The Truth Thus Far


Noona is so pretty….
students

students

School is actually going really well. I’ve stated teaching, and finally manged to get the kids to stop calling me “Africa-tika-tika” (I think the tika is teacher-teacher….but im not quite sure), and now its either “Pretty Teacher” or “America-tika-tika.” The “Pretty Teacher” is of course such a privilege considering that the other day they told Same Name (a girl with the same name as me) “Wow. What did you do this weekend? Did you eat too much? Why are you so fat. Wow. Fat teacher!” and told this other teacher Haircut that “That’s terrible. ::pointing and laughing:: What did you do to your hair?” So as you can see “pretty teacher” was pretty difficult to achieve. I’m so proud of me.
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Africa-Tika-Tika and my North Korean adventure
September 23, 2008, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Apartment, Funny Story, Korean Culture, Korean Life | Tags: , , , , ,
My Apartment

My Apartment

Words can’t express the amount of horror that came over my face when Matt opened the door to my apartment. I couldn’t help but think…”Wait wait….this is South Korea, right?” as I noticed the brown stained walls, broken tiles, tilted kitchen (it was actually at a slant), broken furniture, smell of rotten kimchi, and duct taped sliding doors. No really, for a moment I thought I’d accidentally ended up in North Korea or 1940’s Soviet Russia. I kid you not. It was THAT bad. I wanted to cry for like 30 seconds…but then I spent the rest of the night laughing and talking to my oppas about my shock and dismay. They were…well not too comforting…

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Long Ride to a New Home
September 23, 2008, 3:26 am
Filed under: Travel | Tags: , , , ,
Incheon Airport

Incheon Airport

Note to self: Don’t pack muscle relaxers at the bottom of your carry-on, and don’t forget to take them out of your bag BEFORE the flight- especially when you’ve got a window seat. Woe was me for the first 6 hours of my flight as I restlessly attempted to convince myself that I could fall asleep naturally. Eighteen different possible sleeping positions later, and I was still wide-a-beeping-wake. Not to mention, I’d really wanted to sit next to someone awesome- someone that would make the 13 hour flight fly by more comfortably- but in the end I sat next to the two quietest friends I’ve ever seen in my life. How the beep to you fly over 5,000 miles next to a friend and never once talk to each other. NOT ONCE! So I gave up all hope in either of them striking a conversation with me.

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“I’ll try not to touch your privates..cy”
September 18, 2008, 11:28 pm
Filed under: Funny Story, Korean Culture | Tags: , , , ,
says the consulate interviewer...

says the consulate interviewer...

Today I had to go to the Korean Consulate in downtown Atlanta for my visa interview. After 20 minutes of driving and 30 minutes on the metro I finally made it to a small rinky dink office in a grand building near Peachtree Center. The collective English skills of all the employees at the consulate probably only amounted to grade 4 (and its only so high because I noticed an American girl working neatly tucked away in the back).

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Korean Pop Culture 101 Con’t: Drama Queen

The Result of Not Having a Life…

So what is a K-drama you ask? It’s like an American soap opera only it generally lasts around 16 episodes, higher quality, and mildly less over dramatic…kind of like a miniseries. Love. Lies. Heartbreak. All that jazz.

My Top 5

1. Goong

1. Goong

2. Coffee Prince

2. Coffee Prince

3. My Girl

3. My Girl

4. Full House

4. Full House

5. What Happened in Bali

5. What Happened in Bali

Iljimae would be on there…but stupid Crunchyroll (my drama paradise) took down the drama due to copyright infringement. I hate law abiders! I was only on Ep 7 or 20something!

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Korean Pop Culture 101

G Dragon of Big Bang

I’m just going to assume that none of my friends or family know a darn thing about Korean pop culture. I’ve found that most people don’t really think that Koreans could possibly have anything cool or interesting, and are always surprised to find out how big their music market is. ITS HUGE! Although Japan definitely has a much larger entertainment market, Koreans are really making their imprint on it these days. Lee Hyori, Wondergirls, Shinee, and Rain (ranked #3 most influential man in the world)…the list goes on and on. Some of them I like, some of them I hate, but I admit a lot of it is really catchy or just outright adorable. All that aside, Korean guys dress FIERCE…and this is just the outright truth. Metrosexual? Maybe….but still, their television dramas are full of guys that could school even the Clinton on “What Not to Wear.” It’s an Express for Men in human form.

Anyway, here are some little bits of Korean pop culture- music, movies, fashion, and much much more.

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Friendless people are people too
September 17, 2008, 6:49 am
Filed under: Couchsurfing, Friends, Korean Friends, Korean Life | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Okay okay…so I have no friends anymore (other than Player and Brazil but they don’t count). I left Mount Holyoke and then suddenly…bam…utter loneliness and nights spent on language exchange websites begging people to let me teach them English so that my life can have meaning. What’s funny is that this new addiction has actually become pretty useful. It’s both minimized my fear of continued loneliness once hitting Korean soil and enabled me to teach foreigners phrases like “If you’re gonna act like a bitch, I’m gonna treat you like a bitch” and learn useful Korean words like 뷴태(sp?) byuntae (pervert). Plus, I’ve actually managed to make some pretty close buddies that I’m looking forward to meeting upon my arrival to Korea.

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