캐서린's Korea Blog

Just watched an entire 2+ minute advertisement thanks to the cleverness of Hyundai Card. Hats off to them.

I find this CF so adorable. And, um, GD has his own Vitamin Water line now!?

My friend and fellow English teacher Tom Gates interviewed me and made this video about volunteering at orphanages in Korea for his blog. There are hundreds of orphanages across the country, and as some of you may know, I’m the volunteer coordinator at three in Busan. It’s the main reason I’m so busy and all of my “deskwarming” hours and “internet surfing” free time at home are filled with communicating with volunteers and orphanages about schedules, questions, etc. I post events on the Busan Volunteer Facebook page, so if you’re ever around send me a message and get involved!

Don’t forget you can watch the video in HD! He did such a good job!

Jason Mraz on SNL Korea, Saturday night 5/18/2013

 [패러디 끝판대장] 너도 이제 젠틀맨(You’re now Gentleman)-동의공업고등학교

A cute PSY Gentleman parody—“You’re Now A Gentleman”—made by Dongeui Industrial High School.

Every so often a parent, a previous student, visiting administrators, or in this case the orphanage, brings a snack like 떡—traditional Korean rice cake for all the teachers. Today I also got a water tumbler as a “thank you” present. It always makes my day when I get free things!!

Every so often a parent, a previous student, visiting administrators, or in this case the orphanage, brings a snack like 떡—traditional Korean rice cake for all the teachers. Today I also got a water tumbler as a “thank you” present. It always makes my day when I get free things!!

The 520

There’s this thing about my bus. It only comes every hour or hour and ten minutes… When I first moved here almost a year ago, then it was one of the most frustrating things not knowing where the bus stops were or when the bus would come. I’ve since found a time table for when the bus would leave from Point A (Yongwon, the eastern edge of Jinhae) or Point B (Busan station) and have gotten used to the long commute and bus route.

But a new problem has arose. It’s the hikers. Since last year, this island had been growing in popularity among the retired but active. They crowd the bus and it reeks of alcohol and sweat after their group hikes to the mountain peak. It’s not just I’m annoyed by the smell for an hour plus ride to my destination. Lately it’s been so crowded it sometimes doesn’t even stop the second time it comes to my side of the island (it stops at my stop twice so people who want to get from one side of the island to the other can catch the bus every half hour instead of hour). I was stranded once on a Sunday because the bus was so jam packed with hikers. I had plans that night with a short time limit because 10:40pm was the last bus to get back home, so I was forced to call a taxi, wait ten minutes for it to come, and pay ₩18,000 to get to the closest subway station.

Lesson learned, I’ve been catching the bus the first time it comes to my stop instead of the second. It’s added about fifteen minutes to my commute time which doesn’t sound like much considering the hour plus ride I was taking originally but it adds up and it seems a lot longer with the added perfume of sweet sweat and alcohol breath.

I’m looking forward to when the weather gets hotter and the hiking less popular and the bus less crowded…when I can once again enjoy the peaceful quietness of a long commute into the city.

All that aside, I’m currently on the bus on a Friday night after work, typing up this post on my iPhone and enjoying a comfy seat right behind the driver because one of my high schoolers gave up her seat for me. Love them so much!! I couldn’t refuse because she had already stood up and an older lady was eyeing the empty seat. It’s a common understanding between us Gadeok people that we don’t give up our seats for old ladies who came to our island to hike. If they can hike, they can stand on the bus. XP

K팝스타2 4월 7일 악동뮤지션 - 뜨거운 안녕 (KPOP STAR 2 April 7th Akdong Musician - Passionate Goodbye)

Congrats to the sibling team, Akdong Musician—this season’s winner! Several middle schoolers rushed to my class just to tell me the breaking news and show me this video, along with their Mmmbop performance (yep, they covered Hanson).

Night view of Romance Bridge in Jinhae, Korea.
The Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival ran from April 1st-10th in 2013. This year, the cherry blossoms bloomed earlier than expected, so when I went with three friends yesterday, it was already past its peak. The pale pink petals were already covering the ground beneath the bridge like snow. It would have been nice to see it in the daytime, but the forecast for the weekend’s weather was a typhoon, so we changed our plans and went on Friday after work, arriving in downtown Jinhae at sunset. It worked out nicely, actually. The night sky blended the blossoms that were still hanging on the branches together with the newly sprouted leaves to make the branches seem more full with flowers than they actually were.

Night view of Romance Bridge in Jinhae, Korea.

The Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival ran from April 1st-10th in 2013. This year, the cherry blossoms bloomed earlier than expected, so when I went with three friends yesterday, it was already past its peak. The pale pink petals were already covering the ground beneath the bridge like snow. It would have been nice to see it in the daytime, but the forecast for the weekend’s weather was a typhoon, so we changed our plans and went on Friday after work, arriving in downtown Jinhae at sunset. It worked out nicely, actually. The night sky blended the blossoms that were still hanging on the branches together with the newly sprouted leaves to make the branches seem more full with flowers than they actually were.

Why is this so good together??
쑥떡 “Ssuk Ddeok” (rice cake that’s green because of the mugwort inside) and grape tomatoes! Fresh snacks prepared for visiting parents at the school but a plateful saved for me!

Why is this so good together??

쑥떡 “Ssuk Ddeok” (rice cake that’s green because of the mugwort inside) and grape tomatoes! Fresh snacks prepared for visiting parents at the school but a plateful saved for me!