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Episode #41: Geoje Island Trip Part 2

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So yea….for those of you in Korea, depending on where you live, it will take a little while to get to Geoje Island. If you’re coming from the Seoul/Incheon/Gyeonggi area, your options are to bus it straight down (4-5 hours), or do what we did and take a train to Busan and then take the bus from there.

We didn’t wanna deal with the unpredictable traffic, so we thought taking the train was the best option. We were dog tired by the time we arrived, but we seem to always be tired anyways. Stay tuned for the next one!

 

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Our Top 10 Favorite Icons on KakaoTalk

So if you don’t know about KakaoTalk, it’s a popular instant messaging service that originated in Korea a few years ago. It is wildly popular in Korea and is used in other countries as well now. Hyo and I primarily use this application when messaging rather than regular text messaging or Facebook. We usually only resort to the other methods when something is wrong with our phones, or if KakaoTalk is updating and we can’t use it.

One of the fun things we like about it are the icons. I’m actually not a big icon/emoticon user except when I message her, but she likes to use them a lot. I thought it would be a fun post to list the ones we use the most often. So here is our list (in no particular order):

#1

This icon is used a lot by myself. I use it when Hyo likes to make a joke about me or tries to make fun of me. A popular phrase i like to use is “I’m gonna get you!” or in Korean, we’ve made up our own word, “이구해!” (iggu)

I'm gonna get you!

I’m gonna get you!

#2

This one is used by both of us a lot. Hyo originally started to use it because she says my hips are small @@

Break it down now

Break it down now

#3

Hyo likes to use this one if I message her after waking up and it’s really late…like 12 or 1 in the afternoon haha. She also likes this character because she says the hair reminds her of my hair.

Just waking up

Just waking up

#4

I like to use these Ham icons because one of my nicknames for Hyo is “Ham” or “Hamster”. I also like this one because she recharges her energy by laying out at home under her blankets. (충전 means to charge like a battery and 힘 means power).

Charging...

Charging…

5.

We both like to use this one but she especially likes it because she says the dog’s right cheek reminds her of my soft cheek which she constantly likes to pull.

Squishy cheek

Squishy cheek

6.

I like to use this one when she tells me she is eating something. I’ll make fun of her for eating a lot. It’s a joke between us. Fellas, use with your lady at your own risk.

A favorite of mine

A favorite of mine

7.

Hyo uses this one a lot when we’re joking around after I tell her I’m going to get her for whatever joke she made or when she’s about to sleep. Almost like she’s trying to appeal for forgiveness haha.

Blushing

Blushing

8.

Hyo really likes this character. I don’t even know what this character is supposed to be. He literally has an ass for a head. I’ll also use this before going to bed or if i’m also trying to appeal for forgiveness haha. We actually found this character on a random banner when we visited Ehwa University one day.

Look at those eyes

Look at those eyes

내 친구 찾았어!! (I found my friend!)

내 친구 찾았어!! (I found my friend!)

9.

I use this one a lot when I did something cool haha.

Chill (chili?) dog in the wind

Chill (chili?) dog in the wind

10.

And last but not least, this one is cool because we both like to watch movies. Actually these characters seem to be our favorite set to use. Nevermind it’s a dog dating a cat, but they look cool and cute in a lot of the icons.

Couple at the movies

Couple at the movies

 

For those of you who use KakaoTalk, do you have any favorites?

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Episode #40: Geoje Island Adventures Part 1

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I am just a notoriously late packer. Whether i’m going on a trip for one or two days, or packing my life for one year when I visited Korea. Just the way I am. Same way with unpacking too. Hyo even left me a present as a surprise in my suitcase when we both left Hawaii to return to our homes, and I didn’t find it until about 4 or 5 days later when I unpacked.

Hyo is always prepacked and ready to go, but she procrastinates with unpacking too :p

Also we are pretty much nightowl people but she usually gets to bed at a reasonable time before a trip. If we have to get up early though, I just don’t see the point in sleeping for 3 or 4 hours. I’m more groggy and tired from that and more alert if I just stay up.

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Episode #39: 도토리효 (Acorn Hyo)

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So as I’ve said in another post, Hyo loves to give me nicknames…usually after some animal that she thinks resembles me in some way. It’s more like a running joke between us, but she usually sticks to a few that she likes. I’m not as creative but I usually assign small thing/animals to her name (because she is small). I thought of acorn because her head reminded me of it :p

I wonder how she will get revenge on me for this post….

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Episode #38: The 봉봉 Drink

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We had quite a laugh after this. I may have exaggerated a little bit, but she really was adamant about me trying this drink lol. Once she motioned to give me some of the drink, I was ready to try it, but she moved so fast and seemed to force the can to my face so quickly, that the drink spilled all over my shirt. I just froze for a moment and she quickly went to get some napkins to clean me up lol. I wasn’t upset or anything, just a little sticky from the drink haha.

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The Search for 깻잎전 (Sesame Leaf Jeon)

전 (Jeon) is a popular type of dish served in Korea. It is a pancake like dish and has many varieties that people cook and enjoy. Some varieties include seafood, tofu, veggies like onions, ham, egg, and my personal favorite, a sesame leaf wrapped around meat.

However…for some reason, the sesame leaf jeon is REALLY hard to find.

Earlier last week I told Hyo I wanted to eat it this past weekend. I searched on Naver and Daum maps, and found a few places and blogs which said that these restaurants serve the type of Jeon I was looking for. So on Saturday, we set out to Insadong to find the restaurant that a blogger had raved about and showed many pictures of 깻잎전.

However, when we arrived, we asked the owner if they served it, and he said no.

I was really disappointed.

So we headed to another place that we usually go to for seafood jeon and makkoli.

They didn’t have it either 🙁

Thus began a one hour search for a place that serve sesame leaf jeon. We were determined to find it, and it became an adventure. Hyo searched on her phone. I searched on mine. She found a place in Jongro on the recommendation of another blog. They didn’t have it.

She found a site that said there was an actual “Jeon Street” but we could never find it. I found a restaurant on my phone, and tried to call and see if they had it. They didn’t answer the phone. Gah! So frustrating!

Hyo finally found another place and called them. After talking and seeing that they had 깻잎전 on their pictures online, she called them, but they said they didn’t have it either!…BUT…they asked why we wanted to eat it. Hyo told them that her foreign companion wanted to eat it as it was one of his favorites. They ended up telling her that they had the ingredients and could make it especially for me.

What?! Are you kidding me? I was too happy. I guess being a foreigner in Korea has certain perks at times haha.

We found the restaurant, ordered our meal, and we enjoyed our sesame leaf jeon along with 5 other kinds of Jeon including tofu, zucchini, fish, ham, and egg. We also ordered makkoli with tons of side dishes. We were too full afterward and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Korea. I finished it off with a Mc Donald’s sundae on the way back home haha.

I told the restaurant to please remember me as i’m sure I will want to eat one of my favorite Korean foods again.

Our Jeon Platter.

Our Jeon Platter.

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