Sunday, December 5, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
In March, my Korean friends took me to a place to make pottery. It was a great day in the country, and I really enjoyed doing something different. I also appreciated the chance to be creative, even though my imagination was strictly monitored. I think they were afraid that since I am a foreigner, I wouldn’t know how to successfully do something Korean. As soon as I accepted the supervision, I realized it was more beneficial than not.
Even with all the coaching, I did manage to screw up my mug! When I went to put the date on the side, I wrote May instead of March. I didn’t know how to fix the mistake, so I decided to change the incorrect month into a word. Now my mug says, “May your cup always be full!” It is a rather corny quote but it did make us laugh. On the other side of the mug, my friend Cindy wrote the saying in Korean. We thought it kind of balanced out my mistake and made it more special.
After our masterpieces were finished, Cindy cooked us sweet potatoes over a fire. My hands were freezing and it was delightful to warm them up with a tasty treat. They were by far, the best potatoes I’ve ever eaten.
Yesterday I got my mug back and it turned out better than I expected. You can’t really see what we wrote on the sides but I still think it’s lovely. The sentimental value definitely improves its beauty.
Here is a photo of my newest cup and matching spoon:
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
This week I have to decide if I want to sign another year contract or not. I have been flopping back and forth with my decision for quite some time. A part of me wants to stay and another part of me wants to leave. I feel like staying in Korea is a practical choice and that there has been no real reason to go home. I kept thinking to myself that life would be, “so much easier if I had a reason to return to Canada.”
Now it turns out, I may need to go home, and it’s ironically so much harder than staying put. It is all especially daunting since my decision is now partly based on a family member’s health. Of course, family is more important than anything else. It is amazing how trivial ones problems become when something of real significance actually presents itself. Or even the possibility of something significant presents itself! I don’t actually care about much other than this right now.
I will know by the end of the week, what my next move will be. Until then, I will probably occupy my mind with some sheet music and a good book. Hopefully this will make the time move faster and ease my anxiety. Everything works out the way it’s supposed to, right????
Today’s poem. I’ll stop doing this soon. Maybe.
You are a teacup,
and I’m your matching saucer.
Without you, I’m only a little plate.
It is Easter Sunday and the weather is beautiful. To celebrate all things good, I went for a bike ride around town. Actually, my plan was to get OUT of town but this turned out to be much more difficult than I expected. I also didn’t anticipate the amount of construction and traffic lights that would interrupt my ride. I spent a good chunk of my adventure with one foot on the ground, and another chunk of it having starring contests with Koreans. Even though I won each stare down, I was irritated that they were gawking at me in the first place. Yes, I am foreign. Yes, I can ride a bike. Perhaps I sound like a jerk, but it isn’t fun being watched every day. Obviously today, I was feeling defiant.
On a brighter note, I spent some time investigating spring’s latest arrivals. It is really exciting watching flowers I’ve never seen before come into bloom. I also attended an Easter party at a friend’s house. We painted eggs and ate chocolate until we were all too tired to paint or eat anymore. I’m really happy someone took the initiative to make Easter special. I think a little home away from home was just what we all needed.
An Easter Haiku:
You are much sweeter,
than a bowl of mini eggs,
but both I can’t reach. ;P
Friday, March 26, 2010
I like words that begin with the letter C. Here is a list of some of my favorites: circumstantial, coincidence, convenient, control, comfort, choice, curiosity, consideration, consume, compassion, compromise, communication, confidence, courage, commit, continue, create, change.
Ahh! Aren’t they strong and beautiful?! And each word holds such meaning! It is possible that these are the most important words in the world. At least in my world!
The letter C rocks.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sorry I haven’t been posting anything. I’ve got lots of ideas written down but none of them are complete.. which is a very good example of my current mentality! Hopefully my brain and my blog will be more fruitful in the near future. Until then, happy net surfing!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today is a great day. Not only is it friday, but the sun is shinning and it feels like spring! In addition to the good weather, I passed my blue belt test this afternoon. I’m not fully convinced that I deserve a new belt but I am happy nonetheless.
To top it off, I have finally managed to touch my toes! Although this may sound like a simple exercise to you, it is a difficult task for me! Perhaps more than the weather is finally improving!?
Monday, March 8, 2010
A long, lean, fighting machine:
Although, he is much tougher than me!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I’ve received an unusual amount of blog hits over the last week! I don’t really know why this is happening, but I thought maybe some of you were looking for a vacation update?! If so, I will try and humor you with some new information..
The truth is, I haven’t felt like writing about Thailand. Some of my trip was really amazing and some of it wasn’t. However, I do not feel that my blog is an appropriate place to divulge my entire Thailand story!
What I have decided to share, are some wonderful snippets that have graced my mind since returning to Korea. I think the following memories will make me smile forever..
- One early morning in Phuket, I sat on the beach and drank fresh coconut milk. The simplicity of the moment was incredibly satisfying.
- Watching wishing lanterns float up and blend in with the stars.
- In Ko Pi Pi Don, I went snorkeling for the first time. I was so shocked by the aquatic beauty, that I gasped and inhaled a mouthful of sea water.
- On a day tour, we visited a secluded little island to enjoy some more snorkeling. I have never been anywhere more enchanting or tranquil. I find myself thinking of this place when I’m in a classroom full of crazy children.
