Sunday, February 28, 2010

Catching up!

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..

  1. One early morning in Phuket, I sat on the beach and drank fresh coconut milk. The simplicity of the moment was incredibly satisfying.
  2. Watching wishing lanterns float up and blend in with the stars.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Feeding monkeys at Suwankuha Temple was extremely entertaining. I was both nervous and fascinated by the hungry little creatures.
  7. 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.
  8. On my last day in Krabi, I treated myself to an aloe vera message. It was both delightful and a cheap.
  9. I was lucky enough to make some interesting new friends. The gift that keeps on giving!
  10. 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

Today I received my purple belt in tae-kwon-do. I have always thought that martial arts would make me look cool but the better I get, the more nerdy I look. It's kind of funny.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I Am the Party!

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

The Half Way Mark

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! ;)