Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Potluck and 33. a Korean wedding

     What an interesting weekend. It started kind of sad unfortunately. I had to wash my last fluffy towel, which meant that it wasn't going to be fluffy ever after that because there are no dryers here, so all clothes end up being stiff from line drying. Every time I wash my jeans, I put them on and have to do lounges just to loosen them up.
       Moving on, a couple weeks ago, my friend Joyan sent out an invite for a Thanksgiving potluck at her place. She decided to host it because she has an oven, get this, ovens a luxury here in Korea. I think that's why bakeries like Paris Baguette and Tous les Jours are so famous because Koreans rarely bake. But anyways, I told Joyan I would make the mashed potatoes for the potluck. At first I said, "yeah! Mashed potatoes," but then I realized I was going to need heavy cream or half and half and that I would have to hunt it down by trying to read Korean labels. I actually found it at Home Plus, but I wasn't sure whether it was going to work because it said "fresh cream." And like I've said before, I don't know much about cooking, so I had no clue what "fresh cream" was, but it looked like something I could use. I then went to buy the potatoes, and OMG I don't know if I was ripped off or what, but I bought 35 small potatoes and paid around $35!!!!! That's freaking crazy!!! A dollar per potato?!?!?! ....I didn't know how to ask about the price, so I just paid :/. All I thought was "these better be some damn good potatoes!"
bus ride to WolPo =)
     Joyan's place is in a town called WolPo, and it is about 45 mins away from my house. The bus ride was actually pretty nice, we rode along the beach so it was nice to see the scenery. There were also some cool buildings; I think most of them are restaurants because apparently Koreans have a thing for themed buildings.
name that building! ....o_O?
White house? suuuuuuuuure

Ana and I got there a bit early, so we went for a walk to the beach.

      As people started arriving, we started cooking all the yummy food. OMG everybody was soo excited to have a real American meal!! There was turkey, mashed potatoes, pizza, mac and cheese (NOT from a box), salad, steamed veggies, stuffed mushrooms, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, and chimichangas hahaha (not American, but who cares!)...and wait for it...pumpkin pie!!! YES! I was sooo happy to have pumpkin pie! And believe it or not, I ate with a fork for the first time since September 20th. Yes, I've been using chopsticks this whole time, I don't even own forks! I eat my beans with chopsticks lol. I think I am a total pro at eating with chopsticks now. I even conquered eating noodles with them muahaha Selene FTW!!
     Needless to say, it was a great night!! Great food and great company =)....and we were all thankful to have an American meal. We all spent the night at Joyan's because the last bus out of that tiny town is at 7:30pm and the only other way to get out of there is to pay a taxi, which we were not about to do. So some people played drinking games, and we watched movies...including Poetic Justice (with Kanet Jackson and Tupac)
People's shoes at the entrance...yes, we follow the Korean ways even at our own homes.
All the Yummy food...look at those beautiful mashed potatoes!
     Ana got the wishbone!             Yes, we get excited to have whipped cream and Hershey's syrup!
Pumpkin pie and ice cream...oh man! delicious! ... (bought at Costco so yes, it was the real thing!)

     Ana had invited me to go a wedding on Sunday, so we left Joyan's early Sunday morning. The bus ride back was actually very nice...sunrise along the beach, wha!?!??! Which side of the Earth am I?? Haha, it was kind of weird to see a sunrise and not a sunset at the beach, but it was gorgeous!

<--- another weird building called "love boat"
Sunrise at the beach.

      Anyways, like I said, Ana invited me to go to a Korean wedding and I was all for it. She did warn me that Korean weddings are not all that...and oh boy, was she right. But before I tell you about the wedding, I have to say RIP to my hair straightener. I wanted to straighten my hair for the wedding, and I hadn't used my straightener since I arrived in Korea because I was waiting for a special occasion. Before coming here, I did quite a lot of research about the voltage and which American appliances I could use here. Of course, blow dryers are a no-no, but there were mixed thoughts on hair straighteners. Most websites said that if the label read "120/220~" then it would be fine, so I brought my baby to Korea with me...and just in case, I also brought a voltage converter. So first I plugged in the voltage converter and it started making a buzzing noise...mmmm. I then plugged in my straightener, turned it on, and let it heat up. A couple minutes later, I went back to check on it and now the straightener was making a buzzing noise. I waited a bit and it signaled that it was ready to use, but then I saw smoke coming out of it!!! I quickly turned it off, but smoke kept coming out and it was still making the buzzing noise....and then "POP!" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa =( *snif snif*

"Amor" Hall                                                                             The bride ^.^
So that you can feel like a princess on your wedding day.

