Lotte World Amusement Park

Hello Hello!

Today’s agenda: Lotte World w/ a side of shopping :) ….okay I added the shopping part but shhhhh ;)

Orginally we planned on going to Everland (another theme park) , but due to the horrible rainy season right now in Korea, so we are going to Lotte World (has an indoor and outdoor park). If you have been to Six Flags in America then you probably won’t find this place that interesting because the rides are definitely not as dramatic or extreme. Although they are mild, they are still pretty enjoyable! So try to avoid constant comparison and you will have a good time. My friends and I started outside because the weather was holding up! Some rides we went on were the Bungee Drop, The Atlantis, and a Balloon Ride around the whole inside.

IMG_3136_zps30607819 IMG_3138_zpsb8810dcaThen we headed inside after some stomach dropping..IMG_3132_zpsadec6ff4 IMG_3134_zps000897bb IMG_3131_zpsae48f16fAfter riding some outside and inside rides, we bought some snacks! IMG_3143_zps44d82c47 IMG_3145_zps00fadcf0 The one on the left was like an ice cream sandwich with pastry as the bread and a sweet cream and ice cream filling. Then the ones on the right were wraps made with marinated beef or chicken, pickled vegetables, lettuce, and a savory sauce = winner!!

After some more mingling, we decided to go shop. Oh I forgot to mention, Lotte Department is connected to Lotte World Amusement Park. So, we went browsing around. IMG_3167_zpsf1e55aa4 IMG_3168_zpsd81d9d48 how cute right!? Then, we went to look at clothing. I found an awesome dress and Hyunjeong gave the okay! I went to buy it and the lady said my card was declined! Talk about your classic television shoppaholic who spends too much money… GRrrr I asked her to try it again and she said it declined. I wanted to jump into a huge basket of cupcakes and hide. Thank goodness Hyunjeong was a super nice friend and brushed it off as if it was nothing! She paid for the dress and I promised to pay her back when we go back to the dorms. It was strange that it was declined because I have bought food maybe 30 minutes prior! :( My shopping trip ended as fast as it started! haha We found a swim suit for Hyunjeong because she wakes up 3 times a week at 5:30 am to go swim. How cool and dedicated is this awesome girl!? & she is single ;) hehe I hope she doesn’t read this post :X haha Then we ended the day with a refreshing treat.IMG_3163_zps6891bc11Green tea Bingsu! Different, but still tasty.

I think I was a little too obsessed with Bingsu during my trip. To my defense though, it was over 95 degree Fahrenheit and 100% humid almost the whole time I was there…okay maybe not that great of an excuse, but it was too good to pass up!

To Do: Try and make your own Bingsu:

Ingredients: shaved ice, a scoop of ice cream or splash of any kid of milk ( coconut/almond/soy/cow), chopped fruit (my favorites: watermelon, melon, strawberries, blueberries, any kind of berry, and peach), or you could do a cookies and cream (ice cream, crushed cookies, and shaved ice) then add frosted flakes!

Enjoy!

Jennifer J Kim

 

White Water Rafting…

Hello You Wonderful Piece of Pumpkin! :)

I’m wierd. I know.

So today we went rafting with all the students and coordinators! IMG_1349Naerincheon Stream of Inje-gun, Gangwon-do Province flows down the mountainside twisting and turning around rocks and river bends until emptying into the Hangang River. The stream is a scene of mesmerizing beauty as its waters ricochet off stones and create a combination of high, rough rapids and smooth, gentle currents. It was a four hour bus ride to our destination and we stopped to get some lunch on the way!

IMG_1343This is acorn jelly with rice and vegetables! Is was refreshing. The acorn jelly is made of….You have to guess! …..Acorns. Yeahp, the same acorns that our chubby little EIU squirrels eat! hehe

So rafting? GO DO IT….or don’t, but you will be missing out on one of the TOP 5 things I recommend doing in Korea! There is nothing like working up a sweat paddling through the winding river and looking at the huge boulders that are shaped like frogs, dragons, and other odd shapes. Since we had so many groups of 8, all of us and other visitors all kept about the same pace. If another group came close it was basically declaring water war. We splash the other teams using our paddles! It was fun and challenging! I never realized how difficult generating a big splash using the paddle would be! :P I wish I would have brought my camera to show you guys, but this is what the place kind of looks like…IMG_1358 ugly, right? YEAH RIGHT. How gorgeous is this puppy!? I’ll go with you next time just give me about 1 year notice ;) I’ll need to save up. IMG_1363another selfie…. hehe

Oh and I bought this because I noticed natives were buying it like mad. IMG_1374 What is it? I have no idea. I need to ask my mom or dad. :P It was like sweet beans enveloped with tasteless jello. haha but apparently its what the region is famous for! At least I tried it!

