Thursday, January 28, 2010

Magic Straight.

After months of being sick and feeling like crap, I decided to do something nice for myself, so I went to the salon yesterday and finally decided to do something totally different.

I got the Korean "magic straight" perm--a process that renders curly, unmanageable hair perfectly flat and soft. I love it so far.

Min Gi, on the other hand, is having confusions.

My nickname at swing is 금라면 (Gold Ramyeon) because that is what my hair looks like (or used to look like).

When I told him I was off to the salon, he looked at me really sadly and mumbled, "Goodbye 금라면. Hello, 칼국수 (another kind of noodle dish that is flat and broad)."

Poor thing.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Seoul in the Snow

My family enjoyed their time in Seoul, even with the huge amounts of snow that made the sidewalks a bit treacherous.

Dad and Mom in Insa-dong.

My brother and my husband bought couple rings. No kidding.

First picture after being legally married, across from the U.S. embassy.

My family is a United Colors of Benetton ad. I swear.

Check out the full album, which includes many pictures of my sister being goofy and meeting up with friends:

Seoul in the Snow

Saturday, January 16, 2010

63 Building in the Snow.

In Seoul, my best friend from high school Anne who visited back in March, met us at the train station. 고모 (Gomo) and Cousin's Husband (who had been our guides around Sangju) met us in Seoul with a large passenger van to transport us all around the city. We all stayed in the President Hotel because another of Min Gi's cousin works as a chef at the western restaurant there. It was pretty nice, but overpriced if we hadn't gotten a huge family discount.

Everyone was exhausted from the snow travel, so they all took naps, but Anne and I had energy, so we decided to go find the 63 Building on Yeoido, an island in the middle of the Han River that runs through the middle of Seoul.

The very tall 63 building.

Inside, we got tickets for three exciting exhibits:

The Aquarium (Later I ate him for dinner).

The Wax Museum, featuring Salvador Dali and a scary haunted house where one of the workers followed us around in a Gorilla costume.

And the top deck where we viewed beautiful city snowscapes, such as this one and then night views as the sun set.

To check out the rest of the photos from our wacky adventures, look at the album:

63 Building

After coming back, some family members were getting ill, so Gomo and Cousin's Husband took Anne, Min Gi, Dad, and I out to an octopus restaurant. We watched a live octopus get dropped in a pot of boiling water and then ate it. It was delicious and mildly disturbing, and I really wish I'd taken a video.

Lacking Words.

After the ceremony, the family picture.

When I lack the words in English to adequately express the emotions that surround the events of my wedding and the merging of families, how will I ever hope to thank the people who have moved me with their kindness, their acceptance, their generosity, and their love in their native tongue?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Family visit to Gyeongju.

For the wedding, my mom, dad, brother Brian, and sister Sarah flew out on January 1 and stayed until January 11. For Mom, it was her first time in Asia. For Dad and Brian, it was their first visit to Korea. Koreans have a hard time believing me when I tell them I'm the shortest person in my family (as I am fairly tall for a female, somewhere between 5'8" and 5'9" depending on how much I'm slouching), but it's true. So the clan of giants descended upon Korea to meet Min Gi's family and generally learn about their new member's culture.

Our first stop, mere days after they landed, was a trip to Gyeongju.

In front of Bulguksa. (Left to Right: Me, Brian, Sarah, Dad, Mom, Min Gi)

Sarah, Min Gi, and Brian rub the golden pig for good luck. Or pick its snout. Whatever suits.

Min Gi and I take advantage of a momentary walking break to practice our choreography for the big day.

After the temple, we meet his oldest aunt and some cousins for yummy soup with tofu and mushrooms.

The only downside to the whole day was that Min Soo, In Shil, and Ohmma were to accompany us, but Ohmma got very, very sick on the ride out to Gyeongju, so Min Soo took her home early. (Don't worry! She got better the next day.) However, this forced Dad and I to have a fun train adventure home since there wasn't enough room in the car for the ride back. Highly entertaining. Check out the rest of the photos:

Bulguksa with the family

More to come about family and friend adventures in Seoul during the biggest snowstorm that city has experienced in more than 30 years!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm married!

Yes, so the last two weeks have been awesome, but hella busy.

I am updating to say that: 1) I have joined the ajumma club! 2) I started teaching at the same time-consuming teachers' workshop I taught at last January, and 3) both Min Gi and are sick.

I will be returning to reflecting on my very nontraditional Korean wedding and the family/friends visiting me in Korea over the next few weeks, but for now it's grading papers and then NyQuil before hitting the hay.


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