Life in the ROK

West goes East: The lives and adventures of a Californian couple living in Seoul

Monday, April 27, 2009

Max talks on the Korean Dictionary

These days Max pretends just about anything mechanical and the right size is a phone. He pretends to talk on the air conditioning control, the TV remotes, the mouse for the computer, and here on my Korean dictionary.
He often makes little "ah ah ah" sounds while he is doing it and walks around the house.
Here he is talking while chillin in his shiny red coupe.
And apparently does know how cute it is;-)
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Max the fussy eater

Much to his parents dismay.....Max has become a fussy eater;-( This is not normally how we feed him, but we will do pretty much whatever it takes these days to get him to eat as much as we can.
It can be a bit frustrating at times. I usually end up eating more than he does trying to convince him how good it is. Now when he gives me a bite he always says "Mmmmmm."
Luckily it is not all torturous.
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Cherry Blossoms

My favorite cherry blossom pictures of the season.

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Spring is here

The cherry blosoms were blooming right after we returned from Vietnam! We were very happy we did not miss them.
So was Max!

Yea For Spring!
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Max discovers chocolate

Max discovered chocolate the other day when he pulled a box with one candy left out of the cupboard and started chewing on it.....little did he know how tasty it was going to be. He ate it right through the wrapper. I tried to help him, but there was no way he was letting that sticky little piece of deliciousness out of his control.

A few days later I found chocolate hand prints on the sliding glass doors out to our porch;-)
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Our trip to Vietnam

This was the view from our room at the Victoria Hoi An Hotel in Vietnam.
Every morning a guy with a water buffalo would comb the beach to make it all nice and fresh for us. Yes it was misty in the morning, but this photo looks extra foggy because my camera was so cold from being in our air conditioned room when I took it outside it got all fogged up and if I waited for it to un-fog I would have missed the water buffalo.
I had the same fogging problem with this photo...but thought it was nice enough to include.
There were lots of beautiful pods with fish all over the resort. Max made his fish face every time we passed the fish. I will try to get a picture of his fish face and put it on the blog soon.
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Max Plays

One of Max's new things is to put his hands up in the air to say "Where is it?" We do this all the time and hide all kinds of things. It is hard to capture on film since you have to also be hiding something....Here he is saying where is Dad.
Max loved playing in all the water all around our hotel. This was just outside our door so you could wash your feet before entering your place.
More water!

Max also loved rearranging all of the rocks.
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Max's girlfriends

Max's hair was soooo cute and curly in the humidity of Vietnam!
Here one of Max's Vietnamese girlfriends tries to chat him up. Max gets a lot of attention from just about everyone in Asia because of his red curly hair, blue eyes and sweet smile. Since he is used to getting so much attention he smiles and waves at just about everyone since he assumes they are friends of his....and I guess you could say they all are;-)
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Boat Race

Our Hotel was just across the street from this river.
One day while I was putting Max down for a nap I heard really loud noises that sounded like someone was playing a bad radio station too loud. I asked Jay to go try to ask someone to turn it down.....
Later I went out to see for myself and found out there was an inter-village boat race about 100 yards from the front of our hotel.
The race only takes place once a year and people were really into it. Luckily Max napped though the whole thing;-)
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Max says a prayer

This stone is supposed to give you long life and prosperity!
Max says a prayer over the rock.
And tries to imagine the Cham people as they once worshipped in these beautiful ruins hundreds of years ago
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

My Son- Cham temple ruins

We went over to some 1,000 year old ruins called My Son. Our guide, Newt(?), was pleasant and helpful.

Back in the Vietnam War, the Vietcong used the area as a staging base. The US dropped a few bombs and knocked down some of the temples. Bummer. But they are still pretty impressive.

The temples are built of brick with sandstone for the figures heads.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Water Taxi

To get to the town of Hoi An one day we took a water taxi.
And Max got to drive.
I guess it was less fun when he had to sit with mom and dad again.
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