Sunday, February 22, 2009

Boracay, Philippines!!!

I'm living in a postcard!!! It's so beautiful here ;) I'm back in a week so you'll get to drool over my photos soon...hehe!!! Hope all is well with my lovely readers

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Packing!!

The procrastinator in me tells me that it's a good idea to blog about my up coming trip to Boracay, Philippines instead of pack. I've leaving tomorrow right after work and I have yet to zip my back full of essentials for my trip. Tonight I'm going to be dreaming of this .......
and this

Eating bugs makes me FAMOUS (hehe)

Head on over to this site. I'm featured there b/c of my weird bug eating habbit, which I obviously adopted at a young age. Here's the proof of my grasshopper bug eatin' Thailand adventures ;)

Thanks to Jeffrey over at best random things

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Goodbye for now!!

My heart hurts a little tonight as I say good-bye to three friends who are moving back home in less than a week. I'm sad to see them all go but wish them the best because I know they are moving on to bigger and better things.

Tonight was my farewell dinner to them! So cheers to you ;) Patricia even skipped lunch so she could eat my feast. Matt's looking pretty stylin'
Two wonderful gals
Sung Hyun's first foreign English teacher!!! Thanks P
Getting a little too close for comfort!
All three of you have let a little mark in my life. So until next time......

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day

With no real plans or expectations for this day we set out for a quick walk to one of the coolest neighbourhoods by my house. And we stumbled upon a really funky wine bar with a totally romantic atmosphere. This is where the fun began -- Valentine's Date Round 1

1 bottle of wine, 1 side dish = $43
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Valentine's Date Round #2
...but first a quick stop for ice cream = $1
A funky Japanese bar

Mango soju, hot pot = $22

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A quick stop at home to take out the laundry then off to Valentine's Date Round #3

A beer and 12 plates of sushi = $12
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Valentine's Date Round#4
BR icecream = $5
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Valentine's Date Round #5......
.......cancel the movie tickets we bought earlier, because we were beat!
Total date cost = $83!!! Pretty good considering all the places we went ;) and how much fun we had

Friday, February 13, 2009

Graduation!!

Good-bye grade 6. Have fun at Middle School. I'll miss you ;)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

25 random things about MOI

This survey seems to be floating around FACEBOOK .

1. I get bored easily. This leads to things like spending a couple hours every month re-arranging furniture in my apartment, always changing my mind, and perhaps 2 attempts to finish this survey.

2. I don’t like to waste time doing my make-up or hair, that’s why you’ll see me o’natural most of the time.

3. I am a procrastinator. Which made for some pretty stressful times at university, but I work better under pressure.

4. I’m kinda afraid of computers. Even though I have a blog and am always on Facebook I still don’t know how to do basic things like burn CD’s. Spreadsheets and excel programs are not in my vocabulary.

5. I haven’t bought a CD in forever........although I enjoy listening to music, I don’t have any saved on my computer and I’d rather be in my own thoughts.

6. I joined the NAVAL RESERVE (yes we have one in Saskatchewan) as a cook in grade 11 and continued in it for 6 years after that. Although I got to see a lot of Canada I never did make it on a ship. Well I don’t really count the 4 days we were supposed to sail to Seattle, but couldn't because the ship was broken. I really just wanted to learn how to cook anyways.

7. I have a good memory when recalling the littlest details in events that happened long ago. Like what shirt I was wearing or how I was feeling when such and such even happened.

8. I get don’t like when people are late and make me wait. It bothers me so much it makes me sick to my stomach -- especially if I’m the one late. I hate the idea that I am wasting someones time. I always leave 10 minutes earlier than I should.

9. I didn’t pay a cent for university. My hard work in high school paid off and I was rewarding with a full 4 year scholarship. I had to pay for my books (which were expensive) but the Navy covered that.

10. I hate reading

11. I always buy organizers and calendars and then NEVER WRITE IN THEM. I’m pretty unorganized.

12. I got my nipple pierced one random day with two other boys while walking down a street in Halifax on my firefighting and flood control military course. It hurt!!

13. I am a good listener and don’t believe in doing other things while trying to carry on a conversation (even on the phone). If you’re talking to me I’ll give you my 100% undivided attention because I want the same in return.

