Thursday, 16 February 2012

Bunja's Syle Files part 2

Hello fashion connoisseurs. Finally, here is the next installment of Bunja's style files. I've sifted through old photos and come up with more looks that I hope you'll enjoy.

The "Pin-up":  We trialled this look last winter when Bunja's hair was long and fluffy and we wanted his fringe to grow so it could be tied up like other Maltese dogs I'd seen. Bunja made his feelings known about this look by making it his mission to always rip out the clips within 5 minutes. Fashion fail.

"Am I pretty enough for you Mummy? And just in case you didn't notice, that was sarcastic."

I actually remember shopping for these particular clips and trying very hard to find the "least girly" one.
What was I thinking? 

Click below for more looks!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Try Korean cooking: Easy salad dressing/dipping sauce

Do you like Korean food? Want to try making some at home? It's much easier than you think.

I decided to post a very easy recipe for a sauce I use as salad dressing and a dipping sauce. It's a classic Korean sauce, with a salty, spicy, vinegary taste. It's so easy. If you can't make this then, seriously, (and I say this out of love) you should give up cooking.

Always lurking.
 This versatile sauce is used for many things in Korea. It can be a dipping sauce for pan fried foods, as a dressing for salad, as an accompaniment to rice, and it's also a sauce for one of my favourite side dishes, acorn jelly (I'll explain that one another time).

Continue to the recipe after the jump!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Bunja's Style Files part 1

Have you seen those magazine articles about celebrities and it shows their hairstyles and how they've changed over time? Well, I thought I'd pull out some of Bunja's old pics to show you his fashion transformations. So were hot, some were umm....well....not. (Sorry lil B!)

1. The "Feral." Recently featured on IG as part of "Bed Face Awareness Week". Bunja sported this look early in his adoption before I realised how to groom him properly. This look gets points for being hilarious and cute but loses points because the groomer charged extra to get rid of all the dreadlocks. Oops.

This is how rock stars look is the morning right?
Groomer, you can kiss my dreadlocked butt!
Find more of Bunja's fashion moments after the jump

Thursday, 2 February 2012

How a little white dog found a forever home.

Here is a story that you already know the happy ending to but perhaps you didn't know the beginning. It's a little sad but I'll try to focus on the positives. It's the story of how little B became part of the Lee family.

My husband and I used to volunteer regularly at the local city animal shelter.   There are hundreds of dogs in the shelter, most of them small breeds because they are the most popular in Korea. The animals are dirty, stinky, stressed and in poor health. Although the shelter provide them with food, and somewhere to sleep, they are mostly caged, get no interactions with humans and desperately need a walk and some attention. So we visit to give them just that.

Pick me!

Walking in the snow
Not Bunja, just one of hundreds that look like him

I love ya, but get off my head bro.
Love to play outside 

One of my favourites on the left. He had no teeth so he always appreciated the soft food I'd bring. 

 One day while we were visiting the shelter, we were about to go and I said, "Let's just walk a couple more dogs from the last room." I pulled out a little white dog and a bigger dog who were sharing a small cage together. We took them out on the grass and played with them. I gave the little white dog a doggie sausage snack and he INHALED it, which made me laugh. Immediately, my husband was completely smitten with the little white dog. "Let's adopt this one!" he said.

Although I desperately wanted a dog again, I was very skeptical. This dog had not been at the shelter long. Although he was dirty, he was not completely filthy like most of the other dogs. I assumed someone was surely going to be looking for him and so we shouldn't worry. Also, he was a Maltese, and I had never wanted a Maltese dog because the stereotype I had in my mind was that they were stupid, anxious and barked too much.

Anxious? My stereotype may have been a little off.

The next day, my husband kept talking about the dog. I told him to at least call the shelter and find out his background story. The shelter said, a woman had brought in the dog because she found him hanging around her apartment building for a few days. He had no collar or ID. She felt sorry for him and took him in. She put up fliers around the building and nearby streets with his picture, but no one called her. After a few days, she took him to the shelter. I suspect she gave him a bath which explains why he was relatively clean.

All of the dogs in the shelter get their picture published on a website, so if anyone is missing a dog, they can search and find them there. After two weeks, if noone one claims them, they can be adopted.

The next day, when I turned on my computer, I saw a picture of this little white dog as my desktop background screen with a speech bubble saying "Hi Mummy" (My husband had downloaded the picture from the website). This, of course, pushed me over the edge. "Ok" I said. "Go to the shelter and bring him back, so we can at least foster him so that he doesn't get sick until his owners claim him."

I had to work, so my husband went alone to pick up the little white dog. Two more nights in the shelter had taken their toll, he was filthy and reeked by now and had weeping eyes. My husband still remembers how, during the drive home, the little white dog crawled over to him, curled up on his lap and slept all the way there.

Obviously, no one ever came looking for that little white dog and he became Bunja, the best thing my husband ever convinced me to do.  

You guys didn't choose me, I chose you!

This picture was taken the day after we picked him up from the shelter. He had eye infections,  ear infections and dental problems but was luckily clear of heart worm.

Lookin' fresh!
First bath

I think this place might do.

Are you my new Daddy?

Settling in quickly.

We used to often wonder how he ended up on the street. He is not scared of people (except loud or drunk older men), so he must have been loved and treated well at some point. He used to always seem to be excited when he saw young Korean women with long hair. Was he owned by someone who moved away? Maybe they left him with someone who soon dumped him? Did someone purposefully "lose" him even though he was loved by another family member? We stop wondering now. As my husband put it "Whoever dumped Bunja is the stupidest and most unpleasant person in the world...and we are the luckiest."

P.S. If Bunja's story has inspired you to help those animals whose future does not seem as bright - see my links for animal shelter websites or suggest any links of your own in the comments! Even if you can't adopt a pet, you can certainly help more than you know by donating or simply visiting to give some animals the joy of your attention.

The shelter where we adopted Bunja:
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Links to volunteer groups and pets for adoption in Korea:

Rescue animals in Australia:

In Japan: