Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dog shelter again!

My friend, Bridget, asked if I wanted to meet her in Daegu to go to the dog shelter.  Of course, I said yes.  I just love this little shelter and seeing the dogs.  Loving on the dogs fills my heart like nothing else.  It was pretty cold outside so we didn't stay long, but we got to play with the dogs and love on them which was the important thing.  I wish I could take each one out of their cage and spend time with them.  I pray that they get adopted soon.  In fact, Bridget was going there to start the adoption proceedings on the little dog she had walked on the dog walk the last time we were there.  However, the dog had been adopted.  Good for the dog but sad for Bridget.  I know God will send her the right dog at the right time.

Enjoy the doggie pictures!
So which one is your favorite?

If you would like to know more about how you can help the dog shelters in Korea, please check out this website.  All these dogs are available for adoption (yes, they fly the dogs all over the world), and donations are always welcome.  Thank you!

Laundry in Korea

Doing laundry in Korea is well....interesting.  It's VERY different than back home in the states.  For one thing, there is NO dryer.  I repeat.  NO dryer.  You have to hang your laundry on the drying racks.  It wouldn't be so bad if the washer didn't beat your clothes senseless.  And the lint!  The lint goes anywhere and everywhere.  It's supposed to be caught in these little lint catchers.  Check it out.

Look at all that lint!

And then you put it in the lint basket.

Since there is no dryer, you have to hang everything.  The sheets are too big for the drying rack, so I hang them on the door.  It works.

Aren't you glad you have a dryer at home?  I will definitely be grateful for mine when I move back home!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Visits at the Oriental hospital

A couple weeks ago, my back started hurting.  It has been 4 months since I'd had my back adjusted at the chiropractor's office.  And boy, was I feeling it.  So I decided to check out this oriental hospital, Jaseng Oriental Hospital, based on a friend's recommendation.  So I walked to the subway station, got on the subway, and got off at the Tanbang subway station.

The hospital was really nice.  Not everyone spoke English, but enough people spoke enough for me to get by.

I first went and had x-rays done.  Then I met with the doctor.  He is so nice, and he speaks perfect English.  He actually lived in California for 5 years and has even been to Dallas several times.

My x-rays told some interesting things.  Some of it I had known before, but it still threw me for a loop.  Based on my x-rays, I have spine is curved too much in one area and not curved enough in another.  My hips are not balanced, and one leg is longer than the other.  So he prescribed chuna therapy and acupuncture for me, coming in twice a week.  Chuna therapy is a bit different from chiropractic treatment.  You can read more about it HERE

 I'd only had acupuncture once.  For my treatment here, he only puts needles in my back to help my back...except yesterday at my treatment, he put needles in my stomach to strengthen my core muscles.

Here is the treatment room where I get acupuncture.  I have also gotten physical therapy as well, but it's not at every visit.

The one time I had physical therapy I had to change into these lovely clothes.

The lobby is decorated for Christmas.  Makes me happy.

Even the trees are decorated outside.  Beautiful!

I have been three times now.  It will take a while for my back to get better with the issues my back has.  Also, he says that I need to stand up and stretch every 15 minutes for 5 minutes, that sitting is not good for my back.  Well, at my current job, all I do is sit unfortunately.  Either I'm at my desk or working with 1 or 2 students, and I sit at both.  So I am trying to get up a bit more.  I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Movie and octopus dinner with co-workers

Last Wednesday to Friday were final exams.  I didn't have any classes except I had to read the English to Mina and Seora for their exam.  And then they wanted to sing and dance with me so we had an hour of singing and dancing.

Gayong texted me that teachers often leave early one of the final exam days to go do something together.  She invited me to come along.  We went to the movies to see About Time with Rachel McAdams.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  What an amazing movie.  You absolutely must go see it.  I laughed.  I cried.  I laughed and cried again.  Again, please go see it.  I totally want to see it again.
The movie theater

After the movies, we went to dinner.  This place was not MY choice.  It was an octopus dinner.  I took videos on my phone, but I cannot upload them for some reason.  It's a Samsung, and I cannot for the life of me figure it out.  In the video, you would see that the octopus goes in the pot alive.  Yes, alive.  All wiggling about.  Slowly it dies as it gets hotter and hotter.

The octopus is hiding.  Yeah, I would be too.

While it's still alive, she chops it up.  I'm not kidding.

It's still wiggling.

One of my co-workers had the exact same feeling as me.  It was awful.  She didn't even want to look.

All chopped up in the soup.

Also, in the video, you would see one of the guys take the octopus head and cut it open so that all the black ink comes out.  Their soup turned completely black.  It was disgusting.  With that, I thought of and finally understood in Finding Nemo, when Inky says, "Ahh. You guys made me ink."

Lonely in the 80's

Last week, I awoke to a winter wonderland.  What a nice surprise to wake up to.

