Tuesday, December 30, 2008
HaPpY nEw YeAr!!!!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
SO...We actually had a really good Christmas even though we didn't get to be home with all of you. This is a quick look at all the different events and festivities from our Christmas in Korea!!!Also, a special thanks to all the emails, cards, gifts and deposits made that helped make our holiday feel at little more familiar. We love you all and hope you had a blessed Christmas.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
- neon lights
- sitting on the bus and older women randomly stroking your hands, face and hair or having a monk sing to you...that was classic
- not so friendly older women literally shoving you out of their way on the sidewalks and in stores
- our favorite Korean dishes: Chamchi Gimbap (Korean version of tuna sushi), Dak bok em bap (Chicken Fried Rice with cheese), and of course any Japenese food (which is much better than all Korean food)
- our not so favorite Korean staples: Kimichi (fermented spicy cabbage), red pepper paste, pig intestines, bugs... and don't forget the red bean desserts
- pencil cases and stationary! the pride and joy of the kids and a constant distraction in class
- parents sending their children over to you in restaurants and such to practice their English
- the pervading stench of fish, garbage and sewer
- the confident boost... because you are always a beeeautifull girl or handsome maan to anyone you come in contact with
- men in shiny suits sleeping in the streets after a night in the bar
- the waffle lady, who stands in a street vendor stall right outside the apartment selling waffles and these wonderful creme filled pastries all day everyday
- our most used Korean phrases: "assah" awesome, "jinja" are you serious?, "ego ul mayo" how much is it
- and what would we do without the classroom favorites: "hajima" don't do that, "anja" sit down, and "joyounghihay" be quiet
- restaurants and coffee houses completely decked out in princess pink and purple
- instant coffee served anywhere and everywhere
- open markets and truck vendors driving through the streets shouting and selling everything from garlic to fish to computers to beer
- "the squat" as we like to call it, a common Korean resting position that really looks like what we would call "popin a squat"
- bean sprouts, Chris's only source of survival for about 3 weeks when we first got here
- body image: a new found appreciation for our bodies pre-Korea (about 35 lbs. heavier combined), and our skewed perspectives after being surrounded by the thin Koreans
- toilet paper, covering all of your basic needs at home, work and in the restaurant (no napkins on these dinner tables); the bathroom is just an afterthought as a place of use
- fashion, the 80s reborn! with a little added class
- excitement and joy when you see someone who looks like you and talks like you...you talk even if there's nothing to say just because it makes us all feel more at home
- cleaning my bathroom by spraying it down with scolding hot water
- talking to Mama while she gets ready in the morning and my day is coming to an end
- a new appreciation for the kisses she blows me every time we say good bye
- girls in strange, nearly naked outfits dancing and shouting on the sidewalks and in stores ...no this is not a form of exotic entertainment, this my friend is how the Koreans advertise :)
- random festivals for music, pottery, mums... they come out of the woodwork to go to these things
- scooters, the scariest thing you could possibly look up to see coming at you as you walk on the side walk
- SKYPE, email, facebook, myspace, and blogs which allow me to keep in touch with all of you
- understanding what it means to be a minority and actually experiencing racism
- the adventures of cooking a western meal when the supplies are non existent
- Paris Baguette, Tours Les Jour, Baskin Robbins, and Tiamo...our favorite places to get dessert, we keep them in business over here:)
- bus drivers who drive as if they shouldn't have a license and make me aware of death on an everyday basis
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I'm also learning to enjoy the simple forms of entertainment these days, such as my journal entries from the kids at school, or as they would call it, their "diaries" :) There are always interesting stories. Every once in a while a kid will vent about how they hate English, their teacher :), their parents or life in general, but usually they are fun and light hearted stories about the everday happenings in the life of a Korean child. This week, I read the cutest and funniest little journal entry that captured my heart because I could relate to what my child was saying. Instead of summarizing, I'll directly quote the diary, spelling and gramatical errors included, just so you can see a little bit of the English level that we're working with.
Meet Celia (This is her English name, all students who study English have an English name). Celia's about 9 years old, and she's is in my Jr. Special class, which is an upper level class for elementary students. Her writing goes as follows:
" <I saw mouse>
I saw a black mice today.
I scard mice.
I don't like mice
Friday, December 5, 2008
Good night world.