Monthly Archives: August 2011

Burning house.


Is it over yet? I’ve officially reached the bottom of my fuel tank this week and  am chugging along on just the fumes. And it’s only Tuesday. God help me.

I stumbled upon this tumblr page today and was inspired to do a little  post about it. It’s that old round the campfire chestnut “if your house were burning down, what would you save?”

Well, heres what~

  • family photos
  • Diana F+ and film
  • Passport
  • ipod and headphones
  • journal and pen
  • my heart neacklace
  • letters from friends

What would you save?



the sweet smell of summer


I’m breathing it in. As many deep breaths as my lungs can hold. as I’m typing our office window is open and I can hear a crescendo of cicadas buzzing from the green down in our school yard. A sound I’m really gonna miss.  All too soon this season will be turning once again. Vacation time is already done and I’m looking ahead to my final month teaching a new semester.

I loved vacation. 2 weeks of downtime and  doing a whole lot of glorious nothing! Finally, towards the end of the 2 weeks I started to get antsy from all the inertia but before that I was perfectly blissed out to be sleeping till 11 or 12 every day (in our Busan love motel with its Hello Kitty clad wallpaper), lazing with a beer in my hand by the sea or lakeside, reading for hours and hours and hours and watching movie after movie. Last semester was long and I took on a lot of extra work which took its toll on my energy so I really needed this break!

I ended the vacation on a really high note. Myself and my co-teacher Sera went on a fantastic 3 hour bike ride, we rode out to and around my city’s famous lake  and stopped beside it to snap pictures while dragonflies as big as my fist scooted over our heads and huge fish jumped and belly-flopped against the shimmering grey water top. It was a truly great day. Riding home we felt the first huge hot splashes of typhoon rain exploding on our heads and pretty soon we were riding through a full-on rain storm. I now believe nothing makes you feel more alive than riding your bike full speed in the rain. It’s  good for the soul!

In six short weeks I’ll be waving bye bye to this chapter of my life in this beautiful little corner of the world and packing myself off on my next adventures in backpacking. I think my heart is just about ready to burst with excitement!  I have so much to plan and organize right now so you bet my love of making lists is in absolute overdrive!

Reading in the sunshine on Gyengpo Beach

sunny day, full beach

the essentials

Picnic by the lake



Today was an ‘I’m not enjoying being back at work so I’ll buy me a cupcake for getting through it’ kinda day. Nothing better than feeding my sweet tooth to pull me up out of a mood rut. I’ve walked past this cafe a million times and today was the perfect time to go ahead and walk in and order the carrot and banana cupcake.



















Today was also a day for thinking about dearly missed friends and family back home and putting together this long overdue care package of Korean goodies to send back for a certain someone (who may or may not be reading this^^.)

It was a day for coming home and listening to this album and it reminding me of my Dad.

And finally it’s a day for snuggling up and watching my second Woody Allen movie this week.

I guess it’s not such a bad day after all.

Socks-y feet


If there’s one thing Koreans really dig it’s these ankle length socks with cutie patootie designs all over them. Costing little over a buck a pair I’m busy stocking up on these lovely little foot warmers before I say a big “toodle-loo” in 6 weeks (six weeks~ how has this happened? So much to organise, so much to do, where do I start??!!)

I’m back to school this week after a glorious 2 week vacation. One of the biggest perks by far of a job in teaching (as every teacher I’ve ever met in my life says) is the extended periods off from work. I haven’t known such luxuriantly long opportunities for rest and rejuvenation since, well, since I was back at school myself! And I’ll tell you what, the first day back at school as a teacher is a MILLION times harder than it is as a student! This week has been long and rough on this overgrown schoolgirl ^.^