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I've wanted to take Hubby to the horse races every since I went back in October. I'm glad it finally worked out. We had a great day together!
If you are interested in going here are a few tips for you:
To get there by subway, take subway line 4 to Seoul Racecourse Park station, go out exit 2 and follow the crowd down the covered walkway to the track. Races happen most Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30AM to 5:30PM. You can check here for the 2010 schedule.
Here I am in the Seoul Racecourse Park subway station.
The cost is a mere 800 won to get in.
If you are a foreigner, take your passport, and you will be able to get into the foreigner's lounge on the 4th floor. I suck at giving North, South, East, West directions, so when you are standing in front of the building - where they parade the horses before each race:
Go inside then turn left & go to the far end of the building (make sure you are on the 4th floor). While walking look for the "Foreigners Lounge" on the right.
Here is a picture of Hubby sitting in the foreigner's lounge. It is super nice and the sweet ladies at the desk will help you figure out what to do, IF you ask them.
You will also need to ask them for "the simple guide to betting". Not that simple, but fun to figure out! ;-)
This is what your betting card looks like... follow the directions in your guide. There is also a big sheet of paper that gives you information on all the races for the day you are there, sorry I forgot to take a picture of it.
After you fill out your betting slip take it to the betting window where you give the lady behind the glass your ticket and your money...
then she will give you this money ticket:
You then take both your tickets: your betting ticket and your money ticket to the machines beside the betting window, press ENGLISH and follow the instructions.
You will get your money ticket back.
Now that you have figured it all out, sit back and enjoy the races!
And if you are lucky, maybe, just maybe you will win some won!! (To collect your money take your money ticket back to the betting window and give it to the lady behind the glass again.)
A few other things worth mentioning....
If you want to fit in, dye your hair black and don't wear red...can you find me?
If you are hungry or thirsty, never fear, there are tons of convenience stores and places to eat. The food is a little pricy here. It is OK to bring a sack lunch to the races. OH, and there is plenty of time between races to go exploring!
And last but not least, have a great time at the races!!
This past Friday night was my last Bunco in Seoul. How sad is that? I wasn't going to blog about Bunco (again) but I felt once the evening was over, it deserved recognition. This is how it started.....
I was assigned to bring dessert. Lemon drop martinis are a good dessert!
Don't worry, there was enough booze in that martini to kill off any germs I left behind....and I did have to sample it before heading out.
My friend Lara always says, "Martini's are like boobs, one is not enough and three is just too many". After a couple of martini's this is how L felt..I couldn't have taken a better picture..... ;-)
And speaking of boobs, my friend S was super excited when she saw this one! Check it out, she has cleavage!! How fun is that?!?!
Some other fun things from that night.....
Learning that Koreans use KKK instead of LOL because it is the kackling sound! OOps! We all vowed to teach them NOT to use KKK and to use LOL instead. LOL!! ;-)
Me with the 'butt pose'....
K trying to mimic the 'butt pose'....
L not going home empty handed (because if she had things would have been ugly)....
Me winning LCR!!!!!!!!! Yeah BABY!!!!!!!
Not only did I win LCR, I was also the biggest loser of the night, which brought me a nice chunk of change!!
I've been spending a lot of time at the fabric market lately, and I mean A LOT of time! I have probably gone to the fabric market at least 12 times in the past 2 months, and I still have one more trip to go. What am I doing you ask? Well, I will tell you but before I do you have to understand a few things about the fabric market..... This place is HUGE it is 6 floors high including the basement and is 3 buildings wide. I admit shopping in Korea is overwhelming, but the fabric market takes it to a new level of OVERWHELMING, and this is especially true if you don't have one ounce of sewing talent in you. The fabric market is EASY to get lost in, it is a lot like the streets of Seoul, there are little alleys all over the market...I see something shiny and I take off through another alley, before I know it I forget about leaving a trail of bread crumbs and am off in the land of thread not knowing where to go next....
I take a few more turns and I find zippers of every size & color! Not that I would ever know how to put a zipper in, it is just nice to know they are there in case I ever need one. I see more sparkles and take off in a new direction.....
HOLY COW...I'm in the land of buttons!!
Another turn takes me to more fabric than I have ever seen in my lifetime.
By this time my head is spinning, the next turn I make takes me to tassel, piping & curtain rod alley!
Not knowing what to do next, I see and elevator and hop on board, only to find this sweet young lady asking me which floor I want to go to...Goodness, I have no idea, just pick one!
I land on the top floor, floor 5 and think to myself, is this a transporting elevator? Because when we landed I no longer found fabric, buttons, zippers, thread, yarn or tassels. I am now finding myself in what appears to be a large costume jewelry shop. If you are into making jewelry, this is your lucky floor. I've never see so many things to make jewelry in my life! I don't even know what you call half of this stuff!
If you are not into making your own jewelry, no worries, they will make it for you....
The jewelry floor wasn't really what I was looking for, so I headed back down and this time I took the stairs.....next floor ( I have no idea where I am at this point) LACE!
and more fabric!!
Check out the delivery delivery man....
I've had enough...it is time to go home, only to find we have been blocked in....
But no worries, when someone blocks you in here in Korea they always leave a phone number in the window for you to call them, or in this case, they just left the keys in the car so the attendants could move it.
I know, I know, you still have no idea why I went to the fabric market, at this point I couldn't remember either.....
Boy 1 attended his first semi-formal last night....
I wrote a big, long, mushy blog, but then I deleted it because I was afraid of embarrassing Boy 1. Just know, I am very proud of Boy 1, he is truly an amazing person.
