Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hair Accessories and Adoptees

We're back in Korea and have been spending time with my birth family since we stepped off the plane. SangKwun, Emily, and Birth Father met us at the airport and took us to dinner. Then, Birth Father left very early the next morning for China. Emily and SangKwun have been hanging around, and just left for China earlier today.

Our first day back in Korea, we went to Namdaemun wholesale market with Emily and SangKwun to look at baby clothes and hair accessories for Dino Bebe (their new children's clothing line). I had never been to Namdaemun and was SHOCKED at the number of children's and babies clothes there were. There were literally floors and floors of clothes. This is only one aisle, but I think it gives some perspective on how many places there were. And you'll probably notice that it was PACKED for a Thursday afternoon!

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The shops were pretty much all set up like this:

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But in addition to the clothes hanging up, there are often clothes all over the front of the displays all over the place like this where people are just rifling around:

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After the baby section, we went to the accessories area and looked at endless barrettes, headbands, and ponytail holders. Emily and SangKwun ordered quite a few things for their stores -- it was interesting because it looked like everything was handmade by the person running the shop.

Anyway, next is a photo of every woman's dream -- a wall of SCRUNCHI'S!!!! Obviously there's still a huge market here in Asia. :) And no, Emily and SangKwun didn't purchase any of those for their stores.

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To be honest, I find the whole thing very exhausting and overwhelming. I don't know how anybody can find anything, let alone make a decision of what to buy in these place. But Emily is a pro and seems to be able to spot things quickly. I guess that's why she's making the big bucks. ;)

Later that night, we met Mica and her boyfriend for coffee and dinner. She is actually also a Korean adoptee who I met through my (and her) blog. It just worked out that she and her boyfriend were going to be in Seoul at the same time as us. It was especially cool to meet her since she reunited with her birth mother on this trip. I haven't really gotten too involved in the adoptee community, so being able to discuss meeting birth parents with someone who truly understood was a cool experience. She blogs about the search and the reunion here, and it's definitely well worth the read.

Here's the group...

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Our first day back was definitely eventful and there are even more stories to tell from this past weekend. In the meantime, have a wonderful Memorial Day!!

3 comments:

Mica said...

Agreed! Markets are completely exhausting and overwhelming. It didn't help me that everyone seemed to run me over without even noticing. I'm glad that we feel the same way towards market shopping. If we're ever in Korea at the same time again (And this should DEFINITELY happen!), we can avoid markets and eat waffles and shabu-shabu instead. Mmmm. :)

I kind of hope scrunchies come back. No, no, I don't.

Thanks for reading my extremely long post. I'm glad that you could identify with parts of it!! Meeting other (non angry!) adoptees is great!

Julia said...

not going to lie, all of those baby clothes make my heartrate go up....I would DIE to look through all of them! And yay for a new adoptee friend.

Jane said...

I'd never be able to choose anything in a market like that. I'd have to go home & lie down!!!!