A Visit to the Ostrich Farm! (Paju, South Korea)

Did you know there is an ostrich farm in Paju, not far from Seoul?

That’s right! It is called 우농농장 (Oo-nong Nong-Jang) http://koreatajo.com/

It was about 45 minutes away from my home in Sinchon. We went there on a Sunday afternoon, and there were only a few families there. I suppose the weather is still a little cold for people to be going outside, but the weather was great today!

They have ostriches for you to pet and feed, as well as various other farm animals.

After you meet the ostriches, you can walk to the small nearby restaurant… to eat them.

That’s right. You can also get fresh ostrich meat and eggs. Let’s take a look!

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백설참외 – White Korean Melon?

I picked up this little guy at the Hyundai supermarket.

It is a kind of melon which is normally yellow. The melon is called a 참외, or chamoe.

I was surprised to see a white one! So I bought it for 4,000 won ($4USD) and ate it up. The result? Though a Korean melon tastes more like a melon/pear hybrid to me, this one was more like a cucumber. Interesting. Even my husband tried it for the first time.

From Wikipedia: The Korean melon or chamoe (참외), following its Korean name, is a type of melon primarily grown in Korea. The fruit is typically about half-foot (15 cm) long and weighs slightly over 1 pound (0.45 kg). It has smooth, oblong with white stripes that run the length of the fruit.It has white flesh that is juicy and sweet, and the seed cavity is filled with small white seeds. Although most Korean melons marketed is yellow in color, there are variant cultivars of green or ivory colors. The flavor has been described as a cross between a honeydew melon and a cucumber. The fruits are usually eaten fresh; with its thin rind and small seeds, the melon can be eaten whole. 

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Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Pack – seeing is believing!

Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Pack

Ladies, let me talk about this. I found this pack by Mediheal in the front of Olive Young in Shinchon listed under “favorites”. I do like to do a hair pack from time to time, so I decided to make the purchase.

These usually run 5,000 won but it was on sale for 3,500. 

I had no expectation. It’s just a hair pack right…?

My goodness! I LOVE IT. It’s a total new favorite. When you put it on your head, it creates a warming sensation after about 5 minutes. It looks exactly like the cartoon drawing on the front. I shampooed my hair and put it on. I left it on my head for 20-25 minutes and rinsed with cold water. No need to add conditioner.

My hair was silky smooth. It washed out well and I was pleasantly surprised by the baby powder aroma. I smell clean and lovely. It tamed my flyaways and I felt like I was in a shampoo commercial. It made my hair completely cooperative. (Not a fluke – I’ve used it more than once at this point!) The sad part is… I had nowhere to go that day. No one saw my beautiful hair but it happened.

I now do one before special events in the morning to manage my hair.

LOVE IT. My favorite product find in 2016! 

Garosugil – Burgers at Gilbert’s and Cheesecake at C27!

Hey all!

I took a quick trip to Garosugil, and I can never go there without visiting my favorite burger place in Seoul – Gilbert’s Burgers and Fries!

I originally found this place thanks to Mango Plate and had my first one alone, but I was impressed by both the service and taste. I was hooked. After searching again and again with Alesia, I declare this as my favorite burger in Seoul.

(Alesia’s vote is “I Am A Burger” in Hongdae. More on that later!)

Look at this burger! This is the Mario burger. I got it as the set with fries.

Prices range from 10,000-15,000 for the burger sets.

Sign evidence. And a photo with my friend Jill!

But we need dessert now right? So Jill and I walked until we saw this gorgeous cheesecake place called C27. The interior is so trendy and there’s a giant piece of cheesecake on the wall! But I had to sneak these photos, as they noted that photos were not allowed.

Dutch Apple Cheesecake

Carrot Cheesecake

Jill was choosing…

She got chocolate cheesecake and I went for the dutch apple! Do you see the cute decoration of cheese on the side? But I don’t recommend mixing them…

Also the drinks here are really pricey. I paid 6,000 won for this Earl Grey tea. The slices were 8,000 a slice.

We *almost* ate the whole thing, but you know how heavy cheesecake can be. But it was delicious! It’s definitely a place to take friends to impress them.

Krispy Kreme – Pokémon Edition!

Jem here!

How cute are these Pokémon Donuts?

Despite Pokémon Go not being released in Korea (yet!?), I have seen promotions for all things Pokémon, including these sweet treats at Krispy Kreme!

I absolutely adore them!

I got a Pikachu and a Squirtle. The Squirtle was filled with strawberry jam!

They were available for 2,000 won each and 1,800 won for the Pokeball donuts!

 

Baby Shower

I had a baby shower on April 10th, 2016! For those who don’t know, I am expecting a baby on May 7th! I wanted to have a baby shower, but it is not a typical tradition here in South Korea.
Many people are unfamiliar with it.

