Thursday, September 22, 2011

Back into the Blogosphere

Did you miss me???

Well, I'm jumping back into the blogosphere, but this time it will be less about me and more about children's clothing, starting a business, and just plain old much-needed inspiration.

Sound interesting? Follow our Dino Bebe journey here. See you there!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wrapping up

We're back in the States bringing our Korea adventure to a final close. Of course we'll be back for visits, but unless life throws us a huge curveball, we don't plan to live there again.

So we've spent the last couple weeks in Korea saying goodbyes and see you soon's to friends and family. As the final piece of closure, I finally got the answers I sought to questions surrounding my adoption and my family's history.

It's a bittersweet feeling. When I first returned to St. Louis, everything just seemed so quiet and dead. But then, we could walk without dodging people everywhere, can drive anywhere in 30 minutes or less, and the air is just so fresh. Just hanging out in our parents' neighborhood alone, we ran into or saw several people we knew. That sense of community just doesn't exist in Seoul, the city of faceless people. I will miss the people, the excitement, and the food of Seoul for sure, but it's time to re-start our lives in the States.

Obviously, a bit part of starting our lives is launching the Dino Bebe branch. Right now, we're in limbo waiting for my brother to send us the clothes from China.

So that's where we are now. We're back in St. Louis and attempting to re-create a life here. I guess this post marks the end of this blog, as it was created to chronicle our lives abroad and I'm not sure what use it will hold now that I'm back in the States. Thanks for whoever followed us out there. It really was quite a ride and I can honestly say I have zero regrets.

I have no idea whether or not I'm going to miss having a place to throw my thoughts and if I do, I'll update this blog with my new blog site. But that's a big maybe. I was never very good at keeping up with this blog when I was abroad experiencing new things all the time. I'm not sure how interesting my normal life will be or what there will be to talk about.

But for now, 여러분 제브러그를 읽어줘서 감사하고 앞으로 건강하고 행복하게 사세요.
(Thanks for reading our blog and in the future, I wish you good health and a happy life.)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Seoul Subway

Yep, totally going to miss the crazy-efficient Seoul subway system.

Yesterday our friend Ellen came over and we all had lunch with my birth father. We wanted to talk to him about the business and finalize some details and wanted to make sure nothing got lost in translation.

Ellen was amazing ~~ with her help we were able to nail down final details for shipping the clothes, creating labels, etc. Also, because of her, we learned a little more about my birth father.

Apparently he lived in Japan for 4 years when he was getting his business started and is semi-fluent in Japanese. Who would've known?!?!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Name Game

In Korea, when a baby's born, the father's father names the child. There's a great deal of thought put into the name as it must derive from Chinese characters and the meaning of the name is believed to directly affect the child's personality and life path. For this reason, many people consult name experts to help with this difficult task.

My own brother, SangKwun, was given one name at birth, but was taken to a name expert and told his name was not good, so it was changed when he was about 3 or 4 to SangKwun.

As birth father was tasked with choosing a name for his first grandchild, he took this job very seriously. He met with a name expert because he was very concerned with finding a name that would be easily pronounced in both Chinese and Korean.

He came home with three pieces of paper with three different names to choose from. He passed them along to SangKwun and Emily.

I was chatting on IM with SangKwun and found out today that they chose a name!

My future niece's Korean name will be 김태연 (romanized, it's Kim Tae Yun). And her English name will be Claire Kim. (In Korean, the last name goes first.)

She's due to arrive August 20th. I can't express how excited I am to meet Baby Tae Yun/Claire!!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fall and Winter Sneak Peek

The professional photos from the shoot arrived and there were over 3,000 to wade through. Tough since the kids were so impossibly photogenic and cute.

But here's a sneak peek at some of our favorites of the two of them together. The photos are very deceiving as they look like the best of friends. Actually, they were really not interested at all in each other, except when the little boy wanted to take things from the girl or scream in her face. :)









We're in the middle of revamping the website. More to come soon!

Returning (finally!)

I think most everyone already knows this, but our airline tickets are bought and we will be making our return to the States, more specifically St. Louis, on August 17th. It's going to be an adjustment, but we're excited about what lies ahead.

