Okay, so it's just an exaggeration. I'm not divorced at the age of 24.lol
Blue left for China this morning for some work that his company asked him to do and he won't be back till Sunday (the first ever since we got married!) Well, I should be kinda happy I have some time alone and I don't need to worry about cooking and stuff cause I can eat anything I want. But the thing is, I'm feeling really terrible. My nose is clogged. My head feels heavy. My throat is itchy. My body feels kinda sore and I'm feverish (wait a sec... does it sound like swine flu?!! gosh, hope it's not!lol) Actually, it was Blue who got sick first and then I got sick, too... a day before his trip! Great! I begged him not to go but it was just all drama!lol cause I know it's impossible!
Jagiya, please come home soon!:(
"Gamjatang" is a spicy pork bone stew. The word “gamja” means potato and “tang” means stew. Its rich broth is made from boiled pork backbone. This stew generally has assorted vegetables such as cabbage, mushrooms, parsley, green onions and bean sprouts and seasoned with garlic and red chili pepper. This dish is known to be rich in proteins, calcium and Vitamin B1 (from the pork bones) and is believed to prevent snoring as well as aging.
I was just wondering, though. It's called "gamjatang" but I only saw a chunk of potato in it. How come?!lol
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Ate Wendy (ate rin?!lol) - Her blog is not only very informative but intellectually stimulating as well:) I also love reading her posts about her Little Dynamo :) Plus, she accepted my invite in Multiply (though we barely know each other!) Thanks po!
Cher- How she presents info about Korea is so engaging that you will be left craving for more:) I also love seeing her baby Zach's pictures... soooooooo adorable:)
Emma- I so love her writing style. Witty, at times mushy (a lot of her posts shout "every girl's sentiment!"... well, at least in my opinion) and she has her way of making her posts come to life which makes you look forward to what she's gonna write about next.
Asian Conqueror- Nakakatanggal ng stress ang kanyang mga posts!lol and I was so na-lurkei with his reply when I wrote a comment in his blog once!:)
Thanks guys! Reading your posts made being an expat here in Korea less hard for me (and quite fun,too!) especially when I was having plenty of emo moments when I first arrived here:)
oh,and I want to add Mitch, a dear friend for more than a decade (we're so not getting young anymore!!) it's just so nice to stay updated to what's happening to her (but I hate it when I drool over the food pics she keeps on posting!lol)
Keep on writing people! I'm one your avid readers:)
Okay, so this is not about Girls' Generation.lol It's about the laser show we saw last Saturday in Cheonggyecheon in the upstream area of Gwanggyo near Jonggak Station.
It was actually Digital Canvas, a type af art using lasers and fog fountains, created by a renowned French artist Laurent Francois. I thought the show would run for like 30 minutes nonstop, rest for a while then resume afterwards. But no! The show was only for 8 minutes every 30 minutes from 8-10pm. Por dat, hinintay talaga namin:)
The soooooper amateur video below was only a clip of the first part of the show:) The latter part was much nicer:)
The show will run until January next year. It will start however from 6pm and end at 8pm from October.
The Philippine Embassy in Seoul, with the help of different organizations, brought some of the most popular festivals in the Philippines to South Korea as part of the celebration of the 14th Filipino Migrant Workers Day, 111th Philippine Independence Day and the 60th Year of the Philippines-Korea Bilateral Relations.
It was held in Banpo Park.
This was the really nice fountain which could be seen from the venue of the festivity.Pilipinas. It was quite a performance (kahit mejo parang nalurkei na sila sa bandang huli!lol) And I thought it would just work in dark places!:)
ATI-ATIHAN. From Kalibo, Aklan.
Seo Won was the first national authorized private high school institute. It was so neat and the environment was so relaxing (too much sun was still burning my skin, though because it was around 12:30 in the afternoon!)
This used to be the students' dormitory.
And this was a diorama of their classroom set-up (they all looked serious!lol)
And this was where they kept their books.
I didn't take more pictures because most of the structures looked similar to me. It was nice to see this kind of place though:)
We left for Buseoksa Temple afterwards.
