Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Time for making things, like belly buttons! Then time for reading After Dark, by Murakami. And then time to go to Chef Meili, to be a foodie with Dan.
Dinner looked like this:
I can't even talk about how good dinner was, you'll have to go check it out for yourself. Dessert was the best part. Chef Meili is located near exit 4 of Itaewon Station. Make a left out of the exit and go towards Gecko's. Chef Meili is on the second floor at the corner.
After dinner, I met up with the Metropolitician and Shanti, and we played in Itaewon, recording the sights and sounds of Homo Hill. For a good time go hang out with Paul of Always Homme. He was my favorite bit of the evening. Night made its way towards morning, and I, of course, found myself at Queen. A night on the hill wouldn't be complete without some late night shenanigans at Queen before I finally make my way to my bed. Then... Sleep, sleep, dream, and sleep.
I woke up today, feeling like it was Sunday... again. Fuzzy, dreamy, a funny tummy feeling, a desire to lie in bed all day long. But today is Saturday. Oy vey, I love my life.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
She was there along with her cat, Coco Channel. I might add that her Coco is not a real live cat, but a stuffed animal. It's a bit strange for an adult to have stuffed animals, take them with them into public and more over, to take them to this kind of fashion event, but it was kinda cool.
She's an artist--and adorable--so she can get away with it. It was very cool to meet her and she was so fabulous I really hope it's not the last time we get to chat. I left her wanting more, more, MORE! I wish Nancy had a blog so I could get regular updates on what she's doing, thinking, taking pictures of, eating... I think I'm in love.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Eh. I'm glad I didn't pay for it. It was entertaining, but had that cheezy slap-stick Korean gag show element that made it just a bit irritating instead of funny. If I were 6 years old, it would be hilarious.
The performers are truly talented. They sing, they dance, they act, they do percussion work with sharp knives! But overall it's like STOMP! gone wrong. There was a bit too much audience participation and it made me really hungry.
The most entertaining and exciting moment was when one dude got his ass stuck in a trashcan (see below). I've now saved you the time and money of having to go.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
"A group of young and fresh choreographers from different backgrounds and nationalities create an original work reflecting their experience of a 6-month dance residency program in Seoul from May to October 2007. Thai music and traditional dance, Indonesia’s Flores dance, contemporary dance, and Mexican pop music collapse into a work that explores cutting edge ideas and a new concept of multi-national collaboration. The production reflects thoughts and ideas on “what is the ‘contemporaryness/contemporaneity’ of the third world contemporary dance and performing art?” and is also inspired by Korean traditional dance, including Chaesang Sogo Choom (hat twirling dance), Bongsang Mask Dance, and Drum Dance."There were a few really strong dancers in the group that made it a truly enjoyable and inspiring experience. They did a good job of highlighting and bringing together their different backgrounds through dance. They were also kinda silly. The two performances were part of the 10th Seoul International Dance Festival which is still on untill October 27th. So, go check it out.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I'm excited, and a bit annoyed, that the closing film on Friday is going to be the world premiere of Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is a new theatrical version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which started as a TV animation series in 1995 and remains immensely popular over a decade later with a huge following of fans. The previous theatrical animation was a tremendous hit in 1997 yet its obscure ending roused controversy. Ten years later, in 2007, Hideaki Anno planned a new theatrical series in 4 parts, and the Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first of his tetralogy. After the tragedy of the “Second Impact” that killed half of mankind, a 14-year old boy, Shinji, gets mixed up in the war between the UN army and Angel. He pilots the Evangelion, a human figure weapon secretly developed by the NERV special agency to defend the earth from its enemy, Angel. Following its domestic release on Sep. 1, 2007 in Japan, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone will have its international premiere at the 2007 PIFF.It would be a little insane, but I'd love to go down again just to see this.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
What ended up being the highlight of our Apgujung outing, and the whole night overall, was being ghetto fabulous and ridiculous in front of the Haagen-Dazs with Jackie. A can of silly string was involved.
