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In Hongdae 6

Hongdae

The ongoing theme with Hugh! He either gets annoyed at people speaking banmal (informal language) with him because they think he is young, or he is happy about it… because they think he is young. This time the guy spoke banmal to Hugh because he thought he was his friend, and that’s fine between friends of the same age. By the way, Hongdae is a cool area where all the university kids hang out. (Great food there too).

He also spends half his time in Hongdae enjoying that he fits in fashion wise with his youthful looks and the other half of the time being annoyed at young people. Anyone who frequents Hongdae knows the Hongdae ‘uniform’ at the moment: those Timberland type shoes, a bomber jacket and hair either styled up in the 2 block cut or down in the ‘lego’ hair.

Being in your 30’s is a strange time. Not a young person but not yet an ahjussi.

(This happened on the weekend and Hugh couldn’t wait to tell me that someone mistook him for a friend that is a decade younger).

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Meet People 19

Meet People

Hugh does a lot of socializing and a lot of it is business related or important networking. Sometimes I have to show my face because people hear about me but have never met me. I’m elusive! Even when it’s an English speaking environment I’m going to avoid or bail early. I spend so much time hiding away that Hugh thinks he needs to remind me how to dress nicely. Introvert life. I’m happy to go out and have one on one conversations with interesting people, but big group situations are tiring and Korean socializing easily goes until the early hours of the morning.

Hugh is not elusive at all. Whenever he is in Seoul you’ll see him somewhere in Hongdae. He has a love/hate relationship with the Hongdae area. He loves many places there but hates the crowds of university students.

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Shoelaces 2

Those Shoes

We were walking out of the apartment we were staying at in Seoul when Hugh proudly proclaimed that he wasn’t going to tie up his shoes laces. He didn’t care at all. But within one second he was tying them up muttering, “Just a bit”. His responsible adult side won out. Hugh is at this stage where he wants to wear the younger guys’ fashions but then also worries about things like shoelaces. He goes out in Hongdae a lot, but then at times is annoyed at all the young people. He sees old friends from school or military who now look so old, while he looks quite similar to how he did when he was younger. It’s an interesting time trying to work out identity. We’ll have to see if his fashion changes when we move completely to Seoul later.

 

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Pecs 10

Pecs

When learning another language, sometimes you just latch on to the more childlike ways to say things because it sounds funny or cute to you. Hugh always prefers to say “boobies”, even when talking about his own pecs. I like using the children’s way of saying animal names in Korean as well.

Have you witnessed the way that guys make their friends touch them after their workouts??? haha Unfortunately I don’t show enough interest in the hardness of pecs, but when there are no friends around, I’m the one that has to check how hard they are after working out.

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Thankful 1

Thankful

After that he did start to list things he was thankful for, but made that joke first and said, “You should make that into a comic”. Almost all comic ideas are genuine things that actually happen, but he is the one that prompts me to actually turn them into comics.

Not surprisingly, it was a little bit difficult mood-wise coming back to the middle of the Korean winter after being in the Australian summer. We felt a shift in our moods so we’ve been working hard on being positive and motivated.

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Filters 1

Filters

How much do you edit your photos before putting them online? There are many apps in Korea where you can make your face better, like removing acne and smoothing the skin tone, as well as the more extreme of face slimming and eye enhancement. The funny thing is that everyone knows that everyone does it, so it’s not really fooling anyone, but it makes people feel better. I get criticized for not editing my photos enough and lots of friends have pointed out how bad I look in my photos sometimes haha…

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Greyhound 1

Greyhound

I think he set me up…

Greyhounds do look very similar… but so do so many other breeds too! It seems like there are often a million clones of the same labrador in the world.

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Going into Town 3

Going into town

When we are visited in Seoul we are in such a rural area. Jinju, the nearest city, is at least 20 mins away, usually more. So we only go once a week or so. Today Hugh went in to buy some stuff so that was the opportunity to give him a list of things I need… but I never remember in the moment. Only after. It’s like how you want so many things but can’t think of a single thing when someone asks what to give you for your birthday…

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Public What? 0

Public What

Hugh can laugh at his mistakes in English, but even more now that I speak some Korean and my mistakes are way worse than his. Actually if my Korean was a good as his English I would be very happy. If he makes a funny mistake in English he is very quick to point out where my Korean is in comparison to his English. But one day it will be more even!

I’m still curious about this public potato…

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Cat-sitting Meemers 0

I have bronchitis so doing a bit less work at moment. We thought we’d upload this video instead of one that involves a lot more editing. So please enjoy this quick video of our most favourite cat in the world: Meemers! And sorry to the farm cats here… we do have cats on the farm but they aren’t as cool as Meemers.

(For those that don’t know, Meemers belongs to Simon and Martina from Eat Your Kimchi).

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So White 4

So White

Being in an intercultural marriage means that you are comfortable talking about race and cultural differences and cultural identity. But some days you just have conversations like this… haha.

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Hotteok Bite 5

Hotteok Bite

um…. thanks??? Who would be poisoning me? Oh yeah, it’s just an excuse to eat some of mine.

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What is life? Collab with Kkebong 0

Kkebong has some Korean internet fame because of funny photos of him desperately wanting the human food on the table. Click here for Korean site. Click here for my Tumblr post.

Kkebong actually belongs to Hugh’s sister’s sister in law so we have visited them in Busan before. We were hoping to make a cute video of him looking at food, but when we looked at our footage we ended up with this video instead… haha. Also because Hugh is sick at the moment, we needed to make a short video as we can’t work on our long videos at the moment.

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Boys Late 11

Sometimes in our videos we show other couples like Han and Sophie, and Daniel and Chloe, this comic features both of them:

Boys Late

Korea has such a late night drinking culture! This can be really frustrating if you don’t want to go out late or can’t. There are so many factors like who they are with, if there are hyungs (older friends) there, if the drinking is to do with work or if it’s friends they rarely see. All these things can cause late nights. The concept of what is late can differ from what you are used to as well. Many many people stay out until the sun is coming up. Hugh in particular, is such a social butterfly while I’d rather stay in. This comic was actually something that happened last year with all our friends, I vaguely remember it being put on social media as well. The boys made sure we weren’t too annoyed at them staying out late by wearing ahjumma pants (floral pants favoured by middle aged women).

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Trend in Korea 9

Trend in Korea

Haha… I thought there was room for some lighthearted fun at the expense of some of these sites… I still follow them and check what they report on, but I love making fun of ridiculous clickbait titles and articles.

So watch out… the next “trend in Korea” they report on, it might have been created by me!

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