Sunday, August 3, 2008

Oooju Loves to Talk

After he got the hang of walking, Oooju went back to babbling like crazy. I wish some child development specialist or psychic could figure out what he's saying. The other day, he was trying to open a door but couldn't and it sounded like he was cursing. It was in his tone, his hand motions, everything. But, we'll have to wait till he can actually start talking to see what he's got to say. The first video is of him talking on this toy phone. He has a hard time getting the phone to his ears, so sometimes, he'll put it on his eye. The second video is of him talking with my cousin Jisook's soon Tommy. They got along so well and really understood eachother.


Korea is full of trends. Things come and go so quickly, it's hard to keep up. Our friend Nicky says a new dance trend is Tecktonik. It's from France. Nicky described it as some crazy arm dance. She demonstrated and she looked like a crazy chicken. But I found these videos on YouTube. The first is a news story that describes how the dance has become a new trend in KOrea and how people meet online to arrange meetings in real life to learn and practice the dance together. The second clip is of this guy who does the dance in random places like the subway, a busy shopping area, costco and here, in a lecture hall.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hi! Seoul*

Here is the last video of Oooju before walking became his main mode of moving around. We're still in Incheon at Jihyun's apartment. It's probably about 5am. We all kind of woke up around 4:30am and went outside so we wouldn't disturb Jihyun and her family. Being the animal lover/terrorizer he is, Oooju kept trying to catch these pigeons for about 30 minutes.

So after 3 days in Incheon, we finally made it into Seoul. We stayed at my cousin Junoh's house. He lives in Samsong dong which is a really nice area of Seoul, two stops from Kangnam and COEX mall. We pretty much had the whole apartment to ourselves because Junoh, his wife Miyoung and daughter Ji-ine are all staying at his mother-in-law's house. Anyways, it was raining the first full day in the city so we decided to spend the day at COEX mall. we were there from 9am to 4pm. But it was here that Oooju finally really started walking.

*Hi Seoul is the new city motto. The full thing is Hi! Seoul: Soul of Asia. Korea Sparkling is the new motto for the whole country thought up by the Korean Tourism Organization. It used to be Dynamic Korea, but now, Busan's using Dynamic for it's city motto.