Spending Chuseok at Home

As everyone else might know last week was a long holiday here in Korea, because of Chuseok (Thanksgiving day), it started from Wednesday up to Friday and then the weekends.  Unlike those previous holidays we just stayed home this year, we didn’t go to Philippines like last year because my husband still cannot get over with the slow process in our immigration and we also didn’t go to other big cities in Korea to do sightseeing.  We spend the holiday at home watching movies, reading and tinkering our genealogy program. Unlike those normal days, it was so quiet around no kids running and shouting in the street, most of the stores and establishments are closed too.


Anyway we celebrated Chuseok on Friday by grilling some meat that I bought before the long holiday and buying a chocolate cake from Paris Baguette which disgust my husband because he already informed me to buy different cake.

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Short Walk at the Evening of Chuseok

Yesterday is Chuseok here in Korea,  a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar so most of the establishment are closed aside from the 24 hours convenient store. Instead of feasting with food I am starving for food because of the juice fasting.

Anyway my husband and I decided to take a short walk to energize and let our blood circulate, the more we walk the more hungry I felt seeing food stores and restaurant.


Dunkin Donuts is among one of the open store which I am surprised because before the donut shop is already closed at ten o’clock in the evening but as of last night it is quite full. Most of the people I’ve seen walking around is family., maybe they’re visiting their parents and grandparents. I have seen a mother and her daughter walking, I have thought the child has a white puppy with her on leashed but when I look carefully she has no white puppy with her. Did I just see a white puppy ghost?

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Korean Tea and Songpyeon

Yesterday my husband arrive with sets of Korean tea, from his co-teacher. We’ve been planning to drink a tea while we are on juice fasting but as we can’t read Hangul we don’t know which tea is caffeine free so my husband asked his co-teacher from the list he wrote if they are caffeine free or not.  After break time , his co-teacher gave him this treat below which she manage to buy while its break. Well it serves as her Chuseok gift to us him (Thanks Jade) just too bad we don’t have any gift for her but she said its okay, oh well maybe next time.

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Chuseok  is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Like many other harvest festivals, it is held around the Autumn Equinox. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food such as songpyeon and rice wines such as sindoju and dongdongju.


I have eaten all this treats (Songpyeon) yesterday as my husband is already in juice fasting, I didn’t started yet as I still need to finish the rice but I drink juice in the morning and gives me a weird feeling.

Anyway Songpyeon is a traditional Korean food which is eaten during Chuseok. It is a crescent-shaped rice cake which is made from rice or non-glutinous rice powder. It is a variation of tteok, consisting of small rice cakes. They have become a popular symbol of traditional Korean culture.

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