All posts by Jessica Steele

  • The Shakespeare in Busan troupe performing Much Ado About Nothing.
    Guide to English-Language Live Theatre in Korea
    January 15, 2014, No comments

    I love drama. Not the “fight-with-your-best-friend” kind of drama. The other kind. The “sob-loudly-in-public” and the “slap-your-knee-funny” kind of drama. I’m talking theatre. Korea has a long…

  • What is Gwiyomi? Find out with The Korea Blog!
    Get Your Gwiyomi On!
    January 8, 2014, No comments

    Let’s add gwiyomi to the long list of things I enjoy about Korea but will never fully understand (including selca and cutesy emoticons). Gwiyomi is a Korean cuteness craze, sweeping everything from…

  • The lovely Hwaeom Temple, tucked away in the mountains of Gurye
    A Weekend in Jirisan
    December 12, 2013, No comments

    I don’t think I ever would have chosen to travel to Jirisan on my own, but friends of mine invited me to go. Turns out, my friends have great taste. Jirisan is stunning. Jirisan (지리산) is part of the Sobaek mountain…

  • Lee Seok-chul plays the impulisve Icheon in My Boy (Credit: BIFF Press Kit)
    5 Korean Films to Look For from BIFF 2013
    November 15, 2013, No comments

    A month has passed since the Busan International Film Festival wrapped up and I’ve finally had to time to decompress and reflect on my film bonanza. I watched 21 films over 13 days (and held down a day job and blogged and…

  • 04 Snowpiercer Chris Evans Battle
    BIFF Film Review: Snowpiercer
    November 5, 2013, No comments

    It’s twenty years into the next ice age and the future is bleak. Trapped aboard a train navigating the Earth’s circumference, the last remaining members of the human race struggle to survive… at least those who…

  • 04 Selca Noli
    Shall We Selca? Korean Camera Slang
    October 29, 2013, 2 Comments

    Moving to South Korea in 2010, I noticed that virtually everyone had a cell phone, even young children and the elderly, and something that caught me off-guard was how these cell phones were used. I would often see Koreans…

  • Open Talk with filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho, BIFF 2013
    Bye-Bye BIFF
    October 18, 2013, No comments

    I’m sad to say that the 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped last Saturday. BIFF is Asia’s largest film festival and one of my favourite events of the year, this year running from Oct 3-12. This year’s…

  • Life-sized F1 car model at the KIC grounds, home of the Korea Grand Prix
    Gearing Up for F1!
    October 5, 2013, No comments

    The Korea Grand Prix roars into town this weekend with racing fans descending on the rural Yeongam district for a piece of Formula One action. This is third time F1 will heat up the tracks on the Korea International Circuit…