Monthly Archives: October 2011

São Paulo International Film Festival screens Korean movies

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Every year, the São Paulo International Film Festival screens hundreds of movies from all over the world in the ten days or so that it lasts. For serious movie lovers, it is a marathon; some even take leave from work during the event, in order to attend as many sessions as possible in one day.


The Yellow Sea

This year, four Korean movies are being screened: Dance Town (댄스 타운),  The day he arrives (북촌방향), Haunters (초능력자) and The Yellow Sea (황해). As usual, they’re being shown sometimes at ridiculous times, like 2.30 pm. I mean, I wish I could leave work in the early afternoon to go watch a movie, but, somehow, I don’t think my boss would approve of that.


Dance Town

Anyway, I already watched Dance Town in a session last weekend and quite enjoyed it. The cinema was almost empty, though. Not a lot of people interested in the plot, maybe? The session took place in a cinema not close to Paulista Avenue and its surroundings, the area where most of the movies are screened, so I guess folks just prefer keeping to there in order to catch more sessions, more movies.


Haunters

A bad piece of news for those wanting to watch all four Korean movies: the copy of The Yellow Sea is stuck on Customs and couldn’t be exhibited so far. How depressing is this? That was the movie I wanted to watch the most and my country won’t clear its entrance. Way to go, right?


The day he arrives

For more information and schedules, check www.mostra.org.

Movies being screened and directors: Dance Town (댄스 타운), directed by Jeon Kyu-hwan (전규환); The day he arrives (북촌방향), directed by Hong Sang-soo (홍상수); Haunters (초능력자), directed by Kim Min-suk(김민석) – who co-wrote The good, the bad and the weird (좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈) -; and The Yellow Sea (황해), directed by Na Hong-jin (나홍진).


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Hangul paper clips from a design competition

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How great is this idea? I had never paid too much attention to it, but come to think of it, the shape of each letter/symbol in the Korean alphabet suits this type of thing really well.

Go here to see more contestants’ ideas (Hangul ice tray, Hangul furniture… there’s all sorts of interesting stuff).

Hangul Paperclips (2008년 한글 디자인 공모전 수상작 – 2008 Hangul Design Competition Winner) via okitokki.


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Recipe of the day #3: 계란찜 (steamed eggs)

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I found this on Lauren Kilberg’s Facebook page, saved it in my drafts folder and forgot all about it. But since I’ve started playing Pucca’s restaurant, I’ve developed a horrible craving for Korean cuisine and was reminded of a few food-related posts I had saved. 계란찜 (gyeran jjim), one of the many different types of 반찬 (banchan or side dishes) is a casserole of steamed eggs and, well, I don’t even need to tell you how delicious it is, right? Just seeing the ingredients does the trick of leaving me starving!

Oh, the illustration was made by Anna Lee.

(via double takes: Korean Banchan: Steamed Eggs (계란찜))


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Recipe of the day #2: Kimchi

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I think I’ve already mentioned how hard it is to come across Korean markets here in São Paulo. It’s not like it was the easiest thing in the world in London, but I knew a couple really close to where I studied, so dropping by was pretty effortless. Besides, I’d get my 김치 (kimchi) fix from one of the restaurants nearby and there was no need to buy the ready stuff to consume at home. In here, it takes me two buses and one hour at least to get to the nearest store or restaurant. I mean, just thinking of this whole ordeal makes me tired. So I thought, “Why not learn to make this staple of Korean cuisine?” and went online looking for an easy recipe. I found this which is not as easy as I would have liked, but still pretty do-able, I guess (or maybe I’m in a brave mood). Haven’t given it a try yet, because, well, I do have to go to the market to buy 고추장 (gochujang), but I intend to do it this Saturday. Hopefully, it’ll turn out fine enough for me to blog about it. Fingers crossed!

Bap Story: Easy Kimchi (guest chef : Bo’s mom)


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Korea on Instagram

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As much as I love seeing those professional pictures of touristic places from all over the world, I do prefer snapshots of everyday life because I’m always super curious about how people live in faraway places and how they look at their surroundings. That’s why I love Instagram. I mean, where else can one get constant updates from people that are, in some cases, on the other side of the world so easily?

And I do mean on the other side of the world. A few of my favourites instagramers live in Korea and share everyday a piece of their life with everybody. It is truly amazing to see mundane things and aspects of people’s lives portrayed with so much creativity and care.

That’s why I decided to show a few of these pictures in here. They are ordered alphabetically by the usernames and all of ’em have said username pasted on a corner. Also, if you click them, you’ll be redirected to their “official” page online. Enjoy!


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Seoul as seen by A Pair and a Spare

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Geneva of A Pair and a Spare spent a weekend in Seoul and posted a few pictures on her blog. I chose the two below to show in here. Go check the other ones in her blog, will ya?

edit: just in case someone misunderstand… these were NOT taken by me! to view the post where they come from, go here.

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