A Travellerspoint blog

April 2008

you mean to tell me you DON'T have trance music on cassette?

57 °F

hello people!

nothing too new here...just work, work, work...last week and this week is holding period, which means minimal kids last week, and NONE this week! woohoo! they have tests in their regular schools, so we give them a break and let them study more than usual. the only drawback to holding period is the immense amount of work the teachers have to do. BOO. last week i taught three classes (instead of 10), some correcting, and created a set of TOEFL questions for the online homework next semester or so. that included 8 different questions, some with lectures and reading, all with answers. this week i have to finish correcting all of my online homework, plus prepare two mock teaching classes, and a teaching manual for two types of speaking questions. i only have 40 hours to do all this...i don't think so...i'll be going in early a few days and bringing some stuff home.

last week was my birthday, and it was lotsa fun!! we all met down in the courtyard for a while and listened to music, drank some beer, talked, ate cake, etc., then we went to bundang to lose control til like 4am. i got a bottle of wine and two cakes for my birthday...yay! thanks to all of you who sent me birthday cards/wishes!

i also got a cell phone last week! my number is: 010.4528.9008...if you call me on skype you can just dial that number, but if you call me from a land line, then you have to dial: 011.82.010.4528.9008...i would love to randomly get a call from the united states...hint hint hint...

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friday night we worked from 1100-1800, so i went to bundang to play pool with steve and a few of his friends...one of the guys is a korean from LA who actually knew quite a bit about iowa! i was mucho impressed! i was also excited that i finally met the other conservative foreigner in all of korea haha!! we went to some chinese restaurant and had supper, then went to play more pool, then hit up some low key place around the corner. one of the students texted steve and said hi, so i swiped the phone and wrote him back a few times...later he asked steve what were doing, so i told him to respond with: basket weaving =)

on saturday, kim and i went to seoul to meet jen at the dragon hill spa...i think i'll be going back there next month! it's 10 bucks to get in, then they give you some awesome 'spa clothes' and a key to put around your wrist. at all the different places in the spa, you just swipe your bracelet across a scanner and it charges your account. these spa clothes were one-size fits all heavy cotton khaki shorts and shirt with lime green. sexy. i can't say those outfits are anything i'd wear on a regular basis. but anyway, we got some threading done, then hung out in the sauna, then went to the cooling room, and repeated that for a few hours. the cooling room was sooooo sweet!! it was like a freezer and had a couple snowmen to hug to cool you off. =) we were supposed to go to the soccer game in suwon, but it took too much time getting to the spa (two freaking hours to get from suji to seoul...normally takes about 40 minutes) so we hopefully will get to another game in a couple weeks. after the spa we went to the mall and had sushi and ice cream, and took some pictures, then kim and i came home. i had this rice drink that looked absolutely disgusting, but was surprisingly good...it looked like dirty water with rice floating in it...but it was very sweet and delicious!

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my dinner...in the top left corner is cabbage with 'yogurt sauce,' next to it is radish (standard with EVERY meal), kimchi, wasabi, seaweed with radish and caviar and rice and green stuff, california rolls, porridge-type thing served with the meal to prepare your pallet for food, and last but not least, soup! the cali rolls had breaded shrimp and crab wrapped in seaweed, rice on the outside, topped in caviar and pretty yellow and pink sauce!

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this was kim's food...dragon roll...

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this is my new favorite picture. i call it 'the exact same double life.' this guy is wearing red converse shoes and jeans, plus carrying a pair of the same shoes and colored jeans in his hand...it was amusing.

today is sunday and we were planning on going to lotte world. it's an amusement park with fun roller coasters and whatnot...BUT, of course it was raining most of the morning and somehow between last night and this morning, i got sick. instead of going to lotte world, i did some laundry, went to the atm, got some ramen at ok mart, and slept. real productive. i'm going to get my hair cut again tomorrow...it'll be shorter this time and hopefully a little less straight and flat. i'm actually really worried about my hair....like REALLY worried. i'm worried about it falling out (oh the irony). a lot of foreign people come here and because of the excessive bleach in the water (quoi??), it makes women's hair fall out...er, something. it happened to grace and now she has to take some amazing amount of vitamins to grow her hair back...i hope this doesn't happen to me!!!

kim is going to china for ten days next weekend...and she's leaving for home in like two months. i can't believe i've almost been HERE two months. it just doesn't seem real. if the next ten months go by this quickly, i don't know what i'll do! before kim leaves we are taking a trip to the east coast, going to the dmz, lotte world, climb some mountain, everland, and some other stuff....i'm also going camping and at some point i'm going bungee jumping with mau and some of his friends!! i can't waaaaaaitttttttt!!! oohh...and we are surprising kim for her birthday and going to see 'cats' (the musical by my all time favorite composer andrew lloyd webber!!!!!!)...awesome

i got a call from seewoo yesterday and we're making plans for him to come up here to visit some weekend. he told me he is going back to iowa as a transfer student..i had no idea he liked iowa so much!

ok, enough rambling...have a great week everyone!

