Monday, December 26, 2016

KGSP - Multi-Cultural Christmas

So today is Christmas, yay. I really like Christmas. It might honestly be my favorite holiday of the year. Obviously it's not really the same when I'm in Korea, since part of the Christmas experience is being at home with family, eating good food and opening presents and stuff.

Plus there's also the issue with the weather. Having it be a bit colder and have some more snow would be wonderful, but alas, things do not always go according to plan. Despite the amount of work I have, I decided that Christmas weekend was going to be time off for me.

Pictured: Work. The next few weeks are going to suck.

Leading up to the weekend was pretty ok too. Our lab had a lab dinner where we had some non-Korean meat dishes which was pretty good. I also conducted a pilot study for my lab project and finished all of my class work for the semester, so this week was also quite notable.

But the most important part of the week was definitely the weekend. Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I went to Seoul to meet up with some friends. After going shopping a bit, I ended up going to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. 

Aww yes. Best vegetables.

Normally in Korea the Chinese restaurants are very disappointing. Mostly because it's not really Chinese food, but kind of a fusion of Korean and Chinese cuisines. But this one restaurant was a giant chain that exists worldwide, so I had some more faith in it.

It wasn't bad. Normally not the same as the stuff you can get at home or in Hong Kong, but it was definately acceptable. I really wanted Choi Sum, which is my favorite vegetable. They had it, but it was so damn expensive. But hey, it was Christmas. Totally worth it.

Decorations in Seoul.

The next day, today, started off pretty well too. This time, I went to a Canadian restaurant. I heard a lot of things about this restaurant before, and finally I decided that Christmas would be the time to go and check it, so I went.

It was pretty nice. The food tasted pretty legit and the atmosphere of the restaurant definitely feels like a place back at home. Having some poutine in Korea was pretty nice. I ended up buying some to go as well because I was heading to a friend's place.

Only thing that was weird was that they were showing football instead of hockey.

Having both legit Chinese and Canadian food in one weekend was honestly super awesome. It's really great cause it satisfied both sides of my cultural identity. I really wish they had this stuff in Daejeon, but unfortunately they do not.

After lunch, I went to my friend's place for their Christmas party. I couldn't stay too long because I had to go back to Daejeon, but I had about five hours of solid fun, food, and holiday cheer. Honestly, being away from the lab and just having fun was a great change.

Started from Daegu and now we'e here.

I gotta head back to the lab tomorrow since I have user studies this week for my lab project. This kinda cut shorts my holiday celebrations especially since Christmas was on the weekend. But hey, it was still really fun. New Years is next week but I don't have any plans yet.

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