love this photo. love Beyonce.  

love this photo. love Beyonce.  




Walking home at night alone…

This may be my favorite one of all time!  SO TRUE!

Love and miss you, Kikinit! <3  

kikinitinkorea
:

Back home….

But in Korea I just walk around like ….



Trying to lighten the mood.  This is all the rage in Korea atm.  apparently, it’s spreading in the States as well. Enjoy!


This is so tragic.  Trying to spread the word.  himchi:

This picture is of two girls doing the same thing as most of us: teaching in Korea, after some fun, enjoying vacation time with the kids away from school.  Cathy is on the left and Kari on the right in yellow shades.
They went to Vietnam on holiday last week and both took ill over the weekend. They were then admitted to hospital. Kari died on Sunday, unable to breathe.  Cathy recovered for a short time and sadly passed away yesterday.  Neither of them had insurance.  Their families are frantically trying to get their girls home.  The costs will exceed $10,000. The illness has yet to be identified.
Girls of tumblr - please, please try to help.  Donation funds have been set up to bring Cathy and Kari home.
Send me a PM if you have any doubts/questions.  This isn’t a spam affair.  This is Himchi speaking!
Imagine if everyone gave $5.  If you can’t donate, please please reblog.  Spread the word; could have been any one of us.  Looking at this picture, it’s strange to think of them happy, having no idea what waited for them when they went on their holiday.  
Kari: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=LPACDN8UR64VQ (Under Jason, who you can contact directly also on: jrvs03@gmail.com)
Cathy: http://www.gofundme.com/z81i8
Thanks lads x

This is so tragic.  Trying to spread the word.  

himchi
:

This picture is of two girls doing the same thing as most of us: teaching in Korea, after some fun, enjoying vacation time with the kids away from school.  Cathy is on the left and Kari on the right in yellow shades.

They went to Vietnam on holiday last week and both took ill over the weekend. They were then admitted to hospital. Kari died on Sunday, unable to breathe.  Cathy recovered for a short time and sadly passed away yesterday.  Neither of them had insurance.  Their families are frantically trying to get their girls home.  The costs will exceed $10,000. The illness has yet to be identified.

Girls of tumblr - please, please try to help.  Donation funds have been set up to bring Cathy and Kari home.

Send me a PM if you have any doubts/questions.  This isn’t a spam affair.  This is Himchi speaking!

Imagine if everyone gave $5.  If you can’t donate, please please reblog.  Spread the word; could have been any one of us.  Looking at this picture, it’s strange to think of them happy, having no idea what waited for them when they went on their holiday.  

Kari: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LPACDN8UR64VQ (Under Jason, who you can contact directly also on: jrvs03@gmail.com)

Cathy: http://www.gofundme.com/z81i8

Thanks lads x

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Going to the bus terminal…

perfect.

kikinitinkorea:

 Every time it’s just like….

Submitted by JW


When I check my bank account balance…

I can’t totally relate because I send so much money home each month to pay on my enormous school loan debt (I’ll talk about that in another post).  …but this. is. hilarious! 

kikinitinkorea:

Home…..

Korea…

Source: realitytvgifs


I&#8217;ve been super busy with my move to Seoul. In my new neighborhood, it seems couple T&#8217;s aren&#8217;t common. Thank goodness for Couple Story, holding your mate&#8217;s purse still is! Spotted carrying his lady&#8217;s Prada in Hannam dong!

I’ve been super busy with my move to Seoul. In my new neighborhood, it seems couple T’s aren’t common. Thank goodness for Couple Story, holding your mate’s purse still is! Spotted carrying his lady’s Prada in Hannam dong!


Move update

Yesterday — It was bittersweet. I gave a speech in Korean at my middle school at both the teachers meeting and the school assembly. I slowly stumbled over the words, mispronouncing them sometimes, but they understood me and that was my goal.

We got out of school early at noon for summer break. I was able to finish last minute stuff (post office, clean, buy my one way ticket, etc)

at night, I taught my last 2 classes at the elementary school, where I taught part time. The kids made me farewell letters. It was difficult to say goodbye to one class in particular.

