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The adventures first… explanations take such a dreadful time.” –Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


And the adventures we shall share! To celebrate the (un)birthdays of my friends Elizabeth and Ashley, and the farewell of my friend Priscilla, Radio Star was transformed into an extraordinary Wonderland, and the characters of Lewis Carroll’s beloved books came together to drink, be merry… and maybe chop off a few heads.

In the bar, we marveled at Alice’s tear river, the White Rabbit’s house, hanging bulbs, cards, trippy artwork and endless amounts of decor that helped transform the beloved dungeon into the place where magic happens.

My friend Jenny Ryan and I (yes, I know, but if you go to a place where there are people who were born in the 80s, you’re bound to find a few Jennys) made jell-o shots to sell at the shebang. All of the proceeds from the sales and the cover charge at the door were donated to the Jeonju V-Day campaign, helping to raise money for the Jeonju Women’s Shelter. Overall, the team of hard-workers raised over 700,000 won! Epic success.

Jenny and I both donned “Alice” costumes to sell our creations — and they went fast!

Evan dressed as the always-smiling Cheshire Cat …

… who got considerably less smiley (one frowny feline) when I didn’t grab him a beer from the bar.

Everyone really went all-out with the dress-up aspect. It was so much fun to see everyone’s creations!

In fact, Jenny and I had so much fun, that we fell down the rabbit hole… and kept right on falling, down to the disgusting floor in an unfortunate accident involving too many feet in too little space. ICK! Luckily, we thought it was kind of hilarious.

Definitely a party for the Jeonju memory books.

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Last weekend, my girlfriends and I decided to escape to the big city for two whirlwind days of shopping, foreign food and live music.

I awoke early on Saturday morning to catch a bus to Seoul with my friends Rachel and Jenny Ryan. We headed straight for Hongdae upon our arrival, and dropped our bags at our crash pad for the night, Backpacker’s Space. The hostel, which was roughly 90% occupied by our posse, was adorable, clean and comfortable. It featured three rooms with bunks and fresh linen, one (western-style) bathroom with countless toiletries, and a vanity corner with a hair dryer and a straightener. I died, since I hadn’t straightened my hair in 10 months — I was waaaaay too excited.

The owner was pleasant and helpful, and a water cooler with cups was a welcome amenity during the wee, hungover hours of the morning. Plus, it was located in the heart of the bustling University district, so we were just a hop, skip and jump away from the clubs where we spent our night bobbing and dancing to jams.

So we ditched our packs and headed to Dos Tacos for some food. It was the same restaurant that we visited in Gangnam with my ‘cuz last summer, but the Hongdae location. Meat and avocado burrito, yummers. Just per-fec-tion.

Afterward, we took the train to Myeongdong to do some serious retail damage. I couldn’t get out of Forever 21 without a necessary top… or five. Oooops!

We also ran into a grungy, creepy Garfield in the midst of our shopping spree, nbd.

On our way home, we got wrapped up into a conversation and missed our subway transfer (whoops) but eventually made it back to the hostel! We grabbed some beer, dolled up and got ready for our night on the town. I chose one of my new tops from F21 and paired with with a black skirt, black tights, black boots and my Lady Gaga ring. Faboosh!

The crew, about 15 women deep, rolled to T Bell to grab some more Mexican grub before going out to Club FF. I ate a taco, and a burrito… and part of Sasia’s quesadilla… and Priscilla’s nachos. Yeah. Bad move leaving me around available food.

Club FF was awesome! The event was the 7 year anniversary of the hot spot, and had a bunch of great bands to celebrate the occasion. The first act we saw was Kingston Rudieska, an awesome ska band. At 11 PM, the bar started serving FREE cocktails that we enjoyed for an hour. Needless to say, I only bought one beer during our stay.

Later in the night, I decided to meet up with Alyssa at Shake! a mile-a-minute underground dance party. Alyssa popped into Club FF to tell me her location after her phone went missing, and we realized we were wearing the exact. same. outfit.

We had both purchased the same shirt that day without realizing it, and went on to dress ourselves in the same threads. It was hilariously mortifying — we looked like a Korean couple on their honeymoon.

We stayed at Shake for hours, went back to Club FF and shook it til the wee hours of morning.

