School Days and Getting My Hair Done in Korea

Monday, June 29, 2015

I’ve realized I really haven’t posted many photos of our neighborhood and I should really get on that! In order to help you visualize where we live, here is a photo of one of the main intersections in Sannam-dong, our neighborhood. We live behind the buildings on the left.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Aside from all my photos with cute little Haenah (oh how I miss her….her last day was unexpectedly last Friday and I’ve been tearful, but I digress), this may be one of my favorite photos from school. As the new arts & crafts teacher, I got to make Hawaiian leis with the 5-year old’s this week. This is the advanced class and they are pretty stinkin’ cute, too.

Aloha and Mahalo!

Aloha and Mahalo! From L to R we have: Hugh, Ashley, Jason, me, Scarlet and Jinny.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In Speech class with my 7 year old’s, we are talking about “My Class.” Here’s an example of one my students’ speeches:

Damn straight you like my class the best! :P

Damn straight you like my class the best! 😛

This is a photo of Daniel, the student that wrote that.

Daniel and me - he's so smart!

Daniel and me – he’s so smart!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In the teacher’s room, there’s a wall where teachers past and present post funny things that students have said. I felt like I finally had something to contribute to the wall!

Panty guns?! Free panties for all!

Panty guns?! Free panties for all!

Thursday night I got my hair done! I had not tried to do it before because a lot of Korean hair stylists don’t have experience with Western hair. I’ve heard horror stories of ladies going to get their hair colored blonde and it turning out orange! Eek! In May, a Korean hair stylist posted in the “What’s Going on in Cheong Ju” Facebook group that she lives here but spent a few years training with Vidal Sassoon in London. I figured she had good experience with Western hair texture and colors. I messaged her on Kakao Talk and sent her a photo of my hair. She said she thought she could match the highlights so I made the appointment.

The salon was very nondescript but the stylist was so nice and spoke very good English! She ended up doing a fantastic job and I’m literally thrilled. To top it off, the cost of full highlights and haircut was only 100,000 KRW or $89. No tipping required. Ah-may-zing! (And if you’re interested, partial highlights would have reduced the cost by 20,000 KRW.)

In the spirit of 4th of July, here’s a snapchat photo I took at work the next morning after getting my hair done. I think she matched and blended quite well!



Also – on the “cute Korea” note, check out this customer service text I got from my phone company. Gotta love the heart emojis! Only here, right??

Everything in Korea has to be cute

Everything in Korea has to be cute

Friday, July 3, 2015

After school, I took one of the school buses to the G-Well City mall. Some of our students live in the apartments over there (fancy!) and one of the Korean teachers suggested I take the bus with them. Otherwise, it’s around a 45-minute public bus ride or 7,000 KRW taxi ride, one way. The girls and I had some fun taking selfies. 🙂

School Bus Days

School Bus Days

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After a successful shopping trip, I’m geared up for our 4th of July festivities! Update on that when the weekend’s over! 🙂

7 thoughts on “School Days and Getting My Hair Done in Korea

  1. Ahhh a great post. I liked seeing where you live. Great stories about the children too. Your hair looks fantastic. Happy 4th of July from Philadelphia, the home of the Liberty bell. Lots of festivities here as you can imagine.

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    • Thanks for the comment! Happy 4th of July to you as well! It’s 9:44pm in Philly right now so you may be enjoying a wonderful firework show! I missed being able to see that last night. There’s so much interesting history in Philadelphia! Cool place to celebrate the 4th I’d imagine. DC is cool too but once you deal with the hoards of people by the monuments for fireworks one year, you can check it off the list and never go again haha


  2. What amazing photos of the kids. They all are quite adorable. Liked the City photo and the funny face photos. Good Job getting the kids to be funny. You look so pretty…loving the cut and color.

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  3. What a lovely and shiny post 🙂 Thanks so much for the follow that led me to your great blog. WHat an adventure you 2 are living, I’ll be following your stories.. X

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      • You should 🙂 Wait till the typhoons exit the country though, Jan and Feb are the best months! Xmas under the palm trees is a pretty decent option too. See you here or there

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