Tuesday, 31 January 2012

And off I go!

In just a few hours I will leave SCH, and be off to Seoul to the airport. On Thursday, we will be flying to Tokyo, and enjoying our time there.
It's only the, you know, biggest city in the world. I'm stupidly excited. Not even just to be there, but also to see my friends from Canada who live there, as well as some of my Japanese friends.
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto...and who knows where else.

That said, most of my updates will be about awesome things in Japan, so, please bear with me for a while.

Oh, and remember how I mentioned a webcomic I was working on? Yea, I sort of started it. It won't OFFICIALLY start until February 26th, since that is when I get back, and I don't want to update my comic while on my super awesome trip.
That said, the link to my comic is here. Oh, and yes, my art is pretty terrible. It's only slightly better with pencil, but the computer does weird things to it. I am more of a writer than an artist. So, read it, enjoy it, share it with friends, mock it, whatever.

This song has been on repeat for like, ever.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

And so it goes

This marks the official one week date to when I go to Japan for over 3 weeks. I have already planned so much, and yet still have to much to do!
Alright, when I say that I've planned things...this is perhaps an overestimation of what I've actually done, which is very little. I have Googled places to visit, and booked the hotels and informed our friends that we are coming. Does that count as planning? Mildly productive?
I still have to get all my money out of the bank, and get some Yen, tell the people here that I'm leaving (since they likely forgot already), say goodbye to an important friend who has to to back to America, and clean my room. Yes, that sounds like something a mother would say, but there will be people moving into my currently empty suite when I get back, and perhaps even before.
Least looking forward to-the prices. Japan is expensive. Also, the lack of a gym.
Most looking forward to-uh, everything? Yes. Everything.


Monday, 23 January 2012

My very brief Korean introduction.

I need to practice both my Korean, and my typing in Korean, so Ill be posting the occasional blog, or blog part in Korean. Chances are, it will be stupid little things like my name and nationality and what I like, but if you are the curious, Google Translate should be fine for all those needs.

안녕하세요. 저는 린지에요. 저는 캐나다서람이에요. 저는대학생이에요. 만나서반갑습니다.

But I'll give you this one.
Hi. My name is Lindsay. I am Canadian. I am a college student. Nice to meet you.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

An Explanation

As it may be obvious, I have been in South Korea for a while now-5 months to be exact-and there is a distinct lack of blogs before, say, a month ago. I want to settle that little matter.
I have been in Korea since the end of August 2011. I was blogging over at my other site, but due to the fact that Godaddy are complete douche bags, my husband and I pulled our sites from that company, and also decided to drop the server that he owned. Unfortunately, we left before we thought about retrieving all our old blogs and all that.
That leaves us here, with 1 months worth of blogs, and a big blank void of everything before Christmas.
I will be posting short blogs with photos about some of the more noteworthy things I've been up to, and have experienced. These will be pretty sporadic, and thrown in haphazardly with all the things I'm doing now. If I remember, I will post a little blurb about when I did whatever I write about, but I make no guarantees.


Friday, 20 January 2012

Winter camp-the end

And so ends my 3 week foray into teaching children. It was, overall, a good experience. I actually liked most of the kids a lot more than I had expected. There are several that I would happily adopt, and take as my own. They were well behaved, well spoken, fun energetic and everything a kid should be.

That said, there were a bunch of kids of were complete shits. But, many of them had their moments when they were adorable and/or endearing.

I helped to teach the comic books class, and I think that I really lucked out with that. The kids were creative, and excited about making their own comics, and really put a lot of energy into what they created. Some of them had the BEST superheroes, and villains, and those stories...these kids were great. One of them even made me the Clark Kent of her super hero. It was awesome, and really showed how much we touched these kids.

I admit it-there are some of those little buggers that I am going to miss. To say nothing of the amazing staff, and other teachers. Luckily, most of them will still be at SCH for next semester, so I don't have to say goodbye to them just yet. Just the kids.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A rant, by Margaret Cho

And one that I can totally, 100% get behind. Could not say this better myself.

“I grew up hard and am still hard and I don’t care. I did not choose this face or this body and I have learned to live with it and love it and celebrate it and adorn it with tremendous drawings from the greatest artists in the world and I feel good and powerful like a nation that has never been free and now after many hard won victories is finally fucking free. I am beautiful and I am finally fucking free.”
“I fly my flag of self-esteem for all those who have been told they were ugly and fat and hurt and shamed and violated and abused for the way they look and told time and time again that they were “different” and therefore unlovable. Come to me and I will tell you and show you how beautiful and loved you are and you will see it and feel it and know it and then look in the mirror and truly believe it. If you are offended by my anger and my might at defending my borders and my people you do not deserve entry into my beloved and magnificent country.”
“I want to defend the children that we still are inside, the fragile sensitive souls who no matter how much we tried were still told we were not good enough. I want to make the world safe and better and happy for us. We deserve beauty, love, respect, admiration, kindness and compassion. If we don’t get it, there will be hell to pay. I am no saint, but I am here for you and me. I am here for us, and I am doing the best I can.”
This post originally appeared on Margaret Cho’s website.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Winter in Korea

A photo post. Sort of.

I made some little going away presents/Christmas presents for all my friends who left, and for those who are coming back. Just something to show them that I loved them.

Cute, amirite?

A late package to my friend Chelsea. I got the spoils since I was still here. It was glorious. <3

Our beautiful Christmas cake, shared with some amazing friends. I miss them all very much, and hope that we all cross paths again. 
It was also one VERY delicious cake.

Edward, my bear, hoarding his Reese peanut bar.

My husband made us a Christmas tree in his dorm for us to have something to put our presents under. How cute is that?

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Winter Camp

This marks day 7 of 15 of English Winter camp at Soonchunhyang University. I am one of the teaching assistants for the camp, and I work with the teachers and the kids daily. It is a long day we work-8:30-5:30, but it goes by really fast.

I'll be honest-I don't want kids. That said, I have enjoyed working with all of these kids, with very few exceptions. All of the kids I work with are bright, smart and creative. They are all fantastic in their own areas, and WANT to learn. It is very different from North American children, who hate school and anything educational.

I work with 4 teachers exclusively, and they have all been really good to me, teaching me things about kids, Korea, and Japan, which is where I'm headed next month. It took the kids a bit to get used to me, because of the piercings, and GIANT holes in my ears, but they've all warmed up to me, and love to play games and whatnot.

Overall, it has been an interesting experience, and one that I am very grateful to have had.


Sunday, 1 January 2012

And so we usher in a new year

A very happy New Year to everyone! May this year be full of the things that were the best of last year, and free from the worst.

This year has been full of good food, great fun and amazing friends and experiences that I am so lucky to have. I hope to continue this into this new year, and even add some more awesome.

Some of my ongoing goals for this year include
-reaching my health goal of being fit and healthy and strong
-Actually finish my webcomic
-be more honest with myself
-Write more
-Go to Thailand and do a Muay Thai training camp
-Visit the fam jam
-live more
-laugh more
-Dance more

And overall, live this one life I have to its fullest. None of those are resolutions, or some such thing, but rather they are the things that I want to change or continue in my life. I only have one life, and I want to enjoy and experience everything this huge wide world has to offer.
2011 was pretty good, and I am ready to bring it on in 2012.