Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Holidays in Korea

I get asked many time about how Koreans celebrate the Holiday Season. To start off, it is definitely not the same as back home, but it does have it's quirks. 

Korea does have a big Christian population, so they know the importance of the day. What they don't have is the loooooong historical traditions that the west has. On Christmas Day they do go to church, but that's it (to the extent of my knowledge).

Outside of religion, the concept/spirit of Christmas has no other special meaning to most people. For a lot of us, it is about enjoying the day with family and/or friends, eating great home cooked food, and just enjoying that special atmosphere of what I can only call the Holiday Spirit. 
Christmas 2012 in a Daegu amusement park (I don't remember the name)

What is interesting though, is that many young people have adopted Christmas as a romantic day and will spend it with their special someone on an extra romantic date as if it were another Valentine's.

Now for the decorations. When I was in Pohang, the decorations were scarce. Some chain food places had small Christmas trees here and there, but nothing that blew my mind. The first time I was impressed by the decorations was when I went to the Shilla Hotel in Gyeongju; now that was a tree (pic -->).

In Soeul, decorations are much more abundant. Most businesses will have something up and even some buildings are nicely decorated with colorful lights. 

Since all Christmas stuff is imported, a lot of it is super expensive. For example, regular Christmas lights can start at $15 compared to the $5 bucks they cost back home. You can buy cheap decorations at Daiso, but those can only do so much, though every year they keep having better stuff. 

2013 White Elephant Party
Most children do know about Santa Claus. I used to tutor a little 7-year old whose mom used Santa Claus as a way to get him to study. I can't really say though that this is the norm. I think even though most kids know about Santa, they don't "get" gifts from him.

As to festivities, I've been pretty lucky to be surrounded by awesome people so there is always something to do. Ninety-nine percent of bars/restaurants are open that day, and some even serve a traditional Christmas meal ...well, the Murrican type; I'd kill for some tamales and ponche! Actually last year, I was able to make and eat tamales for Dia de los Reyes, yum!!!

Anyways, instead of the traditional Holiday Parties people have back home, we get into the Holiday Spirit by enjoying a variation of other activities. 

One of the most traditional things my friends and I do is a White Elephant Party which we have been doing for a couple years now. 

There's also the European Christmas Market. They have amaaaaazing gluhwein (mulled wine) to keep you nice and toasty through the freezing temperatures.
2015
There are also musicals and performances:
The Nutcracker! (2014)
Handel's "Messiah"  (2014)

And SantaCon!!
2014 as Cupid the reindeer
SantaCon 2015 in the subway
New Year's is not a big deal here. I've spent it at different clubs, and it mostly feels like any other party night though sometimes the bars will give free shots right at twelve. About three years ago in Gangnam, they had huge balloons where you could write a message, and at twelve they were "released" (I used quotation marks because we thought they were going to be completely released, but the rope was just let go about 10 feet, lame!)

Celebrating the New Year (2013-14)
Some people have gone to the ringing of the Boshingak bell (video) somewhere in Jongno, but I heard it's nothing to be impressed by; they ring the bell and that's it.

I guess it's not a big deal because Korea (back in day) used the Lunar Calendar, thus they celebrate the Lunar New Year, called Seollal a.k.a. the Chinese New Year. Therefore, their traditional celebrations are saved for that day (and hellooooooo bonus from work hehehe).

I do wish I could spend Christmas at home. Mexican Christmas is a total different thing from the American one; we party! We start celebrating on Christmas Eve and party until Christmas Day. 

But anyways, don't forget to hug your loved ones this Holiday Season and be thankful you get to spend time with them.

Happy Holidays!

Peace!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The list goes on

127. Dirty veggies. Ever found dirt on your vegetables that you just bought at a store? I can only think of ever finding anything close to dirt in lettuce heads. Here in Korea, supermarkets sell some vegetables deliberately dirty. Why? The only thing I can notice is that they are a little cheaper. So yeah, I don't mind washing stuff at home while saving a little hehe.

that's a carrot!  ...no sean malpensados.
 128. Cinema snacks. Squid anyone? I've actually grown to like squid as a snack; it's not bad. But yes, theatres do have the normal stuff: popcorn, hotdogs, nachos, etc.




129. Students don't bring notebooks/paper. As a teacher, this really bugs the crap out of me. What kind of students do not bring notebook paper to school?!?! Where do they takes notes?? 

