Sunday, September 28, 2008

Super Sunday

Grabbed some Micky D's and headed out to the country side to visit Sung Hyun's dad's tomb. It was a beautiful day!!!

Can you see the bottle of soju under Sung Hyun? He poured it on his dad's tomb and said "my dad loved loved loved soju"

This is the first time I have seen him bow. I asked him to show me one time at my place because I was curious but he would don't it without a purpose. Then we drove to a nearby zoo (or jew as Sung Hyun would pronounce it). It's popular for it's interactive exhibits. You could pretty much touch all the animals.
He was my favourite. He put on quite the show for me too. Here he is pretending to smoke a cigarette.
Sung Hyun was happy to feed the birdsI wasn't so happy to touch the snake

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday Supper

Sung Hyun's 2 sisters, mom and nieces and nephew came over for a spaghetti party. My friend Patricia helped me out by bringing over a cake -- the best part of course. The nine of us squished into my small pad.

Sung Hyun's mom didn't eat the spaghetti. She had some bread and a few bites of salad. Then she told me she only ate rice. She ment it in a good way and when I tried to offer her some rice she said she was full.
After dinner she lied down on my bed and made herself right at home. Then did a bit of exercise!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

End of the week.....

Yah it's Friday and what a wonderful feeling that is.

I love the feeling of going into work on Friday and putting that extra bit of effort into the kids so that you end the week on a good note. Although usually they go home with a pile of homework anyways. I left school at 5:30 today (usually it's 4:45) because I've got an extra class this semester and I saw 3 of my boys heading out of the school. I had a smile on my face knowing that I had no obligations tonight (or appointments as Koreans would say). I told the boys to go home and enjoy their weekend, but they informed me they were off to hogwan classes -- yah more school for them. It's too bad they have to work so hard. The competition is tough and the parents expect high grades. It's better to fill in the right bubbles beside the questions and score 100% then it is to learn. As long as my kid gets first place in the class then I'm okay with that, is often the attitude. Today one girl said that if she got 10/10 on her English spelling test her dad would buy her roller blades. Wow, I don't ever remember having to get bribed to do well. Getting a 100% on a test was a good enough reward for me and no monetary value made up for how I felt achieving that score. Even up into university I strived to get good grades. I lived on the stress of staying up all night to finish a paper and then was ecstatic to see I had received a 90+%. It was better than Christmas for me (well minus the snow angels, Christmas carols and waking up to a stocking stuffed with Santa's surprises).

I think that is what I miss in my life right now. I know that I enjoy teaching. I know that I like to help people. But I'm one of those people that needs to get a pat on the back for doing well, ughhh humm right mom!! The score on my paper or university exam gave me just that. I'm not sure that teaching ESL in Korea is affording me such an opportunity. Afterall this journey was suposed to last only a year; I'm almost at 3.

But don't get me wrong, since I'm not trying to say that I wish I was back home or that I wish I didn't come back to Korea because in fact I think the opposite. I think of how brave I was to venture to another country full of unknowns after being dumped by my long-term boyfriend of 4 years a mere 10 days before the wheels of the airplane left the tarmac. And for that I'm proud. I'm proud that I've pushed through all the hard times and was able to stand on my own two feet, not without the support of family and friends.

I'm so happy that I've met someone whom I truly love and admire. Someone who doesn't speak the same language as me, yet still finds ways to make me laugh. Someone who challenges me daily and is still there to comfort me when I cry, for whatever mundane reason. Someone who proves through his actions that he is doing everything possible to make it work, to make 'us' work. And for that I'm happy.

I'm also so greatful for such a wonderful supportive family. As I talked to my mom the other day on the phone the last thing she said to me was "don't forget how proud we are of you and everything you have done with your life!!!!" And that made me cry.

The magnificiant friendships I have made in my life can't be traded, replaced or taken away from me. I'm so lucky to have people that care. I'm blessed in more ways than one.

I can tell that this year will be full of changes. And I'm ready for just that. I'm ready to move forward, to be challenged and tested. And at the end of the day, or in this case the end of the week, I will kick back and enjoy my accomplishments and most importantly be proud of who I am.

So here's to a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jennifer's Wedding!!!!

Do you remember this?