On a funny side note, Birth Father has asked us twice now if we think St. Louis is pretty boring. He commented that it was too quiet and slow there and he thought Las Vegas was more his style. Guess he wasn't too impressed and won't be eager to make a return visit to our our little city in the Midwest. :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Photo Shoot

Sneak peek at today's photo shoot.

It was a loooong day for these little kids and they pretty much soldiered through. Started at 1 and ended around 5. Then the little girl has to come back tomorrow for more. She is 3 and the boy is 4. Pretty much the cutest things ever.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Western food FAIL

So Koreans sometimes try to adapt Western foods and things go very, very wrong. Remember when I was teaching and we made the canapes from hell?

Well, today we saw this gem of a commercial from Outback. Blueberry steak. Yes, that would be steak with blue cheese and blueberry dipping sauce. Gross.

If you don't believe me you can check out the commercial here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Extreme Hoarders

And, here's the downfall of the clothing industry...

Piles and piles of clothes.

I'm so glad my parents have so graciously offered to let us store this x 50 in their home. Kidding. Kind of. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CLOTHES Are Here!!!

Well, for our Dino Bebe clothing line to be a success, I guess we'd need some clothes, right?

Weeellll.... a special delivery from China arrived Monday morning.



So many, many clothes.


These are the coats alone. (Kinda wish my actual wardrobe looked like this.)


Unfortunately, these clothes are not going to be available for quite awhile as these are Fall/Winter clothes. When we return to the States, it'll be the Spring/Summer wholesale market selling time. Majorly crossing our fingers that we'll have some Spring/Summer styles available to us so we can hit the ground running when we return home. We'll have a better idea tomorrow when SangKwun arrives in Korea.

Anyway, last night was spent drinking wine and creating adorable little outfits. If we can make it happen, this could be the dream job. :)

Here are a few of my faves:





So what do you think???

Oh and we've got a Facebook fan page up and running (sorta ~ as in the page is up but I don't update it almost ever. Okay, never). But if you're on Facebook, do us a favor and give us some "like". The name is "Dino Bebe USA". I promise I'll put some pictures on there as we make progress.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dual Identity

Check it out!


Korea Adoption Law Change

Korea passes law to change adoption policy.

Highlights from the article:
  • The revised law is expected to shift adoption policy from “adoption promotion” to “family preservation.”
  • The new law will also expand rights for single mothers and adoptees. Under the law, adoptees will gain greater access to birth records and women will have a seven-day period to deliberate on whether to keep or relinquish their child. Korea currently has no such limitation.
  • The law also strengthens oversight of adoption procedures; makes birth registration mandatory, to guard against secret adoptions; and brings Korea into line with international standards for the care of children.
In a past post I've talked about how single mothers aren't treated very well in Korea. While this law may make adoption a little more difficult for foreigners, I think it's a good thing to allow mothers to 7 days think (still seems short though) before they give up the child forever. I've heard awful stories about single mothers being tricked into giving their babies up for adoption and once they realized the deceit being told they already signed the papers so they had no choice.

Also, I know I'm incredibly lucky to have been able to reunite with my entire birth family. So many adoptees have had a difficult time finding their families. Hopefully this law will make the process a little bit easier.

This new law seems like a very good, necessary step in protecting the rights of the overlooked.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


We have a little announcement to make. I've been holding off on going public with this until I knew that it was going to happen, for sure. Based on recent conversations, all signs point to YES.

For those that talk to us regularly in real life, this isn't really new news. But for our virtual friends and followers...

Mark and I are embarking on a business venture.

Yep, we're going to attempt to open a business and be our own bosses. (Which is scary, because rumor is that I can be quite the perfectionist task-master. Do this at your own risk, Mark. Just kidding... kind of.)

As most everyone knows, my birth family is heavily involved in the clothing/fashion industry. My Birth Father has a clothing factory in China and SangKwun runs a wholesale children's clothing line, Dino Bebe. And it is awesome.


Here are a couple of shots of their wholesale clothing store in Guangzhou, China.




Mark and I were looking through their catalogs and said to ourselves, "Wouldn't American kids look SO CUTE in these outfits?" (Maybe those were my words more than Mark's...) So we started talking to Birth Father and SangKwun about the possibility of opening an American branch. But up until recently, it was just that... talk.

Once our Korean classes finished, Mark and I decided if we want to make a run at this, we need to show we're serious. So we've spent the last couple months creating a business plan in both English and Korean ~ with a lot of help from Mark's amazing language exchange partners, researching every angle of of the wholesale clothing industry ~ something we honestly started out knowing very little about, contacting potential sales reps, creating an LLC and trademark, and more.

Oh yeah, and we've finally got a website up and running. The pictures aren't the best as we didn't have the originals to work with, updates will be coming soon. Promise.

A few biz details... we plan enter the market with a focus on girls clothes only (in the 2~8 age-range). Baby and boys clothes will follow. The clothing will be sold wholesale... which means we will sell directly to retail stores and boutiques. So, at least initially, we won't have a storefront open to the general public. (On a side, sales-y note... if you have a favorite boutique that you'd like to see Dino Bebe clothing in, please let us know. We'll love to contact the owner about making the brand available to you.)

So that's the real reason we've been sticking around Korea. We had a great discussion with Birth Father the other day about factory sourcing and import/export fees and SangKwun will be coming to Korea in two weeks so we can finalize our final Spring & Summer 2012 line, create our very own U.S. catalog, and nail down logistics and final details. If all goes well, we should be on a plane soon very after, bringing Dino Bebe to the States!

I can't believe this is actually happening!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Passport Process

Wow, the Korean passport process is shockingly fast.

Went to the local 구청 office this morning, filled out an application for the 10-year passport, paid about $55, gave them one of my beautified passport photos, and had my index fingers scanned.

And voila... my passport will be ready for pickup in 3 days. Oh and whenever I'm ready to renew it, it can be done online. Nice.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Extreme photo-shopping

After the dual citizenship ceremony, the next steps of becoming a dual citizen were turning in a pledge to only use your Korean citizenship while in Korea (goodbye casinos... not like I ever went anyway.)

I turned in the pledge, and a few weeks later got a text message that my paperwork was processed and I could come back to the office to pick up my pledge confirmation.

After that, I was free to apply for my citizen ID number (kinda like the social security number in the US), a citizen ID card, and a Korean passport!

For the ID card and passport, I needed to get some official passport photos taken. I went to a local photo shop and assumed it would be in and out. Nooo... this guy took his job seriously! He took a ton of shots, and was very picky about the way I held my head, if my shoulders looked relaxed enough...

Korea seems to have more rules about passport photos than the US. For example, you can't smile showing your teeth, you need to show your ears, and you can't wear a white or light blue shirt.

But then, what this photo guy did next totally shocked me. He proceeded to take the picture I chose and photo-shopped the crap out of it! He removed freckles, and even changed the shape of my head to make my face appear more heart shaped! Pretty sure that would be highly illegal in the United States.

I asked some Korean friends about this, and they all said that's pretty standard. Guess that explains why everyone looks so much different than their government ID. Guessing they'd hate how awful we all look on our driver's licenses...

Anyway, here was the final result... I think I look sort of plastic.

So then I took this photo to the local citizen office (which happens to be SO much more convenient and well-run than the immigration office), and applied for my citizen ID card. This involved a very drawn out fingerprinting session. But I should get my card in about 3 weeks! Next step, passport....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Understanding 엄마

Last Sunday, Mark and I finally met back up with Birth Mother or 엄마. It had been months and it was actually the first time we've ever met without SangKwun, or my uncle to help with translations.

But I can honestly say that this was our best visit yet. It provided me with a whole new level of 엄마 understanding. In more ways than one.

First of all, without realizing it... my Korean (at least my listening) has finally arrived! I was able to converse with 엄마 without the training wheels of a translator of my electronic dictionary. To be honest, she speaks craazyfast and uses a lot of slang/country dialect, so there's a lot I can't understand. But when she tells a story, I can usually understand 50%~70% and fill in the rest. There may be misunderstandings, but at least there's a degree of understanding. Finally.

Secondly, the ability to converse has provided me with some much needed perspective on my relationship with my 엄마. Ironically, almost a year ago I posted about experiencing post-reunion awkwardness. I felt that 엄마 was overly touchy-feely and didn't respect my boundaries since to me she was essentially a stranger.

But the thing is, I was not a stranger to her. This time, she described the special pregnancy dream she had about me. (This is something Koreans believe in ~ the mother or a close family member will have a very vivid dream about the unborn child and it foretells the child's fortune/life/temperament.) My special dream was about a gold ring. (That's got to be good, right?!)

