Sunday, May 15, 2011

the thing about Korea

~~~CONTEST CLOSED~~~

I don't know why I've kept this whole "living in Korea" thing quiet for so long. There are some great things here that you all should know about. And one of the most adorable cookie cutters I've seen in a while. I lie awake at night feeling bad that none of you have ever seen this cutter. Okay, no, not really. But I can imagine that if it ever occurred to me late at night, I probably would stay awake thinking about it. In fact...I've decided to give away some of my favorite Korean things. So....here we go!

This picture represents the sum total of cookie cutters I have purchased since moving to Korea. Just LOOK at that adorable little hippo cutter! It's maybe 2 inches wide. Maybe. (P.S. In answer to quite a few questions -- my husband is in the army. They told him to move here. They let us come with him. We LOVE it.)

Most kitchen utensils come in pink here. I know this is totally a crummy picture and you can't tell...but the spatula really is pink. And I just love those tiny little pie tins. I'm about 100% sure that they aren't really pie tins. I think they are for dipping sauces. But they are shaped EXACTLY like tiny little pie tins. And that's why I bought them.

These are some very non-cake/cookie/sugar in anyway related items. But....I just don't care. I love that while Korean use chopsticks just like most other Asian countries...they use a SPOON for rice. Because, let's be honest. When you are hungry, you just want to EAT. Like, you know, a lot, at once. Without spoons, I would be very thin, and angry, because one single rice grain at a time just wouldn't do it for me. Oh, and those other things are animal rice shapers. Just for all you bento-box lovers or people who want their children to eat rice. Or you know, anyone who wants to shape something soft to look like an animal.

And...if you are VERY lucky...I will include my very favorite candy. It's basically deliciousness mixed with strawberries and cream in candy form. Seriously, I only just shared these with my husband for the first time last week. And we've lived here for almost a year now.

All you have to do to enter is leave me ONE comment. Tell me where you would live if you had to move out of the country you are currently living in. It would be helpful if there was a way for me to contact you. Leave your comment by Saturday, May 21st at midnight Hawaii time.

75 comments:

Abi Oswald said...

I would move to Hungary! I visited there once and it was beautiful!! And everyone was very friendly. :) you can contact me at abigailoswald@ymail.com I hope I win!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

If I had to leave the country im living in now, id ring my sister who is living in england and then my mum who is living in france for advise. And i guess being the only daughter left in Australia no one would really be surprised!

sarah lower case L the number 2 at bigpond dot com

or strawberryfire at cookiersrus

Nicole Silva said...

I would live in Brazil - I'd love to learn more about the culture and I'd just love the food> My email is mrssilva7@yahoo.com

Meg said...

There are so many places I'd like to go! Thailand is one. :)

Rose said...

I LOVE that you're in South Korea--how cool is that! I'm very jealous! I lived in Taiwan for a few years and would love to go back, but I'd also love to live in France, or Japan, or Israel. Living the expat life is never dull! misswhite4@gmail.com

Janis said...

I would LOVE to live in Ireland! Spain is my second choice.

Thank your husband for his service from me. I am so grateful for what he is doing for his country! :) And you too, by supporting him.

janisnunez@yahoo.com
www.janiscooks.blogspot.com

faithy, the baker said...

I'm in Singapore! :) Korea is the next place i'm going to visit. The reason i've not visited it yet is because i'm not too sure if my son is able to adjust to the food there as he is super fussy with food. PS: I love to watch Korean tv series..all these love stories.. at one stage i like Rain so much after i watched Full House... hahaha...Then Couple in Trouble was my fave too...and a few others too.

Samantha said...

I would love to move to Greece! I've always wanted to live there!
What a great way to share a little bit of what you get to experience with your family. Military wives have it hard, but you get to travel to some pretty amazing places too :)

kimmie said...

I would live in Peru. They are one of my favorite food cultures and all that I have met from there are absolutely lovely!

Ron and Diana Pike said...

Where would I live? Belgium! All that wonderful chocolate! I have lived in Korea (in Koje) for about 2 years total and loved it! The food is great (bi bim bop....yum). I also miss all the cute gadgets. Diana

ashley. said...