          Back to the wedding (which I will make my number 33 on the list). I was excited when Ana told me that the wedding was going to take place at a wedding hall near our house that looks like a cheesy! It's even called "Amor marriage." I've been wanting to go in there this whole time just to check it out lol. So we got all dolled up and headed to the hall. First of all, there were like 5 other weddings going on at the same time so it was crowded! When we got to Hall #3, a lady in a hanbok (traditional Korean dress) pulled us to a little room on the side and there was the bride! She was waiting for us to take a picture...aaww how sweet! We then went outside to a side table where gifts were being collected. And when I say gifts, I really mean money. Apparently, that's what people give here, money, no gifts, which means no fun gift registries...booo. Oh and they also gave us our coupons here for the buffet.
       The ceremony began and everything looked normal up to then. But then, I noticed that as the ceremony was taking place, people were having conversations, were getting up and leaving the room, they weren't paying attention to the ceremony! Also add that there were no doors to this room so we could hear all the chattering from the people from other weddings who were outside the room. It felt rude and awkward, but I guess that's how things go here.

<----the ceremony room

       When the minister finished, the couple went to the side and blew out candles on a cake and cut  a piece. That's it. No eating or sharing of the cake =( was only for the sake of having a picture cutting a cake =/. The couple then bowed to their parents and walked down the aisle as people applauded. Then they went back to the "altar" to take pictures. First with the parents, then family, and then friends (including the two foreigners: Ana and I hahaha). Then, one chick went to the front and the photographer asked everybody to clap and look happy. This was the "throwing of the bouquet"....a pre-determined catcher of the bouquet??!?!? Whaaa?!?! No desperate single ladies diving for a bouquet??? Nope!!! Aaaaand the bride threw it twice so that the photographer could take the perfect picture....lame!

I took this pic standing behind the bride as the photographer
                                                                  took our picture.

The bride ready to throw the bouquet.

There were these flight-attendants- looking girls who were like ushers.  ---->
 We then left this room and made our way to the buffet. Oh yeah, by the way, Koreans don't really have a reception. Everybody just eats at the hall's buffet, and I mean everybody! All the other people from the other weddings eat at the same place. And that's pretty much it, after the buffet people go home.   I was told that usually as people eat at the buffet, there is a second ceremony: a traditional Korean ceremony to which only the close relatives can go. A co-worker also told me that sometimes the family has a small gathering at the bride's house, but again only relatives. And sometimes the bride and groom don't even go to it because they leave right away to their honeymoon. She also told me that weddings have become like this because real traditional weddings back in the day would take up to 3 days (ceremony wise), but that with today's fast paced society, it's   impossible (see #32 on my list lol).
Buffet time!
The happy couple came to thank us at the buffet ^^
There are also no bachelor/bachelorette parties, no bridal or engagement showers, no rehearsal dinners, no sexy garters, no speeches. Oh well, at lest they save money hahaha.
      So that was my weekend ^___^....I'm hoping that for the next few weekends I'll be doing a bit of traveling to Daegu, Geoje, and maybe Seoul! yay!!

 Night night everybody!