Then 엄마 told me that they were so poor, she couldn't afford to go to the hospital to have me. So she had me in her house... with no drugs... and just a older lady to help her. But then once I was born, they had no money, so it was hard to keep me fed. She said sometimes all she could do was give me rice, even though I really needed milk. And I as a baby I was sick a lot because of that. And as any mother would, she worried. But she tried to keep me, and managed to until I was a little over a year.

One year old. I think about my good friends who have children who are a year old. These are not babies... these are little people who react to things, have personalities, and most importantly know who their parents are.

So what I failed to understand, was that this woman really knew me. It was I who had forgotten about her. And even though I went to America and had a whole new life without giving her much of a second thought, she was in Korea thinking of me... missing me...

Actually, when we met, she brought along a little girl. I *think* she might be a second cousin. But 엄마 told me that when she misses SangKwun and me, she spends time with this little girl and her sisters. (I apologize for this terrible picture, but it was the only picture from the day. Too busy living it to record it, I guess.)


I don't think life has been as kind to 엄마 as it has to Birth Father or 아버지. As a woman in Korea... especially a single woman... it's hard to earn a decent living. But every time we meet, she insists on paying and slips me some cash telling me to "맛있게 먹어" or "eat delicious food." I know it's a sacrifice for her so I try to refuse it, but she always insists. Impossible to ever lose that motherly instinct, I guess.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to know the woman I knew so well almost 30 years ago and who has never forgotten me. So I guess I'll end it with the words she says every time she sees me and every time we talk on the phone. I used to pretend not to understand, then awkwardly said it back... but now I that I opened my mind to her I can say and mean...

엄마... 사랑해 ~~~~ I love you.


Importance of English

Very interesting article in the Financial Times about how English has become the "world's lingua franca."

Surprised me that:
  • "The majority of conversations in English today are between non-native speakers."
  • "English speakers earn 25 per cent more than colleagues who don’t speak the language. This is the average. In Rwanda, in some jobs the difference can be 181 per cent."
  • "Kent Holiday, chief executive of Eleutian Technology, a US-based teaching company, thinks the state and private English sectors spend $100bn on teaching in China, Japan and South Korea alone."

Definitely have seen first-hand the value placed on learning English in Korea. The article also stated that "English should be the 21st century gold rush." Big opportunities...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Adoption Flier

I was riding the subway the other day and noticed this ad by the door:


It's basically just trying to convince Koreans that adoption is a choice. On the top (in English) it says, "Adoption is love." Then in Korean it says "Adoption is another way that you can have a family" and "Adoption is a beautiful choice."

So many Koreans are extremely strongly opposed to adoption as they believe the blood-line is of utmost importance. But the birth rate has dropped in Korea, and people are waiting longer to start families. It was kind of nice to see this sign reminding Koreans of the adoption option.

BYOG (Bring Your Own Glasses)

The executive that Mark tutors at LG gave him these 3D glasses. He said they'll be coming out soon and you can take them with you to the movies so you don't have to wear the huge 3D glasses.

But does that qualify you as a big-league nerd to whip out your own 3D glasses in the theater? Or will the losers be the people who are still wearing the big huge theater provided glasses??? I know I'll certainly be looking down on them when I'm rocking these orange beauties. :)


Hangover on the Military base

Two weekends ago, our friend Rachel brought us on the American military base to see the movie "Hangover 2" since it never made it to the Korean theaters. It was kind of a surreal experience being on the base since it seriously felt like we left Korea and stepped into Suburbia, USA.

This is a shot of the front of the theater with our friends Rachel and Ellen. Kind of reminded of Kenrick movie theater in St. Louis. Complete with no stadium seating, old school candy, and sticky floors. :)


Before the movie started, everyone had to stand and they played both the Korean national anthem and the Star Spangled Banner.

We also made a pit-stop in a convenience store where I drooled over all the American food that is either unavailable or super-expensive in Korea.


Especially THIS:


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Korea's Got Talent

Wow. Just watch it and try not to cry. Makes me realize how truly blessed in adoption I was. (Though I was definitely not blessed with a singing voice like that.)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Aaand 꿑!