YOUR KITCHEN. in korea.

Rita said...

I'm with Ashley. I'd be more than happy to live in your kitchen in korea and scavenge cookies from your bench when you weren't looking. Failing that, I'd live in Darla from bakingdom's kitchen, in the Virgin Islands.
(Can you detect a theme here? I'll go where the food's good!)
hehe :)
my email is rita.c.fisher@gmail.com, if I'm lucky enough to win! My girls would go nuts on the itty bitty cookie cutters!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

I would love to visit South Korea, but if I had to live in another country, I think I'd like to live in Scotland. :)
scrambledhenfruit(at)gmail(dot)com

Oh Sugar Events said...

such a cool post! thank you for sharing a little more about your experience in Korea. I did just 4 weeks in rural Japan and the culture shock was almost too much. If I could live any where it would definitely be on the seaside of Italy. Minori, Maiori, Positano, Ravello.... heaven.

Lorraine said...

My favorite thing about travel is finding new things like the ones in your giveaway. I would love to live in Italy! I love the food and atmosphere! I think living in Korea must truly be an adventure.
Sounds like you are having a great experience. Thanks for sharing and hope I can win!

Lorraine said...

Oops - forgot my email for Lorraine's comment:
salome78@aol.com

Debbie said...

I would love to live in Ireland!
Debbieweidler@gmail.com

Screaming Grasshopper said...

Hands down... AUSTRALIA... I have been facinated since I was young with everything Australian. Koala Bears- check. Kangaroos- check. Amazing accents- check. Awesome landscape- check.

I ♥ Australia!

Liat said...

I live exactly where I always wanted, in the states. I grew up in Israel, and I always wanted to live in the states. Lucky me I met my soul mate when I was 15, and even better, he is a us citizen, so here I am, right where I always wanted to be.

liatsaida@gmail.com

Sil said...

I'd love to live in Italy. My father is Italian and I love the food, the language, the culture.
scocciolo@gmail.com

lizy b said...

This is a hard one. I'd love to live in the English countryside. But...when my husband and I play the 'when we win the lotto' game...we say we'd buy a condo on that cruise ship that sails around and has ports all over the world. I think it's called the residen'sea .
Eboncich@gmail.com

Anita said...

Okay, I'm going to pass on replying by saying my first choice would be anywhere my spouse is but that goes without saying so.....I'd want to live either in the Galilee (Israel) or Nafali in Greece. Wherever there HAS to be rivers or oceans or lakes nearby.

Linds said...

If I could live any where in the world I would move to Costa Rica! I hope that you are enjoying yourself in Korea, I love all the cool things that you post!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Lindsay

lindsaykeith15 at gmail dot com

Anita said...

Change the "has" to "have"....apparently I abandoned good grammar in my excitement.

Yael said...

I would live in the Phillipines.I was an exchange student there in high school and have always wanted to go back to live.
yranan@gmail.com

Yamber said...

Despite my love of French things I would choose to live in England over France. Something about England is so charming and rich in history.

Besides, living in England would mean I am close enough to all the places in Europe I would love to visit and still be able to speak English on a daily basis.

ladybug785 at yahoo.com

Lora said...

I feel a little greedy even writing this, being a spoiled US expat living in Europe for 10 years, but I would love to live in Laos. A gorgeous country, amazing people and incredible street food.

SweetSugarBelle said...

FOR THE LOVE OF CUTTERS pick ME!!!! OH PLEASE PICK ME!!! I'd pick Canada I think, and I cannot tell you why, LOL. It's illegal!

SweetSugarBelle said...

OMG, I got so excited I forgot my email. sweetsugarbelle@gmail.com

paddle attachment said...

These are adorable! If I lived outside of the U.S., I'd like to live somewhere warm. Maybe Malaysia or Mexico. My husband says Australia or New Zealand.

Sue said...

Perhaps I would live in Denmark; It's been ranked "The happiest country in the world".
suesue121255@hotmail.com

Samruddhi said...

I would love to live in New Zealand
surrounded by beautiful nature..:-)

samruddhibhat(at)gmail(dot)com

Mirjana M said...

