Toronto

Missing comforts of home in Korea

 

Here's another one I've already read about in a ton of blogs: around the 3 month mark of your time in Korea you'll really start missing the comforts of home.  It's my own fault.  I should have sent myself a care package.  I should have learned more Korean.  I should have brought a friend or boyfriend with me.  I should suck it up and deal with it.  This one gets a little sappy - be forewarned that I'm not actually upset just went down a rabbit hole of memories.  I'm missing the comforts of home.


Nampo-dong and Jagalchi Market


Peace out, Pearson!




With an hour and 20 minutes until boarding this feels entirely too surreal.  In the car ride over I had all these terrible feelings that something bad might happen, but really it's all been pretty smooth sailing thus far.  I woke up at 3:30 AM and figured I should probably put a face on.  Not being used to my parents' new bathroom, my bronzer slid off the vanity and smashed on the floor - but did not break.

The Bucket List


An unexpectedly Korean night in Toronto

Last year I was fortunate enough to have been given tickets to one of Toronto's most successful charity galas: Motionball.  When I found out that they were looking for volunteers this year I thought I should probably step up to the plate and give back a little.  I was a day of event manager for the registration and coat check areas.  The event had been expertly planned and my job was really easy because of all the work the committee had put in, and after about 8 hours of participation I got to enjoy the party!

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a. favorite art material- Acrylics, India ink/Calligraphy ink, and really good quality watercolor paper.


If you haven’t notice I am a big fan and practitioner of...



If you haven’t notice I am a big fan and practitioner of Muay Thai. However, it was only recently that I started learning the sport. My brother was the one who got me started. He was learning Wing Chun for a couple of months, but decided to switch it up. After a week or two he finally decided to give Muay Thai a shot.


Paid.

There is something new in my life.
I spent a long time looking for it. I looked here and there, I asked friends too, but it was much better at hiding than I was seeking. But eventually I caught up.

Yes, I found a job.

At first the new trainees and I had to wake up very, very early every morning, the earliest I’d ever woken up in my life. Just in case you were curious, Parkdale looks like this at 5am on a Friday morning.


After many days in a chilly classroom time they gave us a little sample of the goods.

A little bit of rice for me and you

Sol learned this recipe from his 할머니. In Korean the word for grandmother sounds a bit like "harmony". Isn't that wonderful? I love this recipe because it is so simple. As long as you have a bit of  rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil you are set. Feel free to play with it. Once I added bacon. That was a good day.

I know that what I am about to suggest may sound a little strange, but don’t worry, you can trust me. One of the first times I went grocery shopping with Sol he didn’t look at the labels on the bags, just the rice. After a few minutes of poking around he went to grab the arborio. “No! No! No!” I thought. Arborio holds a special superstar Italian status, I couldn’t imagine it within an Asian context. Oh what a silly girl I was.


Gifts

Someone recently came for a visit.

He came bearing little blue gifts...


... and he didn't come alone ...

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