Spring has Sprung
April 15th, 2004
discovered that Seoul weather changes dramatically. A freak blizzard
struck on 4th of March 2004, with temperatures under freezing point but in
April, we experienced Spring conditions with temperatures topping 26 degrees Celsius.
first signs of Spring is obviously the rise in temperature. However,
nature provides its own signal with the blooming of many millions of tiny leaf
like flowers the Koreans call the Kenari. I remember this name because it
sounds remarkably similar to the Canary - a little yellow bird. Highway 88 (The Olympic Highway) which runs parallel to the Han river is
littered with yellow as these flowers take over the highway.
Hubert and Khengs
visited South Korea over the
past 2 weeks. While we became accustomed to life in Korea, the experience
of Huberts visit brought back memories of how we struggled with the language
and the acceptance of the cultural difference within this country as played tour guide.
It reminded us how far we have come in such a short period of time.
the change in the weather conditions, visiting Korea became much more pleasant
as far as the weather is concerned but intolerable as far as traffic is
concerned. The warmer weather brought many Koreans out of their homes and
onto the streets, shopping areas and parks. The resultant traffic nearly
tripled some driving trips, forcing us to make alternative plans as we
encountered heavy traffic. On one trip, we spent 3 hours driving from
Seoul to the island of Daebudo in search for seafood barbeque dinner, a trip
which has normally taken under 1 hour.
Hubert and Kheng's visit, we concentrated on sampling authentic Korean food /
drink, doing a lot of shopping and a little sightseeing. Most of the
shopping was done in Namdaemun (the south gate), Dongdaemun (the east gate),
Seoul Express Bus Terminal underground shopping, Technomart, Yongsan Electronics
Market and Munjeong Dong Rodeo Street.
The two week holiday for them was
enough to sample and enjoy what Seoul has to offer, but not enough time to
venture into the countryside to enjoy the mountains, rivers and Korean country
life. The lowlight of this trip was the 2 hours we spent jammed in the car park,
waiting for traffic to clear. We wish them a pleasant journey and good
travelling as they leave us two days ago and proceed to Thailand to continue
with their vacation.
also were fortunate enough to receive Jeanettes cousin - Stephen and Jenny Leow
for a couple of days, enough time to celebrate Jeanette's birthday.
During this short time, apart from the Korean shopping, we returned to the
seafood barbeque restaurant in Daebudo island. Remember the 3 hour drive
to the island explained a couple of paragraphs ago? The trip now took just
under 1 hour !
we will be hosting the visit of both our mum's for 1 entire month. During
this time we have a lot of festivals to look forward to and report on.
However, prior to this Raymond will make his was to Austria on business while
Jeanette will use the period when Raymond is away to visit her mum in Malaysia.
well ! .... Jeanette and Raymond Han