As I mentioned before, I’m working for TrendHunter, an amazing trendspotting company. What I didn’t mention was that we’re working on a reality TV series. The promo is HERE and we couldn’t be more excited. Please be sure to check it out to get a glimpse of my new life and the amazing people I work with.
I’ve been home for over a month now and couldn’t be happier. While I acknowledge that teaching abroad is an amazing opportunity, I simply found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m missing all of my Korea friends and wishing you all the best.
Since arriving home, I landed a fantastic new gig at a trend-spotting company based in downtown Toronto. If you’d like to keep up with my work, you can simply link to my constantly updated portfolio. I’m doing what I love and have really discovered that there’s no place like home.
I’m loving how many Coachella shows are making their way onto youtube. This understated performance, with Florence + The Machine, really shows off the lead singer’s incredible stage presence. All hail Queen Florence.
What Korea Taught Me
My time in Korea has been nothing, if not an extremely humbling experience. I told many people that I feel as though I have ‘gotten everything I wanted’ from the past 9 months. This was mainly in terms of what I would learn from all this. But what is that, exactly?
- Never assume that you know what something will taste like.
- There are nice people and there are shitty people everywhere. Doesn’t matter where you go. Though, I’d like to think that I already knew this.
- Ask for help.
- Know when to fold ‘em.
- Technological efficiency = AWESOME.
- Working smarter is always better than working harder. Something that, in my opinion, the Korean education system hasn’t quite gotten grasp of.
- BB cream is awesome.
- Canada has GOT to improve its internet speed.
- You can survive on ramen noodles for weeks on end (sorry, Mom).
- Logic is most certainly not universal.
- I cannot stand train-of-thought/word vomit blogs.
- I don’t want to teach… I just like children.
- Language is not nearly as important as I initially thought. You’d be amazed what you can accomplish with body language. My charades skills are out of control now.
- I love writing. Enough to try to make a career of it.
- Trust your instincts.
Though the cheesiness of this post is making me kind of nauseous, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I’m certain that this is, of course, not all that I learned. It is, however, all that comes to mind presently.
Having been here for almost 9 months now, I’d say I have a fairly well-rounded account of what living in Seoul as a foreigner entails. Of course, and I know this all too well, this kind of experience is radically different for everyone. As a sort of summary of my time here, I thought it apropos to make a list of what I’ll miss about Korea vs. what I can’t wait to get away from.
- Cheap subway fare. Crazy cheap.
- Incredibly extensive subway routes.
- Living near a subway.
- Living alone (though maybe this is something I just feel like I’m supposed to love?)
- My students…some of them.
- Inexpensive makeup.
- A SALARY/job security! (duh)
- The independence I’ve been afforded here.
- Fast internet.
- My friends here.
- Cheap clothing.
- The novelty of living somewhere far different from home.
- CHERRY BLOSSOMS!
- 4D movies!
- Kimchi (maybe). Bibim Nangmyun (definitely).
I can’t wait to leave behind:
- Pushiness, general inconsiderateness (not always the case, but enough of the time).
- Not knowing what I’m eating. Ever.
- Sweet pickles on everything (and other such crimes against food)
- My job. It’s not bad, but I’m all to aware that I’m not a natural born teacher. My students deserves better, and I know it.
- My newly hectic school schedule.
- Living alone (haaaa).
- Skype sessions. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s that they mean I’m extremely far away from loved ones.
- KPOP. LMFAO. Everywhere. Every hour.
- Spitting adjushis.
- The language barrier. Obviously, many of these things are ‘what I signed up for’. Even still, I won’t miss the frustration that comes with this one.
- Being functionally illiterate in Korean.
- The almost mandatory use of Internet Explorer (UGH!)
- Pushy salespeople. ESPECIALLY at makeup stores.
- Having absolutely no idea what the people around me are saying.
- Ovenless cooking. Microwaveless cooking.
I saw the Hunger Games! Not in 3D or 4D or anything like that, but the seats did shake and vibrate which made the film even more heart attack inducing. Must read the books.
Packing starts today, with intermittent Mad Men and Dragon’s Den breaks. This might suck.