>This weekend turned out pretty good overall. On Friday after work we all were treated to dinner… and it was a treat. We went to a place called “St.Paul’s”, and I had a great steak, great wine, and great coffee. After dinner we went to the Beer Cabin.
So much for the doctor telling me to get some “rest” and to “not” drink. Stupid doctor. I wanted to stop being sick, not start being boring.
After the Beer Cabin we went to the Nori Bong. Not sure of the spelling of that. “Bong” just means “room” in Korean, and Nori means Karaoke Sweetness! Whoo!!
There was a wee bit of drinking, some singing, and some not-getting-home-until-five-am. I’m such a dumbass. Somewhere between Vancouver and Seoul my off-switch broke. I have no idea when to go home if they don’t ever close the bars. It is a weird phenom that should be seriously studied. How is it that my concept of time is dependent on the operating hours of a drinking establishment? Discuss.
I was much better behaved on Saturday. After four short hours of sleep (sigh), I went with Andrea-teacher to the Coex Mall to get my hair cut. We poked around the mall until we got sick of Koreans stepping right in front of where we were walking and headed back on the subway. I’m still retardedly excited about the subway… it is like a Skytrain, but in the ground. What will these crazy monkeys dream up next? I got home around six and was in bed by eight. Slept for 15 hours. It was the greatest thing.
On Sunday I planned to meet Alyssa (from “the other school”) at McDonald’s to travel into Seoul to see the Changdeokgung Palace (again) in all its fall foliage glory. While I was there getting my Big Mac Set (they don’t say combo), I ran into Lorraine (from the “other, other school”), who was just wandering about and considering going into Seoul alone. I invited her along and we headed to the palace to meet Aaron. Well, Changdeokgung was crawling with Koreans (SOMETHING must have been going on) and there was a huge lineup to get in. So we decided eff that, and headed to the primary palace, the Gyongbok Palace. We even lucked out and saw the changing of the guards. I took some pictures of it for you guys. The building that is standing in the water is the same building that is pictured on the back of the 10,000 won bill.
After that, headed home early and chilled out. I’ve finally figured out how to download TV, and have been working through Season 16 (last season) of the Simpsons. I just watched the first episode of the new season, which was cool and not-cool at the same time. The show was good, but this is the first season in a long time that I haven’t watched it with Mike. Which made me miss Mike. Watching 24 in January without Mike and/or Stu is also going to be weird. But I’m still going to do it and be happy doing it… 24 rules. If you don’t watch 24 and you are reading this: stop sucking and go rent season one. Now.
> I did some research, and here’s the scoop we were looking for:
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This weekend was Chuseok in Korea, so we had a long weekend. Thank goodness. And you would think I would be relaxed enough to do a blog sometime this weekend, but I have been feeling delightfully lazy. But the original Police Academy movie just came on TV, and if Steve Guttenburg can’t inspire me to write a blog entry, then there is something wrong with the world.
Friday during the day was CRAZY. All the kids were dressed up in their traditional outfits called “hanboks“. They were super-cute. Monstrously bad, but cute. There was also a birthday party on Friday for Amy, and it was mayhem. I’m going to post pictures for your viewing pleasure on Flikr.
I said I was not going out Friday night, and I did not. I’m insanely proud of myself.
I went into Seoul with Veronica on Saturday. We had our hair done at an Aveda salon and it was great. JT did a great job (and he spoke English – definitely a bonus) and I’m happy with it. I still think I want to cut it all off, but I’m trying to wait until Erin can get here from Japan… I think I promised her the chop. After hair we went for a wonderful dinner in a restaurant that made me feel like I was nowhere near Korea. It was great! Thanks, Veronica!
Went to “Everland” today. Everland is Korea’s major theme park and it is FUN! I went with Laura, Frances and Orla. They were great to go there with because all of us like to scream on rides even if it isn’t all that scary. And we all did. There was much yelling. It was fun.
The best part was that (oh moms… you would have loved this!) it is “Halloween Festival” for all of September and October. The ENTIRE theme park was decorated for Halloween! It was CRAZY! Again, there will be pictures on Flikr for you to check out. It was one of the greatest days I have had in Korea. I hope to go there again – it wasn’t very expensive considering how much fun we had!
Laid around like a lump. Watched Police Academy. Weird side note: Kim Cattrall (of Sex in the City fame) is Cadet Karen Thompson in the movie. Weird.
I know that sometimes the video and the ticker thing at the bottom of a news channel don’t always match up. Especially if you can’t hear the audio. I don’t care. This is funny the way it is… so funny. So very funny…
I love commercials in Korea. They are great! Everything is very exciting, and guaranteed to bring you and your family much happiness. I’ve seen a lot of funny commercials here, but none as funny as the one I JUST saw… the one that is making me write about it. Making me. There is no way I could NOT comment on this one.
A farting doll.
No… seriously. A farting doll. Now, keep in mind that the commercial is entirely in Korean, but it is for little kids and pretty simple to follow so that said kid can beg their mom to buy them this farting fucking doll so I think I understand what is going on. And what is going on? Farting. At the start of the commercial you hear a fart and dad gets blamed for it. But is it dad? Ha ha.. no! It is my new FARTING DOLL.
Here is the funniest thing (other than they keep making fart noises and animating clouds of noxious gas coming from the doll’s farty ass) – the doll comes with food and the different foods make the farts smell different (from what I can tell). The kid “fed” the doll a strawberry and the animated fart clouds turned pink and had strawberries in it. Now, that’s cool. What scares me is that one of the “foods” that comes with the doll is an egg.
Right on. That’s what I want – a doll capable of blowing egg farts. It is a damned shame it doesn’t come with beer too – beer and egg farts from the rubber ass of a farting doll. Excellent.