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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snow Time@ Ttukseom

Saturday, January 19-2013. The weather was relatively bearable. I guess it was about 3 degrees Celsius or minus 1 at the least. So, as planned, along with multicultural families we went to Ttukseom Resort where we would meet again after a month-recess of our multicultural family 'bond'.
We just let the kids play with the snow sledge and other available kids-friendly playground while we--the adults--sat around and talked.^^ (of course, no.) As it turned out, we were also lured into the frenzy being offered at the snow-covered swimming pool.
See? Even Eyra and Freya were having a "hard:)"time pulling their Mom.
Well, who would not want to enjoy and soak ourselves in the white covered area where we could just chill out in the bright daylight. 
Eyra and Freya were also busy carrying their sledges up and down the not-that-high hills where they could just slide down to their heart's content.
Up-up-up the hills....(not that high)...off she went up again and again...never looked tired or bored.
Well, only scared kids would be turned off by this amazing maze of snow-land.
Lunch time. All the kids gathered around the previously prepared corner inside the rest-area or  휴계실 we took over early in the morning.Some of our friends's kids were busy having their lunch. Kimchi, Kimbab, Tubuchobab, cup ramyeon, and snacks..were spilled over the mat for us to dig in.
It's a good thing that the organizer provided some closed rest-area with the installed heather within so that we could warm ourselves up after being soaked in the chilling weather outside.
Eyra and Freya were having their Mom prepared rice-balls. 
Back to the snow-field after lunch. The kids were busy making castle from snow. 
Just look at how many people came to this place. Well, the thing was that..this Ttukseom resort cost each person as much as 5,000 Won or US$ 5 for entrance fee. With additional 3,000 Won for the kids, they could use all the rides that includes mini train ride and others.
Back to the castle-making activity. Freya...what are you up to?
The funny thing about what they did was that...they dug out snows from other area and brought them there to make the castle. Well, it was a relief that snow digging was not prohibited.^^
At around 2 pm, the kids started to feel that they needed to do something different. So, since we bought the all-ride ticket for the kids, we might as well let them try what the park offered, then.
First, they tried out the mini motorbike designed for the kids. It looked like a mini-size APV(?). I am not sure. But, it turned out that they loved riding on it. What could be a better place to warm up the body than by being active or get involved in activity like above? I guess they forgot that it was --still to our standard -- a cold day in Winter.
Freya, too, was vigilant. I thought she would be disdained or reluctant to try herself on it. But, to our surprise, she got the hang out of it. 
She seemed to be enjoying the 3-minute allotted time to the best she could. It felt like..."What? It's over already? We just got on it and then...in a split second, we got to get off the motorbike?"

The Gangnam area with its sprawling apartments across the river was barely visible due to the afternoon haze and cloudy afternoon that hung over Seoul that day.
The second ride: Mini cho-cho train. I guess..it was so funny and hilarious since the train could only accommodate up to 4 children at one ride. The consequence that it entailed....no other than....a long queue of kids with their parents....
I took the picture just before Eyra and Freya got their ticket ticked before boarding on the train.
The supposedly 4-round trip was unexpectedly turned into a 5-round trip when Eyra and Freya were on board. Guess, one round bonus seemed to be a good deal, considering the time we spent queuing. 
The last round. Small train. 4 kids. snow melting. cold weather. 
See the kids and parents queuing back there? That's pretty much how it looked like that day. 
The Ttukseom snow festival was opened from December 15 last year until February 17, 2013. An annual winter festival for the whole family--to say the least.


Now...it's snack-time. The kids were back into the rest-area where some snacks and hot beverages were served to energize or boost the kids' energy and spirit. As for their parents, they would have more time....to chit and chat.^^


It's about 4 pm. The sky's becoming orange and dull: not as clear or bright as it was during daytime. Still, it looked so good to spend an afternoon during weekend with the kids and other friends.
The best time ever this weekend, right, kids?
Oh, did I mention that we could also use snowtube, also? Yes, we could explore the snowland with sledge or snowtube as long as we wanted to. 
The best part was that...we could sneak one huge snowtube into the area where it was not supposed to be used. aha...but..before loooong...an officer came up and told us not to use the snowboat on a flat surface. hahahaha.
The good thing...before that...Eyra was having one of the most exciting rides that day. I pulled her and threw the tube she was in....many many times.
It was about 5 pm, just 30 minutes before it was closed. But, Freya was still seen sliding down the hill.....
she's a small green kid in the middle. 

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