My last week was a whirlwind

During my last week I had so much crap to do it didn’t make any sense but I took it day by day. My flight is scheduled to leave Wednesday and on Monday I have to go to immigration office to extend my ARC card(dont worry about this just explaining my day) I spent about 2-3hours there monday and tuesday— no worries because I live only a few blocks away so I went home to kill time and then I would return.

 Sidebar::::::I lost my freaking phone AGAIN!! Two weeks before I’m scheduled to leave——–uggggghhhh!!! How did this happen??? I don’t know?? All I know is the one day I’m pumping myself  up getting ready for my morning commute, I was blasting GOOD  music in my ears while riding my bike and I somehow drop my phone(and a SD card filled with pics and video I wanted to use for the blog)…………..anyways back to the story

Now its tuesday and Its my last night in South Korea and I have a date!?! yea a date!!! what great timing::: I liked this gentleman and he made the plans so I just rolled with it–I still had packing to do but in my mind I reasoned a date was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAYyyy more important then packing. The date went lovely and that’s all I will say!!

Here are pics from my last day of teaching. It was a sad day indeed.

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                             

If you would like to see more click on the photos below!

Happy New Year

 

 

I can’t believe its 2011!!! I know where my year went I definitely know what my plans our, like I stated last year I don’t make New years resolutions I think something up and I just do it.

Happy 2011!!!

                                                                                                                                                

Saying goodbye to my Korean family

(^ ^)

This is by far the hardest goodbye I have had to make in my life::: my korean family.

 They have taken me under their wing since day 3 of my arrival here, I will always LOVE them for inviting me into their home words can not express the value they have added to my life!!!

The boys… I will miss my boys, I sometimes feel like I will always be a tomboy I loved playing with them even when they were bad a*@ bebe’s kids.  For our last dinner together I told them I would bake chocolate chip cookies….something as simple as this(baking is not customary in a korean household) had them so happy!! Plus they love eating them

Did you enjoy the cookies Wonbin?

Did you enjoy the cookies Woojin?

 I will admit I cried to myself when I left them, it was hard for me to say goodbye especially to Hui Yeon. Up until the last min of me heading to the airport I was at her shop. I decided to give them my bike as well—I ran out of time before I was able to sell it!!

This bike was my everything in Ansan

Another going away soiree

Since Lindsey was out sick for my going away party she wanted to see me off —

 I really wasnt up for anything my schedule was jam-packed and I had more than enough things to keep me busy but I decided to do a little lunch thingy and my other friends decided to crash as well and another friend of mine Thuy decided to join as well. I love Lindsey she made me an earring and bracelet set!!! Totally unexpected and she made them to fit my personality exactly!!

We met at the mexican restaurant called dos tacos. It was a good night indeed filled with good company and many stories to reminisce from; I vowed never to return to South Korea!!!! and I am caught on Alexis’s camera saying so:::it was a good night but I had to hurry home to catch the train because I had promised my Korean family I would have dinner with them.

Oh how I will miss my life here I already know it—

My last weekend with the girls

 
he would not stop swinging that cigarette in CeCe’s face lolz

(updated:::I have already made it home. I have neglected my blog!! I fell into the pit of abandoning my project right before the end date but since im dedicated im going to finish this through) 

Nov. 5th

I have 10 days left in South Korea…….woooohoooooo the countdown is becoming real!!! This is not my last weekend in South Korea but the last taste of the night life……Over the last few months I have become very close with these ladies minus lindsey who is at home sick with strap throat (>.<)

Ever since Taiwan we have been ‘kickin it mad tuff’—now may I insert a random tantrum::: now ME, Monique Coke, MUAH I have never been one to chill with more then one or two females at a time since my H.S. days.  Females just have way too much fiestyness about us(i’m no exception) but these chicks…. I can chill with ’em all day everyday(well maybe not everyday, I need my ME time) It feels good to be accepted for the person you are, it feels even better when people dont try to change that person. 

This was my last weekend PART-A celebration…now I can count on 2 hands the amount of times I stayed out partying in South Korea but this night I wanted to go IN–meaning I have worked my behind off this past year!!!!! So Im going to party till the trains start running again!!!!!

 

I would have to say one word about that night *EPIC* I’ll let the pictures paint the story!!!!!

This is also known as the night  PD got a boo ^ ^

 

 

all night with the drinks

 

my korean boo

 

get it!

 

and then chuck the dueces

 

                                                                                                                                                            

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Apologies

I have turned into one of those bad bloggers, I deserted my page and I am sure you already know I made it home safe! It has been so CRAZy busy since I have been back I havent had time to catch the page up.

 Just FYI it took me 2weeks just to adjust back to some sort of normalcy—it was hell!

