It's my third christmas here and this is the first time that I wasn't able to prepare anything for our noche buena:( I got home from work 9:30pm and I was sooo tired that I didn't feel like cooking anymore. LUCKILY, and to my surprise, Asul (who, i must admit, is "learning" pretty fast *wink*) bought this adorable Christmas cake from Paris Baguette.
I've long been finding some 'excuse' to buy this kind of cake since I saw the one Cher gave Jehan for her baby shower.hehe (nainggit?lol) It's pretty expensive you know. Not the type that you can buy cos of whim.kkk But NOW it turned out, i don't need any excuse anymore:) The downside though is that I found it hard to actually eat it cos I was only like staring at it the whole time.Heh! And Asul and I were like arguing who's gonna dig in first cos neither of us wanted to!LOL
And before midnight, I called my family back home and I was sooooo envious they were having such a great time and I wondered when I'd be with them on this holiday. *sniff*
But then, a post from FB reminded me something. It's not MY birthday. It's Jesus Christ's special day. And though it's important for families to be together, the true essence of CHRISTmas is Jesus Christ...the realization of God's promise to us. and HE should be the center of today's celebration ^^
And so! Happy CHRISTmas everyone!
I asked him about it cos, now, I can actually relate to it... kkk Having such a poor vision myself. But it's not THAT terrible (or that's what I'm just telling myself:) I can still go through my routine without glasses (though with difficulty cos I keep on squinting every now and then.)
I got my first prescription two years ago but being the stubborn me, I refused to wear the glasses cos I found them bothersome. So, I just put them on when I feel like using them. (pasaway!) And using contact lenses is out of the question. (I just can't... though I find choosing the ones with nice colors so tempting.kk) And So! last month, when I had an eye check up again, I was told that my vision got even worse especially in my right eye. tsk tsk tsk My lenses had to be changed and I was advised to use my glasses ALL of the TIME. NOOOoooooooo. :(
Wouldn't it be nice if, through LASEK or LASIK, I don't have to wear glasses anymore? But the thing is (1) We definitely have NO budget for that! and (2) I'm a scaredy cat! What if something went wrong? Though I've heard how safe it is (two of my co-workers had it... and some relatives of a Korean teacher, too... and they are all okay:) I still can't bear the thought of someone or something "poking" into my eyes.lol
Would you have it? I think I'd stick to my glasses :)
Last Sunday, I saw a little girl, probably a 4-year-old, hugging a humongous box of peppero on my way to the supermarket. I casually told Asul about it when I got back home and reminded him NOT to give me any peppero anymore cos it's only for kids. (what am I? a 4-year-old?.......-ish?)haha LOL but of course, anybody can have peppero! It was just my way of saying that Peppero day is coming and that he should feel free to give me any treats *wink*
However, I was still surprised when he handed me the exact same gigantic box of peppero when I got home Tuesday night! (like there's gonna be a peppero shortage or something so we have to stock up)lol
How I wish the chocolate coated cookie sticks inside were like baguette in size!lol Instead, inside the box were 36 regular-sized boxes of three different kinds of peppero... almond, chocolate-filled and original peppero:)
Happy peppero day! :)
... it's Saturday again and I can't even remember what happened this week! But believe me, it was chaotic! We had Halloween Party, Thursday and Friday at the hagwon and the only things stuck to my mind were me being a witch and the zombies. But that's another story :)
... it's almost November and I'm close to having a big ZERO under the October post.
... it's gonna be Christmas again in like.. two minutes? (i mean, seriously. where's all the time going?) and I'm wondering when I will be spending it again with my family back home. *sniff*
... it's been more than two years and my Korean is still bad as ever. (All that probably improved was the number of k-dramas and programs I've watched and the k-pop artists I know.kk)
... it's been more than two years but Little Park still seems very distant :C *sigh*
Time Check. Asul's not home yet and my eyes are drooping and I could be sleeping any moment. Hmmm... shall I change the security lock number before I sleep so he won't be able to get in? (naku, tulog-mantika pa naman ako! lol) Just a thought. haha :)
The song in the video below is Lee Seung Gi's "Losing my Mind", ost of SBS's My Girlfriend is a Gumiho shown every Wednesday and Thursday. I would've posted Lee Sun Hee's "Fox Rain" (which is my phone's current ringtone,hehe) but I can't find a nice video. Anyway...
I freakin' love this show! If cuteness and sweetness overload were deadly, Asul's probably a widow by now.haha I may be kinda childish, but what the heck, i'm 14! lol
Trivia: MGIG's writers, the Hong sisters, are also the ones behind You're Beautiful (2009) which I've watched a couple of times (errr... make that 3 times, but hey! that's including the time when it was still being aired :)
Okay, now i'm officially teenager again :)
It was a sort of bribe from hubby cos we didn't get to go ANYWHERE this summer. And besides, we'd been planning to buy a new phone for quite sometime. Okay, now im being defensive. The thing is, it was pretty expensive and I feel guilty about that. And it's by far the most high tech phone i've ever owned (can you blame me??? I didn't even experience a camera phone back home). So... justified? lol Anyway, i'm so enjoying it now... and asul? Well, when i saw him the moment I woke up Sunday morning, he was already tinkering the applications he downloaded the day before.haha (wow, my intro's quite long! the title should've been "kal guksu and cell phone" lol)
We headed to the "Kal Gugsu" restaurant afterwards.
"Kal" means knife and "guksu" is noodles. So literally, it's knife-noodles. :) It actually consists of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served with broth and other ingredients (do I sound like cookbook now?) lol
This is "bori bap" or barley rice which was served first. I don't normally like boiled rice with other stuff but this one's really good. You can put "gochujang" or red pepper paste in it if you want it a bit spicy.
And this is my favorite "jeon" in the whole wide world! It's "haemul jeon" or seafood pancake. It costs 8000KRW. The right side's a bit weird cos asul and I accidentally poked our chopsticks on the same part, ready to devour this thing. And that's when I gasped, "Wait! I need some documentation! LOL
Corny? I know!haha I'm sorry I just don't know how to start off this post :)
It was last weekend when we went to Sindang-dong to get my phone (I left it in my friend's car when I visited her family. Luckily, she was working on a Saturday somewhere in Sindang, so Asul and I decided to go to her place to pick it up.) It was like an hour away from our house.
Apparently, there's also a famous area here called "Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town" which is, obviously, known for "tteokbokki" or hot and spicy rice cake. So we agreed to have lunch there before heading to my friend's place.
We took subway line 6. You'd see this kind of map in all of the subway stations so you won't be wondering where on earth you are. If you're like me... with no sense of direction, trust me. It'd be useful:)
A lot of the subway stations are quite big and they have several exit gates. If you're planning to go to this tteokbokki town, you'd have to get out of exit 8.
We just walked straight a bit when we got out of the station. Turned left and walked some more. We didn't see the area right away and I was kinda panicking cos all I saw were restaurants for "tang", "guk" (which are basically soup!) and others.
"Where's tteokbokki?!" I asked Asul. And before I started nagging him again, this entrance arc came into sight. And he gave me a look as if saying "See?!"
The first restaurant we saw on the left was the original tteokbokki shop according to Asul. But it was full! And there's a queue of people waiting for empty tables. So we settled into "I Heart Sindang-dong" (It's supposed to be literally a heart shape but I don't know how to make one, pano ba?:)
Anyway, here's the menu. Gosh, it still gives me headache just to see korean text. So I just feasted my eyes on the pictures and asked Asul instead:) We ordered the one on top. It costs 10,000KRW for two. And you may have additional stuff like fish cake, ham etc. We requested for cheese tteok or cheese rice cake and we paid 3,000KRW for that.
Here's the Sindang-dong Tteokbokki the moment it was served.
And this is to show how big the serving was compared to Asul's tummy (would you believe he tried to go on a diet cos he got so conscious about his "big" stomach!? ooopps, THAT was supposed to be a secret *wink* :)
And here it is after a while:) It was bloody red (-ish.. more like orange:) but it was not as spicy as I expected it to be. Or my spicy food tolerance has just dramatically improved? It was pretty good, though. A bit sweet,too.
okay. okay. i'm definitely NOT a baby. but I certainly cry. A LOT, i guess. (and not in a cute way,lol... in a messy sort of way:)
anyway, sorry, i just HAD to post this cos i don't want to talk to myself. My clock says 10:05 and I've just arrived home.
You see, I was on the bus home and it stopped in one of the bus stops. And there was this really tall man with a backpack jogging a bit to catch up with my bus. It was funny cos he reminded me of my father. Just a bit chubbier. The driver was probably having second thoughts if he was gonna ride or not cos the bus was like going and stopping and going and stopping.. if you know what I mean. Eventually, the man was able to get on and I realized the only empty seat was the one beside me (which he surprisingly occupied). And the thing was, the moment he sat down, tears welled up my eyes (now you'd think i'm a psycho!kkk but believe me it's kinda normal. lol ask my close friends:) I just couldn't help it. And so I had to cover my face with my hair as if I was Sadako or something so people won't think i'm insane. stupid tears.
