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Putting my Hanbok on 8

Putting on Hanbok

Wearing a hanbok can be a lot like wearing a wedding dress. Anyone who has been a bride or bridesmaid might remember the awkward help the bride pee moments! There are just so many layers, especially in winter when I’m wearing long underwear under it too. It doesn’t help that Korean bathrooms usually have wet floors as well. It can be a bit difficult to manage.

As I was quite sick on Lunar New Year, I needed extra help getting my hanbok on. Usually I can do most of it myself and just need help with the outer skirt and top, but this time I needed my husband to help with everything.

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Will a Korean’s parents accept me? 2

We get asked a lot about how Hugh’s parents reacted to him bringing home an Australian girlfriend. We also get asked whether Korean parents are likely to accept a foreigner son or daughter in law and what can be done to make things go smoothly. We talk about the stereotype of Korean parents refusing to accept foreigners, hypothetical situations versus reality and some warning signs.

As with any video, there are many things we can’t cover. For example, we didn’t talk about incidences of Korean parents completely refusing to accept a foreigner (of course that can happen but we just don’t know anyone who has had that experience personally). We also didn’t comment on Korean American situations or Koreans who grew up in countries other than Korea. The stigma of single mothers is another serious topic and how that will affect acceptance from Korean parents is another topic that we weren’t able to cover this time.

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Corn on Pizza and Navy Hospital 0

This week’s Commenting on Comments:

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Lunar New Year 설날 0

Here is our vlog from Lunar New Year:

This vlog actually went up a few days ago, but they don’t always go up on the blog right away. If you want to see all the vlogs you need to subscribe to the vlogging channel.

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InstaHyuna 16

InstaHyuna

For those that don’t know, Hyuna is a popular Kpop star known for being quite sexy. To be fair – Mr Gwon does actually listen to her music!

Does anyone else get frustrated when someone uses Instagram like it’s Facebook and puts up many very similar photos that clog up the feed? Hyuna seems to be a repeat offender of this, but as Mr Gwon pointed out – doesn’t seem like many people mind! haha

We both think Instagram is one of the best social media platforms because of it’s simplicity.  What celebrities do you think use it well? What celebrities do you think don’t use it well?

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Montage and Vlog 3

Quick montage for our YouTube Channel:

We also have a new vlog up on our vlogging channel:

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New Webtoon 2

I have a new webtoon up on the Line Webtoon publishing platform.

Nicholalala Octopus Webtoon

CLICK HERE FOR FULL WEBTOON.

It also helps me out if you like and share because then I have more of a chance of becoming a featured artist.

You can also give me a rating HERE. (During the competition period many artists got their ratings spammed with 0/10 ratings and my rating is still trying to recover. If you want me to be able to continue these webtoons, I appreciate it if you can give me a good rating, thanks!)

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Hanbok Problems 6

Hanbok Problems

I do like wearing my hanbok, but it’s not the easiest thing to get around in. I spent a lot of Lunar New Year sitting and waiting for relatives to visit, and some objects disappeared under my skirts. When you try a hanbok on at tourist places they are usually not this big and are just the outer skirt and top/jacket, but if you own a hanbok it usually involves special socks and pantaloons, a big puffy petticoat, and an under blouse before you even put on the pretty colourful skirt and top.

I wasn’t allowed to take it off either, those that follow me on Instagram would have seen my photo of my view laying on the floor while waiting in my hanbok. Although, for all the ways a hanbok can limit you, they are very special.

We haven’t put anymore videos up with week because I’ve been sick and we have been busy with Lunar New Year, but we’ll have some up soon.

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Quickly Unpack 25

Quickly Unpack

I’ve definitely talked about this before. We are complete opposites with this. When I get home from travelling I want to do nothing. I just to just lay there and relax. Unpacking is too much effort. Mr Gwon, on the other hand, gets all pumped up when he comes home and wants to unpack right away and do laundry and everything. I don’t mind if he unpacks my stuff, but I’m completely happy with leaving the bag there for quite a while.

Are you a quick unpacker or a leave the suitcase for days type of person?

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Valentine’s Day Vlog 0

This is what we did on Valentine’s day:

It was actually pretty fun to go by the YG Building, there was definitely activity and I know a lot of recording is happening there are the moment. The fans waiting were also very nice and respectful. Two Korean girls asked us questions thinking we knew Big Bang’s movements and if they were inside right now… not sure why they thought we would know, we were probably more clueless than everyone else there! If you do like YG groups I do recommend a visit to the YG building if you are in Seoul, although you may not see anyone famous, it’s cool to be in the area and read all the messages for YG artists.

We had a really good Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a good idea to share it with our couples because it takes a lot of pressure off it. Because it can be tiring to be lovey dovey all day! Instead, eat lots of food and be with good people.

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The Worst Nachos (and new vlog) 2

This week’s Commenting on Comments:

There is also a new vlog up on our Nicholalala Vlogging channel. Subscribe to see these videos as soon as they are uploaded.

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New Webtoon 0

I have a new webtoon up over on the Line Webtoon publishing platform.

Nicholalala Painting

CLICK HERE FOR FULL WEBTOON. If you like these webtoons and want me to continue please like and share them. You can also give me a rating here.

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Japchae Hotteok 13

Japchae Hotteok

This was amusing to me because usually I’m the one that is horrified by weird food combinations in Korea, but this time he was annoyed by an unusual combination. To me the hotteok tasted really good, it was nice and savoury. But for him it was sacrilege. He insisted that hotteok is supposed to be sweet. There are definitely more unusual combinations of Korean food in Seoul, but the strange combinations of Western food has infiltrated all of Korea. Like the sugar on garlic bread, or corn and broccoli on pizza, and don’t even get me started on Italian food.

Also the mixing of Korean and foreign food can go horribly wrong. The word “fusion” used to seem exciting and promising to me, but these days it makes me shudder. I’ve had way too many bad experiences with fusion food.

He was so outraged by this hottoek. He even tasted it and said it tasted terrible, but to me it was pretty good! Hopefully there is a little bit more understanding between us about what it’s like seeing your culture’s food combined in a weird way.

This japchae hotteok is sold in Hongdae and we spent quite a lot of time in Hongdae on our recent trip to Seoul. Here is the first vlog from our trip:

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Drinking, Vegans and Street Food in Korea 4

There isn’t a new comic today because we are busy in Seoul, but there will be a new comic and a new webtoon on Monday.

We do have a new Ask Us video up!

For more info about drinking and being vegan in Korea, check out the comment section on YouTube because there is advice from other foreigners in Korea.

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Cheese and Vegemite 10

Cheese and Vegemite

He says “ew” but I’m pretty sure he has eaten this before and liked it.

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