My school that day...

Here are a couple of my lunches from last week.  On the top is a kimchi pancake...not bad, not great either.  Edible.  The main dish was mandu guk (dumplings soup), and I like mandu.

This was a GOOD lunch.  Yum.  Sweet and sour shrimp, which was amazing.  Yes, I totally went back for seconds.  That's how you know when it's a good lunch....when Angela goes back for seconds! The noodles in the soup were pretty good too, but I didn't like the fish cake skewers.  Don't really care for fish cake.

I saw some interesting things at Home Plus.  The first one is a hamburger pillow.  Doesn't everyone need a hamburger pillow?  I know I do!

Oh, the 80's are back in Korea.  Acid wash jeans and neon colors.  Doesn't this look like it came straight from 1984?  That's when I was in 6th grade and had a neon pink sweatshirt and a neon pink fabric belt thing that I used as a headband bow in my big Texas 80's hair.

And this.  I'm wondering if I need to buy this sweatshirt.  Wouldn't it be a perfect way to get a man in Korea?  What do you think?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

My week in review

With Mina and Seora this week, I introduced the tambourine when reading and singing.  Mina LOVED it and got all into it.

I also read Red Fish Blue Fish to them, and Mina absolutely loved it.  She even tried to read along with me, which was precious.

This week was final exams.  Fun.  So I had no classes on Wednesday - Friday, all except for one class with Mina and Seora.  They wanted to have class with me and sing and dance.  Love them.  So I watched movie on Netflix on my school computer while I worked on my laptop.  I watched Christmas Vacation.  Again.  It was my 6th time (I think) to see it since I've been in Korea.  I don't know what it is about the Griswolds, but it brings me comfort.

The weather in Korea is crazy...almost as crazy as Texas.  The weather fluctuates throughout the week, but not like throughout the day like it does in Texas.  It will go from cold to freezing to rainy.  The following picture is on one of those rainy days.

I have been spending time creating a lot of things for my students, including emergent readers.  My emergent readers are a little bit different in that I put them to music.  You sing each page to the tune of "Where Is Thumbkin".  The students love them.  I then have been uploading them to my Teachers Pay Teachers store where other teachers can purchase them and download them.  I've been loving creating things like this.

I know some of you have been wondering what my lunch is like.  This was lunch for one day this week.

I have been cooking A LOT lately since I don't really care for a whole lot of Korean food.  I cook eggs for breakfast every day and dinner every day.  This was one of my creations that made for dinner.  It was so good, and I will definitely make it again.

I got 2 packages!  One last week from my Aunt Pam and Grandmother.  It was a complete surprise, and I was SO grateful for it.  It reminded me that I am loved.

In my second package, I got Christmas goodies from my sweet friend, Kristin.  The Christmas tree was decorated by Kristin's kids, Ryan and Kylie, and it is just too cute.  I also got a cowboy boot stocking, a hat that "screamed" Angela, and the most awesome scarf that was made from some of my old A&M shirts.  It was THE coolest present.  I have some great friends.
Love you guys!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weekend of music

My Christmas tree is all decorated, and I am all ready for Christmas to be hosted at my place.  Yep, that's right.  About 15-20 people are coming over for Christmas lunch to my apartment.  I am so excited to be hosting!  It's a potluck, so everyone is bringing a dish and a gift for our Chinese gift exchange.  I also have a couple Christmas movies if we want to watch them.

Last Saturday, we all went out to celebrate Saree's (she's on the right) birthday.  We went for Shabu Shabu and then to the Santa Claus bar to listen to some Irish music.

Check out her houseshoes...

Too bad I don't like mushrooms because there were a lot of mushrooms.  They sure were pretty though!

Carlos being silly...

Everyone putting their shoes back on after dinner...

Santa Claus...I didn't know this beforehand, but the guy in maroon playing the accordion is one of our fellow EPIK teachers.  Pretty cool, huh?

Two Korean women even got up and started Irish dancing.  It was so cool!

When in an Irish pub, one has to get Guiness.  James paid 8,000 (about $8) for his glass of Guiness.

Is the bridge beautiful or what at night?

Last Sunday night, we went to an orchestra concert.  One of Melissa's co-teachers plays the violin in the orchestra and gave her several free tickets.  It was a good evening.  It would have been even better without the long Korean speeches and off-pitch flutist and violinist.  Man, were they off pitch.  So much that it made mine and Ashlee's eyebrows go up.  We would just look at each other.  She told me afterwards that she had to stop looking at me because she would have cracked up.

Saree was REALLY hungry since she hadn't had dinner, so she ate Pepero sticks that Ashlee gave her.

The one thing that was a little odd was that there was no bass in this orchestra, so it sounded a little high.  I missed the bass.

 This flute soloist was SO good, and her dress was just gorgeous.