Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day! I did, my boyfriend is very awesome. I maybe bias but he is no doubt the best boyfriend ever…. These roses were on my desk waiting for me at 9:00 this morning.
I hope your Valentine treats you awesome too, if not then punch ‘em, in the FACE!
It’s the Year of the Dragon! Hope this year brings you joy and love.
Haven’t posted since Pepero Day! Had a little photography over-load when my mom was visiting. Dusted off the trust camera and took some picture during Christmas. Here are some highlights:
The biggest Pepero Day is coming up this Friday!! It will be 11/11/11 the first and only one ever, well not until 2111 I guess. I wrote about Pepero Day last year and talked about it some. You can click here if you want to know more about the holiday. I’m really excited this year because they added a new flavor STRAWBERRY! So here’s my two favorite ones.
Halloween in Seoul has been more… uh… celebrated this year than last, which makes me super happy. I say that because Halloween things are more available this year and there are more costume shops and Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts have been doing Halloween foods! I found the most amazing ice cream that taste like a pumpkin pie. I think Halloween is my favorite holiday, it’s all about dressing up and getting candy, two of my favorite things.
Here’s my costume this year, Chad was a Pokémon Trainer and I was a pikachu.
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Day 3: Happy Chuseok!! Today lots of things were closed due to the holiday but one place that wasn’t close was EVERLAND!! So we took the subway to Gangnam Station on line 2 then we took bus number 5002 to Everland. On the way there the bus was standing room only. At the bus stop we took a free shuttle to EVERLAND. At first Everland pissed us off because the ticket booth lady was an idiot and when Chad tried to buy tickets she was just not getting it. He even said it in Korean. So Chad and I got super discounts, Kyle and Jamie got the foreigner discount and mom had to pay full price, because I guess she looks Korean…. Yeah ticket booth lady=stupid.
Once inside the place was great! Really crowded with all the other Asians in Korea besides Koreans. It was the Halloween Festival so everything was themed Halloween, which was amazing!! Then we went to this area that had birds you can feed, I’m terrified of birds but I tried it out.
Then was so much to do and see. In Everland, you have rides, a zoo and shows. Here are some highlights.
Happy Teacher’s Day!! In Korea they celebrated Teacher’s Day on May 15. Since May 15 falls on a Sunday this year I got a lot of presents this last Thursday and Friday. I had many students say, “Teacher Monday, Monday I will give you a presents!!” So finally a reason to look forward to Monday. To all those teachers out there Happy Teacher’s Day and THANK YOU for your teaching!!
Buddha’s Birthday is a national holiday here in Korea. So we have to go to work on Monday but we get Tuesday off, go figure….
Buddha’s birthday is the birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who founded Buddhism and is considered Buddha because “Buddha” meaning “awakened one” or “the enlightened one” found enlightenment. It’s held on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar.
This year makes it May 10th.
Here is a picture of the National Assembly during the Cherry Blossom Festival. It took me a second to realize the flower patterns are the Taegeuk the symbol of Korea.
Does anyone else remember this and sing this song every time you hear the word arbor… I do. Sometimes I just sing it to trees because I feel like they will appreciate it. Trees are so nice and giving. Want proof read The Giving Tree that kid’s such a jerkface and the tree is so laid back and ya know… giving.
Plant a tree or at least hug one. Happy Arbor Day!
White Day is observed in South Korea with the men paying back women who have given them chocolate on Valentine’s Day with candy instead of chocolate. I just like this picture. It has nothing to do with White Day except it’s white….
“And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne!”
Happy New Year! Don’t forget that it’s 2011 and NOT two-thousand-eleven.
This “Y2K” fad has run it’s course and it’s starting to ruin a generation of children. I don’t know how many kids I’ve had to teach how to say dates. They don’t know how to say any year before 2000! It’s starting to become a problem. And I’m stopping it right here and now.
Besides that we rang in the New Year with lots of good friends at the local spot Daddy J’s. It reminds me of “The Wall” back in Stillwater. Everyone especially had a great time once it was free beer from midnight till 2!
Hope 2011 is as fun as 2010!
This is J Class. We’re headed into the playroom to wait for Santa. It was pretty fun except the teacher that played Santa is this class’ main teacher so they could tell it was “Tyler teacher!!” Oh well they still got presents!
Even thought this Christmas was spent far away from home I had a great Christmas. I’m luck to have made so many great friends here. And Christmas is a lot more fun with a bunch of kids.
Our impromptu Korean style “Thanksgiving Dinner” I’ve been saving a box of Kraft mac and cheese for such an occasion. We also have some fried chicken and these Korean style chicken balls on a stick from the Lotte Super and grilled cheese sandwiches! Butter and cheese are REALLY over priced in Korea. I do most of my cooking with butter and cheese!! I didn’t feel like going out to eat cause it was so cold and so we thought “lets get a ton of food from the super market deli” and then we realize OH it’s Thursday so that means its Thanksgiving!
So hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!!
PS yes that is a donut pillow in the background, and it’s from Dunken Donuts!
Even on the other side of the globe the leaves change colors. Red, orange, yellow and brown cover the trees and the sidewalks.
Like many holidays consumed by commercialize Pepero Day is a holiday in Korea which its Seoul purpose (forgive the pun) is to give Pepero (or cookie sticks dipped in chocolate) to friends. Pepero Day 11-11 because it looks like 4 Pepero sticks. Also you give out Pepero in hopes that the recipient will grow to be tall and slender like Pepero. I got a ton from my students, one of the perks of being a teacher. Sorry kids, you hopes are in-vain because Charlet teacher will never grow to be tall like a Pepero and if I eat all this pepero I will not remain slender. Well anyway Happy Pepero Day!
And to my American friends Happy Veterans’ Day.