Sunday, 16 October 2011

봉숭아 nail dye

Bongsunga (봉숭아), or Garden Balsam, is a plant used traditionally in Korea to dye fingernails, in a similar way to henna. I see a lot of children and young women with this reddish-orange nail dye around the end of summer every year, although I had no idea what it was until someone told me! Last summer I dyed my own nails with the help of my lovely friend's grandma, using fresh flowers picked from her garden in the Korean countryside, but this year I bought a packet of prepared powder from Daiso and did it that way.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Botany Lesson

Here are some plants you can commonly see in Korea, with their English and Korean names. I took all of these photos in various locations around Korea.



Wednesday, 12 October 2011


영국은 한 나라가 아닌 4개국으로 구성되어 있다. U.K.는 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland의 약어이다. Great Britain은 영국제도에서 가장 큰 섬이고 England, Scotland, Wales로 이루어져 있다. 영국제도에서 두 번째로 큰 섬은 Ireland이다. 그러나, 그섬의 일부분만 U.K.에 속한다. Northern Ireland라고 불린다. 그래서 England, Scotland, Wales, 그리고 Northern Ireland는 U.K.의 4개국이다. 그러나 아일랜드 (Republic of Ireland)은 영국의 국가 아니다.