pictures from japan and korea dec 2007

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pictures of the bestest ramen place in tokyo! sorry – no picture of the ramen b/c i was too busy eating. ūüôā

we also went to the bestest curry udon place the next day. we met up with our nephew and we were too busy trying to win him over that i didn’t take pictures of the place or the food. i had the best tonkatsu curry udon ever! my nephew is really cute. he’s three years old but this is only my second time seeing him. he only speaks japanese so we had to win him over with super mario brothers. hehe


red mango

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i didn’t eat all three! smoothest frozen yogurt i ever tasted. inside decor was not as nice as pinkberry in koreatown in nyc. toppings were not fresh (they were canned fruit!) and the taste of the frozen yogurt itself was nothing to write home about. oh well.

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lotteworld adventure (location of redmango that i went to) – maybe other locations have better ambience? i didn’t take a picture of the inside of the redmango store i went to b/c it just looked like a fast food store!

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in transit

i’m leaving korea tomorrow morning!¬† the trip has been meaningful.¬† it was a lot of quality family time.¬†

we spent three days in japan and we got to see our uncle, aunt, and nephew.¬† i hadn’t seen all of them in like two and a half years so it was great to see them again.¬†

i finally got to try redmango today.¬† the frozen yogurt was really smooth.¬† but the toppings weren’t as good as back in the states.¬† i have some pictures which i will load up when i get back home.¬†

man, i’m so ready to come back home.¬† my parents want me to spend about a year in korea.¬† so i said, no can do.¬† i don’t know why but i’m really scared to live in korea.¬†

my brother went with his classmates to clean up the oil spill damage.¬† so i won’t be able to see him before i leave tomorrow, i think.¬† i sure wish i could see him before i leave.

i feel good.  really good.   

christmas eve in seoul – immanuel

my mom and i had a quiet dinner because my dad, brother and sister here in korea had other plans.¬† i thought to myself, christmas in korea isn’t so different.¬† in boston, i expect to spend it alone but end up spending it with lots of friedns.¬† here in korea, i expect to spend christmas eve with family but end up spending it practically alone, at least christmas eve dinner.¬†

after dinner, my mom and i went to coex to look for some books.¬† when we got there we saw a huge crowd of people trying to get down to the subway station!¬† they weren’t in line to get on thet train or to get through the gates.¬† they were simply trying to get into the station!¬† wow.¬† as we were walking towards the bookstore, i noticed that people, practically everyone, were wearing red, just kidding, they were all wearing black.¬† i guess wearing black happens in any city?¬† anyway my mom and i bought a book.¬† grabbed some coffee at starbucks (yes starbucks is everywhere!).¬† then we tried to get out of coex mall and we did successfully.¬† but we went out the wrong exit so we had to walk for more than 30 minutes to get to where we wanted to be!

so no, i wasn’t able to check out redmango tonight to be able to compare it to pinkberry, or yoberry or berryline (both in boston area).¬† sorry folks.¬† the review of redmango is going to have to come after christmas.¬† i did send a fax to their main office to complain about how much trouble i had on their internet site.¬†

as expected, our entire family (those who are in korea) went to church today.¬† there was a music part – complete with little kids singing, which i unfortunately missed – and then a short service and then a performance by the choir.¬†¬†the choir was great.¬† the solos in one part almost moved me.¬† ūüôā¬† it was weird, however, how we were practically the only ones standing up during the handel’s messiah – hallelujah part.¬† later, more people stood up.¬† i guess i just feel like you can’t listen to it without standing up, not because of tradition (ok maybe¬†a little bit¬†due to tradition) but out of reverence for the creator.

the title of the sermon was immanuel.¬† and the pastor preached that we are not alone, god is with us.¬† he said, don’t go through life as if you are alone because god is with you.¬† and when god is with you, all things are possible.¬† believe in the power of god.¬† believe in miracles.¬† have hope because god is with¬†us.¬† god is with you.

what i haven’t said in my last blog was that my¬†dad is the pastor of the church we go to.¬† so of course i felt like he was tailoring the sermon just to me.¬† i mean, sometimes i feel like a pastor is talking directly at me during a sermon, but i know that can’t be¬†the case because they don’t know what i’m going through.¬† but this pastor, my dad, he knows what i’m going through.¬† so who knows?¬† maybe he did in part speak to me, directly to me.¬† i liked what my dad said – that we are not alone and that god is with us.¬† more than liking it, i want to believe it.¬† i want to believe it because i think it’s true.¬† here i think it’s appropriate to mention¬†william james’ will to believe essay and¬†his phrase “leap of faith.”¬†

i want to believe that god is with us and i think it’s true.¬† but i don’t know if i have the religious experience that warrants me to say i know that god is with us.¬† i know it in my head that god is with us.¬† whether a personal god or an impersonal god, god who created us and everything else, god is with us.¬† i’m sure of that.¬† so why can’t i believe it in the depths of my soul???

it felt so awkwards today to say merry christmas to the few people i said it to.¬† it’s too warm in seoul.¬† we’re not going to have a white christmas.¬† if we get any precipitation, we’re going to get rain.¬† anyway, it’s close to midnight here in korea.¬† so merry christmas!

in search of redmango

i am visiting my parents in seoul korea.  the one thing i was looking forward to, other than seeing my family, was to try frozen yogurt at redmango (the original frozen yogurt that started pinkberry which then started other frozen yogurt stores across u.s.).  i went to their website www.redmango.co.kr and tried to find the nearest store. 

1.¬† to search for a redmango in your neighborhood, you have to type in korean which is a¬†pain for me since i hardly type in korea and can’t type in korean using my own computer anyhow.¬†¬†

2. when you look up an area, it either tells you the list the stores in that neighborhood or tells you no store exists in that neighborhood.  why on earth would they not list nearby stores even outside of the specified neighborhood?

3.¬† so next i typed in other neighborhoods i know of.¬† (which i realize if you are a tourist, would have no idea what other neighborhoods to type in, if you knew how to type in korean and had access to a keyboard/program that let’s you write in korean.)¬† that worked.¬† but then the stores only had phone numbers, not addresses!¬†

4.¬† next i tried to leave a comment about the website and found that you can’t leave a suggestion unless you are a member.¬† and you can only become a¬†member if you are a korean citizen who¬†has a citizen number!¬† all that to say, for such a well known store, a store¬†that i¬†have heard of so many times, is kind of behind the times when it comes to marketing/website up-keeping!!!¬†¬†¬†so i either have to mail in my comments about their website or fax it in.¬† and guess what?¬† my parents got rid of their fax machine!!!

hopefully later tonight, i can find one of the stores.¬† i’ll have to call the store and ask for directions!!!