Archive for January, 2010



January 31, 2010

So I went over to my co-workers apartment and indulged in one of my forgotten pastimes: yelling at a television. So basically, Korean television mostly consists of celebrities doing ridiculous things. On Star King, I watched as a girl in short shorts proclaimed that she had $100,000 dollars worth of shoes, bought with money she earned teaching English (WTF?!) and scoffed at her attempts to teach me how to pronounce the words TIT-AN-IC and MAN-HATTAAAAAN. I was kind of pissed. Then I sat amazed as a man stacked 16 empty styrofoam boxes and carried them… I can’t help but feel that this is sort of a metaphor for my life. I don’t know how. When I figure it out, I’ll tell you.

Here is a clip of Star King featuring my new favorite member of Shinee (he’s so pretty!) getting hypnotized:

Also featured on Korean television: We Got Married! (where celebrities pretend to get married with one another to live in a fake-reality show marriage), and Gold Miss, where 30-something year old female celebrities compete for dates with equally successful men. Daniel Henney and Hugh Jackman were featured on the show.

Um. I guess that’s what’s been going on lately. My knitting has been going well. If you want a hunter green knitted armband, let me know. Today I forgot a cupcake in my pocket and next week, I once again brave the screams of small children.

Pretty exciting.



January 11, 2010

This is not a “snow angel” because the person who made it didn’t make wings– but what is it then? I can’t really call it a “snow man” can I?

The title of this post, pronounced chum ne yo, according to Russell, means, “Golly! It’s cold!” or the more-fun-translation “Gee Wilickers, it’s freezing!” (How do you spell “gee wilickers” the proper way, anyway? Did I get it right?).

And it is. Last week, a record-breaking amount of snow fell upon unsuspecting Seoul, resulting in my first ever snow day. I ventured out to buy some food (I keep my refrigerator sparse like my um -a clever comparison to be inserted here at a later date-) and took some photos:

This is when I decided to invest in some 20,000 won snow boots.

Anyway, yeah it’s cold, I’ve slipped down icy roads more often that I would care to remember, I wear five layers of pants/leggings/stockings/socks on my legs, I fear death every time I get out of bed in the morning and the heater is off– but hey, I figured how to make a hot shower in my apartment (after many tear-inducing lukewarm showers), so I’m taking it all in stride. It could be worse. And now I have an excuse to wear my fuzzy earmuffs!

Though, I do wish Christmas were a bit later in winter. Now I feel like all this suffering is for nothing, except for of course, the promise of spring. But that feels so far away!

I do avoid going out of my neighborhood nowadays, but I’ve taken up some hobbies. Some of these things I’m a bit embarrassed to share: knitting under two blankets and listening to Boyz II Men (um! hey and also Blur’s Think Tank— which I rediscovered– after I got over my nostalgia for “sexy” 90’s R&B), learning Korean through a hot pink children’s notebook, avoiding large tomes of literature, wearing fuzzy red santa socks.

But since I work in Hannam-dong, I’m always up for a during or after work meal at Hannam Bugokguk (sp?) especially when they have manduguk or maeun-galbi (with octopus on top, which I normally dislike– but this is fresh without squirming and tender, unlike the rubber eraser like textures of most octopus).

Also another Hannam-hangout is this new bakery Guillaume which imports everything from France (but acknowledges that French bread might not be the best, but this bread is the Frenchiest bread you’ll get in Korea, or something like that). A bit on the pricey side, but also more than a little bit delicious and rich and pretty:

A tiny macaroon! So adorable! It’s like a macaroon for a fairy!


Six Word Restaurant Reviews

January 3, 2010

I had time off for most of the weekend and well, what am I to do for most of my free time! Why, eat my brains out, of course! Over the course of these past few days, I’ve had multiple food adventures, most of them were introducing others to familiar territory (Tartine, again, Petra Palace, again— though I want to go to Petra the original sometime. Maybe for a classy evening out? I shall wear my best sequined evening gown). I did discover a few new places though. But frankly, I’m too exhausted to write extensive writeups (I’ll link to some, perhaps)– so I thought I’d Hemmingway it up, with a few six word restaurant reviews.

1. Taco Rico, in Gangnam:

Holy guacamole! Makes an LA-er proud.

2. Egg and Spoon Race, in Edae.

Brunch. All dishes were the favorites.

3. Salam Bakery, in Itaewon.

Baklava. Kilograms from box to body.

4. Lucycato, in Edae.

Chocolate plus diamonds. Fancy. Fancy. Fancy.

Also, visited: The tteokbokki town in Sindang-dong (fun to say!), not as fun to go. Can be summed up with a “meh.”



January 3, 2010

I sincerely wish I was this awesome.

I don’t really like to make blog entries about my nighttime debaucheries (because, of course, there are none, Mother), but New Years’ Eve was really fun! We got a table at Club Mansion and watched my favorite Korean electro group, EE and danced to the music of this hot shot Ed Banger DJ– Busy P? Anyway– when did DJs become rock stars? There was an absurd amount of bowing to the turn tables and scrambling for burned cds at the end of the set. I guess this is the time we live in. Also, I don’t understand girls who wear skimpy outfits outside in the winter, but what I understand less is girls who wear heavy duty winter gear inside clubs, so it looks like they’re dancing to the music inside sleeping bags.

Here’s another EE video. Happy New Year! Welcome to 1987–err 2010!