I’m supre tired though so take care good friend,

J-Kim

My brother came to visit!

I am truly one of the luckiest people. I have wonderful family and friends everywhere in the world. How many people can say that!? I love knowing that my brother and sister are here watching my back as well!

He came to Ajou and we began the day by playing tennis! I will tell you one thing, tennis is an expensive sport here. Since the land mass is small, there aren’t many tennis courts. So, they are pricey. Lucky for me, Ajou has free courts and court time! It felt so great to hit with my brother. After our session was over, a butterfly kept sitting on us! I love butterflies. They are some of the most beautiful creatures.

IMG_1397 IMG_1403 It even followed us to the dorm. I didn’t realize it had even gone inside with us! So now it was stuck inside. :( On the up side, later that evening Yining helped me open a window and let it fly free! We worked up a sweat after tennis and went for Bingsu, an ice cream with cereal, crushed ice, fruit, basically anything you want. IMG_1409 Also, I found these bad boys in the grocery.IMG_1385They are tofu chips and oh so good! Protein, crunchy, and filling. What more could you ask for in a snack? :)

Hope you have a great day!

Jie Young

Boryeong Mud Festival

A once a year event is so popular in Korea. It is even televised nationally!

We all woke up early to ride the bus 4 hours to Boryeong, which is located south east when looking at Korea. There were so many things to do there! During the festival period, you can choose to experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud, and also to have lots of fun. Fully immersed in the both the mud and the festival’s great atmosphere, you can enjoy mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the mud mega tub. I even  feeling tried the marine mud-training course against Jiyoung! There were so many different kinds of obstacle from climbing to the top of slides and diving into a pool of mud. Or you can relax in the mud massage zone. Before and during the festival, musical performances, fireworks, and dancing took place while there was a huge machine to sprayed mud over everyone!

IMG_3172_zps80f2b9f0We had lunch before heading inside the festival.IMG_3185_zps18072658 IMG_3182_zps3c6fd501 IMG_3175_zps9a720a8e IMG_3174_zpsa0216ed5I hope you can experience this too sometime. It really is an unforgettable experience! We all attacked eachother with mud pies, mud balls, and then washed the mud off in the ocean tides. Once we were clean, we went on all the mud slides and were covered in mud again! I’m not sure about all the healing and moisturizing properties, but it was so much fun!!

Truth or Dare?

Dare. Go do some spontaneous! (can be applying for a job you think is out of your league or even buy someone’s coffee)

You can do it, I believe in you :)

Jie Young or Jennifer…either way its me on the otherside of the screen!

KCW

Hello!

Ajou Office of International School (OIS) has wonderful coordinators who set up a takwondo class for us! This is Korean martial arts that combines both self-defense and combat. Our instructor was a middle aged man who show us stance, punches, kicks, and more! It was so much fun because we took turns jabbing or jump kicking at a target. After class was over, he even showed us a performance of his moves and it was jaw-dropping. He was so fast and athletic! I definitely want to continue learning this when I get back to the States! After class, a group of us went out to eat what Suwon is known for…that is DakGalbi (marinated chicken with cabbage, rice cakes, and other vegetables). IMG_1283It was spicy goodness!

Afterwards, some of us girls went out for another Korean treat…IMG_1333 IMG_1334 Feel free to stop and catch your drool. It was every bit as wonderful as it looks! You can find it at Cafe Bene, there are many throughout Seoul!

To Do: Share dessert with some friends!

Love,

Jie Young

Girls is Gangnam

Hey Beautiful,

Welcome to girls’ day in Gangnam! Many of you probably have heard of Gangnam from the song Gangnam Style by Psy! It lives up to every bit of crazy, busy, and wild lifestyle for both koreans and internationals! We went during the day so it was as busy. Hyunjeong, Su Yeon, and I went to the book store to buy some Korean Language books, eat lunch, and shopping of course!

First we went to a small restaurant that seats maybe 6 people. It was a small room and the owner, chef, and waiter was the same person! He made gorgeous yummy food. IMG_3086 IMG_3091 IMG_3092 IMG_3093The gorgonzola pizza had berries on top and it was an odd combination that really worked! Then we finished the meal with ice cream topped with coffee. The place was homey and perfect. Also, my friends said that in Korea everyone serves pickles with heavy cream/ cheese dishes because it cleanses the palate! Odd, but thoughtful I suppose.  :) Here is Gangnam…IMG_3084 IMG_3085 IMG_3094 IMG_3097 IMG_3100On the bus there are both seat belts and get this…small trash bags for those who are hung over at night! haha IMG_3083 IMG_3102IMG_3103Ignore the stain on my shirt :X haha

After we arrived at Ajou, we watch some of our friend play soccer.

