Australia

Australian Food: Meat Pie 3

It can be hard to name food that is uniquely Australian. Since Australia has British heritage, and is multicultural, we mostly just have a mix of other countries food. The meat pie is something that Australians usually identify with and it’s definitely something I miss while in Korea. There are no big meat pie sections in the supermarkets here in Korea. Australia doesn’t have much street food either, so I think this is the closest we have to street food.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is an iconic place and although there are a few locations in Sydney, the original one at Woolloomooloo is the best place to get one. ‘The Tiger’, a meat pie with mashed potato, mushed peas and gravy on top is the big seller there. It was pretty good. I have to say that the best meat pies I’ve had have been from Farmers’ Markets out in the countryside though, where they have been made on someone’s farm. The quality of meat pies in Australia varies a lot. The cheap frozen ones from the supermarket are the lower end of quality, but pie shops also vary a lot. There are some amazing pie shops around, but then also some not so great ones. We had some amazing pies at a place called Hayden’s Pies in Ulladulla, down the coast from Sydney while on our Christmas summer holiday.

 

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Teaching Korean to Aussie Kids 1

Hugh tried to teach our friends’ twin boys some Korean words… but it doesn’t go well. Maybe next time they will be able to learn more from “Uncle Hoo”.

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Australian Korean BBQ 2

Another quick video in our Australian summer series! You may be wondering how this group of people actually came together. Some of us grew up in the same areas, or went to the same schools, and then only later in life have reconnected because we’ve all married into Korean families. Other people we’ve met through the blog or through Korean classes. Australia is becoming more and more multicultural and as the Korean population grows, the more common multicultural families with Australians and Koreans are becoming. It’s great being friends with other couples and families in similar situations, and with some of us living in Korea and some of us living in Australia, it’s rare that all of us can come together like this.

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Bread Love 2

Bread Love

Hugh doesn’t appreciate my bread loving in the supermarket! There is just something nice about coming back to your home country and buying the brands that you know and love. Korea has a lack of grainy breads. Breads labelled “with grains” have so few grains that you could count them easily in a whole loaf. So of course I got some of this bread, gonna go eat some with vegemite now!

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Hugh VS Australian Twins 1

Another quick video in our Australian summer series!

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Our New Year’s Eve 4

We didn’t plan to do much for New Year’s Eve but we ended up at a cool apartment and then close to the fireworks! We were really lucky.

It’s rare for all of us to be together. Han and Sophie (and Alice) live in Australia, but Daniel and Chloe and us live in Korea. Daniel and Han are both sometimes in our Ask Korean Guys videos with Hugh. While the three wives (me, Sophie and Chloe) are all close friends. It was great to all be together.

Make sure you watch to the end to see the BIGBANG dancing and singing!

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Australian Holiday 0

While in Australia we are uploading some short videos of things we are doing here:

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KANGAROOS ON THE STREET? 1

Yes there can actually be kangaroos jumping down the street in Australia! Just not everywhere though. Kangaroos aren’t usually as tame as the ones here either. Where we go for holidays is a small coastal town that is very quiet and over the years the local kangaroos have become very used to people. They used to just come and graze on people’s lawns in the evening but now they seem to be comfortable to stay in town during the day as well. When the sun gets too hot you can find them sleeping in the shade in people’s backyards. Some, especially the females, will let you pat them a bit as well.

Of course kangaroos can be dangerous, but there are many different species in Australia and in all different places. There are vast differences between a big aggressive Red Kangaroo in the outback and a smaller tame Grey kangaroo in a coastal town.

Because we have such limited internet in Australia, we are just going to make very short videos like this while here.

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Aussie Wives 5

Aussie Wives

 

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WE ARE IN AUSTRALIA! 0

We are in Australia! We flew Japan airlines first to Japan, and then down to Australia. We had a great experience with them so we will definitely fly with them again. We arrived in Sydney a few days ago and have just been catching up with friends before we go down the coast to the holiday house where we will have Christmas with my family.

I’m really unsure if I’ll have internet access while we are there for a week, but we’ll see.

I am loving the summer heat! I know people are already sick of it, but compared to horrible humidity in the Korean summer, this feels so much better to me. I can handle the drier heat. I can’t wait to go to the beach too!

We are in Australia for 6 weeks, so we’ll spend a lot of time in my hometown as well.

