Friday, September 24, 2010

Goodbyes are never easy...

Had to say a lot of goodbyes already since I have been here. It sux, but the way of life here when people come and go- some for just a few days visiting, others just finishing their year contract and ready to move to the next place.

This past week I got to spend with Chad, it was nice to have my big brother around me for the week. Got to travel and do the tourist-y things I hadn't gotten to do yet. We had a blast walking for hours around the coast seeing waterfalls, beautiful cliffs, and water rock climbing to name just a few. Feel like we did SOO much in a weeks time that we both are literally wiped out- for me I have the stupid sinus/throat thing back for probably the 4th time already- hoping it goes away soon to get back to rnning daily and training for my half marathon on october as well as the vball tournament.

I think Chad hated to go, he fit in so well it was almost scary as people just thought he was a new english teacher just arriving and already with a new group of friends. Some people thought we were a couple just assuming since we were the only blondes in the room, but that happens in the states too! Although we might've gotten on each other nerves towards the end of the week, it was truly an amazing time- my apartment although is a lot cleaner now but hard b/c of it being so small adn having two people in there- think at one point I had a beach in my room!

Now, its back to reality- work week- gonna be a rough few weeks I think getting back into the swing of things and not being homesick after he has left but thankfully I have amazing friends who will stick by my side, cheer me up, and get me through week after week.

We took soo many pictures this week- think it was a total of 180 because of all the beautiful and intersting things we saw, and yet didnt get to capture everything!! The memories are in our heads and that is the main part. I am going to be working on a new blog I think, one that I can customize a bit more and have photo albums so that people can see everything and not just a few favorites here and there. Will probably have to work on it during my breaks at school though as my computer here is a bit slower-- maybe in a week or so I will have the link up and be able to keep up the blog a little better-- just feel there isn't enough time to do EVERYTHING i wanna do! :(

Hope all is well wherever you are and definitely keep in touch- the emails and postcards seem to be dwindling by each week!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fun Adventure

This weekend was amazing!

Although a bit sad that a great friend left to go travel thailand and the rest of asia before returning home to England I did manage to spend an amazing weekend with him and the rest of our friends. Didnt realize how much of a best friend he really has been for me in the last 6 weeks until it was time for him to go. Hoping that his pinky promise to meet up again in March will come true as he is hoping to make it back to mainland Korea.
Friday night was a chill nite, just hung out oustide of the apartment on the porch and talked with friends until 12-1 in the morning. Saturday went for a bit of a run/walk with Beth and my new running partner Gret from Iowa (been on a few runs and feel so good to be back into it!) and then off to the southern part of the Island to a place called Dannaeko. Took the bus there winding around the roads and an hour later walked to the beginning of the river to climb the river rocks that leads up to a huge waterfall.

Of course I had never been water rock jumping up a river like Beth and Caroline had before and wasn't quite as prepared! Brought my pumas but realized they were a bit to bulky and decided that barefeet was going to be the best option. Rob and I later realized how much that sucked though as we had freezing feet and had to scream when walking on the smaller rocks when the water was just too high. My experience I knew was going to be interesting, the first rock I jumped onto my cell phone flew outta my bookbag and into the water. Picked that up and took it apart and in my bag and kept going! Then, the girls thought it was be cool to take a photo on a rock pretending to be amazon women swinging from a vine. Beth and Caroline both took there pics and then my turn i went to put my foot onto the rock to balance and look like I was in action when I became in action quickly and fell off the rock. They thought for sure I had badly hurt myself, broken an arm or leg or something but thankfully just some bruised shins and an amazing pic that somehow Rob captured.

After falling off I decided I needed to put back on my pumas as I had some sore feet from landing. Climbed up through the woods a bit, slid back into the water on my butt and then managed to get my foot stuck between two rocks. Really wish Caroline had been there for a candid moment of Rob and I frantically trying to pry my foot out but they were long ahead of us. Somehow he managed to pull it out and on our way up teh river. We stopped about 300 M from the waterfall, climbed up to the real path that normal people take and saw the amzing waterfall and relaxed! An adventure but a great one!!