I got to end the night with a teacher’s dinner with the elementary school. The restaurant was right on the beach so some Korean and foreign coteachers (close friends) shot fireworks on the beach one last time before I left. I held back my tears all day but lost I when I hugged my friend, Marty, goodbye. The excitement of Seoul left and and it hit me that I won’t be living and hanging out with him and others in dong gu anymore. In the past year, I grew to really love my life in the neighborhood.

Just before crashing, I met Krystle, one of my closest friends, at the park between our apartments. I got a great pep talk. Knowing that I’ll see her in Seoul in less than a week helps too!

I realize this is a big move. From a city of 1 million to a city with 10 million. A totally new job and experience. New friends to be made. It’ll be an adjustment in many ways but I’m not leaving the country and my friends will visit me. There’s comfort in that. It was much harder to say goodbye to owners of restaurants and to my Korea neighbors than it was to say goodbye to my foreign friends.

Today — 1st Lesson of the day: when moving across the country on your own and solely relying on public transportation, don’t be proud of yourself for fitting everything into one suitcase until you know you can lift it. Found out the hard way as I was walking out the door to catch the taxi to take me to the bus that will take me to the train. Thinking of all the places with steps. Ulsan KTX. Seoul station. And I think my new apartment is on the 4th floor.

People always consider the weather on a moving day. I was so worried about rain but it’s an Atlanta kind of hot summer day. I’m so thankful the monsoon weather is on hold. The bus to the train station is about an hour long ride. Grateful for the A/C!

Almost at the tran station. Stay times for more!
Xoxo



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Shopping for fruit in Korea

JG.  That be me.  

My fruit intake has dropped exponentially in the past year.  

On bad days, I go to the store and stare at mangoes and dream of sinking my teeth into them.

kikinitinkorea:

Everytime I see the prices.. I’m like…

Submitted by JG


Through years of trial and error, I’ve learned to say “No”.  Today, however, during my lunch break, I was walking down the street and heard my name called out from a van “Jaaah naaah!  Come on!”  I looked up and couldn’t say ‘no’. 

The driver was my Tai Kwon Do master from nearly 10 months ago!  I have a laundry list of people I want to say my good-byes to during my final 2 weeks in Ulsan and he was one of them. “Time waits for no one”.  I slid open the door and hopped in his yellow Tai Kwon Do van.

He turned his head to ask, “Where are you going?”  I answered in Korean “I don’t know.”  That was the truth.  I had forgotten my lunch and had planned on walking until I saw something (hopefully) healthy.  In Korean, responded, “lunch?”.  Of course I said, “yes”.

He speaks a few words in English; he asked and answered questions in Korean.  I speak ㅁ few words in Korean; I asked and answered questions in English.  Somehow we communicated for a full hour.  Language of the heart (with some help from a translator) is like that.  

He took me to a fish market near the school.  I walk by there every day and have always wanted to eat bibimbop there.  I can mark that off my list now.  

He wanted to see pictures of my family.  He smiled big.  He kept zooming in on every picture.  He said my dad was “handsome” and “big man”.  It was nice to see him make a connection from me to pictures of my family.  

I told him how I’d gotten out of shape and gained weight during the Korean winter/carb load.  I told him how I was working harder now to be healthy.  I showed him pictures of Urban Training in Busan. I pointed out the 2 trainers.  He kept asking if Scottie was Korean.  I kept telling him he wasn’t, that he was American.  With a big smile, he pointed to Dharma, “big size-uh!”.  

He insisted on treating me for lunch.  After, we walked through the market to the coffee break area.  I guess he never knew so he asked my age.  He was shocked then worried why I wasn’t married.  I told him I was happy now but I’d like to find someone special one day (again, Thank you, google translate).  He told me how I would be too old to have a baby if I wait too long for that ‘perfect’ mate.  I let him know that if I don’t find true love until I’m too old to have a baby, then I’ll adopt one or two.  He just smiled and laughed. I’m not sure if he approved or not.  

We finished our instant coffees and he drove me back to my school.  As I got out of the van, I continued to thank him and humbly bowed.  I’m so grateful for his presence in my life.  He was a consistent figure and always demonstrated care and concern - something I truly needed in the beginning here.