Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Last month, my trip, the pearls!

Life seems like it has been so crazy lately. I'm not sure what I've spent my time doing. I've wanted to blog, but I haven't. Seems like every time I sit down to blog, I end up reading other blogs and never get to mine.

I wanted to tell you a little about my trip to the Philippines last month. Three other "girls" and I went. We had a blast. It was warm. It was tropical. So many people spoke fluent English. People were polite. It was AWESOME!

One of the main things we wanted to do while there was go pearl shopping at Greenhills Shopping Center See also: http://www.greenhills.com.ph/

My friend, Mina's, friend, Abby, is from the Philippines. Abby's sister still lives there. Abby arranged for her sister, Tessa, to meet us one day and take us on a tour including Greenhills. So, on Sunday, we met Tessa and her two friends, then set out for Greenhills.

Did I mention pearls?
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Oh.my.goodness.... there were fresh water pearl booths EVERYWHERE in this one section of the shopping center.
We had a hard time finding the right booth. We were looking for the one where our husbands had shopped when they were there last fall.
Luckily, Mina had the business card.

Most of these pearls were baroque pearls which are, according to Wikipedia,
simply pearls that have an irregular shape. Cultured freshwater pearls are most commonly baroque, because freshwater pearls are mantle-tissue nucleated instead of bead nucleated. Thus these pearls are rarely perfectly spherical and can appear oval or ovoid.
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Mina bought pearls for several friends on her list. I bought some pearls for myself as well as our moms' and some others to hold on to for a special occasion.
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Erica bought pearl earrings for her mil.
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You all know how much I love things with a story! I love my baroque Filipino pearls! They are fun, beautiful and definitely have a story! Remind me in a few days to show you some of the ones I bought. Love them! :D

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pyeongtak Market

I was thinking recently that I really should be sharing more of Korea with you all here on the blog. So, today, when we were strolling through a local market and I was snapping photos, I decided to blog them! This will be photo overload, so be prepared. :) I'll walk you through a portion of Pyeongtak Market. I believe the market of Pyeongtak is open seven days a week. Our local market vendors only come a few times a week. Someone informed me the vendors come locally on the days that end in three and eight. Hmmm, convenient. :)

Pyeongtak is a larger area than where we are. Click that link over there in the name if you're interested in reading about the area or putting us on a map in your mind. ;)

I'll start the market tour with the kimchi. "Kimchi is any one of numerous traditional Korean pickled dishes made of vegetables with varied seasonings." I can't handle most of it, but there's something about the cucumber kimchi that I absolutely love! I think it's the combination of cool cucumber with the spices. More on that in another post. ;)
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Koreans apparently love fish in any form. You can buy it fresh in the markets, frozen, dehydrated.... in a variety of ways.
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Squid, prawns and octopus:
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Some sort of dehydrated fish - with sharp teeth!
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Dehydrated shrimp
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Other forms of meats, some cooked, some ready for you to cook. :)
Feel like chicken tonight? From the looks of the paper underneath, it might be greasy.
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What about any other kind of beef or pork you can imagine? Not much wasted... and can be freshly cut. I find it interesting that these cuts are out in the open and unprotected from the open air and germs of the public market.
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Produce: Lots of different kinds of produce and fresh herbs as well.
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I think the sprouts look so cool.
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Korean cucumbers are the best. They remind me so much of the fresh ones from my mom's garden. Very organic and earthy.
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There are clothes, but I usually don't pay much attention to them as they aren't designed to fit tall, broad shouldered American women. ;)
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Or traditional Korean dress, a Hanbok:
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Maybe I'll buy an apron or a hat instead. ;)
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Aren't these peppers pretty? I'm afraid they might bite back. Spice!
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These are some of the largest chestnuts I've seen in my life! And their display was pretty too!
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Baked goods:
I'm not sure what these are, various rice cakes and such. We tried a bag of different ones a few weeks ago and were less than impressed, so we haven't been brave again.
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BUT, some of the other bakery goods are delish! Check out those waffles discs on the right side. Those are JUST LIKE waffle cones. The treat is you don't have to wait until you're finished with your ice cream to get to the delish waffle cone! LOL
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Then, there's the fruit. Korea's Asian pears are to die for! They are huge! They are the size of a softball and so sweet and juicy!
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We can't forget the strawberries! Yum!
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

The PEEP-le in our neighborhood

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I saw this idea on a blog somewhere. When I went back to look for it, I couldn't find it, so Roo and I just went with the idea on our own. I had thought he'd like to make these because he enjoys being crafty and creative. I was right. :) The above is his creation. And this one is mine. Preteen would have no part of any peep house building. *rolleyes*
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