Anderson had three DJ gigs, including a Full Moon Party, a 6-hour set, on X-Mas Eve. On Sunday we dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus for another branch of our school (that doesn't have foreign teachers yet), singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" to two auditoriums full of Korean parents and children. We'll try and get a copy of the video for everyone's amusement. Christmas Day we went to a fancy buffet dinner at a beach-side hotel, which was spectacular. The most (100,000) we've ever spent on a meal together, without a doubt, but decadence was the name of the game. Sushi and sashimi, piles of seafood, and every animal one could desire cooked to perfection: lamb, duck, turkey, beef, pork - plus extensive holiday dishes - it was a Westerner's dream come true, with plenty of wine included as well. Pain never felt so good.
On Saturday night we had our teachers' party for school, at one of our Korean co-teachers' house. Chris made an entire table of spectacular food, from chicken salads to sesame beef, and there were even 3 different cakes. Haagen-Daz narrowly beat out Baskin-Robbins for the best ice cream cake. We played with her crazy cat (a scratcher and a biter), and even had a mini-dance party before hitting up Neo, the fancy but chronically empty bar the Anderson DJs at on Saturdays. It's just changed ownership, doesn't advertise, and has a bad location... but the place is beautiful, has a good drink special, and a sweet American DJ Saturdays at midnight :-)
Today, Wednesday, we were back at work, doing speaking tests with all of our classes, which meant there were pretty easy. Holidays are few and far between with our job, but at least we had a four-day weekend for Christmas, and while we have the joy of working NYE until 8:30pm, we do have both the 1st and 2nd off. For New Years we are going to either go out, or go to a bonfire down by the beach, but either while we'll be beach-side for the sunrise of the new year, which is a bit of a Korean tradition, and is supposed to be spectacular with the ocean lit up in reds and oranges. Our camera is currently not functioning, but we'll definitely get photos from someone to remember the moment(s) by.
We just watched the movie "The Constant Gardener," and you should follow suit - it's really good, and will surely make you love big pharmaceutical companies more than you already do.
We finally have a wireless internet router, so both our computer are online, much to Liz's delight since its hard to wrestle Anderson off of the computer - he's been waiting over a year for regular internet access, and he's not going to give it up easily...
We got to talk with both of our parents on our X-Mas evening, which was quite nice, and our video chat with Anderson's parents was very nice, given the long-time-no-see factor.
Our cat-sitting venture is still going well, Jonesy now sleeps with us every night, and thankfully Liz is a most patient mouse-waver, so he is getting plenty of exercise.
That's about it from the 10th floor...
Much love and seasonal greetings
Anderson & Liz