14. My mom is my best friend

15. Pizza is my favourite food. I would eat it for every meal everyday of the week.

16. I will stand up and fight for what I believe in, even when I may get in trouble.

17. I set daily goals that I know I can never reach. Like get up at 6 am RUN a marathon, study for 6 hours straight, cook dinner for my friends, volunteer for 2 hours.....all in one day for example. I write them on little post-it notes and then never follow them.

18. I’m stubborn.

19. It took me until this year, after as few incidents with some coworkers, to learn that people need to earn my friendship. I’m always the ‘give them the benefit of the doubt or the second chance’ kinda gal, but not anymore. I’ve learned that I’d rather be alone then surrounded by false friends who don’t have your back. And likewise, all those whom I consider my friends are ultimately true friends. I'm just like my grandma B.

20. I’m a perfectionist......to a fault. If I do something I give it my 100% or nothing at all. Like when I try to eat healthy (read: diet) and I eat a chocolate bar then I haven’t give it 100% so I might as well eat some pizza for supper and then try again the next morning. When I fall off the wagon, I hit the ground pretty hard!

21. When I met my boyfriend (now fiance) he didn’t speak any English. Our first date went a little something like this: “Do you have any brothers?” Answer: “YES”“Do you have any sisters?” Answer: “YES”“How many brother and sister do you have?” Answer: “YES”It was then that I realized he doesn’t have a f-ing clue what I’m saying!!!!

22. Because of #21 I have learned how to be more patient.

23. I love reading about people lives. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love reading blogs. I got in trouble in school for always checking on other people instead of sitting and doing my homework during class time. As a result, I always had homework because I never did any in my free time.

24. I eat bugs. When I was little I would catch them in jars, shake them till they died and then rip them apart into sections, and eat them. Also included in this list are flowers and rocks, but grasshoppers were my favourite. Two years ago I ate a grasshopper in Thailand and this year I ate silkworms and live octopus in Korea. I have yet to try dog. I’m waiting until my parents come to Korea so I can surprise them with mystery meat and then tell them after dinner that we’ve just feasted on a little Benji…….haha joking mom ;)

25. I wear my heart on my sleeve and cry when I get upset!!!

TA-DA!!!! THE END

Monday, February 09, 2009

It's why I love you....

Sung Hyun sat at the computer for a good hour singing Korean songs on Sunday night. I finally got a bit on video.........but I warn you!!!!



A text message from Sung Hyun Monday while at work:
"I will cooking tonight 4 u"
And then I came home to this:

사랑해.......I love you cut outs from a cucumber. I'm one lucky gal I tell ya!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Isn't it lovely!!!

Korea is nice!!! Can you spot the moon in the distance? I'm so lucky to have been brave enough to experience this adventure abroad. I came here broken hearted (literally just got dumped 10 days prior to departure from my bf of 4 years), planned to stay for only a year, but fell in love and eventually will leave with a husband. WOW!!!! Crazy if you really think about it.
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I've been in this foreign country and have called it home for the last 3 years. But even though I have put down some roots here and met amazing people, whom I would call dear friends, still part of my heart is in Canada. Canada is my home and will forever be. I am just blessed to have such an amazing family. That's why I want to go back, I just miss them too much. My trip back to Canada solidified those feelings and both Sung Hyun and myself didn't want to board the plane back to Korea.
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But of course there is business to attend to. I'm not finished my contract and in fact I have decided to stay for another year yet. There are so many things for Sung Hyun and I do to to prepare for our future in Canada: save up some more money, study English, get married, start the immigration paperwork and wait!!! Those things will surely keep us busy for at least a year. And as much as I may be ready to leave now, I know that's not the smart thing to do. And I'm still not at that 'I hate Korea, must leave now!' point. But if I ever reach that point I hope that departure from this second home would be just around the corner. Actually I hope I never reach that point. Meanwhile, I'll buckle down for another year and keep my spirits high. Because there are still places to go and new people to meet. And because I should never wish away the gift of today.
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Things to look forward to in the next few months:
* a trip to Boracay, Philippines
* a visit from a friend
* my parent's (and brothers) arrival
* my uniquely traditional Korean wedding
* studio wedding photos
* HONEYMOON ....WHOOHOO!!!!!!
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So as you can see I've got a full plate!!!!

Friday, February 06, 2009