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Month: June 2017 (page 2 of 2)

Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Chicken Butts


Nicholalala is an ongoing webtoon series over at WEBTOONS which combines fantasy and Korean folklore with every day life. You can read on the site or on the app. Like, share, comment and rate over on the episode!

KOREAN CULTURE: What to do on a Sunday afternoon. Korean Picnics!

Korean Culture: Picnics

Every culture has their own style for picnics. It varies around Korea too. In Seoul, everyone heads to the Han river as there are many parks along it. There are some quirks to Korean picnics. The majority of people take a tent when going on a picnic. Whenever I livestream from picnic areas, there are always many comments and questions about the tents, as many people around the world think it’s quite unusual. People aren’t camping, they just have the tents up for the picnic. They are usually lightweight, easy to put up, tents. Not hardcore camping tents. People are usually staying at the river for the whole day as well.

When I’ve been on picnics in the Korean countryside, up in the mountains, people have cooked their own meat and other food. But for these style of picnics along the Han river no one is grilling meat and it may not be allowed. Instead people bring Korean picnic favourites like gimbap, and will often order pizza or fried chicken which is delivered right to the park. There is always a convenience store at parks as well so it’s easy to go buy more beer or food.

The weather is really good at the moment and it’s not too hot yet. I’m glad we could take advantage of these weekends. Last weekend we had a picnic as well. The parks can get really crowded but Koreans are used to living with many other people around. I haven’t really seen any major disputes over space before, even when so many people are consuming a lot of alcohol. I don’t think Australians manage as well at cramming into spaces (haha).

I like the Mangwon park near the river as it’s a quieter area and there are more trees and gardens. Also that bridge is my favourite bridge across the Han river. There is also a swimming pool nearby but I’m waiting for it to open for the summer. The pool is only open for 2 months over summer as Koreans are not as into swimming as Australians are.

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Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness

I love vegetables! I usually feel a bit off if I’m not getting enough vegetables every day. I figured that when pregnant that it would be easy to eat well as my diet is usually very healthy. Unfortunately morning sickness hit me hard. By the way, morning sickness can be all day, not just in the morning! My morning sickness was very specific. It was constant nausea, and I couldn’t do any cooking without wanting to throw up, and vegetables looked disgusting to me. Even looking at a vegetable made me feel sick. My healthy eating plan went out the window.

My doctor told Hugh to let me just eat whatever I want to eat, as it’s better that I just eat rather than not eating anything at all. Although Hugh was on a strict diet he was ordering a lot of delivery food for me, which must have been tempting to him. At first I thought my morning sickness was still the symptoms from the hormones I had to be taking, as nausea always came and went while on them. Then one day the nausea just didn’t go away. It stayed all day, and the next day, and the next day. When Hugh called the clinic and asked about it the nurse laughed (good-naturedly) and said it was morning sickness and was completely normal. We had known I was pregnant from day 10 of the pregnancy so I didn’t find out I was pregnant from morning sickness and was hoping I wouldn’t have it. There is something horrible about realising that this feeling won’t be going away for months.

The other difficulty in early pregnancy is that you can’t tell anyone. I already had to turn down a lot of socializing while going through IVF, but at least during those times I could manage the times I knew I’d feel better. With morning sickness it was just constant avoiding doing anything. For morning radio I had to just say I had the flu and that’s why I felt sick. I constantly had a bottle of lemonade with me to calm the nausea and remember being told, just before going live, to move it off the main radio desk (there is a rule about having drinks) and worrying about possibly throwing up with live on radio. Of course I couldn’t tell the producer I needed it because of morning sickness, but thankfully I got through that show without throwing up everywhere.

Thankfully my nausea is now gone and I can eat vegetables again! I did try to get some vegetables down while I had morning sickness. The number one way was to disguise them in Japanese curry, but now I can look at them and cook with them and not feel sick. My morning sickness diet made me gain a lot of weight but now I’m back on a healthy diet and my weight has normalized (plus normal baby weight).

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