In hindsight I think we allr ealize how dangerous the trek was up the river but we really tried to be the smartest we could about things and in the end had an amazing time! Truly a great bonding experience for us all and something that we can all look back upon as a last time hanging out with Rob.
Me, Beth, Caroline freezing our butts off in part of the river.
**Will ad some more pictures from my own camera later tonight- at work so just took what I could from Caroline**

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Busy.. fast-paced life= my island kinda life right now.

Sorry I've neglected this blog, knew time would come for that to happen-- to tell you the truth though I didn't know what to say and didnt have any pics until this weekend.

Was just chatting with Beth on the way home from school today about how fast time flies here. I can't believe its already been almost 6 weeks here. It seems like just yesterday it was sunday night and I was complaining to a friend leaving how I didnt want to go to school and how long the week was going to be. Finding that to not be so true here!! Not a bad thing that work has flown by, but a little sad this week since two friends are leaving. I have only known them for 6 weeks but with one it seems like we have known each other for longer, we just have clicked really well and seem to have so much in common! Hope we meet again, who knows maybe after the winter Jeju will be calling their name again!

With time flying and people leaving I feel it only makes me realize some of the great things in my life and great things not in my life yet that are out there waiting for me to take a part of, opportunities I may not know of yet but sure am excited to see in a year!

Last week was a few celebrations being it was the last weekend Kiara was going to be in Jeju as she is going back to Canada tomorrow. We decided to go out and celebrate by dancing and going to a noribang (a karaoke room). Couldn't really go to the beach the past weekend because of all the rain but managed to find other things to do to keep busy and enjoy our time off work! The rain has finally stopped for the moment, and hoping for a nicer weekend this weekend so i can get some much needed sun and beach time!!

Since my last post not too much has changed. I am realizing how much I love it here and findiny more and more things that make me love it! So far I have tried so many new things from driving our scooter (yes we got it on mon. night!), to going on buses and taxis alone without knowing much korean, to eating chicken hearts, sushi (tonight!!), raw squid, dried fish jerky, and tofu. Need to note that I loved it all except the dried fish jerky which was just a little too fishy flavored for my liking, and the raw squid because it was just way too chewy.

Feel I've broadened my horizons so much by hanging out with other people from all over the world I've learned many different cultural differences as well as opened my eyes to many new things I wouldve been too scared or nervous to do in America. Here I am not scared to walk down the road one bit at night by myself, at home I hated even going into my apartment at 10pm. Hoping these new opportunities continue to come my way as I have so many more months here, so many new things to try and enjoy, and soo many new friendships to be made!

Last weekend while we were in City Hall us girls met a guy who is working in Australia, from South Africa. Started talking a bit because he was wondering about some of the tourist-y things that were fun here on the island. As we continued to talk I was amazed because he told me how he has been to all 7 continents and has ran a marathon on each. Checked out some of his photos and the places he had been to seem to unreal, especially Antarctica, how close he could get to the animals there. I realized how many more opportunities and places are out there that I didnt even know were possible to see. His stories of traveling the world were such an inspiration to me that anything is possible and how much more open I need to be to experiences that come my way.

Time can only tell what God has in plan for my life-- for now I am going to soak up as much sun as possible, sit back and make friends, and just have fun with my kiddos everyday at work!

I did manage to capture some great photos from this past weekend... Beautiful view of city, but notice the clouds-- it poured all weekend and week... hope to get pics from Beth's b/f TJ of Friday night hanging out, I was absolutely dripping wet- couldve rang out my shirt!!

Caroline, Kiara, and Serenity singing at the Karaoke room (Noribang) sp?

Sachen (from chicago!), jacob, rob, me, and TJ (Beth's b/f) at Noribang

Friday, August 13, 2010

Guess you can't complain about this kind of a life too much!?