I curse the day my friend Teri brought this cake to my house. Just looking at it adds 5 pound to my thighs. This cake is heavenly, and I cannot eat just one piece, ever. I have NO will power when it comes to this cake. When I make this cake I make sure to give at least half of it away or I will just eat and eat and eat until it is all gone.
I mean look, you can see how moist it is just by the picture.
You need to plan in advance. I like to make this cake the day before I serve it, however you can have it completed in 3 hours if you are in a 'hurry'.
2 cups sugar
1½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup orange juice
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 TBL cinnamon
1 TBL vanilla extract
3 cups peeled and grated apples (about 3 apples)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325.
In a large bowl combine first 9 ingredients, mix well. Fold in apples, coconut & pecans.
Generously spray Bundt pan with cooking spray, pour batter into pan. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Just before the cake is done, make the sauce.
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
Melt butter in a large saucepan, stir in the sugar buttermilk and baking soda and bring to a good rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Leave cake in Bundt pan and poke holes in cake with a fork – pour sauce over the hot cake (in the pan) as soon as you remove it from the oven. Let stand for 1 hour then turn out onto a rack to cook completely.
That is the way Paula makes it, I like to make extra sauce (The sauce plus and extra half ...3/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup buttermilk & 1 1/2 tsp baking soda.)
I think I just gained 5 pound by writing this and looking at the picture....
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles everywhere! For Valentine's day I took the kids to see Fan Yang's Bubble World! I had no idea how big this show was until my friend Amanda set it up for us - thanks Amanda! At first I thought this was just a Korean adventure, but once I looked at the website I realized you can see this show in the US as well! Do you know how many things are in the Guinness World Record book that has to do with bubble? TONS! They have even put an elephant in a bubble! Crazy. I wish they would have done that at our show, but no such luck. Before the show we got to play with bubbles (inside the building, something I never let my kids do, so they thought this was super cool), this girl was in the show. She was so cute!
This is a GREAT show for young children! The kids LOVED it! If you are here in Korea and want to go see it there isn't much speaking and when they do speak they have English sub titles, so no worries about understanding things, plus, it really is all about the bubbles!
Happy Valentine's day to the love of my life! Wow - this was our 18th Valentine's together, can you believe that? Thanks for a great evening!
We only have 1 month left here in Seoul, so we are trying to make the most of it. Saturday night we went to the Millennium Hilton Hotel for a fantastic dinner with some wonderful people! We ate at Cilantro where we had the dinner buffet. If you have not experienced the Millennium Hilton in Seoul, it is worth it! The atmosphere was perfect for groups of friends or families, the service was fantastic (by Korea standards) and the food was delicious! We had Alaskan king crab, with the shells already cut for easy eating, tuna, halibut and salmon sashimi, prime rib, beef kalbi, duck mouse in a puff pastry, beef tartare and so much more! I even found a new wine I love thanks to Eric & Lisa!
After dinner we headed to Myeong-Dong to see the show Nanta!
I've been wanting Hubby to see Nanta for over a year now (I saw it with Boy 1 last year), but I just never got around to taking Hubby, that is until it hit me that we are REALLY moving and SOON! Nanta is great fun; the setting is in a kitchen where four chefs are preparing food for a wedding. While preparing food, they use anything they can find to make music! From knives to pots and pans to trash cans and each other! It is slap stick comedy at its best! If you live here I would highly recommend you go see it! It is great for people of all ages!
After the show T and I really wanted to shop, but we had the guys with us. Here is a little preview of Myeong-Dong (Molly, you are going to LOVE Myeong-Dong!)
We ended the night at JJ Mahoney's in the Seoul Grand Hyatt. JJ Mahoney's is a great place to listen to live music. The band that is playing there now is FANTASTIC! Here is a link to their FB page. They will be playing at JJ Mahoney's through 10 April, 2010 ~ go see them, however if you are going to drink, be prepared to spend a bundle!! We bought the first round of drinks ~ 4 drinks, 77,000 won!! Holy crap!
Yongsan is the place to be! Whether you are 2 or 60, there is always something going on here. I can't believe the number of acts we get here, and for FREE! Sesame Street has been a supporter of the military child for many years. We have watched Elmo and friends talk about deployment and reunions for years now, and somehow he manages to make it a little less stressful for some of us! I would like to personally thank Sesame Street for doing what they do & trying to make life a little easier on the children of military families all over! Sesame Street, you ROCK! AND thank you so much for visiting us here in Yongsan, South Korea!
And my kids would like to thank you for the super cool swirlie things you gave them!
The bandanna's were a hit as well! Thank you USO!
It is that time of year again, Koreans everywhere are heading out to visit relatives in droves! The subways are packed, the buses are overflowing and the highway is at a stand still. Welcome to Seollal, otherwise known as the Lunar New Year!
Last year I wrote this about the Seollal here. Go back and read it for a refresher, it is worth your time. :-)
This past week we attended a Lunar New Year party hosted by the ROK Army. Here are a few pictures from the party.
The break-dancing boys were great entertainment this year, however I think Boy 3 upstaged them a bit. He was off on the side trying to dance like them. The B-boys noticed his fantastic dancing abilities and went over to him, picked him up and carried him on stage to have him dance with them. This ticked Boy 3 off, he ran off stage crying, and when he got to me and I ask him why he was crying he said "because I don't dance as good as they do!" Poor guy. I have some great video of him doing this. If you are my friend on FB, you will have to go check it out!
Proud Army wife and mother to 4 wonderful children. I love to cook, travel, work out and scrapbook life’s adventures when I find the time. We just got orders & are heading back to the states in March 2010. I'm bummed that our time has been cut short, but proud of Hubby for the reason why.
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