Now, I have come to see several temples already and I was not actually very fond of them. However, what I appreciate more is the scenery around the structure. Many temples are located on the mountain and the view could really be breathtaking.
This was what welcomed us right after we got off the bus:)
Apple trees we saw on our way up to the mountain.
See how the couple in front of us alternately carried their son?! That's how tiring our hike was!
Asul freshening up:) The water's really cool!
On our way down...
It was around 3:00 pm when we left Yeongju and we were finally back in Seoul around 7:00 pm.
I just wish the weather wasn't deadly hot. It definitely made the trip less enjoyable. And I also wish I was good at Korean. Our guide spoke in Korean and I got tired asking Asul for translation(he probably got fed up answering my questions,too!) And also, I felt so bad knowing that most of the foreign spouses I met were way much better in speaking the language to think that some of them studied only on their own (and I have two classes! kumusta naman?!) anyways...
Over all, it was definitely an amazing trip (what's more amazing than being able to go on a trip for free?!lol) And learning and seeing more of Korea makes me appreciate this country more. Hope URI gets in touch with us again next year!lol :)
I have bowed in front of my mother-in-law several times and the rest of the family once but I had no idea whether I was doing the right thing or not. And Asul didn't bother checking me anyway. The thing I knew though is that we bow only once in front of people who are alive and two and a half for dead people.
I remember Dae Jang Geum's first few epsiodes where young girls were being taught how to bow. I finally was able to learn it, too!
We were first taught how to put on "ye beok" or Korean men's school uniform before.
Asul and me in our ye-beok:)
Asul was definitely the cutest!haha
Presenting... the graduates?!LOL These were the Koreans and foreign spouses who joined the camp. No kids were around because the staffs found a way to keep them busy (to avoid disturbing their parents!:)
At last! After a long hot day, we were finally done with the day's itinerary. And so we went to Seon bi Munhwa Su ryeon won (Seon bi means gentleman:) where we spent the night. It was located in Yeongju near Andong in North Gyeongsang province. It was like a very small village with traditional korean houses they call "Haneok". Asul told me that it was originally for people who would like to meditate or go on a retreat.
This is the entrance. And you can see ASul somewhere there in the middle!:)
Everyone's wondering where their rooms were. Bangenge na ko nito.
They looked so nice... felt like I was Dae Jang Geum!lol:)
And this was where we slept! Complete with a fan, an aircon, pillows and warm blankets, errr.... fire extinguisher?! (masyado silang prepared!lol) and complimentary bottles of water (o, di va?!) The only problem was we had roommates in this tiny room... you know, bugs, mosquito and any tiny crawling and flying elements! It was understandable because the place was literally in the middle of nowhere with mountains and stuffs all around. Good thing the room had screen plus they provided insecticide. It was a really a unique experience.
This was taken the next day early in the morning:) hmmm.... fresh na fresh,lol
The villagers before performed this drama to please their local goddess and exorcise evil spirits. It was also their way of praying for abundant harvest, peace and prosperity.
The characters in the drama also represent social classes which were satirized to relieve the social tension among the families in the village.
The young lady dancing on the shoulder represents the local goddess. She was asking the people to make offerings for their blessings and wealth.
They were the male and female Juji (lion) dancing and playfully fighting.
And they were the ones giving some groove to the drama,lol. They provide the sound effect kumbaga!lol with traditional Korean instruments.
I love this character! Her "grandmother dance" was so funny!lol (What's a grandmother dance anyway? Actually, i just made it up. I guess it's the way I've seen a grandmother dances!lol) Anyway, she portrays a granny who became a widow three days after her wedding at the age of 14! And that's a hand loom with her. This act showed the conflict among social classes and the pain of life for common people.
And she was the treasurer i guess?lol
The man was a wandering monk who got attracted to a young lady. He caught her peeing and even smelled her pee when she was gone... seriously!lol This act criticized the corruption in religion of their time.
These three represented the scholar, the fool and the busybody.
This was the most interesting part: seeing the "Man in the WOODEN Mask"! lol There was only one woman in the cast. Most parts were portrayed by men.