Guess you can't complain about this kind of a life too much!?
Sorry to all of you who check this faithfully. I know I had promised a blog in teh middle of the week with some pics and didn't ever get around to it. Ashley (the one I replaced) left to go home this week so between spending time making her have a great last few days, cleaning the apt., and working I never got around to blogging... so srry!

So I am finally able to unpack all my stuff, clean, move things around, and try to make it look like my new home. Not sure quite yet how i will decorate without nails or what all i will do, just happy to finally be able to organize my clothes and my stuff and somewhat know where everything is.

Last weekend I had a great birthday shared with an amazing new circle of friends who genuinely care and love to have fun. I got to experience a birthday unlike any before, 5 day market, the beach and overlooking the ocean at night for dinner. I am starting to really like this place and hope this feeling really continues. Here's a few pics from my bday Saturday:
(my coworker Beth from Canada- the live seafood at the 5 Day Market)

(the view overlooking dinner--amazing-- we watched the sun set before our eyes)

Sunday we all woke up so tired we layed in bed for most of the day trying to get some much needed rest before the school week. Ashley and Beth are in swing dance so they invited me to go with them to meet people, see what the swing dance lessons were like, and to celebrate with them at the going away party for ashley. Had some amazing pizza with the girls and Ashley's korean friend Touchy, and then had to go eat meat with the swing group. Afterwards I was exhausted and was just wanting to go on a small walk but they all wanted to go do some Karaoke and so of course I joined in. Karaoke here is so much more fun, and more my style then at home. You can go to what is called a noribong (sp?)= u get your own private party room with a huge tv screen and karaoke machine. Basically they bring complimentary korean snacks and you can sing all night long and have fun with a group of friends. Very hesitant at first but eventually got into it, still not singing by myself though- I didn't want to scare anyone away from me!! I managed to get a few pics of that too before my battery died.

(the crazy kids of the group: beth and ashley with their korean friends from swing)

(singing some great English songs)

Monday, August 9, 2010

slacker.. sorry will post soon I promise

Lots has gone on this past weekend with my birthday here and also Ashley's many going away party's. Meant to bring my USB to work to upload photos at lunchtime and post a new blog but forgot the USB this morning since I didn't want to wake up.

I promise I will post tonight and upload the many pics from the weekend, I have a lot that I believe people will want to see and hear about.

Life here is getting so much more comfortable to be my new home and I am so lucky to already have a great circle of friends...

for now I need to go back to work and work on my Hangul reading skills..

will post later tonight!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Finally, my career is here!

Sorry I haven't been able to write the past three days! I actually have been really busy teaching at school. The first three days have been going really great! I am learning all of their names slowly but surely and just trying to observe how each student acts in class, their strengths, weaknesses, and trying to think of new ways to teach them the skills they may be lacking.

Thankfully at my school they give each student their own english name that they go by when they are here, usually something similar to the students Korean name, but sometimes just a name that the student prefers to be called. Really neat to see the names they are given, and hoping to one day get the chance to name one!! I am sure I have a few names I could think of depending on their character and personality.

The school is set up a little bit differently than the states. I dont have my own classroom, however do have my own desk and share a computer with an afternoon teacher, which is great! each day I see about 5-6 different classes. The mornings are simply Kinderargten A (3-4 yrs. US age) called Sprout, and then (5-6 yrs. US) kindergarten class called Fruit. Then, in the afternoon I have my intermediate classes which range for me from 1.2 meaning First Grade Unit Two to 1.4. The curriculum we use it mostly curriculum used in the states as well but teachers have to share teacher books although students all carry their own book each day and are allowed to write in each book that they have. Although a bit confusing because I will only see my students 2 or 3 days a week and the other teacher sees them the other days; meaning we hve to really work together and try to really stick to the monthly schedule put out for each month for each class.

