06 10 14

(/^▽^)/ Almost here \(^▽^\)

01 10 14
My younger brother is on an airplane right about now...
We made sure the house is all ready for a warm welcome!
I may have overdone it just a little bit.

September snacks & snippets

30 09 14

Korea has a thing with gift boxes. And I must say it's a very handy present to receive. Now we have enough oil and mouthwash to last us for years

The gift boxes with ham & oil and tuna & oil was a gift from my parents-in-law. The dental and haircare box was a gift from the styling lady who is going to do my hair and make up on the wedding day. She is also a friend of my mother-in-law. 

One of the best things of living a new country is exploring new favorite things to snack on: 

1. I mostly just bought this because  I thought it was butt-man. It's supposed to be a cheeky peach though. It tastes like apricot with cream nothing super special but I'm a sucker for cool/cute packaging. 2. Totally healthy, look at his healthy smile. You should drink one everyday. 3. These are just amazing. Probably better made from scratch, but these a great for a quick sugar-fix 4. New magical ice cream flavors, pretty cheap and a perfect snack.  5. Sweet traditional rice drink 6. And then for the salty cravings there is seafood flavored chips. Again, I mostly love the packaging.

Bonus points for being from the same birth year as me
In case I'm a little homesick bread and pies from Ours Blanc always cheer me up.

October is almost here which means it's going to be an exciting month with the wedding and family visiting! My younger brother will be here in two days >__<  I have to hold myself back not to go to the airport already, I'm sure I will go there 6 hours early to pick him up.

Seoul zoo is awesome

10 09 14

Let me first tell you that the entrance fee for adults is 3000 Won. 3000 Won which is 2.24408809 Euro. That's right. Or 2.90100 USD. Holy cat that is cheap. 

Secondly if you go on a lazy Sunday (and the day before Chuseok) there are noticeable fewer visitors; as in some paths were deserted and it was awesome. 
Located close to Seoul Grand Park line 4 exit 2. ~Seoul Zoo official website in English

It's an incredibly beautiful park surrounded by mountains. There are many shaded picnic spots along the stream. You can bring a mat or buy one at the entrance of the park and lunch under the green lush. They have every kind of animal; fluffy, creepy, nocturnal, winged-ones, crawlers wet and slimy they are all present. Many of the birdcages you can actually enter and admire the birds up close. There is also a huge area secluded with a net were you can see big birds like pelicans up close. Honestly it's worth 10x the asked price, a big recommendation!

That creature in the upper right corner is the most ugly cute thing I have ever seen.

Bugak Palgakjeong // Octagonal Pavilion

01 09 14
When you post something here the post will be delivered after a year.
Address~ 267 Bugaksan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Snippets of August

30 08 14
Wanne be babyskin?
1. Cute mascots are mandatory in Korea. 2. A rabbit on the moon making ddeok ()

3. I started Korean language class. Now that MJ and I are married I can have free classes at a center. Our teacher is very passionate about teaching. We spend a lot of time on practicing the correct pronunciation and that has been so helpful. It's just a joy to be in her class ^__^ Back to school!

Great crunchy brown bread can be found at: Ours Blanc

Have a great weekend!

Korean Marriage program

21 08 14
This drawing  of a couple in traditional wedding attire was on the cover of our handbook
Because Min Jae and I are getting married for the church very soon we had to follow a preparation seminar. I figured it would be about the ceremony itself but it was surprisingly different.

A. They started off by talking about the differences between men and women, handing out plenty of advice. Basically it came down to saying that women are more emotional than men. They showed a few short movie clips that revealed the secret that what a women is saying often is the opposite of what she really means. This was brought in an entertaining joking kinda way but they were also serious about it. 

The differences were also illustrated in the handbook

B. There was this moment when we had to gaze into each others eyes for a good minute or two. So romantic and so weird when twenty couples are doing that all at the same time.

C. Then it was time to fill out little tests answering questions like "what is your partner's favourite colour?", "What country does he/she want to visit?". All basic things and then compare and grade each other. We both passed obviously.

We also had to take a personality test to check the positive and negative points in our character. It was quite fun actually. Apparently Min Jae and I share our positive traits but we have different negative ones. The outcome was that we are pretty compatible, we are technically already married so it would have been too late to change course otherwise  anyway.

D. Break-time: Kimbap + coffee

E. After the break we watched the documentary "Miracle of love" Okay, a bunch of colourful images of sperm swimming and egg growing. I felt like I was in the 5th grade again. It's still awkward watching two people kiss and rub each other jumping to an image of the conception happening.

After the movie we got some advice on how to conceive children. o__o that definitely felt like the 5th grade again. But we were also asked to write down how many children we each wanted and how we envision parenthood. And discuss our anwers with each other.


F. Another break: more snacks + more coffee (yes this class took all afternoon)

G. The last hour was a speech from a friendly priest who informed us that a marriage for the church is forever. And all the legal things surrounding this agreement. Okidoki.

In good old Korean fashion we got a certificate for our attendance (note: you get a lot of certificates in Korea) - we can totally get married for the church now!

For my married friends/ readers I have the question if you had to do something similar? Or is this a Korean thing? I'm not sure. In the end it was pretty fun because of the little quizes and tests but it was defininetly not what I expected. 

On the drawing table today

19 08 14

Our weekend // snippets

10 08 14
And a welcome downpour

Wedding card

05 08 14

Work in progress

Although technically we are already married and living together. And even before that I knew this relationship was some serious business. But now that I am designing our wedding card it really hits me. I'm going to walk down the aisle in two months. With shaking knees probably, not because of the commitment but because I'm nervous being "in the spotlight". I mean weddings kinda scare me. Just a little- I mean a lot. I mean no, it's gonne be great, but I'm kinda nervous.

If you have wedding card related advice, let me know.