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 🙂 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.
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 (추석), 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. 🙂
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 (송편) – 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. 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.