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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The land of the Morning Calm

We have been in Korea for one year and 5 months now and I can truly say that we like it a lot. The Koreans are very nice and friendly. They seem to be so interested with foreigners because whenever we're walking around town, most of the crowd are stopping by and talk to our kids and touch their faces (though we don't know what they're saying).

One of the most aspect that attracted me the most in this country is their love of flowers. There's flower everywhere you go, it makes the environment so inviting and attractive. The only thing that's concerns us is the language barrier. It is very hard to learn their language and they barely speak English, we find it hard to shop. It's interesting that when you go to a shopping mall, you have to buy your own plastic bag or else they'll just give you the merchandise without it.
Changwon house As a house occupied by Toeeun Ducheol, the 5th generation descendant of Sunheung Ahn family in approximately 100 years ago (1898, the 2nd year of Gwangmu), House of Changwon has been newly refurbished to prevent destruction of the traditional and unique housings of Korea, which are gradually disappearing from city centers due to establishment of Changwon Industrial Complex and new town development project, etc. Therefore, it has been aimed at educating the traditional cultures and customs of ancestors to the young people. On the area of 3,088 pyeong, 14 buildings have been constructed to exhibit agricultural farming tools used by the ancestors. House of Changwon is not only being used as the place of wholesome rest by citizens, but also used for the site of traditional wedding for free of charge. Source:http://eng.changwon.go.kr/sub02/sub_01_07.jsp
Traditional Korean costume called hanbok. Represents one of the most visible aspects of Korean culture. The top part called a jeogori is blouse-like with long sleeves with the men's version being longer, stretching down to the waist. Women wear skirts (chima) while men wear baggy pants (paji). Commoners wore white, except during festivals and special occasions such as weddings. Clothes for the upper classes were made of bright colors and indicated the wearer's social status. Various accessories such as foot gear, jewelry, and headdresses or hair pins completed the outfit. (Source: http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Culture/Clothes/)clothe
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with our Korean friends, Anne and Lina

35 travelers' comments:

sunny said...

nice sa KOrea, gandang bansa, gandang kultura pa...pero un nga Misty, the langguage barrier...hirap!!! pero nk8months n pala kayo dyan,heheheh! bilis noh? take care Kabayan!!!!

joy said...

GANON PARIN DI PARIN NAKAPASA NG DRIVING. iKAW MUSTA? NICE PICTURES..

tCes said...

Hello Rose, here visiting and reading your latest post. i don't know anything about korea or koreans in particular except i like some of their foods :-)

amy said...

that is interesting to know about their ways and customs, the place is sure nice...but, anywhere you may be, i know you will love it as long as your family is around all the time...their language is hard to learn indeed;)...you'll get by though...thanks for sharing the pics

maus said...

i was shocked about the plastic bag when i was new here.,,you need to bring your own shopping bag and you are the bagger to your own grocery...they just scan it...tapos na walang bagger!

amy said...

in cagayan de oro nga pala, we have a store like that, buyers provide their own bags or buy it at the counter...d2 sa Florida, BJ's and Aldi do the same...kami, pag few pieces lang binili, we hand carry it...others do it anyway...hehehe

sissy said...

wow, 1 year and 5 months sis? tagal narin ano? nice place nga sya ano..mukhang malinis yung paligid..that is true the language is the barrier..ok lang yung..basta payapa ang paligid d tulad sa pinas daming abusayaff..hheheh!

chubskulit said...

>oo nga sunny, time flies so fast kaya ini enjoy namin to the max ang stay kasi sooner aalis na kami..

>It takes time joy, tyaga lang kailangan and maipapasa mo rin yan...

>Yeah I love koren foods too tCes and I'm slowly adopting their culture already..

>You're absolutely right Amy, whenever we may be, as long as we're with our love ones, its all good..

>Oh talaga Ams, meron din pala nyan sa Pinas kala ko here lang... Yeah, I know in Aldi you have to buy your bag talaga..
>hahahah ganun din pala dyan Mads, kakakatawa talaga but that's their costum so ala tayong magagawa hehehe..

>Ay oo sistah, its very safe here. Oh i forgot to include in my post that they are very honest when it comes to money saka alang magnanakaw here di gaya satin daming snatchers.

Borneo falcon said...

Never knew Koreans are so curious about foreigner.

zeb said...

hey mam nice blog. i already added u up in my blog list i hope u will do the same mam, im looking forward for it. http://ablogslifezeb.blogspot.com/ and if you want us to follow each others blog let me now mam, i would love to do it. thanks in advance.
:)

rummuser said...

I have met some Koreans and found them to be extremely polite and friendly. Those here in India are also extremely hard working. They are truly role models to our work forces here.

I have always wanted to go to Korea, but so far have not. You are indeed very lucky.:)

grace said...

hi, i enjoyed reading your post. I like the pictures, pretty flowers, but in over all, i like your blog. keep it up. :)

bone2pic said...

You have such a wonderful blog. Don't go anywhere, I'll be back :)

dauphine stiles said...

