Archive for May, 2009

Who Doesn’t Love Water?

I love the fact that there is a water fountain people are allowed to play in. Kids are permitted to have fun splashing one another. It’s great. The water in the “pool” area is maybe a foot deep… and in the background there are 2 arches that rain water. It’s only on when the day is hot… and at times when kids would be downtown. It’s such a nice thing for a city to do for their citizens.  Gotta love Sanbon.

Downtown Sanbon Water fountain

Downtown Sanbon Water fountain

As hot as it has been in the last few days, I may find myself enjoying this fountain.  :mrgreen:

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Crafty Goodness

It took me 2 months to complete. I am proud of my latest craft project.  It’s not perfect, by any means… but I really like it.  :mrgreen:

Each Dawn a New Day… Each Day a New Beginning
Finished Project

Finished Project

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Just An Ordinary Weekend

Saturday was a perfect example of why I love living in Sanbon.  I was on my way to the store and heard music.  Of course, I was curious.  There is a permanent wooden stage set up in the downtown area of Sanbon.  The stage was full of color.  It was a full day of traditional Korean music, dance and song.  The costumes were gorgeous.

I was the only white person watching the entertainment. I guess the woman in charge thought it was fabulous that I was there because she actually came and asked if I would mind posing for pictures with her and some of the singers. Very weird. Unfortunately, I did not get anyone to take a picture with my camera.

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I realize that I talk about food too much

For some reason I just can’t help myself:

We were at a Japanese restaurant called Izakaya

We were at a Japanese restaurant called Izakaya

For a while now, we have been wanting to check out this Japanese restaurant on the 3rd floor of a building downtown.  It was good.  The place was decorated with empty boxes of food products and old Saki bottles.  It was a fun atmosphere.  What drew me in though, was a craving for a Dragon Roll.  It turned out to be a completely different Dragon Roll than what I was expecting, but it was still good.  I love eel.  It was missing avocado though… but I haven’t really seen much avocado at all since I’ve been here.

Dragon Roll Sushi

Dragon Roll Sushi

I think that this looks like a plate of fish… but underneath all that stuff is a sushi roll.  It came served with pearl onions, cherry tomatoes and sweet pickles.  Very weird.  On top of the roll is eel (yummy), squid flakes (not soo yummy), and roe.    The only thing that I was upset about was that I could not get soy sauce or wasabi.  :cry: The waitress did not speak English, but still understood what I was asking… she said that it was to be eaten “No sauce” and she would not bring me any.  Oh well…

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FYI…. a trip home

I am super excited because I am going to be able to visit the Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.  I need a trip home.  This will be a solo trip, Seth is taking a different week of vacation.  He’s also a different sort of person than I am.  As much as I do enjoy getting to experience this amazing country… I miss home.  Mainly I need to get a few dozen hugs and I’ll be right as rain.  Not to mention that some Mexican food sounds amazing right about now.  My trip will be extremely short lived, but worth the trip.  I fly into Huntington June 9th!  Woo Hoo, just a few weeks away.

09-21-06Keith Albee Pics of Huntington.  :mrgreen:

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7 Korean Condiments I Use Most

If you know me, then you probably know my love of condiments.  I usually choose my food by what condiment I’m in the mood for.  Here in Korea, they have some of my favorite condiments… but most of them are very different. I can’t find a good Honey Mustard, forget about finding Seedy Mustard.  I miss my Old Bay spice.  Soy Sauce in Korea ALL contain stupid wheat, so I’ve been relying on people to send me some.  It’s been good, in some ways, because it makes me rethink my cooking methods and branch out into new ways of cooking.  I am very happy to learn different styles of making food.

Korean cooking aresenal

Korean cooking arsenal

1. Chili Sauce – sweet and sour sauce basically… good on most everything, even my eggs

2. Red Pepper Paste – This is Seth’s because it has wheat… but he adds it to his rice and anything he wants to make spicy… Koreans add this to about everything

3. Corn Syrup – a must in making Korean dishes, to make sauces… it’s not like Karo

4. Mayonnaise – more natural than what we get at home… fresher… comes in these squishy container bottles and tastes awesome on my “fake fries”

5. Sesame Oil – another must in Korean cooking… it’s more of an addition to a finished meal rather than something to cook WITH… good stuff

6. Sesame Seeds – add to any dish and it adds a little nutty flavor… never really used them before now, but I love them

7. Curry Paste –  (not Korean, but the best I’ve ever eaten) I find it in this little foreign food market… I’ve been making the most yummy chicken curries because of this stuff

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Flowers

:razz: Since the weather has warmed up, the flowers have been blooming in full force.  It is gorgeous here.  Some of the flowers I recognize, but others I have never seen.  Flowers make me happy.

Tree peony flowerMorning in All Its GloryCambridge (Hespeler) Ontario: Goatsbeard (Aruncus)

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Yongsan IMAX

We wanted to see Star Trek and decided IMAX was the way to go.  I’m glad we took the time to head into Seoul to see this movie.  Star Trek was amazing, in case you were wondering.   The IMAX is located in Yongsan…. also, quite easy to find since the mall is connected to the Station.

At the mall

At the mall

I love how most of the malls here have fabulous outdoor areas within the complex center.  This mall was laid out in a square and this concourse was being used for some Mother’s Day festivities.  They were playing music and games.

We also found a fun little Sushi restaurant… with one of those sushi “trains” that I find so fascinating.  This place had ‘Japanese Fusion’ on the window.  I’m not sure what made it a fusion restaurant other than the fact that on the train, amidst all the sushi, was strawberry pie. … which I know is not a Japanese dessert.

Fried rice with shrimp

Fried rice with shrimp

The sushi travels by and you pick what you want...

The sushi travels by and you pick what you want...

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Shoes

It’s taking Penny Loafers to a whole new level….

Shoes from a magazine

Shoes from a magazine

I really wish I could take pictures of all the shoes I see here.  Most women wear amazing shoes, everyday, all day.  I feel weird snapping shots of women’s feet, but the shoes in this magazine are shoes I have actually seen someone wear.  Now, I don’t think these particular shoes are nice in anyway… but they make me laugh.   I couldn’t help myself.

:cry: Of course, I can’t shop for new shoes here because their sizes don’t go above a size 9… and even 9 is very rare.  My size 10 feet are going to have to wait for a trip to the good ol’ U.S.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers in my life.

Here in Korea, they celebrate Parent’s Day instead of having seperate days for Mothers and Fathers.

a happy mother´s day to all mothers...

That is the one thing that is difficult about being soo far away from home… not being able to give hugs to the ones I love.   I am very blessed to have such loving family.  My grandmother, who is such an amazing woman, is still not feeling well and it is difficult not to be able to be there for her.  My mom, still living in Cincinnati, who I am thrilled got a new phone so she can email me everyday now.  My step-mother, Connie, who keeps my dad in line and is always there when I need her. My mother-in-law, Geraldine, who has treated me like a daughter for last 10 years.

This is my sister’s second Mother’s Day and my friend Jaime’s first, so it’s a very happy day for them.   And to all the other mothers… Happy Day to you too!  It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

:mrgreen:

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