Called Korea Home

From: Sunday, 28 December 2008
To: Thursday, 10 October 2013
For 1748 days
Or 4 years, 9 months, 13 days
Or 249 weeks and 5 days

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spring Summary

Among the highlights of the spring time were:

Toga Party - My friend held an awesome toga party on the top of his roof. Sadly, it was the last party he had there as he left Korea soon after. In the past he has held some awesome parties on his roof top including Halloween parties, toga parties, pajamas parties etc. I'd been to a ton but it was my first time to go to the toga one. His parties were always fun because the entire rough and school are all to ourselves, but they were a pain to get to because he lived so far away. After riding a train all the way to Bun-dang you have to take a bus about 20 more minutes. These parties are definitely over-nighters. I met some fun people and had a great time...

DJ Fest- Living in Korea for 3 years and yet I had still never been to DJ fest, which is an epic event. DJ's from all over the world playing at massive stages and so much booze and fun, partying overnight basically. What was probably the funniest part of it was that I had on a shirt that said 왜국인 (pronounced waegukin meaning foreigner) on it. And everyone either wanted to know if I knew what it meant or take a picture with me. Given the monstrosities I have seen in Korea when they buy "English" shirts (f-bombs on kids, random gibberish) I can see why they'd be amused, but I bought that shirt because I knew what it said... And I wanted to give them a reason to read it instead of say it. And acknowledge that I knew.

This was an awesome opportunity and I so glad I did it. I did it in tandem with an expert over in Yangpyeong. The scary part is the leap off the mountain, but once you are in the air it is so much fun... And then the landing is a bit frightening too. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I went through a group via meetup, but it may not be too hard to organize on your own.

Rafting and Bungee Jumping
To round out the spring I also decided to try another thing on my bucket list. I went on a rafting and bungee jumping trip. The scenery was beautiful and I definitely belly-flopped off a cliff to some horrifying bruises. We also may have almost killed our guide in some fierce rapids, but he ended up all right. Then came the bungee-jumping... I was terrified. I had to not thing about it, or I would give up and freak out. In the end I just jumped. My scream was terrifying, and gave way to enthusiasm, which soon quickly changed to boredom as I hung over the river waiting to be picked up by boat. All over in like 45 seconds. Totally worth it though. And with that and paragliding out of the way all I have left on my sky-high bucket list is to skydive and join the mile-high club... (dad if you read this I was kidding about the last one)...

Such a fun and eventful spring.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Get Healthy Project: Part 3 - The Results.

apples with peanut butter:
my favorite snack

So, most importantly, you probably wonder what the results are. I am 20lbs lighter, I feel more energetic than I have ever felt in my life and I feel so much more confident, given that this is prime summer time/bathing suit season.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Get Healthy Project: Part 2- The process

Ok, so as I mentioned before, I started out the unhealthy way. I stopped eating due to isolation and depression. Then, I probably did something that was even unhealthier. I decided to do the master cleanse. You know, the spicy lemonade diet. I figured it was time to cleanse my body of all the fermented, process and fatty crap and alcohol I had put into it. I was already planning to do it before the falling out, so it made it easier to say I had to go home because I couldn't eat or drink. Otherwise, mentally, I would have been screwed.