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Sacheon Seafood Market 4

I’ve mentioned before that I do feel sorry for all the fish and sea creatures just waiting to be eaten. However, it is fascinating to see this part of Korean culture. Since Korea is a peninsula they have always had a lot of seafood in their diets and it is an important part of Korean food.

Those that know me well know my thoughts on octopus…. that trip and seeing how many octopuses were trying to escape just confirmed my theory that they will one day take over the world and when they do, I’m gonna be like “I didn’t eat you!”

Man Crush 5

man crush

I had to change this comic. This happened yesterday morning and I was working on it earlier today. In the original comic I said how I had just had a terrible dream about being on a huge sinking ship. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a light sleeper and dream very vividly. I dreamed this yesterday morning right before I woke up. Like in the comic, my husband wasn’t paying attention because he was excited about Kpop star Henry getting Instagram. So I started making my comic for today and then checked the news and saw this news.

So I didn’t think it was appropriate to talk about a ship sinking in this comic that is supposed to be light hearted. It is a terrible thing that has happened and our prayers are with all those involved.

Jam 17

jam (800x800)

I feel bad for the rejected strawberries that just get made into jam! The good quality strawberries get packed nicely and shipped off to department stores.

It is coming to the end of strawberry season. It’s so warm now that we can’t send strawberries through the post like we did before. During colder months it is easy to send boxes of strawberries overnight to friends, but not now. We will still be growing strawberries for a little longer but they will all be jam strawberries. Anyone can pick jam strawberries as well because it doesn’t matter if they get crushed.

Henry 42

Henry

His man crush of the moment is on Henry because he has been watching him in that TV show (male celebrities experience being in the army).

One of the things I like about Korea and Korean guys is that they can openly show affection for other men without feeling like they are compromising their masculinity. They compliment each others’ appearances and show physical affection easily. It’s normal to have what we may call a crush on another man, but in a platonic way. A good example of this is seeing how excited Kim Woo Bin was when G-Dragon called him.

I’ve definitely seen a clash of cultures before when I’ve seen Korean men turn to Australian men and say “You are very handsome”. Completely normal for a Korean men to say that, but it’s not something Aussie guys are used to hearing from straight men and they can feel a bit uncomfortable.

While I was making this comic my husband stopped me in the middle of it because he wanted to show me another video of Henry…

Can’t Sleep 19

Can't Sleep

Okay I have Tumblr, I know there are many people like this. Hands up all you light sleepers! When you lay next to someone who just falls asleep effortlessly don’t you just want to punch them in the face?

I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome too so I NEED lots of sleep but it’s so hard to get. I don’t always think about embarrassing moments when trying to sleep but I have been lately. Stress maybe?

I try to have good sleep hygiene but it’s hard when we work, film and sleep in the same room. And blinking lights!!! All the blinking lights! Meanwhile my husband can fall asleep with even the main lights on.

I have very very vivid dreams as well so it’s hard to feel rested. I did read recently that people who remember their dreams in detail are people who wake up a lot through the night so what they were dreaming sticks in their memory. If you have trouble sleeping, Korea can be hard sometimes, there is a lot of noise, even in the countryside. Also the bedding situation may not be exactly what you are used to. Sleeping areas aren’t as designated as in Western culture. It can be hard to have that perfect place where all you do is sleep.

The Way You Are Saying it 32

 

The Way You Are Saying It

At least he tells me things maybe a teacher wouldn’t! My Korean study somewhat stalled because of how busy we have been. I’m not at a conversational level where I can learn just by talking and listening, especially when everyone around me is speaking dialect quickly. It’s also hard to get my husband to speak to me in Korean as he always just naturally defaults to English all the time. I’m not giving up though and want to study every day. We are going to have to have days where no English is allowed.

MGT – Bus Travel and Car Accidents 6

While subtitling this we talked about what actually happened to the guy in the car accident. We searched online and couldn’t find out if he ever came out of the coma, but we did find a news article about the “missing Korean tourists”. One of those being my husband! He didn’t know until today that people had searched for him for 7 hours! Even though it was back in 2006, big thank you to those who searched and were concerned.

Jumping Spiders 33

Jumping Spiders

I’m going to be completely honest here: the memes and stuff that go around the internet about how everything is sooooo dangerous in Australia annoy me. If there is something that is the truth and done in a funny way it’s fine, but mostly it’s just exaggerated or just plain stupid. AND THEN people will say things like, “I can’t ever go to Australia because it’s so dangerous with the snakes and spiders!”…. Seriously? You are not going to get off the plane and be attacked by crazy snakes and spiders. Australia is really not that dangerous.

Korea, well rural Korea, has the most annoying jumping spiders! They literally jump onto you! I miss my Australian spiders that were cool and just hang around and don’t bother you. I once had a spider in the shower that lived in the corner for months. He was just chilling. You can’t chill with Korean jumping spiders, they are little bastards.

I asked my husband about this, because he is terrified of spiders and moths….. and as you’ve seen in a comic….butterflies. He says he doesn’t care about these spiders because they are small and you can just flick them away. But he is scared of big spiders and colourful ones. So spiders that aren’t doing anything to him are scary, but ones that want to JUMP ON YOUR FACE aren’t? I don’t understand his logic.

As I was drawing this comic I felt something crawling on my back. I swiped at it and then I looked in the mirror and saw a dark red/brown stain on my tshirt. There was a spider crawling INSIDE my tshirt and I had just squished it! And now I’m wearing a different shirt… Why spiders? Why are you doing this?

Oh and rural Korea has millipedes… that’s a whole other story.

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