I don’t know when my last blog post was, because I’m too lazy to look at my own blog to find out. Also, I’m too lazy to bother remembering my own memories. That’s why I figured I better write something else about the cool stuff I’ve been up to so it doesn’t wash away into the sea of my consciousness.

No, I have not had four recent hangovers. The title of this post is cutesy but misleading- just like Fun Size Snickers bars. Hehe. Sorry, I couldn’t think of anything better.

Halloween in Korea, for a 20-something expat like myself, mainly consists of hanging out in Hongdae and/or Itaewon. Basically just swarming with others like myself, and Koreans who enjoy being around drunk foreigners.

I had recycled my spelling bee costume (hyuck hyuck so clever) that I used during the Halloween party at our school. The kids didn’t get it. I should have just gone as a regular bee.

My special edition for the evening version of my costume was glasses off, sparkly eye makeup, and the piece de resistance- a short yellow blonde wig.

First I went to Hongdae (the area near Hongik University) because I knew my coworkers and every other foreigner would be there. And I wasn’t wrong. It took a good 3 minutes longer than it should have to exit the subway station.

I checked out the park and ran into Justin dressed like a robot. He should change his name to LLRT, because the ladies were loving his Robot Teacher costume like you wouldn’t believe.

I hung out at Gorilla bar for a while, then decided to check out another Hongdae bar with my new friends Hyunsu and Neil. You can see them with me in my blonde wig pic. They’re such a cute couple!

We got tired of that, so it was off in a cab to Itaewon. There were lots of U.S. military people swarming. Itaewon is the big tourist, Western type area. It’s where you can find flaming gay people and also plus-sized clothing.

The area in Itaewon known as Homo Hill was something I’d heard about but never experienced before. It’s not just a name. There are homos, and it’s a really steep hill. If I had been more intoxicated or wearing higher heels, it would have been downright dangerous!

We just went from club to club dancing the night away, admiring the costumes and making new friends. Then, when the subway started running again at 5:40 am, I happily hopped on. But not before getting some Quizno’s. It is NOT the same as in the U.S.¬† The bread was too soft. Good coffee though!

Now, for the wedding. The following weekend I met my coworker Gina and we rode the bus to our other coworker Sunny’s wedding. Korean weddings are very different from your typical American wedding. They usually take places at designated wedding halls, and it’s almost an assembly line operation. Many weddings can take place on one day at one venue. It was like an airport. The weddings have these women helpers that, to me, are just like flight attendants.

In America it’s usually considered bad luck to see the bride before the wedding. Here, there’s a specific room where the bride sits and her friends and family pose with her. Like the Easter Bunny or something!

The ceremony itself lasted around 30 minutes I’d say. Lots of bowing and clapping. And some people even sang to the bride and groom. It was like a show, and it didn’t feel very solemn at all except when the couple bowed in front of their in-laws.

I really admire Korean weddings for not taking things too seriously. In America I think we worry about gift registries and etiquette too much. Here the etiquette is pretty basic. Show up wearing something not shlumpy, give your envelope full of cash to the attendant, they’ll hand you a meal ticket, and you go stuff your face at the buffet. Not bad!

But then after that, if you’re family/close friends/huge fans of the couple you can go see their traditional Korean ceremony. This took place on another floor of the venue. I thought it was really beautiful.

Gina had the task of holding onto the bouquet, which she found rather embarrassing. So she let me hold it and pose for pictures in front of one of the Korean wedding rooms.

You can check my flickr page and facebook¬† for more pictures and videos of my adventures to be posted soon, when I feel like it. For now, I hear the siren song of my awesome double decker bed (thank you, trash mattress). I will sleep, perchance to dream of more authentic Korean adventures I’m sure to embark upon.