Halloween muwhahahaha!

 

Happy Halloween! Saturday I had the chance to celebrate with friends at Joey’s cafe, GP House. A small group of my foreigner friends and I put everything together to give Koreans (and actually a few people from other countries) a taste of how people celebrate back home. It was pretty relaxed. People dressed up, and for those for who didn’t we had a costume/make-up station. We also had a couple small games, pizza, and dance music. At the very end we walked around Gung-dong – the area next to Chungnam University – for a small parade. I only saw one other person dressed up, although to be fair I’m sure there were many more people dressed up in other areas of town like Dunsan and Eunheng-dong.

I wish I had more time to prepare a costume, but with work and preparing the party I lost track of time. I’m a theater person, so I love the dramatic aspect of Halloween. Plus dressing up is always fun πŸ™‚ Next year I guess I’ll have to try harder!

If you happen to live in Daejeon there’s one decent party shop that I found. Go to Oryong station and go out exit 4. Walk straight for about 3 minutes and right before the bridge there’s a shop — I think it’s called Joy Party. Anyway they had costumes, balloons, and lots of decorations. I’ll definitely go back there for future parties.

My 1st Chuseok

Everyone loves a couple days off work, and celebrating a new (to me) holiday certainly adds interest to those days. Last week I got to celebrate Chuseok (좔석), the Korean Thanksgiving. A time to celebrate the harvest, most people travel to their hometowns to be with their families. Like many foreigners, I didn’t have a family of my own to travel too; however, I do have some very kind friends who let me celebrate with them. πŸ™‚

Monday a group consisting of me and a few other foreign friends went to Joey’s home, and ate a delicious meal cooked by his mother and sister.

nom nom nom!

Oh yes, that is bacon-wrapped tofu you see. And it was wonderful ~

Tuesday even more of us gathered to make songpyeon (μ†‘νŽΈ) – small rice cakes with sweet fillings such as sesame seeds and sugar. It took a few tries before I got that hang of it, but even if they don’t turn out pretty they sure taste good!

Mrs. Park showing us how it’s done. She’s an expert ^^

Form the dough into little pot shapes and put in the filling.

Make sure you knead the dough well. Β Mrs. Park said the secret to mixing the dough is use hot water.

I was feeling artsy, so I made mine into hearts, a star, and Snoopy ^^

After forming the songpyeon, they were steamed with pine needles. Around 10 minutes later we had delicious little cakes to eat.

Overall it was a nice holiday. I got to sleep and eat quite a bit of food. Plus the best part was being with lots of friends. It’s not very much fun spending holidays alone so far from home, even if it’s not a holiday I originally celebrated. I’m really lucky to have such good friends to care for me — and, just as important, who will feed me haha.