Sunday, April 29, 2007

Final Route, 2nd go

I went back to the outdoor climbing wall to have another go at the competition routes. It was another beautiful day today. I got 2 more moves on the final route, but no more! It's so hard! Here's a picture of Il Gon trying to give me a wink! Isn't he a cutie!

Ultimate Frisbee

Michelle and I drove down to the southern part of the island to watch some frisbee. This weekend was the Jeju International Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Saturday was the most perfect weather for frisbee. Clear blue skies and no wind. Many different teams from all around Korea and even China and Japan came to play. There were some good teams and some "social" teams. I've been surprised with the Jeju frisbee turnout. Ryan says that there are nearly 3o people on Jeju's team so they entered 3 teams in the tournament! It was a good time and good to see Ryan play some hardcore frisbee!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Climbing Festival!!!

The Climbing Festival finally came and it was a great time! It was a bit of a drizzly and cool day but it never rained too hard and the routes stayed dry. It was a whole day affair and the first time in many many months that I was awake before 8:00. There were competitions in speed and difficulty. I ended up tied for 5th/6th place in difficulty out of 20. Needless to say I was quite happy!
The Jeju Sportclimbing Center Club (pic from
Me on the Qualifier Route (pic from
Darren Meditating in the Isolation Room
Women's Qualifier Route
Speed Climbing
Me on the Final Route

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Magic Fingers

Darren wanted to go scouting, so we looked for some new boulder problems in one of the closer rivers (5 min drive away rather than 10). Surprisingly, we found some good stuff, so we came back today. I arrived late, so I missed the good climbing, but it was fun to get back outside again!

Beautiful View

You can see so much more from 8ft off the ground!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Christine's Wedding

This weekend we went to Christine's wedding. She was the one who subbed for me when I went to Thailand and also has been doing a little more part time work at our academy. She already had a wedding ceremony in America over Christmas, but she had to have another ceremony here in Korea. It was a little different than any wedding I've been to. First of all, it was in a hotel, not a church. Then after the wedding, Christine had some traditional bowing to do that we couldn't be a part of. The reception also wasn't until 5 or 6 hours after the ceremony. The reception was at a slightly seedy little karaoke place so it proved to be a fun time! I forgot my camera, so here's some pictures courtesy of Ryan's camera.

Christine and Joe's Family
Friends of the Bride
Ryan and I singing Neil Diamond at the Reception

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Upcoming Climbing Comp

The Jeju Island climbing competition is coming up in less than two weeks. I'm not really into climbing competitions....or any competitions for that matter, but for some reason I'm getting pretty excited. I've been trying to use it as an excuse to get to the gym more. However, I haven't been to the gym as much since climbing has taken a bit of a passenger seat to the guitar and baduk during my weekdays. Its starting to get a little boring to go by myself. Either way, it hasn't taken that much of a side seat and I can't wait!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Mang-Ho (맹호)'s last day

It was Mang-Ho's farewell dinner this weekend. He's the best climber at the gym and all-around great guy. Due to popular demand, I'll put up a couple of photos.

The Mighty Mang
The turnout to the drinks after the dinner
We finished off the evening with a trip to the Noraebang (private singing room)

Vivian's First Birthday

Brad's Daughter had her first birthday, so we had a buffet party at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Don't they look great in their traditional clothes!

Ryan and I wore our traditional clothes too

Thursday, April 05, 2007


I went to the Dentist to get my cavity filled. It was a much better experience than my last dental visit.....well, as much better as getting a cavity filled can be. Ryan and I are convinced that they don't put gold in cavities anymore, but the dentist insisted that it's the best thing to do, so I went for the gold. She drilled yesterday and I will have to return to get the gold on Friday. I have to say that it is quite scary to have someone drilling in your mouth that can't really speak English though! Overall it went very smoothly though.

Monday, April 02, 2007


A couple walking near the Arboretum
Me, Darren, Christine

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Baghdad Cafe

One of the popular spots on the island for the foreigners to hang out is an Indian Restaurant called the Baghdad Cafe. Last night, a few guys put together a band and played a show. It was a good time. There's not much of anything for nightlife on the island, and I'm not one to spend much time on the town anyway, so this was really a rare treat.

The Band
Jin and Mina
Cameron and Alexis were in my Korean Class
Amberley was in the class too
Mina brought her dog!
John and Josh, a little blurry....
Afterwards, John helped this lady out by buying some hogwart (????)
A night out is never complete without a trip to the Egg Sandwich Lady!