Sunday, December 19, 2010

After visiting Kou, he inspired me to make my own spring rolls....They were delicious!

They were delicious!!! I will make more comfort food as I find the ingredients.

E Bo Young English Academy! Where I teach! Small family run school...we have over 100 student!

So this blog is about my town! I didn't realize that I live in a really really small town! So that's why I don't do much here except Facebook!

And another package came in for me! My sisters sent me more junk...beef new and awesome gift! COACH shoes!!! More tampons..... jacket, jeans and money! One of my kid asked for a dollar bill, so my sister sent me dollar bills...

This is one of my fave student, Lala, she is really smart! We were playing hangman (their fave American game) and she wrote, I like Phumee better than my piano teacher!
Took me a long time to guess, but I sure guessed it!

These are sisters! Annie and Sunny! They are in my beginners class, but smart and learning English well. They didn't want to take pictures. In Thailand, all the kids wanted to take pictures.

This is Hadong Elementary School, where my students attend before coming to us for more English.

Korean playground....That track is the soccer field also.

This is a bridge that connects nothing, it just for people traffic. I walked all the way across to the other side! It was easy!

This was on the other side! It is a river beach! Like how MN had lake beach!
I went and sat there for awhile, next time I am going to go do something, like canoeing or something fun! Fishing perhaps?

My shoes! I wore them out today! I love them!!!

So sadly, I am counting down the days and I still have like 300 and like 20 days left here!!!
Like 10 months and two weeks!!! Almost two months here and then I am home for ever! JK

My plan is to go home in November 2011 then vacation in the US til after my Bday, which is in Feb then go back to South Korea and teach in a new city! Save more money, and then go teach in Thailand. Anyone wanna join? :)

Slowly adjusting and I am happy that I am starting to go and enjoy my weekends here. Meeting more Hmong people that are also teaching here, so it's a plus! Cause I am in need of more family and friends here!

I went shopping today, not really because I do not have a mall, just an open market that sells old people clothes. So I browsed the open market! Interesting things and it smells like fish!!! Once I am comfortable going to other cities alone, I will def go look for Korean goodies and send back home to everyone!!!

Another week, another day..... Hurry up November 2011!!! I need time to go by like super fast!!
I miss home and everything about it!!! Especially my car because traveling would be so much easier if I had a car.

O and MTV rocks here! When its the American version, the Korean version is too boring, I cannot understand the music videos! And I have been watching alot of sports, esp Volleyball...I am going to look up a game, maybe college and attend. That would kinda be cool to see an Asian game with only Asian players!



Monday, December 13, 2010

Busan, South Korea

Finally after a whole month of work, I got to go on a mini vacation. I have not seen May Chee since summer of 2007, after our ISV Thailand adventure together. She got to my house and we stayed up all night talking about everything and anything. We literally got like two hours of sleep, then off we went to Busan.

It was my first real subway ride. I think I can manage it! :) Maybe not in Seoul because it has like 7 or 8 lines. Transferring is hard and difficult, if you are form California and we do not do subways....Or maybe it's just me?

Thank you, Kou and Kate for showing us around! The Pho place was ok, it doesn't taste like CA pho, but it does make up for if anyone is craving. Let me add, it was so good we had it two days in a row!

Starbucks! I waited a month for my first Korean Starbucks!

This is one of the most famous beach in SK. (Haeundae Beach) I hear it is prettier in the summer, so summer here we come! Maybe we'll actually dip our feet in the water then cause it won't be so cold. I did get some sand to send back to the States for a special cousin!!!

So while I was there, Kou took us to Costco...I loved it cause it reminded me of home, but everything was like $5 too expensive. Almost double the American price! I do wish I lived closer so I can carry it all back home. The portions are way too big for me to carry on a bus back to Hadong.

Well it was a long crazy weekend, I am looking for more weekends to travel, but May Chee, never again will we extend our stay! Stick to the plan! See u again this Friday! At least it's like next to your town.

After a long weekend and a late night of writing my student evaluations, I went to work and my boss came into my room to hand me my first mail! It made my day! Thank u Lindsay! I miss hanging out with u and Leah!!!

Still looking forward to more letters because I just sent a bunch out. Write me because a letter is like Christmas for me or even better like a Birthday gift!!! They make my heart smile! That's all I can say!

So I have 10 months and about 20 more days here in South Korea, so if you are planning to visit, come come come!!! Time is running out! :)

Next weekend in Seoul, so I will keep my crazy adventures posted!!!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Week 3

So as I was writing this blog, I was also oovooing with my nephew, Bryant, and sisters. He said, "Do you still have my list to buy me presents?" I said, "Yea, I will buy them for u." Then he added, "You know what I was thinking that for Xmas, I was gonna come to Korea to surprise you!" He is the cutest little thing ever!! I miss him!!!

It feels like I have been here for like a year already, but it has only been three weeks, going on four! I am adjusting and learning so much about the Korean culture. So here is a peak at my new house!

This is the awesome roof top I was talking about! It has a pretty view and it will def be a party or dinner space one of these warmer nights.

This is the new house, apartment? It's spacious and very open! I am waiting to go buy a Christmas tree, so I will post up more pictures when my tree is up!

Korean Rules/Laws

1) Guns are illegal!
2) Taxis here in my town are 3,000 won flat rate! (cool huh?) compare to Vegas!
3) Koreans do not dry clothes in drying machines! They air dry, very few homes have drying machines.

That's all I can remember for now!

Okay so I have been doing more and more shopping, but nothing too special yet! But I get to see Maychee and Kou this weekend! I am totally looking forward to that! And shopping here we come! We are gonna make history shopping til we drop again like in Thailand!

Until next weekend with more adventures from Busan and possibly Deagu, the fashion city!