Housekeeping…

Hautelook.com Referral Link
Beyond the Rack Referral Link (you do need to be patient with this site. takes 2-3 weeks sometimes to ship out the product.)
Ebates US referral link (Great for Sephora.com Purchases :P)
Ebates Canada
Groupon referral link
DropBox Referral

As a side note, I cannot be held responsible for what happens after you sign up. So far my experiences have been alright, so I hope that yours would be too.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Namiseom Website

One of the things I wanted to do, was to go to Namiseom/Namisum/Naminara Republic, in Chuncheon, South Korea.

Why did I want to go?

I can’t really explain. Mostly because I like wandering about in such beautiful nature.

Anyway, since I couldn’t wake up in time, I didn’t get to take the shuttle (information can be found HERE about the shuttle and other directions). So that meant that I would have to take the train.

Not a huge issue, but it did take a bit of time to get there. Try not to get lost when you transfer to the different lines. I actually decided to take a different way home, and I got totally confused at one of the stations -___- (I didn’t realize that two trains came on the one track).

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Once you get to Gapyeong station and exist, you will see the Information centre on the right of you. You will also see the Taxi area (centre-ish), and the bus area to your left.

I hopped on the bus, as the Information Lady said that it was arriving soon. Because it is considered a transfer, I didn’t pay much. You take the bus ALL the way to the end of the line. Not too long, roughly 5 minutes?

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Once you get off, you will have to walk towards the entrance, bypassing all these restaurants along the way. They all advertise Dakglabi, which is a chicken dish that is well known in Chuncheon.

Oh, I forgot to mention, that my dad and his family is from Chuncheon. But no one in his family is there anymore.

Once you walk to the entrance, you will pay 10,000won for your passport fee. This includes the admission and the ferry ride. If you show them your real passport, you will only pay 8,000won. Hey! Any little bit counts :P Especially in Korea as you could buy a few treats for that.

You may have to wait a little bit for the ferry, but it won’t take too long to board.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
This shot was from the boat. You can see the first tower, which is the Namiseom Zip Wire. If you pay (I think) 38,000won, you can zipline into Nami Island. I may have chickened out…though I tried passing on it by saying I should save my money…lol

It takes a little over 5 minutes to get to the island…

Once there, I followed the path to the left.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Since I wanted to eat my breakfast (though it was already a little over noon I think?), I sat on the edge of the water.
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
There are a lot of seats long the edge, and a lot of people just open up their picnic baskets to eat together. There was this group of older women who had a radio going, and singing along :D

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Its green everywhere…so if greenery bores you, this might not be for you.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
This is a chestnut. You are reminded by the use of signs, all over the park, not to pick any nuts. The animals depend on them. You wouldn’t want them to starve would you?!

On a side note, do you know how chestnuts come to be? You will encounter a lot of scrubber looking things. Apparently they enclose the chestnut…I learned something new.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Namiseom supports UNICEF, which is why there are banners next to the face

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
The infamous row of tall trees…

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Roughly in the centre of the island, you will find the food area. There are quite the number of cafe looking places, as well as restaurants. You will also find a crowd…

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
…where someone will be making steam bums :) There was a huge line, so I didn’t get one.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
You will also find a lot of odd statues/sculptures/art work. Most are to have been created by the waste that is created by visitors. Others are to support some sort of cause.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
…like I said…

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
I actually had so much fun with these guys…until I realized that bugs could potentiall crawl out of the cracks *shudders*

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
This was amusing. I tried to make my own…and failed miserably lol

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Back at the docking area for the ferry

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
I only realized that there was a face, after editing this photo for the post. I was taking a picture because it was so pretty.

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic
Goodbye Nami Island

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

Korea 2014: Naminara Republic

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Olay Total Effects CC Cream

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Olay Total Effects 7 in 1
CC Cream
Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Another Alphabet product. At the same time, it is different.

You can find this in Fair to Light, and Light to Medium. If you were planning on using this for mere colour, you will be disappointed. Think of it as a lightly tinted colour corrector. It spreads thin, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble trying to make this blend in. A tube will cost you roughly $24CAN at Walmart.ca, which is a tad on the pricey side. Especially if you are looking for more pigmentation. If you are, there are others you can turn to. This one chooses to work for us by filling in pores and other imperfections one might have.

FYI, a little heavy on the scent, so might not be for everyone.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Swatch
Right side looks more filled in, than the left side (So it makes it look moisturized/not that many lines)
Lines aren’t as apparent, but it does seem to settle in the dry lines on my hand. Which doesn’t turn out to be a bad thing, as it helps to fill in pores on my face.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Bare skin – With CC Cream – With mineral foundation over CC Cream
I like that it grabs on to the loose mineral foundation quite well. My skin looks more yellow for the last picture, but that is because of my foundation and not the CC. You can see that the CC evens out my skin tone, where my skin is red. It slightly helps to fill in the pores, which is more apparent with something over it. I cannot just leave my face with the CC cream. If you have skin in better state (not battling acne since your teens, and not currently battling adult acne), then this might be something you want to check out.

Again with the late night post…

Here I am…writing at 2:30 yet again.

But I can’t sleep. Again.

I waited til 9pm last night, and when I didn’t hear back…I shot off an email to one of the new contacts that I was introduced to yesterday.

Guess what?
They emailed me back within two hours. I’m sure the other one gets a lot of applications, but it would have been nice to stick to their own deadline, or just tell me “no”. In any case, I’ve dusted my hands of them.

Now, I mentioned that I needed to be back in Toronto for my friend’s wedding in November. I let them know that in the preliminary email. All my friends who have taught in Korea at Hakwon’s have said that they haven’t had issues with taking vacations. But then again, they did this back when they graduated undergrad about 7 years ago. Guess things have changed, as even the Hakwons have more strict days for vacation times.

In any case, if I don’t take a week off, they are willing to discuss working with me. That is going to be tight, but then again AY knows. I’m thankful she would rather me be there for a short while, rather than not being there at all. So, how have I worked the schedule?

  • Leave Korea Wednesday night, come back to Toronto by Wednesday night
  • Attend rehearsal dinner Thursday/Friday night
  • Ensure I know choreography for the dance
  • Make sure bridesmaid dress is alright
  • Be awesome for her wedding day, and cry buckets for my dear friend
  • Dance the evening away
  • Send off the happy couple
  • Run back home, grab luggage
  • Hop back on plane Sunday morning, arrive back in Korea Monday morning

At least…that is the plan so far. Otherwise, maybe I can find a half year gig, transfer my E2 into an F4, and tutor until the wedding. Ah…molla. Guess we will see what this recruiter says. Either way, I’ve started digging up all the English Conversation materials I used at SA many years ago. Also started looking for games. Doesn’t hurt to have something prepared right :P

*fingers crossed*