into the center of Saemun road, you will meet a tram which probably ran once upon a time in Seoul. There is Seoul History museum nearby. The museum displays history, culture and landscape from Joseon dynasty up to now. It has a variety of sources and remains of Seoul. The museum officials study, research, collect and preserve the things of Seoul. They provide many programs to help people understand Seoul even better.


<Inside of Police museum> (Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

Let’s go to Police museum which has a new concept that visitors would have a chance to be the police. The museum provides visitors with exhibition and events of cultural education.
You will meet Agriculture museum which is firstly built and specialized agriculture museum in Korea. It has more than five thousand sources which were collected over two decades. Two thousand sources are on display. Nonghyup Central Association made the museum to preserve a great deal of agricultural heritage.


<Agriculture museum in Saemun road> (Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

Now, let’s move to Jungmyeongjeon. Jungmyeongjeon, which means the “light lasts forever”, was built in 1901 as the royal library. It is the first western style structured architecture which was built when Deoksu palace played a role of Gyeongun palace. It was rent to a foreigner in 1915 and used as Seoul Union until 1960s. It was owned by many different persons but finally sold to Cultural Heritage Administrative. Currently it belongs to Deoksu palace since February 2007.

Let’s go to Apenzeller Memorial Museum. When you go up the hill from Jeongdong Jaeil church to the south, you will find a three-story red brick building, Baejae school. It is small but overwhelming indeed. Baejae school is the first modern education institution in Korea. Baejae was named by King Gojong. It is the only building that still remained, except Deoksu palace. As it is the first “modern” and “private” school, it has lots of sources on education history and modern history of the area. You can experience education history of Korea.

 Another Way to the Saemungil Museum Tour

Leaving Seoul history museum, you’ll arrive at History museum of Salvage Army. The museum was one of ten western style buildings in 1920s and located in headquarter of salvage army. There are many sources on Christianity including their mission work. In addition, you can see the office of early age and have a glimpse of life of salvage army in 1930s. The museum displays old documents and bibles used in early age of salvage army.

 <The first church, Saemunan church> (Source: Yonhap News)

 Let’s go to History museum of Saemunan church. The church was first built as a Presbyterian church in 1887 by evangelist Underwood. He had a praying service regularly at his home and later on it became a church. Unlike churches at that time, his church baptized Korean and appointed church elders. It was truly Korean church so Saemunan church is called a mother of Korean church. Church’s history museum was open in 2003 with a great deal of sources about church. A thousand sources consist of documents, photos and remains. 390 sources are on display in museum. Guinness book of records tell that Saemunan church is the first organized church of Korea. The church is not only meaningful to Christians but also valuable to everyone as cultural heritage of Korea because it affected society of modern age in Korea.

Let’s go to museum of history of monetary system, which is the first museum focused on history of monetary system and opened by Joheung Bank (Present Shinhan Bank) in 1997. You can look through 100 year old history of monetary system. It was year 1997 when commercial bank opened for the first time in Korea. The museum has remains and sources related to monetary system, currency and history of Shinhan Bank. The hall of history of monetary system consists of several sectors helping you look through wave of monetary system such as traditional age, modern age, age of Japanese occupancy and age after liberation. You can see a model of bank of those days.

<Autumn of Doldam road in Deosksu palace> (Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

Isn’t it quite amazing that there are lots of stories within 1.1 km long road? Saemun road waits for you to come to tell you the modern history of Seoul such as modern history of monetary system, Christianity, education and even today’s matter. After looking around museum, listen to the voice of Seoul history on the road of Saemun.

Source: Here