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[Life in Korea] – The End of an EPIK Journey

2 more days!! Wow, I can’t believe I’ve finished. With all my complaining and all my rants about Korea, I think I will still miss this place. I have made myself a little family of close friends, and I will surely miss them, as well as my students (yeah I know they get on my nerves sometimes).

I have just finished packing my bags and pretty much ready to leave…I am dreading lugging around 2 luggages tomorrow around Seoul, but it is what it is.

Well, this will probably be my last post in Korea, and I am off to Taiwan for a trip around the island, which will probably mean I will not be posting for a while. Though that’s not really something new….yeah I procrastinate…I know…

Good-Bye Korea, I’ll miss you, though not all of you haha

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Korea Bound

 

[Life Update] – The Count Down

Once again I am here to apologize for my lack of posting. I am in the count down phase of my year in Korea, and time has seen to be going by far slower than the first half of this year, and it’s killing me. The longer it feels, the more I miss my family and friends back home. I am sure I’ll start complaining about how boring life is in Vancouver when I return, but meanwhile, I truly miss the feeling of being surrounded by loved ones.

I am currently in the process of purchasing things to send home. These include BB creams, toners, eye liners, and possibly face cream (though I haven’t tried one that amazes me just yet). I’ve been going though my sample stash and trying out the creams that I have gotten. Holika Holika is very terrible for skin care, most of the stuff feels sticky, and has an overwhelming scent that I do not enjoy. The Faceshop creams have been okay, most feel fine on the face and smells okay as well.  Having not purchased many Skinfood products, I don’t have many samples from them, but I have tried so many I think I might hoard that back home. It’ll be between that and The Faceshop or Innisfree.

Anyways, I have a The Faceshop night cream lined up for posting, just have to type it up. Hopefully I don’t procrastinate! 🙂 Lots of love!

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Korea Bound, Out of the house

 

[Korea Bound] – Korea, I don’t undrstand you…

July 7, 2012

After so many months in Korea, there are still some things that I just don’t get about Korea…

#1. Their consistency on bad English, and the need to use it anyways. There are many many many online translators or something call a dictionary that you can use if you insist on putting English on EVERYTHING!

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“I am so happy. Feel it, YOU FEEL IT! That this was meant to be.” on a cup, with bears?? why?


“Yes! So Good!” and “No! Too Bad!”


Chanese RestauRENT…what do you sell?


This one gave me the LOLs “The Black Face” first thing that came to my friend’s mind was racist! The worst part of it all, while these pants are fake, “The Black Face” is an actual proper Korean name brand for sports wear.


not one, not all stars just two star (notice no s)!


This was on a bag that I purchased, it was so close to making sense!!


For sure I need more of those stamps! Mailing letters is just the same as shopping for shoes and bags!

#2. The inappropriately places things/pictures


creeper face on a toilet. I totally want to feel like being watched when I go to the toilet! That is totally my thing!


And this was outside of a (I think) restaurant. I promise I don’t have a dirty mind, it is what it is!!


And this was an advertisement for my hot yoga class. Girls lined up with a “I love you” at the top corner? What in that does it say come do hot yoga it’s good for ya? At the risk of offending people, it looks more like an ad for escort services…

Hope you enjoyed reading/seeing these odd WTFs of Korea as much as I enjoyed taking pictures of them!

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Korea Bound, Out of the house

 

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[Korea Bound] – Shopping Weekend in Seoul

When in Korea, you go to Seoul!

I made a weekend trip up to Seoul. Thanks to Debbie Kim, my highschool friend that I haven’t seen in a while, for helping us save on hotel costs. Plus she planned out the entire weekend, which is great for me. I love plans, but I hate making them, because they always end up wrong. Especially when you are with people that don’t go by the plan.

Since arriving in Korea, I have noticed that it seems Canadians are the only ones that follow plans. Some people are just not too fond of planning. They like to move with the flow. Which sometimes is nice, but sometimes it’s not so great. Especially when you only have one weekend in Seoul.

