Last week on Instagram…

I was pretty poppped. This meant caffine lol. The ice cream bar is called “Wild Body”…yess…

#먹스타그램 #데일리 #하트. #heart #instafood #loveit #food #korea #bupyeong #incheon

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I took a picture as the lady was mixing the rice. She tells me, I’m not done yet. I thought she meant mixing the rice…then she proceeded to shape it into a heart. “NOW I am done. You can take your picture now.”

This is one of the entrances to the grill place (from the previous picture). It is MASSIVE. I just cannot even begin to explain how large it was. You could probably host 4 weddings here. It was just nuts.

Cookie butter, and flats. All ~$4 each. I love my Emart :D

Yet another picture from the grill place. This is the action shot at one of the other tables…The rice comes at the end, after grilling the meat.

#partnerincrime #junco #korea #kareoke #노래방 #데일리 #longweekend #loveit

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I went to meet one of the other teachers. Being Korean born, she knows the place. She also studied abroad for several years, and gets the feeling of being on your own. So I was so happy when she called me up and said let’s hang out xD We went to a Karaoke place. Ended up spending about $30 each, and had a blast for three hours. That was after the massive dinner, and Korean movie :)

Last week on Instagram…

I miss my gels…

I used a Christmas release soak off gel by Fingerpaints (bought at Sally Beauty Supply).

I did these for my friend Lo’s wedding. A grand night filled with a lot of laughter :D

Gels

Gels

I really miss doing my own gels. I wish I could have brought my system with me, but the lamp was not compatible with the voltage (amps? I don’t know) here. I should go and get them done, as they aren’t overly pricey…but just haven’t had the time to do the research to look for a decent place.

That being said, my first main goal is to try and make them long! Haha…I miss that :)

I miss my gels…

Last week on Instagram…

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been so MIA. The new place doesn’t have wifi, and I haven’t been able to set up my own phone or internet. I still have to register for my alien registration card, before I am able to do so. I am, however, alive.

Guess that is the important part :P

I do miss blogging though…and I sacrificed my camera at home cause of weight issues for my luggage. But hopefully, I will get one here, or just deal with the only point and shoot that I did bring.

In any case, let me do some catch up on the Instagram posts…

I flew from Toronto to Incheon Seoul, South Korea on Valentines Day (aka Red Day as my students have told me). It was a direct flight, but not the best. I had a woman who coughed the entire trip, and a baby two seats infront of me. Still better than the flight I had back in early fall, which had 4 babies. That was a nightmare.

On a side note, that is the new, really pretty under black light, passport of mine. 10 years baby. I have preserved my youth with this on…too bad my passport picture wasn’t the best.

I had a week of training, which I needed to pass. It was hell. On the plus side, my roommate and I got to go grocery shopping. I spotted these CUTIES! I didn’t buy any, but even if I had…I doubt I would have been able to eat them :P

We had training during the week of Lunar New Year. This meant that nearly everything was closed. I went out to dinner with some of the other trainees. Good times. Though I can’t say that the Lotteria meal I had was any good. McDonalds>Lotteria for sure.

I ate this. It is off to the side, you can’t really see. But I had the Korean version of Japanese Natto (fermented soy beans), soup. I REALLY dislike it, mainly because the smell is just like a dirty rag. But, since nothing was open…you do what you gotta do. The entire meal was just a little over $13 for my share. Was really yummy, despite the fact that it smelt.

For training, we work with Samsung Note Tablets. A pain, but at the same time, quite cool. Anyway, I ate my tofu and instant ramen. Twas good. Had to memorize a lot of info that night…I passed one of the tests the second time around (failed by one the first time).

Once I finally got to my new area (Bupyeong, South Korea), I was looking around for free wifi. I actually bought two things before I headed to Starbucks. A lot of the wifi access here is based on signing up for a site first. Then you can access in different stores. Or I have to pay about $1.50 to use for 3 hours. Well, problem is that they don’t accept Overseas credit cards :T So whats the point?! Anyway, I thought Starbucks would be fine, since I had used it for free at the Starbucks in Myeong Dong. Oh how wrong I was. Not sure if this was because this wasn’t a real stand alone store, but I couldn’t access it. So I wasted about $10 trying to find Wifi. I then walked around, and finally asked these two girls if they knew where I could find a computer room in the area. they used to be so popular, but I couldn’t find one that was open! They didn’t know OTL. She fully bowed to me (proper bow, with her hands folded), and ran off with her friend. Was so cute XD

The next day, I went to another training thing with one of the other teachers. Super thankful for her guidance during this time. I also got to bring this kit home with me. This was gifted to the teachers, but the teacher I was replacing didn’t want the extra weight to drag to his new location. SOOOOooooo…I got to keep it xD GREAT for me, since the spam comes in handy for some small meals I can make. The oils are expensive, so I don’t have to buy them. The tuna was great in the noodle dishes I made. I was a happy camper for sure!

To celebrate, my coworkers wanted to go eat and drink. One of them wanted to take us all to her favourite place, where they serve blueberry makgeolli (Korean rice wine, though it isn’t really a wine). It WAS really really good. But, I’m a weak drinker, so I didn’t have much. But definitely something I want to make when I’m back home. Fruits are too expensive here.

Finally, I went to celebrate a coworkers birthday. My goodness did we have fun! I spent more than I really should have, but there was no regrets. Okay…maybe a little the next morning when I had to work with the kids again…but other than that :P But yes, Karaoke was totally a blast. I was pretty hoarse the next morning :P

So…

that is a mini update on me. I’m hoping I’ll have a few things set up within the next two weeks…but we will see. All depends on the Immigrant card I need from the country. Fingers crossed it gets processed soon!

