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Korea has changed so much 1

We visited this museum a few years ago but wanted to show my mum while she is visited because it’s so interesting to get a glimpse into Korea’s recent past, especially while in modern Seoul.

Korea’s modern history of development is actually pretty amazing. It is one of the only countries in the world to go from a war-torn, poverty stricken country, to a developed, technologically driven, modern country in such a short amount of time. South Korea had to receive foreign aid after the Korean war, it was poorer than North Korea at one point, but is now a country that gives aid to countries in need. It’s a pretty big deal that they were able to change and develop so quickly. This is one of the reasons why looking back into recent history is so fascinating. Hugh’s childhood differs a lot to mine. My mother is visiting and came with us and we talked about how Hugh’s childhood is actually more similar to hers in the 1960’s in Australia, than mine in the 1980’s/1990’s in Australia (because Korea was behind in so many developments compared to Australia). Many of the things from the 1960’s and 1970’s were still like that, especially in the rural areas, during a lot of Hugh’s childhood, so he could reminisce while in the museum. When people are interested in South Korea now, they see the Kpop and the Kdramas and the glamour and technology, but not that long ago things were very different. While this museum focuses mostly on how people lived, there are displays about Korea’s traumatic history last century: of course Japanese occupation and the Korean war. It’s worth the trip up to Paju to see this museum. Tourist brochures explain how to get there and their website is here.

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Dinosaur Museum 0

This was filmed just before we moved to Seoul. It was the same day that we visited ancestral burial mounds, and met a lot of family members and went to the place Hugh grew up. As we were traveling home, to my surprise, we turned into the Dinosaur Museum in Goseong. It’s actually a huge area and we didn’t have enough time to explore all the coastline. I was quite interested in the exhibits, but other family members were not as interested. It’s really hard to enjoy slowly (and to have the time to film) with people rushing through museums. Hugh and I will have to go back again sometime so we can enjoy it more.

The dinosaur footprints were very cool to see, and there was so many of them! The coastline is really beautiful in that area. I recommend checking it out if you are in the area, or even making the trip is worth it.

Goseong is in Gyeongsangnam-do. More info here.

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Greedy 0

Nicholalala Webtoon GreedyREAD FULL EPISODE HERE!

This is the last part of this mini story within the Nicholalala Webtoon. What does the water ghost REALLY want?

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SEOUL LIFE EPISODE 6 0

We didn’t have time to sit down and film and talk as much as we usually do for ‘Seoul Life’ because my mum is here for 2 weeks and my brother and his girlfriend were here for a few days. This video is a bit more random. Hugh tries to play Pokemon Go, I find a cheese shop, we go to a restaurant called Pork University and spend time with family. And we find a random Ferrari.

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Busking in Seoul 0

My brother visited for a weekend and went busking in Hongdae. Unfortunately we had torrential rain for most of the weekend, but it cleared up enough for him to go busking for a short time. He has performed in many countries but this was the first time in South Korea. A lot of people commented later saying they wish they had known he would be playing, but until the last minute we really were not sure if he would be able to. He will come back sometime though. My brother is a full time drummer (and also plays real drums of course), he plays in bands but also regularly does bucket drumming. A video of him playing went viral a few years ago and since then he has been invited to play at events around the world. He also does a lot of live streaming now where he teaches some drumming techniques or streams his busking.

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Swarm of Dragonflies 0

Quick video up on the Nicholalala channel. There was so many dragonflies as I went for a walk near the Han river.

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Lunch Rules 10

Lunch Rules

I have yet been able to enforce this rule. Maybe never having our own place and never the freedom to be completely nude before has caused this situation of constant nudity at home now.

It has lead to some interesting situations, like the story we told in our recent SEOUL LIFE video.

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SEOUL LIFE EPISODE 5 0

We go to the Seoul YouTube pop up space, eat some Vietnamese food, tell an awkward story about Hugh’s nudity and a delivery man, and Hugh tries to kill me with a watermelon….

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JUMBO RAMEN CHALLENGE! 0

Hugh and his friend Alex attempt this Jumbo Ramen Challenge. Can they do it?! Watch to find out. I think the hardest thing in these types of challenges is that it’s boiling hot! And you only have 20 mins!

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Nicholalala video: The big move to Seoul 1

In this video I talk about the big move to Seoul, what it’s like having our own place and does the Nicholalala now move to Seoul? I also recommend a podcast and some books.

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Little Girl 1

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A character is back… this will be a 3 part story. Show your support for the webtoon by liking, sharing, commenting and rating it!

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Seoul Life Episode 4 0

Martina comes to visit her old stuff! Simon and Martina (Eat Your Kimchi) were in Korea for a few days and Martina came to visit our apartment (Simon was sick unfortunately). A lot of our furniture is from their old apartment and their studio. It has been such a big help to us to already have this furniture and not having to buy it all once we moved to Seoul. We are really lucky to have them as friends. We actually talked about when we first met in Sydney years ago, and how far we’ve come.

Going back to the countryside was a bit strange. There were things that were comfortable, but other things that were weird. Also not really having a purpose because its not our home anymore leaves a weird feeling of not knowing what to do.

Rainy season has started! There is no way to not get soaked during this time. Luckily it’s not every day, just a more days of torrential rain during this time.

I saw a quote that was something like “Marriage is asking each other what you want to eat until you die” haha. Hugh is sneaky as he always gets in first and asks me what we should eat so I can suggest 10 things that he can say no to. Although I can be a pickier eater, he is pickier when choosing what we should eat because he takes his food so seriously.

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Pinch and a Punch 3

 

Pinch and a punch

I shouldn’t have taught him the response, or I should have said “no returns”. I know there are variations of this too. Do people do it where you live? Or is there something else people do on the first of the month? I think where I grew up people sometimes responded with a “pinch and a kick for being so quick” too.

He actually did this to me hours later… I might go flick him in the forehead to respect his Korean culture…

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Should you be stressed about this Korean Etiquette? 0

Have you ever visited another country and discovered people weren’t following etiquette rules like you thought?

While it’s always important to have some awareness of etiquette while visiting another country, lists online can be overwhelming and anxiety inducing. We talk about some Korean etiquette found online and if it’s vital to follow it or not. We actually talked about a bunch more etiquette but had to cut out a lot. We just wanted to reassure people, especially those who suffer anxiety, to not worry too much.

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Mosquito Whine 0

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Mosquitoes don’t like my blood, but that doesn’t stop them from harassing me. They fly close and then fly away again constantly. It’s like as soon as they get close they realise I’m disgusting and then forget and come back. Sometimes I wish they would just bite me and go away because I’m such a light sleeper and the sound of the mosquito whine puts dread in my heart when I’m trying to get some decent sleep.

That’s the least they do in the bigger scheme of things I guess haha. Disease carrying assholes.

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