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종이정원 (Paper Garden ) | blooming art

This weekend I popped in on 종이정원 Paper Garden, located in the youth mall of Jeonju’s Nambu Market (전주-시, 남부 시장).  What makes Paper Garden cool?  Check it out for yourself.




Paper Garden uses “upcycling” to transform pretty, textured papers into clever pots for seeds!  To plant, simply lay the paper on a plate or another flat surface, dampen, and wait.

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Cards are about 4,000-5,000won each ($3.75-4.75).  

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If you want to learn more or plan a visit, check out Paper Garden on their Facebook page.


Dad visits Korea

I’ve decided to interrupt my Detroit mini-series to share these pictures of my dad’s trip to Korea.  Today, while having brunch together, my dad told me that the only thing that he regrets about his trip to Korea was not hugging Shane, my boyfriend, goodbye.  I’m so grateful that my dad came to visit me, and so proud of Shane.

These pictures were taken May 19-26, 2013.  All pictures were taken by Shane.



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A late happy holidays

It’s been so long!  I’ve been incredibly busy, but I’ve got some fun posts planned, including: what’s in my bag, what’s in my carry-on, Detroit from a Detroiter, how to prepare your cat for a separation, and more.  Before I get ahead of myself, the good news:

  1.  I’m home!  I’m visiting my family in America.  I’ve been here about two weeks with two more to go.  And then
  2. Ireland!  Although I won’t be liveblogging it, you’ll all get to experience my reunion with Shane and our vacation in Éire.  Everything is planned now and I can’t wait to share it all.
  3. I got a university job!  This was the main reason that I’ve not been blogging: I wanted to keep everything shrouded in secrecy until contracts were signed and plans were made.  More about that later.

Before I get caught up in all that’s new, I’d like to share a couple moments from my Christmas dinner, which, in keeping with tradition, was spent with my friend Jordin.  This year we decided to go out for shabu shabu instead of cooking and staying in, and also this year her student joined us:


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christmas07 christmas08Delicious!

If you’re in the Jeonju area and want to drop in on this place, good luck!  It’s quite good (and, actually, it’s the first place I ate at when I came to Korea) but it’s hard to find because the name changed about two years ago and nothing has been updated.  It’s in new Hyoja-dong (효자동),  and it’s called Da Chae Woo Mi (다채우미), formerly Hae Ddeul Nal (해뜰날).  Click here to access the Jeonju city map, scroll down to “Shabu Shabu – mushroom and beef” and you’ll get a map (link opens in a new window).

I hope everyone is having a warm, safe winter season.  If you have any suggestions for posts that you’d like to see while I’m home, let me know!

Jeonju Zoo and Snake City Reptile Cafe

Last weekend was a day fullll of animals!  I went to two places that I’d never been before: the Jeonju Zoo, and Snake City, a new reptile cafe across from the downtown area.  Take a look!

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If this zoo looks somewhat depressing…that’s because it was.zoo07 zoo08 zoo09 zoo10 zoo11 zoo12 zoo13 zoo14


Let us out!zoo15 zoo16

Next we headed to Snake City.  Below, the birthday girl was handed the first snake:

snake01My camera died after taking this picture, so the pictures from here on are taken with my iphone.  Sorry!



Happy  birthday, Gaby!snake03 snake04 snake05 snake06 snake07

I got in on the action, too.

snake08Thanks for reading!  Would you go to a reptile cafe?

Happy one year anniversary, Shane!


Today is one year for me and Shane, and it’s also about the halfway point in our long distance relationship. In fact, last night I booked my flight to Ireland…I’ll be arriving in Dublin at 7am on Saturday, February 8th.  I can’t wait to run into his arms!

And, because I’m feeling mushy and nostalgic, I want to tell the story of how we met.  If you’re not romantic or you don’t care, here’s the short story: on Facebook.  If you want to know the rest, read on…

In November of 2012 I was getting ready to move to Jeonju, South Korea.  I joined the Facebook group for my new city and two weeks before moving, I made a post asking some questions.  That night I got a message from someone with a fake name and no pictures on their profile – I was ready to brush it aside, but the message was innocuous and it actually answered my questions, so I replied.  The next thing I knew, I was chatting with this person day and night…and I had no idea what he even looked like!  This continued until I arrived in Korea, where, on my first morning, I woke up jet lagged with empty cupboards and no idea where the grocery store was.  I was a bit apprehensive, but I messaged Shane.  And, as luck would have it…we were basically neighbors!

Shane offered to show me around, and the first time that I laid eyes on him was when he arrived at my apartment building.  It was definitely a “love at first sight” moment for both of us, although I wasn’t sure how things would go because he was so much more…gentlemanly…than the guys I was used to, haha.  He stayed out of my personal space and he made sure that I felt safe and secure the whole time that we hung out that day, and, even though he told me that he was interested in me, he didn’t make a move at all.

That is, until the next day.

The next day I woke up with a cold.  The day before I’d bought almost everything that I’d set out to buy, except for medicine and pomegranates.  I messaged Shane to ask about the pharmacy and he said that he would walk me over some vitamin C.  He swung by on his way to work, leaving me with a bag that had the promised vitamin C…and a pomegranate.  It was just the kind of cute and thoughtful gesture that I would come to love in the following year.  After that, he and I were attached at the hip.

Our first picture together: November 25, 2012.


How did you meet your SO?  And…what should I do in Ireland?!

Jeonju Bibimbap Festival

This weekend was the Jeonju Bibimbap festival.  For the unaware, Jeonju is the culinary epicenter of South Korea, and UNESCO even named Jeonju “City of Gastronomy.”  As a resident, I couldn’t agree more!  So, yesterday some friends and I headed to Hanok Village to take part in the fun.

bibimbap01It was packed!  The staff members are preparing to pass out free bibimbap.  They’ve just finished a competition where each neighborhood in Jeonju (32, I believe) made their own bibimbap.

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bibimbap05After that we walked around the area.

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Thanks for reading!

Favorite Spots: Cafe Sade

I know some of you read this blog for a peek into my life in Korea, so I thought I’d do a new feature.  “Favorite Spots” will show my favorite places around Jeonju.  I will only feature places that I visit on a regular or semi-regular basis.  The first spot that I want to highlight is actually quite near to my apartment; maybe a 2 minute walk.  It’s called Cafe Sade.

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sade02Now, Jeonju is a city of a million cafes, and most of them have a cute theme.  But what sets Cafe Sade apart from other cafes in Jeonju is definitely the dedication to sound.  There is no typical cafe music here, but rather the music for the cafe is mixed in this little room by the counter:




The counter area.  Another thing that sets Cafe Sade apart from other cafes is that it serves alcohol – and not just Cass, Cafri and Soju.  Sade has a very nice wine pantry at a variety of prices.  The cheapest is, I believe, a white at around 30,000/bottle, and the prices go up to a little over 100,000.  Wine cannot be ordered by the glass, but unfinished bottles can be recorked and taken home.

In addition to the wine and beer, Cafe Sade has a variety of teas, coffees, and smoothies, as well as appetizers and finger food.sade07 sade08 sade09Some of the seating by the door, with a peek outside at the patio.


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There is also a meeting room that I did not photograph because it was in use.

sade14The coffee page of the menu.

sade15I got a choco smoothie.  It was delicious! At at 5,000W, great for my wallet, too!

What else?  Cafe Sade has free wifi, a chill environment, and it feels distinctly cool.  At any given time there are people there reading, mixing music, meeting with friends, or on a date.  The menu has both Korean and English, and if you want to practice your Korean, the fonts and the handwriting and easy to read.  Sarah is always behind the counter and she speaks good English and is very helpful and friendly.

So how do you get to Cafe Sade?

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The “A” and “B” on the map are the Bone Hospital.  Cafe Sade is on a street that runs parallel to Junghwasan-ro.  If your Korean is good enough, you can direct a cabbie from this photo.  As you can see, there are two bus stops right near Cafe Sade.  I’m not sure which buses to take to get there.  From a taxi, let them know that you are going to 종화산동 (Junghwasan-dong) and then ask for either the Bone Hospital (본병원, “bone byung-wun”) or the apartment building across the street from Sade (현대에코르 아파트, “hyundeh eh-ko-ruh apah-tuh”).    Sade is open from 2pm-2am.  Have fun!