Naked

Jimjilbanging: It’s kind of like eating kimchi, but you’ve got to get naked.

 

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Korea is lovingly known as The Land of Kimchi, but I argue the slogan could lose kimchi and replace it with jimjilbang and no one would throw a fit. Kimchi and jimjilbangs are both well-known elements of Korean culture. Jimjilbangs are large public bath houses (mostly gender-segregated) and can be found on almost every street in Korea. Some are more fancy than others, but most have a handful of hot baths, showers, saunas, massage tables, lockers, sleeping areas and social meeting spaces. Jimjilbangs are usually open 24 hours a day and many people visit them to bathe, relax and sleep. Most rooms, including the saunas, have special minerals, woods and stones to create a soothing sanctuary and provide elements of traditional Korean medicine. The Korean jimjilbang is a familiar and calming oasis for all Koreans. Each is a mini spa that caters to your every need. They are more prevalent than Starbucks shops and you can spend a day in one for the cost of a latte and a snack. They sound perfect, right?


Naked Roast Kabocha

This recipe is so simple that it didn’t even really need to be created… but I wanted to share this anyways, because it’s actually one of my favourite ways to enjoy kabocha, and it’s just so easy!!

And okay, it’s not completely naked, because I do like to sprinkle a bit of lime or lemon juice and some sea salt on top, but I’m calling it naked because its roasted sans oil. Yep- no spray, no nothing, and it’s still delicious! Of course you can add oil, but I prefer to eat it like this.

And because of my super exciting gmarket find, this recipe is super fast now that I can buy  cubed, frozen kabocha.. hee hee..


Shinsegae’s Spa Land


Relax At Home: Premium Massage Chairs

For our first trip to a Korean spa, we choose one of Busan’s biggest and most modern — Spa Land, in the Shinsegae department store. Twenty-two baths, thirteen distinctively-designed saunas, relaxation rooms, steam rooms, foot baths and more were ours to enjoy for four blissful hours.


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