Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Snow in Seoul

It has Snowed the last two evenings here. Big wet fluffy flakes that melt when they land on the road but leave a crusty dusting on cars and in the shadows of trees and buildings. I find the weather to be similar to Vancouver right now and was able to predict the snow fall. Its a good thing too, because like a hairy caterpillar watcher I headed to Dongdaemun market to buy a Jacket and Tuque on Thursday. It was minus 10 with wind chill by Saturday. My camera is misbehaving so I can't show you pictures. (I say "misbehaving" because I don't want to cede the possibility that it is broken, after only a few months.)

Monday, November 12, 2007


Just because there aren't red poppies everywhere doesn't mean I've forgotten.

Happy Pepero Day

The fall is dragging out beautifully here. The colours stick and fall down in yellow ginkgo leaf showers. There has been a prolonged creep towards the first frost which seems unhurried.
We are studying the Planets in Kindergarten right now. I made a solar system out of Styrofoam balls. I think I am enjoying it more than the kids.
Yesterday was Pepero day. "Happy Pepero day to you." you thought Valentines was a cash grab. It can't shake a chocolate covered bread stick at Pepero day.
Pepero day November 11. "Pepero Day is a marketing idea invented by the makers of the popular snack. On this day, people buy boxes of Pepero to give to their lovers, teachers, classmates, coworkers, and pets. The date was chosen because November is the eleventh month of the year. The numerical date for November 11th (11/11) resembles four Pepero sticks. Shop windows are decorated with hearts and "Give Pepero to the special people in your life" signs." (Wikipedia aka "the oracle".)
The Lotte company makes 55% percent of its annual pepero earnings around this day.

Friday, November 02, 2007


I aimed for mildly scary, and wound up with utterly terrifying. We set up a haunted house and I was able to spend two days scaring the wits out of six year olds. I blame my family for instilling the idea that this is not only ok, but should be encouraged. (see Dutch holidays December 5)

This is the aftermath of spending to much time in the haunted house. I've got some great stories that I hope to write down soon, but they'll have to wait for now.