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I am going to be an exchange student for a semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. I will start chronicling about Korea consistently starting early August.
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Hello everyone who’s not reading my blog. haha. Anyways, I’ve been slacking on blogging but sometimes I wonder if it’s worth blogging on a public blog. Maybe I’ll move to tumblr so it’s more private and yet public. Tumblr’s aesthetics does appeal to me more, the design is much more sleek compared to wordpress. hm. What should I do?
Anyways, by late March we’ll see whether or not I’ll be going to Korea.
Here are some pictures I’ve been meaning to post. I used an app to edit these photos, which is easier than photoshop.
This is the water bottle I bought in Korea. I had to empty it in order to carry it with me on the airplane. Isn’t it cool? It looks like a pill. I bought it in Dunkin’ donuts and you can also buy it at various bakeries or ice cream places in Seoul.
Another picture of the milk tea bar
Below is a picture of my favorite bubble tea drink in Canada. yum! It’s a slushy strawberry bubble tea.
I saw this sign below at a bakery in Yaohan (canada). Their bread is so good! The sign is cute too.
Below is a beef cake i made with an onion pancake mix I bought at H Mart. It’s quite good. It makes me not want to pay 12 dollars for it at a Korean restaurant.
Some food at a Chinese buffet in Canada. It wasn’t that great. We should’ve gone to a restaurant. It was okay though.
Cakes at a bakery. Hello Kitty!
Some of my favorite buns in Canada
These are the chocolate chip cookies I made recently with chocolate chips from trader joes. It’s much cheaper than the ones in the boxes at other stores which are also like feves.
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Right now, I am listening to FT Island… at 4:56 am due to jet lag. I keep getting sleepy around noon… and then end up waking up at like 4pm. Sad, I know. The first time I heard FT Island was at the Incheon music festival and lately I’ve been listening to them a lot, especially “사랑사랑사랑” and “Love sick”. I don’t think I like their look very much, but I like their songs. Yeah, I woke up at 2am, ate some fried rice around 3:30am and then here I am.
Anyways, I feel like I’ve been slacking on this blog thing lately… especially since other people have been updating a lot more than I have. I guess not many people read my blog because there aren’t that many pictures. Heheheh. I guess since I can’t sleep, I could start writing a little bit and maybe include some pictures. I did keep a journal while in Korea, and I will post some here… not in it’s entirety of course because this is public. My real feelings might be a little too mean…. Lol. I never finished my Europe trip summary because it was mostly touristy stuff, but my first post about it really explained the whole trip. I think. Okay, on with my trip in Seoul!
At the moment, a shining bright light is above me as I write this on the airplane while most of the plane is shrouded in darkness. Apparently Asiana has won some kind of airline award for the past couple years. So far we’ve eaten bibimbap on the plane and I saw Alice in Wonderland. I’m not sure when or if I’ll go to sleep. I mean, we will arrive around 6pm! One of my classmates missed our flight and I’m very worried for her. Most of the boys possess some kind of significant skill in Korean due to heritage or just knowledge, so maybe I should just be somewhere in their circumference. Is that the right word? Range? I forgot.
When we entered the train/shuttle thing at the airport to go to our gates, I knew something was different. The announcements were made in Korean. Lately I have been anticipating this moment—to finally start my journey to Korea. At the same time, I feel like it has either come too late or too early. I am simply not prepared. Perhaps it’s my language skills. Perhaps it’s my lack of courage. I have no idea.
It seems like the boys and some of the girls went out to eat at McD’s at 10pm. I took a shower in cold water because I couldn’t work the faucet and we have butterfly wallpaper.
Today we went to the subway, to get used to using the subway and one of my classmates was quite unhappy because of her shoes and the fact that we were walking a lot. I guess she has ankle problems. It was a long day, for sure, mostly due to jet lag. We went to Myeongdong, the national museum, and also learned how to make kimbap. The showers are still cold and I keep forgetting to ask for towels.
There are limitations to my patience, I’ve realized. I can’t always give and follow all the time. It was really cool to see all the things I learned in history class at the museum though.