I scraped myself out of bed in the morning, showered and enjoyed a picturesque cup of coffee while I waited for my ladies to get ready.

I also enjoyed the view of Hello Kitty cafe across the street. So cuuuuuute — where was Candace when I needed her? ^_-

After everyone was awake, we cabbed it to Itaewon to get some pub grub at Wolfhound. Rachel was sooo very excited to get her Bloody Mary. I skipped my own Mary for a pint of strong cider, and went crazy for their menu. In the end, I opted for a shepherd’s pie and a side salad with ranch. RANCH DRESSING! The second time I’ve enjoyed the creamy, fatty goodness in ten months. Yum!

Evan probably would have guessed that my eyes won a competition over my stomach during this meal, but I ate every last bite. Nom nom.

Being the wonderful girlfriends that we are, Rachel and I popped into Quizno’s on our way home to pick up sandwiches for us and boyfs to eat for dinner, which I enjoyed with Ev after a sleepy bus ride home.

Successful, wonderful weekend getaway!

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So after our successful Taco Bell stop in Seoul, Evan and I met up with my college friend, who lives in the city. One of her pals threw a soiree, so we grabbed some wine and headed out toward Hongdae.

Hongdae, for those of you non-Koreans readers, is a university area in central Seoul that goes off and has quite the reputation as a hoppin’ party spot for young locals and expats. After wining and dining with our new friends, we hopped on the subway and rode a classy little wine bar where we sipped on flavorful reds and reminisced. It turned out to be quite the late (and messy) evening, the typical sort when you meet up with University friends…

After recovering on Thursday and sightseeing on Friday and Saturday, we were ready to brave the town again. This time, Evan and I met up with our co-workers, Greg and Rachel, for an early Middle Eastern dinner. The company was delightful but the cuisine was simply too sub-par to, as I announced after our meal, make it into the blog. We left Itaewon after eating, grabbed brewskies and soju for the subway, and headed to Hongdae to get a bit more partying in.

We met up with Tim and his friend near Hongik University, and all headed to a fascinating little hot spot.

Vinyl in Hongdae, a hip hole-in-the-wall that was rocking a walk-thru window, a funky robot sign and Cold War Kids on the jukebox, was a dimly lit, bohemian closet nestled on the edge of the college town. The drinks were strong, cheap, and made to go! Who needs glasses when you can have your drink in a sturdy, plastic bag complete with a straw? On Rachel’s recommendation, I ordered two Woo Woo cocktails — a lethally delicious combination of vodka and various fruit juices. We loitered on the animal print seats, sipping and taking in the artsy decor, before getting a drink to go and heading to the next party stop.

After securing our zip-lock cocktails, we moseyed over to Oi in Hongdae, which was a bar that pulled you straight down the rabbit hole and into another dimension. Oi (pronounced oh eye) is a bar, lounge and hookah bar that my cousin’s friend told him about. It is quite literally hidden from view, with only a small sign indicating it was on the third floor of an unassuming building. There were no edibles labeled “eat me,” but we had definitely entered a complex labyrinth complete with mushroom-shaped caves, white wash, giant fringe hanging from the ceiling, glittering lights, and lots of tunnels and bridges to make us feel like we were tip-toeing around a maze all evening.

We grabbed ourselves a cave, grabbed some beers then hit the dance floor! The deejay played old school hip-hop mixed with modern electronic, and it was the perfect combination to get everyone moving on the multi-tiered floor. Expats and locals swarmed the club, swaying under the lights and grinding in the fringe “cages.” This inevitably led to a photo shoot (don’t they always?) and we had fun being silly with the camera and a few prop drums nearby.

I, of course, got overly excited running to the dance floor and have a lovely, purple and green souvenir on my knee to remind me of the sinuous (almost river-like) architecture Oi is so fond of. Ouch.

We stayed at the club so long that the bartender sent us over a few free drinks — we shut the place down!

It’s just how we roll.

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Last weekend, the Jeonju United Football Club hosted their annual dinner and award ceremony in an upstairs room in T.G.I. Fridays. The boys put on their Sunday best (WAGS too) and everyone toasted the players with the most as the certificates and trophies were handed out.