<3 k

Posted by flaminko 03:00 Archived in South Korea Comments (0)

are you boring?

i really hate internet explorer. A LOT. i'm changing to firefox.

i just typed a really long entry, and i'm really angry because internet explorer is a huge piece of crap, and now i have to type it all over again. but i'm not going to type it all over again.

well...long time no write...i've been busy as a bee here this week...we've had such nice weather here, but it won't be too long before the nasty and really hot weather sets in. gross. makes me feel a little better because it was 60 degrees here today, and it snowed in iowa =) sorry about your luck, guys. make sure you look at all the new photos i put up this week...there are a lot!! http://flaminko.myphotoalbum.com

last monday after work we decided to go to a noribong. for those of you unfamiliar with what they are...they're like karaoke rooms, except private rooms for you and your party. so, we got off work at 11, went to the noribong, and i think i strolled (er, stumbled...) in my door at about 430am. what?? on a monday?? i know...i was just as shocked! So on Tuesday no one really felt like working...so we didn’t...and someone was nice enough to bring us Gatorade!!!

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Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were pretty normal days...teaching and more teaching...on Friday was Sun Young’s last day, so we went and all had dinner after work...that of course turned into more noribong!!! I got home about 5am Saturday morning. Hoon is always very concerned about how I’ll get home and whether or not I know what to say when I get in the cab...i’m still trying to get used to this chivalry thing...speaking of which...hot ta found out how to say ‘you look cute’ and ‘beautiful girl,’ so when he said that to me, I said ‘thank you,’ and he said ‘you’re welcome,’ but heeju told him to say something else, so he said ‘my pleasure.’ I about died...it was so adorable! Steve yelled at me the other day tho bc I tried to get my own water...and then I reached for the chopsticks and he was like, ‘no, no, no, I’m here to serve you princess.’ Yeah...died a little more right there...anyway, back to Friday night noribong...i sang ‘a whole new world’ with hoon and when we were done, heeju told us to stay up there bc she had picked out three more songs for us to sing haha...we must sound pretty good together!

Saturday we went to 화성문 (hwaseong fortress) in 수 원 (suwon)...it was pretty cool...built in the late 18th century, and now has the crappy part of 수 원 and a very main road going right thru the middle of it. It takes about two hours to walk, but after a couple miles you go down these stairs and are all of a sudden in the really really crappy part of 수 원. Naturally when me and kim got down there, we got distracted by random shops on the side of the road....but eventually we found the rest of the fortress like three blocks away. We decided to go to the bus terminal instead....after we ate, we shopped for a little while in the bus terminal, then went back to suji and then lotte mart. I’ve never been so happy to be in suji in my entire life...there were such creepy people in parts of 수 원 ...like hookers, or strippers...and the men standing outside of the window looking at the stripper/hookers...ugh.

Today, Sunday, was so hyun’s wedding. She looked absolutely stunning!!! Here are some main differences in Korean weddings:

  • the point of a Korean wedding is to go and get your picture taken
  • the wedding was in an 8 story building with only the top two floors devoted to the wedding stuff...the other 6 were like restaurants and bars and whatnot
  • people talked throughout the entire thing...there was no big to-do when the bride walked in....everyone kept talking..but they clapped...
  • there was funky music
  • you can eat before, during, or after the wedding
  • the door was open and people could walk in and out during the wedding (which lasted about 20 minutes)

I got in the cab to go to the wedding and the driver asked me if I was miguk, and I could proudly say yes =) I understood!!! He also told me in almost perfect English that I looked very beautiful...awww ajashi!

I still love my students! And apparently they love me =) Heyoung has C class after I do and she noticed this kid Jay was sitting in the front of the class...he normally sits in the back...and she asked him why he was sitting in the front, and the whole class told her it was because he loves me...awww...it’s really funny though, because in my class I was teasing him about having a crush on Kim!

Next week we are going to the east coast on Saturday, then Sunday morning coming back and going to a cultural festival with our Korean class...and Sunday night...haha noribong!!!! It’s the ‘Kelsi is turning 21 for the third year in a row’ party! Woohoo!!!

I always thought the commercials here were very obnoxious...until the other day when I finally understood one. They play the tv show with no commercials, and then play them at the end before the next show comes on and so I sit here and listen to so many commercials at one time. Well, there’s one that sings: saaw oolooyoo. I usually hear it and pay no mind, but the other day I heard it and instead of actually hearing saaw oolooyoo, I heard Seoul milk!! I about had a heart attack!! Seoul is written as two syllables ( saw ool) and milk is ‘oo yoo.’ How do I know this? I read it in Hangul on my milk carton...and yes, mom, I said milk carton...i bought some frosted flakes with a recycle bag on the front and needed milk to go with them =)

Anyway, enough rambling...i’m so angry internet explorer stopped working and this stupid travellerspoint didn’t correctly save my ENTIRE entry. So, sorry this is so short...it was longer...but I’m not typing all of it out again. There are two more videos under this from So Hyun’s wedding.

<3 k

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