State side there are milk men, if you can still find them.  In Seoul there are Yogurt Ladies everywhere you look.  They deliver small cartons of milk and yogurt to your door. If you see one, ask and you can also buy anything on demand.

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Yellow carts are motorized. The bags on doorknobs keep delivered yogurt cool.

Every time we get gasoline we get a “complimentary” packet of tissues (gift with purchase since gasoline is expensive ~ 3-4xs US prices).  There are three kinds: a small box that’s good in the car, a folded packet that travels well inside bags and then a pop-up packet that piles up from disuse because they get lost easily and dusty after opening.  I found a gyopo solution: get a toilet tissue cylinder (particular to Asia), an empty pill bottle and one pop-up packet.  Fill the pill bottle with beans or rice (adds weight needed to keep the dispenser in place while tugging tissue out), lay it on the bottom of the tissue, top with a packet of tissue, close lid and pull up the first sheet.  Now we’re actually using those darned tissue packs ~ a welcome option to dispensing endless toilet paper from toilet tissue cylinders.


Gyopo solution to a tissue issue.

It’s been a banner new year, solar and lunar.  So many things to celebrate. First is the new life, my son, born last week. For the world, the new U.S. President Barack Obama, sworn in last week.  My neighbor was nice enough to give me a bowl of ddeok guk/떡국 to celebrate the year of the ox.


I’ve been ordered to rest up and recover from childbirth for the next month.  Check back in late February for details on hospitals, aftercare ajumas/아주마 and more.   (I literally had to post this while no one was looking!)

This Korean real estate development company should have received consultation on their name. In America, “STD” stands for “sexually transmitted disease.” And while real estate can be a dirty business, a course of antibiotics aren’t needed after a “transaction.”