It's just that I suddenly remembered the time when my dad would send me and my mom off in a bus terminal in Manila to go to our hometown. Cos we used to visit him in his workplace somewhere in the city. I was little then (when I so hated riding the bus cos I got so dizzy and threw up all the way home... ok, you don't need to know that) We would wave at each other when the bus was about to drive off and he would sort of walk with the bus to get a glimpse of me and my mom.
bottom line. i just miss my dad. I miss his tall figure and how he would tease me when I tried to fix myself like a lady when I was young. And i feel sad knowing i don't have the chance to see him anymore. I want to believe he can see me, though. and i hope he's taking care of me,too.
it's his birthday this month, by the way. So, i guess this would just be my "happy-birthday-Dad post" :)
So, it seemed like I didn't do anything but eat last weekend. On Saturday, we treated my niece and nephew for dinner with Naeng-myun (cold noodles), which Koreans like to eat in the midst of the summer heat. And on Sunday, Asul and I had a lunch date in Heuk-don-ka (흑돈가), a newly opened restaurant near our apartment.
The restaurant's specialty is heuk-doeji gogi or Jeju black-pig pork which is a famous dish in Jeju Island.
Trivia: Heuk-doeji was also called "ddong doeji" or "dung pig" cos long time ago, people in the island used to raise pigs in a pigpen near their toilet! (now, you've probably lost your appetite,lol erase.. erase.. erase:)
Anyway! So here's a picture taken as we were walking to the restaurant.. I so love our neighborhood! There are lots of places to dine in and it's very convenient. I'm afraid we'd be leaving this place in a few months though... but that's another story :)
And here's Heuk-don-ka! Two floors are for dining in. Pretty big,huh?! A restaurant called Ocean Star used to occupy this place and we had never tried it... even once. I just used to stare at it longingly whenever I passed by.lol
It was around 2pm when we got in and there were just a few customers. The place was surprisingly jam packed though when we left (i didn't even notice people were coming in... i was so engrossed with eating.. lol
We were on table 2! Big restaurants usually have this buzzer, bell, whatever, for when the customers need anything *easy peasy* :)
Love this "mul kimchi" or water kimchi! And they especially added ice since it was so hot outside.
and this is heuk-doeji gogi! Now, THIS. Was. Yummy! I've had this when we were in Jeju Island but it was still like the first time for me. A chunk which was a bit longer than the one you can see on the left costs 14,000KRW. It was juicy and tasty. So glad I don't have hypertension or something (yet!) Gosh, I love being young. :) haha I probably ate more than Asul did.
I've heard this song from a cf on tv and it had been stuck in my mind again for awhile. (I notice I'm sooo prone to lss these days. I swear I was singing a line from Yeng Constantino's "Hawak Kamay" over and over two days ago!)
Anyway, I just posted this video since (1) The song Smile Boy, made by KB Banking Group and sung by Lee Seung Gi and Kim Yuna, is one of the songs expressing support to the Korean Team in the ongoing FIFA 2010 World Cup... which the koreans are uber crazy about! (2) Lee Seung Gi, singer, and Kim Yuna figure skater look cute in this video (3) Lee Seung Gi's smile just melts me into jelly (dontchathinkso?!) kkk
Oh, the Korean team will be playing Uruguay tonight, and guess what? We'll be watching it in Lotte Cinema (which i've never ever done back home just to watch Manny Pacquiao's match)!lol I can't believe we'd actually be paying 10,000 won for a ticket! I told Asul I wanted to go to Seoul Plaza to have the ultimate cheering exprience but he said it'd be hard to go home since it'd be midnight and we don't have a car. AND he doesn't like anywhere too crowded! hmmp! killjoy. haha
ANYWAY! DaeHanMinguk fighting! :)
Have I mentioned she's an artist? When I first saw her apartment, most of their furniture have her touch. And they're beautiful! Asul was so urging me to be her sister's apprentice (since she's an expert at painting AND she's done things like sewing, quilt making, dyeing clothes..) You know, like, she could be like Yoda to me or something.lol Cos he's always had this vision that in the future, I'll be the one making all the stuffs at home. Mind you, he is sooo into that idea. Well, good luck with that!haha :)
So! Back to the table. It wasn't painted yet when we were living together with SIl and her hubby. But she promised to give it to me when she's done with it (I bet she just squeezed it in her busy schedule) I tried NOT to get excited when I saw the pink table they were taking out of the trunk of the car. So I said, "Aww, Hyung nim! (which is the way we call an older sil) You didn't have to bring it all the way from your apartment." (but i said it in all honesty... which is true! promise!kkk) And I said thank you and it's so "yeppeuda" (pretty).
