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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bowling, bars and Bon Jovi

The key ingredients for a fun, active night in Suyu came together Saturday.

First up, a few rounds of bowling at our downtown alley. It's more fun when everyone is equally bad... which was definitely the case. Some people had good form, though:

I got a strike! (but otherwise did abysmally). Check out the sweet dress with the leggings, bowling shoes and socks combo -- I felt very Korean.

Then it was off for drinks at Penelope's, the classic pub hangout for SEV teachers. Chris's hat made its way around the table. Who looks better?

Finally, midnight norebang at Luxury, our favorite among the hundreds of norebangs in the neighborhood because they serve free ice cream. 진짜?! (Oh yes, the absolute best Korean expression, "Chincha?!" is making its way back to America. It means "Really?!" and is appropriate in any conversation. Be prepared.)

Quality norebang always includes a healthy dose of power ballads ("Hero"), cheesy 80s and 90s tunes ("That Thing You Do," "Hungry Eyes" and some Britney) and, naturally, a Disney song or two ("A Whole New World").

As the lyrics scroll across the screen, totally unrelated clips from movies and TV shows roll in the background. It's kind of disconcerting to be singing "It's My Life" as a heavy K-drama unfolds behind the words. Although there's something to be said for a bunch of ex-pats singing their hearts out to "It's my life, it's now or never, I ain't gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I'm alive" in the middle of Seoul as we continue our travels around the globe.

What, a cheesy sentiment in this blog? 진짜?!