Really enjoying teaching and know that this experience will make teaching in the states a breeze! Not only am I having to incorporate my own activities into the story and grammar lessons but also having to come up multiple ways to even say what I want to say until they understand what I am saying. What I find to be extremely facinating to watch is when one student in the class understand what I am saying and then immediately gets excited and tells the rest of the class in Korean what I mean. What an awesome sight!!

Still missing home, but finding that with teaching I am able to fly through each weekday with skyping, going to work, eating dinner, and exercising. Hoping to start some 6 am runs next week after Ashley is gone since i hate having to wake her up at 7am, let alone 6! I am hoping I can get up on training to complete the Mandarine Half Marathon here in November.

Hoping to get some pictures up soon of the school, but until then my stories will have to surpass! Miss everyone back home and you don't understand the excitment I receive when I find an email or letter in my mailbox.

For those of you who have the time and would like to drop me an email or mail:

Amanda Randolph
2-224 Marchen House
722-2 Nohyong Dong
Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A second weekend down...

Well-- this weekend was great, well yesterday was so amazing and up until about 2:30 was great today, now just sitting thinking about home.. neways.. save the sad stuff for another time, for now its the weekend!
Saturday was amazing-- woke up and skyped everyone back home then headed to meet the girls who invited me to Hamdeok Beach with them! We kinda missed the bus (whoops!) and decided the wait in the sun for the next was too long, so we took a cab!! IT was so hot out we were all dripping and couldnt wait to set down our stuff on the beach, strip to our swimsuits, and hit the water. IT was soo much fun, despite the roasty red color part of me turned, but definitely worth every bit of it! We even decided to rent a little blow up boat with oars so we could go out into the ocean, however, I spent most of the 3 hours I had there in the ocean swimming nad just floating along since I thought the water was way more fun and felt a heck of a lot better then the sun baking my skin! Tons of foreigners came out to the beach so it was nice to get to see so many new faces and meet a few that weren't too involved with their friends and cliques to come say hi and introduce themselves. I had already made plans to eat some pizza at dinnertime with another new teacher from Kansas.. the pizza place was amazing, more authentic italian and made in a brick oven. Wish I would've been brave enough to take a picture altho I'm sure there will be a next time. They were totally awesome, we talked for well over 2 hours and by the time I got back to my apt. was so tired from the sun I barely said much to mom on skype and passed out!

Today- Sunday I woke up kinda early because I really really really wanted to skype keith. (It's so hard to be away from him), then went back to sleep until a normal hour to wake up and talked to mom and chad quickly before I needed to head off to play soccer down teh road. Soccer is my worst sport but I was up for the challege and was looking forward to meeting new people and getting some great exercise. It was scorching hot out and since I was burnt from yesterday did decide to put on some SPF 30 today so i didn't turn into a tomato and my kids laugh at me on my first day tomorrow! We palyed for probably a good 1 1/2 hours and then all were so pooped out from the sun decided to call it a day. Was so excited to finally splurge on some PB and made a nice PB sandwich for lunch! I was so excited I even took a pic for ya! Since then I've just been laying around, talked to keith again for a bit and just been doing things around the apartment since I'm kinda pooped from the weekend and it feels nice to be outta the sun for a little bit. Tomorrow is my first day at school, so wish me luck, and I pray that with school in session now my time here will go a little bit faster!

I keep telling myself just to make it until october when chad is hoping to come, and that will be the 1/2 way mark for 6 mos... we will see when january comes, , I 1/2 joked today with Keith and said I could come home after Janaury and only have to pay for a plane ticket. I think he said he would be so happy he would probably pay for it just to get to have me home. We will see- everyone here says they said the exact same thing in their first few months but that I really have to wait to make that decision until Dec./January because then I will really know if I like it or not- if not, i've decided I wont make myself miserable adn will just have to find a job until the end of the school year back home and then hope for a teaching job the next.. trying not to think about that though right now- but then again some days I need to remember, If i hate it I CAN come home in 6 mos. and still have enough money to make it through. Keep the prayers coming, I can really use them!! As you see, some days have been a lot better for me than others!! Just gotta hope for the best I guess!! Miss you all!

