Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Tales of Gisaeng episodes 21 – 30 review: Sa Ran and Da Mo

OK, So Sa Ran becomes a gisaeng. But then she starts making even crazier decisions! In a  nutshell, after Sa Ran joins the gisaeng house, Da Mo tries to date other women but can’t forget her. He finds her and tries to get her to leave the house and marry him. She won’t because she doesn’t think she’s good enough for him. She decides that the only way to get Da Mo to leave her alone is to have her hair raised in a gisaeng marriage! She meets an older, rich, single guest  and he agrees to raise her hair… 

 

 

 

The New Tales of Gisaeng, 2011, SBS

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The Rainy Season Is Back in Seoul

 

source: The Korea Times

I thought the rainy season was coming to an end. But it seems to be back again!  Heavy rain and thunderstorms yesterday, more today, and lots more on the way.. According to the Korea Times there have been downpours of a record 60 mm an hour in Seoul and central and southern areas. At least 17 people have been killed in  landslides and more have been injured or are reported missing.

below: the rain this afternoon

 

 

 

 

 

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Korean cooking: Golbengi muchim

When I watched the drama Dae Jang Geum, about the cooks at the Joseon royal court, it really made me want to become a better cook. I make Korean food most days but I stick to fairly simple dishes so I thought about joining a cooking class but never did. Now I’m about half way through New Tales of Gisaeng and Ms. Han, the head chef at the gisaeng house is spending a lot of time at Doctor Geum’s house trying to win over her future mother-in-law with her cooking. It’s making me think about cookery classes again! She’s cooking lots of good food so much so that anyone who is against the marriage but tries her food is charmed by her amazing cooking – I’d like to be able to cook like that! It makes me hungry watching it! Tonight I made golbengi muchim for dinner – served with rice and soju of course!

The ingredients are

finely sliced carrot, cucumber, onion, mild chillies, and cabbage

1 tin of whelks (golbengi 골뱅이)

sauce – Korean chilli paste, chilli powder, sugar, salt, vinegar, crushed garlic, sesame oil, and sesame seeds

Mix it all together and voila!

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All About Eve Episode 5

In this episode Sun Mi and Young Mi compete for the media studies scholarship. Although I’m sure we’re all wanting Sun Mi to win, it’s Young Mi who really needs the scholarship money. They both practise interviewing and reading the news at home but in very different situations – we can see the difference in their lives again. Sun Mi can practise with her loving dad in their nice house. She has a large wardrobe with a wide range of clothes to choose from. And she gets chauffeured to school in the car by her dad. Meanwhile Young Mi practices alone, goes to school on a crowded bus and has to patch her old shoes up as she doesn’t have any others. Watching this time around I have a lot more sympathy for Young Mi. Having said that, her vicious streak drives me mad. If only she could just be happy with Woo Jin instead of having to be so competitive and ruthless all the time… but then it would be a boring drama!

The rivalry continues between Sun Mi and Young Mi, All About Eve, episode 5, MBC 2000

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New Tales of Gisaeng: Da Mo’s New Girlfriend

Episode 20 had one of the funniest scenes so far for me. Now that Ra Ra has stopped acting like a spoilt brat we needed a new bad girl and she has appeared in the form of Da Mo’s new girlfriend.

Da Mo’s new girlfriend is no lady.

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