MY BROTHER WENT VIRAL “AHEM”

In all my years of traveling I have heard some pretty crazy stories from back home, but this one takes the cake. This morning I woke up to (literally) 600 messages (from friends and family) and a link to a news article with this title: Manchester City supporter pretends to be a steward to get Kevin…

Has your diet gone down the toilet yet?

January is now officially over which means there are a host of people finding those odd occasions to let the new years diet slip. With this in mind, me and Kirsty went to a restaurant in Seoul recently and found what must be the crappiest cafe in the world. It’s located on the 4th floor of the…

What’s Cooking? Rich Vegetable Hotpot

SYNS: FREE SERVES: 2-4 TIME: 40 MINUTES Today’s recipe is another quick and easy favorite. As always, you can add ingredients or cook variations of the recipe to suit your taste. Let’s get started! Here is what you need (you can right click on the recipe card to save it to your computer): HERE ARE…

What’s Cooking? Healthy burgers!

SYNS: FREE TIME: 40 MINUTES (PLUS 1 HOUR MARINATING TIME) SERVES: 2-4 Add 6 Syns if not using Wholemeal roll as a Healthy Extra. Here are the things you need to make this tastey meal. You can right click on the image and save it to your computer if you wish. STEPS: Put all the…

What’s cooking? Ratatouille!

Today we are sticking with free foods because we want to make a change and lose those pounds at the next weigh in. With that in mind, today’s recipe is a delicious ratatouille. SYNS: FREE TIME: 45mins SERVES: 2-4 As always, you can right click on the recipe card to save it to your desktop….

What’s cooking? Potato Topped Vegetable Pie!

This yummy recipe is sure to keep you full for the rest of the day. It is packed full of syn free/speed foods. It’s quick, easy and great if you really want to get a lovely combination of both. SYNS: None Serves: 4-6 Time (including preparation): 1hr 20 mins So what do you need? *Right…

What’s Cooking?

So, cooking away in our SW kitchen today is some gorgeous Irish Stew! Syns: Free Serves: 4 Ready in: 60 minutes So as usual, here’s the ingredients card (just right click to download): Step 1: Peel all of the vegetables and cut them up roughly (it’s a stew, so make it really hearty). Cut up your…

As the new year approaches, it’s important to start out on the right track (and healthy eating should be right on top of everyone’s list). Over the next few weeks, I am going to be posting some wonderful syn free recipes for you to try at home. The most important thing for me is that…

Merry Christmas You F*(%ing Cock-a-roach!

Merry Christmas everyone! No, we’re not calling you a cockroach. Neither is Al. This fine Christmas Eve in 2016 we spent the day with a team of exterminators fumigating the building. Seriously. Heres a snap of the notice. For those of you that don’t speak Korean it says; “Y’all better high tail it on outta…

What’s Cooking? Homemade Tomato Soup!

Whether you are following a no syns diet at Slimming World or just wanting to try something that’s really healthy, this homemade tomato soup is sure to pick you up on a cold winter’s night. Serves: 2 Time: 10 minutes Before we continue, I just want to say that I am not a chef and…

PHOTOS FROM THE FALL

Autumn has come and gone in Korea and now the bitter winter winds are now upon us. All we really have to offer from this is what happened in the previous post and some of these pictures we took before it all kicked off.   The thistledown’s flying, though the winds are all still, On the green…

SINGING “OH MY GAWD, WE’RE BACK AGAIN”

Dear Reader, A few weeks back I was just relaxing at home (playing Minecraft and gulping down on some sweeta** tea) when suddenly I felt a severe pain in my left arm and in my chest. I got up out of the bed to stretch it out, but the pain just pulled me right down to…

KAMA KAMA KAMA KAMA KAMA KAMAKURA

Kamakura is best described as a huge bowl of Doritos with sour cream and chive dip. If you have never tried it before you might think sure, why not? Then you realise you’ve eaten the whole thing and are rolling to the shop to buy more. I want to go back to Kamakura. This isn’t…

BEER! AND FOOD! AND BEER! MMM

Originally posted on STRYCENKAY:
Beer and food go hand in hand in South Korea.  I often find myself with my hands full. I am no stranger to an alcoholic beverage. I do all kinds of stuff with alcohol. I drink it of course, I mix it, I’ve been known to cover myself in it. I’ve…

TURNING JAPANESE

Did you know that the Japanese flag is just a pie chart showing how much of Japan is actually Japan?

