Monday, August 28, 2006

A busy Saturday


I groaned as I heard the alarm go off on Saturday morning, but I knew I had to get up because I had a lot to do. First things first, I headed to the gym which is what I usually like to do in the a.m. to get it out of the way.

After I was all showered up I went to Costco with my friend Liz and her brother so that I could get my Thailand pics developed. Liz and I were gonna swap pictures but it turned out that she forgot her camera at home................oppppsssssssss

I was tempted to buy this SPAM gift set......................ummmmm..............doesn't that look delicious.....................I can't wait to recieve this present!!!! Okay enough sarcasm........but for real SPAM is a big hit here in Korea. Not too long ago men would buy their girlfriends parents SPAM gift sets to impress them........watch out mom and dad, I have a Korean boyfriend!!!!!

So after COSTCO I came home and did some unpacking because one of the conditions to me staying longer (2 months) was that I had to move apartments. I unpacked, unpacked and unpacked forever yet I am still not finished. I sure have horded up a lot of stuff since I have been here. After a small rest my boyfriend came over and we headed out for dinner and a movie.

And this is what we ate. It's called Chim Duck. Basically it is chicken, glass noodles, some veggies, potatoes and onions in a spicy delicious sause...................yummy!!!! Notice the scissors in the background -- yup this is what Koreans use to cut things..................hey could you pass the scissors please.

And then we headed to the theatre to check out Miami Vice, since that was the only english movie playing. Despite all the bad reviews it has received, both of us really enjoyed it.


Here we are waiting for them to clean the theatre so we can go in.

An interesting fact here in Korea is that when you go to a movie there is assigned seating. So mom you wouldn't have to go to the movie 40 minutes ahead of time just to get the seat you wanted. You would however have to buy your tickets about 3 hours in advance because seats sell out fast.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

FUN FUN FUN.....in the SUN

Jennifer: hey guys wanna head to the pool today for a bit to get some sun
Everyone: sweet, that sounds like fun, I'll be ready in 1/2 hour
1/2 hour later
Liz: hey Jen I was looking for the sunscreen for you but couldn't find it
Jennifer: sunscreen??? I just got back from Thailand, I don't think I will need it.......plus Seoul is always so polluted that you rarely see blue skies and sun
1 hours later
Jennifer: hey check out the sky.......it's blue (I think this is the second time since I have been in Korea that the sky looks so clear)
3 hours later
Jennifer: hey it's kinda hot our here............
5 hours later
Jennifer: holy shit, my body is on FIRE!!!!!!!!

3 days later

Jennifer: hey guys, check out these huge water blisters forming ALL OVER MY FRICKIN BODY

One week later

Jennifer: hey guys wanna head to the pool again

Everyone: THAT'S PROBALY NOT A GOOD IDEA JEN!!!!!!

LESSON LEARNED: Sunburns suck!!!!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

My Kids













I love my kids and most days I can honestly say I love my job. Before coming to Korea I never really had the opportunity to work with children so I was a little nervous about teaching little 5-year olds (especially since they spoke no english). At first it was really difficult because I didn't have much patience. I remember after the first two classes on my first day, I sat at my desk with my head down and thought that there was no way I could do this for a whole year. As time passed they really grew on me and became part of my family. When I went to Thailand I actually missed them. Everytime they act up or are out of control I threaten to get them a new teacher. I wonder how they will be when the new teacher comes????

I love to snap pictures of my students with my camera. I usually bring it everyday in my purse but the one time I forgot it my little kindie had a shirt on that said: "Join the MARINS -- travel to exotic new places, meet interesting people and kill them"

Here are some of my students:








A POSSIBLE CHANGE OF CAREER???


So on my birthday before I left to Thailand we had a face painting day with the little kindies. At first I thought it would be so boring, but when I started painting my students faces I really enjoyed it. Kevin, one of my students, loves spiders so I decided to paint his whole face. I thought I did a really good job................maybe this should be my new job (haha)

A picture is worth a 1000 words


This is by far the best picture I took on the entire vacation. It was taken at Lamai beach a few steps away from our beach hut; it looks like something that you would find on a post card.

Thai food

Pic of me eating some kinda of exotic fruit -- pink on the outside, white and black in the middle.
For the most part Liz and myself fell in love with Thai food from the very beginning. Now I did not eat Thai food until I got to Korea but an average meal shared between two people would run about $40 ($20 per person). In Thailand we could get truly authentic Thai food for about $4 a plate . It was fabulous................

............. up until we had a really bad day of Thai food. Both our lunch and our dinner was not delicious. It's not like we ordered anything different then usual; we just went to the wrong restaurants at the wrong time. The next meal we had was Mexican food, which I thought was delicious, but Liz found it to be just alright (since she is from Arizona -- so close to real Mexican food). It took us a few days to get back into the swing of eating Thail food. In the mean time we enjoyed an outstanding fillet steak topped with mushrooms in a red wine sauce. Best steak I have ever had -- sorry dad :(

Here are some of the local dished we ate while we were in Thailand.







