Farewell Party

Hi Everyone,

This is the final day of school and my time at Ajou University. I want to thank everyone involved for giving me an unforgettable summer!!!! I hope everyone has a chance to study abroad once in their life. <3

We took the final in our class and it may have been easier this time, but I still struggled the entire month! I don’t know why I couldn’t pick up the material as easy as everyone else, but I won’t give up. I’m taking all my books with me and studying till I become better! 

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After our final, we had a farewell preparty dinner. IMG_1432IMG_1433 Don’t worry I didn’t eat it all! haha

The presentation before dinner was quite sad. They had a few of line up and another line of people. After you hugged everyone in the other line you joined the line and the process continued. Really. WHYYYYY? This made everyone cry! :(

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Then we went to Plan B, had a parrrrtty! Loud music, dancing, and just hanging out. It was a mixture between fun and sad. :( 

Super cheesy, but this isn’t goodbye just see you later till next time!!

IMG_1464 < Best Brother ever! :)

<3 Jennifer

One in a Million

Hi.!.!.!

Today was a great day. Actually today was a fantastic day with Hyunjeong!

We have  a bestfriend date. I didn’t realize it was possible to make such a wonderful friend in this short period of time. I literally become teary eyed just talking about it. This is probably bearing too much, but I feel like I’ve always been different. People think I’m really outgoing and positive and most the time I am. On the other hand, there are times when I need to be alone and just do things on my own without letting anyone else know. I will read, watch a movie, and most the time its exercising. Also, there are things that happen in my life that I can’t explain to just anyone. I was raised in a traditional Korean household. This meant celebrating korean holidays, ancestors, bowing to elders, the chinese new year, and more. I only slept over at a friend’s house once in my entire life. If the sun was down, I was at home. My curfew was 10pm till I was like 21..oh wait I’m 21 years old now hmm that seems off, but it isn’t haha I thought it was a big deal when I was younger. Now I don’t really mind because I  know my parents are protective and wanted to raise me right. I appreciate it because I like who I am. too conceded? :P hehe oh well! I had a different lifestyle and my friends could never understand that and I realize its because our  culture is different and I’m trapped between the two. American culture is really different from Korean culture. When I met Hyunjeong, it was crazy because we have so much in common and I can tell her things that I’ve never shared with others. It is really incredible. I have wonderful, sweet, caring friends here but our culture is different so its hard to tell them some things. I feel bad saying that, but I hope my vulnerability with inspire anyone else who feels this way to know you are not alone.

I’m really grateful to have met not just Hyunjeong, but so many others from as close as my own school, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Estonia, Uzbekastan, and more. It really is amazing to call them my friends and share this amazing experience with them. I will forever be thankful to everyone involved in this process.  :) I love everyone I met and hope that we all stay in touch.

Oh yes, so Hyunjeong and I went exploring numerous places. We began at this German trade show..it was weird…and not what I had imagined. I stink at researching places to go. haha so we went to go eat lunch at this place called watermelon rind!

IMG_3283_zps5063f48e IMG_3280_zps271a415f IMG_3277_zps769a23c4Oh and I’m wearing the dress that Hyunjeong had bought me and I paid her back quickly hoping that she would forget my embarrassing moment! hehe This was probably one of the best things I ate…Spicy soy cream udon noodles with mushrooms. I don’t know if I could ever recreate this bundle of joy. :( HELP!!!

Next we went to a market that opens every weekend during the summer!

We bought….(I brought enough money this time ;P )

IMG_3300_zps682b91f1 IMG_3296_zps2d254317 IMG_3295_zps582b83abBest Friend Necklaces! :) Happy Happy Joy Joy moment! We agreed that they symbolize friendship during hard times.. No matter where we are in the world, we will always be here for one another and believe in each other! A total “fighting” fist pump moment haha <3

Jie Young

To dO: make 1 friend. You can do it!

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