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SOONDAE TRUCK 1

Twice a week the Soondae Ahjussi visits nearby with his soondae truck. Now I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like soondae, but I’ve had a change of heart and now I quite like it! I don’t like eating it at open markets where it can have a strong smell and looks like it’s been sitting there for a while…haha, I can still be picky. I only started liking it after trying it at this soondae truck because it’s so fresh and there are different flavours. Hugh has always loved it though and it’s one of his favourite foods.

Soondae can also be romanised as “sundae” but I think that spelling can cause some problems for foreigners who are expecting ice cream…

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Highschool Boys 6

Highschool boys

So while I was thinking that those boys shouldn’t be drinking like that (must have forgotten I was in Korea! haha) Hugh had only thought about bribing them so they wouldn’t call him ahjussi. He doesn’t like to be faced with the reality of his age and how the younger generation now view him. I understand it, I hate being called ahjumma…. but he’s going a lot further to still feel young!

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Remember Number 4

Remember Number

You know when someone is trying to count or memorize a number and it’s really obnoxious to yell random numbers to make them lose track or forget? That’s what I was doing but my Korean number skills are atrocious so it sounded ridiculous. Korea has 2 numbering systems which can be confusing if you are bad at even the single numbering system in English… like me… I have maths phobia.

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20,000 subs, SeoulTube and Fanmail 8

Thank you everyone who is subscribed to our YouTube channel!

It was great to see so many people at SeoulTube, it’s just that the weather is unfortunate. Hugh had a great time there, and I did as well, but due to health problems and finding those situations overwhelming, I disappeared a lot and left Hugh to do the talking. He is the social butterfly and I’m the introvert. Shout out to the small group of people that kindly hung out with me in a quieter coffee shop for a while! We filmed this video today and edited luckily before I ended up bedridden with pain again. The pain has eased enough for me to sit up and type this, so that’s good. I was trying to vlog as well today, but had to give that up. I’ll continue that vlog later in the week.

Thank you Aimee for sending all that lovely stuff!

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Don’t Step On 6

Don't step on

I like frogs but I have this paranoia about accidentally kill them. The feeling of stepping on a frog and crushing it is a big fear of mine. Unfortunately there are lots of frogs at the moment because the rice has been planted so many of the fields have water on them. Great habitat for frogs, but makes for terrifying walking at night.

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Really Bad Timing 7

Bad Timing

Wonderful married life conversation there…

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Lesson 3

Lesson

He has so little faith in me… haha.

Actually I’ve had insomnia lately so he knew I was sleep deprived and likely to dissolve into tears at anytime. But the lesson was fine! It’s all in Korean so of course it’s hard for me to understand everything the teacher is saying, but it wasn’t a traumatic experience.

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Korean Tutor 24

Korean Tutor

You know the feeling of being a student again and it’s terrifying??? Traumatic school flashbacks haha.

Since I’m married to a Korean man I’m allowed a free Korean tutor through government services. Unfortunately we had to wait a year or so before one was available for me. Being in the countryside it’s a tutor that comes to people’s houses, which is good for me because I don’t have time to travel to a class twice a week.

Yesterday was the first evaluation to see where my Korean level is. My Korean is very basic and although I can follow some conversations, my speaking level is very low. People mistakenly think that by simply being in Korea that it should be very easy to learn Korean, but it’s not at all. Everyone has different skills and experiences. For example, someone who has already learned another language will likely learn faster, whereas I have never learned another language before. Also whether your relationship developed in English or Korean or a bit of both will affect it. When I first met Hugh, I couldn’t even read Korean.

Another aspect is what language who have to work in, and of course our work is mostly in English. Teachers, full-time bloggers and others working in English environments in Korea have this problem, and it’s a very different experience to someone who is learning Korean in a Korean university for example. What type of work or study you are doing in Korea will really influence the opportunities you have for learning Korean. (Not to mention extra things like dialect!)

Due to time limitations and knowing that I’d be getting a tutor later anyway, my Korean study stalled a lot. But now I’ll be learning Korean in Korean, which the tutor said is the hardest but fastest way. It’s kinda terrifying but I’m really glad as well.

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STUFF YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT US 11

I kinda briefly explain what has been up with my body lately. This is on top of me already having mild Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There must be something with female bloggers always having health problems (EYK’s Martina with EDS and Grace from Texan in Tokyo has health problems as well). It sucks!

Besides from the sickness update we tell you some more stuff about us!

