Saturday, June 23, 2012

Photo A Day: June 15-21

June 15 - My plane ticket home has been purchased. I will be flying out on Aug 23 at 12:40pm and will be arriving in Seattle on Aug 23 at 9:37am with a layover in Tokyo. That will be a long day!
June 16 - Went to a Mexican Restaurant called On the Border. It's the first Mexican food that I have had in a while. The food was good and with a side of a large margarita helps, too. 

June 17 - Went on a little hike to Bambawi today. I was able to get a good view of Sanbon with Suri Mountain in the background. 
June 18 - One of my students gave me this fan today. It's funny because it is an ad for another academy. 
June 19 - Korea has a store dedicated to everything Angry Birds. Yep, that's Korea. 
June 20 - Korean Oreos! They're good in any country.
June 21 - Alison just noticed something about one of our co-workers chair today, it looks like E.T. HAHA I can't believe we just noticed that. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bambawi (Chestnut Rock)

I have visited another site in Gunpo's Eight Famous Scenic Spots. In my About Sanbon page, I have listed eight places in Gunpo that I found on their website, that I wanted to visit before going home. So far, before today, I have visited four places. Now I can say that I have been to five. I only have three more to go.

Today, I went to Bambawi (Chestnut Rock). Bambawi, located at Bambawi Mountain and surrounding the citizens’ sports square, is a good place to view not only the entire city of Gunpo but also Sanbon New Town. Mountain climbing can be done at any time since its trails are not steep and are located near the level ground. People can enjoy themselves while observing the changing scenery along each course during their hike around Sanbon New Town and continuing to walk along the low ridge of Bambawi Mountain.

It was about a 15 min walk from the start of the trail to the lookout point. The hike wasn't that bad either. It was a gorgeous day out, too. Once I got half way to the lookout point, there were two different trails leading in different directions. I wasn't sure which one to take. There was a Korean man walking by and I was able to point to on my map where I wanted to go and he pointed me in the right direction. Good thing my map of Gunpo is all in Korean. 

View of Sanbon with Suri Mountain in the back
Chestnut Rock
Something that is interesting about Gunpo, I'm not sure if this is just Korea in general, but they have these air pressure gun thingys (I'm not sure what they are called) to blow off any dirt and dust off your shoes.

Korean Hanbok

I recently just bought myself a Hanbok. In hangul it looks like this 한복. If there was one souvenir I wanted to purchase in Korea, the Hanbok was it. Hanboks are so pretty; the fabric, the colors and the design on the dress. Hanboks are the traditional Korean outfit that were wore on a daily basis during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). Now a days, people only wear them on special occasions, such as; Lunar New Years, Chuseok, weddings, and birthdays.

I went to Dongdaemun Market in Seoul to the Hanbok store. Dongdaemun is known for selling clothes and fabric. There are tons of places here that sell Hanboks. The owner of my school is the one that called them for me, and they even met me at the subway station to lead me to their shop. Dongdaemun is a maze. There are alley ways every where. A person can easily get lost in this place. It was a good thing I had someone guide me. 

The lady first had me look at a book or different color combinations that I can choose from. When I first opened the book, one of the first color combinations I saw stuck out to me the most. I continued looking through the rest but I kept coming back to that first one. I ended up picking that one, too. The lady next took my measurements. Once she did that, I called my boss and she negotiated with the lady for the price. I ended up paying W140,000 for the Hanbok. I was thinking I was going to end up paying way more than that, so I am happy it wasn't. 

Female Hanboks have three different parts to it. The first part is the sokchima. This is the undergarment you wear under the Hanbok. It is similar to a petticoat. 

The next piece is the chima. It is the dress you wear over the sokchima. You put on the sokchima like an apron. It is open in the back. You tie the straps in the front. You have to make sure that, in the back, the right or left is on the top. I can't remember which. One way means you are married and the other way means you are single. Then when you bring the straps to the front, you tie it in a little bow slightly to the left. 

The last part is the the Jeogori. It is like a jacket. It is the basic upper garment of the hanbok. Once you put it on, there is usually a snap or a tie to keep the jacket close. Then you tie the goreum, which are the coat strings that tie the Jeogori together. There is a specific way to tie the goreum, which is something I'm not very good at. I'll need someone to teach me before I leave Korea. 

Here are all the pieces put together. 

There are a few accessories that go together with the Hanbok. The first is the bae-ssi-daenggi. It is worn on the top of the head with the straps tied in the bottom back part of the head. The lady only had a couple to choose from but none of them went with my dress, I am going to try to see if I can find one that matched a bit more.

I was also given a pin to help keep the bow together on the jacket. It is a cute little turtle.

Here is the entire outfit on. I really like the colors. I am so happy that I made this purchase. One thing that I also need to get are beoseon. They are a type of socks you wear with the hanbok. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Photo A Day: June 8-14

June 8 - Lonely Sandy, why is she so lonely?
June 9 - It's not a very good photo, but I went to Dongdaemun Market today. I am getting a Hanbok made for me as a souvenir of sorts for my experience in Korea. The turquoise will be the bottom, the burgundy is for the sash, and in the picture it looks white but it is more of a  seafoam, is for the top part of the Hanbok.
June 10 - Bought a new shirt today...i'm not sure what it is trying to say but I think it's funny. 
June 11 - I hurt the side of my foot when I went to Jeju a couple weeks ago, and it still hurts when I stand and walk on it for extended time. My boss told me I should go get it x-rayed. Well I did and it was just a sprain. So I have to get physical therapy for 3 days. This is my first day of physical therapy, infrared 
June 12 - I love to bake. Made some Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies.
June 13 - "Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically." Romans 12:11
This is something I feel I have been struggling with since being in Korea. I had hoped that while being in Korea, my relationship with God would grow but I have been lazy, which is hurting my relationship. I found this verse unexpectedly and it has been a wake up call to myself.
June 14 - I got my hanbok today. I had to try it on as soon as I got home. The bow isn't tied very well, but I love my hanbok; I love the colors and the design on the jacket.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Photo A Day: June 1-7

June 1 - Saw the Snow White and the Huntsmen movie. It was okay. Kristen Stewart didn't have a lot of lines but I still was getting annoyed with her. 
June 2 - Oh, Korea! 
June 3 - They were having some sort of event in my neighborhood. 
June 4 - Received this interesting pastry from a co-worker today. It has ham and melted cheese wrapped in the middle. 
June 5 - I finished putting up my Olympics decorations in my classroom. It's really simple, but the flags took forever to make. There are 15 more flags that are in different part of the classroom. 
June 6 - Was able to get a picture of Venus crossing over the Sun, thanks to the clouds passing by. The small black dot in the top right is Venus. This event won't happen again for another 105 years. 
June 7 - Made a treat for my co-workers today. It is a brownie with cream cheese topping. I made them before but one of my co-workers have been wanting me to make them again.