Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Korean Food Series #3: BIBIMBAP!

I always used to look at the Bibimbap on the menu at Korea House in Dunedin and totally turn my nose up at it. I think it was the egg on top, but JEEZ this stuff is delicious!
You get your bowl filled with rice, seaweed, bean sprouts, lettuce and other seasonal vegetables with an egg on top.
Then you mix it all up with some chilli sauce and there you have it!  Does it look appetising? Not particularly...but it is actually filled with deliciousness AND bibimbap is el-cheapo which makes it even better.

Monday, March 30, 2009

the subway king

Probably for every 5 subway rides something amazing happens, but this was almost too good to be true. I will let the pictures speak for themselves but I will tell you one thing; this guy was doing this for about 10 minutes, he even changed windows to get a better view. 
Thanks to Kayla for getting such great shots.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Student of the Day: UPDATES

Things are just trucking on as usual here...

Ricky is still asleep.

Potter AKA fatty AKA boob grabber is still clinging to me. Can you tell? This is him with his arms wrapped around me and I am taking the picture from above.

His new thing is to nibble on the fleshy bit of my elbow. Luckily with the cold I have been keeping my elbows covered.

Philip(a) still looks like a girl.

This is Steve (the one with the perm), I don't know what is better about this picture - the hat or the fact that he is picking is nose.

I am teaching 6 days this week - phew! All for the money honey! 
Oh, and I just filmed my kiddies dancing to the Tilly and the Wall ABC so I've put it with the music video here. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

more arrivals from home

Boo hoo! I think I keep jinxing myself because it's all coldsies again!
Luckily I just received the most beautiful hand knitted scarf from my dear friend Shirin.

Thank you! Thank you!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I was an only child until age 20 and then when my new and exciting sibling Eylish was 6 months old I moved into my parents house in Arrowtown and was her nanny* for 3 months. 

I just gladly received new pictures of the wee dear, making some art of all things - I taught her well!

Eylish is turning 4 next week and then in a mere few weeks, we will be gaining another sibling (I know what flavour sibling they are but certain family members don't so I can't reveal...^^) but of course I will let you know when it happens!

*Nannying: the ultimate birth control.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Someone is a little Big Bang crazy...

I just found this obsessive Big Bang* graffiti rampage in one of the classrooms.

*Korea's favourite boy band K-pop sensation.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Korean Food Series #2: Tonkatsu Kimbap

Many people call kimbap sushi, but sushi it is not! The way I can describe it is that it is a more dense, salty version. And it's super cheap! I pay around $2.50 for a roll (approx. 10 pieces.)
This is at my favourite local kimbap shop - I had it 3 times last week for lunch!
This is the kimbap making station.
My favourite flavour at the moment is the pork cutlet "tonkatsu". It is made just like a sushi roll but with egg, ham, carrot, pickled radish and some other bits that I can not identify.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

a diamond in the rough

Through the many people* in the subway...
...I spotted this adorable wee gem:
*This wasn't even that busy, I was able to move my elbows.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

...and beautiful Koreans in the afternoon.

After my mortifying morning yesterday, I had to spend the afternoon surrounding myself with beautiful Koreans.

a bad morning...

As I walked to the bus stop and as we were crossing the road, a man walking in the other direction reached out to touch me. I thought he was just going to grab my arm or something, but no, he grabbed a handful of my vagina.
I was so shocked and felt so violated, it put such a downer on a beautiful day because I just wanted to go home and have a shower. The worst thing is, you can't even properly yell at someone because they don't understand you. Ugh, I really wish another Korean saw and could have yelled at him for me.

Friday, March 20, 2009

best abc song EVER!

My phonics class have got the hand claps down and next week we are gonna work on the stomping.

OK so here are the students singing - this is only just after a few practices - some of the boys started showing off so try and ignore them. I was making giant "piss off" hand signals from behind the camera.

