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Welcome Spring

today is rain

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In memoriam of winter, here is a picture taken during crazy snowfall back in December.

It doesn't snow much here, but when it does....well, it does.

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Touristy Stuff

yes, sometimes i do appreciate korean culture

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This was taken at the old fortress in Suwon, about 45 minutes away from where I live.

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Oh Dear...

inside the huddle

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Here we are at Seoul Arts Center.

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BonuS!

to celebrate 30,000 blog views!

Here is a video of my kids doing the chicken dance!

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Easter Special

an 8-hour dose of the chicken dance

Friday, Worwick had an Easter party for the kids. Minus the whole Christianity thing, we taught the kids different Easter traditions including an egg hunt, egg-painting, face-painting, an egg relay race, etc.

My job was to do "Easter Egg Twister" Most kids didn't know right from left, and some didn't even know their colors. That was fun. Most of the time I would just call out a color and the kids would scramble to that particular spot on the floor. You would think that running from egg to egg would get a bit tiresome and boring, but not for 4 to 6-year-olds.

I also had to teach the kids the "Chicken Dance," an American wedding reception classic. Since the kids would sit there like bumps if I weren't doing it, I basically did the Chicken Dance for the entirety of my workday.

It was fun.

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Libra class doing the Chicken Dance.

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Orion trying to play twister. Mostly they just wiggled in a pile on the floor.

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Taurus class takes time to pose.

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Sam (in the green) has the whole dancing face down.

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Aries class had it easy, with only 3 students.

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Na Yeon breaks it down and actually dances like a chicken.

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Pisces class takes their twister seriously.

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Possibly the coolest picture I have taken in Korea.

I've said it before: I can't believe I get paid to do this.

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Silly Pisces class

i love my kids

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John K. silly face

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John C. silly face

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Clara silly face

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The Great Outdoors

now korean children will finally get fresh air!

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Outside of the tiniest mini-supermarket in Sunae.

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Bridge Art

graffiti in bundang

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Bundang seems to be a pretty conservative, straight-laced area, so it's nice to see something like this under a bridge right by one of the most expensive apartment buildings.

Kudos.

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Korean Advertising...

...so confusing...

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On a sign at COEX mall...

I rather like the second row.

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The Death of a Pig?

mmm...sam gyeop sal....

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In the road next to my old apartment.

Was a pig killed here and this is its chalk outline?

Or are we advertising a new sam gyeop sal restaurant?

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Weekend Special

my bikeride into seoul

Last weekend, the weekend before, and probably this weekend, I have made use of the bike that I bought from Scott for $50 and ridden into Seoul from Bundang.

It sounds more dangerous than it is, but one of our little rivers meets up with the Han River in Seoul and has a great biking/walking path the whole way there. No cars whatsoever.

The first time was a fluke. I wanted to ride, but not that far. Then I passed everything I had recognized up to that point and stumbled across a flat seemingly deserted area (all but for the large concrete wall with barbed wire...I assume this is a military base as I have seen several helicopters taking off and landing there). The next thing I knew, I was surrounded by overpasses, underpasses, and even crazier people than I had seen in Bundang.

The second time I went with Rachel with the intent of Making It to the Han River. We set off with our MP3 players (riding side-by-side is dangerous and downright annoying) and water and made the 1.5 hour ride into Seoul, stopping for pictures along the way.

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The Tancheon, by the military base...or something.

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My gear for the ride. Haphazardly scattered? Or carefully posed?

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I assume that the Han River is there somewhere, but we were on a deadline and didn't quite make it.

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Rachel and I are tired, but accomplished. La venganza es nuestra!

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On the way back, I ditched Rachel for this shot. There were about 4 or 5 helicopters around this area, but I only had time for one shot.

Unfortunately, the obliviousness of the Korean population translates to biking and I have come very close to, and actually hit, several people who weren't paying attention. People either ignore the bell or move without thinking or looking and veer in front of the bikers.

The worst (in order):
1. Couples. For some reason, couples love to walk in the bike lane. They also love to ignore warnings. And if they are on bike, the girl is usually acting cutesy, silly, or just plain stupid to play the damsel in distress, leading to a lot of shrieks, bell-ringing, and curses.

2. Ajummas. The Korean ajumma is a class entirely unto herself. Normally travelling in flocks, they are the most oblivious to the world around them. When walking, she likes to zigzag to ensure that no one can pass her, thereby guaranteeing she will get to any destination 2 seconds faster than you. This applies on bikes as well.

3. Children. For some reason that whole "looking both ways" thing doesn't work here. The kids dart out into oncoming traffic, ride their bikes with disdain, and rollerblade in and out of any moving thing. Unfortunately, their motor skills aren't always so developed. I actually ran into 3 kids (actually, teenagers around 13) who were warned by a bell but just didn't pay attention.

I think I need a hat with a giant police siren and flashing light. But like the ambulances here, I would probably be ignored...

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You get the Doritos...

a very serious snack

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This is wonderful bondegi, or as you can read in English, silkworm pupa.

It is often sold in big vats of silkworm juices, put into individual cups with toothpicks, and once you smell it, you know exactly what it is.

Apparently now you can buy it by the can. This was taken at the convenience store, right next to the beer. I think it was 1,300 won (about $1.25).

I would try it, but I can't get past the smell.

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The Great Ajumma Milk Fleet

oh these ajummas...

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These ajummas wander around and sell milk to schoolchildren.

Yay milk!

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View from Royal Palace

i used to live in luxury

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This is from the 25th floor apartment in Sunae. It was small, but had this great view...

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Or something like that....

Tuesday, March 27, 2006

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