Monday, May 23, 2011

Apocalypse Now

In case you didn't know, Saturday was predicted to be the end of the world. So we decided to spend our last moments on earth hanging out with other expat parents at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong. Fittingly, the weather was pretty much gloom and doom, but I think everyone still had fun. Here we are: Doosan & Lorna with their baby Summer; Kim with toddler Kai; Me & Clark with Logan; and Summer & James with their Logan. So, two Summers and two Logans - just a tad confusing.^^ And the weirdest thing is the Logan's are only a few weeks apart and have exactly the same name - first and last. How's that for a coincidence?

It was wonderful having the daddy's along on 'baby duty'! Isn't this a pretty picture?

Seeing as how the prediction was wrong and we were still alive come Sunday, we ventured out again (twice in one weekend is truly rare!), this time to the 4th Annual Suwon Multicultural Unity Festival along with our friends Jill and Sang Ro. All proceeds from the event go to providing scholarships for children of multicultural families and supporting foreign residents. There was lots to see and do including: martial art and music performances, fashion and talent shows, a children's craft corner, and a raffle with decent prizes like bicycles & LCD TVs. There was a lot of food, too. We sampled goodies from Korea, Japan, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Russia. Check out this monster-sized bowl of bibimbap prepared for 2011 festival goers.

While it may appear that we're enjoying the bibimbap, this is not entirely the case. Jill wasn't really able to eat much more than a few pieces of cucumber she managed to pick out (she's vegan and we discovered there was egg mixed in), and I accidentally dumped Clark's entire bowl onto the ground (his fault for resting it on top of Logan's stroller), so I gave him mine. But whatever. I was already full from all the other food we'd sampled, particularly the grilled Mongolian lamb shanks....mmm-mmm good!

I'm not entirely sure why, but I found the Mongolian culture to be the most fascinating. I suppose because of the represented cultures, it's the one I'm least familiar with. Take these dudes, for instance.

Fascinating. N'est-ce pas?

Good times at the garden. Good times at the festival. But too bad I'm sunburned to death. End of the world didn't get me, but the sun sure did!


  1. woah...those Mongolian guys are something to behold. What were they doing? Some kind of game?

  2. Oh man, sorry I missed that!