Sunday, January 28, 2007
He was a maniac -maniac- on the dance floor. He was dancing like he'd never danced before.
We decided to bring out our mad and varied skills, and we showed everyone who's boss: Colin was practicing mime the entire evening, and here he can be seen emulating a very happy sailor waving hello to his bonny lass on the shores of Newfoundland. He's a work of genius. Col (Han), you rule.
And yet another night, it was time to (properly) celebrate a HUGE accomplishment for my dear wifey: She is now an accredited Music Therapist by the Canadian Association of Brewers- wait a tick, no: Canadian Association of Music Therapists. That's probably the one. She found out in early December, and Caitlin, Colin, Anne and we dudes went to Jongno Tower to partake in its culinary delights. However, the place was packed like a Lipsett's Volkswagon and there was nary a place to place our tushies. So, that night, we settled for a cute little steak joint (with salad bar!!) just down the street. It was a very nice meal and great atmosphere, but I knew in my heart that Hilary and I must return to the Tower and indulge in its fineries. I mean, you don't get accredited every day!
January 12, 2007 rolled around (and this time I reserved) and we took off for Jongno Tower's Top Cloud restaurant. And oh my it was nice!
There was live music, an entree plus an AMAZING buffet -and a cheese fondue which we put on our salad! Soooo good! Lots of great and scrumptious food: Hil got a sampling of everything so we could choose what we like the best, but after sampling one of everything, we were too stuffed to eat anything more. So we had some deserts and then sampled the loos. And here is what we saw (from our separate loos):
I mean, really: if the view from the bathroom is THIS good, why would you want to leave the place?!?! I was taking a lot of pictures in the bathroom of the cityscape, and then realized, after 20 minutes, that this might be a little weird to see a dude taking pics of a bathroom... so I left. But it was fun while it lasted!
So, in the end, we celebrated Hil's wonderful work well. It was a long time in the coming, but then again, so is asparagus; but it's worth every second of the wait.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
New Years' Day: We took them to the coolest Japanese place that serves the best shabu-shabu we know of (thin slices of red meat that you cook in a tomato-esque broth with lots of greens and long 'shrooms thrown in). It's actually a three-courser that is all made from the same stuff: they give you udon noodles afterward in the same broth, then when you're finished that, they take your pot of broth, dump some of it out and mix fried rice in so that it makes a really yummy paste that you spoon off the side of the pot. Koreans are all about sharing. We like that.
And the family - probably the best shot we could get. Sorry, Alan, - I tried but the face - well it's a special facial shot, is it not?!
Pardon me, but I had to do New Years' first, it was too cute to pass up. Now for Christmas. And yeah, we didn't get too many shots of it but we liked our tree. Here's how it all started:
Et voila! Voici nos bon chances. Et apres ca, nous allons ecrire plus tard. Good French Lydia? Why thank you!
Friday, January 26, 2007
So, wonder of wonders, they toted their bikes and booties all the way from sunny Thailand to frigid Korea.
The bikes were a bit of an issue at first with the taxis cuz those lovely vehicles aren't exactly renowned for their trunk space. But we had a shoelace and some mad McGuiver skills so we worked it all out.
The following day it snowed something beautiful and our hood became a winter wonderland for the first time since last winter. Hil and I were enthralled, but I don't know if the feeling was shared by our dudes. Their tans sure stood out against the whitiness and -10 degree weather that awaited them in our homely little Asian home.
And what would be the perfect relief for such a sudden lack-of-beach? A tea house in the quaint back alleys of Insadong.
And what tea house would be complete with out a plexiglass-encased hexagonical meditation tank? Well, many as it turns out. But not THIS one!!! Pam and I both indulged and then my legs hurt so that was that.
Unfortunately, I was feverish for the entire 3 days they were here. Nevertheless, we had a great time chatting and laughing and catching up after a year-long separation.
It was a short and wonderful visit with awesome friends.
We also dragged them to a sauna and ate some patbingsu (red bean paste on shaved ice with whole milk, all topped with corn flakes, strawberry sauce, whey powder, and love). It was just a taste of Korea, but oh my what a taste it was, eh what? It was great to have them come and stay with us, but then we had to kick them out cuz they were getting rowdy. Then, after being rejected outright by about 15 taxis (again) we finally got them to the bus stop and sent them on their way home. C'etait merveilleuse mes amis! We love you guys!