Breakfast: Korean Bun filled with Meat (고기혹빵)
We are currently staying with the Um Family. We met them while we worked at ILS Pangyo, in Bundang. We then introduced them to some of our other friends, so now many of the people that we know, also know this family. For the rest of you ~ This is the family that we stayed with 18 months ago. Justin worked for their school, and even became an honorary member of their soccer club. Here he his playing with them in 2011…
Showing the young kids how it is done!
When we found out that our Winter contracts would only be starting on January 3rd, the Um’s invited us to stay with them while we waited for work to begin. Since arriving, I have been waiting for my paperwork from South Africa. It was supposed to have been here by the time we got to Korea. Alas, it is not, so I will not be able to do the short term contract with Justin. While we are not 100% sure what is happening yet, we do feel happy knowing that we have a nice place to stay while we wait for an answer.
Fried eggs and rice.
It’s funny to think that we are so familiar with Korea. I imagine how different this would all be if it was our first trip, and how shocking everything might seem, but instead it’s all so familiar and awesome to us. In a way, coming back here, feels like coming home. We were excited to get out and see “Korea” so Pastor Um took us, and the triplets, to Bundang to get lunch.
Justin and I used to live near this shopping mall, so we were excited to be here again and walk around. Some things have changed, but overall, it’s basically the same. The snow on the ground was a nice touch. It looked pretty but only reminded us that we have not acclimatised yet!
Mina (the oldest triplet)
We took the kids to Quiznos to have subs. Having them around is handy because they are fluent in Korean and English. When we are alone with them, it kind of feels like we have adopted three Korean kids… Instant family of five, I like it!!
At Quizno’s ~ Subs for lunch.
I left Justin with the kids and went to find a coffee shop. I couldn’t help but notice all the stores I used to go into when we lived in this neighbourhood. You can’t walk very far without running into a coffee shop here, so I was spoilt for choice!! I love Korea!
The subs were great, but I can’t deny I was dying to have some
Korean jjigae (soup) or bokkumbap (fried rice).
Jenna loves these Bungeoppang.
Bungeoppang (literally “Crucian carp cake/bread”) is the Korean name of Taiyako, which was first baked by a sweet shop in Toyko, Japan. They are made using an appliance similar to a waffle iron. The batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold, red bean paste is added, then more batter to encase the red bean paste. The mold is then closed, and roasted.
Bungeoppang is sold as a snack by open-air food vendors throughout Korea during winter.
Another Korean site we love… Tons of stores, restaurants, and cafes. At night these streets come alive. All the signs are lit up and there are people everywhere. This is the quietest I have ever seen this street, but it’s holiday time now, and many people are away.
We went into a beauty store and I marvelled at all the products that I have missed. I bought a few supplies and then we wondered around looking at everything. We both felt overjoyed to be back. It’s hard to explain this feeling!!
David and Justin ~ Best buddies!
Snack time – Mini pancakes with Maple Syrup.
It was a great afternoon out with the Um triplets. They constantly make us laugh, so it’s fun beng around them. We really appreciate how generous and welcoming they are towards us. Mrs. Um is away right now, but she will be home soon, and then we may go away and do something before Justin leaves for the start of his contract. He will still be in Seoul, but I will only see him from Saturday afternoons to Sundays.