Thursday, June 30, 2011

Birthdays In The Park

I never wrote a blog about this but I really meant to.  A few weeks back we had a birthday party in the park to celebrate all the June birthdays in my little group.  The most important birthday of course being Charles’.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Things About Korea

In no particular order…

#1.  Dr Fish – The fish pedicure. It’s unexpectedly relaxing to have little bitty fish nibble all over your feet removing the dead skin.  The first time it was a little gross but it immediately crossed over to becoming really, really cool.  Also, it costs only $3-4 for an unlimited amount of time so it’s a fun inexpensive afternoon.  It’s nice to just grab a book, a cushion for the floor and sit back and relax. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Everything I Want To Do In Korea–Updated

Even though I have all but abandoned my blog this month I have been keeping very busy otherwise.  In effort to regroup and reprioritize my remaining 4-5 months (though I will be signing another year contract this Fall) I am posting an updated version of my “Everything I Want To Do In Korea” that was originally posted December 2, 2011.

I’ve definitely kept busy…but there’s a lot more that I want to do still.

1. Learn the language. -I have a private tutor that I meet with twice a week so I think I’m doing fairly well on this one
2. Yoga. -I liked it!  And then I fell out of the habit of doing it when I got sick.
3. Dr Fish-Love it!  Top 10 favorite things about Korea
4. Mountain climbingh.a.r.d.
5. Cherry Blossom Festivals in the SpringBeautiful!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Lovely City

Most importantly, I did not own any of these pictures. I got the link through my friend Trisha’s facebook and these pics are amazing.  I just picked my favorites, you can follow this link for more.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=328745 This is a forum on large city skyscrapers.

http://blog.paran.com/imck  This is the actual photographers website.  The previous link is far easier to navigate but I thought I should include this so he gets his credit.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Once Upon A Time…

Once upon a time three students lived in a small country.  In their academy an angel lived.  The angel defended the students against the devil.  Amy angel fought evil Kupa and students Jerry and Amy were very sad.  One day a knight with his sword arrived at this academy.  The sworded knight’s name is Daniel.  He attacked the devil Kupa.  Kupa died.  So now this academy is peaceful and so happy.

This was the edited for content version. Below is the orginal…

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Eight Month Anniversary

That happened really fast. I’ve inadvertently skipped over all the previous anniversaries (and I’ve been really bad about blogging lately) so I thought I needed to write something to commemorate this one. 

First off, Korea rocks.  It’s just a really pleasant place to live, at least from a foreigner perspective.  It’s probably a lot like the experience of those that travel to America for education/internships/etc.  We get to enjoy all the wonderful things that the country has to offer without getting bogged down by all the drama and politics of daily life at home.  Korea is a Happy Bubble. And I really like my Happy Bubble.

Being in Korea has given me the opportunity to just step outside of the box for a little bit.  I’ve been able to get (kimchi scented) fresh air and just break away from the drama.  I’ve made some amazing friends in the last few months.  People that I truly feel were all brought into my life, and me into theirs, for very specific reasons at this incredibly unique period of our lives.  We all came here searching for something and I think we’ve found little pieces of it in each other.

But most importantly, Korea has given me the ability to spend the last eight months with myself.  That’s an amazing gift all on it’s own. 

The Cat Cafe

I truly believe that a large part of my (yet to be discovered) purpose on this planet has to do with animals and while I love all animals…cats and I just have a mutual understanding with each other.  Plainly put, I am not a cat person.  At all. However, I have very good friends here that are cat people to the same extent of which I am a dog person.  For that reason alone, I willingly spent about an hour inside a cat café.  And Garfield walked us there.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SeaBreeze Elementary is Awesome

And has some super rockstar kids!

I mailed a box of Korean goodies to a 3rd grade class in Bradenton, Fl to coincide with a lesson they had on South Korea.  Their teacher is my…aunt?  My uncle’s sister, whatever that makes her to me. These poor kids had to wait through all of FCAT week (the most stressful week for all students in the state of Florida) to be able to open their mystery box from Korea.  You can actually hear some of their angst in these letters. I had sent them Korean movie posters, money, and lots and lots of snacks!  This week I received an envelop of some of the sweetest Thank You cards I have ever been given!  These kids are so smart and so creative!

I wanted to make sure they all got responses to their letters and since June 9th is their last day of school I thought this was the best way to do it. After all, these kids deserve a little international attention!  They are rockstars!

(You can click on any of the pictures below to make it bigger so you can read it better.)

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Hi Leilany!

Aren’t Korean Cheetos good???  I don’t know why they don’t sell them in America!  I love the cheesy Cheetos, but you are right.  The Korean Cheetos are so so good!  I’m glad you liked all the snacks so much!  You are very welcome!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011