Friday, November 18, 2011

32 A fast-paced culture?

    Having been in Korea almost two months, I've noticed a couple things about the flow of traffic and pedestrians. I'm not new to a fast-paced city, so it's not a culture shock thing for me. But there are other things that are new to me.
     When I was researching about Korea before coming here, I read some things about Koreans being rude and pushing you at the metro and such. I wouldn't call it rude actually; like in many any other countries, people are simply on the move to get to their destination and if they are using public transportation, then they will walk as fast as they can to catch the next bus/metro. So of course, if there is a tourist who does not know the flow of pedestrians in such settings, then yes, there will be pushing! Like I said, I don't mind this, I actually like the fast-paced flow hehehe.
    But anyways, I don't live in a big city, which is where you usually see this; Pohang's population is about half a million and we do not have a metro system. Yet people here seem to have the same I'm-in-a-rush-move-out-of-the-way kind of flow. I wasn't expecting this because in SD/Chula Vista, people are not like this at all so I was not expecting this in a small city like Pohang.
     I also noticed something else, taxis hang around bus stops. Now, why would they do this? Are bus stops also the queue for taxis? Well, not necessarily. The other day I was at a bus stop and there were 2 other ladies. At this bus stop, like in many others, there was a screen that tells you how long it'll be until the next bus. All the buses were listed to be there in less than 5 minutes, but one of the ladies got up and grabbed a taxi. And that's when it clicked, taxis hang around bus stops in case someone cannot wait 2-3 minutes for the next bus. Impatient much?
     Moreover, motorists (be it cars, buses, mopeds/scooters, etc.) are always in a rush. Mopeds/scooters make deliveries, so yes, they drive super fast. A co-worker actually told me that since they are delivering, they HAVE to drive fast, that that is just the way it is...and she added, "That's one of the great things about Korea, fast deliveries".
      If only in America deliveries were as fast as in Korea. You can have your pizza in 20mins, NO delays. There are no delays even to the point that there is no such thing as "if not delivered in 30mins, it's free." When ordering something from the internet, things are delivered in 3 days if shipped from Seoul, or under 3 if shipped from somewhere closer. You will even get the delivery man's phone name and number so that you can contact them in case they are late.

A coworker told me that it's because they want to deliver whatever they have as soon as possible. Now in this sense, I don't know what is better, to have crazy drivers on the street but get deliveries super fast, or careful drivers and get my deliveries "whenever"?

People on normal cars drive fast too, I guess they are just in a rush. Also, if you tell a taxi driver to go fast, trust me, they'll listen....and ALL of them run red lights...I see it all the time. I think the only ones who don't run red lights are buses. So yes, traffic lights are mere suggestions here hahaha. This means I really have to remember to look both ways before crossing a street, even if I have the green light to walk across.
   All this leads me to think that Korea is also a fast-paced country. I say "also" because motorists in my hometown Tijuana are like this hahaha...and in Italy too. So it's not something new to me, Korea just adds a few things: they run red lights all the time and taxis hang around bus stops for those who can't wait.

Yay let the weekend begin!!!
Tomorrow we have a pre-Thanksgiving potluck with lots of yummy food, yay!!! Can't wait!

PS: Today my English classes were canceled, so I had finally had the chance to make a collage of pictures for my work computer's desktop =)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

