Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The month began with a special fall celebration centered on apples. The couple enjoyed a Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp, Apple Cider Taste-Alike and a roaring good game of Apples to Apples with a number of dear and lovely friends.
Mid-November an oven and a slow-cooker cook book arrived at the home of the Harrington's insipiring a new bunch of menu items including Beer Bread and a couple of potato dishes which showed up on 2 of the three Thanksgiving meals enjoyed by the Harrington's and friends. (Further information and recipes regarding the potato dishes - and many other recipes - will be posted in a future article relating the stories of Thanksgiving in Korea).
A few other favorite dining-at-home moments for the Harrington's was a 'fusion' meal of sorts highlighting curry burgers and lettuce wraps, enjoyed with yet another dear friend of the Harrington's.
Having used lentils in the above dish, Melissa was inspired to seek out additional lentil recipes and put together this fabulous dish of Lentils and Spinach.
Last, but not least, the Harrington's enjoyed a breakfast-themed dinner of Brie and Apple Pancakes.
To friends of the Harrington's in Daejeon - they hope you will continue or ask to join them for a meal in their little Asian home.
To friends of the Harrington's elsewhere - they hope you will consider experimenting with one of the above recipes and remember all the good times we've had and those that will one day again resume.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
It is under these desires and the availability of the time that the Harrington's have decided to tag team photo ideas and photo taking. One form of motivation to pursue this hobby will be received from a blog titled: I Should Be Folding Laundry. Weekly, the blog author presents a You Capture challenge. Most recently, the challenge was You Capture -- I ate This.
Here, the Harrington's present their first photos which are part of the You Capture challenges.
Thanksgiving in a foreign country is simply different. Unfortunately, the Harrington's didn't have a five day weekend, and the 25th of November was spent teaching students English then going seperate ways in the evening to prepare for various upcoming Thanksgiving meals. Unwilling to settle for a cup of Ramen or quesadilla, Melissa opted for her favorite Walnut Cookies after school and a bacon toast sandwich from a nearby sandwhich shop. Mike Harrington on the other hand made a trip to Costco, encountered a few foreigners hoping to snag a pumpkin pie and ended the shopping trip with a Costco hotdog. Two acceptable ways to enjoy Thanksgiving in a foreign nation.
Family, friends and readers should note that the Harrington's did have more than one opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving in a more traditional manner, stories to be published in the coming week.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The next few days will provide the Harrington's a number of opportunities to be with friends and co-workers celebrating this Holiday, giving thanks for the many gifts they've received. But today, the Harrington's have taken a moment to inform readers what they are thankful for, in Korea and back home.
In Korea, the Harrington's are grateful for:
- Adorable and often wonderful students.
- Opportunities to travel and see many parts of Korea.
- The amazing variety and flavors of Korean food (at super affordable prices).
- Green Tea Lattes from OEC Coffee.
- Expat friends to chat with, thrift with, play Catan with and enjoy meals with. Friend who are more than adequate at serving the role of support network and 'family'.
- Beautiful scenery from the natural to cityscapes.
- The opportunity to travel and work simultaneously.
- The generosity and hospitality of the Korean people.
From back home, the Harrington's are grateful for:
- Fellow bloggers, allowing the couple to stay connected.
- Emails, Facebook messages, blog comments, cards and Skype calls, everything that constantly reminds the couple how richly blessed they have always been and will continue to be.
- Outpourings of concern regarding the couples safety.
- Memories of holidays past, spent with family playing games and preparing delicious meals.
- Gifts which arrive at the perfect time. 519 Friends, you are a part of the Harrington's family which is deeply missed. Thank you for allowing the following moment to occur in the lives of Mike and Melissa Harrington.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you haven't had a chance to catch up on the latest, check out this article from The New York Times and/or this video from CNN.
Prior to arriving in South Korea, the Harrington's communicated with expats who measured their safety by the actions and reactions of native South Koreans. The Harrington's have seen nothing but continued calm and cool-headedness by South Koreans nor have they received a message from the U.S. Embassy to which they registered.
