Alluring to my Nose and Wallet

Jodi and I happened to go into one of the perfumes stores in downtown, around the corner from Buy the Book and Mr. Pizza.

I had been in need of my favorite perfume, Salvatore Ferregamo’s Incanto Heaven. We went into the store and I was able to try out the others in his line. I finally settled for trying a new one, his Incanto Charms.

The price threw me off a little, pretty close to the prices in America. While I battled between splurging, the girl next to me had selected her scent. Then she did something amazing! She chose these small empty tubes from the countertop and had the salesperson fill it with the perfume. Her would be $50 purchase was reduced to a mere $20!

So there you have, it is even better than getting the bootleg versions off the streets of Manhattan. You can get the real legit perfume for a mere $20 for 20ml!

Perfect size!

Then Jodi found Sephora’s website that let’s you know what other perfumes you may enjoy based on your fav.

My suggested perfumes

Here were some useful Korean phrases I needed:


The 1st Daejeon Rock Festival

October 16th – Jodi, Mike (our downstairs neighbor) and I headed to Daejeon Saturday afternoon to enjoy the food and beer at Daejeon’s First Rock Festival.

Goodbye Daegu!

There were suppose to be over 300 vendors from around the world selling international food, beer and wine. We apparently got there too late, there was a measly 6ish vendors selling some awesome Indian food (Chicken tikka masala, naan, and curry) for 10,000 WON. I had been craving Mexican all day, positive the festival would have some. And they did. But they decided to partner up with Turkey and create a döner kebab burrito.


What a big disappointment!

Jodi, the ever brave culinary one, set her heart on ribs for the night. Unfortunately, after Jodi ordered her really expensive ribs, the lady brought her out samgyeopsal, the Korean pork we eat every day. Eventually, after showing us her great haggling skills, Jodi got the lady to give her the last remaining three. And of course, we find out they were too spicy for her to eat.


My little surprise in Mike's soup

Why oh why?


For a show that was suppose to last till 5AM.....

...and closed at 11:30 PM

At the Opera: Otello

The Daegu International Opera Festival is officially over in Daegu, but I had a chance to experience one of the international opera shows premiering here. The theme this year was literature meets opera. I went with three of my friends to the Daegu Culture and Art’s Center right off of Duryu Park to see Otello on stage.


Duryu Park



The location is beautiful, a long stroll around a lake with a beautiful view of the Woobang Tower. Unfortunately, by the time the show started I was exhausted. The cold balcony did not help the fact that the show was sung in Italian and the projected in Korean subtitles. I ended up falling asleep during Act 1! For someone who loves theater, I was slightly ashamed haha but I could not focus!

From what I did see, I was a bit disappointed that they changed the ending of Othello.Othello kills Desdemona and himself…but there is no complete death scene with Emilia or Iago. The best part of the night was seeing the park and the tower, if only my Korean or Italian had been better.

A Thought at the End of Class

Today I was teaching my 9th grade students for the last time. My time with them was an extra class that I enjoyed a lot. I taught them Vitamin C’s Graduation song, even though they finish school in December and officially graduate in March. I found this comic while trying to prepare for the class and found it utterly true about my life here in Korea.