Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Here we go again...

As you may have assumed by my last post, I am not yet leaving Korea.  October 29th was my year anniversary in Korea, but October 31st is my contract end date.  Seeing how I have made no mention of leaving, we can all correctly assume that I have re-signed my contract, and will be staying in Korea for the foreseeable future. (*sigh*)  It is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.  Can I really do this again?

It isn't all bad, or all good for that matter, but I feel like I've developed quite a nice little life here.  (Plus, there are some perks to renewing your contract.)  And, well, let's be honest, there isn't much available back home either...

Anyways, to those that were wondering, I'm still here.  But have no fear, I plan to head back to the U.S. for my winter vacation, so I'll be able to see all of you silly Americans I love and miss so much.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Hugs & Kisses,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

And I quote...

“In every queen there's a touch of floozy.”
― E.B. White

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Monday, October 29, 2012

I made it one year baby!

Today is my one year anniversary in Korea.  It is crazy how time passes so quickly.  I've learned a lot and experienced even more in the past year.  Looking back this has been a great experience, and I hope it just keeps getting better.

Thanks for following my journey, and much love to everyone that has supported me.  I couldn't have done it without you.

Hugs & Kisses,

Friday, October 19, 2012

What the... English?!? Candy edition

You know what they say, form follows function.

I'm pretty sure that's what they mean anyways.  Or not.

Monday, October 15, 2012

And I quote...

“Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.”
― E.B. White

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

What the... English?!? Take anything you want (video)

This What the...English?!? does not come from Korea, but in fact, Japan.  And, although they don't really butcher the English language like most of the other posts in this category, there is a certain W.T.F. factor watching this video.

A friend of mine introduced me (and some others) to this while we were traveling in Taiwan.  It sort of became the inside joke of our trip, with us all saying, "take anything you want" at the drop of a hat.

Regardless, this is priceless, and the Japanese doing what they do (which as far as I can tell, is things that no one else ever even thinks of doing.)

I recommend watching it til you at least get to the 3rd expression.  Also, a warning:  This WILL get stuck in your head and/or lead you to spend hours on YouTube watching the most random videos that are suggested after watching this.

"Take anything you want"

You can also click here to watch the video on YouTube.

Just please... "spare me my life, spare me my life."

Masan Nights Out (MNO)

Not too long ago (well, longer than I'm willing to admit) I decided to start having a get together with the expats in my town, Masan.  There are quite a few foreigners of us here, and I felt like we need a better way to meet.

Or, as I like to say, I'd like to make Masan suck less.  (OK, it doesn't really suck THAT bad, but still could use a few improvements.)

And so "Masan Night Out" was born.

Our first one was held back on June 16.  We met at Mexico (the only Mexican food restaurant in our area, really one of the only foreign food places), and afterwards went for drinks at Joyce's bar, in the same area.  For those that were out even later, the party wound up moving to All That Jazz before ending the night super late.

It wound up being much more than I expected with over 20 people at dinner and even more for drinks after.  I would call it a success.

A picture of our very first dinner together as a community (in Mexico)
Pardon the blurriness, but the waiter should really not become a photographer.

Many who couldn't make it, and those that were there encouraged me to set up another event.

The next event was October 5, and we just followed the same plan.  No sense in ruining a good thing.  The point of these gatherings (for me at least, others may see it differently) is not to try a new restaurant, or find something different to do.  It is to meet local, very local, people to make connections and friends, so that when one does have the desire to try a new restaurant, etc. they have someone to call.

a photo of less than half the people that attended dinner at Mexico
I took this photo then got wrapped up in conversation and didn't take any more
I need to see if I can stalker some off of any others that were there.

And after dinner drinks & dancing at Joyce's bar

I'm hoping to try and continue this as a monthly tradition.  However, it is difficult to schedule anything during the peak vacation/travel seasons, and for Korea that is summer (late July and all of August) and winter (very late December, all of January, and sometimes even into February).

The next one is going to be set up as a Thanksgiving dinner.  Hopefully it will all just bring us together, especially in times like these when it is difficult to be away from friends and family.

Hugs & Kisses,

Monday, October 1, 2012

And I quote...

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
― G.K. Chesterton

And I quote...