From Tucson To Busan
Mr. Lee set up a staff dinner with everybody because I’m leaving… soooo sweet :) Can you spot me?!

Mr. Lee set up a staff dinner with everybody because I’m leaving… soooo sweet :) Can you spot me?!

The Countdown Has Began…

Alright world, I know that an entry to this is LONG overdue… I hope you can forgive me. Winter in Korea has finally began, and the months (as I expected) have been flying by. My wonderful mother and sister, as well as some family friends, came to visit me in Korea, and we had the time of our lives traveling to Seoul and to Jeju Island. I should have blogged about it, but I didn’t… 

See the thing is… I’ve come to realize something. My blogs initially contained the shock, the wonder, and the pure excitement of my life living in this foreign country… this place where people eat live octopus, and pigs’ heads hang in the market right next Starbucks. Those moments of awe and confusion have become my life here, my day to day norms, and Korea has molded itself into my home instead of this dream-like abstract world that I had implanted myself into. 

While I should have kept my blog up to keep my friends and (most importantly) my family up to date on life in “the Busan”… I have friends to watch movies with, and lunches to eat, and normal daily routines that I would have anywhere else in the world. It just didn’t seem that interesting to write about :) 

Times are a-changing though, and in case you haven’t heard yet… I’m moving to Turkey in 16 days. Yes- 16 days! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I’m so excited, thrilled, and ready, but also… so not ready at all. My days in Korea are coming to an end, and I feel like I don’t have enough time to do those “everything I love one last time” activities. I teach some classes only once a week… you know, the adorable little 5 year olds (3 or 4 years American age) that don’t know a single word of English and can’t hold their heads up-right, but are the cutest little munchkins you have ever seen… so I only teach those classes 2 more times. 2! AH! I feel the need to seize the day and squeeze those little poptarts! 

Aside from my separation anxiety from my children and work, I also have so much to do! Selling all my belongings that I slowly acquired throughout the year, doing taxes, figuring out money stuff, preparing for Turkey… just stuff. Then there is the saying goodbye to the amazing friends that I have made here in Korea, some I may see again, most I probably will not. :(

I will try to keep you guys up to date a little bit during my last days, hours, and seconds living in Korea. My feelings are all over the place, but there is one thing I know for sure. Coming here was the best decision I ever made in my life. So much so, that I am about to do it all over again in TURKEY!

I love you all, I miss you all, and guess what? It is snowing in Seoul! brrrrrrrrrrrrrr… or as they say in Korean… CHOO-WA CHOO-WA!!!!!!! 

Typhoon Sanba pounded the southern coast of Korea today, leaving authorities to assess the damage of the storms aftermath. Here is a look at ten notable statistics from today:
2 - The number of injured during today’s storm.
4 - The number of tropical storms to hit Korea this year, the first time in more than 50 years.
31 - Speed of the wind gusts this afternoon, which blew 31 meters per second.
41 - The speed at which the storm moved northwards (41km/hr) out of the southern region.
53 - The age of the only victim of the storm, a female in North Gyeongsang province who fell victim to a landslide.
200 - Millimeters, the amount of rainfall most cities received in the southern coast.
265 - The number of domestic and international flights canceled this afternoon.
853 - The number of schools closed today by the Busan Board of Education.
1,187 - The number of people forced to evacuate their homes.
382,316 - The number of power outages around the country.

Typhoon Sanba pounded the southern coast of Korea today, leaving authorities to assess the damage of the storms aftermath. Here is a look at ten notable statistics from today:


2
 - The number of injured during today’s storm.

4 - The number of tropical storms to hit Korea this year, the first time in more than 50 years.

31 - Speed of the wind gusts this afternoon, which blew 31 meters per second.

41 - The speed at which the storm moved northwards (41km/hr) out of the southern region.

53 - The age of the only victim of the storm, a female in North Gyeongsang province who fell victim to a landslide.

200 - Millimeters, the amount of rainfall most cities received in the southern coast.

265 - The number of domestic and international flights canceled this afternoon.

853 - The number of schools closed today by the Busan Board of Education.

1,187 - The number of people forced to evacuate their homes.

382,316 - The number of power outages around the country.

A powerful typhoon is heading towards South Korea after lashing the Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power cuts and paralysing transport.

Typhoon Bolaven was 300km (186 miles) north of Naha, Okinawa at 11:00 am local time (02:00 GMT), Japanese media reported.

In Seoul, President Lee Myung-bak has called for thorough preparations.

Classes have been cancelled, evacuation orders issued, and a main port and ferry routes are closed, reports said.

Meteorologists in South Korea are expecting the typhoon to make landfall at the southern Jeju Island in the early hours on Tuesday, moving northward towards Seoul on Tuesday afternoon, Yonhap news agency reported.

A typhoon warning will be issued in most parts of the country on Monday night, officials said.

This photo was taken by my friend Josh,  who captured an amazing moment. We met a group of locals, living on Monkey Island in Ha Long Bay, and decided the best way to preserve the memory was by taking a light painting photo. We formed two lines on opposite sides of the beach, one person ran (or danced or zig-zagged) with a flashlight to the other side and passed the torch to the next person, who then ran back. Each stream of light signifies a person we met, all unique individuals… at some point, our paths crossed ways. 

This photo was taken by my friend Josh,  who captured an amazing moment. We met a group of locals, living on Monkey Island in Ha Long Bay, and decided the best way to preserve the memory was by taking a light painting photo. We formed two lines on opposite sides of the beach, one person ran (or danced or zig-zagged) with a flashlight to the other side and passed the torch to the next person, who then ran back. Each stream of light signifies a person we met, all unique individuals… at some point, our paths crossed ways. 

kids these days

kids these days

Ha Lang Bay…According to local legend, when Vietnamese had just started to develop into a country, they had to fight against invaders. To assist Vietnamese in defending their country, the gods sent a family of dragons as protectors. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. Under magics, numerous rock mountains abruptly appeared on the sea, ahead of invaders’ ships; the forward ships struck the rocks and each other. After winning the battle, the dragons were interested in peaceful sightseeing of the Earth, and then decided to live in this bay. The place where the mother dragon descended was named Hạ Long, the place where the dragon’s children attended upon their mother was called Bái Tử Long island (Bái: attend upon, Tử: children, Long: dragon), and the place where the dragon’s children wriggled their tails violently was called Bạch Long Vỹ island (Bạch: white-color of the foam made when Dragon’s children wriggled, Long: dragon, Vỹ: tail), present day Trà Cổ peninsula, Mong Cai.

Beautiful Sapa 

The Temple of Literature (VietnameseVăn MiếuHán tự: 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám, 國子監), Vietnam’s first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The Temple is located to the south of Thang Long Citadel. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. 

Bao Tang My Thuat …. The Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Vietnam