Student of the Day: Philip(a)

I just spent 3 weeks laughing about how this girl has named herself Philip, changing it from the lovely name "Kelly" that I gave her.
I have just found out Philip is a boy and I can't freaking get over it.
Actually now that I look more at this picture he looks kind of boyish...but it was the super long hair that got me!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Korean Food Series #1: ShaBu ShaBu

When I first moved to Korea and tried the food I wasn't amazingly impressed. Like, it was good but I wasn't blown away by it or anything but recently, I have been going through a Korean food revolution. I am craving it all of the time, my tolerance for spice has quadrupled and I am getting more and more acquainted with our local Korean diner-type restaurants. Korean food is delicious!
Korean Food #1 is ShaBu ShaBu...This is Ellie, she is serving some cucumber/seaweed cold soup as a starter, and of course there is some kimchi and salad.Then you add mushrooms, greens and other wee bits into a boiling pot and let it cook for a bit. Next you add the beef (on the left) and let it cook some more. You start eating straight from the pot.After you have finished the meat and vegetables , you cook some udon noodles in the same pot of water.Then, what you are supposed to do is stirfry this rice mix in the pot and eat it with a spoon. However, Ellie and I were INCREDIBLY full and just couldn't do it. Some restaurants give you plum tea afterwards to help with digestion. It is all very delicious and very healthy (from what I hear) but god damn I get sleepy after eating all that food!

Ellie is my lovely old adult student that I sometimes put her emails on Harrow Kimchi. Over the past five months her English has just gone from strength to strength and she is now writing her own english blog! She wrote about our evening too, so you should read it ~ it's so cute!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

how's the weather?

Bloody Brilliant!
I haven't worn my Glassons black merinos for 2 days. TWO DAYS! I'm in a t-shirt! T-SHIRT! It's going to be warm all week!
With this change in weather we also have the introduction of yellow dust. The are sandstorms in the Gobi desert in Northern China, Inner Mongolia and Manchuria and these sandstorms kick up lots of dust that travels all the way to Korea and Japan.
So it's pretty bad to be outside too much because the dust can cause problems with breathing and/or allergies.
The U.S. Army have a yellow sand/ Asian dust monitoring system and currently we are code blue, which means "unhealthy", and it's just beginning.

My advice to you New Zealanders out there is to suck up all the fresh air you can and suck up some for me too!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Student of the Day: Potter AKA Fatty

Check out this terrible twosome:
They are brothers who are always in matching adidas tracksuits and flashing shoes. They chose their names as Harry and Potter but I secretly call them fatty and skinny (not in a mean way but in a less confusing way.)
Fatty, on the left, has taken a shining to me and is constantly hugging me from behind or stroking my arms - kinda weird, but I can deal with it. However, today he got just that little bit closer and grabbed a handful of my boob while asking "What is this?" (in Korean.)
Smart ass!
I told my co-teacher and he had to apologise.

Monday, March 16, 2009

and continuing trashy TV talk...

OMG I almost peed myself with joy when some AMAZING human being posted the first episode of New Zealand's Next Top Model on youtube. It is seriously some ridiculously good television and I have been told that I have a terrible NZ accent (ahem Stuart), but these girls are freaking unbelievable.

tv3 have gone and taken down the videos already boo hoo, but I'm hoping to be able to watch it somewhere every week. If this is not possible I am expecting blow by blow details. ^^

OMG and did you see the stampede at the America's Next Top Model auditions? Some genius decided to yell that there was a bomb and they just went crazy. It was a midget stampede as this round of Top Model are for people that are under 5'7". Yay for midgets!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

project runway korea

I love any trashy fashion, modeling reality T.V. series and Project Runway Korea is no different even though I can only understand approximately every 10th word.
Their designs are so different from anything I have seen before - the designers approach fashion in a different from their American counterparts - sometimes it works, sometimes it really doesn't. I can never tell what would be thought of as "good" or "bad" - they are all so serious during judging that I can never tell what kind of critique they are getting. 

Some drama must be happening anyway because there is a lot of crying going on.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

i like potatoes.

Being of Irish descent and part of St. Patrick's School alumni, I am definitely a St. Patrick's day fan. 
We kicked off celebrations early at a festival in Daehangno, Seoul. It involved alot of soju, guinness, music, jigging, sunshine, laughing and green balloons followed by the most amazing chicken burrito from Itaewon and me being hungover in bed at 9pm.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Back at the Jimjilbang

Here I am just chillin in the sauna...
...Ya know, just watchin some Tevvers.
Then, it got too hotsies so I had to go into the igloo room. refreshing!
I was SO naughty and took the fastest photo possible of the nudie baths, if you look closely you can see a nakey old lady. hot.