We decided to head back to good 'ole Itaewon to see what was going on. Turns out that Homo Hill was the place to be in Seoul on Saturday night. It was like the Gay Pride Parade that Korea had never seen before. And still, I wasn't very entertained. I continued to drink, thinking that would help to make things more exciting. It just made me more drunk and annoyed.
When I woke up sometime in the early afternoon I felt the full effects of last night's experience. My organs were mad at me. All of my dreams were about food, large amounts of food. I woke up hungry... thinking that I might have been better off staying home, reading my book, and eating ice cream.
I feel at times that my life is simply a collection of distractions (drinking, watching movies, going to another party where I see most of the same people, facebook) or irritating necessities (work, taking public transportation here or there, to do lists, email, etc.) and the only real bits are the few hours a week I spend doing yoga, running, or dreaming.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
After we ate Zaza and I took a stroll up Namsan and found ourselves at the botanical garden with a bottle of red. This turned out to be a great idea, which then made us come up with another great idea--to make dinner and call up a whole bunch of people. Somehow in less than 2 hours we pulled off grocery shopping, tidying, making two pasta dishes, a big salad, rosemary potatoes, and baking a cake for a group of about 18 guests (give or take a few). Pretty good Chuseok if I might say so myself.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The Donkey Show is now in Seoul playing at a theater in Daehagno. If you haven't seen it, go! It's a disco version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, IN KOREAN. They translated all the songs and it's all performed in the round; like you're in a club. And Jimmy's in it. Jimmy studied ballet and he does pirouettes in those boots. It's a sight worth seeing.
On that first cold night to Trance I met Ely and a his Korean friend. This angelic Korean man paid my cover charge, danced with me all night, and then basically disappeared. One night months and months and months later, I saw him again and he reintroduced himself, as Bada (on the left above with headphones), the boyfriend of the ever so adored Keith (right, pictured above with white sunglasses)! Crazy.
I know that Trance isn't for everyone, but I love it. Femininity is such a performance. These "ladies" have mastered the art of creating that illusion and then they have a lot more fun with it by, at times, going a bit overboard with it. I always feel like I have so much to learn from them about life; about hair, make up, and costume; and about being a woman and loving every moment of it.
Trance & Queen are next to each other on "Homo Hill" in Itaewon. From Itaewon station go out of exit #3. Walk straight till the next intersection and make a right. Make a left at the second street and walk up the super steep hill. They are in the middle of the block on the left.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Last week she organized the clothes in my closet and folded everything in a manner which made me never want to touch them ever again. Who needs to wear a t-shirt when you can just admire it happily sitting in a perfect stack in the closet?
Thanks cleaning lady, you're the best.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The theater was a bit difficult to find, it's one of those venues that's right in front of your face but still hard to locate, but the map at Seoul Selection is somewhat helpful. One of the things I'd like to leave to Korea, other than real pedestrian sidewalks, is cross streets--ones you can use in directions, so you can say things like, "Meet me at 4th and Insadong Street." Oh in another universe...
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Berries to Koco are like spinach to Popeye. This was my breakfast yesterday: a Dutch style blueberry pancake, made in the oven, with powdered sugar and blueberries on top. Super YUM.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
One way or another, somehow, somewhat against my will and totally against my better judgment, I ended up at a luxury noraebang (singing room) in Hongdae, with a belly full of kalbi (meat) and a cocktail in hand. It was late, way late, but Leo and I had all intentions of indulging in our ultimate guilty pleasure: being cheesy and loving a large unhealthy dose of JT. After singing Sexy Back a few too many times, I broke out Fly Me to the Moon, my personal best when it comes to Korean noraebang songs, and then it was really time to go home.
We stopped in a convenience store before catching a cab, and that's when I realized that I didn't have my wallet. I traced my steps and it was nowhere to be found. The good news is that I didn't flip out. I just went home and canceled all my cards, then stayed up with Charles and laughed a whole bunch about ideas for an upcoming themed event we're planning. All good.
