What strange K-Pop is this?

Here ya go, for the folk back home who are still wondering what I’m doing here in good ole’ Korea. I am listening to some fun music. I am so cool right now you don’t even know what to do with yourself but think, “Wow Alex, thanks for infiltrating Korean culture and bringing to us the creme de la creme.” 

“I am so cool…”

Ha, of course I kid. I’ve just been eating too much sugar today preparing myself for my move tomorrow. But moving forward, I think it can be said that Korean music (at least in respect to my social circle) has been gaining popularity lately. As of this week, Psy’s “Gangman Style” vid has gone viral, getting feed back from big names like Tpain and Nelly Furtado, CNN and other news sources abroad. 

Watch the video. Laugh and then rewatch again after reading the article following the video. The song itself is fun, but subversive in addressing the materialism and rise in capitalism Korea has experienced within the last few years. 

Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea’s Music Video Sensation

But not to leave on such a serious note, because it is Psy after all … I leave you with this other video: Teens React to Gangnam Style. Fuuuuunny Youtube Channel by the way. 

And of course my all time favorite band is doing their first ever world tour (a first for an all girl band in Korea by the way). 2NE1! Who as you recall is really the only music I’ve written about before because they became a slight obsession. PLUS I work with middle school students, they aid my hysteria. So kick THAT off the Bucket List

Dave, Matt, Analie and I got to kick off their tour in Seoul the night before our flight out to Beijing. It was amaaaazing! They have such energy and attitude. So America… what do you think? 

Watch Will.I.Am get excited about collaborating with 2ne1 : 

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Changes

Seasons

We go through seasons in life, and sometimes the seasons are so distinct and drastic that things begin to feel like a whirlwind of movement. It;s a little exciting, a little scary but change is a risk that all of us have to take. It enriches our life and helps us grow through it. Officially in a way, it is also a new season for me. I am starting my third year in Korea. I am still amazed about how much more I have to learn and see, I am still busy trying to look back on the past two years and take the time to reflect on it! But needless to say time does not wait for us to catch up with it. It just continues to exist. 

A New Home

On the bright side, I have been craaaazy busy lately. I just got back from a 3 week wonderful vacation … Beijing, Taiwan and Boracay. I’ll try to get into details about all those places. So many memories to share with everyone ^_^ More to follow on that. 

I started teaching as soon as I got back and while I have been deciding on how to spice up my lessons for my students, I have been simultaneously trying to pack. I move this Saturday to a new place. I am soooo excited, it has big windows, a bigger kitchen and a balcony! 
Goals for the new place:
  • Cooking … simply cooking because the size of my current kitchen compared to the new is astounding. 
  • Decorating! (I didn’t do it really in this one, I have to make it feel like home) 
  • Have people over! (I rarely invited people to my current box) 

My Chumpi … 

All the changes recently haven’t been good. I’m sad to tell you that my dear hedgehog of two years has passed. It was really tough the first few days, he passed while I was still in the Philippines on Thursday the 16th. Having Chumpi has been an adventure, but I think mostly I realized how having a pet changes someone. It is something you care about, even if they don’t (AND clearly we all he hated me most of the time lol). I cared for the little guy, he drove me crazy sometimes but it was endearing to see such a small creature and having the privileged to take care of it. 

Sweet little guy taking a nap

Captures his personality quite well

Goodbye Chumpi Loompi ❤