Today we ate a yummy breakfast and then took the subway to go to Seoul Women’s University to hear a lecture about Korean and White/European American parenting. Afterwards we ate lunch in the cafeteria.
Yesterday we went to Everland and Carribean land. It was really fun mostly because I was with people who liked going on rides and so I had people to go on rides with. I went on this wooden roller coaster, and I’ve never been so scared on a ride before mostly because I have never been on a really big roller coaster. At the water park we had to wear life jackets and baseball caps.
Today we went to an oriental clinic and did some laundry. At the clinic we ate some rice cakes and drank fermented rice drinks. Some people got some acupuncture and cupping done. It was kind of strange to see everyone taking pictures though. It makes me slightly uncomfortable.
Yesterday we went to the Korean palace and we saw King Sejong and Admiral Yi. I was waiting for that moment because I read about them in history class. At the same time I was really sad because I lost my camera. It was kind of surreal because I was still a little teary and this huge thing was in front of me, all gold colored and I didn’t know what to do with myself. When I got back at the apartment, prof told me that they found my camera, and I was so happy. Things were back to normal.
Today we went to the Korean folk village, which was really cool because it depicted what a Korean village would have looked like. I’m sure anthropology majors would have appreciated it. I love how they displayed various plants and the different types of housing. It’s too bad we couldn’t watch the acrobats due to the rain.
The group vibe and with the combination of losing my camera has made me feel like something is missing, as if I am missing out on something. Maybe because the group has become two different cliques, I feel like Asian people do that a lot. In general, people do that because you can only get close to certain people, and so groups form. It just makes me sad that people leave others out, especially since our group was small to begin with.
Right now I am on the bus and everyone is sleeping or listening to music. We are going to a pharmaceutical company. It is cloudy, but if you stare at the sky long enough, you might be able to see a glimpse of the blue sky. The trees and hills are beautiful here, I almost feel like I have seen these hills before—as if it were something familiar and I stood somewhere and looked across the grassy fields. One of my classmates told me it looked like Vietnam.
Yesterday I went to the palace to get my camera back. People in our group have been getting like 4 hours of sleep whereas I have been getting around 6 hours of sleep.
The other day we went to the hospital to tour the BMT and then met some nursing students. The hospital looked like a hotel and some of the people there dressed like hotel employees. We went to eat with some of the nursing students and it was really cool to get to socialize with them. Some of the boys told me I should use more Korean, which makes me sad because I am trying my best. It did give me more encouragement to try harder though.
It really feels like we’re venturing toward the countryside. It’s beautiful, green, and lush—it’s different form the evergreen trees of Washington. I remember in Greece, everything was yellow, dusty, dry and hot…. Spotted with some olive trees that reminded me of the myth of Apollo. What makes Greece beautiful is the history and the beautiful scenery. The water is beautiful in the Greek sun.
At the moment we are waiting for our turn to visit a house for medical check-ups. We are staying until 5 or 6pm so that we can have dinner afterwards with the students.
I just got back from the hospital and it was an interesting experience, but quite scary. I feel quite guilty about what happened, (but now I have forgiven myself for the most part)… I think the next time I won’t hesitate to give myself the shot when I have an allergic reaction. I am very sorry about what happened, but I am thankful that everything is okay. I know some of my classmates have been talking about me behind my back, which makes me really sad because it’s this fear inside me. I guess they do blame me for what happened, but what could I have done? I really hate needles. I guess I’d do it when I am truly dying, when I would start to wheeze. Next time, it will be by myself.
At the free clinic we got to see a glimpse at what happens when students visit elderly people. One particular lady had several spots of blood on her arms and it looked like really bad bruises in a way. It looked really bad, but the students weren’t sure if they should tell the daughter in law or not.
It was so sunny today. I hope the typhoon passes quickly.
For the past few days we went to Jeju island. It was quite beautiful, even though it was rainy and foggy. I’m glad it got sunnier. The mountain we climbed was especially beautiful. We went to a clinic and a hospital and the people there were really kind. Jeju was especially fun because of all of the Jeju related remarks one of classmates made and the references to the masho game we played while waiting in line at Lotte world.