31. PCs and Pesky Computer Viruses

31.   One thing about Korean internet, they ONLY like internet explorer as a browser ....problem? I think so!!! IE is one of the most vulnerable browsers out there, and though Korea is allegedly one of the most wired countries (probably because its a small country), their preference for IE is disappointing to say the least. Some Korean websites ONLY work with IE... so much for the technologically advanced Korea.  On a side note, the other day my "handler" was helping me set up an app on my iphone. I had Firefox opened because we needed to log in to Olleh's website. But as soon as she looked at my monitor she frantically looked for IE on my desktop. I guess people are even scared of using other browsers they are unfamiliar with. I would too, but they really be more afraid of IE!
     Back to the subject, being in Korea, one is bound to get a virus, especially in PCs with the combination of IE.  My mac has been safe oh-thank-Tom-Cruise, I refuse to install IE, which means I can't do some things on my mac like my online banking. But that's OK, I have lots of free time at work, so I can survive doing my online banking only at work. The only problem could be that in a case of an emergency, I'm screwed.
   But anyways, it was only a matter of time before I'd encounter a virus. Last weekend I completed a painful online training through the epik website on my mac (using safari of course). When I got to work on Monday, I went into the epik website to print my certificate of completion. As soon as I clicked "print", my work computer fell to an unmerciful virus. I could not open any program; it all became goo. An antivirus  program popped out saying my computer had been shit! This program was the disguise and I knew clicking on it would only make matters worse. I quickly told my co-worker who sits next to me; first thing she says , "click on that program!"....hello lady THAT IS the virus! Do people here really don't recognize a virus?...This is the same woman who once said "we are women, we don't get technology" and laughed...joke is on you lady, 'cause I do get technology and I am a woman!
   Anyways, thank goodness my other co-worker knows a lot about computers and came to my rescue. Only problem is, his solution: wipe out the hard drive and reinstall Windows. Greeeat all my files were gone. Though I didn't have too many files, I had some stuff I did not want to lose, ugh. Upside to this whole ordeal, my co-worker installed Windows 7 Enterprise, upgrade from XP :).  Aaaaand with W7 I was able to change the interface from Korean to English, muahahahaha no more windows' messages in Korean; now I know what I click on! I had asked my coworker to install windows in English, but his response was "for next teacher, no English". Yeeeeaaaah I'm planning to be here one year and I do not feel like guessing what I click on for the next effin year. Good I did not mention  I am a novice computer geek (i.e. google and I are bffs), so I found out how to change the language on my own! ....suckaaaaa!... Aaaand I was also able to install Microsoft in English! Thanks Mely for sending me the CD!!!
    It was funny that my coworker's buddy just happened to have W7 available; now I know why half the computers at work have XP and the other half has W7: whenever they get a virus, they just reformat the computer.
    One more thing, I was told I could not install my own antivirus; I can only use the antivirus programs that the school pays for, which is crap because they don't work.  They told me that its even illegal, but I think I'll install it anyways and play the "oh I misunderstood" card.
     Moral of the story: backup all files! Dropbox to the rescue!

OK, movie time =)
night night!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pepero day and Korean SATs

Hello everybody!
     First of all, Happy Pepero Day!!!...Do you know what Poki sticks are? Those Japanese chocolate covered sticks? Well, Peperos are the same thing, just the Korean version ...*cough copy cats cough*. Anyways, so this holiday is like Valentine's. Friends and couples give each other Pepero, and well, that's about all that happens I romantic dinners, no surprises, no movies.
    So Pepero Day is celebrated on 11/11 because the sticks resemble one's, so four Pepero sticks together equal 11/11....clever hahahaha. Needless to say, I got tons of Pepero today, I am set for the next couple weeks! need to buy snacks muahahaha.

    If you read Wikipedia's page on Pepero, you'll read that some want to the alternative "Garaetteok Day" to stop the consumption of junk food....screw you! I want Pepero. It would be like getting fruit and toothbrushes on Halloween.

     On a more serious note, yesterday was an important day in Korea, a real important day. High schoolers took their version of the SATs, but man oh man, do Americans have it easy. Apparently, this exam decides their rest of their lives, if they fail it, not only do they do not get to go to a university, they also fail life (according to them), their parents, and their school. Unfortunately, because of the pressure that is put on the students, around this time, suicide rates increase among teenagers. I don't work at a high school, so I can't really give you a first hand experience of what students go through, but a fellow EPIKer wrote a blog about it. So here is the link, read it, or at least watch the video.
SAT Exams in Korea

What do you think?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Epic win for Selene!

       48 days....48 days since I've had beans. Yes, it matters to me, I'm Mexican heellloooooo >.<. What's more, beans and rice have been my staple food since I became pescetarian.
      From my last post, I mentioned that a co-worker told me that pinto beans' season is summer and that I would have to wait in order to buy some....bummer.
      This weekend I decided to stay home and catch up on my online training (well, start it actually hahaha), catch up on music, and watch some TV...I also need to save money lol. Since I hadn't been to the local produce market, Jukdo Market, I decided to visit it and take a walk on Saturday morning. I wasn't expecting to buy anything, I just wanted to take a look at what it had to offer. And though my co-worker had told me that is where I would be able to find pinto beans in the summer, I had a little bit of hope I would come across the last of the pinto beans from the summer.
     The market has 3 main parts, fish section, produce section, and clothing/etc. section, but you can pretty much find anything you are looking for there. I came across a stand that was selling beans, but it was a mix of beans: red, black, white, and a tiny tiny amount of pinto beans. I thought about buying some and picking out the pinto beans, but the amount it had was too little, so I would need to buy tons in order to get a decent pot :/.
Jukdo Market