However... The moral of the story: NO MORE NORAEBANGS! Don't get sucked in when you know you should just go home. They're ridiculous.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Now, if you see me on the street bopping along happily that's because I'm listening to KOOP (or Amy Winehouse), imagining a much different reality where there are much better outfits for everyone.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Early in the evening everyone was behaving themselves, being cordial, and keeping to their own small groups of comrades. As the night continued on, and people took advantage of the all-you-can-drink benefits of the party, people started to be a lot more friendly--A LOT MORE FRIENDLY.
At one point I found myself in a circle of women where one was touching the next inappropriately. And the peak of this bizarre collection of gropes was marked by the tongue of a certain bar owner we all know and love in Zaza's cleavage.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I think we are going to have to make this dinner party thing a weekly event. It was so so so good.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
They all had quiche. I had scallops. That place makes me feel like I'm not even in Korea. This Mediterranean restaurant is tucked into the corner of Itaewon. It's one of those places that I want to thrive, but don't want to tell everyone about, because then it won't be easy to get seats. They play nice music and make you float off to another place. It's definitely a great date spot, though a little on the pricey end.
I've only tried one of their sandwiches, the chicken cheddar, but it was quite nice, reasonably priced and comes with those great kettle chips.
The Yellow Submarine is located across the street from Noksapyeong Station, exit one. When you exit walk straight for a long block to the underpass. You will see The Yellow Submarine across the busy street as you walk towards the underpass. Take the stairs on the right going up out of the underpass. It's about a half a block up the street. Can't miss it, it's big and yellow!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Ji Haye and welcome her design house to Seoul from Paris. The party was at her studio in Samcheongdong, one of my absolute favorite areas in Korea for its chic contemporary sensibility mixed with traditional architecture and landmarks. The people in attendance included models, diplomats, well-known actresses, filmmakers, and the like. The champagne was flowing, the people were fascinating, there were cameras at every turn, and the clothes.... OH! THE CLOTHES! Ji Haye designed some beautiful garments. Her focus in Seoul is on high fashion wedding dresses and men's wear. I fell in love with one of the bags she had and a couple of her jackets. I left quite inspired, and very much in awe.
On Tuesday, the cleaning lady came. I love my new apartment and coming home to it sparkling clean and tidy made it feel like a palace. For the first time in years I LOVE my apartment.
On Wednesday, after a "long day" of work (two 75 min. classes), I had an very enjoyable warm goat cheese and almond salad (that I had been dreaming about all day) and the perfect dinner companion to share it (and my chocolate mousse) with.
On Thursday, I went to an art opening for Nakhee Sung at One and J. Gallery. Upon walking up to the gallery I immediately saw someone I met at the Ji Haye party earlier in the week and a couple of people that I've met before, but haven't seen in some time.
FMS. The owners of the gallery are fantastic, charming, and fun guys who come off as articulate art professionals but not snobby and aloof weirdos as many often do. All in all my favorite kind of people and exactly the kind of creative environment I thrive in.
Last night, Friday, after a rooftop BBQ, I went to The Spot in Apgujeong. I rarely go south of the river, but it was a lovely night and an experience well worth crossing the Han for. The Spot is a nice venue with a lot of space. It definitely appeals to the locals that like things to at least pretend to be upscale. It's huge in comparison to clubs in Hongdae that stuff hundreds of people into little basements. At The Spot they even have a pool, which is nice, but kind of pointless since I'm sure it probably never gets used. There are many little rooms and places that all seem to be "VIP Areas" but actually aren't. I, once again, randomly bumped into a lot of people I haven't seen or talked to in ages. Like a woman I worked with my first year in Korea and a guy I met my first week in the country. I also ended up meeting lots of new people, exchanged a few cards, and talked to people I don't know, AND actually enjoying the conversations--which is rare.
I had dinner or brunch with my favorite ladies a few times this week. We had tea, made food, ate homemade baked goodies (courtesy of Zaza), watched episodes of America's Next Top Model, discussed future plans for great parties, events, and activities that excite me beyond words. I really love these people in my life.
