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    BB Cream, move over! It’s time for CC Cream!
    June 26, 2013, No comments

    How does your makeup routine go? If you’re a Korean woman, you probably have a minimum 5 steps (cleansing-toning-moisturizing-wrinkle/eye/sun care-base), and I’m only talking about skincare here. Adding color…

  • Preparing tea is a solemn ritual
    Tea for Two, or Three, or Four
    June 14, 2013, No comments

    Or maybe thousands of people. Koreans drink a lot of tea. This might be hard to believe about a country which is currently inundated with coffee shops galore and tea shops hard to find, but tea has been an essential part…

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    Bottoms up! Have a Glass of Vinegar
    June 3, 2013, No comments

    Yes, vinegar. No, not the vinegar sitting in your pantry with which you make salad dressing. (Although no one can say it isn’t permissible to drink it should you wish so.) I’m talking about the many vinegar drinks…

  • LG’s smart laundry machine with Bluetooth technology. Photo courtesy of LG
    A Basic Guide to Korean Washing Machines
    April 19, 2013, No comments

    A friend of mine recently bought an espresso machine. She was distraught at its complexity. “Whatever happened to put in coffee, water, press start, press stop?” I wouldn’t know. That used to be it, but nowadays…

  • Pine nuts, walnuts, and peanuts - bureom trio
    Bureom: going nutty under a full moon
    February 22, 2013, No comments

    The Lunar New Year has finally started and the moon has started its new cycle as well, with the first full moon of the New Year falling fifteen days after Seollal (설날, Lunar New Year’s Day.) This day in Korea is celebrated…

  • Everlasting love for Jeju citrus fruit
    Winter addiction: Citrus-itis of the best kind
    January 31, 2013, No comments

    Jeju Citrus-itis, to be exact. Come winter and it’s time for gamgyul (감귤, tangerines/mandarin oranges) and hallabong (한라봉), the top citrus fruit that hail from Jeju Island. As Steve wraps up his Jeju Travel…

  • A year of K-dramas
    What’s your new plan(ner) and calendar for 2013?
    January 25, 2013, No comments

    Are you a super diligent and organized person who has everything prepared as the New Year rolls in? Or are you the other kind of person (like me) who is startled by how fast the New Year has made its appearance? I always say…

  • Well, hello there!
    Korean Kicks: Stylish Footwear in the ROK
    January 3, 2013, No comments

    Everyone needs shoes, right? Some shoes are stylish, while others are more functional. What about you? Do you just wear any old pair of kicks or are you what my students call a “shoeholic”? Korea seems to have its share…