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
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!