*Phone vibrates during tutoring session*
Oh sorry, that was my dad.
He's asking if I'm free to play games right now.
My dad loves games.
We play Bubble Shooter. With guns... snipers and stuff.
her dad is a dentist. korea is awesome.
G- 10 yr old girl I tutor
YOU GUYS LOOK AT THIS HEADBAND I GOT AT THE CUTEST STORE IN SHINCHON.
so here is what really went down
Instead of being awesome and doing all of the things I was supposed to do in the last post, I woke up at 2am and start puking. Caught the nastiest flu bug I’ve ever had. So I missed move-in day. I missed orientation the following day. I don’t have my orientation packet, Student ID, or any friends.
“I’m a Loser” is playing right now… literally… on my iTunes… the one by the Beatles.
Anyway, I’m going to this intro to language and Korean cuisine program thing tomorrow so let’s hope something exciting happens. It’ll be my first school-related function.
I moved in yesterday and love my dorm. It’s super small but oddly homey. It has its own bathroom and shower, desk, bed, etc. The only *sigh* moment is this ethernet cable I’m forced to use in order for me to get my dose of internet.
I tutored both of the girls today and was so tired I fell asleep on the wooden “sofa” at my aunt’s place before taking the bus back to the dorms around 11:00pm. Aiiyii, more to come~ :)
tomorrow is move in day
I am only bringing two backpacks. I’m going to look like a complete alien. But it’s a busy day tomorrow so the less I have to carry, the easier it’ll be I guess.
Here is my schedule for tomorrow:
8:00 AM - Wake your booty up
9:00 AM - Get booty on bus
9:30 AM - Check into dorm / Drop backpacks down on bed in a confident fashion
10:30 AM - Get that booty back on the bus
12:00 AM - Tutor 1st sassy girl till 2pm
4:00 PM - Tutor 2nd girl till 6pm (slightly less sassy)
6:30 PM - Cry small tears as your blister pops on your bus ride back to the dorms
On the bright side, I can’t wait to make some friends :)
Sorry [I'm not sorry] for the spree of likes. It proves I was obviously behind in reading your blog, but it was worth it because you are so funny in an effortless, truthful way. I miss your horse laugh.
Stop that ;)… My horse laugh is the most intense when you guys make me laugh… I miss youuuu :(
Hey Cece! I saw your post about the hand-neck and just wanted to say I thought that was really funny. It reminds me of this one time in Japanese class when someone thought that garage in Japanese was kuruma no uchi. I'm glad you seem to be having fun in Korea. By the way, are you fluent in Korean?
Omg, kuruma no uchi….hahaha. I’m not fluent but I can speak just enough to look like I’m fluent for like 2 minutes. After that, I have to stop talking or else they’ll find me out. I can’t talk comfortably about politics or even hobbies because I lack a lot of key vocabulary words. But I’ll be taking Korean language classes every day for 2 hours, so hopefully I’ll be dreaming in Korean soon enough :)
the way we laugh
When I laugh… I LAUGH. Mouth open, teeth showing, laughter just explodes out of me. A lot of my friends back home laugh just like that altogether and it creates a sort of happy insanity.
I went to a department store where I bought a pair of boots (60% sale b/c winter’s slowly ending here (:D) ) and the young 22-year-old-looking-but-actually-33-year-old sales guy started talking to me. When he said something funny, I started laughing like I usually do. He looked almost scared.
“Americans and Koreans laugh so differently,” he said. He imitated a Korean laugh— which was a smile with a hand covering his mouth. I had never thought about the differences in laughter when crossing cultures.
I’m sure not all Koreans laugh with their mouths closed and not all Americans laugh like me (aka, a horse). But it was interesting to talk about it with someone who acknowledged it as a cultural difference.
"Ok now...what's this called in English?" *Points to wrist*
10yr old girl I'm tutoring:
*Points to me* "She used to be SO white and pretty when she was younger; but now she's so dark after living in Hawaii and California."
Aunt's lady friend:
"Ahh, I see... does the darkness... does it come off? If she lives in Korea for a while?"
"I'm sure it will... I'm sure it will."
snow falling- my first sighting from inside my aunt’s apartment
do you black balls from boba?
Did you make a snow angel yet? It would warm my heart if you made one for me. <3
I did not :( but as much as I’d like to warm your heart, spring is slowly coming so it’s not snowing so much anymore- and probably not enough for me to make an angel for you. I might go skiing/snowboarding though…and in that case, I will definitely lie in the middle of hundreds of skiiers to make you a snow angel :)
Finally got my pictures uploaded on my computer :) Now I can start putting them in my blogs, haha. ~Enjoy!
1. My second bibimbap while in the food court of the Kyobo bookstore. Included free refills of miso soup.
2. McDelivery. I think I’ve posted this everywhere on the interwebs but I’ll do it again :). They deliver everything here—even jjajangmyun (black bean noodles).
3. Crowded shopping at Namdaemun. I thought it was crowded but it was actually a “slow day” according to my aunt. We went on a Sunday and found a lot of shops were closed. This is definitely the place to go to for cheap stuff- they were selling clothes for 3000won a piece (roughly 3 US Dollars). I’m definitely coming back on a Saturday night :)
I should be posting more often and I’m sure I will once I stop being so lazy. I keep falling asleep at 9pm and waking up at 10am, and after a disgusting 13 hour sleep, I fall victim to my iTouch.
Anyway, lots have been happening since I’ve gotten here :) First:
I saw, for the first time in my life, REAL snow falling in bits from the sky…not even “falling”…more like “floating” down onto the ground, my face, my hair. I cannot stop thinking about how beautiful snow looks when you’re walking into it as it’s floating down—it’s like everything stops moving.
I’ve decided that I want to live in one place with complete four seasons for at least one year. My aunt has been telling me about how beautiful fall is with its bright colors that I’m afraid I’ll be too jealous to live if I knew half the world was experiencing this and I wasn’t.
I’ll post about my solo walk through Seoul and where my wandering took me in the next post. For now, I have to go get ready to go to Dongdaemun for some shopping, yeh! Till then, :) Cece
What part of Korea are you in? I'm looking forward to your seeing your posts about studying abroad. :)
I’m in Haengshindong :) right outside of Seoul (I’m staying with my aunt until the end of February.) Then I’ll be in Seoul when I move into Yonsei University.