Seriously, every time I ask students to take out a piece of paper, they'll scramble to find some piece, and it turns into a  rip-and-share situation for a few seconds until everybody has a piece. 

What's really interesting is that most of the classrooms in my university will have a pile of blank paper under the teachers' desks. I've never asked who is it for, but I'll usually use it to give it to students to save time.

130. Way of counting on paper. So you know when we count, we do this?

In Korea, they do this:

I don't get it at all haha. This picture is from a bartender keeping track of drinks.



131. Drinking beer with a straw. Yeah, that happens. I've only seen girls do it, maybe to be cute. I hope they know that drinking beer like that could get you drunk faster ....or maybe that is the plan ! Consume less calories hahaha!

A few other things worthy of mentioning. I decided to start taking Korean classes again. I feel like if I'm going to be here a while longer, might as well give it a shot. I failed miserably last time, but that's because I was sooooo overwhelmed. Not only was I learning a new language, but I was also learning a new alphabet.

I feel more optimistic about it this time. I'm in level 1 in a free program which pretty much is a refresher of everything I know. But I do hope to move on to the next level for the next session, yay!


I've also been doing some volunteering work at a soup kitchen. It's been nice to see the smiling faces when they see a foreigner serve their kimchi, lol. Though sometimes the men (it's 99.9% men) are grouchy, I don't hold it against them; I can only imagine what they go through. 

I would love to go back to volunteering at the dog shelter, but to be honest it was a little frustrating that we were not able to understand each other. I sometimes walked dogs that needed special attention, but there was no way I could communicate that to the staff. 

Last but not least, I tried something I never thought I would try, sannaji !!


Some coworkers and I went to a seafood place in our hood for dinner and ordered a combo special which to our surprise included this dish. But just to let you know, this is the baby version. When you order it as the main dish, it is not chopped into little pieces, so you pretty much have to munch on long moving tentacles (you can find videos on YouTube). I would never ever order it as a main dish, so in a way I'm glad it came with our combo. Anyways, yeah, it wasn't bad. The dipping sauce gave it a good flavor because otherwise it's kind of bland. 

Would you try it?

Happy autumn !
Peace!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Eew

126. The joys of living in a big city: Pollution. Never have I ever been affected by pollution ...until now, thanks Korea! ...or should I say "thanks China"?

For the past few days, Seoul has been in a haze of dirty air which has resulted in many people having itchy throats and a stuffy/runny nose, yuck! 

But seriously, look:

It's of course not the first time this happens, but this time it definitely has been felt by many people. 

Come back blue skies!! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I'm Still Here haha

I'm back and with some cool things for my List. Don't judge, I have had time, I've just been super lazy to just sit and write. But I will say that it does feel good to do it again.

121. Hairy Legs. Summer has come and gone *insert dramatic WHYYYY?!*, so I thought this would be an interesting point to bring up now. I've talked about different standards of beauty in Korea from the U.S.. Different cultures so of course different ideas about what aesthetics are. 

When I first came to Korea, I brought a stash of every toiletry and beauty product that I used since I didn't know much about what products I'd be able, or wouldn't be able, to buy here. I unfortunately only brought a few razors cuz dumb me thought those were a universal standard. WRONG! Thank goodness I came to Korea in September, so summer outfits were quickly replaced with tons of layers with no need to shave, ha.

I started wondering why I couldn't find ladies' razors (and by the way, the men's razors' section is always super small), and once I started being more observant towards women (not in a creepy kind of way), I noticed it.

Shaving is not part of most women's routine. For some, they just don't grow hair like us westerners do (I asked a friend), so they don't have a need to buy razors which is why there isn't a big market for them. 

However, there are some women whose hair is noticeable, but they don't shave (their legs). I don't know if they are not shaving cuz it's not part of their beauty culture or because they don't care about it. I've noticed in on women of all ages, so it's not like it's teenagers going through puberty. Who knows, but I do wonder what men think about this. 

122. Same thing with deodorants. Koreans generally do not sweat like us westerners so no need of wide range of options for deodorants. What does that mean for us westerners? We are screwed when we need to buy it. 

123. Congratulatory Flower Arrangements. Ah yeah, the must-have item of every new business, and with almost always pink ribbons on them. Seriously, that's how you spot that a business is brand new. The thing I don't know is who gives them the flowers, or do they buy them for themselves? lol.


A brand new coffee shop near my job 

124. 화병 (Hwabyeong). A student of mine told me about this when we were talking about our differences of how we express ourselves. My student was making the point that she felt that Americans are more expressive and aren't too shy to share their feelings. She also added that she was jealous of that part of the American (more like Western) culture and wished she could do that just as easily.

In Korean culture, a lot comes down to saving face. Things get bottled up. Eventually, some people develop this disorder. What is interesting is that this is a disorder particular to Koreans; on Wikipedia it is called a culture-bound illness, and it's supposed to be different from the western type depression. 
water coolers at school

125. Free water. One more reason to love Korea! Think of all the places in the States where you can get free water. I'm sure a few places come to mind, but what about a business selling electronics? a government office? Yup and yup. In restaurants, you don't even have to ask for it because it's the first thing that is brought to your table. 

At work, we have a water cooler on every single floor of every building (my building has 8 floors). So if you visit Korea, just bring an empty water bottle hehehe. Oh and don't worry if you visit during the winter, just bring a thermos because each water cooler is equipped with hot water as well.


So what's up with me?  A whole lot of Netflix and Hulu hahaha. I've been trying to save money for this upcoming vacation, as well as trying to shed some pounds, so pretty much trying to stay in. 

I've checked out a couple art exhibits, my Booboobear turned one, I checked out Koreans dancing ballet folklorico at the Latin Festival, and my birthday celebrations were amaaaaaaazing hehehe. Thanks for the lovely presents, outings, drinks, cards, and love from those I love <3. 



       The Botero chubsters                                           Frida 



Anyways, thanks for reading!

Peace! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

El mes de Mayo y Marce


The semester is about to come to an end at work, and for the first time I felt fine ...until last weekend (more on that later).

Every semester the students start to feel tired and pretty much like they are over it by week 12/13 (out of a 16 week semester). Most of the time I feel it too, and I start to get lazy and sometimes even irritated. But this semester I was ok. Not tired. Not lazy. Not over it. I think the reason is that I've been keeping busy almost every weekend that I just didn't feel it. 

Anyways, I thought I start first by adding some cool things to The List. 

114. Hand washing. I thought I had talked about this before, and I was trying to find the entry on my blog but didn't find anything. Here it is: Many Koreans do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. Yup. Ew. Gross. Disgusting. WUA-CA-LAAAAAS! 

And this is not an overgeneralization. I see it all the time. And I know I am not the only one who has noticed it. 

Seriously man, like, why not? I have no clue. If there is a reason, please tell me because otherwise I will continue to judge every single person who doesn't wash their hands. I've been told that this happens in the men's restroom too, so it's not just women. 

If they are doing it because they are pretty sure there isn't any err, splashings(?) on their hands, you still can never be one-hundred percent sure, so just wash your damn hands.

Could this link to other lacking preventative things such as not obeying traffic laws? Taking shortcuts in safety? Who knows. But it's pretty disgusting. 

When I worked at an elementary school, there were many times when I was in the bathroom, and students would try to leave without washing their hands, so I would chase them down the hall and bring them back to the bathroom. 

I would totally do that at my university, but students rarely use the bathroom instructors use, and I am not about to tell my Korean coworkers to wash their hands just because I don't want to create a problem. 

Now keeping this in mind, let's move on to the next topic.

113. Double dipping. There was a lesson in one of my conversation textbooks about things that you should and should not do when you travel to other countries who have different etiquette rules, and I remembered this. I think I had forgotten about it because it has become so normal for me that I don't care anymore. Which is funny because it shocked the crap out of me when I first encountered it. 

Double dipping is OK people ...well, it is in Korea. A lot of the food in Korea is served in a way that is meant to be shared, so you end up dipping your chopsticks or spoons into the same dishes over and over again. 

Then Selene, do you mean it's ok to spread germs? Mmmm, I don't think that's how Koreans view it. Actually, they don't care too much about germs. I've talked about these weird bar soaps they have in almost all bathrooms, gross! How they get sick and still go to work/school. And obviously the above entry, GROSS!!!!!!!!!!

But like I said, I don't care anymore. I don't even think about it. I just eat. 

