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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SUPER Moon Over Our Apartment

Super Moon over our apartment tonight. I couldn't resist but noticing that it was nothing more than just like any other full moon. so,what's the fuzz about it?^^ 
But, I got to admit that it's brighter..or was it because I knew that the news kept reporting it as the'super moon' that I tended to see it shine brighter than it usually was? Not know it for sure.  
But..one thing for sure..it is a sight to behold. 
Being thankful for the this chilly, windy, freshly calm, and cool summer.
Yes, this year's summer is not hot compared to last year's--which is nice.
In fact, I felt like I was 'enjoying' the summer nights like we used to have back home in Jogja when the summer nights turned into cooler summer. 
back to Super Moon....It's still 11 August 2014 when I took this picture.
Happy Anniversary to our 12th marriage. 
Greetings from our apartment under the SUPER MOON. 

August 11, 2014: Lunch to Celebrate Our 12th Years of Marriage

We're planning to go to some place special..but since I was a bit tight up today...we only went to a nearby restaurant "Bapuri" where we had what the kids wanted to have: cheese rapukki. 치즈라뽂이. Yes..it's not something fancy or glamorous but...this was what the kids wanted for their lunch. And...Freya loved it. 
Yes...we've been together for about 12 years since 2002!!!^^ 
* THank YOu, Freya ..for taking the pic.
after having gimbab and cheese rapukki, we moved on into a nearby cafe and ordered mint-chocolate-ice flakes 초코민트빙수^^  and some bubble tea for the kids. 
Again..this was also nothing much compared to what we cherished. 
Alhamdulillah. 
Thank you, Mama for being with me all these years.
Thank you, Eyra and Freya for being such wonderful daughters.
I love you all. ^^ 사랑해요. 

A 2-Hour Visit to Sejongno Branch Immigration Office

Got off at Jonggak station line 1, exit 6...there I was. I was walking down the street towards the Immigration office @ Sejongno. Yes, it's the new location of immigration office that most of foreigners in northern part of Seoul has to go to at least once during their stay in Seoul. 
As for me, after having my passport renewed last week, I got to have it reported to the immigration office. Since one week had already passed since I had my passport renewed, I got to go HERE. 
It's located at the 2nd floor of Seoul Global Center @ downtown Seoul.
I think I kind like it better here than the previous one. It's close to Yongpoong Bookstore. Yes...! 
I got to wait for 82 persons ahead of me...to be served. 
It's Monday and there were lots of people queuing..and since I got to wait for another 2 hours..I might as well spend my waiting time...inside the bookstore. 
So..off I went inside the bookstore while waiting for my line. 
Came at 10.30 and served at around 12.20...yes.. ^^
Not bad. One thing for sure..I got my renewed passport officially reported.^^

Black Sticky Rice & Mung Bean Porridge

Hmm...my favorite mung bean porridge.  
What makes it even more special is the way it is complemented with coconut milk and the black sticky rice that goes just right with it. 
I've been wanting to devour this porridge and when my wife made it for me..
I was like 'wow' 
thank you, Mama for making my favorite 'bubur kacang hijau and ketan hitam.

Dancing 9: Season 2

It's one of the off-air show highlighting the success of Korean TV's reality show called 'Dancing 9'--which is essentially Korea's answer to 'So You Think You Can Dance'
The off-air show at the IFC Mall atrium was packed with lots of fans to the show.
I was on my way home from work when I got busted by the huge crowd of people blocking my way to the subway. 
I couldn't just let go the commotion and the uproar that almost deafened me to the point of 'not wanting to be around the cheering crowd' but..boy ...the energized atmosphere that pumped out of the off-air show really filled the atrium ....and that made me want to stay there a few minutes and let me take my phone out and take this picture so as to remember that I 'was' there to witness the 'commotion'

Paper Ship.....!!!


Freya and Eyra just finished making this ship out of a paper.
Yes, they got a present from Andri sonsaengnim who just visited Ulsan Shipping Industry the other week. I bet he got it as a present and then...now the ship belongs to Freya and Eyra who needed 2-hour to finish 'assembling' the ship from scratch. 
And...then..Dusty from Disney's plane was included to be a playing partner of the ship they just built. 
* It's a tanker ship that looks to be docking and shipping some oil from an off-shore oil-drilling. Hmm..a little bit complicated for Eyra and Freya to render, but they managed to 'assemble' them, anyhow. 

Eid Mubarak Gathering After 2-Weeks!

Yes, as I promised to my students, I invited them all to our home this week. They come from other cities like Daejon, Gangneung, Jeonju, and Incheon. Yes...they're studying at other cities so..it's not easy for us to meet on a weekly basis. 
I am glad to realize that although I never officially teach them, I feel like having a close attachment to them and so do they. Yes, that's the power of "...." I don't know what thta is. But..the fact that they're being Facebook friends ..on and off the air...is a blessing in itself. 
Indri, Henry, Nida, Andri and the gang were all here. There should've been more though. 
but..having them in Seoul like this ..I didn't have to do anything but...being thankful.. 
Some are going to be in Seoul until next semester, and some are leaving at the end of this summer. Well, students come and go to Seoul every semester and...
our home has become sort of a meeting point or a temporary home whenever they have something to do in Seoul.

What's On @ Korean Cineplex

Korean movies were dominating the box office this week. With 명량 (The Roaring Currents)'s viewers surpassing 10 millions, no wonder that it became the talk of the whole nation. 
But, other movies like How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy and another Korean movie '해적' or Pirates were also dominating the box office. 
I was perplexed by the selections offered by the cineplex this summer.
But..what can I do? I got to see most of them.
Being a movie-freak, I couldn't just let them pass me by, right?

The Kids Slept Over @ The Library...and Then???

It's August 8 and the kids were having a sleep-over @ the library. Yes, it's a summer vacation for the kids. As many as 20 kids from all walks of life...Koreans and foreigners were having a one-night party for one night. I took the kids early at about 6 even before others were coming..since I was having another plan with the kids' Mom.^^ 
Eyra and Freya were already making friends with a lad who seemed to be getting along well as soon as they met one another.
Modu Children Library was having this activity to let the kids get along well and learn from each other about 'socializing'. 
and..what about me^^ Yes, finally we're having a time just the two of us...watching movies. We watched 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in 4DX.  
Long story short: the following morning..at about 9 a.m. I was picking up the kids from the library and...they looked so happy and amazingly..they did not seem to be tired although from what I heard...they told me that they slept late....^^
Well....they DID have fun.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Awesome Mix. Vol. 1

What a 70s and 80s classic compilation it is!
I was hooked into all of them already since I was growing up with most of the songs.
Yes...Peter Quill brought me back into my years back in the 1980s.
I think Marvel did a marvelous job of bringing back so many memories through the songs featured in the movies. These songs not only came up in the movie but they are integrally intertwined into the movie so seamlessly that each time each of the song comes into the screen..I was like..."gosh, I know this song" "wait, is that....?" "wait...I wonder when was the last time I listened to the song?"
For everyone who hasn't seen Guardians of the Galaxy, well..if you happen to be a fans of Marvel ...well....go get your ticket and be zapped into another cosmos of eargasm..as others have been raving about this compilation.
Yup..it's a mash-up of Awesome Mix. Vol. 1.
What about vol. 2? I'm sure they're coming along..in the next movie.

Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
Go All The Way - Raspberries
Spirit In The Sky Norman - Greenbaum
Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
Fooled Around And Fell In - Elvin Bishop
I'm Not In Love - 10cc
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Come And Get Your Love - Redbone
Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
Escape (The Pina Colada - Rupert Holmes
O-O-H Child The Five - Stairsteps


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