Jul 14, 2012


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Jul 5, 2012

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Jun 19, 2012

new do....

 so, for a while, Nicole had her hair all nice and long.....

and I was all..........

 but now, she got her hair all cut and short......


 and i'm just like..............

put a ring on it,

Jun 17, 2012

Drying laundry

Without a dryer or a balcony this is how we dry laundry in the SOK... Everything comes out a bit more crunchy than in the states but we just think of it as a free skin exfoliant.

Jun 11, 2012


Adam has been back to his gym routine for a month now and I finally signed up for yoga.
The studio is across the street from work and super convenient.. for 6 months it is only costing $417 us dollars.
After signing the contract I noticed that the center is categorized under entertainment. Tonight is my first class so we shall see what kind of entertainment it specializes in :)

Jun 3, 2012


Two years later we trekked it back up the bongsun ridge that we hiked so many times before. The unfortunate yet extremely entertaining site of Nicole freaking out over a massive clap of thunder made our decent rather speedy but as in everything we do...an adventure was born.

Ride the lightning,


Last weekend we ordered our first delivered meal with the help of.our concierge. We stuck with pizza and chicken... but next time we will venture into Korean food territory where yes ladies and gents...they deliver on real plates and come back to pick them up.
This was our order...

치킨+팬피자+콜라  새트     
디핑소스 ~2


apartment #1332

No paper in these sewers

Here in Korea... there is a rule that we only sometimes follow... but this sign had me shakin in my shoes with the little devilish character making sure I did as I was told

May 15, 2012

Happy Wing

Ah yes, I have been eyeing this little "Happy Wing" for the last week across the street from work at a store called Art Box. designlaam created it. Their website isn't up yet, but it is based in Seoul.

No I don't have Internet at home yet, A Cell Phone or cable, but I do now own a little leaf that allows me to lift the toilet seat without touching it with my fingers...

Priorities People!

It was only 5,000 won or 4.50 so it wasn't that big of a deal.

May 14, 2012

a Catcher with nail polish

Adam and I love this commercial. It is the Kia Tiger's (Gwangju's baseball team).

The World's Fair, 2012

Ah yes, The World's Fair. This year, is being held in you guessed it! South Korea. Yeosu.
The official website is here. 

The fair began this weekend.They are expecting more than 8 million people to visit in the next 93 days! Tickets are on average 33,000 won a person, or about $30. 

The theme for the expo is "The Living Ocean and Coast." Since Yeosu is located on the coast, it does make perfect sense.

Adam and I will venture over there in early July to partake in the festivities. As more articles and news comes out about the events and the expo overall, I will repost.

May 11, 2012


So I can spend hours scanning across Gmarket, Korea's online shopping site for all sorts of stuff. But lately I have been fixated on all of the decals you can find. In America, these tend to be pricey, but here they are cheap and for every possible decor. This link will take you to the Gmarket decal area. There is an English button on the top right of the screen. Once you click on one item, the page will have tons more to choose from. Definitely check some out if don't have anything to do with your day.

May 10, 2012

...kids write the darndest things.

note the underlined phrase......she's 11.

hide your kids,

Skin Food

Korean women, and men for that matter take skin care and any appearance quite seriously. I have done my best this last month to jump on that bandwagon and take care of mine (every day, twice a day and not skip any!)  I trucked over to SkinFood, which is really only 2 blocks from my work and compared the different treatments. For a little under $50 I was able to purchase the full regimen for troubled skin. It consists of a cleanser, a toner, spot treatment, essence, emulsion and cream.

Seeing as though we were starting from scratch here, I also picked up shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap. And, slowly as my makeup runs out, I will replace it with SkinFood. I am not sure if it is their marketing or all their free masks and samples they throw in my bag when I shop, but I am hooked.

Their motto:

Delicious Cosmetics Made of Delicious Foods
Food Cosmetics, SKINFOOD
Under the motto of 'good food for health is also good for the skin', SKINFOOD is the first food cosmetic brand developed
with a differentiated unique concept of 'food'.
SKINFOOD delivers complete nutrition to the skin through the strict selection of foods that are good for the skin including avocado,
which is even listed in the Guinness World Records, rice that is reliable for taking care of health, fresh milk, and sturdy tomato.

Our products are scented and bottled according to their design and formulation concepts, to indulge you with the freshness and
nutrients of their main ingredients. SKINFOOD always looks for skin-affinitive food to bring you the best products.

Although no where does it say made from 100% natural ingredients, that I can find anyway, I still like to believe I am smearing avocado on my hair everyday when I am washing it.

May 9, 2012


If you need linens in Busan, and don't know who to contact, here is a great interior designer. His prices are reasonable, he has a ton of material to choose from and will even install everything. 

Even though he doesn't speak English, and I don't speak Korean, we were able to figure out an order after a few hours of changing my mind and drawing pictures. 
New handmade curtains and pillows (3 large and 3 small) cost a little under $300. I know it may seem like a lot to all of you in the states, but for some reason any type of linen here is incredibly expensive. We don't even have sheets yet. A set can be over $100 for the cheap ones (I know Mom is sending some for my birthday) A nice comfortable duvet starts at $400 and curtains are usually over $100. Towels, forget about it. Most are only hand towel size and to get one that actually covers your body, can run easily $25 a piece.

Check out the apartment blog to see more pictures.

heavy stuff and cool old dudes.....