116. A4 paper. Who would've known other countries use different size paper? When I first arrived in Korea and was handed my contract, the first thing I noticed was the paper and how different it looked. I wasn't sure if my eyes were deceiving me or what, but as soon as I took it home and compared it some sheets I had, I confirmed it. In the U.S. we use letter size paper (8in x 11.5in), but here everything is in A4 paper (8.3in x 11.7in). So as you can imagine, folders, notebooks, and binders correspond to this size. 

117. Blabla Story. I think this is a really funny thing in Korea. I started noticing right away and collecting pictures. 


 

Why do so many things have to be ".... Story"? Beats me. I think they just want a name in English for their store and go for the easy thing. 

118. No customization. Ugh this bothers me so much! Like, a lot! Why can't I have my burger with extra cheese or my pizza with no corn? Lame. It is very rare that restaurants will allow customization. Actually, it's not even about allowing it, but about them not understanding the concept that different people like different things. I've gotten the most confused stares when I try to customize something. They look at me like I'm crazy. The only places that do do customization for sure is Subway and Starbucks. There are many other foreigner restaurants that also allow it, you just gotta be polite about it.

Interesting thing: at Subway, I've noticed that Koreans do not customize their sandwiches. They just get everything that normally comes with their sandwich. Two words people: chipotle sauce! Try it. Try it on everything. 

119. Bag drinks. I've talked about how in Korea it is perfectly ok to drink on the streets. How you can go to you local convenience store, buy a beer, and take a seat on their nice street plastic chairs (#4 and #66).

But you can also totally get cocktails! ...in a bag! ...to go! This is not from convenience stores; although you can make soju cocktails. Anyways, party areas such as Hongdae have these types of businesses, so unfortunately it's not everywhere. The best part about them is that they make your cocktail as you want it. They do not hold back if it's not strong enough. Summer drinking has officially begun!


Long island bag cocktail


120. Cassettes. Can you think of the last time you saw a cassette? How about a brand new cassette at a store? I can! It was about three years ago in Pohang when I stepped inside a music store, and there they were. Walls of cassettes just waiting to be bought. Who buys them? Maybe the guy (below) who had a cassette player. You can't see it on the pic, but you can see he is looking at his next tape. Last time I had one of those I was twelve.

Here's a cassette that immediately caught my eye. Blink's 182 Enema of the State. I had never even seen it in cassette form! Crazy.

I have also seen bus drivers with their collections of cassettes next to them within a reachable distance from the wheel. So cute! Awww the good old years of mix tapes...

I'm sure everybody has some cassettes laying around in storage, but does anybody use them? Do music stores still even exist back home? lol

Going back to the beginning of this post, I wanted to briefly say how grateful you should be if you are with your family. Yes, I know it's my choice to be away, but when bad things happen, I do wish I could be with my family. I grew up surrounded by them (immediate and extended), so I always had a support system. In Korea, my friends are my family, but when tragedy strikes, it's hard not to get homesick and cry my heart out because all I want is to hug my mom. 

It's been a pretty crappy week. I lost someone who I thought I still had time to visit soon. Everything was so quick that I don't think I have fully processed it. Writing helps. 

Gracias por haber darnos la familia que tenemos hoy. Ya nos veremos en otro mundo. 

Peace! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Spring ...ish, again!

Spring time in Korea is so weird. One day cherry blossoms are all over the city, the next day it's pouring and cold, the next day it's 80 degrees ...you hormonal city, decide what you want already!

Now that the weather is getting "better," I expect to finally leave my cave and be part of society. I already kind of started, though like I said, they have been sporadic short lived moments.

At the First Craft Beer Festival!

But enough about that; I have some items to share today.

111. Allergies. I know this technically isn't a "Korea" thing, but it's something that many expats experience for the first time thanks to the very marked four seasons Korea has. In my home town, "seasons" come and go without anybody really noticing (unless you really have a serious allergy problem). 

When I came to Korea, I never thought I'd be dealing with allergies because back home, I have had zero reactions to anything having to do with pollen. I should've brought a giant bottle of Benadryl for my first spring. My nose was constantly stuffy, and yucky stuff was always coming out. In addition, that same year, yellow dust, thank you China, was off the charts! Congestion was the least of my problems. I also had to deal with an itchy throat and irritated eyes ...yikes!
Yellow dust and pollen that had made a nice layer on my car ...Snowball was not happy!

