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Wedding Daze #10: Departure

Wedding Daze #10: Departure

I think no one slept that night.  It always does so when you have to wake up early.  Around five o'clock, EJ asked, "Are you awake?" "Yes." "You going back to sleep?" "Doesn't look like it." The family was leaving in two batches.  We went to the airport...

Wedding Daze #9: The Last Big Bash

Wedding Daze #9: The Last Big Bash

When planning the dinners for the rest of the week, we thought it a great idea to do a homemade meal using Ben's kimchi from Tuesday.  This was the biggest day for everyone.  Dad and Anita woke up early to make the DMZ tour at 7.  Ben woke up early to meet Veronica...

Wedding Daze #8: Whiskey and Shellfish

Wedding Daze #8: Whiskey and Shellfish

I was totally exhausted from running around Tuesday.  I had planned to go with Dad and Anita to Namdaemun Market, but the thought of going back into Seoul filled me with dread.  EJ and I spent much of the morning cleaning the house, which is becoming a theme on this...

Wedding Daze #7: Running Around Jongno

Wedding Daze #7: Running Around Jongno

Ben and I had to get up early and get into north Seoul, the Jongno area (Jongno 5 ga), for a kimchi making class at Soodo (not Pseudo) Cooking College at 10.  I didn't sign up for the class.  It was just for Ben.  So I killed some time.  First I found a little coffee...

Wedding Daze #6: Post-Wedding Daze

Wedding Daze #6: Post-Wedding Daze

The past few days have been mild compared to before the wedding.  EJ and I woke up to a lot of stress being lifted.  EJ kept repeating to herself in disbelief, "It's finished." Dad and Anita went into Seoul to see palaces.  I was going to go join them, but I was too...

The Wedding

The Wedding

(Photos courtesy of Michael Hurt, Paul Matthews, Brant Inners, Stafford Lumsden and Mimi Snider.  More will be added as I find them.) I didn't sleep well.  I can't when I know I have to be up early.  I got up around four, got some coffee and tried to pack some more. ...

Wedding Daze #4: First Trip to Seoul

Wedding Daze #4: First Trip to Seoul

The family had already spent a good chunk of their vacation here without checking out Seoul.  This was the day before the wedding, and EJ had planned to spend it relaxing, so the original idea was to send everyone off on the DMZ tour.  Yet I procrastinated too much in...

Wedding Daze #3: Hanbok Shopping

Wedding Daze #3: Hanbok Shopping

We have to get up early tomorrow morning.  I'm tired.  The only reason I'm typing right now is to kill time as I wear my Eun-Jeong-mandated beauty face mask. Friday, the plan was to get lunch, rent the hanbok (traditional clothes) and take a quick trip into Seoul....

Wedding Daze #2: The Open Market

Wedding Daze #2: The Open Market

The past two days have been extremely full, and we have barely left Anyang. Thursday morning was a slow start.  I woke up and saw that Ben had been up since 4 a.m. Yea, jetlag! So I thought I should get on down to the hotel.  I tried to call Mom and Brian's room, but...

Wedding Daze #1: Family Arrives

Wedding Daze #1: Family Arrives

Finally the day has come for the family to arrive.  I've been waiting for this moment for over five years.  I can't believe it has happened! EJ and I have been scrambling to think of what all little things need to be cleaned up (smudge on the corner of patio wall),...

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

It all started during the rainy season in my first year in Anyang.  I was going to take my usual over-the-river shortcut while walking to Beomgye when I found that the entire footpath was submerged under rushing water.  The Haguicheon (Hagui River) cuts from east to...

Try!

In one fell swoop--well, faster than I expected--we've gotten the wedding plans cemented.  Eun Jeong had been researching for a while, and we went down to the folk village behind Korea House to check out their traditional Korean ceremony.  It looked fun and cheesy. ...

Friday Night with Young-chol

Just got back from a nice dinner with my friend Young-chol.  We met during the Noryangjin segment of Bizarre Foods, and it's his brother-in-law's farm where we had that DMZ barbecue.  We'd been working on finding a good night to get together for a while.  Originally...

More TV

Man, I've been lazy on this blog. Well, everyone knows that Eun Jeong and I have gotten officially married, even though the actually ceremony won't be until October.  We're still working on the--nah, we're not really working to hard on the wedding plans.  We're too...

A Nice Walk

Just got home. It's the time of year for goodbyes.  Ian Mc is leaving Korea Wednesday with his young family for home in Canada.  He hasn't been back in eight years.  He stopped by work one last time, and the whole group, including the Korean support staff, went out to...

Andong

Andong

Way back in December, Roboseyo talked about making a weekend trip to Andong when he returned from China.  After a few delays, a date was set for the end of February and was made into a Hub of Sparkle sanctioned outing.  Eleven folks ended up going. A train was booked...

For My Eyes Only

For My Eyes Only

As you can see, the yellow dust season has returned. Dress properly. We're in good spirits in the ZenKimchi household, but a few things are trying to put the gray cloud over us. The exchange rate continues to worsen as I need to send money overseas for child support...

A Corporation, a Radio Station, and a Book

Whew! Just got through a very busy week.  I had something scheduled almost every day before starting work.  But it's all been quite exciting. On Tuesday, I met with the manager for the dining division of a major Korean food corporation.  He's enlisted my help in...