Soooo...those who have followed the blogs within the past two months will know that the gym routine lately has been anything but..... and the art of lifting fire extinguishers and suitcases was a practice I was glad to leave behind in Japan.

Upon our arrival back to Gwangju, our first order of business was to renew my membership at MIR fitness just down the street. MIR is a cool gym for people that don't wear matching color gym clothes, squat while on their bluetooth, and grunt like they are expelling a live chicken from their.....well you get the idea. Its a bare bones gym for a bunch of regular Korean peeps that look average, but can more than likely bench half the Kia's in the city.

Signing back up I was somewhat surprised to recognize every single person in the gym and the recognition was reciprocated with friendly bows, excited handshakes and looks of bewilderment at my lack of hair. Remember last time I was the son of Elvis. Pretty awesome though to know that for the past 2 years in my absence, the same dedicated 60 something's have been workin hard and lovin it.
 Its a good place to start your day. At 7 am I arrived this morning and was summoned to the old folks round table for a pre-pump coffee and rice cake tasting. I mean seriously, what LA Fitness is gonna do that....its enough if the front desk bimbo looks up from her cell phone to scan you in. Sorry, maybe she's not a bimbo but nobody needs that much foundation and eye shadow in a gym.

The other day the owners son brought me behind the desk to show me the photo of Nicole and I he had placed under the desk glass in our honor and proclaimed how happy he was to have me back if only for a little while.

Going to the gym has always been a part of my mental and physical balancing act. It keeps me loose, happy and free from the petty things in life that might drag me down otherwise. Its an added bonus to find a spot like MIR where i'm welcomed in even with my lack of language....because when i shoot a thumbs up to the 73 year old dude doing dips like an college kid....he reads me loud and clear.

can I get a spot?

May 8, 2012

learning Korean

I have tried to once again throw myself into the deep realms of learning Korean. Now that I have many hours to myself, I have begun studying. Here are some helpful phrases for you. I honestly believe though, that the best way for me to learn is to write up scripts that use common survival language and have someone translate them for me...then practice them.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal
English한국어 (Korean)
Welcome환영합니다 (hwangyong-hamnida)
Hello안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) - frm, 안녕 (annyeong) - inf
여보세요 (yeoboseyo) - on phone
How are you?

I'm fine, thanks.
어떻게 지내세요? (eotteohke jinaeseyo?)
안녕하셨습니까? (an nyeong ha siut seum ni ka?)
잘지내요 (jaljinaeyo)
Long time no see오랜만이다 (orenmanida)
What's your name?

My name is ...
당신의 이름은 무엇입니까?
(dangsinui ireumeun mueosip nikka?) inf
성함이 어떻게 되십니까?
(sungham ee uttoke daesipnika?) frm
제 이름은 ... 입니다 (je ireum-eun ... imnida)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
어디서 오셨어요? (Eodiseo osyeosseoyo)
저는 ... 에서 왔어요 (Jeoneun ... eseo wasseuyo)
Pleased to meet you만나서 반갑습니다 (Mannaseo bangapseumnida) [frm polite]
만나서 반가워요 (Mannaseo bangawoyo) [inf polite]
Good morning/
안녕하십니까 (annyeong hashimnikka)
Good night안녕히 주무십시요 (annyonghi jumushipsiyo) - frm
잘자 (jal jja) - inf
Goodbye안녕 (annyeong)
안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo) - you are leaving
안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo) - you are staying
Good luck행운을 빌어요 (haeng un eul bil eo yo) frm
행운을 빈다 (haeng un eul bin da) inf
Cheers/Good health!건배 [乾杯] (geonbae) lit. "dry glass", 위하여 (wihayeo)
Bon appetit잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokkesseumnida) - before a meal
잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeosseumnida) - after a meal
맛있게 드세요 (masitkke deuseyo)
Bon voyage잘다녀오십시오! (jalda nyeoo sip sio!)
I don't understand모르겠습니다 (moreugesseumnida)
Please speak more slowly천천히 말씀해 주세요 (Cheoncheonhi malssuemhae jeseyo)
Please write it down적어 주세요! (Cheogeo jeseyo!)
Do you speak Korean?

Yes, a little
한국말 하실 줄 아세요? (hangukmal hasil jul aseyo?) - frm
한국말 할 줄 아니? (hangukmal hal jul ani?) - inf
예, 조금요 (yae, jogeumyo) - frm
응, 조금 (eung, jogeum) - inf
How do you say
... in Korean?
... 를 한국말로 어떻게 말해요?
(... reul hangukmal-lo eotteoh-ge maraeyo?)
Excuse me실례하겠습니다! (shillehagessumnida)
How much is this?이게 얼마예요? (ige eolmayeyo?)
Sorry미안합니다! (mianhamnida)
Thank you

감사합니다 (kamsahamnida) - frm
고맙습니다 (komapsumnida) - inf
아니에요 (anieyo)
Where's the toilet?화장실이 어디예요? (hwajangsiri eodiyeyo)
I love you사랑해 (sarang hae)
Leave me alone!혼자 내버려 두십시오! (honja naebeoryeo dushipshio)
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
즐거운 성탄절 보내시고 새해 복 많이 받으세요
(jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaesigo saehae bok manhi bateusaeyo)
Happy Easter행복한 부활절이 되시길 (haengpoghan puhwarcheori toesikir)
Happy Birthday생일축하합니다 (saengil chukha hamnida)
One language
is never enough
한 가지 언어는 충분하지 못 해
(han gaji un u nun chung boon ha ji mot hae)

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