My first year was the worst; I still get a runny nose and a slight itchy throat, but they aren't that bad. I have brought allergy medicine from home, so if at any time I need it, I can take some. 

112. Gas pumps. What could possibly be so interesting about gas pumps? First picture this. When you go to get gas, what's the one thing you need to consider before you even pull up? You need to go to the right side of where your car has the gas tank. Enter Korean gas pumps ....


Brilliant! You can pull up to ANY pump. You just pull down the hose to your desired side and voila! Get on it Murrica!

113. Carry out pizza. Don't you just hate carrying a pizza box? Solution:


Take your pizza anywhere without hassle with a handy ribbon tied around it, boom!

Happy May !
Peace!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Catniversary!

Yup, it's been a whole year since I went to Yongin to pick up my furchild. I doesn't feel like a year at all, though; I still see him as my little furball. Ever since I got him, I started taking pictures of him to eventually do this video. Enjoy ^^


When I first adopted him, he was already 12 weeks old, so that is why I didn't include any of his kitten pictures. So here are some that I was given, isn't he the cutest?!
That's him to the right

he's the one on the left

him in the middle and two of his siblings

Peace!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

You foo!

107. Happy April fools'! ...yes, this will be an item on my list! Why? Two reasons. 1) My students at an all womens university think it's a 'prank' to wear their old high school uniform. Here in the picture to the left are some of my students sporting some high school fashion. Lol. I asked why they did it, and they just said because it's funny. To be honest though, if I had to wear a uniform all of my high school years, I would've burned that thing first thing after graduation, goodbye! Anyways, today I found out that there is another reason to save your school uniform. 2) Apparently, as an "event" (e.i. promotion), the movie theater chain CGV gives student prices to anyone wearing a school uniform on April first (I think the student price is around 7,000 or 8,000won). However, the only catch is that you cannot watch rated R movies ...anybody wanna go?

108. Cherry tomatoes. Want a snack? Munch on some cherry tomatoes! Yup, you can either have a whole cup of them or mix them with some fruit. 

When I first saw cherry tomatoes being offered as a snack, I couldn't even process that thought. They weren't being offered with ranch or something to dip them in. It took me a while, but eventually I did warm up to them, and well, here's a picture of a snack I have at least once a week, yum!

Happy snacking! 

109. Stamp cards. I've talked about "service" freebies that many Korean shops give away, but also many others offer loyalty stamp cards. You can usually get a free coffee from a coffee shop or a 6 inch sandwich from Subway, stuff like that. One interesting thing about the cards is that you can sometimes leave the card in the shop so that it's always there, and you'll be sure to always get your stamp. 


At a nearby coffee shop that I frequent, they even have a little cubby for foreigners only ...only in Korea. 



110. Unattended children. Korea is a pretty safe country compared to the US ...seriously! For example, if you were to pass out drunk on the street, you are sure to wake up intact and with all of your belongings. I can also add that as a woman, I've never felt safer. 

Anyways, it is very common to see children walking alone to school or taking the bus or subway alone.  At first, it freaked me out, duh, but the longer I lived here, the more I understood that maybe it was ok. 

I have seen mothers leave their babies in strollers outside a coffee shop while they grab a cup. Just recently I saw a mom walk away from her kid at a supermarket ...I just had to take a pic even though it seemed creepy ...sorry!

I recently have read some articles (article 1 and article 2)about how over protective American parents have become to the extent that children don't play outside anymore even though the crime rate has declined. This makes me a little sad because I grew up playing outside. Imagine asking the next generation about their favorite childhood memory, and they answer something like "Playing with my smart phone every night" ...boring!

I know many of you are parents or will be, what do you think?

Peace, foos!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Paradise

This is my List for Indonesia in no particular order. Again, these are just personal observations which have no real value except to me haha.

1. It was nice to hear other languages besides Englishee and Korean. There were so many other tourists from other places that as a lover of languages, I appreciated to variation. 


