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 ❤

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A weekend in Gyeongju

We visited our friend Jenn who lives in Gyeongju, a hourish away from us. We wanted to go to the Seokguram Grotto. It has a very famous Buddha, and in 1995 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Of course we had to have our galbi bbq

Sesame leaves are divine

The immediate car accident we got into when we jumped in a cab to go up the mountain. That should have been enough to deter us from continuing. Fools!

Guess how long it took us to get here? That was enough time for the cab driver to get us completely and utterly car sick.

Jenn and I

Great shot of Whitney

Roof tile art

Becoming part of it

The overview

We actually could not take pictures inside the grotto so I’ve added some I found from travel websites.

The site was considered a place for monks to live out their hermitage.

Inside the dome

Close-up

On our way home:

Nice way to end the day

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