Jake: What are you doing at Christmas? Are you going to Brian’s party on Christmas Eve?
Rosie: No. I won’t be there this year. I’m going away for Christmas.
Jake: Lucky you! Where are you going?
Rosie: I’m going to Korea for five days with my parents.
Jake: To Seoul? Christmas in Seoul will be brilliant.
Rosie: That’s what I told Dad, but no such luck. Dad and Mum don’t want to spend Christmas in the city. So, we’re flying to Jeju Island and spending some time touring the countryside.
Jake: Jeju is a volcanic island, isn’t it? I’ve only been to Korea once and it was to Seoul. I had a great time.
Rosie: I’ve been to Seoul a couple of times, and loved it too. But Mum and Dad prefer to have a quiet Christmas this year so we’re avoiding the crowd.
Jake: What will the weather be like in Jeju in December?
Rosie: Quite cold, I think. It may even snow. Would you like to come along?
Jake: It’s cold enough here at Christmas. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere colder, thank you very much. Which part of Jeju are you visiting?
Rosie: Seogwipo. Dad has spent the last few weeks planning our itinerary. He has hired a car and we’ll be driving around.
Jake: I hope your car has a good heater! By the way, I heard that Jeju is famous for hairtail fish stew and seafood ramen. I think you will find some decent restaurants there.
Rosie: That’s one thing I am looking forward to – the food on the island! If we have time, we might even explore the extra parts of the island and visit the Teddy Bear Museum, Jeju Waterworld and Mount Hallasan. How about you? What are you doing on Christmas?
Jake: To tell you the truth, I’m not looking forward to Christmas this year at all.
Rosie: Why not?
Jake: I’m going to be tied up with relatives. My aunt Beryl and cousin Julie are visiting from Sydney. My aunt is staying with my grandma but Julie is staying with us for six days. Julie is a pain in the neck. She is really rude and complains all the time. My aunt is the same. I am not looking forward to their visit at all. I think I’m going to have a miserable Christmas.
Rosie: Oh dear!
Jake: In fact, I don’t know why they are even coming to Hong Kong. They must be hiding something.
Rosie: Because they want to be with family at Christmas?
Jake: I doubt so! My mother and Aunt Beryl don’t get along at all. When we visited them in Australia a few years ago, the two of them argued all the time. They were not speaking to each other at the end of the visit. And Julie was not friendly at all. She was so moody and hardly spoke to me the whole time we were there. They must have a reason for coming to Hong Kong.
Rosie: They might have changed since you last saw them. Things may work out okay.
Jake: I don’t think so. A leopard doesn’t change its spots, but there’s nothing I can do about this. After all, Beryl is Mum’s younger sister. Dad isn’t pleased about spending Christmas with them though.
Rosie: It sounds as if you are going to have a fun time!
Jake: Ha ha ha… <slow, sarcastic manner> Let’s just say I’ll be glad when Christmas is over.
Rosie: Look on the bright side. Who knows? You might end up having the best Christmas ever!