Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our love for Thai food

Kimchi boy loves all kinds of South-East Asian food. While he was in Singapore, we tried Vietnamese, Malay, Thai, Indian etc. cuisines together. We love all things spicy and he really likes Thai and Malay food the most.

If he had the choice and freedom (I don't allow him to because it is too oily), he would choose to eat Nasi Padang (Malay rice with various types of malay dishes) on a daily basis. Obviously he had been eating secretly in my school canteen (NUS Design & Environment - techno edge Canteen) while I was in lectures and tutorials because he'd put on 10kg when he left Singapore. So much in just 3 months!!!

From my understanding, Koreans are not that receptive towards foreign food especially if it smells and looks different. His mother cannot eat any kind of (chinese) food I cook and would smile politely whenever I try to offer her. I'm glad he is so open-minded because I cannot imagine eating Korean for the rest of my life!

By the first month in Korea, I had enough of the spicy stew, kimchi (not that I ever eat them), cabbage-wrap meat etc. so we went all the way to Seoul for some authentic thai food.

We had thai food near the Thai Embassy in Seoul. It was christmas eve ^^

Thai food in Singapore - a set meal from Thai Express.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Korean Habit

I'd initially wanted to title this post as "A Weird Korean Habit" and realized how insensitive I sound. He is a really patriotic person (almost all Koreans are), and he gets upset when I say things like Korean services are not as efficient (compared to Singapore) or Why do Koreans not queue up when the bus comes?

When I visited him last winter, I found out that Koreans really like doing things on the floor

His mum grilling (김) seaweed on the balcony floor.

His dad peeling chestnuts in the living room.

Him taking a nap on my living room floor in Singapore.

Whenever I visit a Korean house, they would always sit on the floor even though they have sofas in the living room. So, according to him, Koreans like sitting on the floor in winter because most Korean houses have heated floors that makes it comfy & warm during winter. He prefers sleeping on the floor rather than a bed because he says his back feels much more comfortable that way. It's the total opposite for me though. 

I remember wearing jeans to a really old Korean restaurant and having to take off my jeans (It was winter and I still had my inner wear) in the middle of our dinner because I felt it was too tight and my blood was not flowing to my legs haha! Luckily it was late and there were only 3-4 other people having their late dinner there. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

How it began...

His first words were "Hello I am Woosun of Korea".

I have never ever expected myself to be in a long distance relationship. I'd never believed in it, never wanted one, never thought I would be in one. The communication barrier, not physically being next to each other, heart breaking airport farewells, frustrating skype connections...

But now that I am in one, I know it is the most beautiful kind of relationship. Every second spent is so precious it makes a simple movie date or home-cooked meal meaningful. If I could ever start all over again, I would not trade my relationship for any other.

We met each other for the first time in Kaohsiung Airport, Taiwan. Despite facing strong opposition from my mother, we made arrangements to meet each other that Winter (in 2012). I remember arriving at the airport 30 minutes before his flight arrival and staring at the flight board while waiting for him. When he walked out of the arrival gate, we ran instantly to each other. Today, my parents adore him like their own son.

One and a half years later, it is still a magical moment whenever we meet. (Except for the last time when I went to Korea and he arrived 30 minutes late at Incheon Airport). I can now understand Korean culture a little better, accept kimchi in my food and speak really basic Korean.

It is not easy to be in a long distance relationship, but I believe it will be worth it for those who are willing to enjoy its bitter-sweet experience.