       But then, when I left the market and walked to the main street, something caught my eye. An ajuma (Korean older lady) was selling what looked like...wait for it....pinto beans!!!  She immediately noticed that my eyes twinkled when I saw them and made a "4" with her fingers...4,000W ($3.5). I did not hesitate to pay that much for the small amount of beans...who cares, it was pinto beans!! So I took my little bag of raw pinto beans and headed home with the biggest smile on my face...oh man, I could savor the beans already!
        I got home and now I had to figure out had to cook the little suckers. If only I had paid attention when my Mom cooked them, should've known. I can hear her now, "Vez? Para que no pones atencion? Te dije!" So here I was staring at a bag full of raw pinto beans and wondering whether I should look up youtube video or call my mom...I did both.
        When I said to my Mom "I bought beans" she didn't let me finish and quickly added "and you don't know how to cook them"...oh moms know everything. She vaguely told me how to cook them, but I was still unsure about the amount of water and the time it would take, so I looked up youtube videos.
       This is my first attempt EVER at cooking beans....go figure this epic rite of passage would take place in Korea. So yes, I documented the whole process; and in honor of this rite of passage, here are the pictures. You also have to understand one thing, I don't cook much back home, just ask my Mom, so I am very proud of anything I cook and comes out good.

Clean, rinse, drain and soak for 8 hrs

I was a bit worried when I saw them after 10 mins of soaking, they were all wrinkly. But 2 hours in, they got all plump and nice again.

After 8hrs, I dumped the water they were soaking in and added water at about 2 inches above the beans.

Oh I also put half an onion, it's unnecessary according to my mom, but I just wanted to see the difference.
 I let the water come to a boil (~10mins) and when it did, I turned down the flame and let it simmer for about 1 hour. At 50 mins in, I added 1 full table spoon of salt. 

One hour and my beans were ready!! This is the finished product...and my apartment smells like home =)

My delicious breakfast on Sunday morning

What's for lunch today? Bean and cheese burritoooooooooooos!!!!!!....I think I'm getting a little teary...

Side note: after Jukdo Market I went to a store called LPM which a friend had told me about where they sell cheap clothing, and I bought socks for 1,000w each! (~$.80) you know what everybody is getting as souvenirs!

new TRAND fashion shopping mall....gotta love Engrish


Friday, November 4, 2011

Pseudo Mexican Food

       The minute I heard I could buy tortillas at my local supermarket, I was there! I found them in the frozen section, which I thought was odd because I NEVER freeze tortillas. But it made sense I guess to keep them frozen if not too many people buy them. So I got myself a bag and paid around $4.5.
       Of course, I knew not to expect great flavor, they looked like the Tia Rosa/Guerrero stuff. I was actually expecting to have that reaction when I first had Guerrero tortillas: UGH! but being here I cannot be picky -_-, so I told myself I would give them a try and perhaps these can somewhat satisfy my need to taste Mexican food.

       I also bought cheese, "pizza cheese," which is all the store had. It looked kind of funny and dry, but again, I told myself I needed to try it and then take it from there.

"pija cheese-uh" <-seriously, that's what it says haha

       And then, Ana's friend gave her some cilantro. It was too much for her so she shared it with me...yup, right away I thought, QUESADILLAS!...I thought about it the whole day at work today (since my classes were cancelled, I just sat in my desk for 8 hrs with nothing to do!)
       So I heated up my pan and threw in a frozen tortilla. No need to explain how I made my quesadilla, that should be clear hahaha.

And this was the finished product:

I think I over did it with the cilantro, I even put it on my salad hahaha...who cares, it's cilantro!

        I don't know if I've been in Korea for a while now that my taste buds have been skewed, but it was delicious! I even want to say that there was not much difference from when I quesadillas with Guerrero tortillas. So I give it a 9 out of 10....yes, it was that good hahaha. It's only been a little over a month, but I have heard that the longer I'm here, the better wannabe western food tastes.
         Whatever, now I know I can have quesadillas whenever I want.....arriba arriba! I'm on a hunt for pinto beans!....I actually heard that I can buy pinto beans here, but in the summer =( waaaaaaaaaaaa gotta wait almost a whole year!

