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Boyfriend was my first serious boyfriend. I firmly believed I’d be a single lady conquering the world until I was 40. Our relationship is one of the most surprising things about me.
1. What is a Special Talent you have or Stupid Human Trick you can do?
2. What motivates you to keep blogging?
3. What are you most passionate about?
4. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
6. Dream travel destination?
7. Favourite foreign food?
8. What are you inspired by?
9. What’s your favourite hobby?
10. Favourite beverage?
11. If money was no object, what would you do everyday?
The Nomads Questions:
1.What’s the scariest, as in uncomfortable, thing you’ve ever done?
2.Do you know a celebrity or ever had a semi-personal experience with a celebrity?
3.How often do you clean your house?
4.What’s your funniest/most embarrassing bathroom experience? It has to be your experience not your kiddos! (I saw this on another blog recently and loved it!)
5.Do you have an embarrassing intoxicated story? If so, what?!
6.What the biggest conscience you’ve ever had?
7.What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?
8.How honestly do you care about the news and world events?
9.What’s your secret meal when you have the house to yourself?
10.Who hates you? (I’ve asked a lot of people this question and there is always some random kid from grade school that people are convinced hate them.)
11.If all fear was dissolved, what would be the biggest change you’d make in your life?
I can’t think about The Philippines without smiling. Boyfriend and I shared our first kiss on a tiny, remote beach off Bohol Island. Just a mention of the country makes me beam. Following our kiss we spent the next week and a half with our friends, eating, snorkeling, exploring Bohol and Borocay and getting to know each other. After finishing our contracts in Korea, we spent three weeks exploring Palawan Island. I have such warm memories of the country.
On our first trip we started off as a group of five in Bohol and then met up with a larger group in Boracay. My friend Anna and I were the only girls and lets just say Boracay is know for its loose women. Needless to say, we both had our testosterone fix for a few months.
Collectively, we greatly preferred Bohol. Mainly because its less touristy. Everything was simpler and cheaper. We could eat fresh resturant prepared fish on the beach everyday without hesitation. San Miguels and Red Horse beers were about 1 dollar a bottle as well! So were the mangos!
We had originally planned to stay overnight in Cebu. We knew it’d take 18+ hrs to get there and even longer to take the ferry to Bohol. When we arrive at our hostel we immediately turned around and bolted to the Bohol ferry. We had to wait for the last one out, a problem solved with a roadside beer and intestine stand. We arrived in Bohol as the terminal was closing and got to the tourist office at the last second. We took there recommendation and hopped in a car . We crossed numerous bridges and found ourselves on a tiny island somewhere off Bohol in a lovely family run guest-house. It turned into five safe and happy days. We were right next to town near all the favelas and ran into absolutely no trouble. Every older tourist we met said Bohol was like Thailand 30 years ago. I hope they’re right because it was lovely.
Our first day was spent exploring the beaches and wandering through the town. My friends feasted on intestines and balut while I opted for rice and fish. Oh, and a mango for dessert (every night). There was also loads of San Miguel being consumed. The second day we hired a boat and went island hopping and snorkeling allll day. I think collectively we payed 25$ so 5 $ each. We stopped at a fishing families house for the best lunch of the trip and spent the rest of our time exploring oceans and deserted beaches. We ended the night eating freshly caught fish from one of the night stalls lining the beaches.
The next day we hired a car and explored the inland part of the island. Most famously, we saw the chocolate hills and sweet little tarziers. We, oddly enough, ended the experience on a catered river cruise. Later that night after drinking on the beaches with our party of friends, boyfriend and I slipped off together and shares the kiss that would begin our relationship. I can’t believe how wonderfully lucky we were to begin our life in such a beautiful location, under the stars and surrounded by happiness. The next few days involved beaches, booking tickets getting to Boyacay and lazy beer filled meals.
That tin can took us to Borocay. It was beyond scary. We all thought it would plummet to the ground. The turbulence was so violent the roof of the plane was covered in our water. SCARY! Boracay deserves it’s own post. I can promise lots of ‘tourist’ tax, hookers, overpriced meals and beautiful beaches.
Two mornings ago I woke to this!
I obviously had to head out on a walk.
Frozen canal, minutes from our house.
Heron in flight! I never see them move.
Swanky canal houses.
Later in the night, around 10 p.m., boyfriend and I were able to go a walk and enjoy the snow and huge crescent moon. It snowed in Korea but with night time temperatures dropping to -18 most nights and day time temperatures sometimes reaching -1 or 0, we never had a chance to enjoy the festive environment. It’s been two days now and the ground is still blanketed. This is the coldest spell Amsterdam has had so far and its -3! Amsterdam winters really aren’t that bad. I do have to admit that the southern Californian girl in me is craving a sunny beach day!
During my first year in Korea, I taught my classes with 3 Korean co-teachers. For the most part they were fabulous. Two of these teachers and I become quite good friends. One of the amazing things about these relationships was my ability to experience more cultural aspects of Korea. My friend, Oh Jeong-Hyun invited me to her son’s, Min-Oh, 1st Birthday Party!
First off, turning 1 is a really, really, big deal. Korea began industrializing quite recently. And the infant survival rate has increased only recently (~20 years). Often, children didn’t make it past their first 100 days (another hugely celebrated milestone). Since Korea is a family-centric society and everyone lives together in the same house, older customs are now celebrated in a modern but traditional way. The 1st birthday is celebrated with all the bells and whistles!
Min-oh 1st birthday was considered very low key. I believe there were about 40 people at his party. I’ve known friends who attended with their entire schools plus all the friends and family of the parents (200-300 people!). This low key party was held in an upscale wedding hall. It included, MC’s, a full buffet and over the top decorations which included a thrown for the birthday boy.
This is Hwang Jeong-suk, Oh Jeong-hyun and me! Jeong-hyun, Min-ohs mama is in a traditional Han-buk.
I was given a shocking amount of attention. Most of her family had never met a westerner before! Her husband has practiced english phrases for a month!
P.S. I’m not sure why I look sooo awkward in all this pictures.
The Buffet Dinner! Soooo yummy.
Min-oh on his thrown.
We, the guests, are all sitting around his thrown in big decorated tables, just admiring.
Of course the Westerner has to take pictures with the babe. I loved this part!
His Shrine! Mama and baby
The M.C. ‘Twas crazy. He and his partner came in and took charge. Baby games galore. Everything was in Korean so I’m not really sure about the content but we all sang and clapped along.
That was it!
I had such a fun time! I did make a planned faux-pas. Instead of giving money, in a plain-white-anonymous envelop, I gave gifts. Imported wine for the parents and a giant stuffed worm for the baby. The guests found this historical but Jeong-hyun was grateful I brought a bit of America to her baby’s party.