Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A few interesting sights....

Here are a few random shots of pure Korea:

This lady's job is to dance as she points people towards the parking garage.

Anyone need some breast cream? I suggest Lovely Jubblies breast cream, the finest on the market.

None for me, thanks.

It is very popular here to fence and fiddle at the same time. I have my first class next week.

Matching underwear is all the rage. I'm not sure if I'd go for the zebra stripe, though.

I'm sorry to be a bother, ma'am, but you'll have to join me in the Dong Office.

This green superhero really wanted a photo with me. Al pelo.

Would you care for a cup of grubs? Only W1,000.

Is it the system itself or the information that is ubiquitous?

This is a picture of Cassie sleeping diagonally and taking up the entire bed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Royal Wedding Must Haves

While I was online looking for a tasteful tea set, I found the very thing for our new pad here in Korea! Along with some other items I require to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Trust me, I will be watching on the 29th!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hot Yoga

So I started Hot Yoga the other day. The crazy thing was this guy:
ha ha. Just kidding. My class consists of all Koreans who wear a maximum size 4, and are super flexible. When I signed up, they gave me a 'One size Fits All' pants and tank top, that - we shall say- didn't fit all. In fact, the shirt only fit one of my boobs! I took a picture of myself squeezed into the outfit because I thought it was so funny, but alas, I am just too embarrassed to post it on the blog. I'll keep that treasure to myself. So just imagine....a stuffed sausage.

Anyway, April is the beginning of my work out month. So I have been walking for an hour up and down hills every T, R and Saturdays, and doing hot yoga MWF. So far, it's been great. I was a little turned off by the yoga at first, but I felt great afterward. Here is the routine.

As of now, I can do like 4 of those poses. My favorites are 13, and 26. Someday, I will be able to do this:
It's a start, and it's better than sitting on the couch. I have a six month membership. Plus it's supposed to get really hot soon, and we have no air conditioning. I think I will be able to do hot yoga in my house!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I went to the baseball game last night (April 10th). The Doosan Bears were playing the KIA Tigers.

On the way in, ladies have beer/soju/snack carts set up. Beers are about $3. They could learn how to price gouge from the US.

A nice selection of Korean delicacies. The squid is dried then toasted on an open flame. On the right you can see some kimbap. It is rice, pickled radish, ham, tuna, cucumber and carrot wrapped in seaweed.

I had $8 outfield tickets, but weaseled my way up to the good seats. The managers were making some questionable decisions, in my opinion. In the third, after the Tigers knocked in 3 runs on five straight hits, there was no action in the pen. The Tigers third base coach was very conservative, especially since the players are quick on their feet and have relatively weak throwing arms from the outfield. They didn't pull the Doosan starter until after the 3rd, when he gave up 5 runs on 6 hits.

In any event, here are the Doosan Bears cheerleaders. As the evening went on they seemed to be wearing less and less clothing...

Strawberry Festival in Nonsan

Yesterday we got up at 4 am to take the subway into Seoul, in order to catch a train to Nonsan for the Strawberry Festival! It's the first time we have been out of the city.

The train took about 3 hours, but we had purchased a ticket - which came with....a seat! I was super happy I didn't have to stand for 3 hours (like in some countries that have the letters PY in them). It was really neat to see the countryside. Unlike S.A. and USA, the countryside here is packed full of farming. There isn't any random space that isn't cultivated, except for the hills and mountains, which have made it impossible. Plus they reserve these areas for hiking and burial grounds. Koreans love to hike and garden, which is cool, cause I like to do those things, too.

We got to Nonsan and were able to follow the multitude of people off to see the fair. When we got there, many people were still setting up, and a couple hours later, after we left, we could barely walk through the crowd!

They were trying to level the muddy ground before lunch time.... they almost hit a mad granny trying to sell soup!
These ladies were wearing traditional korean dresses selling sweet strawberry chewy rice desserts
These ladies were making delicious strawberry jam
Here's the angry soup lady. I would be too, if that crane was blocking my business, and I had made this much soup.

The chinese noodle guy

Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries!!!!
They had a pastry competition. The chewy rice cakes were pliable, like the marzipan characters you see in the fancy shops. Lots of people made cakes, tarts, and little candies.

Some of the oddities of the festival were this seven piece saxophone jam band. Don't worry, their eighth member joined them before the festival was over.

The pan flutes guys came, and later played to a giant crowd. They sold all their pan flutes.

They had a petting zoo with a skunk, a turtle, and a monkey. What more could you ask for?
The Ginsu knife guy was there....
And so was the Slap Chop guy

We were able to catch a small city market on the way out of town, which made me really happy. Not everyone shops at the supermarket! The smells were awesome!!!!
The entrance to the market. It got crazier the further in we got. Veggies, pots and pans, clothes, grains....just like good ole Mercado Quatro
Lots of pork hanging from hooks!
We even found Scruffy. It took me a minute to put it together...this wasn't the only shop selling him and Fido...
This kimchee booth was awesome!

We had a good trip, and hopefully next week, we can go to the cherry blossom festival in Seoul.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Mr. Show - The Story Of Everest

Philly Cheese Steaks

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Pittsburgh, where we lay our scene.
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood make civil hands unclean

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;

Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.

The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

And here, we attempt to recreate The Philly Cheese Steak - In South Korea