Last week on Instagram…

Hello from Korea :)

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the lateness of this post. I finished up training just after noon on Friday, and spent most of the afternoon/evening cleaning.

I got to Korea in the afternoon on Sunday, and went straight to my Hotel room.

I also got REALLY lucky and got a cool roommate. I think I would have been fine with the other two girls as well, so it isn’t that bad anyway :P

Then hell broke loose lol

I slept about 19 hours from Sunday night to Thursday night. I was miserable. I mean, I knew I wouldn’t get a LOT of sleep, but then my trainer sent this rather…depressing email, which caused me to freak out. Nice guy, and attractive, but after that email -______-

In any case, he was still great for trying to explain things, so I can’t knock him too much. I do appreciate the information I did get from him.

Met some interesting people from our training group as well.

Anyway, I ended up passing, but even if I hadn’t, my location would have taken me anyway. I mean why wouldn’t they…I’M AWESOME!

Oh, I didn’t think I Would have internet for a few more weeks, but then the teacher who trained me today for the younger grades said all I needed was a LAN cable. SURE ENOUGH…it works XD

Not sure for how long, but seeing as I still have a few weeks left to try and make my immigrant card, this will hopefully hold me over. On that note, not having a phone is pretty hard. I mean, there are times I really REALLY want to call my mom or friends who can translate something for me…but I can’t. Like last night, I wanted to do laundry, but couldn’t figure it out. I then tried to wash my feet…but it was only cold water. I found out MUCH later that it was because I didn’t turn on the heating. Oops. Didn’t know.

Anyway, I’m so SUPER Thankful for everything, despite the week of hell. My director is nice, the teachers are quirky in a wonderful way, and from what I got to see of the students on Monday, are awesome. I start my first class on Monday, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Hope to update you all again soon…but for now…bye :)

Hello from Korea :)

Let’s do this…

Dear reader and friends…

I am on my way to get on my direct flight to Korea.

When I was in mid early-mid 20s, I was so eager to graduate and go teach in Korea.

There were major roadblocks over the years, and a few detours…but I’m finally making it happen.

I shall update when I can, but might be after a week. The first week in Korea is dedicated to training with the academy. I also need to pass certain tests…so hope and pray that I don’t over think, and I pass them!!

I obviously want to start with a good first impression, and failing is not too ideal >_<

In any case, its weird knowing I'm leaving. I mean, I knew I would be, but wasn't sure when…only because of all the delays in the last few weeks. As such…I screwed up timing to meet up w some people. Luckily there is email, twitter, and Instagram to keep in touch :)

Okay.
I'm in the middle seat on this CRAZY packed plane. A little worried, but all should be okay. Just won't drink as much water as I would normally on a long flight…

Well, wish me luck. Keep me in your thoughts…and I'll update you soon!

Let’s do this…

Okay, another mini update :)

So, I’m currently sipping on my bbt from Real Fruit, while I wait for mom to finish up at the gym.

Why not do a mini update post while I’m waiting…so yay!

Well, I’ve mentioned it a few times, but truthfully I kept doubting it would actually happen. Well, I received my Visa confirmation number, and dropped off my passport at the consulate the other day to have my visa stamped.

That means…I probably have about a week left in Canada. I will finally, after probably nearly 8 years of hoping…will be teaching in Korea.

I’ve hit a few hiccups, and will continue to see some more my first week. This is since I need to do a health test (let’s hope I don’t have something severe I didn’t know about O___o), and have to do training that requires a few tests. If I fail, there is a possibility of having my contract revoked. Then its a mad scramble for a new job lol. In any case, I’m not too worried, as I know where my passion to work with children/youth, and know my skills. What I am worried about is my ability to memorize things. That and my health in terms of not being weak. I recently caught a cold, as I was recovering from the flu. This is what stress and worry does to you people…DONT BE STRESSED! Haha…I say that, but I’m the one who got sick :p

Anyway, the point is, the consulate said my visa should be done before Thursday next week. Then I want to leave asap, so I can hopefully see my aunt before training starts. She fell just after the new year, and…ended up breaking her hip. She had it replaced, and is finally at home. Usually this is really really bad for people her age, but when mom called to check in on her, she was feisty as ever. I officially know that all unintentional/kinda intentional snappy comments are part of my blood line from my moms side haha…

In any case, keep your fingers crossed for me, that…
– my visa gets completed without any issues, and hopefully by Monday/Tuesday. I filled out the form, so I shouldn’t be declined the visa.
– that I get at least 90% better by about the same time. I don’t want to be sick on the plane, or during training…I mean I’ll be sleep deprived and jet lagged
– that I don’t fail training (just need to try and remember not to panic)
– that I meet some great people during training, who I can work together with so we can all achieve our goals
– finally, that I might meet some people who I might be able to call friends in this new place

So.
That’s about it for me. Still trying to fit what I need in my one checked luggage, and carry-on. Proving a little hard. But I was able to take all the mu and other face things I need to survive the first 6-9 months. I want to concentrate on converting the Korean Won into Canadian Dollars asap as the dollar has fallen quite a bit, which is in my favour for conversion. So rather save money for a bit, rather than spend like a nut :p

I’m pretty excited!

So, for now, that’s all I have for you. Ill update on progress once I have the passport back :)

Okay, another mini update :)