Another big tick next to the things I want to do before leaving Korea. Visiting the cat cafe in Seoul :)
Cat cafes are very popular in Japan but are a rage here in Korea! Taking care of pets like you would do your own child is very common here. I see people carrying dogs in dog carriers like you would carry a baby- protective and concerned, dogs in prams being pushed by their devoted human and the best of all, all the outfits that are available for the pets for all seasons- including hats, socks, sweaters... oh! so cute~ There are also pet hotels where the pets are housed with utmost care while their humans are away, salons where pets are given makeovers and pampered beyond compare. Cat cafe is just an extension for those people who desperately want to own a pet, cuddle with them, pet them and love them but do not do so for whatever reason. Just like me...
There is a lot of buzz in Korea around Paul McCartney’s upcoming show in Seoul on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Koreans are big Beatles fans, as I saw at a recent McCartney art exhibit. I braved the queues and crowds to check out the ‘Linda McCartney Retrospective’ at the Daelim Museum in Seoul. The exhibit ran from November 6, 2014 to April 26, 2015.
Cherry blossom viewing is a big deal every year in Korea. Rightfully so, considering the country is full of cherry blossom lined streets, and they are all amazingly beautiful. Every year droves of people visit famous places like Yeouido in Seoul, Jinhae, and Gyeongju to catch a glimpse at just the right time. People battle crowds, inclement weather, and time at the cherry blossom festivals. While it can still be a great time, they haven’t been my favorite Spring experiences.
Seoul has been giving us the best temperatures this week. Spring is finally here and we were treated to a burst of flowers. And I managed to drag the family out in the open. Hangang park in center of Seoul by the Han river was the ideal place to go. Lazing around in the sun, we flew a kite in a bright blue sky. Simple pleasures in life!
Well Mamas & Papas, you may have noticed a bit of a gap in meetings of late. MMPK HQ has been hunkering down for a super important test that has taken all our focus for the last few weeks, but now that it is done we are salivating for some good makgeolli! In the three years we have been in operation, we have been to some amazing bars and seen the industry begin to re-discover the beauty in traditional recipes and quality drinks. So in celebration of (hopefully) the end of our testing time, we thought instead of visiting a new bar, it might be fun to revisit some of our favorites, with an added twist!
Noryangjin fish market is the most popular fish market in Seoul. It is located in Noryangjin, subway line 1 & 6, near Yeouido. Because of the convenient location and the huge size of the market, many people visit this market to buy fish. Also comparing to other markets, you can definitely get fresh and cheap sea food here. You can just look around the market to watch many kinds of fresh sea food. Let’s go inside the market together.
Korea is slowly but surely opening up itself to the world. Always belittled by the giants of China and Japan, Korea is blossoming into the world bearing its own unique scent. With the electronics and automobile biggies Samsung, LG, Hyundai leading the way, the Koreanisms have reached far and wide. The Korean dramas are extremely popular with the younger generation in China and India, with many of them translated even into the regional Indian languages. K-POP is widely loved and is again quite catching.
I have been going to this Flower arrangement class ever since we moved to Korea and I have made such good friends and learned a lot!
Flower Arrangement is the term but this art involves using branches, stems, even rocks (as props), twigs and flower buds along with the actual flower. Some flowers fade off so soon while many buds bloom after the arrangement giving a new twist to the arrangement. Some stems shoot out leaves and buds right after they are immersed in water and some just stay the same whether in water or out of it. And then, my favorite kind, there are some flowers that stay on and on :)
Today I understood the concept of Third Culture Kids. At a seminar with Libby Stephens, I was introduced today to the new breed of kids with a passport from one country, living in another, living with parents of yet another culture. What a mouthful! Imagine the culture confusion and language crisis in that set up!
These kids might be the "cool" kids with multiple passports, who have visited a lot of countries in the world, understand and speak different languages. But they are also the kids who constantly have to make new friends, adapt to different cultures, traditions and languages, missing their favorite grandma.
This week has been so busy so far with the Korean class becoming more and more complicated and the number of school meetings increasing as my son approaches the 12th grade. I still found some peace and quiet with my doodling :)
“Excuse me! Sorry! Excuse me! Excuse me!” Trying to keep up with my sprinting legs, these words flew out of my mouth as I barreled through the bowels of the international departures terminal. My 40-liter backpack bounced awkwardly with each massive stride, despite the white knuckle grip I had on the straps to keep it as close to me as possible. Families and businessmen came into focus only long enough for me to gauge whether to weave right or left. Unwilling to rid my side of the cramp that had developed since passing the food court, I held my pace as I closed in on Terminal E – Gate 6, hoping like crazy that Terminal E – Gate 6 wouldn’t close on me…