It has been 14 weeks now, cray to the z! My week has been super chilled out. Something I definitely needed as I have been feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed out about life again.
Last weekend I did a cloud bridge hike, green tea picking, a temple stay, and went on a cable car. I chose the same tour company I went with last time, Adventure Korea. It was another great getaway from the city of Seoul (I will make a blog post about it soon). I really enjoy doing temple stays. It is peaceful, spiritual, and super interesting to learn about Buddhism.
I had two days off this week. Wednesday was election day, and Friday was memorial day. On one of those days off me and my friends decided to check out a dog cafe. It was the weirdest experience I have had in Korea so far. I would never go back to one.
Lets hope next week brings more excitement! My mum arrives on Friday, woohoo.
We can officially say that we are half way through the year! Man it feels just like yesterday that it was New Years Eve. Days, months and years go by so damn fast. It is so crazy to think that I am 23 years old. That is like a quarter of my life gone! I have so much to do, so much to see, and so much to explore.
The last week has been really hot, hitting around the 30s. When I walk from the subway to school I sweat like an oven roasted slab of meat. When I go to the gym it is even worst as there is no aircon! Walking around my apartment with barely any clothes on seems to be the only logical solution right now.
And so my week went like this…
I am absolutely terrified of snakes and unfortunately there is one on my grade level. I thought that I better man up and live life on the edge. Here I am holding Alex the snake! Oh yea and here is another class pet. A huge giant snail, ew.
Boy oh boy is it getting hot in Korea. Apparently this is just the beginning….ahhh shyte! I have caved and started using aircon at home as my little shoebox of an apartment is just getting too damn hot. But yay for the aircon finally being turned on at school. The government controls when schools can use the aircon and heating system so the kids and I were very relieved when we were able to switch it on. It is pretty awesome how I get two summers in a year, and then another one at the end of the year!
So the last seven days of my life went like this. At the end of last week, 2-1 did another science experiment. I am trying to make it as practical and as fun as I can, the kids are loving it. Our question was ‘Can I blow up a balloon without using my mouth or a pump?’. We filled a balloon with baking soda, and we filled a drink bottle with vinegar (not stressful at all to do with 7 year olds). Here are a couple of pictures of our end results.
Its that time of the week again where I sit down and write what I have done in the last seven days of my life. This is going to be awesome to look back on I reckon. Well I am officially half way through my first school semester…jeepers! So this is what it feels like to live in the real world, have a job, be independent. Mhmm its kind of cool, but also routines are boring. Teaching is one of those jobs where everyday is a different day, so the routine of it all is not too bad. There could be a lot worse!
My weekend started off with a broken washing machine. I have a samsung frontloader which normally functions fine. It wasn’t until Saturday that the water was not draining out. My first thought was…omg how am i suppose to get my sheets out of here, they are stuck!! The machine would not allow the door to open at all since it was sensing water still in there. I managed to drain the water by twisting some weird tap thing. I pretty much flooded my whole bathroom and I was able to open the machine door, yahee! However, my second load of washing did the exact same thing! Luckily my dads a plumber, so I facetimed him and explained the situation hoping he could somehow help me….and that is what he did. He advised me to pull the filter out (the thing i twisted to drain the water out) as there could be something stuck in it. So there I was draining out all the water again. Instead of twisting it back into place I pulled the whole filter out. There it was, three coins and a hair clip. Thanks dad, you are awesome. I now have a working washing machine again. I am thinking that online plumbing could be a real trade!
I think reality has set in. I am in South Korea. It is almost half way through the year. And the feeling of exhaustion, homesickness, and tears are kicking in. Ten weeks are down, damn. I have just got back from a six day break and after the way I am feeling right now, I think I would of rather not have had one.
On my second day of the break, Friday (nothing probably happened the first day) I went on an adventure up a little mountain with Steph and Lauren. There I was sporting my cute as exercise pants and a tank top. That was until an adjumma (older korean lady) started pointing and yelling something in Korean about my shoulders being exposed. Mhmm yea my bad. I forgot that it is okay to have your ass hanging out, but not your shoulders. Anyways, the walk was really nice. A cat was even at the very top ready to greet us. It was sort of like a wtf moment…a cat at the top of a mountain. Uhhhh kay? Later that night we had a surprise birthday party for Luke.