It's official, our Sogang days are behind us. All in all, it's been a great experience, I've met some good friends, and while my Korean is still not where I'd like it to be, it's vastly improved from when we first started. I've come to realize that this is going to have to be an ongoing process and I need to accept that I'll probably never be fully fluent. The best I can hope for is to be functionally fluent, with an accent that'll always sound a little off to normal Koreans. But I'm okay with that.

Birth Father came in town the other day and we were able to have some serious conversations with him. My reason for studying was to reach that level, so I feel like this year was well-spent.

So here's the mandatory picture with my Level 4 class at graduation.


Our speaking teacher is in the middle with the Japanese beer we gave her as a thank you present.

I'd say after Level 4, there seems to be a lot of turnover among the students at Sogang. It's probably because if you start at Level 1, reaching Level 4 means you've spent a year studying. So, a lot of the people who started at Level 1 with us are returning to their hometowns.

We attended a going away party for one of Mark's friends from Turkey.


It's kind of a strange feeling to know we'll probably never see some of these people again as their hometowns are miles away from ours. Leaving Poly, it just didn't seem so final since most of the teachers were from North America, so I always kind of assumed we'd reunite at some point. But when people are heading off to Russia, Turkey, Taiwan, Japan... it'll be a bit trickier to meet up. I guess that'll just give Mark and me and major incentive to earn a lot of money so we can travel the world and see these people once again. :)

Anyway, thanks Sogang for the memories, friends, and the Korean skills~ I'll never forget you. ^^

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ajuma Palooza

Well, the day I've been dreading has came and passed. I've exited my 20s and entered my 30s.

Truthfully, it was all a lot less painful than imagined. Good friends and a great party organized by Mark helped.

My actual birthday was on Friday the 13th. I still had to work, so we had a pasta, wine, and movie night. The next morning, we headed into Itaewon for brunch. I have to admit, that while I've adjusted to most Korean food, kimchi for breakfast just doesn't cut it for me. So we treated ourselves to an omelette, a sandwich, and a Bloody Mary. Then we headed back to the apartment to hang out.

Now here comes the fun part. First we met some friends for dinner at this BBQ meat restaurant. The food was delicious, but the best part was the wait staff's outfits.


Then, Mark organized a birthday party. It was a mish-mash of people we've met from all over in Korea: friends from our year teaching, Sogang friends, language exchange friends, and more. It ended up being the most international birthday party I've ever had with Korean, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Taiwan, and the US representing.





The fun place about the bar is that there's a river of 막걸리 (Korean rice wine) running through one of the tables. In addition if you pay about $4, you can drink all the 막걸리 you want for 3 hours. We didn't end up sitting at the 막거리 river table, but we did get to take advantage of the drink special. And we totally got our money's worth. :)

A 30th birthday cake was necessary, I guess.


After our 3 hours were up, our friend Alex (who happens to be a SLU graduate from St. Louis), recommended a bar down the street that had beer pong. For the beer pong uninitiated, basically you set up cups in a triangle formation and have to throw a ping pong ball into the cups.


If you get the ball in, the cup is removed and the opposing team has to take a shot of beer. So we ended up setting up a beer pong tournament with a cash prize. You may actually remember that beer pong kicked off the Metro Olympics we held with my brother and his wife.

As most of the people at the party had never played before and every American spent many college nights majoring in beer pong, we were feeling pretty confident.

But then surprisingly many of the teams seemed to have some serious "beginners luck."


And people's true competitive natures really emerged.


Mark and I got knocked out in the second round by a Turkish/Japanese team. But finally, the other American team pulled out the win.


It was a great way to spend my birthday, and playing old college games with our many new friends helped me forget I was celebrating this "traumatic" birthday. Here's to many, many more!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Picture of Success

So lately I've been craving curry like craaazy. So Mark, being the amazing guy he is, looked up a recipe to make it for me.

He found a recipe online and wrote it out. It looked like this...


No big deal, he just found a recipe entirely in Korean, wrote it all out and translated it to English.

And then proceeded to make the most delicious curry ever -- proving his translating skills were spot-on. Wish I had taken a picture of the final product, but I was too busy scarfing it down.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kimchi Chronicles

Just found out there's a cooking show on PBS called the Kimchi Chronicles which features Korean cooking for an American kitchen. I tried searching on PBS's website, but it looks like it hasn't started yet.

Anyway, here's the link to the New York Times writeup.

