18 2 / 2012
I spent a lot of money today. I have been planning it for awhile. It was fun and I am reminded of how glad I am that I have no other responsibilities in life.
Now I must save money. So I can travel places.
26 1 / 2012
Or not. I haven’t finished my breakfast. Or drank coffee.
Sometimes I dislike the way I live my life.
01 8 / 2011
Today is the last day we will ever see these awesome kids again! God has really blessed me. These kids are hilarious. I have so many stories! Let me tell you one about Jae.
Jae reminds me a lot of my classmate Soon Kyoo. Haha. The first night we watched Despicable Me. After the movie, we were trying to sleep (it was late, and we were tired) but Jae was not sleepy.
“But I am sleepy.”
"If I don’t get some sleep, I am going to be angry." -Jessica
Jae puts a pillow on top of my head.
“Evan hamburger, delicious!”
"Where do you live?"-Jae
Pastor 2 comes in to tell kids to go to sleep.
(in Korean) “Where is Montana?”-Jae
“I don’t know.”-Pastor 2
“Where’s Montana?”- Jae
Trying to explain the location of Montana.
“I don’t know?- Jae
I was trying to sleep but the kid wouldn’t be quiet. I was pretending to be asleep so he would get bored. But he was too funny.
"Evan not asleep! Evan smiling!"-Jae
Starts poking my forehead.
“No, Evan is having nice dreams!”- Krista
Funny kid was funny :)
29 7 / 2011
28 7 / 2011
27 7 / 2011
Let’s look at some of the funny things I have learned about South Korea and how much I will miss them.
In Hangul (Korean language), there are no f sound or v sound. So when Korean speakers say the English word if, they pronounce it like ip. When they say Evan, it is actually Ebin. When you spell my name in Korean, 에븐, the character ㅂ is their b,p sound. There is a commercial over here that says “I’m pine, I’m pine” and the actors move their arms around like a dance. We quoted it once in front of Hattie’s dad, who then said we watch too much tv :) we actually don’t.
Fashion. Everyone has it. People over here wear very different clothes. Even grandmas get into it. Their style is nothing like that of America’s. Women wear high heels everywhere, regardless if they should or not. But I think the men’s style is the best. Absolutely adorable. Another fashion hit is couple T-shirts. You will see that every couple has at least one set of matching clothes. I have seen some strange outfits and color arrangements. But I love that I don’t have to get too fashionable in order to look fashionable.
Korea loves English. And French and Paris. So almost every coffee shop/pastry place has something to do with Paris. Best yummy treat place? Paris Baguette. Written in English, thank you. It is hard to find notebooks or shirts or anything that actually has Korean writing on it. English is a coming language here and people love speaking it. Phrases I hear the most: “Sorry!” “Okay” “Delicious” “Where are you from?” “Do you speak Korean?” “How old are you?” “Hello” “Pretty” “Bye-Bye”
Going along with that note, a lot of people love Foreigners. There is a joke between Krista, Jessica, and me that if some Korean is going to talk to us, they’ll talk to me. In almost every circumstance where someone has come to talk to us, they talk to me. There was the monk, the old guy, the businessman, and many more. But as I was saying, most Koreans are very welcoming. Krista and I met two little girls who came up to us and said hello. Then one of them bought us ice cream :) some old dude invited us to have dinner at his house—we didn’t, but he was nice…and creepy. Our friends were really excited to meet us. In some cases, I have had people take pictures of me. Either I am cute or the weirdest looking foreigner ever. I have had some people just say hi and tell me I am pretty. Normally in conversation, being told you are pretty comes up no matter who it is. Goodness. I am going to miss the confidence booster.
Church services in Korea are not what I am used to. I have gone to three different denominations and cannot tell the difference. Every church has people in robes—the helpers and the choir. There are normally two pastors. The pastors lead worship. If some person is going to be a pastor in South Korea, he better work on his singing skills. They stand at their podium and sing into the microphone. Strange, eh? Every congregation recites something. What? I don’t know. I wish I could actually understand the service. I would love to know what they preach about.
Korean reality tv is way better than America’s. There is none of this personal drama being taped and produced for all people to see. Actually, this stuff is worth watching even if you don’t understand it. It is light hearted and funny. Man, good thing for mysoju.com for Korean tv shows!
The food is amazing! No matter where you go, you are bound to find some delicious food. And it has fewer calories than American food. Love it!
Ediya Coffee—I get a free coffee before I leave! So stoked!
I am going to miss being the foreigner. It has been fun.