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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

살곶이 수영장 : It's Time to Pack Up and Go Home...

It's almost 6 pm..and the lifeguard boy announced that we got to quicken up ourselves ...go go go..just get out of the water and start packing up and go home. 
I mean...it's summer and the sun sets at about 8 pm...yet..we're ordered to finish our fun..at 6 pm. I think I know why...since most of the lifeguard boys working there must have been the part timer students . oh, well..I could be wrong...
so..Freya just said "Oh, really, Daddy?" 
Yes..we got to go home, Dear. But..you got a great time swimming, right? 
Just when I thought that they had enough of playing with the water...they rushed again into the still-running fountain...and....oh, well...
but...eventually.... 
They succumbed to the situation ...since lots of people finished packing up and the tents were already folded up. 
Just look at the quiet swimming pool! A few minutes ago..it's fully packed with kids and their parents. 
Now..one more last look at how incredibly fun it was ....watching you, girls....swimming.....^^
*They wanted to go back....^^ ( I KNEW IT)

살곶이 수영장 Salgoji Swimming Pool: Selfie Time....

Still @ the swimming pool for the kids. As for me...I just had to pull myself together...in the midst of the scorching heat....yet..I got to find myself...smiling enjoying the fun..that the kids were having.^^ 
what did I do?
SElfIE-ing.Yes...with the bug-eyed glasses ON....let me start what I did. 
First...of course..I got to take the kids' picture while they were IN the water.
Freya seemed to be grinning from ear to ear... 
But..of course...I was, too. 
no matter how hot it was....yet..the fun inside..seemed to conquer the dripping sweat... 
Gee...I should've changed the glasses...I mean..it's NOT mine. It's my wife's...which surely means..that I should not HAVE worn those-feminine-style ones. 
Okay..stop selfie-ing..and ..I began clicking again..my camera...trying to search for the kids' whereabouts. 

살곶이 수영장 Salgoji Swimming Pool

It's summer time. Phew...though I hate to admit that I hate summer^^ I can't say NO to the kids whenever they ask me to take them to the swimming pool. 
So..today..I just took them to the nearest water playground near home.
It's Saljogi swimming pool. But..it turned out that the swimming pool was closed.^^ 
But..not the water fountain and the very-shallow pool for the kids.
Since we got there already..and the kids saw that there were other kids who were playing around...we just couldn't go back, right? 
So..off they went into the pool....and as for me...nothing to do but to watch them over..from afar. and ...okay..picture taking time! 
The swimming-pool is located just across the back gate of Hanyang University.
It's free. No fee. And..that's the catch. Though it's free...don't get a wrong idea about its well-managed area. Even some bodyguards I mean....life guards...were present.
Some parents were seen...plunged themselves to take a closer watch over their children..but as for me...I could just see the kids from the pool side.

Freya's Birthday (Again), but ...

Yes....but...this time...the celebration is with their Eonni, Subin Eonni. 
Subin eonni had made a promise to her that she would come today and brought her an ice cream cake! So, here they were....celebrating Freya's 7th birthday again..^^ 
Just by looking at her looks, I could see that Freya did enjoy (another) round of birthday. Well,  oh well....you must've been lucky to have lots of people...doing it for you, Freya.
What would a cake (though it's actually ice cream)...be without candles to blow? 
So...My Mother is An Alien + Blueberry + Chocolate Fuzz + Vanilla + Tiramisu flavored icecream were mixed neatly into a cake.
What a treat.
Thank you, Subin eonni for coming and giving us another fun to dig for. 
* Oh...just when I thought that it's done...
Freya and Eyra's eonni promised to take them to cat's cafe @ Myeongdong. ^:^

