Friday, March 19, 2010

Are you smarter than these 4th graders?

While studying on comparatives and superlatives.

Teacher: No. 3. 'Smart'. Do you know what 'smart' means?

Matthew: Yes, of course. I'm smart.

Grace: Teacher, I'm smarter.

Teacher: Dave, do you know the meaning of smart?

Dave: Yes, Smart Phone.

Boinkz. Toinkz.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Philippine Embassy launches essay contest

The Philippine Embassy to Korea tweeted last Feb 25 that they would conduct an essay writing contest for Korean students and Filipinos in Korea. There are two categories;

1. Category A - for Korean students under the theme “The Philippines in the Korean War
2. Category B - for Filipinos living in Daehan-minkuk to discuss “Finding Jose Rizal in South Korea: A Migrant’s Perspective

The essay should have 1000 to 1500 words and written in English for Category A and English or Filipino for Category B. Deadline for submission is on March 26, 2010 at 5 pm (yes most definitely Korean time!) Essays must be emailed to seoulpe (at) The top entry will receive the Medal of Academic Excellence from the Office of the Philippine President, a plaque and cash award. Runners-up will also receive plaques. The winning entries will also be published in both Philippine and Korean publications.

The essay writing contest is sponsored by the Philippine Embassy to Korea in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Seoul Global Center, and the Philippine Resource Persons Group.

For more details, check out the website of the Philippine Embassy. You can also read it on Korea Times and Korea Herald.

You can also follow the Philippine Embassy on Twitter. While you're at it, might as well follow mine. That's

Monday, March 8, 2010

I Heart Eggs

I heart eggs. Be it sunny-side up, over easy, boiled, fried, poached, baked, scrambled with tomatoes or even with tortured eggplants (that’s tortang talong for you). But one thing I really enjoy making is gyeran mari or Korean egg rolls (or rolled omelet). I thought it would be really difficult to make. Turns out it is very simple. All you need is a fry pan, some cooking oil and eggs. You can also mix it with pieces of ham or sausages, carrots, spinach and other vegetables.
Last month, I joined Aeri's cookbook contest. I didn't win but I was still happy to see my entry on her youtube video. The task was to make heart-shaped gyeran mari which she featured on Valentine's day. If you want to learn how to make them, check out her video and her blog.