- While elephant trekking (which I didn’t enjoy), I watched golden leaves rustle in the wind. I felt like I was the only one in the world who had witnessed this magical moment, and I enjoyed the privacy.
- Feeding monkeys at Suwankuha Temple was extremely entertaining. I was both nervous and fascinated by the hungry little creatures.
- One evening, my friend and I found an extremely large and hairy spider in our guest house. After pulverizing the critter, we slept with the light on.
- On my last day in Krabi, I treated myself to an aloe vera message. It was both delightful and a cheap.
- I was lucky enough to make some interesting new friends. The gift that keeps on giving!
- I watched a little of the olympic games with a Korean cab driver on the way home. I taught him how to say, “ gold, silver and bronze.” We had a lot of fun!
Hope this satisfies your curious minds and thanks for checking in. :)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I know that not everyone loves birthdays, but I think they are wonderful! A birthday is an occasion to stop and give thanks to the people that make our lives special. Not everyone remembers to do this on a regular basis. We often don’t say the things we are thinking, because we foolishly believe there will be infinite chances to do so in the future. A birthday is an opportunity to reach out to others and to celebrate life.
Yesterday, I thought a lot about my own existence. A thought about being a little girl and what a little me would think about the life I’ve decided to live. Would a younger Diana admire the older Diana I’ve become? If I could do it again, would I choose a less convoluted path? Would I warn myself of the tribulations to come? After reading my birthday emails, I don’t think I would. I’ve met wonderful people all over the world because of the life I have chosen. Some of my biggest mistakes have rewarded me with the most precious gifts.
Thanks to all of you who helped make this weekend great. Thank-you for your emails, calls, and for drinking wine with me. And finally, thank-you for making my 27th year so pleasurable and my 28th so promising!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
It has been exactly six months since I moved to Korea. I was unaware of this anniversary until I coincidentally opened my passport and noticed the date of entrance stamp. I wish I could write that it’s been a memorable day, but I’ve spent most of it wanting to rip my own hair out. I even got so frustrated this evening, that I thunked my head against a wall when I arrived home from work. I am now sipping ‘sleepy time’ tea and trying to calm down. Nothing really happened to make so grouchy. I think I’m just ready for a vacation. Apparently, I both need and deserve one! :P
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Today I received a love parcel from Cordia and Mitch. It was full of wonderful things to read, cuddle and eat! As you can probably imagine, I’ve already devoured a good chunk of the chocolate and my fluffy new kitty is sitting on my lap!
Thank-you, Cordia and Mitch. You are dear friends and I owe you EVERYTHING! ;)
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I miss animals. I miss walking in the front door and being greeted by a fuzzy four- legged creature. I miss waking up in the middle of the night and feeling a cat nestled against my feet. I miss every about my Atticus other than cleaning his litter.
Most Koreans don’t have pets. I rarely see animals around the neighborhood and when I do, it’s not enjoyable. The dogs are either chained up outside and forgotten or they are dressed like little humans. I suppose I should mention that the worst fated pups are the ones that I haven’t seen. Those canines end up in dog soup..
The few cats I’ve encountered have behaved like strays. Whenever I see a kitty, I crouch down and meekly try to call it over. My warm intentions are never enough to shake them from their fear of humans. I often wonder if they’ve been mistreated..
As of late, I have also heard a lot of foreigners say they don’t like animals. I seem to be submerged in an anti-pet environment! Was that part of the application process I missed? Obviously, I’m joking but I sometimes wonder. People who don’t like animals have always confused me. In fact, my mother raised us to question the ethics of anyone who dislikes furry critters. Should I question the ethics of the entire country? If I decided to, I would only being hurting myself. Korea is a beautiful place, and It would be a shame to disvalue any of its goodness! Instead, I am trying to open my mind and damper my judgmental thoughts.
I don’t know how long it will be until I return to Atticus. A cat is not enough of a reason to go home but it’s one of the reasons I would like to. Although it may sound silly, I think he would prefer for me to stay here and be happy, than to come home and be sad. I hope in the future, all the things I love will settle on the same side of the world and I can stop choosing between them. That would be purrrfect.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday I received my green belt in Taekwondo. It is the fourth belt out of nine. Graduating to a new color is fun because It’s a visual representation of ones achievements. The excitement is comparable to collecting passport stamps or school certificates.
When I was a kid, my mother made me take swimming lessons. Similarly, the levels were marked by colors. The day I received my first badge, I was so proud that I slept with my swimsuit on. Although I do not feel the need to sleep with my taekwondo belts, I enjoy climbing a 'color ladder' as much as I did when I was a child.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Yesterday, I made shepherd’s pie. It has taken me quite awhile to figure out how to cook in Korea and I’m proud of myself whenever I do. One of difficulties in making a ‘Canadian’ meal is finding the ingredients to do so. Luckily, there is a variety of imported foods at Costco.The second challenge is cooking without an oven. I am slowly figuring out ways to improvise but some dishes still seem impossible. I shared my shepherd’s pie with Na Yeon at our weekly language exchange. I don’t think she really liked it. Even so, my disappointment in her inability to finish my food was quickly evaporated by the chance to eat it myself!
Here is a little glance at my Christmas in January: