When Hong was still here, we took him to the COEX aquarium, for lack of a more exciting idea. The COEX aquarium is a nice place, but I originally wanted to take him out to Namdaemun or somewhere more culturally relevant. But it was snowing, and Hong never minds what we do anyway. In such situations, laziness often wins.
And many other things as well.
Not much had really changed at COEX, except for this fish, which I hadn’t seen before. I think some species of fast-river fish are best suited to a rapidly changing environment. Keeping them in an aquarium for a while would probably be bad for their mental health, and I’m sure that at least some of them have personality disorders by now. This one was just staring listlessly at the window, despite my efforts to stimulate it with entertaining facial expressions.
It must be interesting when they’re trying to swim in different directions.
The aquarium now has two manatees, which are also known as sea cows. Manatees have a versatile upper lip which they use to gather food, much like an elephant’s trunk. Manatees are among the least dangerous animals in the world, and their primary enemy is the boat propellor.
I recently heard that instead of aquariums, some people make ‘mossariums‘. That’s when you have dirt and rocks inside, instead of fish and water. You gather some moss from any unscrupulous location nearby and put it inside. Apparently they require very little upkeep, you just have to sprinkle them with water once every few weeks and it nourishes itself from floating particles in the air.
Even my cooking.
Lately we’ve made two new friends, Hyunju and Yulim. From left to right is Hyunju, Yulim, Heather, me and Hong. Yulim invited us to the MBC-Adidas marathon in a few weeks time, and unbeknownst to me, Heather had already signed us up. So I think some kind of fitness training is in order.
I’ve been using the slippery snow as an excuse not to go jogging these days. But that excuse is slowly melting away.
And to finish up this post is the fearless Hyunju, who appears to be biting a candle. She’s a TOPIA teacher and is quite pleasant company. Yulim and Hyunju have different characters, but remarkably compatible personality types. It’s something I ponder to great extent.
Have a good week everybody.