Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Some of us met up on the weekend for a day trip to the zoo. Fun times with some new faces!!!!
And this is when I learned how truly adorable fusion babies really are........this little boy melted my heart. He was well behaved and completely adorable!!!!! Makes me almost WANT one.........don't worry mom it won't happen anytime soon.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Here's some of the architecture that I found to be so fascinating. This building is where I stayed the first night. Brittney and I originally booked a hotel for the 3 nights and the other couple (Jennifer and Jason) stayed with a friend (Megan) that they knew. It turned out that our online hotel reservation was for a different part of China. Megan was kind enough to let us crash at her place the first night because of the hotel mishap. I'm very thankful for her warm hospitality.
I didn't take the bus anywhere because I was certain I would end up in the wrong spot. As you can see there is NO English on these signs
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Here are some pictures of what I saw today:
MAKING A CIRCLE
AIR PLASMA CUTTING
cutting a hole with air plasma
My main reason why I don't necessarily like hanging out with foreigners is that
too often I run into foreigners here who really don't care to learn the
language, experience the culture, taste the foods, or accept their customs.
At first I was so excited about working at a public school with other foreign teachers. Well after my most recent trip to Shanghai, I am once again reminded of WHY I chose not to hangout with foreigners. Hence the reason I haven't posted anything about my trip. More on that later..........
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Remember that earring problem I was dealing with a couple weeks back. Well Sung Hyun decided to make me a spinnable 4-tier earring holder to display my mass collection. Only thing is that I haven't filled it all up, which means I've got some more earring shopping to do!!!!!!!!
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Well this time I did much better and just spoke what I could when I could and didn't worry about what they thought of me.
But I still had MAJOR CULTURE SHOCK. Even though I have been in Korea for over 2 years and am dating a Korean I still have times when I think WOW THIS IS SOOO WEIRD. Well let's just say I felt that way a lot this weekend!!!
I have been eating this more often ever since I tried it in the Hongdae park with Chelsey. It's called 떡볶이 and consists of rice cakes in a spicy red sauce. It'll leave your lips-a-burnin'
And what was supposed to be a two hour drive turned into a SEVEN HOUR BUMPER TO BUMPER NOT SO FUN DRIVE. I was happy to arrive (even thought it was past 11 p.m.) and the family even waited for us before we ate. We drove up to a big feast of SAMGYUPSAL (again) and a whole whack of Korean side dishes.
I was forced to drink a couple shots of SOJU, but when someone (who is older than you) offers you a drink you can't say 'no'. CULTURE SHOCK #2
I crashed shortly after we got there because I was so tired. The kids stayed up till past two running and screaming in and out of the house. There were 14 people in total and they let me have the bed (yay!!!!) because the heater was up to 27 degrees Celsius and I was sweating before I even went to bed. Most of the adults stayed up till past 2 drinking and playing GO-STOP (a Korean card game). They kept the door open to the bedroom and the kids were running out and in of the room we were sleeping in. I was waiting for one of the adults to tell the kids to shut the door and be quiet so that we could sleep, but that didn't happen. CULTURE SHOCK #3
Sung Hyun's mom asked me for money. I understood her Korean and she said "can you give me some money please!!!". How the hell do you answer that question? That was CULTURE SHOCK moment #4!!!! Hummmm don't know what that was all about.......any Koreans out there to explain this one to me (since I am not even married to Sung Hyun and this is only the 4th time I have met her).
The next day we had a big breakfast feast -- rice and side dishes once again. I was eating faster than I normally would because I know Koreans are typically fast eaters but it wasn't fast enough because I was only half finished my rice when they were all finished. Sung Hyun's sister said in question form "is this food NOT delicious". To which I replied "yes it's delicious, but I just eat slow". CULTURE SHOCK #5. I would have been happy to stop eating right then and there but I hadn't finished my rice and it's rude to leave without finishing ALL OF YOUR RICE.
Then I did ALL THE DISHES (man why is there such a need for all those small side dish plates). I must have been standing over that sink for 30 minutes and when I finished one of his sisters told Sung Hyun that they will have to wash them again because I didn't do a good enough job.
CULTURE SHOCK #6. I filled the sink up with soap and water, scrubbed them and then rinsed them under the tap to remove the soap..........which is exactly what I do at my house. And when I see Sung Hyun scrub them with soap (and only soap) and then set them all to the side, then scrub them again with ONLY water I laugh at him. Well I guess that's the Korean way to wash dishes. BUT NOBODY STOPPED ME TO TELL ME I DID THEM WRONG OR SHOWED ME HOW TO DO THEM........ahhhhhh so frustrating!!
The next day we went fishing. Here's a pic of his brother watching TV. Although several members of Sung Hyun's family smoke (but only the men because women DON'T smoke in Korea, it's bad) I found it weird that Sung Hyun wouldn't smoke with them. They all stood 20 feet apart from each other because they are not the same age -- but they are the same family?!?!?! CULTURE SHOCK #7
It certainly was a interesting experience and I wish my camera battery didn't die so I could have shared more pictures with you. I guess it will have to wait till the next time we are together!!!!!