Coffee Talk- update on our Korean Bike Licenses

Hi guys… so just an update on our bike licenses. Last week we went to do the practical test and got our Korean Bike licenses Yay!!! My husband got a perfect score on his test but I was so nervous that I missed the very first turn. After that I put my foot down which is also a no-no and an immediate fail. Throughout the rest of the test all I could think of was ” Oh no I don’t want to come and do this again next week” I was so concerned about redoing the test that I didn’t concentrate on the rest of the course and made no further mistakes. When I stopped the bike at the end of the course everyone applauded me and I was really confused because according to me I put my foot down… but my husband told me that I put my foot out… but it never touched the ground. So I passed the test after all 😀

Furthermore I finally got outfits for my dolls that I ordered just before Easter. It took a very long time to get here but now I have it. I ordered it from Lovely Woods when I bought my first doll and wanted to recreate Harley Quinn and a female Joker. Since it took so long to get here however, I scrapped that idea and just made my own custom doll. I dressed Cinnamon in one of the outfits and took her outside. I’m still deciding whether or not to do a Harley Quinn doll so for now I won’t share that outfit yet but here is Cinnamon in the park 😛

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The Mummy – Review

I was exited to see this motion picture as it looked really action packed in the trailer and I was eager to see what the movie was about. I also really like Sofia Boutella, I’ve been wishing for a good female action hero for a while now especially since no one does it as well as Angelina Jolie…. Therefore we went out to see it on Tuesday morning.

-Spoiler alert-

The movie started off pretty well with Nick Morten (Tom Cruise) being a bit of an anti-hero. Nick and his friend Chris Vail, so called soldiers of fortune accidentally discover the tomb of Ahmanet, a cursed princess who killed her father and baby brother to gain power of her fathers kingdom. She made a pact with Set to bring him into a mortal body but was captured and buried alive before she could complete her ritual. After Nick discovers the tomb, Ahmanet chooses him as Set’s Vessel and a chase ensues….

I have to admit I expected a lot more from the movie… I expected more scenes between Ahmanet and Nick where she tries to persuade him to join her cause. I expected her to have more power and I expected Nick to use the power of Set in a more dramatic way than he eventually did.

The character didn’t develop that much even though they tried to depict him as a liar and a thief who only cares about himself. It however felt as if he was always a good guy and would always choose the right path in the end…. to me Ahmanet made the wrong choice in choosing Nick as her beloved….

Overall the movie was disappointing and had a weak story-line.

 

Water-nymph Monster High Face-up

Hi guys, today I want to share my third monster high face-up with you. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Monster High customs and I’m really glad that I started this hobby. I feel that with every doll I make, they seem to get better and better.

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With the first one, I was really scared to do anything too drastic so I tried to keep everything simple. I asked my kids at school to name my first doll, and they decided on Cinnamon. They say that my name sounds like Cinnamon so the doll should be called Cinnamon…

With the second doll I tried to be a little more adventurous. Honestly I messed up her one eye because I wasn’t sharpening my pencils enough. She turned out pretty well for my second try, except for the one dodgy eye, I’ll attribute that to battle scars since she’s a warrior. I also tried making doll Armour, which I think turned out pretty well.

The third doll was supposed to be a water nymph. I planned on coloring her hair, since I’m to scared to do a re-root just yet, and give her minimum clothing so as to look like she emerged from the water. That, however didn’t turn out the way I planned. Firstly I struggled to color her hair. I watched a YouTube video where they colored the hair with acrylic paint and shaving foam…..

IMG_7940.jpgNeedless to say, that didn’t work out as hoped and the colour washed out with the water when I rinsed her hair. I then decided to go with food colouring, which worked, but the colours weren’t dark enough so I added some extra colour with blue and purple sharpies.

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Then came the outfit…. I wanted it to look something like this…

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but after struggling too much to get the fabric I wanted I just decided on making her a forest fairy with blue and green feathers.

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At the end I think she’s one of my prettiest dolls even though I thought she had a very broad face at first, she turned out pretty well 😀

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Make your own custom

Getting our Korean Drivers Licenses

We’ve been in Korea for a little over 2 years, and we’re not sure how long we’ll still be here. Since we’ve bought our motorcycles  we decided that we should probably make the effort to get our Korean Drivers licenses. Getting the normal license was pretty easy. All we had to do was go to our embassy with our drivers licenses from our country of origin. The Embassy made a copy and gave it a stamp to authenticate it. Then we took our original license, the copy from the Embassy and our Alien registration Cards and 4 photo’s to our local licensing office. Our local office wasn’t as local though, since we live in a really small ‘rural’ city, we had to travel an hour and a half to Yesan where we exchanged our original driver’s licenses for a Korean license. Luckily the Koreans do everything ‘bali-bali’, which means fast-fast…. While we were applying for our license cards we quickly wrote a theory test… got our results immediately, then we waited 10 minutes for our drivers licenses to be printed. We didn’t even have to do a practical test.

The motorcycle license is another story all together. For this we had to do a practical test. They scheduled our test for the next Wednesday at 3 o’clock, but since we work during the week we had to change our date and went for the test in Seoul ( they do tests on Saturdays). Unfortunately the test is much harder than first anticipated. We watched a lot of Youtube videos on the test, since its said to be quite hard. We even painted some lines in a vacant parking lot and practised for 2 weeks before doing the practical test and we still failed. I don’t have a lot of motorcycle experience so its no wonder that I failed but my husband has been driving a motorcycle for more than 20 years and he also failed the test. 🙁 They do however give you a big cruiser bike that you can’t even take for a test drive before the test.

Therefore we decided to go through a Driving Academy in Seoul. They show you how to do the test and then you practice on the test course for 10 hours with the bike you’ll be using for the test.. you also get to do 3 hours theory to prepare you for driving in Korea. We’ve finished most of our hours and will be doing our licenses in the next 2 weeks… Wish us luck!!

Lemon Vodka Chicken

Hello guys. This is our last week of vodka month and today I’ve got a Lemon Vodka Chicken recipe for your. This is a very simple twist to normal lemon chicken. You can use your normal lemon chicken recipe and add 4 tablespoons of Vodka to give it that extra kick. This recipe is safe for kids since all the alcohol is lost in the cooking process… unlike the Orange Vodka Cheesecake. I made the chicken with Sweet potato chips, roasted in olive oil, garlic and rosemary, since I was really in the mood for sweet potatoes 🙂 I got this recipe from the Food.com, it was really good but I do feel that it was a little too sour, next time I would like to use a little less lemon juice

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1cup flour
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 tablespoons vodka
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons capers
  • salt
  • black pepper

  1. Char the lemon slices on both sides in a pan over a high heat and set aside.
  2. Set the moderate heat and add the oil.
  3. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small bowl. Tip the flour into another  bowl.
  4. Dredge a chicken breast in the flour, and then in the egg mixture. Place immediately in the pan. Repeat with the remaining breasts and saute the chicken until golden and cooked through. Set aside.
  5. Add the Vodka to the pan to loosen the flavor bits at the bottom of the pan by scraping with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add the butter, lemon juice, parsley, basil, capers, salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the mixture reduces by about a quarter. Return the chicken and grilled lemon slices to the pan and toss together.
  7. Serve the chicken breasts topped with the sauce.