I would like to live in Bosnia where my Father's side of family live now. I have never met them and both my Mother and Father moved in the US and had all of us and I never had the opportunity to go and visit any of my distant cousins and relatives.
xxmirjanaxx@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I think I would pick Ireland. I think it would be beautiful and full of history. darlabeck@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

South Korea is so gorgeous, maybe I would go there! After living with my college roomie who was from South Korea and falling in love with her "aunties" and other family members, I may be convinced to join you! michlfc@aol.com

Emily said...

I would loveee to live in Kericho, Kenya. I spent a month working there and I fell in love. There are no screens on the windows though, which means monkies would come in and eat all my cookies and cupcakes, which would be bad. Hmm. second choice- - - COSTA RICA. Emily.godbout@gmail.com

Funky Days said...

I live in the midwest... but I would really like to live in San Diego. The weather is perfect, right by the beach, and also an easier flight to Korea to visit my family! :)

eunmimoon (at) gmail dot com

Pam said...

Australia have always wanted to visit there,

Kenni said...

I would so live in Spain! I have always wanted to live in a Spanish speaking country and Spain is simply gorgeous!

Crazy Lady said...

I would live in France. Anywhere in France :) jennday1@yahoo.com

I have a friend in the military who will be moving to Korea shortly as well! He doesn't get to bring his family though :(

Three Honeybees said...

Oooh, that's tricky. I think I would move to Japan. Or Scandinavia (can I pick two). Finland in particular. Being from Australia, true cold and distinct seasons are very appealing to me. And I'm so inspired by the design from these countries :)

Love your blog :)
kylie.seldon@gmail.com

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

Right now I live in the Dominican Republic, I do love my little carribean island but I would love to live in New York City, such a magical place :)

ina9107@gmail.com

CantStopBaking said...

I'd be in Israel in a second. We lived there for 5 years when we first got married, and I loved every minute of it!

CathyN said...

I would move to Scotland. I visited there in 2000 (my brother lives in England) and I think it's the most beautiful place I've ever seen.

CathyN
cnicklas@cableone.net

Little old me said...

I would go to Scotland...I just love the thoughts of farm life there, lush green meadows and mild winters.

Cyncalla said...

Oh man, now I can't not comment! Truth be told, I've been thinking of S. Korea lately. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada, but I teach ESL and my students are mostly Korean. I'm toying with the idea of going to Korea to teach ESL.

Susie said...

My dream life takes me to Parma, Italy. The coolest town ever. I would live on pork and cheese and a little red vino! I imagine cookies would be a hit there, so I would bake for everyone else and barter for the good stuff!

TheSugarTree said...

I would love to live in Spain. I went there after graduating college and just fell in love with it!

148CookieStreet said...

Hmmm tough question. I would say Italy or England--I really would love England but their food ( ehhhh) But Italy --YUM! I am thinking if I just got to Europe travel to other countries would be simple enough :) My family would travel from Soccer stadium to soccer stadium...

bettyjomorris said...

I would move to Italy in a heartbeat! Visited it for the first time in March and am already wanting to go back. My e-mail is bettyjo@cakescookiesandcandies.com

Thanks!

Becca Jo said...

i want those rice shapers! if i had to move i'd go to australia i guess. i have to go somewhere where yhey speak english since i can't learn languages. i'm holding my baby and typing...hence no capitals

Het Thuisproject said...

I live in Belgium and I can tell you, the chocolate really is good. Njummie.

I think I would move to the VS. I visited twice (NY and Californië) and really liked it. I would start a small bakery because the bread in Belgium is delicious too.
(email: katrijnvermeiren@gmail.com)

Deanna Scott said...

Hmmmmm....leave the good ole U.S. of A!!! I don't know about that. There is sooo much of this great country that I've never seen. But, since I have to choose another country, how about the continent of Africa. I would love to go on a safari and be able to see all the wonderful wild animals. Inspiration for making some beautiful animal shaped cookies. You can email me at dscott2@admin.fsu.edu. Oh, please tell your hubby thanks from the bottom of my heart for all he does to protect our freedoms!!! (coming from an "Army brat", teehee)

Julie said...