       I think it's funny I write about the lamest things such as making quesadillas in Korea, but trust me, it's a big deal here.


29. Sentitive = anal, 30. El que llama paga

29.       I've heard some of my co-workers use the adjective "sensitive" to describe either the principal, their students, or other people. At first, I was not too sure about what exactly they were trying to convey by that description. I thought it meant, well, what it's supposed to mean, so I did not give it much thought, though it did not make too much sense. And besides, I did not want to inquire about any further because when I've asked before for better explanations, they try, but give up right away if they can't find the words.
      So the other day with my fourth graders, I wrote on the board "I can swim". The way I write my "I"s however, is without the top line, and OMG did the students let me know!! As soon as I finished, they yelled out "Teacher! Teacher!' and had this "O_o?" face about them. I asked "what?" and they kept pointing at the board, and then I heard "I, I, I"...I thought "Oh gosh, really??" hahahaha. I fixed it and all I heard was a sigh of relief. I then wrote "I can jump" and just to taunt them, I purposely left the "I" with no "top," and yes, I once again had screaming children "Teacher! Teacher!"
      I moved on to the next activity, and while they worked on it, I walked towards the homeroom teacher and the first thing she said was, "the students are a bit sensitive." I was a somewhat confused by this adjective to describe the students, and since that teacher's English is very good, I asked "what exactly do you mean by that?" She said, "Sensitive, to have things perfect...when they told you about the "I"s," and then she asked, "or is there a better way to describe this?" ..and then it clicked. I remembered when another teacher used that word to describe the principal, and it totally made sense.
     Sensitive means anal! Simple as that. The students are anal about how Roman letters are supposed to be written, which kind of makes sense because they are learning a new language and it's odd for them to see it written differently. But at the same time, they also take shortcuts when they write Hangul mmmm. And the principal is anal about, well everything apparently. My co-workers like to use that word a lot to describe him hahaha.
     ...I guess their thesaurus would not give them "anal" as a better synonym....You are welcome! =)

30. I was so happy to find out that even though I only get 300 mins of air time and 300 text messages, it's all "el que llama, paga," which means I don't get charged for incoming calls or received texts...cinco mas cinco, yes!! Thank goodness, 'cuz my bank sends me texts every time I use my debit card, and I've been getting quite an amount of spam text messages :/.

YAY it's Friday! ....AND classes were cancelled today, woot woot!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Baby you're a firework

        This past weekend Ana and I went to Busan...yes AGAIN! hehehe. We went to see the Annual Busan Fireworks Festival. I had no idea why they have this festival, but then I read that it's to commemorate the APEC meeting that took place in 2005.
       Our plan was to only go for the day and catch the last bus back to Pohang (yeah, that didn't happen!...more on that later). I also made plans to meet with my good friend Young...finally! I met Young back in 2007 in SD when she was a student of ALI, well I actually met her through Jimmy and Irene ^^. By the way, when I was in Paris in 2008, we had a little reunion. Young visited Irene, and since Jimmy and I were there, we all got to hang out...oh the memories. So I called her up and we arranged to have lunch and to go shopping since she knows where the cheaper stores are (oh I just got paid last week n.n ).
       So we got there and Young met us at the Bus terminal. Aaah I was so excited to see her!! ...and I could not believe that we were seeing each other in Korea.

Young and me

        She remembered that I don't eat meat so she recommended a vegan restaurant in the university area. And OMG, I am impressed! I did not think I would have a veggie burger in Korea! I loved it, it was so yummy! It had a thin apple slice inside, which I thought was odd, but it actually turned out very tasty.
all vegan!

