Short Update: We’re Engaged

So we went to Jeju over the weekend and…I proposed and Hyo said yes 🙂 Maybe I will make a longer post, or even a comic about it (or maybe Hyo will write her first post :p), but just wanted to update with the news. We are very excited!

I will post a comic tonight that I was supposed to upload Friday, but couldn’t. Also look for a post about our trip to Jeju. Cheers!

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Episode #30: Big What?!

 

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Yeah, this was a big mistake on my part lol. “발” and “ball” are somewhat similar, but not exactly the same. My hearing was just bad that day. This took place at Seoul Grand Park, and they have a zoo there as well. Definitely recommend you check it out on a beautiful day if you have some time.

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8 Great Things About Dating Someone From Another Culture

Dating someone from another culture can present its own special set of challenges especially with communication and misunderstandings. But what relationship doesn’t? Even people in a relationship from the same country will face these same challenges. So what’ so awesome about this type of relationship?

1. Cute Mistakes are Cute

I remember when we first dating how I made so many mistakes while trying to speak Korean. Hell, I still do! But the way I said certain things made me look (cuter) in her eyes so we often joke that I should never become fluent in Korean so I can keep making the same mistakes. I would often find myself speaking in honorifics with her which was strange since well…she is my girlfriend. She also makes some cute mistakes as well. One of my favorites is pronouncing the candy “Halls” as “Horse” (the way it  it spelled in Korean really does sound like “horse” though)

2. Picking up a New Language

Gotta love being able to study language with your significant other. Learning Korean and English has become easier for both of us. Sometimes it’s too easy to get “distracted” though.

3. You get a real insight into another culture

Sure I lived in Korea prior to meeting Hyo, but I got to see even deeper into Korean Culture after meeting her and meeting her fam. She was also able to see my culture back in the states too. It’s a real pleasure to show the one you love, things that you have known all your life. It’s normal to you, but a whole new and exciting experience for your SO. I remember one time I took a trip with Hyo’s fam, and we went out into the river to catch some snails…snails! I had never done anything like that and it was quite fun.

4. Both find each other exotic and even more unique

I don’t care for anyone who calls out a person for having a “fetish” because they find particular features about someone from another race attractive. I never cared about race when it came to dating, and I think every race has different and unique features that are attractive. Me growing up with predominantly black people, I never met many Asians. But when I came to Korea, I did find certain features about Korean women attractive. I don’t know why so many get the eyelid surgery because I find the eyes unique and attractive. Hyo in turn, was very intrigued by my “Broccoli Hair”. And how could I forgot the “nun” mistake in Episode #3.

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5. Cooking

Oh yeah! We love food. I seem to love cooking chicken for her though so I have to find some new dishes. She has showed me how to cook a few of her favorite foods in Korea and I have done the same. She had never tried a grilled cheese sandwich before, so I made some. I actually thought they were pretty awful, but she really liked them. Still working on getting her to like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

6. Free translator!

I’m kind of joking, but serious. If we are out somewhere, or if I need some help with something in Korean, I can always count on her to help me out. It makes finding cheap plane tickets on Korean websites much easier lol.

7. New holidays!

I love Chuseok and Lunar New Year even more now because Hyo’s mom sends me tons of food to eat haha. I hope Hyo can experience my Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and Christmas back in the states one day.

8. It seems like you’re always doing something new

There are so many things to show each other from your respective cultures that you can always find something new to experience together.

So does anyone else think they could date a foreigner? If you have, or are right now, what are/were the biggest challenges and rewards of it?

 

 

 

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Carrying Hyo

One thing Hyo seems to like is that I can carry her. She is small, so it’s no problem. It’s actually quite fun :p

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Episode #29: Long Legs

 

 

In these situations, I sometimes envy her short legs :p

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Episode #28: Carry My Purse?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carrying purses is one of those things that is quite common in Korea. You will see quite a few Korean men carrying their girlfriend’s purse down the street. Me? Nada.

Oh sure, I have no problem holding it while Hyo needs to go do something while I wait for her for a few minutes, or if we’ve been out all day and her purse really is heavy (especially since I may ask her to put some of my stuff in there lol), then I’ll help carry it the rest of the way home. But carrying it all day? She usually doesn’t carry around a huge purse all the time anyways.

Actually this has never been a big issue for us and it’s basically a running joke where she will act like she’s really tired in order to see if I will offer to carry it. Sometimes I’ll take it jokingly and she’ll take it right back saying “No just kidding :p”…other times I’ll joke around like in the above cartoon.

Anyways, now that I think about it, I’m actually not seeing this in Korea quite as often as I was when I first arrived….maybe it’s changing?

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