Tag Archives: Korea

May the Buddha Be With You.

3 Sep

I’ve never been a religious person. I do not judge what other people believe, but it’s just not something I ever fell into. It never really seemed to make sense to me and no-one ever encouraged or pushed me to have faith in some kind of higher power. It seems now, though, that I’m surrounded by so many different types of people, the question is popping up more and more.

I still answer the same. I don’t have a religion. Although these little trips to the beautiful Korean temples do always give me a funny feeling inside. I cannot commit myself to this ideal considering we had such a strange, and albeit unsatisfactory, temple stay on the mainland which involved monks with pizza hut pizzas, coke and iphones when we were stuck eating rice and kimchi. I can, however, say I am more intrigued about religion than I ever have been before. How it shapes a person. How it can give people strength and hope where others may just give up. How it gives people boundaries and rules….

What do you think?

Maxi Skirt and Top– Uniqlo

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Couple of the Week: ‘Check’-ing it Out!

17 Apr

When I left Korea last September, I was so sad to say goodbye to the ‘Couple of the Week’ section of my blog. These couples made me smile. Made me laugh. Made me realise the sacrifices some men will make for real love. Not my man, of course. He dismissed it as an Asian craze and vetoed the suggestion before he could even tell I was joking in my request. I would never actually want to mirror my boyfriend; but his immediate refusal hurt me a little bit. These men don’t mind emulating their other halves. In fact, it is the norm. Back home they would be stripped of their manhood, but here in Korea, it’s fashionable to declare to the world ‘I am with this person and I am proud.’ I suppose it helps ‘she’ does the shopping, too.

The furthest my boyfriend and I made it into this trend was in a gift from my Korean friend, Han Sol. These porroro couple rings made me happy in my last week in Daegu, South Korea. Of course, at that time, we had no intention of returning to the home of Samsung, Park JiSung and kimchi. These rings were a memory of a craze which would never fail to make me smile.

The economic situation at home and the sweet deal of being a teacher in this amazing country quickly turned us around, and when we arrived back in Korea three weeks ago, (this time to Jeju Island) I was ecstatic when I saw my first offending ‘couple-wear’ pair. I don’t know how often I will be posting these gems, but if you like it, I’ll try my damn hardest to ask these couples awkwardly if I can take their pictures, for reasons I cannot explain (because my Korean sucks…). What do you think?

Couple of the Year- Who Wins? You Decide! The Shortlist…

11 Sep

Couple of the Week: Promise Between Lovers…

5 Sep

OK, I have been bad at updating my blog recently. I just had a huge change in my life, moving from a year in South Korea, back to my home in the UK. More on this to come. For now, I am just sharing my final ever Couple Wear post. Because people don’t do this kinda thing in England. Shocking, right? Anyway, still to come is a short list of the best matching outfits I’ve snapped over the past year. I want you to pick the best. Watch this space… and send wishes to help me get over my jetlag!

Waiting Teal the Autumn Comes…

18 Aug

I moaned and moaned and moaned during winter. It was bloody freezing. I moaned and moaned and pleaded for the summer to grace me with its presence. I love the summer. Well, at least I thought I did. But then again, I’m from England, and we don’t really see a serious ‘summer’ there. Whenever I’ve been on holiday I always loved the heat. But then again, I only had to deal with it for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Honestly, Korea, you need to turn down your humidity a bit. 90% humidity; it’s just not cool. Pun absolutely intended. I didn’t mean for the ‘shiny’ look on my pictures, but you gotta roll with the punches, you know? I have 2 working weeks in Korea left until I’ll be back in Rainchester (ahem, Manchester), at which point I’ll be wishing for the sun I’m sure…

Until then, when I’m not working, I shall wear all the pretty dresses I own that may provide a bit of coolness in this sticky weather. I love this teal colour. It’s just makes me so happy. I always preferred shorter dresses, just because I didn’t think I could pull off the longer length with my short frame and not so small tummy. This dress was a bargain though, so I gave it a chance. Also, it’s covering up the 20 + mosquito bites I have on my legs, so it has its uses. What do you think? Does the maxi-dress require height?

All of the clothes above were purchased in cheap stores in Korea that I don’t know the name of… so it’s kind of useless me telling you! If you live in Korea, I can take you there in the next 2 weeks! My bag was from Turkey, Sunglasses are from Ray-Bans, and my jewelery were all gifts.

Couple of the Week, by BaboShirts…

9 Aug

Buy it here

Buy it here

I recently stumbled upon this amazing website, BaboShirts that specializes in t-shirts using ‘Korean humour’. Babo is Korean for ‘crazy or stupid’. I am very strict in my classes if a student ever uses this word, but for these purposes, it’s totally fine. If you don’t live, or haven’t ever lived, in Korea then it might mean nothing to you and I’d probably turn away now. If you have, then you’ll probably want to but the whole rack right this second!

Back to School/Work.

4 Aug

Today I returned to work after a week off. I had no idea how painful that journey would be and how much resistance I’d show this morning. Especially because the whole holiday it rained none stop, and when I woke this morning it was glorious sunshine as you can see from my pictures. Perfect tanning weather. Really I know I moan a bit too much about weather and all those other things I have absolutely no power over, but it just seems someone up there has got it in for me.

I have been doing some bad maths recently. It started when I tried to calculate how many days I have left living in the Republic of Korea. Not enough. Then on Tuesday I forgot how many drinks I can actually handle before I have a hangover that lasts for about 3 days. It really is NOT that many. I think it’s because I’m getting old… but let’s not count that number right now. Life is passing by at an alarming rate. I’m not sure who it was that put the fast forward button on in our lives, but if they could put it on slow-mo for a while, I’d really dig that. Happy Thursday everyone.

Dress: a Korean boutique, Shoes: a cheap local shoe store, Socks: Korean market, Sunglasses: Ray-Bans, Necklace: ModCloth

p.s- if you’re interested in those numbers, respectively they are 28, about 6 and 22.