After Lunch Pictures @ Lebaran 1435 H

Happy Eid Mubarak to everyone. 
After having our lunch at mbak Ulfa who happened to live just near HUFS, I took the kids to the campus to play. Freya along with her new friends, Biruni and Sofyan--Pak Nugroho's sons.  
After taking the kids off with their parents, I let Freya play around in campus...just let her roam freely.^^ 
And she did. 
And me....let's take a selfie with a style.
what style? dunno. Just let the mirror do the trick. 
The mirror placed at the park was actually a camouflage to 'hide' the otherwise enormous-looking air exhausting facilities. 
Back to Mbak Ulfa's house. Now another friend arrived. This is Freya and Lala--mbak Rini, our friend's daughter.  
Although we live in the same city, we barely meet each other. So, Lebaran is a good way for us to meet up again with friends whom we barely have time to meet.^^ 
Mbak Rini and her son, Rangga. 
Along with our daughter, Freya and Eyra.
and the girl in yellow with purple glasses.....Lala.  
then ...along came my wife and mbak Ulfa-the host for the occasion of the day. 
It's about 5 pm and it's time for us to go home....and just when we were about to leave the HUFS complex, someone shouted Eyra's name.
It's Subin's eonni who happened to be around the campus.
Well...why not take a picture together then....

Lebaran Lunch @ Mbak Ulfa's

After having served the Eid prayer at Masjid Seoul, we headed to mbak Ulfa's house at Imundong..about 40 minute-ride by subway from Itaewon. She invited us to have lunch together at her house. 
Mas Choirul, Pak Nugroho (and his family), my family, and mbak Ulfa herself. 
What would Lebaran be without lontong opor!! Yes, a must-have dish in Lebaran.
Since I didn't have a picture of what Lontong Opor is....well...I took it from someone else's picture on the web..with the link. 
and..it was Freya's birthday a few days ago, so..why not celebrate her birthday again..^^ when other kids were around? After all, Freya kind of waiting to have a birthday party with a birthday cake.
Yes..she thinks that birthday won't do without the cake.
Oh, well....Selamat Idul Fitri dan Ultah ya, Freya.
Semoga semua yang baik-baik dan terbaik ada pada dirimu. Amin.

Eid Al Fitr ..Eid Mubarak @ Masjid Seoul

Eid Mubarak in Seoul Masjid @ Itaewon. This year is surely different from last year in term of whom we met and whom we celebrated the Eid Mubarak with. This year we met our students from Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta who happened to be in Seoul for student exchange program.  
Also..we met Andri sonsaengnim who happened to be in Seoul for a 2-month language training course. Then...we also met mbak Anna and her cousin from German who happened to be in Seoul for an internship. 
Yes..this is our picture in front / at the side of Central Masjid in Itaewon, Seoul. 
A good way to remember the celebration. 
And of course....we also had a chance to meet Pak Nugroho and his family who happened to be in Seoul for a 3-week visit.  
and....last but not least....all along, we're with mbak Ulfa, our dear friend and neighbor who's been living in Seoul since 2011. Yes...
that pretty much summed up whom we met in the first hours after the prayer finished at Lebaran Festival...or Eid Mubarak 2014 / 1435 Hijriyah. 
May Allah bless us all. Amen. 

Eid Fitr/ Idul Fitri/Aidil Fitri/ Eid Mubarak 1435 H @ Seoul Masjid

This is our 4th Eid Mubarak in Seoul. Yes...it's been 4 times. Gee..how time flies. 
Eid Mubarak..or Idul Fitri is a celebration for Muslims across the world celebrating the end of the Ramadan, the fasting month.  I think ..thousands of people thronged the Masjid for the celebration. (it's just inside the Masjid, more were outside).
After the prayer finished, people got up and began congratulating one another.... 
Oh, this year..I got to accompany Nuri. He's the son of my friend, mbak Anna. He's half-Indonesian, half Korean. While her Mom was at the women's section of the Masjib, I got to be with him all along.
Then...we bumped into mas Iksan..who turned out to be mbak Anna's close friend as well. I was a bit taken aback when I found out that they knew each other all along. What a small world.  
Then..as we stepped out of the Masjid and saw the front yard, we could see lots of jamaah were already on their feet...congratulating, hugging one another.... 
and not to forget....selfie-ing and taking pictures to seize the moment.
Happy Eid Mubarak 1435 H. 

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