Showing posts with label KOREA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KOREA. Show all posts

Friday, February 26, 2016

TEACH IN KOREA PROJECT: WEEK 19 FOOD JOURNAL

MONDAY FOOD FROM WORK - I ONLY LIKED THE SEAWEED SOUP


MONDAY MID NIGHT EATS

TUESDAY FOOD FROM WORK - OK I'M KIND OF OBSESSED WITH THE BROWN JELLY THINGS ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER.


HAD MY 2ND ROUND

TUESDAY DOWNSTAIRS WORK RUN TO LOTTE MART, BREAD ON SALE FOR $1

TUESDAY MID-NIGHT EATS - CHAMOMILE TEA, BREAD WITH TOMATO CHEESE SAUCE

WEDNESDAY FOOD FROM WORK

WEDNESDAY MID-NIGHT EATS - LEFT OVER BURGER,TOMATO GRAPES, BREAD

THURSDAY FOOD FROM WORK - EVERYTHING IS SPICY



THURSDAY FAST FOOD RUN DURING BREAK - GARLIC CHICKEN & FRIES
                AROUND $3.50-ISH

FRIDAY FOOD FROM WORK

FRIDAY MID-NIGHT EATS - GRILLED CHEESE OVER KIMCHI ANYDAY

Sunday, February 21, 2016

PROJECT KOREA: WEEK 18 MY SUNDAY OF RELAX DAY

OK SO TODAY IS MY NON STRESS DAY.
BUT I ALSO GOT UP AT 12:30PM AND DIDN'T GET OUT TO EXPLORE THE BULDANG-DONG AREA (WHICH IS THE AREA THAT I NOW LIVE) UNTIL AROUND 3:30PM.

#LAZYMODE

WENT OUT FOR A WALK, AND KEPT ON REMINDING MYSELF THAT I NEED TO SEE DAYLIGHT MORE OFTEN SINCE I WORK FROM 2PM AND ON DURING THE WEEKDAYS.

WALKING OUT OF MY SUBDIVISION AND HUNTING FOR STARBUCKS. IT WAS A BIT CHILLY STILL, BUT THE SUN WAS GOOD ENOUGH.


#FAILURE
DECIDED TO MAKE ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO FIND LANDLORD'S DAUGHTER'S COFFEE SHOP THAT SHE HAD JUST OPENED AROUND A MONTH AGO AND FAILED AGAIN.
THINK THIS IS THE 2ND OR 3RD TIME I'VE FAILED TO LOCATED THIS PLACE.

THEY HAD EVEN SAVED IT ON MY PHONE UNDER GOOGLE MAPS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE LOCATION IS IN KOREAN AND I HAVE SO MANY SAVED STARS AROUND THAT AREA THAT I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD STARRED. AND ON TOP OF THAT, TODAY WHILE I WAS USING MY GOOGLE MAP TO LOOK FOR STARBUCKS DUE TO MY BRAIN FART WITH THE ONE THAT I ALWAYS COME ACROSS IN THAT MY, THE MAP POINTED ME TO SEOUL (WHICH IS AN HOUR AWAY) SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S UP WITH THAT.

BUT I WAS REALLY HAPPY TO FINALLY REMEMBER THIS STARBUCKS IN MY AREA, WHICH IS THE BULDANG-DONG AREA IN CHEONAN.


I WAS LOOKING FOR A DARK BLEND WITH SOME SORT OF FLAVOR INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL BLAH-NESS FOR MY PALATE AND THE ONLY ONE SITTING IN THE BASKET THAT I WAS EYEING ON WAS THE DARK CHERRY & SPICE BLEND.

I WISHED THAT THEY HAD IT ON THE MENU FOR ME TO PURCHASE A CUP TO TRY BUT THEY ONLY HAD THE CHRISTMAS FLAVOR, IN WHICH IT WAS NOT OFFERED IN THE BAGS.  THE GIRL OVER THE COUNTER (AKA BARISTA) SAID THAT IT WAS A LITTLE SPICY. SO WE WILL HAVE TO SEE IN WHAT DEGREE SHE MEANS BY "A LITTLE SPICY".......

I HOPE IT IS NOT TOO SPICY FOR MY LIKING.



IT WAS 18,000 WON, THAT MEANS THAT IT IS AROUND $15 FOR THIS BAG OF COFFEE SPICE. I AM HOPING THAT IT IS WORTH IT AS I AM REALLY SICK OF ALL THE OTHER BLAND COFFEES IN KOREA. THEY ARE NOT AS STRONG. AND I'M NOT EVEN A HARD COFFEE LOVER.

I DID TRY IT LATER ON AND THERE IS NOTHING CHERRY & SPICE ABOUT IT. IT IS HOWEVER, STRONGER THAN THE PREVIOUS KOREAN PACKAGE THAT I BOUGHT. AND THE AROMA IS JUST FABULOUS!


AFTERWARDS, HEADED BACK TO THE APARTMENT WHILE IT WAS STILL DAYLIGHT TO MAKE MY PASTA THAT HAD BEEN SOAKING IN WATER BEFORE I LEFT EARLIER ON. PASSING BY THE SO CALLED "BAD" SIDE OF TOWN, THE HOMER SIMPSON ART WAS ENTERTAINING.


