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What Can You Do?


This is one of those positivity posts you happen upon across the blogosphere. Don’t worry though, I’m not going to tell you how to change your life. It’s one I’m hoping you’ll read and decide to post your own appropriate response.

Letter from Ireland, August 2013

Dunboyne, Ireland
16 August, 2013

Dear Korea

Negativity is an often attractive topic. It’s in our nature to be critical, to find issue with what is at fault, and even when we are happy we still find reasons to complain. This isn’t exclusive to any particular situation or condition, everyone does it in some manner or form. There may be some explanation to it, but that is not my aim today.

I wanted to write today about something which has being an increasing source of bother for some time, and since I am now in Ireland I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on it from a particular standpoint.

Making Gimbab (김밥) with Chae and Jagi

TEG_8637Gimbab (김밥) is Korea’s version of a sushi roll.  Translated, it means seaweed rice, which makes sense since these are the two main ingredients found in all Gimbab.  Other ingredients include, fish, meat, egg, and vegetables, either fresh, pickled or roasted.  Making Gimbab is a labor intensive process because so many different ingredients are used.  First Chae steamed the rice and stir fried some of the vegetables.  She then cooked egg and cut it into strips along with fresh cucumber.  Strips of fish and crab came from a package along with the dried seaweed paper.  Chae laid out the seaweed paper and carefully spread a thin layer of rice before adding one strip of each of the different ingredients from her tray.

Jeju Island


The ferry arrived at the Jeju City port just after dark and we rode out the gaping mouth to a full moon and the smell of the ocean.  Seoul Joe had connected us with two Korean women living on Jeju, so that was our first stop.  Tipi and Chae welcomed us like family, showed us our room and prepared a delicious home made dinner.  They humbly told us how they rode 125cc scooters from Vladivostok (eastern Russia) all the way to England.  It took them exactly 1 year, 1 month and 1 day.

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