Thailand Travel (post coup)

15 Jun

I’ve gone ahead and book my week at the Elephant Nature park in Chiang Mai. This will all be taking place post coup so I’m a little nervous to say the least. BUUUUT Im not at the same time- call me a sheep but Ive been reading a few news articles, embassy blogs and general travel articles and other than the American site no one seems to be too fussed. The basic word is
-dont take selfies with guys with guns
-dont be a jackass
-dont join in support groups

BASICALLY MIND YOUR P’s and Q’s

And thats my plan^^

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Birthdays in Korea

9 Jun

Another Saturday spent at the church of eternal baby worship. In Korea a baby’s dol is one of two major birthdays in their or any Koreans life. The second being their 60th birthday.Both birthdays are big deals because 1. Korea had a very high infant mortality rate and likewise many older people didn’t live past 60. All the other birthdays are greeted with limited fanfare if any. Don’t even get me started on the Lunar vs Solar (the day you actually came out of your mom) birthday. Lets put it this way. My fiancée’s solar b-day is April 1st so I sent his mom a picture of  him having a good time eating sushi to let her know I was “taking care of her precious son” (that’s a whole other post). And yes naturally she was very happy and I got an appreciative text back how ever she didn’t know what the special occasion was. Then a few weeks later his mom asked if we were doing anything special and because it was his *birthday* (lunar). A lot of Koreans especially the ones 30 or above only celebrate their lunar birthdays. i had friends I’ve said happy birthday to on Facebook be like – meh it’s not my real birthday. So confusing! But hey ho! 🙂

This was my second dol celebration and a very classy one at that! My first was for a co-workers baby and it was more an at home summer barbecue which was still awesome. My second was more on par with the traditional Korean wedding hall wedding. There were 3 other celebrations going on is the surround rooms all in varying shades of pastel. The buffet was pretty killer too ^^. My favorite was the light show music timed slide show. Very cute hahhaa. Like most holidays people bring money but for dols you usually bring a small gold ring. But if you do bring money it’s usually an odd multiple of ten (50 or over at least). Don’t forget the bills need to be PRISTINE and in a NICE wrinkle free envelope.

60th birthday can be done the same way fancy or casual. Ive see old women dressed up in their most shimmery hanbok dolled up to the nines, sometimes there are family trips or just a fancy meal with close family.

My fiancée and his brother paid for a family trip to to Jeju for their fathers 60th. His mother’s birthday will be coming up soon and she’s decided she wants a week in the mountains away from everyone hahaha smart woman. I’m still not sure what to get her~ probably a handbag (ga-bang/new vocabulary word of the day hahaha).

Below are some pictures of a fancy dol and a casual 60th birthday party(don’t be fooled that seafood was like $300 – it was sprinkled with gold after all o_O

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the baby “dol” rings are in the back row of the first. My fiancee says the idea is that as the child gets older he/she can use the ring as money if they need it. None of these rings were especially cute. But I have seen Hello Kitty and Porroro ones on occasion ^^

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The picture above is your typical dol gift. There is always almost something to eat -duk. But also a cute present like this towel, bit Ive also recieved umbrellas.

  Below is the typical casual 60th birthday celebration.

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a cog

28 Nov

More often than not I feel I am a cog in this highly dysfuntional educational system. I feel disguisted with my self~ I sold out just to pay off some debts.  I enjoy traveling but I feel guilty because I am doing absolutley nothing to help my own country. I should be building up the economy- volunteering or creating something to help others. If I cant create then I need to be a part of something good. f A company that does more than just recycle. I know I cant be totally idealistic- I need something big enough to provide insurance and a little job security but it would be nice if it . Is it really that hard to make money but also benefit your surroundings? Sure I loving traveling but in all honesty I think I would just be happy just working at a panera bread or a whole foods~ hell a goat farm in Tazmania or a bakery in France… I want to help  those around me and not feel like such a slug

Afternoon Tea Seoul Style

14 Sep

Afew months a ago I was invited out to the Lotte Hotel in Eujiro -il(1)-ga. The station in on the green line that runs around Seoul. If you head out of exit 8 you can’t miss it. The afternoon tea is served on the lounge and runs about 42000₩ for the set with a pot of tea (Darjeeling, Mint, Earl Grey or Assam Bari). Realistically you should only need one food tower per person- on our second visit we were actually reminded what a large amount of food we were ordering and asked if you wanted to share- which we all promptly declined =) Below are some pictures of what your typical “Afternoon Tea” will consist of.

There are also High Teas at the Park Hyatt in Busan and the Shilla Hotel. The Park Hyatt in Seoul also has one but it is more profitteroles than finger sandwiches.

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top tier: jelly, chocolate mouse, lemon tardette and strawberry with green tea mousse?

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middle tier: scones and chocolates

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bottom tier: roast beef, crab and  salmon finger sandwiches

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everything is served with fresh cream and strawberry jam ^^

MUSTOY FUN!!!

13 Sep

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Tokyo

12 Sep

My 4 nights 3 days in Tokyo were great. There were quite a few more  tourist than Korea but we’re kind of land locked over here anyways.

Making my way from the airport to my hotel in Ryogoku was a breeze. I just hoped the JR line and an hour and a half later I was there and I only had to make one stop ^^! Another great thing about The JR line is it has these handy tourist tickets for 1700. The map is here>>>> . I tImage

 

Here are just a few pictures from the trip, the rest on the facebook page.
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Korean Cooking: Korean Rolled Omelette

10 Aug

This is by far the easiest Korean dish to make. Its just like a waygookin omellet except its rolled and has seaweed inside.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

These can vary just like with any other omelets but Korean omelets there is usually some carrots and kim (seaweed).

IMG_2437Me being the weirdo I am I decided to use red onions, carrots, green onions, and some pizza cheese. The key to the Korean omelette is to make it very very thin but still not burn it and have it cooked throughly. I had about 4 burnt juicy omelette before I got it right. Also keep the pan lightly greased. I’ll let the rest of the pictures do the talking.

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