Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rice fields update

Remember a while back when I posted about rice planting time here in Korea? Well, time for an update. :) When we got back from the states, I was amazed with how pretty Korea had become when everything had finished blooming and summer was in full swing. The rice patties make the country truly green!
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There's green everywhere and the various shades mixed with the mountains as the backdrop are beautiful. (especially when you look past the chaos of buildings and roads, etc. ;) )

That's the view we see every day when we look out the balcony windows. Not bad. :D

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yummy

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On the fourth of July, we were in Tupelo. Our friends from the Memphis area came down to visit, so we went to the park. It was Saturday before the fourth and the park was set up for the "festival" and fireworks later. We were in the same place at the same time last year so I was happy to see the Cheesecake on a Stick guys back with their street fair food. These guys take cheesecake slices, put them on sticks, freeze them, then dip that into either a chocolate, strawberry or key lime mixture. Your choice! I couldn't remember what I chose last year. Any of it sounded fabulous, but I decided one of each probably wasn't the best idea.
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I chose key lime this year. What a great choice! There was just enough zest in each bite to balance out the sweetness of the cheesecake.
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Good to the last lick of the stick!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Family Photos

This is something else we had done while we were in the states. It had been a few years since we had family photos done. Those were studio portraits. I was ready for something different, so I contacted a photographer friend and set up a date for some fun photos. These are from our sneak peek. I can't wait to see the rest!

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Kristie Denton took these. If you're a registered Facebook user, you can see more of her stuff here: Kristie D Photography

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Great Salt Lake

I had never been to Utah, never seen the Great Salt Lake until we flew into Salt Lake City from Tokyo. I didn't know much about the area geographically, so had no idea where the lake was in comparison to the airport. BUT, I was delightfully surprised when I looked out the window after take-off to Memphis and saw the lake to the right of the plane. Yay for being on the right side at the right time, right? (Is that sentence redundant enough? LOL)
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I'm not sure if I'll ever get back to Utah or Salt Lake City, but at least I can say I've seen the Great Salt Lake (from afar and from the air.)

Oh, and here's another shot from the plane of what I assumed was part of the western Rockies. Snow on the caps in mid-June. Beautiful.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Origami in Tokyo

Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper") is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. - taken from Wikipedia

When we flew home to the states last month, we had a layover in Tokyo of about three hours. That gave us enough time to explore the airport, grab some lunch and take a quick nap before boarding the plane to Salt Lake City.

During our exploration of the airport, we found a store specializing in Origami papers and instruction books. All I can say about their displays is "WOW!" I thought of some of you and knew you'd be impressed, so I took photos. :)

First display and closeups follow:
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See how the pieces compared in size to a preteen boy? Can you imagine the attention to
detail and how hard it might be to fold something so small?
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And outside the store:
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Again, compared to the boys:
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