IMG_3105Missy from EIU, also joined the boys in a friendly game! She rocked the field. :) You will notice eveyone chants “fighting!” this refers to our version of “Go ____insert name!”

So I hope you tackle something and know that you can do it! :)

Lots of Love,

Jie Young

Weekend trips with Grandma

Hi there,

Friday morning was free day so, I went to see my grandparents. This was the first time I had traveled alone. There are two places to hop on the bus. Left or right side of the street. This may seem simple, but until you experience the pitfalls you have no idea…I remembered my sister hopped on the left side to go back home so I did the same. In 20 minutes I was at Suwon Station with no idea where to go or what to do… I called my sister and thank goodness she picked up! She told me to go find a map. I ran to the nearest one and beneath it was a little old lady with one pant leg pulled up revealing her gray sock and the other covering her shoe. With one tooth and a pointy finger she yelled something at me. I think she was trying to shoo me away from her “home” because she had a small chair and boxes set up. I frantically scanned the area and walked away. I told my sister on the phone that she was scary and so I had to leave. haha She guided me to another place and told me to ride the line and where to transfer. In about 2 1/2 hours I arrived at my grandma’s house. It was only suppose to take 1 hour so I must have circled somewhere. I recommend those who are new to Korea to travel with someone who knows the area or WAIT take Your Phone and purchase a minute/data plan card that you can refill! I ended up doing this later because the Emart and other phone companies charge you like crazy for nothing so Beware…like everywhere in the world Nothing is Free. :P They even scammed my grandpa to purchase a “free” phone and then mailed him a W275,000 ($275) bill. Later my Aunt’s called the company and scolded them, but ended up paying W75,000 to cancel. Anyway, I made it home and then went to lunch to meet all my cousins! There is a place called CoEx. My parents were married there! It is owned by Samsung and it is the most outrageous mall/movie theather/ top of the line restaurants/ and apparently they do weddings? :) I was in awe. At one of the 10938 restaurants, I met all my cousins and 2nd Aunt and Uncle! It was so cool to have all of us available to meet and talk! I think I was so excited that I don’t know whether they understood my broken (Korean/English) stories. haha Luckily, my brother stepped in on a few parts to clear things up. Nevertheless, I loved meeting them for the firs time! My two oldest cousins have a baby and one on the way each! They are absolutely adorable with their cute cheeks, happy smiles, and glistening eyes. Also, one of my cousins (male) had the day of from military so he could join us too! In Korea, all males have to participate in the military for at least 2 years after they turn 18 years old. If they try to run away or get out of it then they go to jail for a number of years and then serve anyway! Some people say its a good thing, while others object to it. We all shared stories till the waitress told us our time was up. In most buffets in Korea, there are 1 1/2 hour time limits for eating. :P Americans would probably boycott the place, but we simply packed up our things and went to the mall chairs and took photos. :) Then we all said good-bye and went our own ways. This moment is another that I will cherish. How great did it work out that we all were available to meet! :) I hope we can do it again someday.

Monday morning I went to the acupuncturist with my grandma. Many people are not familiar with Western medicine. It focuses on holistic methods that are non-surgical and no prescriptions are handed out. My grandma took me to her acupuncturist early in the morning. It was about 1 15 minutes away from Seoul. The place was located above a grocery store. There were many other rooms that looked identical, but my grandma knew which of the doors to choose. Once inside, you take your shoes off and put on slippers. The assistant called our name and we went to see the doctor for an evaluation. I told him my medical history and areas that hurt. After exchanging some question and answers, my grandma and I waited in a patient room. The assistant began with this…

IMG_1324 IMG_1325 IMG_1321 The machine had massagers and they warmed and massaged the area that hurt. Then the doctor came to do acupuncture. It seems intimidating, but they do not hurt at all! Actually once they put the heat lamp over the exposed area, you will fall asleep almost guaranteed. The needles stimulate blood flow to certain regions and this immediately relaxes the muscles and you will fall asleep. It is amazing! I can’t wait to learn and practice myself one day! :)

Thanks for experiencing something new with me today!

To Do: Have a nice stretch. Your body does so much for you each day and it important to stretch your muscles!

<3 Jie Young