We arrived in Seoul around 9PM via KTX train. We had a hell of a time getting to our KTX station though. Gyeongju’s KTX station (Singyeongju yo) is not in the best location. It is about 20mins taxi from where I live. Buses are even worse, apparently it takes about an hour to get there by bus due to all the stops and longer route it takes. I was lucky enough to find people that were heading there on the same day around the same time, and we shared a taxi.

On a side note, ever since I came to Korea, I have not ran into a taxi driver that spoke English. My friend had told me when he was here, some of the best English speakers were taxi drivers, and so I was a little disappointed. The taxi driver that took us to the KTX station however, spoke really good English. We were able to have a conversation. And found out that he had a nephew in Toronto.

Anyways, we got to the station just in time. I was about 10mins from catching my train. My friend, Amanda, however was no where to be seen. I called and called and no answer. She finally made it to the station with one minute to spare. Turned out she thought the train was at 7:30 and not 6:58, and ended up taking a taxi (was going to take a bus), who decided to go through downtown during rush hour (how smart). But we both made it in time.

The KTX ride was ok. The train was comfy but loud. It took 20mins to get to Daegu (normally an hour bus ride), and we were both very surprised by this.

We got the Seoul in one piece and found Debbie. We had our first meal in Seoul, which was delicious BBQ beef (OMG was I craving steak).

We took an early day and went back to get some rest, as we had a very long day on Saturday.

Saturday morning, we got up fairly early and went to Seoul Square in Gwanghamun

It was known as the financial district in Seoul, what is special about it is that it’s got a “park” smack in the middle of the street, and also a traditional palace.

We took a short walk around the palace. It was HUGE! Then we headed over to Insadong, which was not far away

Insadong is all about artistic scenery and had this building that’s all about hand made things.

Ssamziegil is probably my favourite place in Seoul. I regret not buying some of the stuff in there.

And of course when shopping in Seoul you just have to go to Myeongdong

It was packed of people, and shops. The shops are so small that it’s hard to manoeuvre through them. I bought a few things and saw a few things that I wanted (but ended up waiting for Dongdaemun, but it didn’t happen). It was a whole other experience from Busan.

After Myeongdon, we met up with our adorable homeroom teacher from orientation and had some dimsum. I thought it was funny for me to travel all the way to Korea to eat at a Taiwanese restaurant, but it was a nice change from all the Korean food I’ve been eating.

We took a walk by the Gwanggyo river after dinner.

The river really reminded me of the Love river in Taiwan, as they were both once heavily polluted, until recently the government decided to clean it up.

Our original plan was to walk off dinner than take the subway to Dongdaemun, but the walk was so nice we ended up walking all the way to Dongdaemun LOL.

Shopping was both good and bad. There were definitely a lot of selection, but I didn’t particularly enjoy being yelled or gabbed at by the merchants. Most of the merchants on the lady wear floors were fine. But the men’s wear floor, boy are they aggressive. Because we were with Amanda, who is as white as a white person can be, they kept talking to us in English. A few asked if Debbie and I were Korean. We decided to ignore them. After about 10 mins on that floor, I wanted to get out of there.

I got my loot and we were out of there. It was a long long day. We started at 8 in the morning, and got home a little after 12.

Special thanks to Debbie who was a great tour guide and planned out such a nice day. Seoul needs to be revisited again for sure.

And here are my loot from Seoul


 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Korea Bound, Out of the house

 

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[Korea Bound] – Korea, how much do I love thee, let me count the ways…

1. I love being about to find cute adorable things everywhere to waste my money on (it’s a love hate thing)

2. I love that bibimbap only costs $4.50

3. I love kimchi

4. I love not having to pay an arm and a leg for data on my phone

5. I love there’s still English shows and movies on TV

6. I love everywhere is walkable, and not too far

7. I love that the 7-11 is just around the corner and not a 10min drive away

8. I love how cheap the train tickets are

9. I love how I can find all my favourite skin care brands everywhere for cheap!

10. I love that onion rings also come in spicy flavour

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Korea Bound, Out of the house

 

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