December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

New Years Eve we were lucky enough to be invited to The Shilla, one of the most prestigious hotels in Korea. The evening event was held in honor of our friend Euni, who has recently been married to her long time friend Bill Valentine. In celebration of Euni and Bill's union we gathered in the cultural center for a ceremony including speeches from the once UN Ambassador from Korea (Euni's dad), serenades from the PBS Children's Choir and the most intricate menu we have ever been served.

Our eight course dinner was astounding. Delicate hors d'Ĺ“uvre of cucumbers, jellyfish and century egg (century old duck eggs) followed by a steaming bowl of shark fin soup were more than enough to set the mood. Not to be outdone by a delicious pine mushrooms and bamboo shoot stir-fry. Next came Trevor's personal favorites, the en trees, sleeper lobster trailed by a succulent dish of beef tenderloin. To finish off the meal we dined on Jajang-myeon or Chinese noodles in black sauce with a little red wine. And, yet despite all of these rare delicacies I personally favored the pumpkin gruel that was served for dessert. Yum, Yum!

-Bill and Euni Valentine, looking regal in their hanbok.-

Congratulations, Bill and Euni! We pray that your new marriage will, most importantly, be God centered and that it will bring you happiness and fulfillment for the rest of your days. You are truly a great couple and we are fortunate to call you friends.

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