Therefore, family and friends back home can rest assured that the couple is safe and unfortunately won't be making a trip back home for the Holiday's as of this posting.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
So that readers my have a greater appreciation of these singing room experiences, the Harrington's will occassionaly post some of their favorite no-rae bang songs and readers at home can do one of two things: 1) imagine the Harrington's belting out the song or 2) begin belting out the song in your own home or office.
We at The Harrington Times now present to you five of their favorite no-rae bang songs thus far while living and singing in Korea:
The sound and harmony was of this quality, at least!
Friday, November 19, 2010
However, this fieldtrip wasn't a wild ride. It was an extraordinarily calm, relaxing and well organized field trip to Seoul. The attendance breakdown was about 17 students, 7 teachers and 10 mothers - a perfect one-to-one ratio which means a day with middle schoolers was nothing less than enjoyable.
The group began by meandering the cities famous neighborhood: Insadong. In and out of shops went students, teachers, parents and the Harrington's. Leather bound journals, wax stamps, traditional treats, cheap souviners were all to be found within the numerous shops. Before long it was time to sit down for a warm, stone-bowl of Bimbimbab prior to continuing with a bit of shopping. Alongside Nameson's Social Studies Teacher, the Harrington's explored potery shops, antique shops and even a tea museum (better described as a tea house).
Finishing up with the shops the Dajeon crew from Nameson made their way toward some traditional housing which once housed famous and honorable Koreans. From what the Harrington's were able to gather from the itinerary they had the pleasure of touring the home of the Korean who is featured on the 1,000 Won bill. Having toured the beautifully simple home and courtyard, the Nameson group sat down to paint a fan, a precious token of their first day spent in Seoul.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
2. Korean Pork Ribs and Rolled Egg Omelet
1. Goong Jung Dak Pooki and Kimchi Mandu
Monday, November 15, 2010
- Wealth without work
- Pleasure without conscience
- Knowledge without character
- Commerce without morality
- Science without humanity
- Worship without sacrifice
- Politics without principle
The list grew from Gandhi's search for the roots of violence. He called these acts of passive violence. Preventing these is the best way to prevent oneself or one's society from reaching a point of violence. To this list, Arun Gandhi added an 8th blunder; rights without responsibilities.
Much thanks to Wikipedia for connecting Mr. Harrington with this thought provoking list.
Friday, November 12, 2010
The day is more or less a take on Valentine's Day however the gift market on Pepero Day is essentially a Monopoly held by Lotte, the makers of Pepero, although, according to the all-reliable Wikipedia, "Lotte denies starting the holiday and instead states that they noticed a bump in Pepero sales around November 11th and after continued popularity they decided to then encourage the holiday with special gift boxes and other promotions." Having been in Korea for three months, the Harrington's believe either story is entirely possible.
Regardless of the history or purpose, the day ushers in a fair amount of delicious sweet snacks for teachers and loved ones.
Besides having a delicous chocolatey treat, the reciepient is also encouraged by the loving words printed, in English conveniently, on many Pepero package. And here, in no particular order are some of the loving words one might read on Pepero Day:
- I only want my love to grow in you.
- I beleive we need to let others feel the love instead of talking about the LOVE.
- I love you today more than yesterday.
- You & Me -- I'm happy to have been with you so far.
- Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
General Information be sure to scroll down and read a bit more.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Korea is not about to dissappoint the Harrington's in terms of fall colors, however the season seems to be taking its slow sweet time in arriving, a phenomena unknown to a couple who have spent most of their autumn seasons watching the snow fall down and the few decidious trees drop their leaves within a matter of weeks.
For Octobers final Saturday the Harrington's expected to see vibrant colors of reds, yellows, oranges and few bronzy browns, however the mountain was surprisingly green (and not due in part to their being numerous evergreens). Of course, the Harrington's are always content to simply be outside and were actually a bit encouraged by the idea that fall can be a season rather than a month.
