Archive for January 2007

Back to the grindstone

Finally, after all the christmas presents, wedding shower gifts, parties and multiple journeys by plane, I am back in Korea. It was a crazy and busy vacation but it was great to see everyone. I even had time in my hectic schedule to go to a friends wedding, get some great ideas for my own, and find a dress. It was so much fun shopping! Mum and I got dressed up nicely and headed to the swanky shopping mall in Houston – The Galleria. We started at the top of course and checked out the designer gear first. It was a blast trying on designer dresses from Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka and a ton of others that I can’t even remember. Eventually, when we had narrowed it down to 3 dresses, we took a break and went to one more store where we found it. The perfect dress! Along with the perfect mother of the bride dress. I wish I could show it to you all but that would ruin the surprise and totally go against tradition – Brian might see it!

It was also nice to be with my family so close to my birthday. I got a great meal for my last night/birthday meal. All my favourite foods in one meal -lamb, steak and lobster. The salad had cilantro dressing and there was lime in my gin and tonic! I thought I’d died and gove to heaven. It certainly got me ready to go back to Korea. The land of no cilantro and lime.

Getting back here was uneventful and certainly less exciting than the first time I flew here. It was much harder to leave Brian this time but Leah and Lindy tried their best to cheer my up by organizing a fun birthday celebration. Since my birthday was on a Tuesday we stayed lowkey but that still involved drinking mimosas at a bar in Itaewon and then playing darts. Eventually we made it to a Thai restaurant for dinner which was surprisingly good. Then, on the Saturday night, we all headed out to go salsa dancing. J and some other friends from the base met up with us so we were a group of about 12. The salsa bar was tiny but with good music. I danced most of the night with this old guy from Peru who didn’t speak any English. Anyway, we stayed out till about 4 and my feet ached for the next 3 days. But it was all worth it.

Once my birthday was out of the way, it was time to focus on the next big event of the year – Burns Supper. I knew it was hopeless to try and get haggis here but at least I would have whisky cream sauce. In the end I had 12 people for dinner. We had green pea soup to start, then roast chicken with neeps and tatties and whisky sauce and finally, my favourite part of the night – sticky toffee pudding. It was great night with lots of whisky, lots of poetry and even some ceilidh dancing!

Oh! but the best part of preparing the whole dinner was that while I was searching for ingredients (dates, in the pudding), I had to go to a whole new foreign food mart where………….I found cilantro!!!!! A big bunch for only $2. Now I keep just pulling it out of the fridge to smell it.


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