Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Sung Hyun! and going to Canada!

Still no update on the status of our application. I'm patiently playing the waiting game and I'm not too concerned yet. Sung Hyun turned 30 Western age today. What an old fart! We went out for dinner to celebrate and then the wait staff surprised him with a birthday song and a silly hat. He scored $10 off at dinner because it was his birthday, he won a free sweet potato au gratin and a book full of coupons for our next visit. He did pretty well. He asked for another North Face jacket for his birthday even though I got him one for Christmas. This guy just can't get enough of The North Face, which takes a big bite into my wallet.


Sung Hyun has expressed two major concerns when going back to Canada. One is that he will really miss Korean food (and quite honestly I will too). It won't be easily available nor as cheap so although we will eat Korean food as much as we like it just won't be the same.


The other concern he has is about the winter. He's always cold here in Korea so he's pretty much going to die in -50 Celsius in winter (you read that right!). So I've found the perfect way to solve this problem while also taking into consideration Sung Hyun's love for The North Face.


Take a look at this beauty: THE PERFECT BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR A COLD WINTER IN CANADA (mom you'll laugh at this!)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ouch at the price tag!

Sarah said...

He's definitely not an old fart! geez....

Where in Canada are you moving to? -50 is pretty freaking cold...

Glad to hear you got the application in. My friend said his wife's only took 4 months compared to the estimated 6 they told him it would take.

Milly said...

I'm in Miami and winter simply does not compute... My husband (Korean American) sent me this video about Korean military training during the winter. I thought you and your husband might get a kick out of it if you hadn't seen it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuAPEqefZcM

We're actually visiting Korea this April and are super excited to explore. Has Korea had a very cold winter so far?

Beloved said...

Haha! The suit is hilarious.

Sung-Hyun is so smart to already realize the things that will be hard for him. Those are huge for my husband, too. As I'm sure you know because you are living it, when you move away from your own country everything there becomes better and more appealing than it ever was when you were living there. That's what my husband has experienced. The good thing is having your husband so much more completely understand you because he has first-hand knowledge of your culture.
It looks like we're here for another few years because I'm expecting! August 31st. :)

cinder131 said...

Hey Jennifer! just have to put in my 2 cents worth about having a Korean husband moving to Canada!! The main thing is FOOD! For sure! It is very expensive here and many things are unavailable! We have to drive all the way to toronto to get some things. Another main thing is the lack of Koreans around. My husband has maybe 2 or 3 friends, none of which have the time to meet up so he really misses the social aspect of Korean living. It is very hard on him living here and numerous times he has said he is going back to Korea!
Good luck though, hopefully your city is much better equipped for Koreans than hamilton is!
Cindy (Samuel, Madalyn, Rachel)

ambearo said...

I am not sure where you are going (in Canada) but I can speak about Edmonton. We have some great Korean restaurants and atleast 2 reliable places to buy Korean products. I've been able to make gimchi jjigae, bibimbap, galbi and samgyupsal at home with no difficulty and for decent prices. It can be done! Plus, how expensive is kimchi and rice or ramyeon?? That's all Koreans eat anyway, right? I'd recommend bringing a couple things (like a nice big pack of red pepper flakes) with you to help with cooking. I've been able to find ssam jang, gochu jang, etc really easy though.

As for the cold, unless you live in Toronto or Vancouver (but I am guessing you're a prairie girl like me with -50), it's a dry cold and he will adapt just fine. My man is from Vancouver and had barely seen snow and he made it through no problem. I'm sure you two can think of creative ways to keep warm! ^^

Danielle said...

Do you plan to return to Korea (to live) at any point? (if not, why?)

Jennifer said...

HA HA!!!! that suit is AWESOME!!!

Tanya said...

Bahahah! I actually can picture his face in this. Seriously. oh its so funny. You should copy this picture and implant his face in it haha. Oh sung hyun. Steve and I say happy birfday!! We'll show him out to have fun in the winter.

Professor Amy-Michelle said...

Hey Jennipal,
Did your man get my birthday song text message?
As for the gift you want to buy him, he's going to drown in his own sweat in that bad boy!!!

Melanie Kidder said...

Hey Jen,

I don't know how Regina will be but "Ambearo" is right about Edmonton. There is tons of Korean food here. The restaurants are kind of expensive but the grocery stores are reasonable. I don't find that they are any more expensive than traditional "western" grocery stores. We have a couple of great ones here. We also have things like a "Korean Business Men's Association" and a Nori Bang. If ever Sung Hung needs to get more "korea" in his life you can come visit us here in Edmonton. It should be a bit cheaper than going back to Korea:)

Chelsey said...

Regina isn't totally devoid of Korean food culture, although it will be vastly different from living in Korea. There's atleast one good restaraunt on 11th east of Broad street that has opened since I moved away. Although in larger centers the prices at Korean stores aren't too bad, the one Korean grocery store in Regina is quite expensive.

asiangarden said...

Kai-Li thought that was a space suit...lol
Happy birthday Sung Hyun!

Tammy said...

I loved the winter snowsuit!! I want one!!! I hate the cold and I have lived here my whole life!