Monday, August 14, 2006

DAY 10 -- Last day :(


SHOP..................SHOP..................SHOP............Today we wanted to spend the rest of our Thai Baht before we left for home. We wondered around Kohsan Road looking for some bargains since we didn't have very much spending cash left. I went to the spa and got a mani and pedi. The day zipped past us because it was our last few hours to spend in Thailand.

We had an exhilarationg trip and enjoyed every minute of it. Liz and I got along really well because we were really low maintenance. We didn't have a plan and we went with the flow, which woked really well for us.

We flew out of Thailand at 11:30pm. When we arrived at the airport we discovered that was had to pay another tax fare. Thankfully Liz had just enough to cover both of us. Our flight went by fast and we arrived back in Seoul (Liz was regreting this moment because she came to LOVE Thailand). I got back to my apartment at 9:00am, just enought time to shower and get ready to teach at 10:00am.
This is me disappointed that I have to go back to work

Day 9 -- Back to Bangkok

.....and what a day it was!!!!! The day started with a free breakfast at our guesthouse and then we were off to conquer Bangkok First, we walked to Grand Palace. They had a dress code so we changed into long pants and shirts while we did our tour -- it was so HOT!!!!!
The palace was very beautiful; nothing I have ever seen before. It was full of bright gold colors and elaborate designs. Simply by walking around the palace we got the true Thailand feeling -- this is what we expected Thailand to be. In one of the buildings we saw an Emeral Buddha up on a thrown. All the Thai people were bowing and praying to this statue. Before we entered we had to take off our shoes and there was a sign that said "don't point your feet at the Buddha" -- kinda bizzare. I was quite spectacular but unforunatly I was unable to take pictures inside.

After we walked around for a while we headed to another tourist spot and saw a huge Buddha made of gold. It is know as the 'sleeping Buddha' because it is laying on its side. We snaped some photos and headed off to our next destination because we had a lot to do.

We decided that it would be quite interesting to take a boat ride along the river to our next stop. Basically everyone piles onto this boat and you stand there all crammed into one another until some lady walks by selling you tickets. Liz and I were suposed to get off at stop #1 but we didn't realize that there were two #1 stops. We got off one stop early and frantically turned around and started running back to the boat to hop back on. Even though the boat driver saw that we were attempting to get back on he still took off without us. As Liz jumped up to leap for the boat (that was now in motion) she tripped and did this big dramatic fall. I remember seeing her flying through the air with her arms flayling right before she thumped to the ground, just as everyone turned around and gasped at what had just happened. Poor Liz really hurt her ankle and was wobbling around for the next few days limping like an old lady. Thankfully this was the second last day of our vacation.

After the big fiascle we found our way back onto the boat and manaded to exit at the proper stop. The first thing on our agenda to buy was a foot wrap and some pain medication. Despite my friends ankle we both managed to push through the day to do some more exploring.

First we saw some Thai rock group performing on the street but we decided to hit up another location because the shopping in that area was too expensive. We rode in the skytrain to the day market and bough some goodies that were in our price range. It was here that I decided to eat a GRASSHOPPER. Apparently Thai people enjoy eating all sorts of bugs as a snack. One of the Thai ladies offered me a grasshopper and I figured that I couldn't turn it down -- if they eat them then it can't be that bad after all. AND IT WASN'T!!!! But that is coming from someone who used to play with and eat several different types of insects when I was little.

Just as we headed onto the subway to go to the night marked in another area we bumped into some Koreans. Just when we thought we had escaped Korea we were wrong. The two guys we met were kinda relieved that they could associate with 2 girls that they had something in common with them. They invited us out to dinner and we spent the next one hour trying to find a non-Thai food restaurant. The poor Korean boys sure missed their loved Kimchi. We settled on an expensive Frence restaurant and our two new friends chomped on their food and slurped up their meals just as if they were back home (only problem is that in Thailand -- along with most of the world -- making noise while eating is very rude).

After dinner we went to an outdoor pub for some local Thai beer and CONNECT FOUR. Yup, we taught the Koreans how to play connect four and they whipped out butts. It was kinda exciting and we broke into teams; that's when the competition got heated. Next we headed to another place (round 2). This time we dance up a storm at a club just down the street. We powered on until 3:00am and the Korean guys insisted that they would not leave until we were safely put into our cab (this is so Korean style).

We didn't make it to any ping-pong bars as we hoped. These are basically clubs designed for men. You sit around watching interesting things that women can do with their &%**#$ (throw darts, blow out candles -- from what we have heard).

Today we used many modes of transportation -- walking, skytrain, subway, taxi, and tuk-tuk (motorized cart).