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Christmas Island

Now that November is over, NaNo is done, and I have relaxed enough to return to my regular state of weird, I have begun getting pumped for Christmas and my upcoming vacation to CAMBODIA!

Just from the few things I’ve looked at about Cambodia, I am already super excited and can’t wait!

Yesterday I started looking around and began trying to figure out my plans for the week I am there.  I would appreciate any and all suggestions and recommendations.  This is the first time I’ll be in a warm climate for Christmas and also the first time I’ll be away from family and/or friends that have become my family, so it will be a different experience to say the least.

Before leaving for Cambodia, I plan on getting my fill of cold weather Christmas here in Korea.  Yesterday I started making a Christmas tree for my apartment (which is still a work in progress).  Today while watching Elf,  I may have also made a few whales wearing scarves. It get’s cold in the ocean.


Yeongtong Just Got Better!

Believe it or not, Yeongtong-dong in Suwon has just increased its position on some quality of life scale somewhere in the world. Previously I was frustrated over the never ending subway works right outside my apartment, but the good news is that they have finally been completed! Celebrations are in process.

A somewhat irresponsible photograph of the lay of the land outside the brand-spanking new Cheongmyeong Station!

A somewhat irresponsible photograph of the lay of the land outside the brand-spanking new Cheongmyeong Station!


Old Man Syndrome

On Friday morning at around 6.40, while many were still in bed or still only waking up, I was standing in the delivery room of the maternity hospital in Dongtan where myself and Herself have been frequenting on and off over the past nine months. Staring right in our faces was a tiny, screaming child, whose skin was still blue and covered in quickly drying blood having just being removed from the womb of my beloved wife. I will not lie. I cried at that very moment, but I did my best not to show it.

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Ashley’s Cheesecake

I looove cheesecake! ^^ Here in Korea, my favorite cheesecake is the one from Ashley. My husband likes it, too. In fact, every year on our wedding anniversary, hubby buys cheesecake and wine for our simple celebration at home. It has become an anniversary tradition.


November

I like November and I always have. The month just sits there, almost Christmas but still far enough away to be still kind of normal, and long enough after any summer holidays so any pining is well gone. Even though it can signal the true beginning of winter, a season I don’t shine too, with all the cold rain, wind, the leaves losing their leaves, I still look forward to November every year.

I think it’s one of those reliable months. I know it will be colder because the wind will suddenly pick up a notch and the temperature must drop a few degrees further. Despite this, I can prepare well. November is a great time for dusting out those heavy jackets, wooly jumpers, thick socks, gloves, scarves, and hats in warm, earthy colours of browns, burgundy, and dark greens to keep me cosy.


Konichiwa from Tokyo-Narita

I'm sitting here at the Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan. I'm on my way back to Korea after having had a one week visit back in Oregon. I've plopped down on the ground to charge my phone, which I'm using to write this very blog entry. People are giving me some pretty strange looks-I guess sitting along the wall of a busy walkway isn't conventional around here. But I don't care. In watching the passing people in return.

Passing me now is a campus couple. A campus couple in Korea is a couple wearing the same thing- the same sweatshirt, same hat or sometime even the same shoes. I guess they have campus couples in Japan too! Or maybe they are also headed back to Korea.

Stewardesses pass, either having just arrived off a flight or heading toward one that is departing. If they work for an Asian airline, you would never know the difference because of their high level of professionalism.

A goodbye note

 

In Translation:

Adam and I wanted to thank you for being so friendly to us during our stay here in Korea.It is always hard to live away from your family, but every time we see you, you smile and make us feel welcome.

Unfortunately, we have a family emergency and must return home to America. Nicole’s Mom is sick and we want to be closer to her. We appreciate your kindness more than you will ever know. We wish you great happiness in your future.

-Best

Adam, Nicole, Eunee and Baby

 

Adam and I had to leave a little not behind for all the wonderful people we met who made our stay here so special. We gave them all plants and our letter.

 

 


Pulmuone’s King-sized Dumplings

A few week’s ago, I tried to cook 떡국 (tteokguk: rice cake soup), but since we had a pack of 왕만두 (wang mandu: king-sized dumpling), which we bought from Homeplus, I decided to make 떡만두국 (tteok


Naengmyeon: Cold Noodles


Today,

on my bike ride home from work it was just one of those moments where I turn down the street and everything looks perfect.  The sky was blue, the sun was coming out behind a mountain and I was happily gliding down one of the rare wide tree covered avenues of Busan.  I couldn't ask for more, except maybe less humidity.

Even with the humidity, it really is a beautiful way to end the work day.

From Busan with Love,

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