September 30, 2010
Oh dear I truly hate packing. I have accumulated a lot of crap in the past 2 years! I think I have posted 10 large boxes home in total. The photograph on the right is what was left after I went to the post office. I am only allowed to take 20kg on the plane. I think I will have to send some more boxes home!!!
September 29, 2010
September 28, 2010
David bought an AMAZING remote control helicopter from Iteawon. It was huge and it cost less than 10 pounds. I think I have seen him play with in every day since he bought it. He loves it! Yesterday I decided to watch the helicopter in action. Some how the helicopter flew too high and went out of range. It disappeared behind our apartments, over the mountain, off the cliff! David lost his toy. Sad times...here is what I got on camera before it died...
September 24, 2010
September 22, 2010
September 16, 2010
September 13, 2010
Wonderful and quirky Korea. In Korea they have many items for 'couples'. They have 'couple' sweaters, 'couple' bags, 'couple' jewellery AND they also have couple underwear! I guess when your in love and a 'couple' you want to tell everybody!!!!
September 12, 2010
On Saturday David and I participated in a foreigners car boot sale. We collect all the junk we had around our apartment and headed into Seoul. It was a hard journey carrying it all. After 4 hours of hard selling, it was realised it was well worth the hassle. Even after donating a shuck of our earning to charity we still earned ourselves nearly 100 pounds! Awesome or what? It was such a fun day. David and I have been to many Flea Markets/ car-boots in Korea and have always liked them. Now we have done our own. There was a lot of media there interviewing us and recording us! I wonder if we will see ourselves on TV or in the paper?!
September 11, 2010
I love shopping. On our day off David and I went into Seoul in the evening. We decided to go to an all night shopping mall. it was open until 5am. We got there around 2am and it was extremely busy. I love the fact that Korea never sleeps!
September 10, 2010
*A temple stay is a two day trip were you experience a 'monks way of living.' You are expected to dress, act and pray like a monk. You much do what they do in their normal day.
This weekend, David and I went on a 'Temple Stay'. This special two day trip was at Geumsansa Temple, which is in Jeollabuk-do provience. This temple is apparently one of the most famous temples in Korea.
When we arrived at the temple on Saturday afternoon we got allocated our rooms. (David and I had to stay in separate dorms of course!) We got given our funky monk monastic wear. After a short orientation with the monks we explored the grounds of the temple. The whole place was extremely beautiful, even in the rain.
For our first activity we made a lotus lantern. After this the 'main' monk told us how to greet people and walk gracefully. He generally showed us the good manner all monk should have.
At 6pm we went to dinner. All of the group had to walk in two lines in silence to the cafeteria. Whilst eating our food we had to maintain our silence. After dinner we took part in Yebul chanting. Then the monk showed us how to bow to Buddha correctly!
After this everybody took part in Zen meditation and silent asceticism.
Lights out where at 10pm. At around 3am - 3.30 in the morning everybody woke up and took part in more Yebul chanting.
In the early morning we had free time. David and I explored the grounds for a few hours and then I had a shower before going to Balwoo Gongyang. After breakfast we walked through the forest and seen a love tree and had a group chanting session. David hugged the main monk!
After this we went back to the temple and made our own Buddha beads. This was challenging because we had to perform a Yebul bow 108 times!
Next we had a closing ceremony and then ate lunch together, again in silence. After lunch we said our goodbyes and headed back to Seoul.
What an enlightened experience!
September 8, 2010
September 7, 2010
The pottery bowls that David and I made in Naksan have arrived in the post today. We are incredibly happy because they arrived in one piece. We thought that at least one of the bowls would have broken. Yipeeee!
A girl in our apartment block has gone on vacation so I am looking after her turtle. He is soooo cute. Marley enjoys swimming and eating shrimp. I think I am feeding him to much. David doesn't like him because he pooped in his lasagna dish (swimming pool) I think he doesn't like him because his head looks like a snake!
September 5, 2010
To get in the mood for our JAPAN trip I went to a Japanese shop in Ewha, Seoul and bought cool Japanese stuff. I am going to go crazy when I am there!
There are four weeks left before we leave Korea. I am extremely sad but at the same time tremendously excited. On October 2nd David and I will go to Japan for a short trip and THEN on our way back we will have a short stay in Malaysia. How perfect!
As you can see I have gone Mini Me CRAZY! I have all FIVE of the perfumes now. They look right at home on my dressing table surrounded by other cute geisha dolls! Every time I bought a perfume I got 'service' (Free gift) I heart service!!!!
Service = Flask & Pens
September 4, 2010
Once again I have bought more shoes. I just couldn't help myself. These shoes were 5.000 won ... 3 pounds! WOW!
I love shopping in Seoul. There are so many cute shops and so many cute dresses in the cute shops! I found a shop in Sinchon, Seoul and they sells dresses for 5,000 won each! (Which is 3 pounds!) I have bought six..so far. I also bought two dresses from Hongik (these were 10.000 won each) now I have EIGHT new dresses!!!
On Saturday David and I went into Seoul and watched a baseball game. Doosan Bears and Kia Tigers were playing. Doosan Bears won. It was my first time at a baseball game and I really enjoyed it. I bought a Doosan Bears baseball, I don't know when I will ever play with it!
On Friday night a few girls from work decided to go for a meal. We went to a local restaurant called Farmers Table in Heyri. It was nice to spend time with people from work outside of work!