17 (Fri) December 2010
at Dongdaemun Dak Hanmari
-Nonhyeon, Gangnam, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family, Mom and Dad, In-Laws
This evening was possibly the happiest day in DJ’s life thus far, for 3 reasons.
One, he participated in his first pageant, a holiday-themed affair put on by his nursery school, held in a local community center, on a stage with spotlights, all glitz and pizzazz, complete with costumes and props and balloons and instruments and live music and MCs. Dominic performed in 3 numbers, to thunderous applause and ovation. During the 1st, however, he was somewhat distracted trying to spot us in the auditorium and was visibly crestfallen that he couldn’t. At the beginning of the 2nd, when we shouted his name is unison to get his attention, he saw us and grinned and started pouncing up and down like he was possessed, delaying the start of the song until he settled down. Too cute. He played a panda in the 3rd.
Two, Dominic had the most family members in attendance, 8 in all, which made him feel like a star.
And three, for dinner, we went out for his favorite food of all time: octopus. More specifically, in the form of yeonpo tang. The restaurant, however, located around the corner of the community center, only had various spicy stews (jjigae), not yeonpo tang per se, which is mild and thus kid friendly. They tried their best to accommodate us, but, without their signature recipe, it ended up as a hodge-podge of random mixed seafood (haemul) in a bland stock, served as a hotpot. Still, it’s the part about watching the live octopus squirm to death that DJ relishes, so he was happy.
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