Happy Birthday Buddha

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

Last Wednesday I went out with Daniel, a Korean friend, who took me to a beautiful Samgyeopsal place in Seomyeon. This was by far the most delicious pork BBQ I’ve had in Korea and the best bit was that it was cooked for us at the table.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

We followed this up with a quick cab ride out to Samgwansa and a hike up THE STEEPEST HILL I HAVE SEEN IN BUSAN… to go to the Buddhist temple at the top and be floored by the amazing lantern display in honour of one, Mr Buddha… {HBTY HBTY HBDB HBTY – hip hip hooray!}

When you get to the top of the hill, by climbing the giant staircase* (I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture) you are greeted by these guys who are there to ward off the evils of this world including wayward pedestrians who ignore the bus shepherds bellows.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

And this guy who apparently helped the first warriors above get to Earth.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

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… and this guy who filmed me being appropriately amazed and saying things in English for a Korean television show on KBS.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

That staircase needs to be walked thoughtfully apparently: if you go up the right hand side you are thinking of the future and the now and if you go up the left hand side you are asking for forgiveness and kindness for past deeds.

Now it was really dark, which is the point when you are visiting a temple but makes it difficult to get snaps of the actual architecture, so please forgive my lack of structure shots [might have to go back and get daytime photos].

We walked to the top of the site and saw the carved temple spire thingy [technical name for it] where you can make a wish with a candle and send it out into the universe after walking around this spire thingy 3 times.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

I made a wish after doing the laps and placed my candle among others from many people who had done the same thing. Now because it wasn’t my birthday but Buddhas… I don’t think my wish will fail if I tell you… only Buddha has to keep his secret… got it mate?

My wish was for: enlightened engagement for everyone with empathetic endeavour to end enslavement to ego… wordy but direct.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

We wandered through the lanterns where people had attached their prayers and the coloured lanterns were for the wishes and dreams and hopes people had for the future of those who are living and the white ones are prayers and thoughts of those who have passed. I lingered in the white lantern zone for a moment to send a thought to a sisters friend who passed just a week before.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

We saw the winding staircase lined with lanterns and the statues guarding the corners of the grounds and the massive display of lanterns.. though you’re completely right [snapchat friend person]… they should try harder next time *winks sarcastically*

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

We stumbled upon the Chinese horoscope cast of characters and some other symbolic paper statues and they were fantastic… the detail is magnificent.

I have never seen anything like this in Australia before and that may speak to my ignorance in this regard but it was a magical display and a lovely night of walking that ended with a walk-and-talk through Citizens Park and a super friendly *no sarcasm at all* cab ride back to dorms. [seriously – best taxi driver yet, Korea…] Thanks Daniel.

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears

Happy Birthday Buddha by @owlslovepears-Cate

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Hangug-eo sigsa – Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개)

Hangug-eo sigsa - Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개) by @owlslovepears

Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개) translates, I believe, to Kimchi stew and is one of the most delicious things you will probably try here in Korea… I love it. It is spicy and hot and is sold all over the place and I am definitely going to need the recipe to it and bibimbap in my repertoire for sure.

There are so many places you can get this dish and this deliciousness was from a place just outside the side gate from PKNU. This place does the jjigae and serves it with bibimbap and is very tasty and for only W6000 is a total bargain.

 

Hangug-eo sigsa - Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개) by @owlslovepears

All the noms… too many for me but a good value meal. See the soup in the back is bubbling… it is cooked in that stone pot called a ‘dolsot’ on the stovetop and served super hot… do not touch the sides of the bowl… use the wooden plate.

Hangug-eo sigsa - Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개) by @owlslovepears

The kimchi jjigae is my favourite thing and I will definitely be making up a mix of this to have daily when I get back to Ballafornia. I’ve grown fond of tofu and the pork pieces could easily be omitted to make it completely vegiesaurus friendly.

Hangug-eo sigsa - Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개) by @owlslovepears

The bibimbap was so good I forgot to take a photo of the before… it comes out super hot in two bowls. One is the dolsot with the rice in it and an egg on top and the other is the bibimbap veggies etc. Under no circumstances touch the dolsot… it is super hot.

