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Seoul, South Korea and Lizards

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul the capital of South Korea is a city my husband has visited many times, including this past August. He enjoys the culture, temples and especially the food in South Korea. Fun fact….Did you know that Seoul is the home of fried chicken and barbecue??? Who would of thought!! This was right up my husbands alley and now I see why he visits so often. While there he visited the Coex Centre in the Gangnam district, home to Asia’s biggest underground shopping mall complete with casino, kimchi museum and traditional Buddhist temple. While there, he also visited the Joseon Royal Tombs, Garden of the Gods that has the tombs of the Joseon dyanasty. The Joseon dynastry lasted for 519 years and produced 27 kings! And if you like the Olympics check out the Jamsil Olympic Stadium aka the Seoul Olympic Stadium home to the 1988 Olympics. But it not just and Olympic stadium, it also served as the stadium for the 10th Asian Games in 1986, music concerts, and the centerpiece for Seoul sports.

Here at home, we were sorta settling into the 3rd week of school. School starts in August in the South so we were trying to get our school groove back from footloose and fancy free over the summer. And of course this was the week that all the after-school activities started, tons of paperwork for fundraisers and events for the year were being sent home and the parents opportunity to visit with your child’s teacher to review the curriculum for the school year. After a week full of activities, I was FINALLY getting a chance to stop, catch my breath and absorb all the info I had received ……or so I thought. It was Thursday evening, the house was quiet and was about to settle into bed when I saw it….a shadow cast from my nightstand lamp on the wall. At first, I thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me from sheer tiredness and having filled out tons of school forms. But no. There was clearly a shadow on the wall. But it wasn’t just any shadow….it was a small shadow with legs….4 legs to be exact. Due to the position of the shadows, whatever it was was closer to me than I thought. Completely frozen, I finally found the courage to turn my head to see what was there……a LIZARD!!!! Let’s be honest…..yes, I squealed and yes I jumped out of bed to the other side of the room. Considering where I live you would think I would be accustomed to this sort of thing but alas, I’m not. It starred at me and I starred at it. I have no idea how it got into our bedroom but didn’t have time to process the logistics. And then to my horror it scurried behind our bed. Ugh!!! At that point I had to think quickly assess the situation-my husband was on the other side world, I was NOT going to bed with the lizard in our room, it’s night time and my kids are fast asleep so we can’t leave. I knew at that point it was him or me! Thus began the hunt to find the lizard, which happened to blend in with everything. By the time I found it I had……moved 2 nightstands, flipped the mattress and box spring to vertical positions, knocked over a plant, etc. Chaos has ensued trying to find the lizard that our room looked like a tornado hit it. Once I finally found the lizard, I trapped him in a cup and put him outside (it took a TON of courage). I did call my husband and explain what I had just encountered….which was met with a ton of laughter (yes, he laughed at my pain). Nonetheless……I survived.

Our bedroom…surviving chaos

Here are you surviving chaos tips:

  • Bundle Paperwork: If deadlines permit, complete school paperwork all at one time and send them to school all at one time. This frees up your weeknights for other activities, keeps you organized, and sane.
  • Be Strong & of Courage: No matter what life throws or crawls at you, be brave!! Find your inner strength to conquer your fears (this applies to life in general, not just lizards).
  • Backup plan: If this had been a more dire situation….snake, tarantula, fire, etc have a plan to call someone for backup or leave the house. Always have a plan, you never know when you will need it.
  • Wine: This is self-explanatory.

