I’ve ended up in Masan this weekend for the latest leg of the Twelve Singing Animals tour. Not the prettiest of port towns and it seemed that all there was near our hotel was a Homeplus, a Paris Baguette and five hundred seedy looking night clubs.
Luckily after a quick alleyway exploration a few of us ended up in a ramshackle rustic restaurant that served heavenly 보리밥쌈정식 (Barley rice with leaves, side dishes and anything else the restaurant cares to throw at you) - Beautiful banchan, astonishing pancakes, a gorgeous seafood soybean stew and a few slices of pressed pigs head (though as hard as I try I still can’t find joy in those cold piggy slices of gristly grey meat).
Incredible food in a tiny restaurant in a smoggy port town near Busan. After twelve years here I still love Korea and meals like this make me love this place even more.
The year of the dragon is already bring surprising events and future possibilities…
Went for a meeting tonight with a well known Korean film director and his team. Tasted his home made rice cake soup and talked about setting up an audition next week. Not getting my hopes up, but there may be a role for me in his upcoming film… Maybe.
The rice cake soup was fantastic (chunks of belly pork, fermented shrimp and fish cakes added into a rich rice cakey beef bone broth), the chicken feet were spicy and the kimchi, from the producer’s mother down in Jeolla province, was delicious. Whatever happens, it was worth it for the food!
Now I just have to practice my fighting skills for next week.
Isy Suttie has transformed her 2011 stand up show into a half hour of radio. It’s called Pearl and Dave and it is strange, funny, beautiful and oddly moving. The iplayer link will cease to work at the end of today, but you can get it as a podcast here. Worth a listen if you have a spare 30 minutes and enjoy musical comedy monologues about accountants, butlins and pen-pals.
It’s been a busy old week. Auditioning new actors, teaching kids how to be starfish, walking the streets of Daejeon and rehearsing a new tiger into our show are just a few of the things I’ve been up to. Next week promises to be more of the same, with the added joy of creating and intelligibly writing down nine different pieces of choreography for kids.
I’ve not collapsed from exhaustion or jetlag yet, so things are going swimmingly and I even managed to complete five new books this week for submission to my editor overlords… Whether they agree to publish them or not is a whole different matter. I shall wait with baited breath (I’m thinking either a small piece of cheese or a few worms).
It’s been a busy couple of days back in Seoul, but very productive. I spent a good part of this morning looking at sketches for illustrations for my book series. I’m deeply in love with some of the pictures my illustrator has created. He has plucked word images from my notes and turned them into the pictures I hoped they would be. There’s even one picture in particular that is exactly how I imagined it should be. My writing coming to life before my eyes.
It’s moments like this that are keeping me happy through the harder and busier moments of the day. That and the limerick battles between Roboseyo and Holterbarbour…