RPOTW: FLAMBOYANT INSECT CRAVES ATTENTION

What with mainstream medias obsession with physical appearance and narcissism it was only a matter of time until insects started doing the same. These butterflies have been seen all around Korea showing off. It seems that all they do is fly around the place. Do they actually have any real talent? Why are they even famous?

RPOTW: GRAND DESIGNS

Who needs to get a builder in when you want to create a new space in your home? All you need is a tent! Now just let me get some roasted marshmallows from the oven…

RPOTW: KITCHEN ARTIST CHALLENGE

We live in a world of convenience. We can go online and get more or less anything we could ever need sent straight to our homes. But what if you couldn’t get any art supplies and just HAD to paint a picture of your partner? Use random tat from the kitchen of course! We painted…

RVOTW: BEAUTIFUL LADIES COVER

This weeks Random Video of the Week was inspired by a comment made (about me) by one of my children from summer course. “Teacher, you look tired. You no sleep, you have suitcase under you eye” (I am teaching ESL so that was EXACTLY how it was said). To be honest, the comment gave me a real…

ANNIVERSARY @ EVERLAND

GET YOUR BIG BUCKETS OUT… It would be fair to say that myself and Stephen have had the most wonderful year. Right from the very beginning things have just been so amazing. NOW JUST PRESS PLAY & LET THIS CUP DO THE HARD WORK FOR YOU… Don’t worry folks, I don’t plan to make you…

RPOTW: YOU CAN WALK THE WALK, BUT CAN YOU HAN THE BOK?

This weeks random pic is a sweet one of a mother and daughter in traditional Korean dresses known as ‘Hanbok.’ People still wear these for special occasions and can be seen often in popular tourist attractions in Seoul (as wearing them gets you in for free, ssshhhh).

EAT WITH THE ELITE AND THEN SLEEP ON THE STREET!

Sometimes you just want to get a bit of perspective. Tried for ages from the top of the Seoul tower,  eventually got the view but in the mean time we had booked another experience. A more insightful perspective. Going from riches to rags in one day! I should probably point out at this point that…

WE CAUGHT A COLD/FLU ASIAN…THINGY

Man-Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable scientific fact* *Based on a survey of over 100,000 men   Have you ever sneezed, pooped and vomited at the same time? No? Then try catching a little flu in South Korea. Yay! It has been nearly two weeks since myself and Stephen got struck down…

RPOTW: KOREAS OLDEST ADRENALINE RUSH…..THE BUS

How many pensioners can you injure with one bus? We interviewed Korean bus drivers about this hip new game that is sweeping across the GBUS system here. Apparently they rack up points for knocking people off their feet inside the bus and tally up the scores at the end of the day. “The teenagers are…

RPOTW: ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS

This weeks random pic isn’t funny or weird or anything. It’s a quick picture of a moment that will stay with me. I imagine that people who travel a lot and live abroad have many stories of moments like this and it’s hard to convey the feeling. I was in class. The students were soon…

RPOTW: COOKING WITH TOURETTES

This rice. We bought this rice because it said it was a bacon cream risotto. It was just rice. So just to be 100% Kirsty looked at the back with google translate only to find the guy writing the instructions was just as pissed off as us that there was no bacon. Either that or…

AS THEY SAY IN BELFAST, "I AM PURE SCUNDERD!"

IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG AND YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, THE WORD SCUNDERD IN BELFAST (NORTHERN IRELAND) MEANS…  EXTREMELY EMBARRASSED    THERE WILL COME A TIME IN YOUR LIFE (AND ON YOUR TRAVELS) THAT NOT EVERYTHING WILL GO AS PLANNED. YOU MAY… EAT SOME FIRE NOODLES ON A NIGHT OUT WHILST HAVING SOME…

RPOTW: HAVE YOU BEEN THROWING PAINT CANS IN THE FIRE AGAIN!!!