How fun! I would live somewhere with castles - Ireland...England...Scotland...do we have to pick just one country? lol...yellobutterfly@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

If I had to move to another country, it would be Spain. We visited there a few years ago and all the little towns were friendly and the countryside was beautiful. dkelmore1@gmail.com

Glora said...

LOL - I seriously love reading your blog. You have such a fun sense of humor. It is fun to see some of your favorite Korean things and what they are used for. How fun! If I had to live somewhere else I would live in France. 1- because I've already lived there before for 16 beautiful months, 2- because I kind of already know the language and 3- because it feels like home.


Hugs- Glora me(at)glorajean(dot)com

Anonymous said...

If I moved out of the country I am living in now, I for sure, would move to London, England. I am so fascinated with the Royal family.
lputm@hotmail.com

Charlene Austin said...

Oh my that hippo cookie cutter is so sweet. I've never been anywhere so not sure where I'd live. I just want to throw a vote out for you to pick Sweet Sugar Belle cuz her comment cracked me up and I live in Canada so I want to know what it is that she would do here that is illegal. Haha.

Charlene Austin said...

Crap..darned iPad...i typed my blog address wrong. My email is caml1@shaw.ca

Anonymous said...

I would move to the UK. My mom was from there and I have so many relatives still there that I dont get to see.

leenie778 at hotmail dot com

Raheleh said...

I think I would like to live in Holland, because all I can hear from my friends who live there the people are always so calm and life is not as in rush as in U.S.
infinitsky@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would live on any tropical island. House on the beach - breezes blowing - that would be awesome!
bncmaness@bellsouth.net

Nisson Family said...

You are too cute. :) OK, for the gorgeousness of the country and the accents I would choose Scotland. It is so beautiful!!! For the convenience and since I'm so picky w/ the kind of foods I eat I'd probably say Canada. lol :D

Pam
simply-pam.blogspot.com

Sweet Creations said...

Ireland! Because it is so pretty.
Kimberlyrcrow@verizon.net

Frk. Overballe said...

I currently live in Denmark, but I have lived in Ghana, Mocambique, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau with my parents.
When I'm done with my education (as a chemist) I would like to spend some years working in other places, maybe in the States or maybe Australia, who knows?

frkoverballe@frkoverballe.dk

BrendaMireles said...

If I had to move from the US to another country. I would probably want to move to Brazil! It just looks very beautiful and I've always wanted to visit that country.


Brenda Mireles
brendamireles@gmail.com

CookieD'oh said...

I think I'll go with Australia. Or Scotland...decisions!
gsmith66@me.com

Gofer said...

I would live in Mexico.
tmegomez@yahoo.com

Kimi said...

I would have to pick Italy. Thank you!!

Kimi
dragonjk1@yahoo.com

Hannah Aisling said...

I would live in India.... I lived there for a little over a month and fell in love with the country and culture...it is so beautiful and rich and fascinating, and has some lovely values and ideas and ways of looking at life. Plus, if I moved there I would get to wear gorgeous clothes, eat delicious food, have mangoes every day, and become fluent in Hindi! :)

Penny said...

I would move to Venice, Italy. I was there once for very short time and fell in love with it. Of course, it was not during the really hot months when I hear it stinks there, so I might regret my decision one day.

Penny
pennyknapik@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Paris, France! I imagine it would be the most perfect place in the world! (I imagine, okay?!)
Here's my e-mail: dogwalkerparis62@gmail.com

Lindsey said...

If I could move anywhere, I would head to China. I've taught many elementary school students who have moved to the U.S. from China, and I would love to have the opportunity to experience the culture that they've told me so much about.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Korea ... and know that I'm secretly kind of jealous that you're there! :)

linds2100 at hotmail dot com

TheRedCooky said...

I would head to France. I would want to eat all the cheese and buttery treats! Theredcooky@yahoo.com

June@I will craft said...

I think I'd like to live in Italy. I had a great time in a small village years ago during a break from an exchange trip to Norway.

mnifye (at) yahoo.com

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