Friday, July 30, 2010

A rough one..

Sitting in my bed ready to fall asleep and make an end on this day. I guess I have to realize there will be good days and of course there will be the really rough days as well! Today was a really rough day, IDK what was different about it, but I think I just simply missed home and realized that when I was talking to Keith. I really miss him, but I think we both just have to try and stand strong and know that if we can make it through this year apart then everything else in life that we have to go through will be ten times easier then this and that we truly are meant to be!
Found myself today just constantly thinking negatively about being here, which didn't help the situation, and nothing I did seemed to shake it. I finally got out for a walk at about 2 pm today, tried finding an organic store in hope for some soy milk. Finally found the store, but no soy milk that I could see.. of course its hard to when I cant read the korean but everything looked to be regular milk, nothing with different writing liek the soy drink I found at the Family Mart.
Also found today that I was craving meat, something I rarely ate in the states to begin with. Couldnt seem to find nething appetizing at teh store, so I went with a boring salad and topped it with some wii, a workout, and then a pistachio ice cream cone- ugh it was a 40 cent frozen one and it sucked!!
Did find a nature area accross the street from my apartment, I took my journal and went and wrote a bit, trying not to let any tears fall out. Journaling seemed to help a bit, but also knowing bedtime was coming helped. I hoep tomorrow is a better day, it relaly should be! I am going to the beach to meet a bunch of foreigners, going with 3 girls nice enough to invite me along! Then, I am meeting another new teacher from Missouri for dinner, I think we are going to go try and take some homesickness out and chow down on some pizza!
Well, sry, nothing to exciting to say today, but look forward to tomorrow, I should have a lot of pictures to share, and hopefully some great news of a better day!
I miss everyone back home in the states!!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Taking a look at the blessings around me...

So I have found that between Facebook, Skype, blogging, and my journal it is sometimes hard to fit it all in everyday. My brother Chad gave me a journal before I left so that I could keep track of memories, feelings, and ideas that popped into my head during my year abroad, and have truly found that when I am homesick and have those uncontrollable tears it is sometimes nice to pull out the book and just write.

Yesterday I woke up feeling a bit homesick, hit me towards the end of my conversation with my big brother when he told me I needed to make myself get outta the apartment and do something for the day. It's hard when I am new in a foreign place, I don't speak much of their language (hardly any at all), and on top of it my director made me come a week before I have my first day when everyone at my school is on break. Of course maybe she thought I would have time to meet people and try to navigate around the island some, but the two foreign teachers at my hogwon (private school) decided to use the vacation time to go to Taiwan, leaving me really lost and lonely.

Yesterday I was proud of myself, I left the apartment and went searching for a used bike shop, about an hour and a half walking and not finding a single shop I decided to go down a road full of American shops and then turn back around towards my apartment. I strolled through E-mart to see what I could find that I may need and then headed back to the apartment before heading in my first cab ride alone to Si-Chung (City Hall) to meet up with Kelly who got here July 1st and came thru the same recruiter as I did.

Waking up today though, I just didn't want to be alone, but after skyping Chad and Keith and both of them insisting I get out, I did just that. I put on my comfy shorts and tshirt and began in a different direction from my apartment then the day before, realizing I was headed back to City Hall.

I got about 45 minutes down the road when it started to sprinkle. Decided to head back before I got soaked and went to the store to get some needed groceries. I stumbled upon some instant iced coffee mix too which was dirt cheap, of course I had to have that!!

Amazing how the beauty of the nature around you can totally change your mood in an instant, and how interested I soon became of finding things to take pictures of. Here are just a few that I decided to share from my walk yesterday, the rest are in a photo album on my facebook account! :)

(Pretty flower on the side of the road... sorry its turned..)