The church service before on Sunday was interesting, but I’m not sure if I agree with the sermon. Lotte world was interesting, but not as fun as Everland. I liked Lotte world because Stairway to heaven was filmed there. Too bad I didn’t bring my phone and play the soundtrack while riding the merry go round. One of my classmates won a stuffed doll called Mr. Moo, which was shaped like a radish. Apparently Moo is Radish in Korean, so it’s really cute. It was so funny because he tried so hard to get it from the machine.
We also went to a green tea place in Jeju Island, and it was really cool because I remember I used to have this phase where I was obsessed with green tea. I think I’m still slightly obsessed with green tea, but not as much.
We ate dinner during our free day with the nursing students, and we found this really cool shopping area in the express bus terminal (but I never went back because I didn’t have time).
Today we went to the DMZ and everyone was really tired, most people only got like 30 minutes of sleep or an hour of sleep except for a couple of us. I got the most sleep, so I was the only one awake during the talk on the bus to the DMZ. The tour guide was staring only at me. It was still really cool to see a little bit of North Korea in real life.
My partner and I finished our project after several hours and went to Mr. Pizza for dinner. The boys wanted to eat a certain pizza, but they gave us the wrong pizza. So we ended up eating 2 large pizzas and 1 medium one. It was so heavy because 2 of them had cheese filled crusts. It was kind of painful, but really funny at the same time.
Right now I am at the hello kitty café and left the coffee prince coffee shop about 30 miutes ago. I searched for the coffee prince shop for 1-2 hours and found it after asking 2 different shop cashiers where it was. The hello kitty café is really cute. They have coffee with hello kitty foam art and cookies shaped like hello kitty. Some lady wanted me to go to some kind of clinic with her but I stood my ground and started to leave even though she had her hand on my arm.
We just got back from Namsam tower. The food was really good and everything was really cute, like in the lovey dovey sort of way. The fences were packed with locks and there were walls with notes written on tiles. My energy level is so much better after taking the medicine. I feel like I finally gotten used to being in Seoul.
Earlier today we got to paint a fan with a tiger on it. I love doing art, but sometimes I sound frustrated while doing it. Eheheheh.
So I finally got on the airport bus at 9:47pm after getting some blisters and painfully dragging my luggage yesterday for a couple hours and today for about an hour. My luggage is 33 kg and it is super heavy, not including my backpack and purse. I went to bed last night at 1am and woke up at 6:30am. I tried to go to the bank at 8am, but it didn’t open until 9am. I ended up eating breakfast at Friend’s house, the place I stayed at. I was too stressed out to take a picture of it though. The atm finally worked at KB bank. Gosh I love KB now. I am so thankful. I might get to the airport at 10:30am.
Yesterday I moved all of my stuff to friend’s house. It was so painful. I had to stop and rest every half block. I only had half an hour to dress and to meet my Korean teacher and classmate. He treated us to a meal and showed us around Korea University.
What I have to say about Taiwan has been said in my previous blog entry. Annie’s family is awesome and I had a great time. I was tired most of the time, so I didn’t mind not going to too many places. I still had a great time.
I went to bed at 3am and woke up at 8am. I went to the bus stop at 10:30am and took the bus at 11:01am. I got to the airport at 12:50pm and my flight was delayed to 5:30pm. At least Asiana gave me 180 NT for lunch.
I arrived at Best Western around 10pm. I went to bed around 11pm after not eating dinner.
I woke up at 6:30 am….or was it 7:30am? Anyways, I went to eat breakfast around 8:30am and left the hotel for the airport around 9am. With the help of my Korean friend, I followed her directions to Full house. I then took the airport railroad subway to Unseo Station. I realized that I was supposed to take the commuter train, not the express. After arriving at Unseo Station, I took the 710 bus (you could take 203) to the Sammok ferry terminal (삼목선착장, Sam-mok sun chak jang). Her directions told me to take the ferry toward 신도섬 or Sindo island, but I didn’t even think about it. The guy at the ferry told me to hurry and run toward the ferry. So I did. I got off at the first stop and then took the bus waiting in the parking lot. I asked if it was going to full house and they said it was. I paid about 1000 won because they didn’t accept T-money. The only time I used my subway card was to Unseo Station and on the bus to the ferry terminal.
