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Little Rock Concert at Hansung University

As I sat inside a small auditorium at Hansung University watching a small rock concert put on by students, I couldn't help but look around and consider that in a year I would be far-far away from this place.



Pancake Thanksgiving


Some fun time around Konkuk University

Even though my time is ticking away here in Korea I still hope to spend it with friends and exploring around town. I met up with a new friend last Sunday to enjoy an early movie, lunch and just looking around the Konkuk University area.


Still going to pick up the brush


Yesterday, while I was working through separating stuff I am going to take home and stuff I am getting rid of, I felt the need to pick up my paintbrush. Since this summer I haven't really done my art and knew a part of me was aching. So I got on the map system and found this image on a street corner. I liked the shape of the buildings and the dirty drippings from the windows.

Fresh air with the kiddos: Field trip to the Korea National Arboretum

Some wonderful Fall foliage pics here to share with you as I talk about my final field trip for this semester. The kiddos were sent to the Korea National Arboretum up in Pocheon, which is slightly north of Seoul.

Our day was blessed with little cloud cover, warm air and wonderful colors along the way.

A Day of Professional Development: KOTESOL International Conference 2012


On October 20th and 21st Sookmyung Women's University held the 20th KOTESOL International Conference. During this time teacher's and ESOL enthusiasts gathered to see presentations ranging from topics such as mobile language learning to gaining more participation from students. Yet most importantly it felt like a time to celebrate the profession of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

I for one enjoyed the presentations I attended and especially found the conference well organized and entertaining.

Bikes in front of Cafes


The bike in front of the cafe must be a charming way to get customers inside. "Oh, look at me! I'm a cafe with a trendy bike in front of it. Come in, and enjoy your Americano on ice in this comfy place!"

Or maybe the two just naturally go together...

School Market Day


Fall is here with clear blue skies and cool breezes, and I am reminded that a whole year has gone by. Around this season schools like to hold festive markets where the students come out and buy stuff. Usually the stuff for sale is donated by parent volunteers. This week my school had their School Market, and I joined in with the students haggling for things such as pencils and toys. It really was a lot of fun.

How I Celebrated my 31st and 4th Birthday in Korea


With good food and great friends, that is how you have a wonderful 31st birthday in Korea. Not to mention that it was on Chuseok and I spent the earlier part of the day enjoying the traditions Korea had to offer.

Drum beating and twirling: Video


So energetic and colorful, it certainly was mesmerizing. 

Chuseok Luck

So it is the time of year again in Korea where the town empties out and stores close for the Chuseok holiday. But you know what? It's also my birthday and so I am a happy camper this Chuseok as I get to celebrate my birthday and also get a 5 day weekend!

Even though most places will be closed I will be out hunting for one that is open with friends in hopes of celebrating the occasion. If on Sunday this doesn't work out then I'll have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to celebrate. Plus there are festivities going on at the palaces (which will be free to enter) and with weekdays off next week I could do more exploring.

I'm one happy gal this Chuseok :) Thank you Korea!

Typography Exhibit: Tokyo TDC Seoul 2012


Typography: known as the process or art of arranging types and printing from them. Basically evolving from writing stuff down to making it available to the masses. Certainly the history of typography is something of interest, but why not check into a gallery celebrating contemporary works in the medium?

Yook-sam building teacher! (field trip)


 It's been a while since my school went on a field trip and so we finally went on one last week. Our destination was the infamous 63 Building in Yeoido. This was my second time venturing to the building, as I visited it a while back with me ex.

As for this field trip I wouldn't say it was the best, as the building really only offers so much. However, the kids seemed to have a good time. Immediately we went to the top and enjoyed the view.

blur the line between work & play: Korea Burn

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

Arnold J. Toynbee

Some Korea Burn play –>


Slow and Healthy: Slobbie Restaurant in Hongdae

I recently found myself in Hongdae with my friend at a vegetarian (yet had meat options) kind of restaurant. My friend has been staying with me these past few weeks as she is in between jobs and needs a place to crash. Her stay has been helpful towards some fun nights.

Anyways, she is a vegetarian and I figured why not find a suitable restaurant for her while she tags along with me to Hongdae for a haircut.