     We then started shopping! At first I was excited, but then I got a little frustrated. So far in Korea, I've only shopped at a department store (where everything is freaking expensive), but shopping at the "cheaper" stores is a trip! Yes, you can get good deals (like a got 2 long sleeve shirts for like $4.5 each). BUT, the stores are not really stores, they are tiny tiiiiny boutiques, and there are endless alleys of these. So we had to go into MANY in order to find things we liked :/. The second thing about shopping in Korea, ONE size items...... -_- no bueno. Have you seen my curvy body?? Yeah, those clothes for the most part won't fit me, unless they are super stretchy and I can pull them off without looking like a sausage! Oh and one more thing, these boutiques do not have dressing rooms, so I can't even try to see whether an item will really fit or not....ugh! If there is one thing I hate, is buying something super cute without trying it on first, get home, and find out I look ridiculous. But anyways, I settled for buying those shirts and 3 sweaters, which I will definitely need this winter. When I got home, I immediately tried everything on and to my surprise they fit, except for one of the sweaters which had shorter sleeves, but I think I can pull it off like that heheh. So there you have it, my first experience shopping for bargains. Overall, I spend about 50,000W ($45ish), which is not bad at all for 2 sweaters and 3 shirts.

Mini pancakes in the shape of peanuts with a peanut inside..yum!

    We then headed to a cafe for some recharge. Look at this place! It's the cutest thing ever!...even the spoons were in the shape of a heart. Each table had it's own individual room with couches....America, your cafes need improvement! With our order we got a free cookie (a soft chocolate cookie btw, just the way I like them) and toast hehehe (free stuff rules!).

          Ana's shaved ice dessert...oh em gee, look at all that delicious stuff!

it's a korean thing hehe

Notice the doors, those are the individual rooms
               After that, we were supposed to continue shopping, but we decided to go to Gwangalli Beach for the fireworks because it was getting late...and oh boy, am I glad we got there at the time we did, though it would've been better to have been there earlier. The crowd was huuuuuuuuuuge!...and add that it was raining, so it was a mess! We had no idea where we could find a good spot, there was people everywhere! We wanted a view of Diamond Bridge, but we had no idea where to move, so we settled for a spot where there were others just standing there. We waited for about 40mins, and then the show started. I gotta say, I've never seen the sky that bright due to fireworks. It was beautiful, the "ooh"s and the "ahh"s never stopped...The show lasted about 40mins, and the grand finale was amazing!

       When the show ended, of course everybody was headed to the subway, but we decided to wait a bit and have dinner somewhere near....but it was a battle zone! We walked against the crowd and it felt like a mosh pit. I had to use my umbrella to poke people because they were pushing so hard! I kept saying "don't push!"...only once did I get a "sorry" hahaha...but we finally found a sandwich shop and sat for dinner.
        By subway, we were about 40 mins away from the bus terminal, plus 10mins to walk from there to the subway station, plus 5 to run from the subway station, to ticket counter, to bus. We though the last bus was a t 11:40 (we "thought" so because it said so on their website :/ ). With about 50 mins, we started walking to the subway terminal...yeah, you can guess what happens next. We ran to the ticket counter, we where there at 11:30ish, but what did they say? "no Pohang, closed", the bus had just left because the last was at 11:30...eeeffff!
        We first thought about going to the nearest jimjilbang (a korean style bathhouse), but Young graciously offered her studio apartment. And so, we were off to Young's casa ^_^.


           The next morning, we decided to do some more touristy stuff...might as well haha. So we grabbed coffee and went to Jalgachi market. It's a pretty cool market, there are all types of fish that you can imagine, even shark and whale! >.<. We then went to have a late breakfast...bibimbap!! 


           We then went to the Busan tower. I wanted to go up on it, but it was 4,000W and I didn't feel like paying haha. So we just enjoyed the view from the bottom of the tower. We noticed tons of locks along the fence, and apparently couples lock them there to symbolize their long lasting love....sure.

      Our last stop was the LOTTE department store to view the biggest waterfall in the world. This thing is impressive! It has music, colorful lighting, and even water coming from the ceiling!

            And so, our weekend came to an end. We said our goodbyes to Young, but agreed to meet again in Pohang (she wants to visit) and in Seoul (she's moving soon, so I'll visit ^_^ ).

I think this weekend I'll stay home, I;v been going out a lot and my body needs rest -_-...