Author: friedlaughter

Seoul Food

I’m currently at the Gimpo International Airport waiting to board my flight to Beijing. (Well, I was when I was writing this.) The epicurean in me is incredibly satisfied, but my wallet is not feeling so hot. My weekend was really jam packed. To sum up my trip in one word – FOOD! I must have eaten twice my body weight in street food the last 5 days, and I’m not a very light girl. This isn’t even counting all of the restaurants we went to! Everywhere we went, we had tons of street carts around offering an abundance of different foods to choose from. There were trucks set up outside that provided menus and seats; even restaurants opened up their shops to passer-bys could order something to go. Everything was made fresh on the spot, and I’m not one to resist temptation, so although everything costs about W1,000 – W3,000 ( $1 – $3), it sure added up when I visited more than 3 street carts every hour! Beyond the pictures in this post, …

Video #2! Reposted

Ah! My wonderful friend Nam Luong helped me upload this video! It’s not on my account, but at least it works! So this is my food vlog, but the VPN part is very outdated. Here it is though! Also! Special shoutout to my best friend, MATTHEW QUINN. He’s finally turned 20 and I’m super bummed I can’t be there to celebrate it with him. Sooo, that’s all for now! Many, many posts about my trip to Seoul coming up soon! Over and out, kv.  

Video #3

So I’m almost going to give up on uploading the food video – but here’s a video about my chinese suction cupping adventure! It’s pretty outdated, and way overdue, but better late than never! Here they are! I think I’ll just try to do vlogs from now on – editing the other stuff takes way too long. Over and out, kimmivo.  

Meet Bambi! The Pup I Never Had

Meet Bambi! The ~8 week pup my friend Kate and I took in for a couple of days.  We found him without a mom, hence, Bambi! It was rough at first; he was very shy. We found him on our way back from the subways after a day at the silk market – he was eating grass and chewing on beetles! Yuck. So we took him back and bathed him, gave him food, and waited it out. This smart lil nugget turned out to be one of the best things that has happened to me on this trip. He learned to respond to his name, when to sit, when to get into the purple bag we hid him in, AND he followed me to a T. Whenever I called for him, he’d come running! Cutest little thing ever. Needless to say, we got very attached to each other. Whenever I left, he’d come chasing after me, and when I had to give him away, I was close to tears. ): In a way, Bambi was …

Meet Mr. Qi! Guardian of the Confucius Temple

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated, but I’ve been really busy! I know my last real post was kind of depressing, but good news! I had a great last week! I now know what they mean when they say the people make the experiences, as last week, when Leanne and I went on our weekly adventure, a stranger turned friend really did make my day. Meet Qi Xian Sheng (Mr. Qi), who was one of the gatekeepers at the Confucius Temple. As we approached the stone tablets to take pictures, Mr. Qi popped up out of no where, and started directing my photos! He moved Leanne’s arms, posed for us, critiqued my photos, even was gracious enough to have me take a photo of him. Never had I met someone so willing to help before. He spoke no English, yet he made the biggest effort to speak in simple slow Mandarin so that I could keep up. As we finished exploring the temples and were about to leave, he stopped us …

Homesickness Settling In

So I have to admit – this abroad experience isn’t what I expected so far. There’s a lot of work! I’m overloading this semester, which means I’m taking 18 credits, and even though all but one of the classes are once a week for 3 hours at a time. I don’t have class until 6:30pm Monday, and I’m done with class on Friday by 12:20pm, but that’s still pretty intense, given I have Chinese class 5 times a week. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been really cool going out, meeting new people, eating nummy foods, but it’s not really what you think of when you think of going abroad. I’m not going out every night, the classes aren’t easy, the people are kind of rude, and the pollution sucks. I guess this is that – “I kind of miss home” post. I miss having Vietnamese food, and American food, having people speak English, and I do miss being able to upload a YouTube video in less than 5 hours… I miss my family and friends …

Mini Updates!

I haven’t updated in awhile, I know. The BC VPN has been down, and I just bought a VPN to use, so I’m still getting used to everything! I’ve officially been in Beijing for more than a week, and it’s been pretty bittersweet. Some updates regarding this site – I’m posting up pictures up in “KODAKS” now! So check out some of those when you get the chance. Once I get this video uploaded onto YouTube, I’ll also post it here – it’s about food! Nums. I’ve also been collecting little tips and whatnot, so I’ll have that soon too. Real updates and blogs soon to come! Hang tight! Over and out. kv.  

“I hope I don’t get sick of the food…”

So the plane food was not the best stuff – greasy beef with cold udon noodles and fatty chicken with mushy rice. Then I had really bland rice noodles at a Korean place on campus that literally had no flavor. Perhaps it was because I couldn’t read the menu at all, see below, but at that point, I was just angry. I was hungry, tired, jetlagged, and kind of feeling a bit lonely. I was only one that had arrived from BC, and some students had arrived from American University but were getting settled and doing their own thing, so it was just Kimmi! Trying hard not to fall asleep and trying to keep herself busy and think about all the positives and not the scary looking hut I had of a room. (Seriously, my dorm looks like where they’d film The Shining.) Then for dinner, I had some greasy Beef Fried Rice that was not the hottest thing. So basically, I went to bed apprehensive of the following days, scared that I made the …

Making Friends on My Journey to the East!

I made friends! Well, kind of. So after that miserable flight to LA, I was hopeful for some productive down time, as oxymoronic as that may seem. Turns out, LAX is probably one of the most confusing airports ever – and with all the shuttles, cabs, and random loiterers, I was surprised I even got to Terminal 2 – half an hour after I got off my first flight. Checked in with China Air and met a nice man that said I had a sucky seat, (50K), and proceeded to ensure the best seat on the plane – the last seat next to a security guard. Said security guard would be big and handsome, and would be seated in the aisle seat, while I am in the window seat (60A), meaning we’d have a seat in between us. Whatever, I don’t really care, an empty seat is cool – so I took it. Three wifi-less hours and a Burger King meal (which I was not too happy about) later, it was time to board. Lo …