Thursday, October 8, 2009

Final Full Day in Seoul

DBU vs Chung Ang Univ
The Basketball team and Cheerleaders at Central Christian

Thursday morning began with breakfast at the hotel before traveling to Central Christian Academy. While spending the morning at the academy, both the Basketball team and Cheerleading squad guided elementary age Korean students in a large clinic consisting of 80 boys and 80 girls.

The children at the basketball clinic played many games, led by the Patriot Basketball Team, who also taught them the fundamentals of basketball.

The Lady Patriots taught the Korean students a DBU Patriots Cheer along with many types of cheerleading techniques during the clinic. At the end of the clinic, the girls performed the cheer they learned for the students that were in the basketball clinic. Both the players and cheerleaders were very popular at the clinic, with it ending in a small autograph session for the children!

Lunch was served in the cafeteria at Central Christian Academy where we were served baked chicken and sausage with rice and fruit. It was a good meal that revitalized our taste for American food.

After lunch, the basketball team was set to play their third and final game of the trip at 4:00 PM. We arrived at Chung Ang University early and were met with yet another beautiful Korean college campus.

The game began quickly with both teams shooting the ball well. At halftime, the Patriots led by a mere three points, but came up just short losing 107-106.

After the game, the final dinner in South Korea was at a Korean style barbeque restaurant, where the group was served pork, rice, kim chi, and many other authentic Korean side dishes.

Friday morning we are scheduled to attend early morning prayer service at a local church at 6:00 AM, then will be traveling back to Dallas. Our flight is scheduled to leave from Seoul, South Korea at 2:00 PM and we will arrive at DFW a little after 4:00 PM (on Friday too, so weird), after a layover in San Francisco.

Day 4 in Korea

Ryan and I sharing some delicious Sushi at the coolest Sushi restaurant ever. The plates just rotated around the bar area and you just picked your choice until you were full. So hip and fab.

Ryan with a new hat and goggles in the marketplace.

Ryan and I in the marketplace, trying to get some good shopping in.

This is me playing with one of the adorable home school children at the clinic. I think I need to adopt a Korean child, I am in love.

Wednesday morning started at 9:00 AM as the group headed to a local park in the center of Seoul to perform a clinic for the Global Home Schooling Academy. The academy was operated by the Global Mission Church and was comprised of elementary age children. Both the basketball team and cheerleading squad were able to give offer clinics for over three hours.

After the clinic, we traveled across the city for lunch that was provided by the Global Mission Church at a Korean style restaurant. We had the opportunity to experience a traditional meal called “shabu-shabu,” which is a “fondu” style meal including vegetable, dumplings, noodles, and lean beef cooked in a broth on each table. While eating, the group was required to sit on the floor at small tables, with their shoes removed. It was very interesting and fun, but not the most comfortable for some of the bigger guys, or unflexible ones like Ryan.

After lunch, we were invited to tour the Far East Broadcast Company(FEBC), where we experienced a tour of the broadcasting complex and learned about its history. The FBEC is a broadcasting hub that airs Christian radio and sermons throughout the eastern hemisphere including China, Japan, and Russia, mainly illegally and against the permission of the foreign governments.

The afternoon was filled with shopping at one of the largest markets in downtown Seoul. Hundreds of small shops lined the streets, similar to a flea market, where we were able to interact with the local vendors to buy souvenirs. After dinner at a food court in one of the downtown malls, we traveled to “Seoul Station” to minister to the homeless individuals by providing them with a small meal to show the love of God in a special way.

After another long day, we hit the hay at around midnight with a full day of activities planned for our final, full day in Korea. We are having a blast and taking lots of pictures.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Special Guest Blogger...Mr. Richard Erwin

The DBU team praying with the Air Force team after the game.

The elemantary school where we hosted the PE clinics.

DBU Asia features Jeremiah 29:11 in English and Korean.

Wow, what a week so far. I think everyone is starting to wear down, from going all day everyday, but we are having a blast. On Tuesday morning, we left the hotel at 6:00 AM and headed to an English speaking, Christian school in Seoul, where we ran PE all morning. The guys lead basketball clinics, while the Cheerleaders taught cheers and chants to the girls. After three periods of classes, we headed down to eat lunch in the school cafeteria, which was interesting to say the least. Remember your own days in the school cafeteria...well that is what we had, plus it was all Korean food, not a good combination.

After lunch we headed to the DBU Asia office, which was really cool to see the DBU image and logo on a buildlng in the heart of Seoul, where almost everything else is in Korean.

We then headed to Osan Air Force Base, where the cheerleaders led a clinic for 35 girls and the guys hung out in the Community Center playing ping pool, pool and video games until the much anticipated game against the United States Air Force. We all crammed in a small military base gym and going in to the game, we had our worries, but the guys played hard and really good, and the DBU Patriots won 101-72. It was a fun game.

After the game, we headed back to the hotel for lights out. We spend a lot of time on the bus because of the heavy traffic around town, but we are having a good time and the student-athletes are having experiences, that they will never forget. Thanks for reading and check back for more posts. See you guys soon.


Monday in Korea

The boys playing Kyung Hee University.

At our authentic Korean lunch...sitting on the floor with no shoes!!!

Ryan with his new Korean buddy..a market store owner.

Jennifer, Emma and I on the street with hand painted, authentic Korean fans.

Monday, October 5th
After a good nights sleep, we started Monday morning at 10:00 AM with shopping at a Korean market in Seoul The teams were able to experience authentic Korean culture here with shops lining the streets, the entire group was able to interact and carry on conversations with storekeepers and many locals from the city of Seoul.

Because of the size of the group, we had to spilt up and eat lunch at different restaurants. Ryan and I got the best experience in my book...authentic Korean food! We had to take our shoes off, sit on the floor and use chopsticks for was amazing! This was so great to be able to participate in the real culture, and the food was amazing to boot!!

That afternoon was the very anticipated basketball game against Kyung Hee University, a well respected university in South Korea. We arrived at the university to be amazed by the size and stature of the schools architecture.

After a friendly exchange of cultural gifts and handshakes the game was ready to begin. Unfortunately, we lost, but it was a great experience for the team!

Korean style barbeque was on the menu for dinner. Everybody enjoyed a great feast where loads of meat was cooked for the group “fondue” style on grills that were inset into each table. Side dishes included radish, rice, pasta salad, lettuce wraps, and kim chi (a type of cabbage that is served with almost every dish in Korea). It was a great experience for everyone!! What a great day!!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Around the World in 3 Days...Literally!!!

Ryan at Wonchon Baptist Church, tasting a Korean pastry..he wasn't a fan.
Our 2nd Church Service of the day..largest church in South Korea.

Jennifer and I with an adorable Korean the outfit!!

The girls tastin Korean pastries...they were interesting!

Ryan and I on the streets of Seoul, South Korea

So, I have literally flown almost completely around the world in 3 days. I promise to update more about my London trip, but since I am here in Korea, I thouht I would go ahead and blog about this trip....ENJOY!!
Ryan and I left with the Patriot Basketball team and Cheerleading squad to travel to Seoul, South Korea. The group left DBU at 4:30 AM on Friday morning and after a layover in San Francisco, arrived in South Korea at 6:00 PM on Saturday night Korean time, 4::00 AM Dallas time. There is a 14 hour time difference here...we are ahead, and our flight was 12 hours....long day of travel!!
After clearing customs and immigration, the teams had their first taste of American chain food in Korea, McDonald's and KFC. Saturday was a national holiday in South Korea, very similar to the American Thanksgiving holiday, so traffic was pretty heavy and most restaurants and stores were closed.
After checking into the hotel, most of the group was exhausted and retired to bed before midnight.
Sunday started early, as we left the hotel for the first of two church services. The first service was at the Central Christian Academy, home of Wonchon Baptist Church. Dr. Billy Kim, the Billy Graham of Korea, delivered the message and recognized DBU, all in Korean, which was very interesting to say the least.
After breakfast with the congregation, we boarded the bus and headed to Suwon Central Baptist Church, a more traditional service. The church was also all Korean, but they did offer headsets that translated the service into English.
The second service finished around 12:15 and the group was invited to the International Food Festival hosted by the church, where we experienced Bangladesh curry, kim chi, Phillipino egg rolls and many other foods from across East Asia.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel for relaxing or downtown shopping. The evening ended with a meal at TGIFriday's near the hotel. Everyone is having a good time and thankfully no illnesses to report. Just a little jet lag, but nothing too extensive. We are really having a great time across the world in Korea. It is pretty unbelievable that we are actually here!!! More to come tomorrow...