Saturday, April 18, 2009

Jeju Olle

There's some new hiking trails around Jeju. Here's some info.....

http://www.jejuolle.org/intro.html

Friday, April 17, 2009

La Vie

Here's a nice article about the local restaurant/bar La Vie in Shin Jeju. This is where we played a couple of shows. Sam is from Homer, Alaska and Young Suk is from Jeju.

http://sianews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3661

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cherry Trees

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The cherry trees in Jeju have finished blossoming and everything is becoming green again, so here's one to remember.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Intimate Concert

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Noah played some music for us at the Blue Agave
He'd never played in front of people before, and he was amazing!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Jeju Cuisine

Here's a nice article about some traditional Jeju Cuisine.

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2902773

The article is pretty well written, and I have to agree with the generalization that the traditional foods of Jeju are pretty simple and somewhat bland. Almost none of the specifically Jeju foods I can think of are even spicy at all. Here's a list of some of the foods I've tried and I have to admit that sometimes I really like the sushi/sashimi, and on Jeju, it's relatively cheap.

  • 몸국 (moum gook???) This is a kind of a chopped seaweed soup with pork bones. Its pretty bland, and tastes earthy, but not bad.
  • 빙떡 (bingddeok). These are crepes with radishes, you can imagine the taste. Well, I guess come to think about it, it kinda tastes like nothing. This is eaten on some special day I think. We made it on our traditional culture tour
  • 흑돼지 (black pig) We had this last weekend. If you go to the normal restaurants, it looks like harmless, delicious bacon, but if you go to the special restaurants the Koreans love, you'll get the traditional Jeju black pig that lives on eating shit. Apparently people travel from all over Korea to eat this stuff, and if you go to the right place, you'll get it, hairs, fat, and all...sometimes lots of hairs.
  • 전복죽 (Jeonbok Juk) You can't have a write-up on Jeju foods without the abalone soup. It's basically a thick rice based soup with abalone, with kind of a porriage texture.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Back to Musucheon (무수천)

I got back on the rocks this weekend! I didn't make it out bouldering on Saturday like I wanted to, but I got out with Darren, Christine, and the climbing gym members on Sunday. One of the folks at the gym, Ju Nam (이주남) was a little upset with me for not mentioning last fall that I was leaving until the last minute. He didn't get a chance to say good bye. He made it up by taking us climbing and then out to dinner. I'm really looking forward to training and climbing lots this year.

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Darren showed me a new climb

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I tried it

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And fell

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Darren and Christine just finished a worldwide climbing trip,
so they're rockstars now!