In the mornings I wake up without an alarm. I have yoga on the rooftop or I go running in my neighborhood before I go to work. The weather has been pleasant, and I've been waking up happy to meet each day. And I wonder, what's in store for next week?
Monday, September 03, 2007
But I always say this. I shouldn't get wrapped up in the romantic back-to-school feelings that go along with September. In two weeks it will all be routine. It's the same old thing just packaged in a different container.
Monday, August 27, 2007
*went to ñ for tapas and flamenco
*met Adam's fabulus guy and we all went for karoke in Chinatown
*shopped in SoHo all afternoon
*saw my sister's office and joined her for "pasta friday"
*went to Barcade in Williamsburg and played Centipede
*helped my sister move out (a little)
*went to Governor's Island to see DJ Rekha
*kissed Debbie & Chris goodbye and wished them well
*checked out the Spiegeltent and Turntables on the Hudson with Phil and Tisha
*met Eleni's man, Sam
*saw the new show at the National Museum of the American Indian
*had a cosmo at the gayest bar in mid-town, Vlada Lounge
*ate delish Indian on 5th street in the East Village with Rose and Jenn
*met up with Eric at a great wine bar, Veloce
*bought heaps of yogi tea, and I think I'll get some more before I go
*walked in and out of two great yarn shops without buying anything
*bumped into a guy I went to summer camp with on the N train
*have been having the best time with my favorite people in a city I'll always adore
I have a few days left, I don't want to leave, but there is a bit of unfinished business I have to take care of back in Korea (the rest of my contract) before the party can go on.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Currently, I'm in Philadelphia, a "sister city" of Seoul. These siblings have very little in common, but I'm glad for that. I'm really appreciating America and Philadelphia (the city I grew up in but never owned) for the first time in my life. I find it difficult as a liberal American to have any kind of pride in my country, but right now it's really easy to see all the differences and simple reasons I love it.
Here is a list of a few things I'm loving about Philly.
Pedestrians have the right of way.
I was at a corner waiting to cross the street when I realized that the guy in the cute little jeep wasn't going anywhere until I had safely planted myself on the other side of the road. What a concept!
In Seoul it seems that all drivers have adopted "Move bitch, get out the way" as their driving anthem and general philosophy.
I've said it before, I'll say it again--I love black people. Philly is over 40% black. I'm a black Jew, growing up I didn't quite understand how African Americans or Jews were "minorities". I felt like I must have known every person who was considered a minority. How did that happen? I guess I was lucky. So, my point here is that homogeneous societies can get a little dull after a bit for a girl who's used to a little of this and a little of that. Especially when there are so many good looking black men walking around in summer! It's delicious.
It makes me feel more comfortable to be in a place where I see all different flavors of people, and not just in one area (like Itaewon), but everywhere. What this really has to do with is VARIETY. I want good options and to see all kinds of things and people. At Essene, the health food grocery store, I wander the aisles full of wonder. I can have my pick from 30 different kinds of granola. And this is a beautiful thing.
I can breathe.
You're going to think this sounds crazy, but my lungs feel great! The sky is BLUE. Yes, it's actually a couple different shades of blue.
I actually do like talking to people. I miss chit-chat, particularly with people I don't know.
I got compliments on my earrings from two people today. The woman at the check out at the health food store and my neighbor who is almost done renovating the house he rents. He talked about how the drama with the sale of his other property and how it fell through today.
I went to a cheese store in the Italian Market and had such an experience with the cheeseman, Fred. He handed over a heavenly slice of a cheese named Prima Dona and told me it was named after me. He fed me a dessert made of rigatto cheese with a thick 25 year old basalmic vinegar drizzled over it. I bought olives of all shapes, colors, and sizes. He joked with my mother and I the whole time, informing us of the history of every item. I left the cheese store filled with joy.
I talked to people on the plane, while waiting for my luggage, waiting in line for customs, and in the ladies room. We didn't talk about anything in particular, but it just felt so nice to talk to strangers. To ask questions freely and not have to think so much about how to make my words simple, clear, and slow. I miss chatting like this.
