Delayed.

Well, I guess it’s that time where I’m in a blogging slump. Oh dear… I do think about what I should blog about all the time. In my head, there’s about 8392843 blog posts that I’m behind on at the moment. Haha. I’ve been running around, trying to do my best in soaking up what Korea has to offer and making sure I don’t miss doing anything before I leave.

I do have to say, “blogging” on tumblr is a lot more convenient, but I wouldn’t really say it’s blogging. To me, sincere bloggers take time to relay what they think or how they feel through the various posts they publish. Tumblr, to me, is like twitter — just updating a few sentences or random pictures, quotes, blah blah. With that said, I don’t regret starting my tumblr account and I’m actually very glad that I started by seoulsteady100.tumblr.com. It serves it’s purpose of giving people a glimpse of how I spent my last months in Seoul. It’s really fascinating to go back and see everything that I’ve done in the past 40~ something days.

The reason I am writing this message right now is because I had a chat with two district teachers who commented that they have been following my blog. It made me realize that I haven’t updated in a while. Haha. Which is why…

I, Stellaface, solemnly swear to update a post on wordpress at least once a week.. errr, once every two weeks?

😉

Thanks for finding me somewhat interesting. BRB. I swearrrrrrr!

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Review: Tattoos @Inkholic

I’ve been wanting a tattoo for a really long time. I almost got one after I graduated college, but I couldn’t really convince myself that it was something I was willing to live with for the rest of my life. I also have a serious scarring problem whenever my skin is pierced or cut too deeply. I knew that I would be taking a chance of scarring myself with getting ink done.

Since moving to Korea, I’ve really pushed myself to experience as much as possible and to face anything that makes me feel awkward or nervous. As cliche as it may sound, you should make the most of your youth. Sometimes you should stop preparing for something that may happen later and revel in the fact that you can do something now. At the end of the day, I was willing to take the risk and see where it would lead me.

With that said, here’s my tattoo experience!

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This is the design I picked out! Do you ever just stare at money? I was laying on my bed one day and I had a blue Korean won bill next to me. I started to look at it and see all the little details on that one bill. On the back of the bill, I saw that there was a circular symbol on top. I instantly fell in love with it! I knew that the tattoo was going to happen by then. I’ve been playing around with so many different ideas of what I might want, and then I finally found it.

The design incorporates two important symbols of Korea. The Taegeuki (태극기) and the Mugunghwa (무궁화) are both national symbols of Korea. You can find more information on this website.

I wanted a tattoo to reflect a change in my life and a time in my life where I was greatly affected by the events that occurred within that period. I used to think that going to college and moving out of my parents’ home was a large change in my life. I guess that sounds silly now and why the move to Seoul will always be such a greater influence on my life.

In this city, I am completely functional as an individual. I can’t run to mom and dad when I run out of money or I want to escape the hardships of reality. This is my reality. Not only did I embrace my experience here, but I really pushed myself to make the most of it by traveling, making new friends, learning to be by myself, and more importantly, learning about Korea. By learning about Korea, I was also learning more about a part of myself that I’ve ignored for a major part of my life by trying to convince myself that I was more American. I have done so many things on my own that I was able to slowly gain the confidence that yes, I think I can do anything I want. For so long I felt really insecure without other people to help me see myself as a strong individual and now, I have learned to do that on my own. Which is one of the reasons I placed the tattoo on near my hands – I shape who I am.

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Alright, tell me where to sign! hahaha To be honest, I didn’t even really read it. Who does?

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Inside Inkholic! The place was really clean, a little dark though, but great view of the city! It’s on the 6th floor and it was great getting ink down with the city as your backdrop. Perfect.

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So, this is my tattoo lady! She was great for working with first timers. Hahaha. I liked her more when she made fun of me for being squirming when there was a dude getting a sleeve done on the next table. No peep from him. Uhh… sorry??

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She ended up telling me to flip over because it was easier on both of us. Oh, no problem! I’d love to lay down.

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Does it hurt? Yes. Will you cry? No. Will you squeal? Yes. Does it hurt enough to never get another tat? Hell no.