Well they did it. My best friend got married. I haven't seen Jennifer in over 6 months so it came as a big shock when I realized that she had lost over 50lbs since then. Holy shit she looks smokin' (not that she didn't before). My friends have recapped the night for me. My mom said it was beautiful and that everyone shed a little tear ;)

My mom didn't take any good photos because after the service was over she realized there were no batteries in her camera......hehe, that's so my mom. She here are a couple shots taken from my friends on facebook. Thank you friend on facebook!!!!

Jennifer, radiant as always!!!!

The newly weds. Congrats Jennifer and Chris. I can't wait to see you when I get back. I miss you both oh so very much. Much love ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Love has no limits........

See for yourself!!!!!!

Chuseok

Korean Thanksgiving also known as Chuseok is a time for family to gather together, worship their ancestors and eat. This is one of the major Korean holidays and because so I received 5 days vacation from work. Dating a Korean has afforded me the opportunity to get a sneak peak into this special holiday. You might remember me talking about it here

Sung Hyun's mom invited me to watch the worship service in the morning at her house that only her and Sung Hyun participate in. I knew that we would be spending a full day with his family so I opted out of watching and decided to sleep in and just head over to his sisters house later that afternoon. I regret not going now, because it was an honour to be invited and probably something I will never get the chance of seeing again. My bad!!!!

But nonetheless, I still had a busy day. We picked up Sung Hyun's mom and the three of us drove to his sisters house at about 1pm. I made food, cooked it, spoke Korean as much as I could, watched Korean TV, played on the computer, ate, and talked some more. We didn't get out of there till about midnight. I was exhausted but felt great -- overwhelmed with love.

Of course no post is complete without some pictures:


Sung Hyun made things..........

........And so did I

For some reason we didn't make the traditional songpyeon but made mandu instead.
Chatting with Sung Hyun's mom

Sung Hyun decided that he was going to take an hour nap and leave me to fend for myself, check out his bed head. It's quite stressful to be in a room full of Koreans who don't speak English.

'YO MAN WHAZZZZ UP?'And of course we can't eat a meal without Kimchi. But who thought we'd have so many choices
The meal was AWESOME.......I loved everything!!!!

But I still can't eat as fast as them -- which to them means I'm not enjoying my food

And of course we had to sing Happy Birthday to Sung Hyun's mom. She turned 70 the day before.

I purchased a bottle of Vodka for them to sample. The men still love their soju too much. I suspect that it has to do with Korean pride



Family -- That bright blue outfit that Sung Hyun's mom is wearing is what we brought her back from Vietnam. As soon as we gave it to her, she tried it on and asked if she was beautiful (she's got the same sense of humour as Sung Hyun)
I left with a wad full of cash...........woohhh hoooo!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A glimpse of summer

So now that my Vietnam pictures are finished and posted I thought it would be nice to carry on with the rest of my summer. I seem to be a lot behind on my updates so I have decided to highlight some of the things I enjoyed in August and September. So in no particular order here they are:
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A hike through the mountains with a friend on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Then Indian food for dinner ;)

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Heading to a 1 year old birthday celebration:



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Meeting up with Sung Hyun's family for dinner and then watching his niece eat spicy chicken feet in the bar:

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Taking a long bus ride home but enjoying the English television available on Sung Hyun's handphone:

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Celebrating my friends birthday in her friends massive apartment while eating a lot of delicious barbecued food:

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Going to Yongsan military base and eating so much Taco Bell that it hurt to walk. Then being able to buy Western toothpaste:

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Reading a book from start to finish in one day and eating mini pancakes for breakfast:

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Cruising around Seoul, just because we can, with my handsome lover:

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A day in the sun at Yeoido pool with a little volleyball and 'let's check out hot guys grease themselves up with oil':


(had to throw Sung Hyun in there for good measure)
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Getting introduced to a cool little restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Hongdae for a night of good convo and food:


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Then going back the next week because it was that good:

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Getting dressed up and going shopping for something *special*:


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Chowing down on Indian, opening presents then eating my homemade Western style cake for my birthday..........yum yum:


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Going for Koreanized Japanese food while overlooking a busy street:

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Drinking beer on a rainy day at a restaurant 5 minutes from my house:

And those are the days of my summer. Very enjoyable!!!! How was yours?