Instead of a baby shower, many people celebrate 100 days after the baby is born. They invite some family over and take nice photographs. As far as I know, the reason this tradition exists is because a long time ago, infants had a high chance of dying within the first 100 days after birth. However, if they lived until 100 days, it was considered a blessing and that the child could surive. Even though it is an old tradition, we can still use it now. Many young women I know use this as a guideline for how long they should stay with the baby after birth. It’s a little over 3 months, so I think the timing is just right! Some return to work after this, or they remain on maternity leave for up to a year.

After 100 days, the next big celebration is the 1st birthday. I’ll think about throwing a party as well for my baby’s 1st birthday, but my husband is worried about the stress – haha! After all, any large gathering like that can be stressful when you’re planning it. XD

We had just a small baby shower in my house! Actually, it was a baby shower housewarming party as I had just moved into my new house two weeks before. So it was the first time to host guests as well.

I want to say thanks to my friends who made it great! And I received a lot of books – I think that’s a really awesome thing for the baby that I didn’t even think of! As well as a thermometer, cute headbands, clothes, an organic bib, and more! I promise to use them all well and try not to screw up as a Mom. xD

I’m a super beginner!

Alesia and I! As well as our other friends Kyndra and Bransen!image

Solo shot with Jill!image

Unfortunately, it was a VERY dusty day in the city that day. Maybe up to 200. T___T Wear a mask!image

With my long time friend Hae Jung! Auntie Hae Jung you look so happy hereeee!image

With our helper and friend Minjeong!image

We played Taboo and it looks like Jill is being sneaky here!image

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We played a game where everyone had to put a plate on their head and draw (without looking of course!) what they think the baby will look like. First, I had to choose which one I like the best. Finally, I guessed who made which one. Bransen was the winner! image

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In action!image

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Hohohoho~image

And of course, it’s a GIRL ❤ So we had pink and purple snacks!image

Cupcakes provided by Kyndra!image

NOMS!image

Our first visitors and food! ❤image

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THANK YOU EVERYONE!

 

Today’s Strange Find: Charcoal Eggs? 참숮란

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I picked up these bad boys at the local Lotte 999 mart. How could I ignore them? Black boiled eggs? I have to find out!

They were only about 1,500 won for two. (I guess some would consider that on the more expensive side)

I was surprised because the outside feels like a fine powder, but it doesn’t rub off on my hands. I peeled it open to find the egg inside is brown, similar to the ones you can buy at the sauna.

It seems these are baked over charcoal. See that white packet? Salt included.

It was delicious! Basically the same as a regular boiled egg, with a smokey aftertaste.

K-POP Experience Program (FREE!)

 
Venue SMTOWN STUDIO (inside of the SMTOWN Coex Artium)
Address Coex, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Date(s) 2015-08-17 ~ 2015-11-24
Time(s) Each session: 11AM-12:30PM (every Monday, Tuesday; one session per day)
Price Free
Program -K-pop dance lesson : 60 mins
(Instructor : A member of the professional choreography staff at SM Entertainment)
-Looking around SM TOWN STUDIO and taking photos : 30mins

K-pop experience program offered by the city of Seoul!

The city of Seoul presents a K-pop experience program designed to allow foreign tourists to enjoy K-pop more directly. It is a great opportunity to learn the newest hit K-pop dance choreography adapted for beginners and to visit the Hallyu star experience zone free of charge. We request the keen interest and active participation of tourists who love Hallyu.

[Program information]
○ Program schedule

– Period: Aug. 17 (Mon.) ~ Nov. 24 (Tue.), 2015 (Once daily on Mondays and Tuesdays)

–  Hours: 11:00 AM ~ 12:30 PM
○ Place: SMTOWN STUDIO at COEX Artium
○ Limit on the number of participants: 15 persons
○ Program details

– Newest hit K-pop dance class: 60 minutes
(Instructor: A member of the professional choreography staff at SM Entertainment)
– Duration of SMTOWN STUDIO tour and individual photo shoot: 30 minutes

[How to apply]

○ Eligibility: Any foreign tourists who visit Seoul
○ How to apply: Access the link below and submit your application
http://goo.gl/forms/gbo34YnWyD
○ Application period: July 31 (Fri.) ~ Nov. 19 (Thu.), 2015
※ Please note that there may be an early closure for application. Participants will be selected by lottery and winners shall be notified by e-mail two weeks prior to participation in the program.
○ Participation fee: Free of charge

[Contact]
○ K-pop Experience Program Operation Office (Tourism Business Team, Seoul Tourism Organization)
– TEL : 02-3788-0823 (From overseas: +82-2-3788-0823)
– E-MAIL: hallyu@seoulwelcome.com