*...Moments, Seoul, My Thoughts, Life, Me...*
- My favorite grade to teach is 5th grade. They aren't too childish or too immature. I love moments when I am not teaching and I can connect with my students by learning about their lives outside of my classroom.
- I tend to have the sweetest and funniest moments at subway stations. Like when I got stuck in the turnstile (the tragedy of big purses). Or when this kind stranger helped me carry all my groceries up those long flights of stairs. She was a sweetheart!!
- Living alone isn't so bad when I have music as my background noise. I've taken the time to decorate my apartment Lola O. style and it has made all the difference. It feels homey and is a welcome sight at the end of my day.
- I'm happiest here, when I am enjoying Seoul with other people. Sure there are things I will/want to experience on my own. But it is a nice feeling to explore Seoul/Korea with other people. Different eyes=different views/perspectives.
- The best part of teaching is when my students teach me something. Or when they apply something they've learned from me.
- I know now I will never live in a cold place after Korea. I can't get used to that feeling of being cold. It irks me.
- I love Home Plus brand Ramyun:)!
- Teaching well for me is like creating art, it takes practice, passion, and time.
- Eating alone some days isn't as lonely anymore. I think of it as my time to unwind and reflect.
- Just because we are all foreigners doesn't mean we will be best friends or even friends. I live in between two foreigners and they tend to keep to themselves. In my mind, we should at least be social once in a while.
- Korean do not all look the same, there is so much variety in appearance in my eyes.
- Wood floors are a pain to keep clean. Always dusty!
- I enjoy those moments where body language, Hangul(Korean), and English become intertwined and we find meaning/understanding. I encounter moments like that a lot here. I know a little Korean, they know a little English, and we figure out how to understand each other.
- Cash flows like water here, endlessly. I never really used cash in AZ and it is a little hard keeping track of my spending. I MUST RESIST SHOPPING:)!!!
- I'm stronger in someways, and weaker in others.
- I'm learning that change is a process that cannot be rushed or solved. It needs time for each step.
- I like walking everywhere. It makes me feel refreshed.
- I don't mind staring or curiosity, but please don't touch my hair without permission!
- Attitude determines everything in life. Sometimes things happen (that's life) and I get caught up in the moment, good/bad and forget that life is 10% what happens to you/me and 90% how you/I react.
- Sometimes I feel like I am the main attraction at the circus when little kids point at me and say look to whoever they are with. *Sigh* I'm learning to accept this unfortunately almost daily occurrence.
- Learning to think less, and experience more.
- Spitting everywhere you go is soooooooooooo NOT COOL. Honestly, I start to gag when I hear someone getting ready to spit. They make the most repulsive noise(s)!
- I have all these things I want to do, see, and experience in Seoul/Korea in general. I am realizing that I should spend so much time trying to cross things off my list, but focus more on enjoying each thing on my list.
- The people around you can make or break your experience. So choose people who will make it.
- Family and friends are always going to be there, by my side, even if I am on the other side of the world. Skype is my best friend these days. It really helps bridge the distance between my loved ones and I. I'm learning that I can find a place to call/make home no matter where I am.
- I feel like I might get cancer from second hand smoke due to the overwhelming # of (public)smokers here.
- Nigerians and Koreans have a lot in common as far as values and culture goes.
- I become a TINY bit of a fangirl when it comes to Lee Seung Gi, Kim Bum, and Taeyang (Big Bang)
- I really like the feeling of knowing the people/community around where I live. Like the adjumma who makes delicious kimbap, or the clothing store lady who likes singing American songs and gives me discounts, or the kids from my school I randomly see around the neighborhood. They always have a smile and say hello to me.
- Sometimes we have to jump first before we learn how to land.
- I'm realizing that I still haven't found that thing I LOVE TO DO. There are many things I like to do, but I don't want to spend my life only doing things I like to do. I would love to have a career doing something I love. At the same time, I remind myself I'm only 22. I'll figure it out one day.
- My love for Korean music, dramas, and fashion has now accepted Korean food on a trial and error basis.
- Laughter really is the cure for every ailment!!
That's A Wrap!!!
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