(The sewer says it all... JEJU CITY!)

(At one point only this little boy ahead and I were on the sidewalk, so cute, just strolling along to school!)

Monday, July 26, 2010

No, her name is Amanda, she is from America!!

haha, so today was the first day of classes at 3B Junior English Academy. I mainly just observed today but also got to watch how the kids reacted to a new foreign teacher, one from America and not Canada. Some of them were excited and weren't scared to come up to me, while others were a lil shy and not sure what to think of an American teacher. Today we didn't have kindergartners as they are already enjoying their holiday summer break, but we had the afternoon classes which are pretty much a range of kindergarten to first grade level in the US. I found that despite the language barrier the kids do understand and there are always ways to act out, or if desperate go to the handy pocket book to translate an english word to korean.
God really must work in wonderful ways since I was so homesick in the airport, yet walking into the school and simply seeing how it was set up like a small family of teachers working together, as well as how cute the Korean kids were really seemed to calm me down. Today has flown by so fast with the cuteness of them and the excitment of this new adventure that I really wasn't sad by any means. Yes I dearly miss my family, friends, and most handsome boyfriend, but I was able to just take a breath to know that my year from what I saw today should be fun, interesting, a great learning experience, and nothing to dread every single day.
Those of you who know of my last job know that I wasn't really that happy being in the retail world that I was in, a place where I felt I didn't fit in because I was different and somewhat felt unaccepted. However, I may look different here and not be able to speak the language, but feel higher than accepted, yet almost looked up to simply because I am different and I am from America.
I hope that this feeling continues and this experience will eventually lead to a job that I enjoy back home, a teaching job!

Hope all is well in the states, I'm going to go now and eat some supper.. for some reason I have a huge taste for some spaghetti!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

a new experience and some homesickness too!

Just able to use the internet long enough to update my blog. The internet in the apt. is only one cord and I am sharing the apt. with the girl I am replacing until her contract is done next week and she leaves in a week or two. It's sure tiny but its not bad to share, kind of nice to not be dropped off into an empty apartment, however, time doesn't pass quite as fast because I cant really unpack and organize everything and make it home-y yet. That would at least allow me to pass time quickly.

Now that I am here on the island and a full day down I am not doing quite as bad as the plane ride and my first day here. I caught the plane at O'hare at 1 am Thursday morning. While I was standing in line with mom, chad, gma, and keith to check-in it started to sink in that I was really doing it, it was completely real now. I went to stand in the security line and decided to wait a little and get to visit for a few last moments. I said by to Chad first and immediately the tears came shooting out. I love my big brother, he's been there for me so much during my move to chicago and I don't know what I would've done without him at times up there. I told him he better come visit me (and he said he's already looking at tix for october!!) Next was grandma, and then mom.. I know I am a daddy's girl but my mom and I do a lot together when I'm home. My move to Chicago kind of sugar coated this a little bit, but tears still flew down my face as I knew it wasn't going to be quite as easy to just pick up the phone for her to calm me down. What killed me was saying by to the man who I have fallen in love with in the past 3 1/2 years and who has done soo much for me.

The 14 hour plane ride to Seoul wasn't bad at all as I slept for pretty much the whole trip since I could kind of lay all the way down and put my feet up, a empty seat helps with that!! However, when getting into Seoul the 6 hour layover turned me into a frustrated homesick mess as I seemed to be the only foreigner there and couldn't get in contact with my family or Keith (somehow the two phone cards i had wouldn't work). I found an internet lounge and began typing messages on facebook and AIM so they would at least know I was there and then prayed that I would somehow find the strength to not just sit down and bawl in the middle of the waiting area. Someone must have been praying too because a girl came over to me in the gate waiting area and said I looked lost, sad, and miserable and that once i arrived and got into the groove of things everything would be okay. With a two hour delay on the plane to jeju I ended up arrive around 3 and Jimmy (my recruiters korean co-worker) picked me up and safely drove me to say to the people at my hogwan (private school) and then to my apartment.