Therefore, the couple, along with some thousands of Koreans enjoyed a bit of meandering, sitting, pondering and photographing at Gyeryon-San National Park, easily reached by bus 107. Unlike National Parks in the USA a Korean National Park, or almost any destination of note, is well skirted by souvenier shops, restaurants, convencience stores and one or two no-rae bangs (karaoke rooms).
This Saturday, the Harrington's hope to search out the fall colors once again, although this time on a less popular mountain trail so they can perhaps experience a bit of serenity in the walls of this concrete jungle.
Getting There: Bus 107 takes trekkers right up to the front gate or as near as possible depending on the day. The Harrington's choose to take the sub to the National Cemetary Sub Station and catch the 107 from there, an extremely easy manner of transportation to and from a National Park.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This couple hail from France and provided the Harrington's and others more than a few good stories, good vibes and good conversation. Each has served many years alongside NGO's and within various Humanitarian efforts on the African continent. Their hearts are good.
And now, the French couple is undertaking an impressive world tour that may inspire the Harrington's to take on yet another world tour. From France they have been riding trains, boats, buses and hitching a ride; never once since the beginning of their trip have they been on or plan to be on a plane. They've crossed Europe and Russia, made their way to South Korea and were heading toward Japan for a short stay before they'd boat on over to China and begin travelling through East and Southeast Asia with hopes to eventually arrive in Australia, find a little work and if all goes according to plan, slowly make their way by boat to the Americas, South and North. Epic and Beautiful. The Harrington's are fully inspired, one of many reasons they adore hosting CouchSurfers.
Many nights the Harrington's were a bit busy or the couple was trying to save on some cash so chose often to cook in the Galma-dong kitchen. However, on their last night, the foursome made their way to a couple of Korean Bars to enjoy Pineapple Soju and Cass as well as take a photo or two with the giant teddy bear which shared a booth with the couples.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Many readers of the Harrington Times will be wondering why in the world was Mr. Harrington up on stage? It's so against his grain. And it is. When his coteacher asked him to perform at the festival, Mr. Harrington felt like he couldn't say no, like he usually would. He at first agreed to sing, thinking that some of his coteachers would join him, but as more and more declined his offer, he decided he had to change his act. He decided to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller with about 20 of his students. They practiced everyday at lunch for about two weeks, and even pulling a few two-a-days in the week preceding the festival. And it all paid off! Watch the video for proof.
Thriller was definitely one of the hits of the festival. So much that parents and teachers all congratualted Mr. Harrington afterwards. Even the principal, whom Mr. Harrington had hardly spoken a word, came and poured a shot of SoJu for Mr. Harrington at the teacher dinner later (which was HUGE). Up until that point, Mr. Harrington had assumed that the people congratulating him were just being the overly kind Koreans he has began to know. It wasn't until he watched the video later that night that he realized how well it turned out. He was pleasantly surprised! But, there were many other stars at the festival. Mr. Harrington's school is just loaded with talent. Check it out:
By far one of Mr. Harrington's favorite acts. For those of you who don't know, Mr. Harrington loves the sound of a harmonica. This act had three, of different shapes and sizes, the likes of which Mr. Harrington had never seen before. He wishes he could have filmed the whole thing!
Wondergirls never fail to get the crowd cheering.
One of the other hits. Clap.
Ballerina. One girl in front of about a thousand people. Gutsy!
The mothers did a dance too. This is their warm up.
What I assume is Jpop warmup.
As is common with travelling, Andrea's plans didn't all pan out exactly as anticipated, therefore rather than arrive on Monday night, he came on Sunday. What that meant Andrea was that he had to first make his way across Daejeon to spend some time at the Mullens' home before returning to '519' Galma-dong. And, common to CouchSurfers, he was more than flexibile in working within the Harrington's Sunday night plan.
After a game of Catan, a few sips of Soju and much conversation as Daejeon friends met and mingled not only with Andrea, but also with our darling French CouchSurfers.