…..I did end up using some of his cash. I needed floral leggings for an 80′s theme party I’m going to…..so it was very important.
He says he points it out because he is just curious, but I can’t help thinking that he is doing it just to annoy me.
Where he grew up, and where we stay with his parents, is quite rural, which usually means not many foreigners. Especially his very small home town. I think the other nonKorean there is a woman from Vietnam. We usually see foreigners when we go to Jinju but it’s still not that often, so it’s something to make note of. Often there is a nod or smile or acknowledgement as we pass by.
While we may see a foreigner every 3 days or so in that area, we see a foreigner like… every 3 minutes in Seoul! Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration but it seems like a lot. It is a bit strange after spending a lot of time in a rural area and getting used to being stared at and then going to Seoul and not getting a second look. Seoul is only a 3 hour bus ride away, but it can feel like a whole other world.
My husband is surprised at how many foreigners are in Seoul, either tourists or residents. The number has increased a lot over the years. When he was younger there were a lot less foreigners there, so it’s interesting to see how it’s changing.
He is joking anyway because our money is all shared. However, I am concious of not spending too much because I contribute a lot less than he does. Over a year ago when I first said I wanted to pursue writing and blogging he told me he will support me no matter what. He knew this was important to me so he gave me the opportunity to try this while he works. I’m really really grateful to him and being able to have so much time for blogging and writing has been great. I’m working towards making a good income from it so he won’t have to work so hard.
We did this last night because it was rainy and we were just staying in. I really wanted to make something with all the excess strawberries. Strawberry shortcake would have been nice but ovens aren’t used much here, and no oven in this house. So we couldn’t do any baking…
Well it is very catchy…
So I mentioned before, it was 8 days filming for just 30 minutes. When things are all edited and put to music it looks so fun, but the reality is… you really are just walking along the street haha. Mr Gwon tries to imagine how it will be later by humming music, but he usually ends up doing some Eat Your Kimchi music instead of ours.
I’m curious to what music the documentary program will use.
We’ve been seeing a lot of friends in Korea. This particular friend is a very good Japanese chef. My husband knew him and his wife in Australia but they live in Korea now. So it’s true, GD comes to the restaurant quite regularly. Obviously we can’t say which restaurant it is though. Our friend has said that he can let me know when GD comes in but I don’t want to be a creepy stalker AND it’s a pretty expensive place. As much as I’d love to see GD, I don’t want to interrupt his privacy.
I had never thought that much about face size until I had Korean friends. The first few times people told me I have a small face I thought maybe it was an insult! Then I realised it was a compliment as I observed Korean friends complain about the size of their faces. The fact that GD has a small face doesn’t make me think “Oh that makes him so handsome!”, I think his face is handsome no matter what size. That fact annoys my husband a little bit though… hehehe.
For several days we have had someone from EBS filming us. Sometimes it’s just one camera man/producer and sometimes it’s two. Being filmed hasn’t been so bad but the schedule has been exhausting! All up it’s about 7 days of filming for just a 30 minute program. Usually we wouldn’t be doing so much stuff, but we need to be doing lots of stuff for the camera.
So that’s why this comic is so delayed, it’s the middle of the night but I stayed up to do it. Comics take twice as long when I’m tired too. Mr Gwon is out partying with the camera guys and some friends, but I needed some quiet time.
By the way, we didn’t break the camera!
We had a really great time at the meet up. Thank you to everyone who came. We expected only a few people but I think it ended up being about 20 people. Everyone was so nice and we had an awesome time. There are a few photos on Facebook mostly from the second place we went to. We started at the cafe, then moved on to a restaurant and then some of us went to a bar and then finally another restaurant. So much talking!
I haven’t done a comic yet for today but I’ll try to do one later. I’m typing this while still in the hotel bed- I’m exhausted but trying to wake up properly because we need to go out and have EBS film us some more.
We go to Seoul today!
We are going to a publishing company that has offered me a book deal. I’m still not 100% certain that I will sign the deal yet, but we’ll see how things go.
We also have the Seoul Meet up tomorrow!
We’ll hopefully have another video uploaded later today, so check back!
In other news, if you’d like us to be invited to KCON this year please tell the KCON organisers. KCON is a Kpop convention in California. I’m not sure if we fit the type of panelists they are looking for as we aren’t completely about Kpop- but we do some Kpop stuff. You can recommend us on their Facebook Page or Tweet them @KCONUSA with the #kconfeedback tag/.
Mr Gwon always get fat when we come to Korea! He just can’t help himself when it comes to Korean food. We are really encouraged to eat when in Korea too, friends and family are always urging us to eat.
He is a little worried about the meet up on Saturday because he has put on so much weight in the past 2 weeks. He’ll have to hit the gym hard when we get back to Australia.
By the way….. EBS is filming me right now hahaha.
This is one of the most difficult things for me when I’m in Korea. There is no sofa in Mr Gwon’s parents’ house. There are about 2 chairs and I’m using one right now while I sit at a desk. Every restaurant we go to in this area are ones where you have to sit on the floor.
I’m just not used to sitting on the floor for long periods of time. Also, I think the way my body is doesn’t help. Mr Gwon is taller than me but my legs are actually longer than his. I also have underlying health problems that cause some pain in my legs, so sitting on the floor is never comfortable for me unfortunately.
It’s not like I never sit on the floor or ground in Australia. Picnics outdoor are fine because they are well…. picnics! But maintaining a respectful position for a long period of time because I am with my in-laws or older Koreans is difficult, and very different from lazing around outside.
I don’t know how much other people have problems with this. Do you get pain from sitting on the floor? Pins and needles? I have trouble getting up as well, that can be a bit painful.
When we move to Korea next year we will definitely need to get a sofa.
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