Thursday, April 29, 2010

A whole bunch of NOTHING!!!

Just a random post about nothing in particular. First, here is a picture of the students in my Korean class. My teacher is the Korean in the middle wearing all black. Isn't she cute? Yah she's married with 3 kids -- I would have never guessed, since she looks like she's 22. She's an amazing teacher and does such a good job. And I think we have the best classmates in the whole school because I'm proud to call these people my friends!

Meet Donata, the fun German gal with an amazing sense of humor. She's an Economics Professor at Seoul National University. She's studying Korean as her 6th language. I don't have to mention how smart this girl is, but I should note she's hilarious and super fun to drink with!!!

Today in Korean class we learned the grammar form 아/어 봤어요: have tried (something), have experienced (something). And then we had to use the sentence strips given to us to make a sentence and then a dialogue. This strip reads: 소주 세 병을 마시다. The infinitive form: 'to drink 3 bottles of soju (Korean alcohol)'. So essentially we asked our partner if they have tried drinking 3 bottles of soju. Can you see why my class is so fun!!!

Next is my husband. He burnt himself pretty badly at welding school and has a huge burn on his middle finger. Every night before bed I play doctor and drench it in rubbing alcohol and iodine. He doesn't think I make a good doctor, hence the "my doctor is a shit sucks!" comments.
And he wants you to guess which finger was the broken one. Remember when he punched the wall? So put your guesses in the comments section.

I missed the cherry blossom festival this year. I had a ticket to Jinhae to go see them but I ended up staying out until 6:30 am drinking with my school friends, so needless to say I didn't get up in time to catch my 9 am bus. But that's okay because I get to see them everyday on my walk to work at the big shinny building in the back!

I heart my Korean mom. I couldn't have gotten a better mother-in-law. We laugh! We play! We dance! We sing! We joke! We love! LIFE IS GRAND!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm FAT!

THERE, I SAID IT!!!
"Sung Hyun, you must be taking it from the wrong angle. Here, bend down and take it from here. No, back up. No, it must be the light then".
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It wasn't the angle! It wasn't the distance! It wasn't the light!
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It was just plain old fat me. But it took me 4 shoots for me to realize it. Isn't it funny that when weight slowly creeps on it's hard to notice that your gaining any at all. Until, you have a moment. Like I did, when this photo was taken.
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The funniest thing is that I'm so happy right now. Got a great job, amazing husband, wonderful mother-in-law, and I love my Korean class. Not letting my weight or size affect my emotions is probably the reason why I'm not afraid to post this picture on my site to be criticized. I'm so happy inside, now I've just gotta let it shine on the outside.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!

After hours of collaboration spread out over a couple of weeks, we finally made it work. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD:



Your birthday present will come in the mail shortly!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My weekend!

Donata's birthday party bash in Sinchon on Friday night; followed by drinks, dancing and street food.

This girl can drink!The only boy from our class that came out. What a lucky man!
Saebom, me and Donata
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Saturday girls night out involved grocery shopping, a nice dinner out, and then a game of chat roulette. OH MY!
"A friendship that can be ended didn't even start"
One wonderful weekend with a great group of people. Now I'm going to crawl back into bed. All this late night partying and drinking made me SICK!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Life is wonderful!

Sung Hyun is sick, but he's normally a big baby in real life too, true story!

And I'm so damn happy right now:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sung Hyun's ready for Canada!

Need I say more?

Korean class!

I'm taking full-time Korean classes at Sogang University. I started in the second level but after the first week I fell quite far behind because although I had the listening skills to understand I was majorly lacking in the grammar department. So I was sent packing to the first level. And I was all like "teacher, I want to stay in the second level, I will promise to work hard blah blah blah". But she was right, the first level was EXACTLY where I belong. Although it was a huge bruise to my pride, I knew I was in the right class for my level. And to be honest the first 3 to 4 weeks were pretty easy since I knew most of the vocabulary but holy shit does it ever progress fast. Now I'm into new stuff and I have to study every single day. We had mid-terms last week, on we'll have our 25 minute interview with the teacher this Wednesday, but I've prepared adequately and feel that speaking is one of my stronger points.

I'm in love with my class. We have three different teachers; a writing one for one hour, a speaking one for two hours and a listening/ reading one for one hour.....EVERYDAY! And to top things off, I think I have the best students in my class. They are fun and we always have a hoot. I look forward to my Korean class to get my daily dose of giggles.

Oh yah I got 97% on the writing component of my speaking test (if that makes sense) and 91% on my reading/ listening test.

I HEART SCHOOL!!!!!! BUT I STILL DON'T HEART HOMEWORK!p.s. bet you can't find my teacher!!!!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Cool Job!

I still can't believe I.WORK.AT.THE.BLUE.HOUSE!

Suicide was the topic of discussion in one of the classes last week, as a result of a famous Korean actor recently taking his life. Then one person spoke up and talked about how he and 2 others in the class were there when the former president took his life last year on May 23rd. Like there, as in with him before he jumped to his death. I had to take a step back and remind myself where I was; his reply, a sudden blow to the face. It came without warning and I didn't exactly know how to recover, how to regain my footing.

Holy shit, I work with guys whose job it is to protect the President of South Korea!!!! How cool is that!!!

Okay, I didn't write this post to toot my own horn, I wrote it to offer thanks. I want to thank all of you for pushing me to believe I could do this job successfully (you know who you are).

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!
Four years ago, I came to Korea with the intention of teaching English for ONE YEAR. And now, I'll leave with a lifetime of stories and moments that have shaped who I am, a darling Korean husband in one hand, and a reference letter from the president in the other.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Lazy lunch!

For breaky this morning I had my regular dressed up oats......with a heaping spoon of peanut butter. I just don't think I can give that stuff up. I may however look into finding healthier peanut butter options. But in Korea it's hard!

For lunch I enjoyed some scrambled eggs with tomatoes and jalapenoes with a sprinkle of cheese on top.......delish! And I had a 2 kiwi, 3 strawberry shake to top it off!

If only I cooked all my meals at home.

MUST.STOP.EATING.OUT!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Immigration Letter #3

We received immigration letter #3 today. I knew it was too early to be approved right away (within 2 weeks of receiving it at the Canadian Embassy in Seoul), so I wasn't so suprised when I opened it and it read:

In order to proceed with your application, you must provide:

* Gap information on your personal history (#11 of Schedule 1) for the period(s) of: March 1998-May 1999

The thing with this is that we didn't back date Sung Hyun's personal history to the age of 18 (we were 3 months short of his 18th birthday). But I do recall reading in the instructions that it had to be since his 18th birthday OR for the past 10 years. So we did comply with the instructions and started from June 1999-Present (February 2010) which covers 10 years.

* Certificate of Military Service for you

Actually there is NO PLACE IN THE INSTRUCTIONS OR ON-LINE THAT STATES WE MUST INCLUDE SUNG HYUN'S MILITARY SERVICE CERTIFICATE IN OUR APPLICATION PACKAGE! I mean I was in the military and didn't provided any certificate, yet my application in Canada wasn't held up as a result.

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So now we have 30 days to send in the documents or our application may be refused. Obviously they are going over EVERYTHING with a fine tooth comb. But I'm happy they are because it means they are doing their job right. So this may just slow down the process a little bit more. We shall see, since all we can do is wait!