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With my tattoo artist! I never got her name, but if you go to inkholic, I’m sure you can find her. She’s the girl with the Che Guevara (um…side eye) tattoo on her right arm.

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Finished! The only time I regretted it was when I told my mom and she called me from the states to yell at me. Whatever mom! I do what I want!

*runs away*

Directions:

You can find everything you need on their website http://www.inkholic.kr/ 
Don’t worry, it’s in English as well. The only part that is hard is that there’s no sign outside. It’s on the 6th floor of this random building. We ended up having to call them, but they are super helpful! My tattoo artist sat there and drew/resized the image until I approved of it.

I also know that this is my first time at a tattoo shop, but from what I saw, everything was exceptionally clean and well maintained. Try them out!

Testing 1, 2, 3…

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You won’t meet a teacher in middle or high school that doesn’t look forward to midterms!

Pros:
+ All classes are cancelled.
+ The school ends around noon for at least three days and it’s likely that you will be able to leave work before 2pm.
+ You are paid to do show up and do nothing.

Cons:
+ When classes do start up again, the kids aren’t as motivated.

I asked to help proctor a test this year because I wanted to observe my students doing things outside of my class. Sometimes I feel like I’m not part of the actual Korean academic program at school since my classes are more of an extracurricular conversation class compared to a fundamental subject class, like history or science. I’ve already recognized that the average student in my class probably doesn’t focus or take my class as serious as other subjects. It’s partly why it is hard being a conversation teacher.

My co-teacher was kind enough to let me help her proctor their last midterm. The midterms are held for a total of three days. There are two midterms each day and one testing period is about 45 minutes. The six midterms are for their core subject classes and the one I helped proctor was for their chinese character class. I’m not entirely sure what subject it was and it was hard for my co-teacher to explain it to me, but I got the gist that the students were being tested on certain chinese characters and their meanings. Although I didn’t see any chinese characters on the test… hahaha.

I did catch a student cheating. I debating for a second or so on whether or not I should tell my co-teacher because I remember when I used to cheat. Haha. However, a teacher has to be a teacher right? We caught her red handed. I did feel bad though, because the school decided to give her a zero for the test and she was weeping all over the place. Oh well, she was gonna learn one way or another — you can’t cheat through life.

What’s for Lunch? Pt.2

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“You are not ugly” – my lunch bag. 🙂
Awhh, why thank you! Hahaha. BB got me this bag for my birthday last year. Some of my teachers have noticed the saying on the bag as well. They probably think I’m weird. Shrugs.

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I ate in the English classroom today with my co-teacher. She also brings her lunch and we usually just chat about random things or listen to music. It’s a relaxing atmosphere and much better than the awkwardness in the teacher’s lounge.

What’s for lunch?

I wrote about cancelling my lunch at school on a different post. I randomly take pictures of what I’ve been eating this semester. It can be annoying to pack it the night before, but it’s good to portion control and well, just over eat on vegetables. Haha. I’m not on a mission to lose weight (let’s be clear on that), but I am trying to be healthier since I quit smoking as well. Honestly, it’s kinda fun to make your own lunch. ㅋㅋ

The pics are from most recent to … uh, not recent? Haha. Ch-ch-check it out!

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This is my lunch today! Underneath the vegetables are a layer of thinly sliced cabbage.

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I made this the other day because I had a couple of left over vegetables. Just chopped up what I had and threw it in with some boiled pasta. Mayo + mustard + random seasoning + touch of ranch (just because).

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If I know I am done with classes earlier in the day, I usually take a snack as well. I read that you should always buy fruit that are in season to save money and so I’ve been binge eating on strawberries. Love my tupperware set!

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Sometimes I just buy a roasted chicken from this vendor outside of the Amsa subway stop because I feel lazy and don’t want to cook chicken breasts all week. I had instant mashed potatoes from the states so I made this meal.

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I also pre-boil eggs a lot.

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This is what my salads looked liked before I started to know what I liked. Haha, mess!

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There’s this chicken place that delivers to my house. They have this huge box of oven baked chicken that I would buy in bulk and use for the rest of the week. Yummm, but pretty sad looking salad there.

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These are the fruits that were in season in Korea for the first few months of 2012!