Posts tagged ‘living in korea’

November 13, 2011

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend

If there is a right way to do your first night out in Korea then I’m pretty sure last night was it. Met some pretty cool foreign teachers from all around the world. Okay, so the majority of them were from America. And Scotland/England. That’s all-around-the-world ish enough, right? We started off with dinner then went bar hopping. And ended the night in true Korean style – at a noraebang (Korean Karoke)

Shot of SOJU! (Korea rice wine) This stuff is STRONG and tastes so yummy when mixed with juices. (Pictured here with mango juice)

So I’m pretty sure this little holder thing exists elsewhere in the world but I get excited about stuff like this, okay? HOW COOL IS THAT! (no pun intended) and here’s a fun fact my new friends were impressed with when I mentioned it: 4 degrees is colder than the average temperature in a fridge – 7 degrees.

You know those moments in life when you can’t believe how much you’re struggling? And with such simple things too? No? Never had a moment like that? Ok. Well in that case, let me bring some colour into your life. I’m just going to come out and say it. No sugar coating. I have no idea where I live. I mean I don’t even know how to say my address. So you might wonder how in the world I got home last night? Bar hopping and then getting home in your own town is mission enough. Well, let me introduce to you.. USE #358468 for the trusty iPhone:

Ya, go ahead and laugh. I asked my head teacher to record my address in Korean so that I could play it to my cab driver at the end of the night. And that’s exactly what I did. Laugh all you want. But I got home. Safe. Booyah.

And here’s me living life on the edge this morning (aka breakfast of champions aka I have-no-idea-what-I’m-about-to-eat and hope it’s nothing outrageous)

The important thing is I had a game plan. It was an epic fail. But it was a plan nonetheless.

My plan was to show the girl at the family mart the picture of chicken while nodding yes and point to the picture of the pig while shaking my head no. (the Koreans love their pork- everything is pork) but I hadn’t thought far enough ahead to think to download a pic of veggies before I left home (in the case that they didn’t have chicken) Now I know. And in the meantime, I’m going to pretend this is vegetarian. If you know for a fact that it’s not, please don’t tell me.

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November 9, 2011

From Ballin’ as in tears to ballin’ as in $$$

I missed my flight from Seoul to Daegu. Before you bring out the “TIA, you’re not SUPPOSED to be fashionably late for flights” line… HEAR. ME. OUT. So my flight from SF landed in Seoul at 6:40pm. And since bags must clear customs at first port of entry, I had to go through immigration/customs/baggage claim and then RE CHECK IN for my flight to Daegu at 7:20pm. 40 mins to do all that isn’t enough time regardless of how much awesome you’ve got.

SO I missed my flight and the next flight to Daegu wasn’t until the next day. And then I had 2 choices: freak out or think of a plan. I did both. In that order.

Checked into hotel on the verge of tears- main reason nice hotel lady gave me ridiculous room. I was going to get into my room and start ballin (you would too if you were ALONE in a country where you didn’t speak the language) but then I saw the room and thought a room like this and crying just don’t go together. So I decided to keep it cool. And then caught a flight in the morning. ALL’S GOOD IN THE HOOD.

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