Fun-filled Weekend with Jeanie & Timon
On Friday, Melissa, Lee Ann, and I, along with “our men” had Brazilian BBQ for dinner in Itaewon. The unlimited meat was pretty good for only 30,000 won (the salad bar, on the other hand, was severely lacking)! We then went to a hotel bar near Sinnonhyeon station, where we listened to a Filipino cover band (pretty impressive) and witnessed some Koreans drunkenly dancing along (the weirdest dancing we have EVER seen… one woman looked like she was having a seizure every other minute, and an older non-gentleman was grabbing his crotch and looking in our table’s general direction).
Saturday afternoon, my cousin Jeanie, and her boyfriend Timon arrived. Besides the notorious Mr. Platt, and my mom and Alex’s parents, they were our first visitors! 🙂 After having lunch downstairs, we went to Express Bus Terminal to do some shopping and to escape from the heat. We then walked to Banpo Bridge and grabbed drinks at a floating bar on the water, before watching the light and fountain show off the bridge (to Korean music). We walked across the bridge (a first for us!) to Lee Ann and John’s house for a wonderful lobster and king crab dinner with Bryan and Melissa. Lee Ann suggested that we separate into a girls’ table and a boys’ table so that we could chat. It was a delicious dinner with wonderful conversation, followed by two episodes of “True Detective”- the show is a little too disturbing for me! Lee Ann and John joked that after hosting Marcia and Fred, and now Jeanie and Timon, they are officially THE hosts for my family!! We always appreciate their kindness and generosity! 🙂
Sunday, we went to Insadong and Jogyesa Temple (many beautiful lanterns… this was the temple I had intended to take Marcia and Fred to, instead of joining the Korean-only tour for one hour). While walking around Insadong, we found a Dr. Fish spa (Marcia- we’ll take you here the next time you’re in Seoul)! We all enjoyed 30 minutes of having Dr. Fish nimble at our feet. I had forgotten how much it tickled!! (See the EXTREMELY unflattering picture of me below.) We walked to Dongdaemun Design Plaza with super smooth feet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t play in the fun spinning chairs because most parts of the DDP closed at 7 PM. We waited for it to get dark so that the lights would turn on. I think it would have been prettier if the light patterns cycled more frequently. The four of us ended up eating fried chicken and drinking beer, sitting outside right next to the train station. We felt pretty Korean!
Timon and Jeanie went shopping today and loaded up on Korean facial products. Apparently there’s an 18 step process that Korean girls do… I’m not sure what there is to do besides washing my face and applying lotion! What is toner? Emulsion? Essence? I told Jeanie that if she sees significant improvement on her skin, I’ll give the products a go too. We met Alex for a Korean BBQ dinner in Gangnam (we honestly think the Korean BBQ is better- more selection and cheaper- in the U.S. than in Korea!) before eating soft serve ice cream with a cube of honeycomb (one of the latest trends in Seoul).
It’s now WAY past my bedtime, and we all have an early morning tomorrow (Jeanie and Timon go to Hong Kong and we go to Bali!!). 🙂 🙂 Luckily, they are also heading to Bali, so we’ll get to see them again! 🙂