And it looks like Hugh Jackman will be on it.

Can't wait!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Uphill battle

Check out this blog post about the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. Yep, Korean's definitely on the list.

It says to achieve proficiency you need 88 weeks (1.69 years) and 2,200 classroom hours.

So... Mark and I have spent 1 year studying... and approximately 750 classroom hours at Sogang.


Monday, May 2, 2011


Another kinda awkward foreigner moment for Mark...

Last night we were at dinner at a little hole in the wall restaurant in our neighborhood and a report about Osama Bin Laden's death came on the news. Then they flashed to footage of Americans celebrating and chanting "USA USA." Every single head in the place immediately swiveled to stare at Mark like they expected him to erupt out of his seat, jump on the table, and join in.

So, while we weren't performing any shows for the Koreans, we were very happy to hear the news and hope that this will mean the world will be a little more peaceful.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Photo Essay

If you have time, check out this beautiful photo essay about Korean adoption by Jeanne Madderman. The pictures tell the stories better than words ever could.

The photos of the birth mothers, especially, are heartbreaking.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Minor Celeb Status

Okay, the headline was just a joke, but since I was part of the first adoptee group to become dual citizens there was a lot of press at the event. Not kidding, these guys were sprinting around the room trying to capture every.single.moment. One guy was absolutely pouring sweat.

Anyway, here are links to some of the coverage:
  • Korea Times: A picture of the group and the article's in English too.
  • Kyunghyang: A small local newspaper (in Korean, but there's a pic)
  • MBC News clip: It's in Korean and mostly features a married couple who got dual citizenship together, but there's a quick little part where I shake hands with the Ministry of Justice and bow. ^^

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sisters Night

Last night Mark and SangKwun both had prior appointments, so ChungPing and I had a "sisters night." First, we gorged ourselves on shabu shabu. Seriously. I think we still had half a pot of veggies of meat, plus noodles and rice to cook when we both started feeling full. We both said we sort of wished Mark was with us because he always eats a lot. Haha.

Then, we came back home, attempted to watch a little Korean TV, and mostly just gossiped. I managed to snap a pic of her... cutest pregnant lady ever award!


I have to say, I've really been enjoying evenings like this with ChungPing. Even though we can't speak a common language and I don't see her as often as I'd like, she's truly become like a sister to me. I can be myself around her and we can talk about everything from her feelings about the baby, plans for the future, ex-boyfriends, and what our husbands do that make us mad. Also, when she's in town and goes shopping, she almost always picks me up a thing or two to add to my wardrobe and dispenses all sorts of advice about how I should wear it. Can't get much more sisterly than that!!!!

Cooking class

Last week for our Sogang field trip, everyone in Level 4 went to a cooking class in 홍대.

The place was really cool and we got to prepare 안동찜닭 (chicken and veggies in a spicy soy based sauce), 해물 파전 (seafood and green onion pancakes), and 김밥 (Korean version of sushi rolls).

When we arrived, we put on aprons. The cooking area was really nice and there were tables with ingredients for each class. There were a total of 6 Level 4 classes.

Here I am with my classmate Chika. She is Japanese and actually loves cooking so much that she is currently enrolled in 2 cooking classes. After she finishes up at Sogang, she heads to cooking school. Needless to say, she was invaluable as we sliced, diced, sauteed...


The ingredients were mostly all laid out for us, we just had to cut them up and cook them.


Here's the seafood plate. It's kind of odd, because when I first came here I couldn't stand squid, but little by little it's grown on me. I am still not at the point of eating dried and buttered squid as a snack at the movies, but in various dishes it's actually pretty good.


We added the cut up seafood to this green onion batter.


Then we fried them, and TA DAAAA... 해물 파전! This is seriously one of my favorite things to eat lately with 막걸리 (Korean rice wine).


We also rolled up some 김밥. Mine is on the far right. These Korean rolls are filled with rice, carrots, cucumbers, sesame leaves, picked radishes, crab sticks, and more. Amazing.


And finally, here's the 안동찜닭 cooking.


And here's our final product! The best part of the day was that we could eat our creations together with our class. The place also provided us with kimchi (because what is a meal without it), and oranges.


And before we left, we were all given a recipe (in Korean no less) so we can try to make some of these dishes on our own. Any requests?