      


ALTHOUGH I FEEL LIKE I AM CONSUMING SO MUCH CARBS DUE TO THE LACK OF DESIRE IN MAKING MEAT, I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ALFREDO SAUCE WITH SUN DRIED TOMATOES THAT I CAUGHT ON SALE AT EMART.


I HOPE TO BE STICKING TO THE PLAN OF ABSORBING DAYLIGHT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. AND THEN EITHER BLOGGING OF SOME SORT AT THE CAFE (BECAUSE I'M SURELY WILL NOT DO IT AT THE APARTMENT) AND THEN HEADING BACK TO APARTMENT TO WATCH FREE MOVIES ON THE LAPTOP AFTER THE CAFE CLOSES AT 12AM. SURPRISINGLY THERE ARE PLENTY OF SITES THAT ALLOW ME WATCH FREE AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL MOVIES WITHOUT ANY SUBSCRIPTION. SOMETHING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF.

HEADED TO CAFFE BENE SINCE IT IS JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY CRIB.
I NEED TO EXPLORE THE OTHER CAFE SHOPS, BUT I HAVE NOTICED THAT MOST ARE CLOSED AT 11PM, BUT CAFFE BENE HAS AN HOUR FOR ME TO EXTEND TO BEFORE HOPPING BACK TO MY CRIB.

I DIDN'T BOTHER TO ORDER ANYTHING FROM CAFFE BENE, AS I AM NOT REALLY A FAN OF THEIR DRINKS. AND I HAD JUST SCARFED DOWN THE PASTA AND ALFREDO SAUCE THAT I MADE. IT IS PROBABLY FROWNED UPON TO JUST WALTZ IN THERE WITH OUT BUYING ANYTHING, BUT OH WELL!

I FOUND A GREAT SEAT NEAR THE DOOR WITH AN OUTLET!

PEOPLE STARTED COMING IN AFTER 9:30PM. KOREANS JUST DON'T WANT TO BE HOME. I SAW A RANGE OF PEOPLE FROM COUPLES TO FAMILIES TO GROUPS.

SPOTTED A REGULAR, AND WHEN I GLANCED OVER, I NOTICED THAT SHE WAS WORKING ON HER ILLUSTRATION. SHE WAS THE LAST TO LEAVE.



Saturday, February 20, 2016

PROJECT KOREA: WEEK 18 WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?

SO, 18 WEEKS INTO MY TEACHING GIG IN SOUTH KOREA, I'M FINALLY MAKING AN ATTEMPT TO BLOG.

KEYWORD #ATTEMPT

THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT I CAN TALK ABOUT THAT I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. I AM PLANNING TO JUST BACK TRACK AND POST THINGS ACCORDING TO THE WEEKS SINCE I HAVE VISUALLY DOCUMENTED EVERYTHING SINCE DAY ONE OF MY ARRIVAL.

RIGHT NOW, I'M IN THE CAFFE BENE COFFEE SHOP AND DROWNING OUT MY SURROUNDING BY LISTENING TO:Medtner Sonata Op.25 No.2 ''Night Wind'' I'VE FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW I WILL BE MANAGING MY FREE TIME IN KOREA. AND YES, IT TOOK AT LEAST 16 WEEKS FOR ME TO FIGURE THIS OUT. INITIALLY, I WAS TRYING TO FIT AS MANY WEEKENDS HEADING OVER TO SEOUL AND TRYING TO COVER A CERTAIN AREA ON MY SATURDAYS. BUT THAT ITSELF WAS TIRING AND AT TIMES STRESSFUL.
EVER SINCE I'VE GOTTEN HERE, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CRAM WHAT I CAN ON THE WEEKENDS. THEN IT WAS TRYING TO EXPLORE ON SATURDAYS WITH GROCERY SHOPPING AT THE END OF MY SATURDAY AND DO HOUSEHOLD WORK SUCH AS CLEANING MY APARTMENT ON SUNDAYS.THESE DAYS, I'VE DECIDED THAT I JUST NEED TO SPREAD OUT MY EXPLORATIONS AND ACTUALLY ENJOY DAYLIGHT WHILE I CAN. I START WORK AT 3PM, WHICH MEANS THAT I NEED TO GET READY AROUND 1PM.
AND UP UNTIL LAST WEEK OR SO, I'VE BEEN SLEEPING IN UNTIL I HAD TO GET UP. THAT DEFINITELY NEEDS TO CHANGE. I'M HOPING TO MAKE MY MORNINGS PRODUCTIVE WITH LEARNING KOREAN VIA MY TABLET WHILE I'M GETTING READY. OR PERHAPS STARING AT SOMETHING RELATED TO LEARNING KOREAN WHILE I'M STILL IN BED, REFUSING TO GET UP. WHY WOULD I WANT TO STAY IN BED? IT IS THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE BED I'VE EVER SLEPT ON. I STILL HAVE TO SLEEP ON THIS THING UNTIL MID OCTOBER!

I DID BUY THE MOST COMFORTABLE BLANKET THOUGH!