Bracing for the New Year

Bracing for the New Year

I haven't been posting much.  Mostly because I already talk much about my week on the SeoulPodcast, so I don't feel compelled to write it all out again.  Also, a lot of stuff I want to post is stalker fodder.  I have various crazy people tracking me.  Each time I...

This Is the Life

This Is the Life

Even though the current exchange rate is obliterating our entertainment fund, who says we can't still have a good time? Halloween was pretty much non-existent this year because we all were too busy on crucial school-related projects that--well, doing Halloween would...

The Massage Show

The Massage Show

Eun Jeong and I had a pretty good weekend. I had been busy most every weekend since August, and I made sure to dedicate this weekend to her for three dates. Friday night, she met me in downtown Anyang. We walked around a bit, and we ran into Friend Lee. We were in the...

Vacation?  Where?  When?

Vacation? Where? When?

Actually, I had a good vacation. It just always seems too short. Again, we didn't do that trip to Thailand I beg Eun Jeong to take every six months. But we did go somewhere, even though it was a day trip. Did some whitewater rafting in Gangwon-do, the next province to...

The End of an Era

I got a call Tuesday morning. "I'm gonna miss you, man." Christina was sobbing on the phone at Incheon International. "I'm gonna miss you too." I was trying to keep my composure, and I was pissed that both of us were too busy to spend some time together before she...

Spooky Walks on the Mountain

Sometimes I think that Eun Jeong is quite clever--despite what she says I say. We have a system at our apartment building where we share two elevators. They both go to the first floor and basement. But after that, one goes to even numbered floors and the other goes to...

We’re Stayin’!

Hopefully this is for good. We just got the call from the realtor less than a minute ago. They've agreed to let us stay here at the apartment for the price we agreed on. You may now return to your original programming.

A Whole Season of Lazy

A Whole Season of Lazy

Yeah, I'd say this is the longest I've gone without posting. I guess I'll return to doing small regular updates like I used to. Of course, since returning from the States in March, I started up the SeoulPodcast, and that's taken a lot of time out of my week. I also...

Trippin’ #3: Grandaddy’s Birthday

Trippin’ #3: Grandaddy’s Birthday

Man, it's taken a while to write the next part. Ben and I woke up early the next morning to shove off to Decatur, Alabama, for our grandfather's 90th birthday party--the reason for the U.S. trip. It takes a good two to three hours to get there from Atlanta, and we...

Trippin’ #2: Take Your Brother to Work Day

My first full day in the U.S. was rainy. It was rainy when I left Seoul, and it was rainy when I arrived in America--well, with tornadoes. Rather than spend the day getting over jet lag and watching TV, I wanted to spend it at Ben's restaurant, Franco's, where he's...

Trippin’ #1: Arrival in the U.S.

The six-hour layover in Tokyo finally ended. On the way to the gate, I stopped to have some ramen and a beer. I was the only non-Japanese ordering a hot meal, even though I was surrounded by Americans there, who were trying to figure out what to get but seemed timid...

Back in Korea

A quick note to everyone concerned: Back home. Everyone and everything is safe with only trivial snags this time. Going to bed now.

Sitting in Japan

Geez! This trip, as I was afraid of, has had its little snafus--or rather, it(where is the freaking apostrophe on this Japanese keyboard...oh there freaking apostrophe on this Japanese keyboard...oh there) it's not been one of those trips where I can sit back, relax...

I’m Off!

It's 5:30 in the morning, and I can't sleep. My taxi leaves at 7:00. The airport limo bus will arrive at the airport at 8:00. I'll board my flight at 10:00. It'll take off at 10:20. (six-hour layover in Tokyo) Then I'll be on my way home for the first time in FOUR...

A Month of Anticipation

I've been working on many things as of late. The writing still takes up a lot of my "free space." I'm worried that it's hurting the Food Journal. I notice that I've been sitting on posts in case I want to use them in other articles. In the meantime, I've been...

And Here is ZenKimchi’s Valentine’s Post

Korean class was even better yesterday. I'm feeling a lot more confident. I got off the bus one station too early and booked it to class. I got there just on time. A few in our group were later than me. I sat in the front of the class so I could be the class nerd....

Scary Day

We've had Market Days at school this week from over a year hiatus. This is where the kids who have been accumulating a our little school money from doing well on tests and such get to spend it on merchandise that we set up in a classroom. Chris P.'s classroom was used...

I am Stupid Hand

We started Korean classes yesterday at the community center. I didn't expect it to be so popular. Chris, Sean and I arrived together and sat in the back of the class with the rest of the Breakfast Club. Many of us were looking forward to being in classes with a bunch...

Met the Fam

Met the Fam

We did it. I met Eun Jeong's mother, and it was a success! We had booked train tickets to Pohang (next to Gyeongju) but were too late to book train tickets for the return home, so we got bus tickets instead. We woke up early and made it to the train station at a...

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

I'm getting increasingly anxious. We're heading to Gyeongju tomorrow to meet Eun Jeong's mother for the first time. It'll be a short overnight trip. I hear they're nervous too. They've only seen foreigners on TV. We've been stressing on what a good gift would be. I...

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