Thursday, January 26, 2006

Announcement: Me and my 2nd Korean New Year!

OK, unfortunately there will be no posts again for the next few days... Sorry readers! You do realize what time of the year it is? It's:

Korean Lunar New Year ~ Seollal (설날)

For the information of my foreign readers: We folks of Chinese descent celebrate it too. Last year was a disaster for me, as I was stuck in Incheon (Korea) on a project, and didn't have anywhere to go to for 3 woeful days.

This year, it's all looking up. Didn't have ANYTHING planned this morning, except I knew that I had to somehow make my way up to Seoul to meet Meliana. But I made a few phone calls by lunch time, and was all set! Be hitching a ride up to Seoul with a colleague tomorrow, and maybe another exhilarating train ride home again on Monday. Woo hoo!

Meliana and I go way back to when we were both studying in Melbourne. We met in church, and sometimes hung out together. Just so happens, she was dropping in for a tour of Seoul during the New Year holidays. So we will rendezvous on Friday night when she flies in.

Saturday will be reserved for an old buddy ~ Kevin Yee. He is now working on a project near Seoul, and was my housemate when we were in training with the company in the USA two years ago. Both of us are Malaysian Chinese. So I thought it'd be good have Reunion Dinner on Saturday night, which is the eve of the Lunar New Years.

Now here's the difference between the Chinese and Korean New Years... Chinese have the big ass Reunion Dinner with family on the New Year's Eve, whereas the Koreans have it on the New Year's Day. Typical to both cultures, married couples will give out money to the children.

What thrills me about Korea, is that it is customary to buy hampers for friends/family or when you visit. I kid you not... packaged fish is one of them, and they are NOT CHEAP!!
I will get a first hand account of what goes on in a Korean family, when I visit Mr. Lee on Sunday. Be staying over for a night too, so I should be back in Suncheon (oh joy...) by Monday.

We have been given Tuesday to recuperate from the New Year binge rest too, so might be able to squeeze a day of skiing into that. Not sure yet.

Don't miss me ~ Be updating on Wednesday at latest!

9 Comments:

At January 27, 2006 9:52 AM, Anonymous m@ri said...

Dang, miss you already...

 
At January 27, 2006 11:16 AM, Blogger hteekay said...

happy chinese new year dude!

 
At January 27, 2006 1:41 PM, Anonymous yuki said...

Packaged fish?? Fresh fish??
Good meaning but doesnt it smells...!!

Well it's also customary here to bring something when we go visiting perhaps not hampers. I think it's polite if we do so!!

Cant wait to have a one week break with good food, some movies to catch, reuniting with family and friends and angpows to collect while i can (hehe!!)

Have yourself a wonderful CNY, Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

 
At January 28, 2006 1:09 AM, Blogger edina monsoon said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Have a lovely korean new year:)

 
At January 28, 2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Louyau-mike said...

Happy Chinese New year!

 
At January 28, 2006 4:36 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Hey people: At the Hyatt now (will blog bout that soon), so I have access to a laptop at their regency lounge. Proper updates on Wed! ^^

Anyway, yesterday's session with Meliana and 'family' was a blast.

Happy Lunar New Year, and thanks for the wishes!

yuki: It's dried fish, but still has smell nontheless. :P

 
At January 29, 2006 10:26 PM, Anonymous Di.lir'i.us said...

happy chinese new year darling!

hopefully will see u soon again. =)

have fun in seoul!

 
At February 01, 2006 1:58 PM, Anonymous m@ri said...

come to think of it, it kinda looks obsene...

 
At February 02, 2006 3:04 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Di.lir'i.us: Thanks... *cuddles

m@ri: Taste isn't too bad lah. :)

 

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