More Food Pics…

July 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

I can’t help myself. I am so excited that I can finally cook, that I have been taking tons of food pics (I sold my camera, so you’ll have to make due with not-so-great “photo booth” pics). If you ever want to know specific recipes or ingredients, leave a comment!

Fermented soybean curry with eggplant, zucchini, tofu, and potatoes with Korean black bean rice.

Zarusoba (cold buckwheat noodles) with tofu and a kombu & wasabi dipping broth (not pictured)

Smashed potatoes with kidney beans, baked eggplant, and tofu. I had more veggies, but I ate them… haha

Oat pancakes with cooked banana (yeah, it looks ugly, I know… but it was yummy)

Leftovers: Smashed potatoes with kidney beans, tofu, and seared broccoli with red and green peppers.

 

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Happy Home

July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Check out the release of my buddy Dorian Duvall’s (Onuinu) new single “Happy Home” from his album Mirror Gazer. “Lace up your skates for a disco party in outer space.”

http://noisey.vice.com/music-video-premieres/onuinu-happy-home

A Conversation on Homogeny

July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Student: Siid-a-ney Teacher, why do you have dots?
Me: I was born with them. Why do you have black hair?
Student: Everyone has black hair. (Looks around at the other students. Students nod in affirmation.)
Me: But I wasn’t born with black hair.
Student: You dye it.
Me: No. I was born with red hair.
Student: Oh, you’re different. Does everyone in America have dots and red hair?

Workout Log: 9 July 2012

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • 3 mile run (pace: 11’13″/mile)

 

Apartment cooking

July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of the reasons I am so happy about living in Korea is the food– oh, and the fact that I can legitimately cook in my apartment. I am looking to save money and eat more healthily and I think I can accomplish that here. This past week I bought great ingredients (tofu, seaweed, sweet peppers, a pumpkin, tomatoes, sprouts, yams, buckwheat noodles, Japanese kombu broth, wasabi, soy milk, bananas, etc.) at a neighborhood grocery store and I have been preparing all of my breakfasts and dinners. I was unable to shop this easily in Thailand– nor was I able to really cook in my own house. All I had was a rice cooker (some of you may recall that the first 8 months of my living in Thailand was done without fridge or even microwave). You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I moved into my S. Korean apartment and found a stove top, a mini oven, pots and pans, cutting boards, and a fridge. Mom told me she would be sending me some dried legumes soon… maybe I can convince her to send me some quinoa as well…  ❤ Food.

soy pumpkin butter

seaweed and roasted green pepper omelet with a side of kimchi

roasted red, orange, and yellow peppers with seared tofu and grilled potatoes

Grilled veggie and tofu sandwich (eggplant, zucchini, red onion, orange peppers, bean sprouts, romaine lettuce)

mmm…

Workout Log: 8 July 2012

July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • 2.35 mile run (pace: 10’32″/mi)
  • 150 Oblique Twists

Annyeong! 안녕! Hello!

July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hey Everyone!

Yes, it’s been a while, I know… In my defense, I have been very busy these past few months. I made the decision in January to move from Thailand to S. Korea and have been preparing for the relocation ever since. Months of paperwork; job interviews; post office, embassy and vet trips; and money spent. Anyway, this past Wednesday I finally arrived in S. Korea and have essentially settled into my new digs. Here is a photographic breakdown of the week leading up to my move to K-town.


1. 24 June 2012– Recruitment company emailed me my Korean E2 visa number!

Got my S. Korean Visa Number!

2. 26 June 2012– Making phone calls to the Korean Embassy in Bangkok to verify passport/document drop off times and subsequent visa costs. I was exhausted in this picture– less than a week until S. Korea!

Going on no sleep, preparing to drop off my passport at the Korean Embassy

3. 27 June 2012– Said goodbye to some of my students (Pop, Pim, and Poon)

Goodbye picture with some of my long-term students

4. 27  June 2012– Managed to fit in a 5-miler during my relocation week from hell. So. Frikkin’. Tired.

Got in a 5-miler between packing and other international prep-work

5. 28 June 2012– Headed back to Bangkok’s S. Korean Embassy to pick up my passport and work visa! I was so excited, I took a picture of it in the Embassy’s bathroom… (someone was even using one of the toilets while I snapped this pic)…

Bathroom pic in Bangkok’s Korean Embassy– Got My Visa!

6. 29 June 2012– Farewell dinner at my favorite restaurant in Sikhiu, Thailand: Lan Ahaan Sii Faa (Blue Restaurant). Love this family and their amazing vegetarian dishes, prepared just for me!

Lan Ahaan Sii Faa Goodbye Party!

7. 30 June 2012– Gave my last few English classes… said many goodbyes to my many talented and playful students.

Silly goodbye photos with more of my adorable and gifted students

more goodbyes…

and more…

8. 1 July 2012– Said goodbye to my favorite local Grandmother and her family-run food stall. Best Dom Yum Hed and Khao Pat Kai in all of Thailand!

Goodbyes to my local Thai Grandmother and her family-run food stall

9. 2 July 2012– Headed to Bangkok with my friends from Sikhiu. Finalizing paperwork for Sigma, tour Ayuttayah, and then the AIRPORT!

Hanging out in Bang Poo, Thailand

Ayuttayah! Buddha head wrapped up in the roots of a tree in Thailand’s old capitol.

Saying goodbye at the airport… Sigma was already checked in

So there you have it. I am now a resident of S. Korea and am very, very happy to have moved. Moving internationally is very stressful and a bit complicated (especially if you travel with your dog) and I am glad that that is all done with (for now). I am planning on getting back into running again and would like to begin blogging more seriously. I will probably incorporate more than just running news and veggie talk from this point forward. In addition to my running plans, I would like to discuss S. Korea and my transition into it, my life generally, and ethics.

2nd night in Korea– mmm, dinner!

Hope everyone is doing well these days. I will post soon about upcoming races in Korea and my mileage this week. Ta ta!