Happy 5th Birthday to Boy 2!!!!
|Six In Seoul||
So, I have come to realize that Korea is the land of the not quite right. Everything just seems to be a little off. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I really love it here; things are just a little different. I believe the language barrier is most of the problem. And speaking of language barrier, I started Hongul classes last night. I think learning the language might be a little easier to learn than I had anticipated. Back to the not quite right, first of all forget about "lefty Lucy, righty tighty" it is opposite here. Righty Lucy, lefty tighty....just doesn't ring right, but that is Korea for you. I have discovered most things have to be done at minimum 2 times before they are right. Like our furniture, when they delivered our furniture, they delivered twin beds instead of bunk beds. I thought this was going to be a problem when I signed up for it, and tried very hard to let them know I wanted bunk beds. I think I will get the bunk beds today. Another thing is our phone/internet service. The phone has tons of static in it. I called for a work order, the service man came out and told me it was because I was using the internet and phone at the same time. This is Korea, they are more technically advanced than most places, so I know this should not be a problem. The internet guy is coming today to put in something so I can use both the internet and the phone at the same time.
Before moving here hubby decided Saturday night would be date night for us. This was the first of our Saturday night date night. Of course, I forgot the camera, so I have no pictures to share with you this time. We used a young girl from the neighborhood as a sitter, & it was very last minute, so our date was not too exciting for you guys, but it was nice for us. We went to this little Sushi place in Iteawon, which was fabulous! We ate far too much. After dinner we just walked around did a little shopping and just checked out what was going on. You know how I mentioned we thought the paint shop keeper was sleeping when we went in? Well, I find it is not that unusual. As we were walking along, several people were sleeping. The man selling watermelons out of the back of his truck was sleeping. Oh, by the way, watermelon is SO expensive here. At the commissary, a half a watermelon is $8 and it is not even organic! Next person we saw sleeping was a lady that sells street food, she had no customers. It is strange to me to see sleeping people on the side of the road - I have no idea how they do it. I have a hard time sleeping in my bed. After walking & shopping for a while we stopped at Starbucks, I have been looking for a frothing cup since we have been here because I forgot mine, but none of the Starbucks seem to carry them around here. Mine will get here soon enough. Anyway, I was still too full to even get a Java-chip frappuccino, no whip no drizzle. (I put the name in here for S, who never knows what she orders at Starbucks, because I would always do it for her)
I have been having technical difficulties. My computer decided to stop working yesterday. It has been having problems since we got the internet here at home. So yesterday while I tried to write my blog, it just quit. It was done. It wouldn't let me post the picture of the paint pigment, and it wouldn't let my thumb drive retreive my pictures. So, after a hour or two of working on it hubby got the kinks out of it, and it is working great today, I think. Time will tell.
This is paint pigment! We found it off post in a tiny paint store where the owner spoke no english at all. It all worked out though. We now have a golden color dinning room. When I am done with this blog I am going to start taping my living room. The color makes us feel so much better!
Right now I am sitting under a tree at “white park”. Our neighborhood has at least 4 parks, all color coded. The older kids just tell me what color park they are going to. Yes, Kathie, it is springtime here. All the flowers are in bloom & the weather is beautiful. Just like everywhere else we lived, the weather changes on the drop of a dime. One day it will be in the high 80’s, and the next day it will be in the 50’s. Today it feels like 80’s.
This is the playground right outside our back door. It is wonderful, my kids always have someone to play with.
Girl & boy's 2 & 3 were very excited about their first subway ride. Girl has been asking since we got here 2 weeks ago to ride the subway. Boy 3 is totally fascinated by trains, so the whole ride he was talking about how he was ridding a choo-choo.
Boy 2 just thought it was totally cool to be ridding in a moving vehicle while standing up!
We rode the subway to E-Mart. E-mart would be our version of Super Target. We went here to find...you guessed it paint pigment, however we failed, they have no paint pigment. E-mart has this very cool escalator thing that you take your shopping cart on (pictured) once your shopping cart is on this escalator, you can let go & your shopping cart won't move.
PS.....Boy 1 broke up with his girlfriend.
Before moving here hubby dubbed Sunday "brunch day". There are tons of places to have brunch here on post, so we are going to try them all. This Sunday we went to the Navy Club (pictured above), yes, I said Navy Club, no, I am not sure why the Navy club is on an Army post...did you call catch that - ARMY POST. This is a little pet peeve of mine, especially among soldiers that should know better. For you civilians, it doesn't bother me as much, but now you know. The army has POST and CAMPS, not BASES. Anyway back to brunch. The Navy Club actually does not have brunch, so we just had a late breakfast, which was pretty good. Boy 1 decided this is his favorite restaurant here on post and told us this is where he would like to have his birthday dinner. This is an American restaurant. Ok, so this leads me to the food here....from some of the comments you guys have left I tend to think you guys think we do not like the food here. Hubby and I are enjoying it VERY MUCH, I guess I have only been telling you all about the bad stuff. Most of it is really good. I'll try to be more positive from here on out.
After brunch we went into the city. Our quest for today was to find paint pigment. We would really like to paint our house, housing allows it here, and they don't even make you return your walls to white. The problem: finding paint pigment! Self help will even give you the paint, and mix your paint, once you have the pigment. The problem (again): have any of you ever looked for paint pigment? Much less in a different country where you don't speak the language. It is quite humorous. Where is a Home Depot when you need one? If any of you out there have some paint pigment laying around, or know where to find it, please advise me! I can't live with white walls for 2-4 years!!! Help me!! :)
This picture is for Molly.....this is the subway. Look at the floors.