I will continue updating my page::stay tuned

Open class-Last Wednesday

My new co-teacher took this pic right before my class

Last Wednesday I had to put on my tap shoes and do a number from one of my bojangles classics AKA open class—open class is a requirement for all native teachers to participate in, i’ve done three of them since I began. Pretty much you and your co-teacher have to display your teaching skills in an interactive learning environment.

The kids have to sit quietly in their desks as they raise their hands and answer all of questions and complete all activities with 100% effort and 100% accuracy…. seeing how that NEVER happens in a real classroom setting what is one to do??? Well you must fib (basically feed them the answers well in advance so once open class approaches their perfect and in sync) not my choice!! Since my new co-teacher is way to NEW me and Ji-young got to team up an perform for the parents!!! Ji-young was nervous and I can tell because when she’s nervous she likes to speed thru everything without taking the time to breathe—me on the other hand i’m laid back– I like to take my time and make sure my content is delivered with proper annunciation and slow enough speaking. But since she just translates in Korean she is able to zip through everything without a breathe— once again it really didnt make any difference to me I try to have fun at all cost!!!

The lesson was on ‘What do you want to do’ so that was quite simple take a look

2 parents that came to support there were 3 this was a good turnout for english believe it or not!

 

40mins and open class is complete I give it a grade of B-

Facebook vent

Ok I have this problem this issue and I want to scream to somebody about MY frustration with myself and with me falling into the facebook nonesense….I was gonna keep it all bottled in like I normally do since living out here, but I was like hey I have a blog why dont I share my thoughts and feelings and maybe someone else out there may comment or feel what im about to say so here it goes…..

Ok I have a love hate relationship with facebook it was the best invention when it first hit the scene during my college years it was like being in a members only association. Only people who were in college had the inside scoop– now any, and everybody can use it but thats not my beef, my beef is Facbook limboing(as i call it), some call it stalking but how is it stalking when your friends with that person?? Anyway my issue is there is a friend I have on Facebook that I have deleted many times,  I cant stand this person(but when we see each other its like we never had issues…but forget that) for the simple fact that I cant have my way(not with them, c’mon get your mind right…. but why the hell are you always asking to be my friend yet you dont want to talk, you dont respond to my messages, and you darn sure dont hit me up on my wall) only time this person speaks to me is when a specific event is going to happen and they want to know if i will be around. Here is the dilemma I know black from white there is no Gray area of what this person is…..so my issue is why the hell cant my brain understand that. I go through these emotions all the freaking time, one day im like deuces, dont talk to me, when you see me in the streets shawty you dont know me— and then a couple months later im like hmmmm I wonder how their doing maybe I should send them a message. I’m too nice and I let that get the best of me at times.

So what sparked this rage????? Well I hate when people post stupid crap on their pages  crap that could have double meanings— so this person I believe is trying to say their ready to get married and their about to take the leap and what not. Great thats lovely!!! but why do you need to tell Facebook about that isshh shouldnt some things be kept to yourself??? I mean really why dont you just get married then post the pics so we know your’re bout it because I could have sworn you said something similar before. What frustrates me the most is just a couple of weeks ago they sent me a message talken about whats good, where you at, blah blah blah. Arrrrggggggghhh these are the days I wish I was in my own relationship, these are the days I hate being single….why?!?!?! because being single only magnifies how single you are especially when people come bothering YOU when you didnt ask to be bothered.

So instead of deleting this person for the 4th time NO LIE I’ve found out how to put peoples news feeds on block—hence I dont have to hear your B.S. about you getting married, or you falling in love, or you found the one. One thing I can just hear the critics saying is why are you stressin this? or Why do you bother messing with Facebook??—well well understand one thing Facebook has been my lifesaver out here, its the one thing that keeps me sain and in touch with America. Without it I feel like I would have lost touch with so many of my freinds and missing out on certain peoples accomplishments. Facebook might be just this mindless, no good waste of time for some people but for me I use it as a way to stay involved and to show the people I care about my interest in them—so when people abuse my friendship and start talking a whole lot of nonsense…. yea it bugs me but I refuse to let one or two fools take my pleasure out of it. Once I get home I think I will put FB on hiatus

-ok vent over.

Made in Taiwan.

Travelling to taiwan was an unexpected unplanned but planned trip. I say that because I never had that country on my list to travel to but hell— living here in South Korea has made me want to visit anywhere and everywhere. Taiwan did not dissappoint it was the opposite to my vacation to thailand, it wasnt about R&R more like conqueror divide and meet up with freinds I have met from living out here in SOKO!!!!

long train ride home from the beach

Cyrena and her boo Markos

So as the post reads made in Taiwan you can guess what I mostly did on my trip—-you guessed it TONS of shopping. Just to give you an idea I filled up one of those big chinese bags full of things and half of my duffle bag that i had brought out there with my things. I just couldnt stop especially since taiwan boasts the biggest night markets you have ever seen in your life—-everything I mean EVERYTHING is negotiable and if its not you walk out that door because why???– its taiwan everything is discounted.

