Monday, December 29, 2008
I was given a pair of uniform shorts and t-shirt and sent off to the women's area. The amount of naked Korean minge that was around was initially quite confronting but I changed quickly and moved to the common "clothed" area and lay in some sweet cave like saunas. My favourite was the salt room where you lay on big rocks of salt and I felt like I was in a incubator. There were also a herb room, coal room, a lovely scented peppermint room and a cold room.
So it seems that Koreans go to the spa and just chill out and sweat, watch T.V., eat some dinner, go to the gym - all in one big communal family fest. Then the women and men separate, get all naked, scrub each others backs then sit in the spa. It was quite a bizarre feel but quite relaxing - I don't know if I'll ever quite get used to the nakedness.
Alas, taking photos in this room would be extra creepy so imagine these drawings but then like x100 women.
Afterwards I felt so warm and sleepy I feel I must go back. I am also building up the confidence to get a layer of my skin scrubbed off my a sheer underwear wearing ajumma. mmm sexy.
Also, I have decided I have a fear of going to the doctor. In case of hospitalisation. So at the moment I am sticking this thing out in comfort of Dorm Room 208.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Hi~!! Miss Jenna.
How was your today, would you fine?
I wish you will be fine everyday~! ^-^
Oh, I've a massage for you.
We decided the Christmas Eve party at the "Gal-Bee-Sung" with you and all together.
( ...except one person, she's rainne, cause she should go to exercise chorus at the Church, she said sorry for you.)
For that day, I reserveded the restaurant in Christmas Eve at 11:30.
How about you ? And,would you like that?
^_^ You would like that, say us later ~ , please.
On today, have you good dinner and your good times, Miss.Jenna!
See you next day on tuesday.
- From your prettty student Ellie ^-^ -
PS : Also today, I wrote many confusing sentences or missed spells, I guess. ^_^
Would you smiling at that!
And, thank you so much teaching us on every day!
And then I received this straight after:
Oh, I sent you the worst word!
Oh, I've a
massage for you.
-> Oh, I've a message for you.
Hi Hi Hi, sorry !!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Ajumma - is what you call a married Korean woman. But we usually use it for older woman (Prime example: the women in my previous post.)
Ajjoshi - is an older Korean man or "uncle"
Here are 2 fine Ajjoshis that we saw in the weekend...
I just found out the most horrific thing about the man wearing the sign. Rachels workmate informed her it says: "Please help me I have heart conditions". We will be back to give him some mula. Oh I feel so guilty!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
And I thought Home Plus was intense bulk purchase paradise. I have now been to Cosco. Which is intense western food bulk purchase paradise.
Was traveling 40 minutes each way to buy a $12 block of cheese a little excessive? No, I do not think so. Cheddar cheese snacks anyone?How about some pepsi?
Cheddar cheese snacks anyone?How about some pepsi?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I LOVE teaching adults. It's a bit scary sometimes because they know when you are nervous or unsure and they can speak up when something is wrong. Last week one of my students Sunny came up to me last week and said she thought we spent too long on writing and wanted to speak more in class. This wasn't a big deal and I naturally assumed this is what everyone thought so I started to make the classes more conversational (not that they weren't before). I just woke up to this AMAZING email from my favourite student Ellie - man it is cute. I find her writing and confused grammar poetic - I'm quite sad I have to train her out of it!
Hi^-^, Miss. Jenna!
How was your today? It's getting dark today already, times are so fast.
Are you okay your health after in hospital? I guess you tired on faraway your country, then I hope you with very health and have a good juney in Korea.
HiHi ^_^ Alaways, You teaching us, so we have growing up everydays. Thanks you so much to care of me, too.
I have a say for you, a little. Yeterdays ago, A student(our classmate) told you about our type of English study. ...She asked you what we hope learn talk-study more then before. But, I hope... , would you never mind her saying...^-^, that's just one opinion. (I wanna you don't heartbroken at a advice. We like you,always. )
I (include the others in this class) love your teaching style is very well-fill and delicate for us. I wanna you teaching us that like the old style ^_^ . Just ^^ my opinion, too.