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호주 스타일 아기 안는법 (Carrying babies the Aussie way) 0

Han demonstrates the Aussie way of carrying babies…

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My brother bucket drumming (and Alice) 3

While we were in Sydney last month I stopped by Pitt Street Mall with Sophie and Alice to see my brother busking.

You can see the interview I did with him here:

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Reverse Culture Shock – Australia 6

Reverse culture shock is such an interesting thing. People who have never had the experience of living in another country and then going back to their own country probably can’t understand the full extent of how shocking it can be. I had no idea how strange it would be. In some ways it can be more shocking than going to another country. You are prepared for cultural differences in another country but in your own country you expect to fit in, and then when you realise how much you’ve changed it brings up conflicted feelings about identity. As the saying (and book title) goes “You can’t go home again” because something has altered your perception and the home that you once knew doesn’t exist anymore.

Things I struggled with in Australia were the greetings and not knowing what to do. I felt anxiety that I had never felt before. I was uncomfortable meeting new people and how to interact with them. The extremes of customer service also bought on another level of anxiety because I just didn’t know what to expect because it could be either extreme or just somewhere in the middle.

In Korea I know foreigners can have trouble with the way people can push and bump in crowded cities and view that as rude, but I’ve realised in Korea it’s not personal, it’s done with blank faces and it’s just people trying to get through their day in a crowded city. In Australia, it’s so personal! You bump into someone and you don’t know what you may get. The person can smile and say, “No worries” or you can be given a look as if you’ve just murdered their whole family because they are so offended that you accidentally bumped into them.

In Korea there is more of an acceptance of mothers and babies in public places. There are many older women that are happy to help out mothers and easily chat with them or even hold your baby while you do something. It’s also normal to bring babies everywhere, especially restaurants, and be out late with them. Because I was with Sophie and Alice while in Sydney and we were out doing things in Sydney, I witnessed the way that she was treated because she is a mother. It was disturbing to me how much she was dismissed and treated as if she was taking up precious space because she had a child with her. Also because we sometimes switched who had Alice or the pram, it would have sometimes appeared that I was the mother and I felt those looks and disapproval directed to me. At one point I had hold of the (pretty small and lightweight pram/stroller) and was trying to get a hold of Alice who starting to run just out of my reach in a shopping centre. A business woman in her 50’s or 60’s had to side step around the pram as I frantically tried to grab a 2 year old, and she did so with the nastiest look on her face and a very audible sigh and eye roll. Oh I’m sorry that you had to go sideways ONE STEP that took ONE SECOND. I was incredibly shocked at how easily people showed their displeasure to strangers. I can see how a more community orientated society has a lot of benefits for mothers in Korea. You also see many of the grandparents looking after the children in Korea too and it’s normal to be out in public with young children. I also see a lot less public tantrums from children in Korea too.

Some great things about Australia, in particular Sydney, was the multiculturalism and the access to lots of different food! Ironically it’s easier to get authentic Asian food (other than Korean) in Australia than it is in Korea. While it’s definitely getting better in Korea, it’s still normal for foreign food to be made by Koreans and be extremely adjusted for Korean tastes. In Sydney, in Thai town, we had $4 boat noodle soup with Han and Sophie because it was a Thai place that catered to Thai people, whereas in Korea it’s less authentic and more expensive. Being more multicultural allows for there to be more authentic cuisine and a huge variation of food. But on the other hand, restaurant prices on a whole in Australia were more expensive than normal Korean food restaurants in Korea.

Another thing I didn’t mention was how much skin people show! Seeing low cut tops and cleavage was quite shocking to me in Australia. In Korea it’s okay to show the legs, but not the chest, back and shoulders. While in Korea it can be annoying to not be able to wear skimpy tops in summer, I really have changed how I think about what are appropriate clothes.

Of course both countries have pros and cons, but sometimes you don’t really realise what they are for your own country until you live in another country.

As always, these are just our opinions and our experiences.

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Back from Australia: Pics post 0

We are back in Korea! We did film some things in Australia and have a few more vlogs to upload, but mostly it was a holiday for us. We have a bunch of photos to show you (mostly food) and then we’ll be back to normal schedule!

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Rooster 6

Rooster

We were trying to film in my parents’ backyard and the rooster next door decided that he had to interrupt as much as possible. We were filming something for Hyunwoo, for Korean TV, that kinda needed to be one take but it ended up being impossible. Eventually we had to film somewhere else! That rooster was pretty lucky that Hugh didn’t eat him!

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