Here it is... Asul can't help laughing when I immediately placed my laptop on the table (I told him, it's only for MY laptop and sorry his ancient one can't be on it.lol) For about thirty minutes or so, I sat in front of the table trying to feel the good vibes of it or something. Btw, the whole "everything pink" theme wasn't planned. I just noticed it when I was about to take a picture:)
And speaking of paintings, this one was, ehem... made by yours truly.haha I got to attend folk art class with SIL's teacher when I was still bumming a few months ago. It was only a once a week class and I didn't expect I'd get a job sooner so I wasn't able to make more stuffs. Gosh, it was so hard to make the two flowers identical. And I suck at mixing the colors. AND the leaves look like mangoes (or worse, tamarind!) To think that I spent a lot of time practicing the brush strokes on a paper.lol
I was soooo pissed off at Asul today (on a Sunday! Lord, pls forgive me). Let's just leave out the "why" question, shall we? Cos you'd probably side with Asul if I told you.lol And the thing is when I'm depressed or something, I have this habit of cleaning and fixing stuff at home.
I have probably turned the house upside down today. I started off in the bathroom. After that, I vacuumed and mopped the floor from the living room to the bedroom. Next, I scrubbed the tiles in the veranda. And then as if it's not enough, I headed to the kitchen sink and scrubbed it as well. I had the clothes spinning in the washing machine,too while I was doing all these chores. By the time I was almost done, the frown on my face was gone and I felt its muscles have also relaxed. That's when I thought, "NOW I'm feeling better." I turned around and saw the refrigerator as if it was saying "How about me?" and I thought "I'm back to my old self, I'd just deal with you next time, ok?!lols"
For the record, I'm not used to doing this much on a weekend!haha It's far different from how I imagine a weekend should be. But hey, it's not that bad. If not for me being pissed off, I wouldn't be this productive:)
We just had dinner by the way! and Asul rewarded me with sam gyup sal! :)
And so on "Children's" day, we went to Ttukseom Resort which is along Han Gang or Han River for a picnic! The place was uber crowded as expected but it wasn't that hard to find a spot to spread our mat cos there's plenty of room (kahit mag-cart wheel ka pa!kk)
Here's the view of the place from the subway station...
It's been awhile since the last time we were here and so I was surprised to see this huge pipe just as we got out of the station...
The tunnel was full of exhibits and stuffs specifically about Han River. But the one below was for Hangeul or korean alphabet. It's a landscape installation showing Hangeul in 9 different fonts.
And hey, this is us! Taken in front of the huge installation above. We were trying to make a heart shape using our arms (the korean way..haha) but it looked more like a b*tt. So we just settled with our cutie cutesy pose. lol
The first time I attended this kind of party was that of my korean friend's baby, which was in an Italian restaurant somewhere in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. This time, it was in a banquet hall in Gyeonggi-do. And like in any other birthday parties, it was attended by relatives and friends. What made it quite different though was that my friend, her hubby and baby were all wearing "hanbok" or Korean traditional clothes! (but it's not like that all the time... people choose whatever they want to wear:)
The place was decorated with white and blue for the birthday boy. There were fruits and 'dol tteok' (돌 떡) or rice cake on the table at one end of the banquet hall~ the family stood here during the short program after the guests had all eaten~
Can i just say that my friend is one of the most artistic people I know?hehe She made most of the stuffs here especially for her baby's birthday..there was also a video presentation she made herself... ok, now im so envious,hehe The boxes on the right were the giveaways which were two painted cute mugs~
And the highlight of the event was the "Doljabi" or the "grabbing event" where they let the baby pick one among different kinds of objects foretelling the baby's future.
We went to Yeouido for the cherry blossom festival weeks ago (and when I say weeks ago, it means that white petals are long gone by now,hehe).
It was my first time in Yeouido (yey!). The place is the "Manhattan of Seoul" being the financial center of the country. You can see the 63 Building- Seoul's tallest building, MBC and KBS- television companies and Samsung and LG headquarters here:)
Taken in front of our apartment building~ it was kinda cloudy to start with but thank God it was sunny the rest of the day~
First step in Yeouido~ (pityur kagad!:)
one of the recycled-stuffs-turned-to-art thingy we saw as we were walking along~
Ji Hyun Woo and Lee Bo Young of the drama Birth of the Rich in KBS2, which has just finished by the way. You can watch it here.
It will be another year before I see this again. Not the dog, i mean, the cherry blossoms,haha
I just lurrrv spring! :)