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.
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:
This is a photo of Daniel, the student that wrote that.
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!
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??
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. 🙂
After a successful shopping trip, I’m geared up for our 4th of July festivities! Update on that when the weekend’s over! 🙂