Whatever, you are a good teacher for us..... !
Oh, alreay 12:00 P.M.... Have your good time, today's last times and Take your good dreamland(=Good night)!
See you, next day ~!
PS : I have a lot of worst grammer or missing spells, will you smilling please? Thank you for reading this.
- From your student Ellie ^-^ -
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I'm not sure if this chocolate will be good for my new silver fillings. My one and only filling felt out last week so after years of avoiding it I was off to our local dentist to get it filled.
Here is how the conversation went:
and here I am 2 days later - with 4 fillings and down $20.
"$20?!" you say "Don't you mean $2000?"
"Nope" I reply "I mean $20".
When you are paying next to nothing for dental care - you really don't feel the pain.
* I would have asked for some sparkles, snifters and tangy fruits if they were AVAILABLE!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
On Saturday, Sarah and I ventured far from our home in Incheon though Ichon to Icheon. (Seriously? Come on!) We travelled about 2 hours each way through the evolving countryside to indulge in some super geeky ceramic goodness. Sexy stuff.
Once in Icheon, we jumped in a taxi and asked the driver very optimistically to take us to “World Ceramics Center”. Out come the dictionaries and cellphone and after some translating we were taken up a winding dust path to the “biggest ceramic museum in Icheon” (according to the driver). Man, I would have taken photos (I can’t believe I didn’t) but when we arrived I was a bit more worried about the lack of people around let alone a museum. However, the old outdoor kilns were BEAUTIFUL.
What we found was a quaint wee museum called “Institute of Hae Gang Koryo Celadon” dedicated to the work of Keun-Hyeong Yoo (aka Hae Gang). He dedicated his life to rediscovering the Koroyo Celadon technique in ceramic art. Pretty much they are beautiful pots, with drawings on them and glazed in a nice jade green. Hae Gang has a nice wee business going for him - big pieces cost around 55 million won. These pots are pretty traditional compared to my wonky pots with scratchy drawings of sad topless creatures BUT me and Hae Gang use pretty similar faces on our figures…look...Hae Gang is the first one (late 1950's) and mine are the bottom two (2006)
I told you ceramics was sexy. The sexiest contemporary ceramicist EVER is the adorable transvestite Grayson Perry.
The lovely staff here informed us that World Ceramic Center is actually closed for remodelling until June next year. Boo hoo. But they sent us off to the Icheon Ceramics village where they had a cute wee lane of shops that sold cute wee teapots. It was cute. BUT what was cuter was when we went up to some people to ask them to call us a taxi, this other couple were walking past and offered us a ride. (It’s Korea; it’s safe). They feed us chocolate, fruit and giggled away as the dropped us to the door of the bus station.
I feel like so many Koreans are so amazingly giving and I find it hard to express my total gratitude. They are just so blasé about their generosity, just waving goodbye and then disappearing into a sea of black hair – never to be seen again.
Monday, December 1, 2008
There are 2 major problems:
a) It looks like a New Zealand pedestrian crossing - I have to fight every urge not to just step out onto the crosswalk.
b) I also have had years of looking right, left, right ingrained into my system. So, as I step out into the fake pedestrian crossing - I am also looking the wrong way.
c) As I step out on to the road, while not looking - the driver of the car about to hit me will not stop. This is because they will be watching TV while driving and will not notice me until I am smushed on their dashboard.
These are the reasons you should not be suprised when I am hit by a car. I am just saying.
Here are a couple of pictures I took over the weekend. The first is of beautiful light at a school we visited for "Hello GEC" on Friday. It also features a balloon sword and I love balloon swords.
The second is from a subway station with an amazing magazine cover of Obama with a broccoli head. Why does Obama have a broccoli head? Who knows, but it's cool.