I will be sharing my apartment with the girl I am replacing from Canada until she leaves in a few weeks and its a small studio apartment, but it's okay, better than having to stay in a hotel room by myself until then.

Although some jetlag still remains I have been able to already enjoy laying on two different beaches, korean chicken soup, amazing meat, wonderful fresh bread and pb!!, the creamiest original yogurt I've ever had, and of course the feeling of not knowing how to communicate at all..

Promise from now on everything won't be at once, but until I get internet on my own computer its limited. I wanted to put beautiful pics up from todays beach trip but for some reason the cord my mom bought before I left isn't right and I will have to go on a hunt for a new cord!

**Decided to come back into this post and add beach pics now that I found a USB that fits my memory cards!***

(haha a great laugh for everyone i'm sure! Lovely beach outfits!)

(Gettin' my feet dirty in the sand @ Hamdeok Beach (sp?)

(So beautiful and peaceful)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's real now...

So I told you I'd keep you up to date and I seem to be doing okay at it. Just this week I finally had my interview at the Korean Consulate downtown. I'm not going to lie, walking up to the door and seeing that I would be the only minority in there kinda freaked me out a little since I didn't have a clue as to what the interview would be like. However, I ended up meeting 5 other Americans in the consulate waiting room all waiting to do the exact same thing as me. As my time came and went I realized the interview was nothing to worry about and the man doing the interview told me I was the lucky American of the day because I was the only one getting to go to the island of Jeju. He said I will absolutely be an amazing esl teacher and knows I will love and enjoy the island very much. So, as I went outside for Keith to pick me up it was a little bittersweet. Nice to know I had my visa and then again a little more nervous and sad as I know this begins our adventure apart for a year.. however I know we have to be strong and think positive and as much as I tell him this I will admit it is pretty hard to do! A year for me however should fly by, its more him and my family I feel bad for because they aren't getting to go on this adventure!

My plane leaves 1 AM July 22nd and I will be in the air for 14 hours before I have a little layover and back on an hour ride to the island. I will be arriving there about noon on the 23rd and will be picked up by my recruiters co-worker Jimmy who will take me to get groceries and money from the ATM and then my sleepy self is going to school to meet everyone on their last day before a week vacation. I will keep you posted more when time comes but as for now I'm just enjoying every moment here, and getting all the stuff on my to do list checked off one-by-one.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Getting ready for Jeju/ First BLOG ever!

I was advised to set up a blog for my newest life adventure, although I've never blogged before in my life I promise I am going to try my best to leave my thoughts, comments, and life stories on here, as well as pictures! :) I hope this way those of you interested on what's going on can easily see and read about my latest and greatest!

For those of you who are completely lost as to what's going on with my life, or those I haven't gotten to share the news with, I'm going to Jeju Island, South Korea for 1 year to be an ESL teacher for mainly kindergarten students 3B Junior English Academy.

Here is a picture I found of JEJU and its location to south korea, china, japan

My leave date for the island is unkown at this point, but will most likely be around July 23rd, I will definitely keep you updated on that. I currently am trying to get things together in my apartment that will be going with me, those going home HOME (my parents house), and those that will need to be sold within the next month. I also am waiting to here back from the consulting agency at the Korea location for my visa number so I can apply and get interviewed, after these steps I will then be able to actually book my flight (and hopefully not totally freak out to the fact that this is real!!).

Although I am extremely excited for this new adventure in my life that is going to bring an amazing experience, I am also scared, nervous, and a little sad (okay a lot sad) that I am leaving my boyfriend, family, and friends for A WHOLE YEAR!

Hope you guys will enjoy this and definitely leave feedback and comments as it will be good to here from everyone back home! When I get more details of my leave date, address, and such I will definitely post more! to get more stuff accomplished!