Hi I stumbled your website from someone and thought of reading some of your posts here... andyan pala kayo sa Korea... I like korean people din, they are polite and friendly... it has been 2 years since I have watched their drama series and so far I love it so much. Some of their actions remind me of filipinos, some of sleep together just like sa pinas din.. I miss it so much... I have learn a little bit sa language nila dahil almost every day ako nagwawatch nang drama nila... with english sub.. I know that they love foreigners especially to small kids dahil nagagandahan cla sa mga bata nang bata lalo na pag anak nang puti, they will play and talk to them and even take pictures kong may digital cam clang dala dala.. I have encountered it several times especially nung we laid over sa Incheon aiport to pinas then on the way back then. Oh yeah I hope you can visit my site sometimes.. my name is Dauphine pala! Hope to hear from you though. Take care and hi to the kiddos!

dauphine stiles said...

Hi Rose thanks for your response and comment sa blog ko.. Pareho talaga tayo buhay nang isang ina sa kanyang mga anak haha.. ano ba'yan! Anyways, if you would to add more links you should keep the bravejournal members into "manage friends" and to non-brave' members go to manage link... kaya you're almost run out of space diba? Kaya lang may limit cla sa non-brave' members which up to 25 links ata. Pero sa manage links parang walang limit para sa mga members nito.. Naka add ako nang marami sa manage links dahil nag update ako for 6.99 dollars a month which I subscribed for a year. Hininto ko narin. I-add ko tong blog mo ha, then please add me na din.. I also have other blog which is this one http://othersideofme.info/. It is okay to just add it up sa blogspot mo dahil unlimited naman ang space nila at i add ko din yong sayo.. Ano pala tong comment ko last night, nagkabaliktad haha.. I mean yong mga koreans nagagandahan cla sa mga mata nang bata.. big and round daw, gusto din nila nang magkaroon nang ganon kaya lang squinty ang sa kanila eh LOL! Anyways nice meeting you again. Hope to hear from you again.

nuts said...

thanks, added this blog too in my bloglist..
Btw, my husband pala is based in La Puente, Cal.., now lang ulit nakabloghop, dami ko namiss, although some of your updates were in my emails as I've subscribed in your feeds. nice blog!

Weng Forsgren said...

Ganda ng view ng korea Rose.How I wish makarating din ako diyan pero parang impossible yata hehe.
Mag day dreaming nalang ako hehe.

shydub said...

Nice and clean talaga sa korea tsang bakla,sana makarating din ako diyan ano.
Ihave been to japan and it was clean too, they respect treesand they also have nice flowers. I think only the Philipines sa mga asian contries na marunog magsalita ng english halos lahat ng tao kahit bata. Siguro ang galing mo namagsalita ng korean lang bakla.

When kayo balik dito bakla? nag iinjoy pa kayo diyan, parang halos lahat na napuntahan mo diyan bakla, grabe ang power kaluka. Padala ko spirit and soul diyan sayo para makalanghap mn lng ng Korea.

Dhemz said...

tagal na din pala kau sa korea sis ano.....am sure excited na kau na maka uwi dito sa US.....:)


a quick visit here manang ko...mwah!

I am Xprosaic said...

Hi misty! Thanks for the visit! really appreciate it... Thanks!

bea trisha said...

hello misty..
u have really cute kids!!!!

thanks for the visit,,,
u can pls follow my blog for more updates..
looking forward for the friendship..thanks!

amy said...

wow...seems that I am attending a history class hehehe..salamat sa info Rose...

was here today, ito lang ang wala sa bloglist mo...
http://www.amiableamy.com/

every time I saw the pictures that you took, honestly I can smell cleanliness...and yes, i notice that flowers are everywhere

thanks for sharing and the visit ha ...

at sa comment din

ruby said...

my bff in pinas hubby nya koreano, super bait nga talaga..

Kikit said...

Korea is so close to Japan. I might consider going there. Thanks for sharing this blog. :)

jodi said...

ang linis tignan ng lugar nila ano? parang ang sarap langhapin ng hangin dyan, dito naman sa atin naku puro polusyon na...

rjs mama said...

hi sis! salamat sa pagvisit lagi sa sites ko :) ang lapit mo lang sa pinas, pwede ka umuwi lagi :)

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

great info!
nice ang mga pics sis! gaganda ng flowers at ang view ganda din...

Clarissa said...

May pagka similarities ang Korean at Japanese.Ang mga hapon din dito friendly--mas marami nga yata akong kaibigang hapon dito kesa pinoy.In fact,mas friendly sila kesa sa mga pinoy--hindi naman lahat,iirapan ka lang ng mga pinoy dito lol!!!

Weng Forsgren said...

visiting you here today ,checking if you have new

eden said...

Hi Rose! ganda ng mga pictures mo with very nice views . tagal na pala kayo dyan sa Korea. Nice to know you like the place. actually, love to visit there someday. i have friends that took a holiday there and they had a great time

Pete said...

Anyeong Haseyo, I love Korea and also Korean food. This is one of my top favourite destination.

grace said...

"hi there just droppin by..thought you would like to join me with link from blog...true with every blog you have and referral they'll give you money..."

Cecile said...

dropping by here, Rose :-)

Seiko said...

I agree w/ you Mommy Rose & isa lang ang Korea ang may pinakamaganda at malinis na bansang napasyalan ko.My fave food there?Bibimba & Korean Nori :D

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