Korea

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Other countries in Asia – Japan, Hong Kong and China – I had already developed a relatively strong impression for well before I moved out East. Korea, on the other hand, was a place for which my perception has definitely been influenced by my Taiwanese compatriots. That is certainly not to say it is a well-formed and balanced opinion, since it is mainly based on A. the spicy food in the restaurants here B. the Korean soap operas that are all the rage here, and C. gossip from Taiwanese girls that all Korean girls have had plastic surgery.

Thankfully, except for the spicy food, all my perceptions were readily challenged by what I experienced!

One of the main reasons I wanted to head out here was that Daniel Fertig, one of neighbours while growing up, had moved here with his wife Michelle and kids Anna and Sumi. I had not really ever had a chance to chat properly to Michelle and Dan and I have plotted pretty divergent courses up to this point that we ended up on the same side of the world together. It sounds strange, but it is nice to know that someone else is going through some of the same things that I am, and that my parents and his parents can talk about our strange stories.


The writing is on the wall – Korean grafitti


Jade leaves behind the spiciest meal of the holiday


Shoes


Admiring the roof


One thing I liked about Korean buildings is they seemed to use much more colour than in Taiwan or certainly Japan; though I suspect it might be because they repaint regularly.


Jade enjoys one of my jokes


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High contrast


Not at all Korean, but I thought it looked cool in the clear sunshine – shame it did not have Korean writing on it!


Shiny door nobs


Jade smiles for the camera


The middle aged men of Korea were super cool. Aleays kind of hanging around, and often dressed in the most wicked suits you could imagine.


I want to be him!


Building bridges


Hanging out in the markets


Obligatory motorbike pics – this guy really went to town


Similarly mental mods as the Taiwanese


Jade looks radiant


More shoes


Korean Ginseng


Sliding doors

One of the pleasures of the trip was hanging out with super cute Anna and Sumi … we went up the cable car to check out the view and it was a grand day out!


Stomp


Anna – just slightly bolder


And Sumi – very shy, but adorable! ( I hope I got them the right way round..)


Are we going up there?


Dad Dan looks pleased


Ridin’ the cable car


Cheap kicks had by all


Now what?!


DOG DOG!!!


Sipin’ on the Sunup


Jade and I on top of the world

2 Comments

  1. Jion Lin
    Posted 2007/04/18 at 00:23 | Permalink

    哈囉!強尼!我很喜歡你拍的照片哦!尤其是把我們Jade拍得好漂亮。很自然。Jade雖然平時都很堅強,但是其實她有時候也是需要肩膀可以給她靠一下。請給她力量!幫助她和她的家人。等下次大家再好好聚一下吧!

  2. Posted 2007/04/18 at 10:57 | Permalink

    thanks for the comment!

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