This weeks random pic is of our handy dandy painting skills that have brightened up the giant bare wall in our apartment. Now taking orders. Need a new painting? Stuck in prison? Maybe you just need to fix your mirror? We have a random splash of color for you!

RVOTW: NOISEY NEIGHBOURS

This weeks random video is of the noise that has erupted from practically every tree the past fortnight. Apparently it’s made by a combination of geckos and cicadas. The noise is actually louder than traffic on a busy road. I personally love nature so I find this fascinating, but a lot of Korean residents call…

RPOTW: HOLY SHIP!

This weeks random picture is a harsh reminder of the perils of the sea. This ship was washed ashore 10 years ago and is still standing in this parking lot today. A potent reminder of the threat of tsunamis. *none of this is true.

RPOTW: WHATEVER YOU LIKE HUN

What did you do today? We played with bubbles. I wasn’t sure what to call this random picture so I asked Kirsty. She said ‘whatever you like hun.’ Done.

RPOTW: I WANT TO PLAY A GAME

This weeks random picture comes to you from what I have dubbed as the puzzle house. It’s a place where you go to listen to soothing Jazz, drink some hot chocolate and do jigsaw puzzles. The walls are lined with some pretty amazing pictures made by patrons. There is one that is 24,000 pieces! Game…

KINGS TO PEASANTS. ANCIENT PALACES. ANCIENT VILLAGES.

Sometimes you do something so amazing that you don’t talk about it for months. Am I right? To be fair we have done so much recently that we just had a bit of a backlog of things to write about. It’s still cool don’t worry! Once upon a time Stephen and Kirsty took a trip…

RPOTW: SHADY DEALINGS

This weeks random picture comes from Provence village in Paju. THIS is how you sell sunglasses! We still didn’t buy any.

BEER! AND FOOD! AND BEER! MMM

Beer and food go hand in hand in South Korea.  I often find myself with my hands full. I am no stranger to an alcoholic beverage. I do all kinds of stuff with alcohol. I drink it of course, I mix it, I’ve been known to cover myself in it. I’ve covered tables with it,…

RPOTW: SUPER SOAKER PRANK

This weeks random picture is a collage that tells a story. it’s gotten to be pretty darn hot in Korea and I thought poor Kirsty needed cooling down. So off I went to the local shop and bought some super soakers. I came to the door, told Kirsty that I come bearing gifts and she…

RPOTW: SALESMAN IN PAJU

This weeks random picture comes courtesy of a local glasses shop that had an opening day promotion. Outside the shop there were giant nutcrackers and a wheel of fortune and this guy. The cool thing was that his arms bent at the elbow and his fingers could move. Definitely a weird one.  

RPOTW: WHAT’S HE MAKING?

This weeks RANDOM PIC OF THE WEEK is brought to you from Goyang Food Festival. We were out and about on our travels when we decided that it would be fun to get a photo of this delightful chap! I understand why the guy is sooooooooooooo sad. I would be sad if I spent my…

RPOTW: A FAMILY FAVORITE

This week’s random picture is (once again) brought to you by Lotte Mart! It’s that old favorite, SNACKS & LADDERS!!! That’s right! Say SNACKS instead of saying SNAKES and you’ll experience ALL THE FUN!!!! Do you want SNACKS with your SNAKES? DO YOU WANT SNACKS ON A LADDER? WE SURE DO! This FAMILY FAVORITE is bite-sized for your convenience. It is also…

HAPPY B-DAY BUDDHA BUDDY!!!!

I brought Kirsty back on a bus to a big Buddhist temple because they’re beautiful bringers of balance and serenity. Back home being what it is, I’ve barely seen a Buddhist temple before being here. Imagine my bemused face beholding what lay before me. Beautiful big brightly coloured lanterns for Buddhas birthday. Buddhists bring Buddha…

RVOTW: RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK

In place of the RPOTW we are replacing this week’s picture with a video. Our local supermarket is the Lotte Mart. They have all sorts of random madness but imagine our delight in spotting some tents that were attached to the ceiling.  Ladies and Gentlemen… We bring you… SPIDERTENT