I've spent so much of my life trying to get away from where I came from. This city was dull, slow, and didn't offer enough. I wanted more and I got that from living abroad. When I look back at my archives, I can see just how much I've had the privilege to experience and discover over the past 2 and a half years of living in Korea. And I still want to see more, but I'm getting the feeling that I may, in the end, find that I do actually want to be in my own country. That I do feel more comfortable here, and that the U.S. is one of the best places for me to be, and that all of that is okay.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Vinyl is located down the street from the main entrance to Hong-ik University. There is a robot on the front. It's just past the 7-11 where you would turn right to go to BrixX, Tool, or FF.
And here are some pics of nights out at Vinyl...
Friday, July 20, 2007
물 being water but also sometime like a tea, it's nice to have a guest to feel like it's novel all over again.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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Saturday, July 07, 2007
One of my newest and most favorite blogs is: Through Whitey's Eyes
His user name over at the Marmot is "Whitey." Whitey's comments on misskoco:
Personality: Brassy, self-absorbed.I have to give him credit for noticing that I'm interested in myself and shoes, yet I'm a bit upset that he left out a few of my other major obsessions: food, pussy, and nipples. Brassy? Ok. BUT unoriginal? I mean, REALLY!? How many English speaking self-absorbed TV character influenced female bloggers interested in shoes are there in Korea? I mean, I'd like to meet them for shopping, laughs, to take pictures of each other for our blogs, and long walks on the beach to talk about ourselves.
Influences: Numerous TV characters.
Shit, I'd like to start a club! If you are a lady out there with these interests, please contact me ASAP at koco(at)misskoco.com with CLUB FOR SELF ABSORBED WOMEN OBSESSED WITH SHOES WHO ARE JUST LIKE A CONGLOMERATE OF TV CHARACTERS in the subject line. We can meet once a month at all different locations of interest including Myeongdong nail salons or Doota! in Dongdaemun to shop and discuss recent developments in our (tv-like) realities.
Please go check out Whitey's site because he really never gets any traffic. You can check how he gets an average of 17 viewers per day on his site meter at the bottom of his page. It's kinda sad. So, let's send him some love, misskoco-style, and do something about that lack in his life. And while you're there you might as well tell him all of your thoughts, dreams, wishes, obsessions, and how great his blog is.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
While I am quoted here as saying, "I try everything," I wasn't up for the snuff or vodka for breakfast. I stuck to the tea!
**Thanks to Matt for documenting so much of our trip, and for being such a mench.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
A wise woman told me once that the first thing any woman should do after a break up is buy a pair of "fuck-me" heels/boots. These should be the sexiest, possibly the biggest splurge of your life, and the most fabulous shoes ever! You need them, and yes, yes, yes, YES, they will make you feel better. They will hurt your feet more than the pain in your soul, and remind you with every step that you will get through whatever shit you just went through... cause you have the hottest shoes ever made on your feet, and they are going to take you places. You are going places. Slowly, but surely, you will strut away from what-ever-his-name-was and all the memories that went with him.
So, here's what I'm talking about. I think these are Japanese. They're ridiculous. Whatever. With a little school girl black mini-skirt and and simple tank top.... Oh, I think an outfit like that could cause accidents.
The other thing that helps is a bit of saucy late night shopping. You might call it SWT, Shopping While Tipsy---it's better than drunk dialing (not by much, but it's still better). It's not easy to find shoes of the true "fuck me" variety in Korea. Seriously, everything has a butterfly or a bow on it. I wanna vomit sometimes things are so cute. However, during my SWT adventures I have come a cross a few that, by Korean standards, could work.
A new store, called MANO Paris, opened in Hyehwa right near my place. They're open late, REAL late, which is REALLY bad for me. I get home and instead of a late night snack, it's a late night pair of 29,000W shoes. I think what I like about this store the most is that they have the same shoe in different colors. I want the same shoe in many colors. I want these wedges in red, in blue, and in black. That would look cute in my life.
**this post is dedicated to V. Smith, the aformentioned "wise woman"