The formal evening began brilliantly with a phenomenally discounted meal, complete with plenty of beer, wine and wineade (which tasted like a Shirley Temple to me). Evan dressed to the nines in a shirt and tie, while I donned a black dress, shiny sparkling tights and ankle boots. I worried about braving the weather for hours beforehand, considering it got down to -13 degrees Fahrenheit outside… and I was wearing a DRESS! AHHHHH! Luckily we had a few drinks at the Beer Cave before dinner, where Rachel and I convinced everyone to take a cab, even though the restaurant is in our neighborhood.

Dinner was fabulous, except we ran into a group of our kindergarteners — one of which was celebrating her 8th (7th in American age) birthday. The children followed us around like puppies for awhile, bringing balloons to our table, charming our friends and asking for sips of mekchu (eek!). I obviously forbade it, telling them that it was “grown-up juice” until the birthday girl whispered loudly about it being beer. Still hoping that one doesn’t somehow bite me in the ass down the road.

After the ribs were picked clean and everyone’s cheeks flushed with the rise in our BAC, it was into cabs and onto Japanese soju, were we ordered pitchers of fruity cocktails and gossiped at multiple long tables chock full of foreigners and friends. The volume of our conversations increased with every strawberry and kiwi soju we put down, but the population in the University hot spot didn’t even notice. Our noisy mass fit right in :)

Finally, it was time to DANCE! The football lads and ladies made our way to M2, the favorite new spot for sick spinners, chic locals and disco lights until the wee hours of the morning.

Evan loves to throw down some hyphy moves on the floor with his pals — especially kitty cat Theo down there. One of his little-known and under-appreciated talents.

Inevitably, the dancing led to a high kick off, with bunches of alcohol-fueled friends tried to kick higher than each other, throwing up our feet to the beats.

I probably flashed a few innocent bystanders in the process, but I believe my kicks were high enough to deserve a shout out (from myself… whateva). It was another awesome night with awesome people that we paid dearly for the next day :)

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Saturday, we partied like the Koreans do.

We spent the day in bed, recovering and getting ready for Kristie’s birthday celebration that night. We headed to Cheonbukdae for dak-galbi (yummy — my favorite so far). The place was hopping — I love going out down by the university because the young, hip crowd is out.

After dinner, we headed to Art and Travel, a hippy-ish place that I fell in love with instantly. Evan and I showed off our word skills with a game of Scrabble — the bar had a nice collection of board games, which was awesome.

The bar, which served beer and cocktails in a low-key, incensed setting, also had a wall covered in pictures of patrons, shaped into the continents around the world, along with a heart. It also had cool artwork everywhere. Definitely a repeat hangout spot!

After Art and Travel, we headed to Tombstone, where we kept our winning streak going with a friendly game of darts. The hipster bartender had a mustache, a shirt that said “I love triangle” and a hat on. For a minute, I thought I was back in Los Feliz! Lots of hipsters in chonbukdae.

Next, we traveled to the Jukebox, a dance club that was off the hook! It was packed full, the DJ spun a lot of American jams, and we danced up a storm.

Every so often, the dance floor clears so the DJ can take a break. The music still plays, but everyone sits or hangs out off the dance floor to show respect for the mix master. Korean girls love western guys, always giggling and blushing around them. Evan got this great picture of a girl at the club.

Such a fun night! I wore my Lady Gaga ring, and a couple of (obviously fashionable) girls complimented me on it. They were wearing really cute stuff too — I would’ve asked them where I should shop if it weren’t for the language barrier!

Today was lazy, we watched The Island with our pals and grabbed a group dinner before turning in for the night. Weekend success! Now, time to mentally prepare for Monday at school.

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Time to blow off steam!

We kicked off our days of fun on Friday night, when we went for to a galbi dinner with Kristie and Mike. Delish!

Next stop was the beer cave, which should be zero surprising at this point :) We went downstairs into the bar, grabbed Cafris and Hoegaartens from the fridge, and a bottle opener to crack open our mek-chu.

Kristie took care of getting cards, while Evan amused us by catching chip-like snacks in his mouth.

The night ended when the group headed to Smiley’s to relax, watch TV…. and take ridiculous pictures. Fun stuff :)

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