This is the playground right outside our back door. It is wonderful, my kids always have someone to play with.
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.
Boy 1 is becoming quite the social butterfly here, yesterday he went to his first birthday party since we have been here. While he was out partying, hubby, the 3 little ones and I went to Iteawon, a touristy shopping area in Seoul. I was a bit disappointed, the shopping was not what I expected - but don't worry, I'm not giving up, I know I will find a perfect shopping area. This area was just too touristy for me. We did have lunch at a Korean BBQ restaurant, which was pretty good, and we saw some interesting thing. For example, this cute little dog riding on a moped.....
Another thing I find interesting are the motorcycles. The picture I am posting is not that great, however I have been trying to get a picture of a motorcycle since I have been here and this is the only one I have been able to snap. The motorcyclist are CRAZY…they carry HUGE loads and drive where ever they want. This guys is on the sidewalk! You have to be very careful driving here because they will come up between you and the car next to you, when there isn’t even room for a bicycle, much less a motorcycle carrying who knows what. Koreans turn a 2 lane street into a 4 lane street and motorcycles still fit in between. Seriously!
For those of you that think you would starve here, never fear, there is a Mc Donald's right around the corner.
My kids models?
When picking my children up from school a Korean lady approached me. She told me she was a modeling agent, and went on and on about how beautiful my children are, (I totally agree) ultimately asking if my children would like to model. Now, if I were in the states I would have run for the hills, started freaking out and most likely yelling for a police officer. However, we are in Korea, where children mean the world and I really feel no one (especially Koreans) would cause harm to children. You would have to be here to understand this. Another thing that helped is my neighbor had mentioned to me the night before that her children had done some modeling here. I let the lady take pictures of my children and gave her my cell number; she gave me her card and told me she would call me. When we got home, I went to my neighbors to ask her if this was the company her children worked for, indeed it was. She went on telling me how wonderful the lady was and showed me the work of her children. She reassured me that modeling here is very different than in the states, this is fun, dress up, play time. Her children have been in several magazines and calendars, they were paid very well for it and enjoyed doing it. So we will see, are my children model material? I’ll keep you posted on this journey.
Monday we moved into our new home. I was pleasantly surprised with housing, I expected the worst, but didn’t get it. For you guys that are military or those of you that visited us in Kansas, Korea housing is MUCH BETTER! The kids are very happy with it, and love having a place to call home. We have a huge playground right outside our back door & 3 more playgrounds in our small neighborhood. Boy 1 already has a girlfriend (he has only been in school 3 days) and was ask to the Sadie Hawkins dance by 2 different girls. I think his adjustment period is over. Girl has been in school 2 days; she likes her class, but says she will never love it as much as her last class. She has made several friends, including the little girls next door. Girl also tells us at least once daily that she really likes Korea. Boys 2 & 3 are doing great & have made several new friends on the playground. The playground is wonderful; however there is a downside to it, the floor of the playground is sand, so it is like having a huge sandbox outside your back door. I have NEVER seen such dirty children. I now know why people have play clothes for their children. Girl had a white shirt on the day we moved in when she came in from playing it was brown. I don’t know if it will ever come clean, but I am good with that. J
This might be my last post for a few days, because today we check out of the hotel and into our house, it is actually a 6 or 8 plex & I don't know when my internet will be hooked up. Although I am excited about moving out of the hotel, we don't have any of our things that have been shipped over. Of course we have the things we brought on the airplane with us, which are important, but we are missing things like....sheets, shower curtains, towels, dishes, pots & pans - you get the idea. The house does come furnished, so we will have places to sit and lay, and if you remember we brought our COFFEE MACHINE on the airplane, so we will have coffee to drink. :) OH, yesterday we bought a car, a '94 Toyota Camery. It is not a 'hooptie' , it runs great and has been maintained very well. Not all of our family can fit it it, but it is just to get around post. Everything is within walking distance & hubby will take the bus to work most days. I doubt I will ever drive off post. If you ever come to visit, hubby will be the one to pick you up.
This is the family eating at a little place in Seoul. I think the kids enjoyed the experience, but I'm not sure how much they liked the food.
This is hubby buying rice cakes from a street vendor. The vendor gave us multiple things to try, before we decided on the rice cakes. We sampled some hard black corn, which boy 2 promptly spit out of his mouth; I don't think anyone else saw him do this, thank goodness. We tried a few other things which I have no idea what they were, and something that looked like bird seed, it was in a flat little square, I think it was sesame seeds. And last, we tried the rice cakes, made fresh - it was really cool watching them be made. Rice dropped into a little circular dish; a big arm came down over it with lots of heat, and then out popped a rice cake 4 times as big as the circular dish.
My class on Korean culture was very good. I enjoyed this brief - here are a few things I learned.
My first adventure in Seoul....
Yesterday I left YongSan for the first time and went into Seoul. I must admit I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but was also excited. I went with my new friend Ginny. Ginny took me to a little Korean grocery store where I bought fresh bananas, strawberries and some sort of citrus fruit, they look like miniature oranges but are very tart. Anyway, after the grocery store we went to her apartment. This is a view from her apartment window. There are some very cool things about Korean apartments; my favorite thing is that the on/off switch for the water at the kitchen sink is on the floor. You just step on the left side and the water turns on, step on the right side and the water turns off. There is also a spot you step on and the water turns on briefly. I love it....great for when working with raw meats. This feature will be in my dream house. We also went to lunch at a little Korean BBQ restaurant...I wish I had my camera, but I left it in her apartment. The food was very good. There was only one thing I didn't much care for and that was this.....
I don't know how well you can see this, but it is little bitty dehydrated fish, they look like minnows to me, heads are on. They served them fried at the restaurant. I tried them several times before I decided I did not like them. It was like eating fish Jerky. Staci, you would have gagged just looking at them.
On the way home from lunch we stopped at the war memorial where they were having a changing of the guards ceremony. This is a band walking up to play at the ceremony. Check out all the flowers and greenery, this is everywhere in Seoul. Everything is amazingly clean - I love it!
This is in the subway. If you are ever in the subway in Korea and get lost, you can always find your way out, as every exit is marked with "way out". Speaking of clean, Molly even you would be impressed with the subways. The floors sparkled. No joke, they sparkled. I will have to take a picture of that the next time I am in the subway.
Ok, so the last blog wasn't as funny for you as it was for me. You must understand, I was in a HOT room with 200 soldiers and 5 wives for 7 hours. 2 out of the 7 hours was informative, the other 5, well, let's just say I wanted to bang my head against the wall. I don't do sitting still well. I think they were trying to teach patience to me. I am thankful I only have 2 days of this, hubby has 6. Poor guy.