After taking the bus, I walked for about 30 minutes, and I am glad they had signs, but they only had like… 3 signs, so after walking for 15 minutes in the country side and no signs for the last 20 minutes, I got a little worried. Maybe because I didn’t know how far 1.3 km was in miles. lol. But eventually I reached full house because there were groups who were walking in the same direction. So many Korean people thought I was Korean and asked me where full house was. I have no idea. The way they said it made me confused until I realized how Korean people spelled “Full house”. They say it with a “p” sound, and so the whole time I thought they were talking about princes…. lol.
While walking back to the bus stop, it started raining like crazy. It was crazy I tell you. I got kind of soaked even though I had a plastic rain coat. It was that rainy. It’s not the same rain as in Seattle. It is worse. It is like monsoon rain. Yeah, I had to walk in that for 30 minutes.
I got back at the hotel at 3pm because I waited for about half an hour for the bus and then another half hour for the ferry. I had to check out by 4pm, so I could only wash my feet before my flight. My feet were still soaked because my sneakers were soaked from the rain and my extra shoes were in my checked baggage. (I checked my baggage in Taiwan so I wouldn’t have to pick it up in Seoul.)
While waiting at my gate, I saw Sandi. Which was really cool. Anyways, it was really hard to sleep on my the plane, but I was glad I was on the plane.
I went to a broadway show around 4 hours after going home and I fell asleep like halfway through it. Oh well. It was really fun though!
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Warning, events are not discussed in order of occurrence.
Right now it’s 1 hour before I leave for Seoul. I think everything is going according to plan except for the hotel situation. I’m not sure where I am staying, but hopefully things will pull through with Asiana. My flight got delayed again from 3:25 to 5:30pm, so Asiana provided 180 NT for a meal. I haven’t written in this blog in a while, mostly because I’ve had such a hectic schedule and I have been really lazy. I usually don’t complete these online blog entries about my travels. Where did my Europe trip summary run off to? It’s already been a year and I haven’t finished it. I don’t really think I will. I guess if you wanted the pictures to go with these summaries, you’d have to go on facebook if you’re my facebook friend to look at my photos. I don’t really have captions either. Maybe I’ll fill in that part later… or never.
Before going to the airport I was so worried I would be going on the wrong bus, but the people who worked at the bus station took care of me so I am glad. At least I don’t need to think about my luggage until after I get into Seattle. Hopefully Asiana will live up to it’s name, it hasn’t failed me yet.
I’m not sure if I’ll tell my parents about my allergic reaction in Seoul, mostly because they wouldn’t let me go travel by myself anymore. I still need to get reimbursed for it. UW travel insurance, why don’t you answer my emails?! I guess I’d have to call them later and then mail the paperwork. If you ask me in person, I will tell you. Otherwise, I won’t go into details in here. Let’s just say it involved someone’s thumb being pierced by an epi pen, a police car, and 40 dollars. It was like a horror movie and action movie combined. Hehehehe….
Another painful part of my trip was when I ran out of money before leaving for Taiwan about a week ago and I didn’t have enough money to pay for the airport bus. I went to 5-7 different atms and had to wait until 9am for the banks to open. I went to 3 different banks and then I finally found a global atm that worked. Thank you KB bank. KB, you are awesome because my debit card seems to only work with your bank.
At the end of the day, I got 7 blisters from dragging my ridiculously heavy luggage several blocks and then from the previous day dragging them around the subway. The day before I had to move to a new place and unfortunately took the subway. When I finally got my wits together to take the taxi, the stupid taxi wouldn’t take me even though it was like 3 blocks away because they didn’t recognize the address. I almost cried. At least this one guy helped me carry it up like 50 steps in the subway. He noticed my pain. Hahahah… so thankful he was there though.
