Ok guys. I suck. I am back into teacher mode which means I wear baggy GAP tees, leggings and Toms everyday. Hardly worth a snap shot. My wardrobe and I are not feeling ourselves. I am blaming the gastro flu we all seemed to come to down with. Not to mention the cold that’s been plaguing me all week. I’m pretty sure my nose is going to fall off by tomorrow…
We were playing table tennis on our kitchen table this morning (shh, don’t tell my Mum…) when the ball hit me full pelt into my chest. I almost cried. I am feeling emotional and I’m blaming the change in the air. It might sound pathetic, but that thing left a red mark for hours! Ping pong was not on the top of my list of most dangerous games out there. Until today.
So. Brownies honour; I will be back to my normal self next week, even if I have to give my immune system a kick up the ass myself. For now though, this video is of one of my new co-teachers, Jenna, performing one of her songs accompanied by some of her friends. I think she has such a magical, enchanting voice and I thought that some of you out there might appreciate these soothing sounds.
Home- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
This is the song I’m listening to as I pack my final few belongings into my suitcase. Isn’t it amazing? They just released tour dates, so if you’re State Side or on European soil- go see them! I wish we could. ’Home is whenever I’m with you’- it’s nice to keep this in mind as my boyfriend and I both say goodbye to our beloved England once again. Our parents are home to us too and while it’s difficult to say farewell to them, I think they understand that travelling is all we want to do right now.
So tomorrow we will embark on our long journey- and when I next post we will be back in South Korea. See you then!
My younger half sister posted this song by Daughter on my older half sister’s facebook wall. It is so pretty so I stole it for you to have a listen. Enjoy.
Last weekend at Jisan Valley Rock Festival we only saw two Korean bands. Considering one of them was a Beatles tribute band called The Tatles, I thought I should share with you the other, 10cm, singing their most famous track ‘Americano’ or ‘아메리카노’. They were great live, and while I can only translate a basic version of this song in my basic Korean, I can tell you that it is very upbeat. These guys are great, and it’s very catchy stuff….
I’ve had a verrrrry stressful day today, which I will explain on another day. So, I felt the need to listen to some calming music. Something sweet that reminded me of less stressful times. A song that used to make me want to be a puppet in another person’s magical world. This the The Boy Least Likely To with Be Gentle With Me.
When I received a parcel from Eric, my wonderful friend and Uke & Tuba‘s Ukulele player, I was over the moon. I was having a tough day with some awkward kids, but nothing could have turned my mood as quickly as receiving such a parcel. So, this is my outfit photo with my brand new Uke & Tuba Tee!
Tee: Uke & Tuba, Jeans: Zara, Shoes & Necklace: Korean Boutique, Bag: from a holiday in Turkey, Hat (in first picture): H&M.
Uke Skywalker and Tuba Fett are Pittsburgh’s finest ukulele/ tuba band, with dancers too (aka, ‘The Stormtroopers’). I first became a fan in December 2008, when I flew over to the States and they performed at my brother’s wedding. To me, they are comedy genius, and some of the best people I have ever met. This is them performing I’m Waiting for the Man, by The Velvet Underground at that exact wedding:
The summer after this first introduction, I lived in in the sunny city of Pittsburgh, and had the privilege of seeing the mighty Uke & Tuba on a number of occasions. On my leaving do, when we had Lesbian Taco Night (named as such because most of our friends attending were lesbians, and I’d never had a taco…) Eric even brought along his Ukulele, just to ensure their flawless sound didn’t disappear from my memory when I headed back across that Ocean to my native England. Not that it ever could. Then one of the stormtroopers, Laurie B, decided to come to my Manchester to achieve her Masters. It turned into an all round excellent year, and now I would have to say she is one of my best friends in the world. We have been drunk, passed out, cried, shopped and even seen dogs in prams together. Saying goodbye to her, knowing I was heading Asia way, and she was heading America way, was difficult for me.
But, I will not fear, as I’m sure I will meet these wonderfully beautiful people sometime soon. And I will see them perform, because everyone should, at least once. If they can’t make you smile, you don’t have a creative/ happy bone in your body.
Last week I received a parcel from Eric, of Uke & Tuba, which contained a shirt. An Uke & Tuba shirt. Oh man, you have no idea what a smile it put on my face when one of my co-workers handed it to me in between one of my classes. Tomorrow, I will wear said shirt. And I will get some pictures taken. And I will have an outfit photo taken. TOMORROW. Please come back to see it.