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Seoul International Students Forum : Group D and its awesome idea

Since 2008, every year Seoul Global Center under umbrella of Seoul Metropolitan government organizes Seoul International Students Forum(SISF) for both foreigner and korean students who are enrolled in universities of Seoul! This give students a chance to commingle, share ideas and have fun all together! The sole purpose of SISF is to nurture hidden talents of students by giving them oppournity to work on policy proposal that should be unique and practical.

Having said that, it is not easy to do such activities specially if there are students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. SISF members came from more than 30 countries across Europe, Asia and America.

 SISF first general assembly meeting [24 June 2011] @ Human Resource Center
All the students were placed in 6 groups (A,B,C,D,E,F). I was placed in Group D (that is later given name Dolphins -:) )  Each group was given a task to come up with a a simple yet implementable policy proposal at the end of two months duration. Along with…

TEDxGangnamSalon event 2011: My first TEDxSalon event in Korea

My first TEDxSalon event was  TEDxGangnamSalon held at Samsung d'light Shop, Gangnam. TEDxSalon event is short version of TEDx event where you can invite  passionate people to experience TEDx environment, share 1-3 TED talks and one speak local speaker, make a theme, and party later on!

I was thrilled to join it because I never experienced a TEDx event (other than Live event in Seoul), though language can be barrier at times! The important thing was to understand the theme and contents of event, rather than just attend!

The event was curated by TEDxGangnam Licensee HongSeok Kim. The invited speaker for the day was "Kim Seon A" a designer who made her Gallery near Yongsan.

김선아 started her talk with saying that may people have Gallery Phobia. She realized that and made her own gallery near Yongsan, Seoul. She mentioned about Twitter Art Festival. I am wondering what really it is!

There were three interesting TED talks shared during the event.  First one was by Eames Demetri…

Daejeon visit: A day away from Seoul and Suwon

Its hard to go out when rain is pouring down cats and dogs! Though Sunday is mostly the free day to visit places outside Seoul (if planned 1 day trip), yet it is tricky as next day is working day! 
It was my first experience to travel via KTx (Suwon to Daejeon Station).  It costs 10,000 - 11,000 KRW from Suwon to Daejon (KTx). and traveling time is 1 hour 10 minutes. It sounds funny that I missed Daejeon station and dropped out at next station :-)  Though I came back via next train for free but it was new experience for me! Adventurous!
  The first impression of Daejeon was good on me, because I saw flag of Pakistan outside Daejeon station among Korean war supporters! The second impression of Daejeon was " It is quiet and serene place"  Yes, indeed!

The first sightseeing in Daejoen was "Daejeon Steam"  It follows through the city and provides a good place for picnic and cycling!

After eating the delicious lunch, I headed for Daejeon Art Museum. The museum was surrou…

Kwanaksan Hike, near Sadang Station, Seoul (관악산 사다역)

It was bright sunny morning on May 5, 2011, a perfect day for climbing mountain! I went for hike with 'Climbing in Korea (CIK)' group! The mountain name was Kwanaksan, near Sadang Station, height 629m.  The CIK organizers called it an "easy hike", though it turns out the other way!
Random Fact# May 5 is a 'children's day' in Korea and a public holiday

Once I reached the first peak, somebody told me "that's it" now we have to climb down. My reply was: This is not fair, I want to climb more! Actually this was a joke and who knows there were yet 6 more peaks to climb!

Around 12.00pm, we stopped for lunch break. My friends Junhwa and Mira joined us at that time. They started to hike late! After having lunch, we resumed our hike. The most interesting part of the hike came up when we have to use 'ropes' for climbing a steep rock! 

 And hike goes on and on....... After some time, I could see the finishing point!

Finally, its time to show you t…