Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Cookies

It's Christmas time! I'm in LA, as usual, for the holidays.

I'm not feeling well at all. I don't know if it's the holidays or if I just need a change (another international move?), but it's been a struggle.

More later, but this is the state of our Christmas pile so far.

Hopefully I get merry soon!


Sunday, December 02, 2012


Remember seolleongtang? Or seollontang? (That extra 'e' seems out of place to me in the first version, but that's how Wikipedia spells it.)

My entire family really loves seollongtang more than is healthy for us. We love it and crave it and will seek it out. I think my dad's favorite place when he and my mother stayed at my place for a few days was this restaurant.

Shin-Sun Seolleongtang
Gyeonggi-Do Goyang-Si Ilsan Dong-Gu Janghang-Dong 847

Telephone: 031.907.0025

경기도 고양시 일산동구 장항동 847

So, of course, being wintry and freezing (fuh-reeeeezing!), my sister and I made the (two block) trek to have some seollongtang of our very own. In pictures, here's how good it was:

My sister and I, we don't generally eat everything on a Korean restaurant's table. Not because we don't like it, but because there's a lot of food and there are usually one or two side dishes that we don't like. 

Not so at this place. My sister got the seollongtang with tteok (뗙, rice cakes) because she loves tteok. We ordered the mandu (만두, dumplings) because we love them and I wanted to try them. I'm a sucker for mandu. 

I don't know if it's because the weather's been so very, very cold lately, or because we just love it so much, but we hoovered up our meal, obvious from the "after" photo above. I had to take the before and after pictures because they were so funny- it looked like we had licked our bowls clean. 

Work's been a beast lately. There have been some personnel changes and I'm not a fan. There's also a niggling little feeling in my little head that some people are somewhat ... laughing at me. I need to work it out over the holidays, away from Korea and Koreans.

I have decided to stay at this company in Korea until the end of next June. Six more months committed to this place. 

I've extended my lease, as well. Though I have no idea when my phone contract is up. That's the only other thing with which I have to concern myself. 

Work-related function tomorrow in Seoul. I have a sinking feeling that I'll be there all day, freezing my eyelashes off.

It feels like I just got back from LA, but I'm flying home on Friday for a month (just a couple days shy of a month). I'm so ready to go!