Getting On Base: My Visit to Camp Casey

Located north on the blue line is the US Army Garrison known as Camp Casey. Throughout my whole time living in Korea I have never gone on any of the US Army bases here in Korea. Of course the main reason being that you can't just walk in, but need to have an Army personell escort you. Through some random act of the universe I was invited to go on base with my blogger friend Jennipal. She has a friend who works on the base and so invited me along.

Damyang Bamboo Museum


After I ventured through the bamboo forest I decided it would be best to cool off in a museum. However the bamboo museum, 담양 대나무 박물관was located a bit out of town so I took a taxi instead of walking over there. In fact I was comfortable getting around the area via taxi and it was fun getting to know local people this way, along with using some Korean.

Korean Art from the United States: Special Exhibition at NMK


Seoul KOTESOL Chapter Meeting

I have decided to take teaching English a bit more seriously, and in that process realized it might be a good idea to join the KOTESOL group. About two or three years ago I attended their international conference they hold each year in the Fall. Although I showed up at the last half of it, I remember it felt great to be around folks who are interested in teaching English.

Yesterday, I attended the Seoul chapter of the group and enjoyed their monthly meeting nearby Sookmyung University. It was a hot and sultry afternoon when I arrived, and due to a busy morning had skipped lunch. But I grabbed a snack and joined folks in the cool air-conditioned room. There I was greeted by Stafford from the Chosun Bimbo, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting at other events. I also was greeted to some other nice folks who are part of the group.

The Friday Night Flyer

 

Adam caught a most amazing shot of Eunee as she leaped into the protection of her bed after fetching her toy tire.

I think she is half mini Dumbo/ half bat

 



Cat Cafe: Ycat (previously known as Gio Cat)

Changgyeongung Palace: A small oasis in the city


Although I've been living near the Hyehwa area for over a year now, it never really occurred to me to visit the place. Until recently, when I discovered that this area is greatly known for it's theaters and also has a palace nearby.

Seussical at the Haeachi Hall in Myeongdong


Teaching English in South Korea - what is it REALLY like?

I am closing in on my one year mark teaching English in South Korea.  It's mid June (2012) now, and the contract year will end in August (2012).  While I've been here, I've tried to capture many of the moments on camera, video, YouTube, Facebook, blog, etc for friends, family and the virtual world to enjoy.  However, it's impossible to get it all.  It's also impossible to really convey the true experience in terms of my actual, real life.  Day to day.  Good weather, bad weather.  Ups and downs.  All the in betweens that can't come across in a video or picture.  A lot of people are like I was before I came here.  Wondering what to expect.  Will they love it, hate it?  Want to get back on the plane.  Everyone receives the experience differently.  This is how my first year was.

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A New, Exciting, EXOTIC Experience of a Lifetime!

New Postcard Series


After that trip to the Korea Design Museum, I was inspired to make some new works. I took away the red outline from some of the postcards I saw and went with it. The first one there just going from my imagination then having a swell time creating the vibrant red border.

Taste of Greek: Santorini Taverna


Krys Lee Book Reading at What The Book?


On a warm early summer evening I joined some friends for a book reading at What The Book?, in Itaewon. There the author Krys Lee shared a few stories and thoughts from her book, "Drifting House." I mostly came to the event because it was something different to go to, from the usual line up of weekly things to do. I didn't know who this author was, but was interested anyways.

Yeoju Ceramic Festival ~ Video


I put together a little video here about my trip to the Yeoju Ceramic festival a while back. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was lovely. Enjoy~

Gobbled N' Go


I was surprised to find myself in a part of Itaewon I didn't recognize, recently. It had been just a year since I traversed the back streets near the 3 Alley Pub, and I didn't realize what changes had occurred. Now there are more restaurants and the street seems wider itself. Plus the crowd seems to have diversified and opened up as well. Before it really felt like Itaewon was the "foreigner place" in Korea. This is so due to the plentifulness of foreign-food restaurants and just the sheer presence of non-Koreans wandering around.

Milestones

Today I completed my second time of open classes at my current school. When I went through this last year I was way more nervous. I really wanted to make a good impression last year, and so rolled out high energy and a lot of activities. This year, I was still a little nervous but seemed to calmly get through it.

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