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Face in Korean Space

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The term ‘face’ and the face itself play a vital role in Korean Culture and in Language Behavior. Koreans believe that everything concerning one’s birth, degree of education, sophistication and fate is related to face  There are many Korean expressions using word ‘face’ , for instance : ‘My face is wrinkled’ means I am ashamed, ‘his face is wide’ means he has many influential friends or ‘one has no face to see’ means he/she is very sorry for what has happened. Not only that, face-reading is also one of the most frequently practiced as fortune-telling devices. Face-readers are hired by some of the Korea’s leading businesses to help them select from among job-applicantss. Face-readers can present during job interviews of college graduates in some of the nation’s leading companies (Kun-Ok Kim, Chung-Ang University, 1993).

Having read this article, I can now understand how important the appearance to Korean people. Since culturally, face is an important body part, it is no surprise how some…

Beaches in Geoje (Review)

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Lucky for us living in Geoje Island, surrounded by clean water and beautiful coastline. Summer is best time to explore beaches we have around, here are some of them (just in case you haven’t been there!)  Gujora Beach
Location : South, Ilun-Myun Divided into beach area and harbor area. Here is the biggest sand beach in the island. It has soft sand, shallow sea bottom and mild water temperature. Best spot for open water  swimming. Harbor area has some Korean seafood restaurant to choose from and boat cruise to Naedo, Oedo and Hageumgang.  Plus : wide and longest sandy beach. Clean water, not too much seaweed. Water activities available on summer (at a cost) and good site for kayaking too.  Minus : no snack bar or cafe in the beach area. Only occasionally a coffee vendor in minivan available at parking lot. 


Wahyeon Beach

Location : South, Ilun-Myun Smaller beach than Gujora but as popular among Korean during holidays. Boat cruise to Hageumgang and Oedo Island also available. Try flying fish an…

Datang dan Pulang

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Menjadi Pendatang sampai kapanpun tetaplah tamu. Bukan penduduk asli. Versi ringan dari penjajah mungkin, dari sudut pandang sebagian warga setempat.  


Pendatang menambah ramai, menambah populasi, menambah hal yang harus dipikirkan dewan kota dan masyarakat setempat, menambah kerjaan! Fakta bahwa pendatang membantu geliat ekonomi menjadi lebih baik, memberi cakrawala baru yang mungkin membantu perbaikan masyarakat terkadang luput dari perhatian, apalagi jika tempat tersebut merasa mandiri selama ini dan baik-baik saja. Sebab perubahan yang dibawa pendatang seringnya bukan perubahan instan. Dan juga tidak selalu baik. Dan manusia lebih mudah mengingat yang buruk dibanding yang baik…. 
Kalau Anda pikir menjadi expatriat berarti selalu mendapatkan layanan VIP seperti bule-bule di Indonesia yang mendapat perlakuan khusus (bahkan hingga hari ini), Anda harus pikirkan kembali. Istilah expatriat, foreigner bahkan alien sudah sempat melekat pada kami. Dan semua hanya  bermaksud satu hal : kam…