Check out the new photos

I’ve just finished uploading the 7th installment of Hyang’s trip to Korea, and next weekend should be the last with the last day in Korea and then photos of their return to Dallas. I feel a little sad to see it finally come to an end, but it seems fitting, since it was a two month trip, and it has taken me two months to post the photos from it (not all of them, of course, but the ones we liked). It almost feels like the trip is coming to an end for me, and I have really enjoyed posting them this way, so that it is like I am there with them for the same amount of time. I hope everyone else has enjoyed this as much as I have. I may just keep this up and continue to post other photos on a weekly basis. We’ll see.

Anyway, have a look at the bottom of the page and enjoy this weeks installment and look forward to next weeks exciting conclusion to Hyang in Korea!

New Photos and a plug for a plugin

I’ve finally decided to go ahead and start posting the photos Hyang took from her and the childrens Summer vacation in Korea. There’s over a thousand of them, though, so I’ll pick and choose. My plan is to post 24 new photos from the trip once a week, probably on the weekend. This works out really well since I just installed a new Flickr widget plugin that allows me to display 24 photos at any one time. Scroll down to the bottom of my blog to see it in action.

Actually, I really should recommend this plugin, Fidgetr, for anyone who has a Flicker account, as it is by far the best Flickr plugin I’ve seen. All you have to do is click on the thumbnail and it automatically opens up a viewing window that you can then scroll through the other 23 photos on display in the widget. There’s no need to even be transferred to the Flickr website. Very awesome. Just download it from the WordPress repository or use the built in plugin installer to do it right from your blog.

Hyang Watch: July 28

Not much to say, so this should be brief.

Hyang has gone to the dentist twice now, but it looks like she’s going to have to go again for even more work. The children are busy with various camps and VBS stuff with their cousins and seem to be having a good time. I don’t think they are having as much of a problem with the rain now, or at least Hyang didn’t say anything about it to me. I’ve stopped writing her letters now that it has finally gotten down to the last two weeks of her stay there. She would probably leave before any later letters were sent to her, so I’m just going to wait for her return.

Sorry I don’t have more to say. Everyone seems to be doing well. I’ve talked with the children and they sound like they are fine and having fun. I’m a little nervous that they aren’t going to be happy to see me since it will mean having to leave Korea and the great time they’ve been having there. I’ll just have to do my best to win them over, ha ha.

Like I said, that’s it. I’ll try and get more information for a better update for next time. Till then, stay tuned for the Adventures of Hyang in Korea.

Hyang Watch: July 16

Not much to say, just that Hyang wasn’t able to do much of anything today because of the weather. Apparently, Korea has been experiencing record flooding. The Chosun Ilbo says that Seoul hasn’t seen this much rain since 1940, and the BBC had this image taken from Busan:
Flooding in Busan
Hyang said that the rain cleared up later in the day, but that there were literally cars floating in the street.

Edit: The JoongAng Daily records that this is the worst rainfall for Busan since 1908, which I think is when they started official record keeping (I believe this is what the Chosun article said). Apparently four have died and two more are missing.

Hyang Watch: July 15

This will probably be short since I just posted an update only two days ago.

Hyang has continued her complaining about the weather, or more exactly, about all the rain that has been coming down. She says that it has been raining really hard on a very frequent basis.

She went to the dentist yesterday for what appears to be a two part exam. The first visit was for some basic cleaning, but she has to go back about a week later and get her fillings checked and possibly replaced. We still don’t know yet how much it is going to be, but it could be around $1000 or even more. Later on while Joel was with his grandmother visiting a relative, Hyang took the girls out to see her high school. She said it has changed quite a bit from when she was there.

Tomorrow Hyang will be going out with a friend to hang out and catch the latest Harry Potter movie. She’s not sure if she is going to go alone or with Serene. Joel is older, but he just can’t handle the drama. She was telling me that a few days back, her and the kids all went out to see Transformers 2, and Joel had to be bribed just to go into the movie. But then, once it started, he had a total meltdown and started crying and shaking, begging to be let out of the movie. Finally, they let him out and he enjoyed himself somehow waiting in the lobby outside. So yeah, I don’t think the latest Harry Potter movie is a good idea for Joel. Now the girls handled Transformers like all-stars, sitting through the whole thing, so I think that taking Serene along might be fun for her.

Also tomorrow, Hyang will be meeting up with a mutual friend of Ji-Hye, a friend of ours who came to Dallas last year. I guess Hyang will be catching her up on what Ji-Hye’s been up to and just general reminiscing on their mutual friend.

As I mentioned earlier, Hyang has another friend to meet up with on Saturday, and then next week things start getting busy. She has a college friend she’s going to meet up with on Tuesday and then the summer camps start. Joel will begin on Thursday, and the girls and Hyang will join in on Saturday for a toddler/kindergartner weekend summer camp (Hyang is a volunteer).

That’s it for now. See you next time when we return with the next report on the Adventures of Hyang in Korea.

Hyang Watch: July 13

Sorry for the delay in posting this update.

It seems as though Hyang’s time in Korea has hit a mid term lull. She still has visits from friends, but it’s only about once a week now. However, starting next week, things should really start picking up since she has a string of Summer camp/VBS scheduled for the kids and herself (as a volunteer). It’s possible that they could run all the way to near the time of her departure in August.

In the meantime, apparently Hyang’s mother took care of Joel and Serene a couple of days ago, leaving Hyang and Holy by themselves at home. So they went out and had some fun with just the two of them, going out to the nearby market and buying some snacks and ramen. Her paternal aunt then came by and took them out to Lotte (kind of McDonalds for Korea) for some hamburgers and snacks. Afterwards, Holy got to play on some little coin operated kid rides. I’m sure she had lots of fun being free from competition for Hyang’s attention.

As I said earlier, Hyang met with a friend on Saturday, and will meet with someone again next Saturday. I’m not sure if it is the same friend or not. Meanwhile, Hyang said she’ll probably go to the dentist on Tuesday (it would have been yesterday Dallas time). In addition to the friends visit, the kids Summer camp schedule should start this coming weekend (or is it next weekend?). Anyway, Isul, the childrens oldest cousin, will be coming down next Tuesday to stay with them and go to the VBS camps also. I believe the last camp will run between August 3-5.

Finally, Hyang says that it is still raining a lot, which is to be expected since this is the monsoon season for that part of Korea. The mosquitoes are still giving Hyang a hard time, especially with Holy. She’s gotten so many bites on her hands and feet that she even had a hard time sleeping because of the discomfort. I’m sure by now Hyang can’t wait to come home just to escape this blood sucking scourge.

So, it goes without saying that I’m really missing the whole lot of them, but thankfully it’s past the half way point, and so I can now look forward to them coming back sooner than they’ve been gone. Stay tuned for the remainder of Hyang’s adventures in Korea. They’ll be back sooner than you know.