We had quite the exciting weekend.
On Friday, Clarissa and I walked to Daiso to pick out Eva’s birthday present. Clarissa had a hard time remembering that we were choosing things for her friend and not for Clarissa to keep. She may have played with Eva’s magic wand for an hour to make sure that it worked…
Friday night, Clarissa and I met her friends at Sky Jumping Land. It was my first Friday night traffic driving experience. I must say that I did very well. In the car, Clarissa kept asking me where Sky Jumping Land was in addition to asking me the name of the person who was singing each song multiple times. It was quite funny.
Sky Jumping Land is a new location. It was very clean and bright. The staff was nice. The address is 1244-4 Igokdong, Dalseogu, Daegu. I just put 1244-4 Igokdong in waze, and it worked though. I ended up parking at the McDonalds next door. It’s near Seongdeo Lotte Cinema, the 3rd floor of the KB bank building.
Saturday afternoon we went to another birthday party. This one was easy to find because it was at the library on base. Irony was that my facebook memory that morning was meeting the birthday girl’s parents at the library last year. Hanna was born four days later. The party was fun. Clarissa enjoyed playing with the toys as well as opening the birthday gifts for Hanna.
After the party, Clarissa and I headed to KUMFA. In South Korea, the population is declining, so the government gives parents a stipend for their children. Culturally, it is very taboo to get pregnant if you are not married, so single mothers are not eligible for this stipend. When I recently discovered this, I was quite angry and am still trying to figure out what my response to this should be. There is an organization called KUMFA- Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association that acts like a crisis pregnancy center to help these women. They don’t receive government funding, so they are in need of donations. We brought all of Clarissa’s baby things with us to Korea, so we decided to bring them everything we were not currently using. Clarissa helped me bag everything and we talked about how all of her things were going to help moms and babies. I don’t think she understood, but that’s okay. If you are interested in dropping off donations, let me know and I can give you the contact information.
On Sunday, we decided to do some exploring. I will say that it is much easier to explore places further out now that we have a car. We finally went to see the Arc. Clarissa was confused when we arrived because one of her favorite books right now is Noah’s Ark. So she wanted to know where the giraffes and elephants were! It didn’t help that when we arrived we heard a rooster crow. She was determined to find that rooster…
The Arc itself looked pretty cool. It was a little hazy so we couldn’t see as far out as we would have liked. But the river was nice and there were plenty of walking trails.
They had several shops nearby to rent bikes and Segway. There is also another vehicle that is just a wheel that you stand on.
We also saw the dam while we were there.
Near our parking lot was a little plot of land. There was a farmer there tilling the soil so Clarissa and watched him for a while and he smiled and waved at us.
Then, Clarissa finally saw her rooster! She was thrilled but disappointed that I wouldn’t let her get close enough to touch him. There was also a dog. And as we were getting into the car, we saw horses in the distance. Apparently, you can also rent horses there! Clarissa and I got pretty close to the horses as well.
We didn’t want to go home yet, and a friend had mentioned Emart Traders the day before so we decided to head there next. It very much reminds me of Costco, without the membership fee. Though they do have a credit card that you need to get the maximum discount on certain items. They sell clothes, appliances, and electronics in addition to groceries and household items. They also have many bulk items. The signs label aisles in both Korean and English.
For our purposes, Emart Traders would probably only be worth the trip if I was hosting a party or event and needed things in bulk. They did have decent prices on produce, but I can get that closer to home.
There was a food court as well, but the line was very long so we decided to skip it. We headed towards Camp Walker and decided on Hami Mami’s for lunch. Tim has been there before, but it was my first time. Hami Mami’s is located outside of Camp Walker, gate 4. It is on the corner of the first little road.
Tim and I both ordered a breakfast. Tim got eggs, hash browns, sausage, and french toast. I had eggs, hash browns, and bacon. Clarissa had french fries. The food was all delicious.
There is a bathroom, but you have to go outside to get to it. It is also a squatty instead of a western toilet, so you are better off going to the bathroom on base before you go. But the restaurant itself is clean and the staff is friendly. They do speak English. The prices are excellent. Our total was about $20.
After our meal, we stopped at the commissary to pick up some soy milk. Clarissa said that she heard a rooster while we were in the parking lot. I jokingly said, “if the rooster is inside the commissary, he’s in trouble” (because he would be food). Clarissa’s two year old self was quite concerned for the rooster and wanted to go inside very quickly to help him (since I said he was in trouble). She didn’t believe me when I said that there wasn’t a rooster inside the commissary and she actually looked down each aisle to be sure.