Below I have written eight truths about me, myself, and I. I am not perfect, and I am definitely not striving for perfection. I recognise that some of these things can easily be changed, and are the results of my own doings. However, this is me in a nutshell for the year 2014.
I am not sure what I want in life. Does anybody know what they truly want in life? Live for today, and not for yesterday or tomorrow. All I know is that I am happy right now. Sure I want to get married, have a family, and be successful. But if we know and plan what we want, will we ever be truly content and satisfied? A lot can change in a day, a week, a month, and a year. I never dreamed once that teaching in Korea was going to be apart of my life. Occupying your energy on the future is wasting energy on what you could be doing right now. Live like today is your last, and stop worrying about something unseeable.
Okay so I have finally got my laptop back from being repaired…oh yea and I have lost every single document and photo possible. I cant really remember what has happened in the last week so this wont be very long due to the early onset of Alzheimer’s.
I have officially joined a ballet studio, Seoul Tanz Station. Although it is a 40 minute journey, it is such an amazing feeling getting back into dance and it is what I have been missing all these years. I had never really opened up about my feelings about not being able to cheer due to my ACL reconstruction back when I was 17. It was my life for a good few years, and having to quit not on my own accord was really hard on me. As many of you know, I tried going back to cheerleading last year but I re-tore my ligament on my first day back! I have needed a new hobby and passion for a long time now, fingers crossed this is it. I am the only foreigner in my class, but dance is its own language so it works out fine. I go two times a week and inbetween ballet classes I am hitting the gym.
This week at school I took my first proper science lesson. I taught the kids about Chromatography and they absolutely loved it. Their faces and responses were priceless. Basically we drew a line around a coffee filter with a water-based marker. We then dipped the filter into water and watched all the different colours slowly leak out. Here are some cute pictures of what we did.
Hard at work, recording our scientific process and findings.
I can’t even handle how cute this little guy is.
A few different examples. The yellow on the far right was actually a brown marker pen. It worked so well and showed a range of colours.
I am on a break from Wednesday to Tuesday as it is Buddha’s Birthday. I promise that next weeks blog post will be much better!
I think its fair to say that the good old saying “time goes fast when you’re having fun” is pretty darn true. I feel like this year is going to zoom by! We are almost in May…what the frig man.
So last weekend I went and did a temple stay with my friend Lauren. It was a really good getaway out of Seoul as Seoul is its own little bubble. I was actually able to see trees, mountains, land….oh and even a real looking house. Mhmm yea a house that sits on the ground, has a front door, and a little front yard. I forgot those existed. We traveled by bus to a state called ‘Jeollabukdo’ which is almost at the bottom of South Korea. I didn’t realise how small South Korea is. After a few rest stops, and some looking around we arrived at Geumsansa Temple. I lived my weekend as a monk, learning how to pray, meditate, eat, and understand parts of Buddhism. To read more about what i got up to then check back soon and click here.
So my weekend was meant to be a relaxing, non drinking, party free, me time weekend…it did start of that way. I cleaned my apartment in the morning and then went shopping by myself at Myeongdong. I really needed some shoes and it has been a nightmare trying to find any in my size. Damn my big feet! I found some at H&M as well as forever21 so I got a couple pairs. Phew! I also got a couple pieces of clothing. I didn’t really bring that many clothes here. I needed some more summery ones. I then cancelled my me time as Susan and Stephanie facebooked me and asked if I was keen to go to a wine bar. Mhmm wine, of course I am keen! We drank wine, cocktails, ate thai food, got a gangster hat, and then headed to some Korean clothing markets. We were in Dongdaemun hoping to shop at the amazing markets that everybody raves about, but it ended up only opening at early hours of the morning. So instead we went inside an indoor clothing market. I found a super cute dress and was trying to haggle (not really sure how it works here), got the dress, and then lost Susan and Stephanie. Hehe haha saaa silly! The rest of my weekend consisted of going to more Korean clothing markets as the clothes are super cheap. I got a dress for $15! I will make a blog post for you all, modeling my new purchases. I love my new gangster hat. So cutie cute man. My budget has sucked this month, but starting from next month I am going to be saving my dollars because I really want a house. At this rate I will be living in a trailer park for the rest of my life, and that is if I am lucky. For now I will just stick to my fully funded apartment.