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"Ladies Night In" for Teachers in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

While it’s nice to go out and have a good time with your friends, every now and again, it’s just as good to stay and enjoy some girl talk with your gal pals while teaching in Korea.  Well, that’s exactly what I did.  A few teachers had to change buildings and so my apartment building has one new tenant although she’s not new to Korea.  Well this is exactly what she did!  She hosted a "Ladies Night In" on Saturday and the only outfit I had to put together was deciding which hoodie I’d wear.  Two flights of stairs up, and I was there.  Of course each person bought a treat for the building’s newest tenant; included amongst the treats, spiked hot chocolate, Sangria, strawberries, chocolate candies and potato chips.  Yum!

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Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day passed this week and I can tell you that for couples and singles alike, it can be a difficult day while teaching in Korea.  While some of my gal pals are in relationships, both of their significant others were overseas and so, no chocolates, no teddy bears, no flowers, and no surprise gifts!  This can be devastating for the weak at heart.  For us single ladies, Valentine’s Day can be even more troubling.  Ugh.  Luckily for us ladies, we have awesome students who of course remembered to share the love.  While teaching English, I received a package of Ferrero Rocher from one of my elementary school students.  She’s knows it’s my favorite!

Winter.  Bring a group of women together and they’re sure to busy themselves with chit chat about any and everything.  With winter in full swing in Korea, it’s important to have a good moisturizer.  Hot showers are great, but also damaging to the skin.  So, moisturize and drink plenty of water.  

Home Decorating.  Decorating is a must for any woman moving into a new apartment in Korea.  Tammy did well.  She was fortunate that the last tenant left window shades and that makes a difference, let me tell you!  But for new bedding, Emart is apparently the place to go.  Daiso, Korea’s 99 cent store also has cute little things to make your home cozy.  

Fitness.  Fitness has been an issue for me this winter while teaching English in Korea.  It’s just so cold, I find myself hibernating and only going out for work or to meet up with friends.  But fitness is important.  Suzanne is trying yoga for the first time and Kim is back in the gym.  Me, I’m having a hard time pulling myself out of bed in the morning.  I’m hoping to make some changes come March and more than likely, lose the five pounds I put on since living in Korea.  Wish me luck!

Makeup.  Our hostess Tammy loves to do makeup and so, after Casey volunteered her face, a makeover began.  I wish I had thought to do a before and after picture!  In any case Casey looked like a doll!!

YouTube Crazes.  Have you seen Harlem Shake videos popping up all over YouTube?  I heard about it while hanging out at Tilt on Thursday night and decided to look it up.  Let me say, it’s very, very funny and I’m very willing to make a video at Chungdahm if they will let us.  After watching several versions and cracking up, it definitely made all of us want to make a video at work.  Have you seen it?

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Tags: living in Korea, arriving in korea, makeup, Relaxing in Korea, Valentine's Day

The Beauty Craze in Korea

Posted on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

The one thing I cannot stress enough of after living in Korea is the importance of beauty. I don't think many people understand how big of an issue beauty is in Korea. "In order" to be qualified for a job, many Koreans get plastic surgery and the most popular are the double eyelid and nose surgery. When applying for a job in Korea, a photo must be attached on the resume.

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Tags: makeup, guys in Korea, circle lenses, eyelash extension, Beauty Products in Korea

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