Dongdaemun was such an awesome place with so many things to do, so I am breaking this one up into a few parts. The first part is the Design Plaza!
As a precursor to this post, I’m not particularly picky on which music videos I enjoy. Most of the time, if the song is good, I don’t really consider the music video in these lists. I also haven’t watched every music video ever by every boy band and so I won’t be able to tell you much about the enormous amount of groups that came out starting in late 2013, minus the very few that I pay attention to. With all that being said, here’s the beginning of the second half of the list.
This semester I took Korean 1101 and although I was definitely surprised by how much I already knew, I learned so many grammar points so quickly. I am really happy with the class and how much it helped me learn in such a short amount of time. If the option is presented to you in your language learning, I would suggest taking a class for that language. However, I would do lots of research on how the class is set up and run, because not all classes will be as beneficial. In this class, we spoke 80% in Korean, got a grade every day, and used a joint textbook and workbook with assignments in writing, reading, listening, and speaking every day.
So Day 5 was a long one and I am going to split it up again. We started off by getting up early to hit the Lotte Department store in Anyang right as it was opening at 10 am. We walked around through the massive mall, looking at all the expensive department store brands. I have to admit, I’m not a big window shopper, but it was fun to see all the American brands and then the other brands we don’t have around the US, or at least in Texas. We stopped at the food court at around 11:30 to eat some brunch. We decided to split an order of Omurice which is basically vegetable fried rice with an omelet on top and lots of ketchup. It was really good and simple, not too heavy in the morning. We got a really good view of he awesome food court again, and people watching was pretty awesome.
We started the day off by going to church! It was a little bit interesting and a lot a bit confusing because everything was in Korean (which wasn’t a problem because I was there as a guest anyway) but everyone was so so nice to me and I enjoyed meeting the people my friend and her parents used to know when they lived in Korea!
All my life there have been things I wanted to change about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I am relatively confident in who I am. But there are always habits in my lifestyle that I wish to change. Working out more and eating healthier are two examples. I’ve never been highly athletic, and I’ve always been confident in my weight and figure. I just want to be more fit and have more energy. I enjoy the way eating healthy and working out make me feel, but I usually don’t have the energy to begin new habits.
I have always wanted to dress better. I have been told throughout my life that I am pretty, and I don’t believe otherwise. But most mornings I wake up and opt to throw on makeup, make minimal efforts with my hair, and put on a t-shirt and athletic shorts or jeans. I have plenty of other clothes, and I could easily put in more effort, but it takes energy to change old habits and I find myself opting out.
I want to blog more. I want to take pictures daily of the things around me. I want to go on adventures and discover new things each day because that is what I feel defines making the most of my life. I had no problem back home trying new things and exploring, but since college, I have gotten lazy and mostly unmotivated.
But I want to change all of that. Starting today, I will stop neglecting this blog. Blogging and reading blogs are things that I love doing and I want to do that more. After I post this, I am going to take a power nap and then going to the gym. I am going to do some research later tonight and figure out ways I can eat healthy. I am going to do a little online shopping because the girl in me is dying to get some new clothes and plan out some outfits to make the process easier. I am going to start exploring restaurants and cafes around campus and work hard at applying for internships. I am going to continue studying a lot, but I am not going to let that be the center and only thing I do all day. I am going to step out and take hold of opportunities rather than wait for them to come.
I will continue to post my pictures from Korea of course, and I’m taking beginning Korean this semester so I will start posting what I am learning there too as a language learning thing like I did before! But I am also going to add other things that show my progress on becoming who I want to be.
Thank you for reading my long rant, I had to write it down so I know I will stick with it. I hope you will continue to enjoy this! 🙂
We arrived in Banpo just as the rain started brewing in the skies. It was much bigger than I expected. I don’t totally know what I was thinking but there were lots of stores and the Station was very large. I loved the atmosphere before the rain, it was very quiet and almost ominous. We continued with haste to the park so we could catch a few glimpses before the downpour.