Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jinny's Wedding in South Korea



I received my first wedding invitation in South Korea, I was so excited to attend Jinny's wedding today! ^^++ She looked fabulous in her long, white wedding dress and her new husband is handsome. Getting ready for the wedding took some work. I decided to give Jinny a photograph on Mt. Tohamsan with the following words written on it, "Blessings on your wedding day, May the road rise to meet you and the winds be at your back, May all your dreams come true and may God bless you together." The wedding went really smooth, it was a beautiful place, and yes...the food was delicious! Jinny gave me a cute invitation card last week...and gave directions written in English across from the Junggang Station, also written in Korean Hangeul. Unfortunately, the subway station has a city built around it, so I started out on the wrong side of the tracks and went to another wedding hall. I was redirected by the BANG BANG shop seller to the other side of the train station. Funny thing, I was in a shirt/tie and dress slacks tucked into my socks, while toting a paper bag with my framed print and wearing a backpack, of course I'm riding my almost famous MTB. ^^++ I pulled up to another wedding hall, went inside and showed my invitation, they directed me down the street to another wedding hall. I realize now how the movie "Wedding Crashers" got it's start, finally at the third wedding hall I found the Noblesse Room and lovely Jinny and her husband-to-be were on the alter getting ready to exchange their vows. The ceremony was wonderful and the music in the reception area was played with a classical flute and two violins, very relaxing!!! I took my wedding photos and by this point, was happy to finally talk to the bride. We never took a photo together, I completely forgot about it when I gave Jinny her gift. ^^++

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.


In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.


Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.


The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).


Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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