My wife wanted to make lasagna and invite some friends over. So that is exactly what we did yesterday. We had 3 other people over and enjoyed some food and good company. When you are a teacher of English in Korea, you typically get an apartment included in your contract. They aren’t very big, mostly bachelors and studios. If you are luck, you might even get a 1 bedroom place. So having people over is probably akin to people’s college days because you might have a chair or two, the end of the bed and maybe a small couch for people to sit on.
We, having come from home ownership, decided that we didn’t want to live the ‘college life’ and have made some purchases to make things a little more home like. We bought a convection oven. That is a big deal here. Most people don’t go beyond the included microwave that comes with the apartment. I should mention that teaching contracts also come with a decently furnished place (bed, chair, desk, microwave, dishes, maybe towels, usually a clothes washer). So going beyond that is not something most teachers here go for because they are only here for their 1 year contract and then they are leaving. Typically convection ovens are much more expensive than microwaves but there are quite a number of used/second-hand stores where you can buy such things. We got ours from such a place for a whopping $45 equivalent. It has been awesome to be able to cook and bake with it, including lasagna.
I saw this great idea for a gift for people. Take a jar, write down something good that happens to you, put it in the jar and at the end of the year, review. So I decided I really liked this idea and wanted to share it. I bought some containers from the local Daiso (dollar store) for everyone who came to our New Years Eve party and the lasagna dinner we had. Everyone liked them so it will be interesting to see how they work out by the end of next year.