2. Friendly people? As we arrived, people would randomly approach as to 'help us.' They would ask things like "Have you seen this or that? Have you tried...?" They would then proceed to lead us to the destination or give us directions, free of charge. At first, I thought to myself "How friendly and helpful of them." However, it all seemed too fishy. By our third day in Jogya, I figured it out. The same guy from day one approached us to ask us the same question (I can't remember what it was, but something about seeing or trying something). We told him that we had already talked to him and just walked away. Duh, this was his job: to take tourists to see/try something, so he can get a commission. 
A 'batik' place we were led to

One time,  a guy approached us to ask us if we wanted to check out some student art. We like art, so we said yes. He explained that the student art center was only opened on Sundays because since it's ran by students, they have to go to school during the week. We were leaving the next day, so we thought we should check it out. He gave us directions to the art center. The people there were very friendly, and again they told us that they were students. We bought a few pieces which were really cool, and cheap too. When we went back to our homestay, our host told us that it was a scam. That it's not ran by students. That it's open all the time. And that what they sell can be bought in other places for a cheaper price. I wonder though how does the guy that gave us directions benefit from this? Did he called the center and told them we were on our way? Was he a friend of the owner? Who knows...

This kept happening everywhere we went. Sometimes we would agree to it because it sounded interesting, which sometimes it was and sometimes it wasn't, but at some point it just became annoying. I'm not saying that everybody was trying to make money. Who knows? Maybe some of them were actually trying to help.
A loewak coffee shop we were led to
3. Kitties ...EVERYWHERE! They just roam around on their own without a care. Some of them have collars, so they have owners, but others don't. At the Gilis, the kitties are actually friendly and approach you ...ok maybe not friendly but hungry because I was always feeding them, lol can't help it.

One thing I noticed was their short and sometimes bent tail. I first thought people were chopping them off like some people do here in Korea. But as it turns out, these cats are a total different type of cat. They are descendants of a small jungle cat, not your normal domestic cat ...or something like that. Neat!

4. One of the main religions of Indonesia is Islam. There are mosques everywhere, and their loudspeakers can be heard throughout the day. Sometimes you hear a mosque's loudspeaker in the middle of the night or super early in the morning which creates the problem of sleeping well. Seriously. Kind of annoying sometimes, especially when a mosque was really close by.

 5. One cool thing I got to see was veiled women going swimming and snorkeling. My ignorant ass had always wondered how veiled women enjoy water activities. Same as anyone else, just with a veil. No problem. 

6. Pink beaches. The first one we saw was in the Komodo Islands. It's not like pink pink. It's pretty much white sand mixed with red sand. Pretty cool.

7. Overstaffed businesses. I thought this was interesting because our trip was during the wet season which means less people. If you're a business owner, wouldn't you also have less staff? Not here. A lot of places we went to had way too many staff members who just seemed bored out of their mind cleaning an already clean table. What's the deal? Are they expecting to suddenly have lots of customers? Are the customers hiding and I never saw them? Weird. 

8. Five people on a motorbike. Yup. FIVE PEOPLE! Usually two adults and three children, or an adult and four children, sometimes three teens and a kid. Crazy! I saw this in Cambodia too, but it's just too funny!




9. Bali's main religion is Balinese Hinduism. Totally different from other islands. One aspects of their religion is to make offerings to their gods. The offerings are usually a little basket filled with colorful flowers, incense, and rice. You can see these little baskets everywhere. Most business and homes have an altar where they place the offerings. Taxi drivers put them on their dashboard. Some interesting ones where from Burger King. They had the basket near the bathroom, and inside the basket they had put french fries as an offering, cute! I also saw cigarettes, candy, and crackers in other baskets in different places. 

French fries for the gods!
10. You know this song. Hati hati actually does have a meaning. In Bahasa, it means "be careful" lol. For the writers, it's probably gibberish they made up, but it's cool to find language coincidences like this.

11. Bidets are very common in Indonesia; more common than toilet paper I think. Korea also has bidets, but I rarely use them simple because it's something that I did not grow up with. Anyways, I had to use bidets a lot in Indonesia, and I gotta say, I'm cool with them now. I even think that they are way better than using toilet paper. My future house will have one. 

12. When I went to Cambodia, I got a serious case of the mudbutt. Ew, I know, but it happens to everyone! I was expecting the same thing to happen in Indonesia, especially since I was there longer. I even prepared and took medicine just in case (something I didn't do for Cambodia). In Cambodia, the stomach aches were so  bad that I couldn't sleep. Surprisingly, this time it wasn't as bad. No stomach aches, yay! Of course my stomach had to adjust to the new 'bugs' from there, but it did a much better job. Yay, stomach!


Haha, great way to end my post, ey?

Oh and I finally made it below the equator! Yay!! 

Peace!