I will say this though some of the items were fairly priced and I wouldnt even bother asking for a discount because c’mon they gotta make a profit. But sometimes I wouldnt say anything and I would just have casual conversation with some of them and they would still give me  nice lil redcution in price!!! Now thats service, how do I go back to regular shopping now??? I will have to do a post on some of the items I died for.

So instead of stayin in fancy bougeious hotels I opted for hostels 2 main reasons being 1. I was limited on time so I wanted get in as much “taiwanese culture” as I possibly could in one week, staying at hostels allows you to do that because it is more then likely ran by a native and their wealth of knowledge and stories adds a personal touch hotels can not provide 2.the hospitality is beyond accomodating they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable like you were at home plus you cant beat the prices…just ball park range I spent about $250 US dollars on 7nights/8days (I stayed in 2 different hostels, I wanted 2 different locations which = two different kind of perspectives)

NTU Hostel...took me 3hours to find..sheeesh

The first hostel was located in the heart of NT University young fresh and new with a dash of hustle and bustle I love. I had everything here shopping, cheap food, tapioca tea drinks I die for these(akd boba drinks), train station 3mins walking distance, clubs, movies, waterpark, EVERYTHING!!!! It was a bit noisy as my room was located right next to the double triple secured door(understanble) but I loved it. 

The second hostel was about 20-25mins away –jiantan stn I was right next to the biggest night market in taipei shinlin market OMG!! This hostel potatoe hostel was for females only but I loved it here even more then the last it felt like my room from when i was a little girl I was really comfortable here. The girl who owns the place Jill was a sweetheart and she had just came back from Egypt so me and her were talking for hours about our experiances, we both LOVE egypt beyond words!!! We travelled to some of the same places and visited some of the locals that I bought some goods from…I just gushed to her about how much I fell in love with Philae temple I havent been able to connect with anyone yet about that and she as well so it was fate!!

Jill and I. She runs the hostel

My princess room

The sights I went to:

Martyrs shrine

rememberance of the men who fought the great wars of taiwan

We got here just in time to watch the famous changing of the guards, they are precise and elegant with their uniform moves and timing with the rifles!

left guard

right guard

L guard

R guard

Makong gondola

This was so peaceful and relaxing. 30mins of air suspension

At the top I finally decided to try stinky tofu and chines sticky rice---ewww on the stinky rice not for me

I took in the sights

Then finished the evening with tea

Zhinan shrine

Sick night view

Untouchable

yin and yang= balance

Taipei 101

now the 2nd tallest building in the world I believe

Markos tried to get us in the building by saying we were interviewing for a job—lol we straight got shut down by security LOLz

Where's the L-O-V-E....

Me and mom dukes favorite lotion just had to get a pic...yall don't know nothin about that Au Lait

Lungshan temple

entrance

prayer

Incense pit

Fulong Beach

Should have been called foolywang beach

me and cece

dead blowfish from the tsunami

Confuscious Temple and DaLong Dong Boa An Temple

say word...

run that again please--

getting inked up by his mom...true story

one last thing not Forever 21 but Forever 26??!!!??!?! thier prices were mad expensive too mmmmmmmhhhhhmmm I walked right out!

Theirs a new sheriff in town…

Ok I know the title is pretty lame but that’s how it feels…

So the school got a new Korean ‘english speaking’ co-teacher and I was really excited at first. On first arrival she could speak clear English and seemed to understand me quite well!!!! PERFECT I could breathe and feel like these next 6weeks were gonna go by smooth like nobodys buisiness…..well I’ll keep my reservations to myself because as my brother says “you always find something wrong Monique” so I am working on that.

I can’t say that I don’t miss Ji-young because I do, at first we were really really ROCKY(you might remember a post where I went off hehehe)–we argued, we disagreed, we laughed, she cried(not me), we had headaches together, stressed together, began to see eye to eye together. All in all she was the first person I ever learned how to be a co-worker with, a partner, a teammate I’ve never had that before– at any other jobs from my past and now shes moved onto to teach the 6th grade….

So I say all that to say I must pick myself up and make this work or else..I see some red-flags and I’m worried but I have to remember just because the new teacher is much older than me doesn’t mean I can not politely let her know when something is not right, or not working. She asks a lot of questions that eat up time but I have to breathe through it, and learn how to zone her out the way I have been able to zone out a lot of things that are said to me.

Ji-young and I

 

We went out in celebration of her arrival and as well the school got a new P.E. teacher-before him the teachers had to teach P.E. themselves…the trials and tribulations of starting when a school has recently opened (if you’re a native speaker teacher I advise you to runway if that is the case, dont do it!!) here are a few snaps of the night

Jinee(the new teacher) me, and Ji-young

I couldn’t help but imagine the going away dinner we will have when its time for me to leave…i’ve been preparing a speech because they do speeches–anyways till next time.