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Kimchi Jjigae 12

Kimchi Jjigae

The thing is, he learned how to make kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) from me, and I learned from Maangchi!

When we lived in Sydney there were times that we’d eat kimchi jjigae for a week because we were so obsessed with it. We’d get really good quality pork and add in extra stuff. I think the good memories we have for that time make us long for that type of kimchi jjigae too.

My mother in law (and so then my sister-in-law) make a simpler, thinner, healthier kimchi jjigae and cut all the fat off the pork and don’t add any sugar or much sesame oil. While it’s better for us health-wise, we do miss the way we make it. Hugh is going to make it sometime because he is longing for that taste.

Also, because he can make kimchi jjigae well, Hugh is convinced he is a “master chef”, although he can barely make anything else…

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Pics from Seoul 1

We had a whirlwind trip to Seoul. SBS PopAsia were in town secretly filming stuff so we caught up with them. Hugh went a day before me because I still had some work to do.

Here are the pics that we posted on social media:

Hugh caught up with the JJCC boys:

Hugh and Prince MakHugh and Eddy

We met Sam Hammington (Aussie comedian famous in Korea) at his awesome cafe.

With Sam Hammington

Carrot Cake at Sugar Daddy

All the guys that do stuff on SBS PopAsia: Hugh with Andy (Host) and Prince Mak and Peter who both do radio shows.

SBS POPASIA

SBS PopAsia are based in Australia and are the best digital radio station for Asian pop internationally (and of course if you live in Australia there is the TV show). You can download the app! They call me once a week to chat about Kpop and Korea. You may remember the vlog where we visited them in Australia.

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Comments, Chopsticks and Cafes 14

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Photography 19

Photography

Here is one difference between how Hugh and I take photos of ourselves for Instagram. I take a photo, might put a filter on it and add some stickers… that’s it (occasionally I might just erase a blemish). Hugh takes lots and lots of photos and then picks the best one. He goes to the beauty editor in an app and fiddles with it, turning up the brightness and smoothing everything out. He goes through with the concealer brush tool as well. He sometimes even slims down his face and makes his eyes bigger. THEN he’ll put a filter on it. Yes he is more of a teenage girl than me. I know it’s common all around the world to change how you look in photos, but it’s a big thing in Korea.

I’m always surprised at how photoshopped many Koreans’ passport photos are. We don’t even really have that option in Australia if you do it the normal way. You go to the post office, they take your photo. It looks terrible, but that’s normal, and then you put it into your application right away. When you get your passport the photo now looks even more terrible, but is probably an accurate representation of how you look getting off a 10 hour flight anyway.

I’ve heard that some Korean people have actually had trouble getting through customs because their passport photo had been photoshopped too much.

Do you think people just expect online photos to be photoshopped now? And that of course people look great online and it’s not surprising when you meet people in real life and they don’t look anywhere near as good? Will our minds just adjust to that?

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Mountain Stream 10

Mountain Stream

He also didn’t want to go swimming because the water was cold and he is a baby. It was nice and refreshing for me though! Nice fresh mountain water. I need swimming buddies.

(If you are wondering why he didn’t just go naked, we were with his sister and friends).

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Kdramas: Fact or Fiction? 6

We answer your questions about Korean dramas. There is always lots more to say on all these topics, but never enough time. If you’d like us to elaborate more on a certain answer just leave a comment and we’ll try to reply.

Some extra thoughts:

I really do feel that schools can vary a lot based on where the school is and the type of school. Hugh definitely had a more wild time at school than I did, even though I went to school in Australia. His school was considered more of a technical high school where students weren’t going to go to top universities anyway. He literally drank alcohol on school grounds. In this area we can see that teenagers are probably way more promiscuous too. We’ve been in restaurants where teenagers next to us were talking about sexual things in a very crass way. Compare that to many other schools where people are very shy around the opposite sex. Especially if someone goes to an all boys school, or all girls school. When we did this video with Jongdae he talked about just never even having the opportunity to meet girls. Hugh says lack of students and money means that the highschool in this area was co-ed and there was less pressure on students to study hard, so teenagers end up being…. teenagers. There is some truth in teenagers in dramas being ridiculously awkward, but when people in their 20’s are like that, it’s super unrealistic.

Also, of course not every guy is going to be doing an “event” for his girlfriend, but it’s completely normal if a guy does. Korea also has that push and pull idea with dating which means that guys are expected to be very persistent if they really like the girl.

Were any of these answers in the video surprising to you?

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