Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas at Work

Thursday we had a Christmas celebration for the morning kindergarten classes. The school is split on two floors. I was asked to be Santa for the 4th floor and one of the other teachers Don did it for the 2nd floor kids. The kids seemed to enjoy it but couldn't concentrate on anything else but Christmas (totally understandable). Each class came and took a picture with Santa and then went back to class for other activities. This was basically a photo opportunity for the school to send to current and perspective parents. Photo ops like this are really common here and exploited a great deal. Enough about that though. The day totally flew by at light speed and was capped with a variety of goodies from the kids. I left with soaps, cookies, lotions, and a sweet bottle of scotch!

Cambodia is right around the corner.... we leave tomorrow!!! I've got most everything in order, just need to pack now.

In a twist of amazingness my wallet magically turned up! It somehow made its way into a drawer that I think in total I've opened 3 times including the time I opened it and found my wallet. Weird but a relief.


Here are some pictures from Christmas at LCI.


Christmas LCI

The one above has the words amazing written all over it.

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Christmas LCI

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Listening to The Courteeners Not Nineteen Forever

Saturday, December 19, 2009

New Camera = Lots of new pictures, Lost wallet = Sad Face

I bought a new camera about a week ago and can't get enough of it. I upgraded from the Nikon D60 to the Nikon D300. The D60 was a great jump off camera and I learned a lot using it. I found a super deal on craigslist for the D300 and have been shooting with ever since.

My wallet on the other hand is nowhere to be found. It magically disappeared on the walk from my apartment to Tom n Toms coffee. Pretty sucky if you ask me. My mom just happened to have sent me a new card that came to her house, so I have access to my account at home but I have to get a new Korean card. There was about $50 bucks in it and that was the only stuff that was lost with any monetary value, but I had some pictures of my family and a coin my dad kept in his wallet before he passed. Kind sucky. Maybe with will turn up but I doubt it.


Here are some pictures from the new camera.


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Evening in Bundang

Evening in Bundang


Friday Night in Bundang
Random Korea

Listening to Real Estate Suburban Beverage.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Snowboarding in Seoul?

This past weekend (Dec. 11-13) 50,000 spectators at Seoul's Gwanghwamum square witnessed Switzerland's Gian-Luca Cavigelli win his first World Cup event. Constructed in the middle of this insanely congested city sat a huge a jumping facility that The Seoul Metropolitan Government said cost a total of W700 million (US1=W1,164) and took over 6,000 steel pipes and 500 tons of ice to create. This was the 1st and only time an Asian country has hosted an event of this type.

It was pretty awesome all around. It's been awhile since I had been to any kind of snowboarding competition and this was a great one to watch.


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Listening to The Cribs The Light Went Out.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Webcam

My kindergartners discovered how to use the built in webcam on my computer the other day. I was going through some of my pictures and found these. What a bunch of goof balls.



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10 more days until Cambodia. Can't wait for it.


Listening to Mumford & Sons Little Lion Man.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Is it Really Already December?

It feels like I just got off the plane from Los Angeles and stepped out in Incheon. I don't know if everyone experiences this but time doesn't seem to exist here in Korea. It feels like a time warp of some sort. Kind of like a Rabbit Hole. Well with that said, there has been a great deal that has happened and will be happening.

At the end of the month I am off to Cambodia. I found a guesthouse in Siem Reap called Bou Savy Guesthouse. The rooms there are dirt cheap and seem to have a local feel to it. I know what you are thinking..... dirt cheap usually raises a flag, but that's why I did my research. Bou Savy is one of the guesthouses in Siem Reap that had the highest customer review ratings. Hope they are real ratings.....

I also picked up a new camera for the trip. I found a super deal on a Nikon D300 with a decent lens that was included. I still need to head into Seoul and pick up a prime lens before the trip. I have really been enjoying shooting with it so far (only been a week).

Another exciting piece of news is the 2010 World Cup draw that took place last weekend. I was up until 5am my time watching a few goofy people pull special ping pong balls out of a a few bowls. I know this might not sound super exciting to some people but these ping pong balls decided the World Cup groupings for June. The US had a wonderful draw, pulling England, Slovenia, and Algeria. Playing England will be super exciting because it will give the US a chance to take down a huge European team on a grand stage.

Short and sweet this posting. Going to make an effort to update this a bit more regularly.

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks. Thanks Crystal for the awesomeness.








Listening to Tokyo Police Club If It Works.