Lola O.
  • Humidity makes me feel sticky and sweaty and that is just all kinds of gross!!!
  • I am extremely terrified of bugs whether it is a butterfly or bee, they are all evil to me
  • This month I've been really homesick. I miss the comfort of being around what I know. But at the same time I'm thankful for the freedom I have here to explore, change, and discover...
  • I feel at my most feminine when I put on a dress or a skirt. It's kind of annoying though, how much more people stare when I wear them.
  • On bad days, I like to get an Orange Mango coolatta from Dunkin Donuts, then I go home and watch something funny
  • Time seems to be moving faster these days, things don't stand out as much as they did in the beginning
  • Even when I get lost (literally/metaphorically) I know I will find my way out/back
  • I wear red when I need to feel stronger or powerful. These days the red item of choice are my converses
  • Bus number 5623 has to be my favorite one to take to school in the mornings. I always have a seat, and it isn't crowded
  • Where did Spring go? It vanished before I could enjoy it
  • I really miss drinking Arizona Green Tea and Ginger-ale
  • One of my best friends had a baby girl a few weeks ago, it's a bittersweet moment for me. I'm glad she's in our world, and I'm sad I wasn't there to greet her on her first day. I can't wait to hold her, and my other niece in March.
  • My favorite number is 7
  • I love eating the rice porridge from Bonjuk
  • I really hate to sweat, and I am doing a lot of it these days
  • Sometimes I wish I could be in two places at once, so I could here in Seoul, and back home helping out my family.
  • I'm not going to be a lawyer. I'm going to be a guidance counselor. Sorry mom!
  • It's weird when my students try to grab me and rub my arms, like I am some pet.
  • Summer=Ice cream to me
  • Did I mention how freaked out I get by bugs? All logic and sense leave me...and I run away or scream...sometimes both. My students have witnessed this side of me, which is rather humiliating.
  • I'm a closet proscrastinator
  • My favorite song at the moment is Wakey! Wakey!'s "Light Outside"...
  • Octopus scares me, so there is no way I can put it in my mouth
  • I can't fall asleep without listening to music. First, because whoever lives above me has an annoying tendancy to move stuff around when normal people sleep. Second, it's the only way to shut my mind off besides writing
  • I hate wearing high heels, and I don't know how the women here wear it everday like they are wearing sandals
  • I'm kind of nervous/scared about traveling by myself to Japan/Jeju but at the same time I think it will be liberating to do this on my own. I'd rather have a friend or two with me, but even if they can't go I won't  let that stop me.
  • Since being in Seoul, I've met a few women who have inspired me with their independence and youthfulness no matter their age. Sometimes age is really just a number...
  • Currently listening to P.Diddy's Last Night on my ipod as I type this out:)
  • In 3 months and 9 days I will be 23. To everyone, I'm just a baby, but I'm really excited about this birthday. Ever since I was twelve I hated my birthday. Bad things always happened around that time without fail every year. This year though, I have a lot of things to celebrate. Being alive, being healthy (will do my checkup in August), living in Seoul, and just coming into my own. I'm planning to celebrate it by going to Okinawa. A place I've wanted to go to for years.
  • If you are not watching Glee, you should stop reading this and start:)
  • It's funny how we are so sure who we are going to be, or who we want to be, and then it all changes. Being here and teaching my kids has opened my heart to what I really want to do after this chapter ends
  • I don't think I will ever be a city girl
  • I miss reading my Cosmo magazines
  • I think halmonis here are so cute with their visors, and snarky attitudes. Muhahaha...unless they push me into the not cool
  • Monday is the worst day of the week
  • I miss being able to call my sister and vent to her about my day
  • I love finding free furniture by my apartment
  • When I need a break, I like going to parks and walking around
  • Sometimes I wonder to myself, am I really here? Should I be here? What am I doing here?
  • I love walking around my neighborhood. There are so many paths to take, so many places to discover. That's the thing I like most about life here, there are so many places I can go to, so many things I can see.
  • Whenever I look up and see the blue sky and the sun shining down on me, I become lighter, happier, and I can't help but smile because it makes me feel closer to home.
  • Sometimes you have to leave home, to return back to it.
  • Lastly, I'll leave you with my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes...
    •  "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." -Eleanor Roosevelt- 
    • "People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built."
    • "We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot." 
Be blessed,
Lola O.
    4 Responses
    1. Andy Says:

      Hello- My name is Andy- I'm 23, and fresh on the foreign teacher scene in Seoul. I have recently started the groundwork for a webzine about life as a teacher in South Korea. I am combing through the Korean Blog List and posting this message on a few of my very favorite blogs. I am looking for a collection of talented writers interested in collaborating to create a top notch web magazine for the thousands of ESL instructors in Korea. Please know that getting this message means I have a great deal of respect for the work of yours that I have seen. I would love to have you along as a fellow pioneer for this project. Please e-mail me if you are interested, and I would be happy to give you the specifics- Hope to hear from you soon. Also, here's a link to my blog...
      Have a great day!

    2. 40something Says:

      Hi. This is my first time EVER to comment on a blog. But having stumbled upon your blog and reading it, I have to commend you for your courage, determination and focus in making your dream a reality.
      For someone as young as you, in today's world, definitely worth an applaud. For many youngsters nowadays, indifference seems to be the defining word. So you really should stand proud.
      Btw, that front row seat, oogling taeyang - Very jealous!

    3. BuckyHermit Says:

      Oh god, THE BUGS. I sprayed a mosquito today and did a visual autopsy as it landed dead on the floor. Its stinger thing (whatever you call it) is freaking huge. No wonder their bites leave scars!

      June seems to be a tough month for everyone, me included. I've been feeling REALLY crappy and homesick for about two months now.

      Re: spring... it didn't exist this year.

      Octopus is actually pretty good. Okay, I'm from a Chinese family, but seriously, try it. Or even eel. There's a fusion fried rice place at Yongsan Station's iPark Mall that serves really good eel with fried rice.

      I traveled to Japan by myself last month. It was my first time traveling alone anywhere without anyone meeting me at the other end (I'm not including coming in Korea last year). You should be fine. But for Japan, make sure you write down in advance the words/phrases you know you'll need, because they have less English and lower English speaking ability over there.

      Glee is awesome, I agree. But then again, Joss Whedon was involved in it so it's almost guaranteed to be good. Modern Family is a pretty good new show too.

    4. Lola O. Says:

      @ Andy: My email is in my profile information. I would like more specifics about the project. I haven't been in Korea long enough to have experienced writing.

      @40something: Made me smile, I'm honored to have your first comment. Thank you for the sweet words.

      @Bucky: I've had Eeel. It's not bad but I don't like it very much. I don't like food that is really chewy or really soft. I will eventually find my courage and try octopus.

      Is it okay if I ask you some questions about your Japan trip? Like where you stayed, places you would recommend going. I am def going to go no matter what. Since Japan has been on my dream list for a long time. I have so many shows to catch up on. I need a new hour of laughter show till Glee comes back. I heard Community is also really funny.