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Year in Review: Favorite Cities of 2019

My husband have traveled a lot over this past year, both domestically and abroad! So he has compiled a list of his favorites cities for 2019. We hope you enjoy this list and have the opportunity to visit some the cities and experience all the sights and sounds they have to offer.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest tops our list of favorite city to visited for 2019. It is absolutely beautiful during the summer months and has lots of places to see and things to do. There is so much rich culture to experience and the people are very friendly courteous and polite. On his last visit, he got to see the Castle District, St. Stephen’s Bascilica Cathedral, the Eye of Budapest and Heros Square. But that is not all that Budapest has to offer….the Hungarian National Museum, Szchenyi Thermal Baths, Danbu River and Ecseri Flea Market are definitely worth visiting. And don’t for get grab a bowl of Hungarian goulash while your there. This hearty dish is full of veggies, beef, and lots of paprika. My husband really enjoyed this dish and ate it almost everyday!. Budapest will is definitely on the horizon for 2020 and hopefully I can tag along too!


Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea is next on my husband favorite cities list this year. He has been to Seoul many times and enjoys the culture, temples and especially the food. Fun fact….did you know that Seoul is the home of fried chicken and barbeque??? Who would of thought!! This was right up my husbands alley and now I see why he visits so often. While there he visited the Coex Centre in the Gangnam district, home to Asia’s biggest underground shopping mall complete with casino, kimchi museum and traditional Buddhist temple. There is so much to do and see, its definitely worth visiting.


San Diego, California (USA)

One of my husbands favorite spots in San Diego is Mission Beach. A classic style oceanfront boardwalk, Mission beach features lots of shops, an amusement park, miniature golf, bumper cars and lots of restaurants. The view of the ocean is breathtaking and with miles of beach there is plenty of space for sunbathing, sand volleyball and swimming. This is the perfect place for the whole family. While there, don’t forget to catch a San Diego Padres baseball game, which are a lively and a ton of fun and visit real pirate ships in the bay. Since my husband is a frequent flyer, it seemed only fitting that he eat at Mr As, a restaurant located right off the airport where you can dine at eye level with the landing planes. It is definitely a sight to see!


Taipei, Taiwan

Next on our list is Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The mild weather in Taipei (especially since its always hot where we live) is ideal for the perfect getaway. But this is your warning….keep an umbrella handy. It rains a couple of times per day in Taipei. During his visit, my husband got the opportunity to visit the Golden Waterfall in Golden Ecological Park. A waterfall that is golden sounds too good to be true but it is truly beautiful. Due to the regular rainfall in the mining area (there’s that consistent rain again) and abundant heavy metals, the water has a golden hue when it leaves the waterfall. If only there were REAL gold in the water…..wishful thinking! Its also a popular spot for newly weds and photographers so it can definitely get crowded (pun intended). Not only is the landscape beautiful but there is so much culture to experience. For example, the Chiufen Shengping Theater, the oldest existing theater in Taiwan, which still shows old school movies a certain times of day each week. If your a movie buff and like movies shown on an old school projector, this place is right up your alley. And don’t forget the food! The cuisine is elegant and but tasty. There are so many dishes to try from traditional to exotic and you can’t leave without having some Dragon Fruit. Taipei is definitely worth another visit in 2020!


Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan is a beautiful and artistic culture that is fond of barbeque. Armenia is known for its BBQ around the world; they literally grill everything! Of course this was right up my husband’s alley, he considers himself a BBQ master!! The grill naturally brought everyone together and prompted lots of talk about site seeing, world issues, and work-of course! This was perfect for my husband as he is definitely a people person. Additionally, he also got to experience celebration of 2800th year of Yerevan as a the capital of Armenia. He was able to see all festivities, concerts and parades for celebrate this momentous year including a visit to Anniversary Park occurred. The park includes 250 new trees, 5 bronze statues, and Urartu style bull and lion statues and is currently maintained by the same family for the past 99 years. Don’t forget you camera! My husband took some awesome pictures of art, innovation and sculptures which Yerevan is know for. And who could forget that giant spider! Made of discarded metal, this spider located outside the Moscow Cinema you won’t soon forget. As for me (who has a fears of spiders) I was not nearly as enthused. After visiting the spider (of my nightmares), he had the opportunity to visit Republic Square and see the Singing and Dancing fountains. A water feature with a light show set to classical, pop or jazz music; it is definitely a must see and favorite tourist attraction.