Friday, 27 April 2012

Bring on The Spring!

I don't know if I ever posted pictures of Soonchunhyang University campus. If I have not, then this is the opportunity to see some. Why? Spring has finally come!
Actually, it came a few weeks ago, I have just been pretty lax about my blogging.

So, random news-Apparently, SCH is a big hot spot for cherry blossom viewing. There are SO many cherry blossom trees, its insane. And beautiful.

I got a lot of pictures of the cherry blossoms, and of the mini festival that sprung up around the campus. There were lots of food vendors, stalls of small trinkets, and booze. It was kind of really awesome.It is also the hip happening place to be for the families that live in the area, and for little day trips for the elementary schools. The children wore matching outfits, being lead around by a teacher, all holding hands. It was adorable!

It only lasedt about a week, before the petals came down in a snowfall of pale pink, but it was so beautiful. I love that we have cherry blossoms in Vancouver-otherwise they might be what I miss the most about Korea.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The week of a million midterms

Alright, so I don't actually have a million midterms, but it sure feels like it. I have 6, maybe 7. I'm not entirely sure, since each of my teachers gave me 2 midterm dates, but I only have 6 classes, so, I have no idea.
Not good.
But whatever. Luckily, they are all the same topic, just different facets of the Korean language, so as long as I can read, write, spell, and do proper pronunciation, I'll be fine.

저는 한국어를 공부해요. 한국어는 아주 어렵어요
So, besides that, this weekend I am going to my first Korean rockabilly concert! It will be a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to it.
Speaking of concerts, through the help of my awesome suite-mate Cha Hee, I am going to the Dream Concert in May! It has just about all the BIG Korean K-pop stars there-20 in all-and I am super excited.
I don't like K-pop as much as a lot of people, but I DO listen to it in the gym everyday, so I know a lot of the popular songs and artists. I actually don't even mind it, I just prefer my metal and hardcore the majority of the time.
Regardless though, I think it will be a lot of fun!

I have started to plan out my last remaining weekends here in Korea. I am going to miss a lot of things, but I think I should experience everything this country has to offer before I mope around about the things I will miss.

Like, Sticker pictures!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Cherry Blossom Festival, Concerts and Towers, Oh my!

This past weekend was one of those amazing weekends that I wish could happen all the time. It also reminded my of why I am here in Korea, and why I love this country, which I haven't been lately. I have had a hate-hate relationship with Korea, and all that, but I won't get into it. It's going well now, and whats past is past, right?

So, back to this weekend!

Originally, a group of us had planned on going to a Strawberry festival in a town about an hour south. Unfortunately, we were unable to get bus/train tickets to get there, so we decided to go to the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival in Seoul. Which was a fantastic idea. Spring (봄) is a little late this year, so there wasn't TOO many cherry blossoms in full bloom, but we DID manage to catch a free K-pop concert with some BIG names!
Like, Sistar
And SHINee

And Shinhwa
It was pretty awesome. I am not a huge fan of K-pop, but I will admit that some of these guys have some major talent. And those songs are catchy as hell. I listen to them a lot when I am at the gym, as they play K-pop ALL the time.

After that, we made the treck up to Namsan Mountain-AKA Seoul Tower! It was my first time up the tower and, let me assure you, the view was totally worth it! It was fantastic! Sometimes I forget that I am in the third biggest city in the world.
And now that I have seen the night view, I want to go back to see the day view!

The next day was devoted to the shopping and the Hello Kitty cafe. We actually wanted to go to a dog cafe, but we had the hardest time finding one, that we decided to wait until next trip to Seoul.
It was a great weekend, with great food, great events, great conversation and amazing friends. I hope to have a few more of these memories before I leave here.


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

And, Fight!

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go see a K1 muay thai championship fight. It was the amateur circuit, of course, but it was still pretty badass. I have no idea who was fighting, or what, exactly, the belt was, but it was a lot of fun.

I don't think I ever mentioned that I did some muay thai training back when I was still in Canada. I plan to go back and train when I go back, but that won't be for a few months yet. I love fighting. I love the workout, the control, the power of it all. So to be able to see a real match was amazing.
I was also fairly impressed with how much money was put into the production of the show. Music, lighting, a film crew, round girls and even pyrotechnics. It was impressive, even more so by the fact that there were only maybe 200 people there.

Apparently, Korea doesn't go half assed for anything.

I got some video of it, but my man hasn't had time to edit it yet, so that will have to wait for later. But for now, here are a few pics, which may seem boring-and for some, they may be-but, it was a cool fight.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Stuff and more

Did I ever talk about the bank cards that we get here in Korea? They are awesome. Like, really really awesome. It's a debit card that has credit card abilities. Now, I know this isn't new for a lot of people, and credit cards aren't really the better than sliced bread thing that I treat them as, BUT, it's still pretty amazing.

This has lead to me buying a lot of things online. Normally, I don't do it, since the whole process involves me using my husbands credit card-after convincing him that I need whatever thing that i was to purchase-and then ordering, and then emailing him the money to put back on his card. It doesn't sound hard, but, sometimes, I want to buy things my husband doesn't think is a good investment, which, in all reality, is fair enough.


Now I have my own card. Which is awesome. And dangerous. I have a lot of mail coming to me, and the anime fan girl in me is mighty pleased.  I now have several prints from Deviant Art on their way to me. I wanted to send them back to Canada, but apparently, they always ship to the billing address. Oh well.
Including this one, from one of my favourite web-comics, Technicolour London.

Oh, and flights back to Canada have officially been booked, and paid for.

Today has been an expensive, and yet productive, day.