Another really important thing to remember is that when you are scooping the rice into the bibimbap bowl you don’t scrape the bottom of the rice pot. This is because it is developing a small crust as it sticks to the bowl and continues cooking. Take as much rice as you can and then you could call “저기요” (Jeogiyo) and they will come and fill your dolsot with water to make the soup.

Hangug-eo sigsa - Kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개) by @owlslovepears

Once you’ve finished the bibimbap and the jjigae you have the rice soup to eat (it has a name, if you know what it is called let me know in the comments) and it is actually super delicious and has a slightly nutty flavour.

So definitely go for this meal if you get a chance it is one of my favourite dishes to have.

-Cate

Holi Hai Busan 2016

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Wow!

Yeah that’s pretty much the entire feels from this day.

Sunday last we set out after 930 taking the train to Haeundae beach and arrived in time for those of us who hadn’t registered to do so… in fact there were plenty of registrations left.

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

We got our colours and t shirts and some pretty dashing hats and wandered to the middle of the crowd towards the front of the stage… I was certainly with the most energetic and entertaining group and photogenic as it turns out… there are many photos and YouTube videos of the shenanigans surfacing!

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

There were conga lines, crowd surfing, people tossing and Indian dance lessons for everyone and it was totally the best way to spend an afternoon with some pretty exceptional people. I will say however that it was an expensive affair with everything costing money, especially if you didn’t register prior to the event. Samosas were W5000 as were the T Shirts and registration was W10000… they were even charging for water early on.

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears

Holi Hai Busan 2016 by @Owlslovepears
Photo by Justus George

I didn’t stay until the end as I was not feeling well but wished I could have stayed longer… this was probably one of the most fun things I have ever done and I can’t wait to go again when I visit India … or even to one closer to home.

-Cate

Have you been to Holi?

The PKNU Pink Campus

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

She’s back… after a week… a very long week without a computer (after probably the most poorly timed Bios error moment around) I have bought myself a newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S and will get my laptop repaired in Australia… maybe my insurance can cover it. So aside from now being able to work on my study and SFP work … THE BLOGGING CAN RESUME!

PKNU Pink Campus by @owlslovepears

Now spring time post… because it is April in Busan and it is just so pretty:

First things first… I LOVE CHERRY BLOSSOM LATTES! Thank you Starbucks!

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

Upon arriving at the campus all I heard was how wonderful it was I was coming in Spring because I would get to see the campus go pink. I heard people rave about the blossoms and the fact that tourists come to the Daeyon campus to take photos of the beautiful blooms that are only with us for a few weeks in the year. People assured me it would be very beautiful and like nothing I had seen before… They are not wrong. This campus is stunning in Spring and I’m loving how this place constantly surprises me with the new things, people, features or fun it has here.
The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

This week some other PEEPs and I played Football (for my Australian followers … [Soccer]) and it was so much fun. I did it barefoot, because girly flats in goal could make for interesting funtimes, and managed to stop a few from getting through but not as many as I would have liked. Might pop a post up here on this at some stage.

The PKNU Pink Campus by @OwlslovepearsI’ve started journaling and, although I can’t pop a post of the page that I have completed here, I have shared with you a picture of the journal itself and the bag that I have hand sewed to keep it in. The use of washi tape and stickers and pens etc is quite fun and to ‘create’ is something I have been missing… Probably should have packed some knitting to do while I am here.

The PKNU Pink Campus by @Owlslovepears

I have also bought myself a colouring book that I have started to do pages in when I have downtime and don’t feel like leaving the dorm for walking around.

Classes are all going well, apart from not being able to do a presentation because my computer was dead I am enjoying all three of them immensely.

So here is to the next 10ish weeks moving more smoothly and at a good pace towards the end of semester… we had Holi Hai (Indian Colour Festival) yesterday and I will share photos of this amazing day on the blog soon.

Have a lovely weekend all.

-Cate