I got to meet my friend/classmate from Korean history class and also my Korean teacher and classmate in Seoul. It was soooo cool.
The other and first painful experience in Seoul was when I lost my camera in Gyungbokgung palace. Thankfully Koreans are really nice and eventually I got my camera back at the lost in found. I actually cried at Gyungbokgung palace, it was quite sad. I am so thankful that I got my camera back for sure!
When I arrived at Taoyuan airport in Taipei, my friend Annie wanted me to go meet her at Songsan airport. While on the bus, I was freaking out and panicking because I realized then that I told the lady the wrong name for the airport. Thankfully I got to the right airport. The lady who helped me rushed me out like crazy. It was kind of stressful. If you’re familiar with Chinese people, you know what I mean when I say that they rush you. It’s like they’re angry or something. Heheheheh. Anyways, I got there okay and I am also thankful for public phones.
I am thankful for Annie’s family, because they were so kind to me while I stayed with them. I can’t believe how many times they treated me to meals and that they paid for my bus fares when they really didn’t need to. They have a beautiful house and Annie’s brother is really cute in a 12 year old sort of way. Hahahah.
I ended up going to sleep last night/morning at 3am and woke up at 8am. I’m really sleepy. I think I was really sleepy toward the beginning of the trip and then by the last week I was finally able to get used to the time change. Hopefully it’s not as hard to go back to Seattle. I heard it’s rainy… it’ll be a huge weather change for me. I don’t think it’s as difficult to beat the heat during the time I went compared to maybe the heat in Europe/Asia during July. Now that’s really painful. It was actually okay when I got used to it.
Okay, I might continue, or maybe not. I might type my written journal entries, but I’m not really sure. For now, I think I’ll stop here.
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Wow, it’s been a long time since I blogged! Well, I have been a bit depressed lately, I have no idea why. Oh, and an update on my broken camera. I can still use it but I have to rewind it in the dark and tape the rewind thing to the camera. I think eventually it will break completely and then I’d have to completely rewind it in the dark. I will try to shoot alot of photos when I go to Seoul. I am SOOOOOOOOO excited. So excited that the level of excitement has gone off the charts and therefore I am no longer excited. If that makes sense at all. lol.
I just got back from my pre-departure meeting and it was really hard to come up with questions on the spot. I thought it was going to be informational, but i really just wanted to check if my adaptor was the right one or not. I was stressin’ for nothing. But that’s good, right? heheh. Otherwise, it was pretty awkward, with those awkkkkward silences. And I was late. *sigh* Oh well. Did I say I was excited? I am excited!!!!! !! !! !
Well, at the moment I am sitting in the library wondering what I should do for the next hour until dinner time. dinnnaaaaaa….. yes. I can’t believe I am going to eat Korean food. I really shouldn’t. Especially since I am going to Korea and will eat Korean food straight for 3 weeks. I might be either craving for more or I will be sick of it. I’m not sure which one. I feel guilty I didn’t do summer school. I feel guilty that I have been jobless for two years. since I’ve been in college. hahahahah. I really need to make money though.
Sometimes I wonder why I am often alone and not invited to things when it’s obvious I have nothing else to do. WHY AM I NOT INCLUDED?!! I guess I shouldn’t be jealous. I shouldn’t be greedy. I should save money. Yes, less outing, less money. ha! Well, not everyone loves Christina. heheheheh.
Gosh, I am so bored. What am I supposed to do?!
Well, when i get back from Korea, I am going to a broadway show…. which is sooo cool! Hopefully I won’t be too jetlagged.
Why am I so excited for secret santa?! It’s not even September yet.
I think i am more excited for secret santa than any birthday of mine. I have evil plans. hehehehhe. mwahahahha…..
I do have some foodie pictures to post, but my camera is at least 1 hour a way from me. in my luggage. Maybe the next time I blog it’ll be about Korea and Seoul and how wonderful Korea is going to be. yayayayay
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