Monday, August 31, 2009

news from the weekend.

This is a good picture - the four Korean fishermen who had been held in North Korea were released on Saturday. Their boat strayed onto North Korean waters almost a month ago.
North Korea and South Korea have also agreed to resume brief, but significant reunifications of separated families at the end of this month. Those would be some amazing pictures to take, I need to get myself some sort of press pass. 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Baby Sung-il

This is Sung-il, my lovely co-worker Shine's new baby.
He has the best hair I have EVER seen.

Here is the blog from Shines baby shower back in February.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Every time I turned around, she was right behind me. 

She gradually got closer and closer.

I gathered up my courage and asked her to take a scary forest portrait. She obliged.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Free Hugs on us!

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than having some MEGA hugs?
We were thinking that by being away from our loved ones, we are missing out on some really good hugs - so we wanted to make those up in following the ever popular "Free Hug" movement. It was a bit nervy at first, but soon there was just hug after hug. Really good ones too - like all squeezey and rocky and the good thing about Korea is that there is a next to nothing chance of creepy hugs.
My mouth was tired and dry from smiling - so much fun and a really nice way to finish the day after the funeral.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

State Funeral of Kim Dae-Jung

Hey watch this:

We attended the State Funeral of Kim Dae-Jung - partly for photo taking and partly to pay respect for South Korea's first democratic leader and former President. I keep learning more and more about this amazing man - why can't all world leaders be like him? He died at 85, of pneumonia on Tuesday.
The crowds were huge, all wearing white visors and staring at the large screens feeding from the National Assembly building across the road.
The sun was scorching and I was welcomed by ajumma's who shaded and feed me iced coffee. At the procession, the crowds waved to the hearse saying "annyeonghi gaseyo" (goodbye), it made me very teary. An elderly man came up to us and said "Thank you for coming." Aw my heart breaks at the loveliness of Koreans.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

DMZ: The Return!

Just to the JSA (Joint Security Area) this time. The soldiers looked like waxy mannequins. Because I have seen this so often on TV and in pictures, I really felt like I had been there before.

If you look really closely in the picture below, you can see a binocular holding North Korean soldier.
The flag pole of North Korea is the highest in the world at 160m.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This is Wolmido.

The highlight of Wolmido is obviously MYLAND!
It's so bright, pretty rusty and I have heard rumours of it having had the 3rd highest accident rate of an amusement park.

My peeps were not fazed about heading up on this tinny thing.

There were perfect amusement park characters around.

More sweet characters were to be found on the boardwalk. The man is demonstrating the sweet-as summer hanbok. Because, my dear friends, it is freaking hottsies in Korea at the moment.

I met this gorgeous man, who was selling toys. I took a portrait of him and then he wanted to play with my camera and take one of me.

Couple T's were rampant. Including...a FOUR person family look. Now that's commitment.

When the weather is this sweat-tastic, the kids go nuts in these fountains which seem to be everywhere.

This little kid is having too much fun to let wee wees take up too much time.

Anyway, 'twas a lovely day hanging with my chingu's under sun umbrellas.

In 2014 there is going to be the Incheon Asian Games and because of this, most of this is going to look very different. They are building a brand new MYLAND next door - which is a little sad because it's a bit boring when everything brand new.