1.24.2014

Love Motels

I think my reverse culture, or culture shock, since I didn't have any abroad, is over. But there are still many things I miss about Korea, and one thing that I've been missing a lot recently, is motels. Not because I want to run off with random middle aged Koreans and have a time. I miss them because that's where people go to get it on so that they don't make the ones around them (roommates) uncomfortable. Ok, I'm sure that's not the real reason why there are a shit load of these motels in Korea, but that's what I'm going with. 

I think these, sometimes shady, $25 per 3 hours motels are a great idea, and St. John's should get these popping up everywhere. (Dear Canada, Please change your laws around this.) Everywhere I've lived in St. John's, I've had to deal with the noisy roommates, or random person who lived under me, and I am so over it. I don't need to hear it. I don't want to hear it. If I did want to hear it, I'd turn to porn. You get the visuals too. It's amazing. 

It's also super uncomfortable for me cause I kind of really dislike and distrust men and don't want any strange or random men in the house I'm living in. I don't care if you trust him. I don't, and I shouldn't have to be uncomfortable here. wtf

St. John's is a university town so every other person has a roommate or two or more. I know I'm not the only one dealing with this. So I propose that St. John's opens up a bunch of love motels. 

And that's all I have to say for now. Have a good night.

1.22.2014

Big News!!

So I don't think I've ever talked about this on here, but I don't really have a minor in my school program. For some strange reason, MUN makes it mandatory for all Arts students to have either a double major or a major and a minor. Can't graduate without this. I thought this was a terrible idea, but also assumed that this was a normal thing in universities all over. Apparently not. But that doesn't matter cause this is the school I go to and these are their rules.

When I first applied to MUN, I decided to do a major in Linguistics and a minor in Aboriginal studies. I love languages and I love learning about the different the people who were living on this land before the Europeans barged in and how they get on today. Even though I knew my plan, I still went through my first year with "undeclared" in the spot where my major should be. In my first semester I took the basic Linguistics course and loved it. I also took a course on Japanese religions, and loved that one too, as well as the professor. I was now considering a Religious studies minor but didn't want to give up Aboriginal studies. Then came second semester and I took two foundation courses that are required for the major and I hated it. Eventually dropped both of them. The Linguistics program at MUN is too focused on science and not much attention paid to etymology and historical linguistics. That's the stuff I wanted to study. When I came into my second year, I decided on a Religious studies major and an Aboriginal studies minor.

All was well. I took two more courses in my major and I still loved the program. But one of the mandatory courses for my minor was taken off the course offerings list before the semester started and I was left without doing any courses towards that. Then my exchange was coming up and I obviously couldn’t do any courses towards it in Korea. And I realise that my program is heavily reliant on other faculties to offer related courses since it's an interdisciplinary minor, but the other faculties don't seem to have this high on their priority list. I wasn't going to change my paper work though cause I still had my heart set on this program. All the while I'm going through all this in my head, I'm taking a Philosophy course. I found it highly entertaining and I got a decent mark on my papers, although one of them did drive me to drink. It was still a cool course and I was considering doing my minor here cause it is actually possible to achieve and I could do courses towards it in Korea.

Fast forward to my second semester in Korea. I'm sitting in my Logic course and hating life. I'm also reconsidering doing my minor in Philosophy. Chonnam National University has a great Philosophy program, as does Dongguk University. And then there's MUN. I found it to be a little too white European for my liking and didn't see how I'd benefit from it at all. So where does that leave me? In a panic, that's where. Then it came time to looking at course offerings for this current semester, while I was still abroad. I literally went through every departments' courses and looked for the most interesting things. There wasn't much. Turns out I'm extremely picky with this, as you should be too. 

We're paying big money to go to university. Everyone in uni should love what they're doing, otherwise you're wasting your time and money. So go on and be picky!

So I'm getting frustrated looking through what my school has. "Why don't they offer this as a minor?! Why is that only a diploma?! Why is this only offered at the other campus?! Why aren't there more slots for this class?!" ಠ_ಠ Whatever. I pick my courses and move on. I'm taking three towards my major to catch up, and two courses that go towards my core requirements. One in History and one in Sociology which I didn't want to take but actually love it and my prof. She's actually a very inspiring teacher and I love the passion she brings to the topics. Actually, I love my History prof too. I could write a whole post about her. I aspire to be her when I grow up. Anywho, my problem wasn't solved but I'm taking courses that I want to take. I can figure out about the minor during intersession or fall semester.

But I figured it out today!! If you're having trouble trying to figure out your program, GO SEE YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR!!! They will help you loads. My advisor was super patient with my picky self. We went through what credits I have, what else I need for core requirements and how many more courses I need to graduate. The easy stuff. Then we get to the minor issue. (interesting sentence) Sociology. No, I don't like the generalisations. History. No, not enough focus on the parts of the world I care about. Philosophy. No, too European. Music and Culture. WHAT?!?! What is this? This is a program? I can take this program? Stop everything!

Basically, I'm a dumb-ass. I have always assumed that all the music programs at my school are audition only. I didn't realise that there's a MUSIC CULTURE PROGRAM!! Ok calm down with the fucking caps key. There's also a Music History program, but you really don't need to go any further. We looked through the courses in the program, and I was sold. I asked again to make sure I can take this. haha Too good to be true. There's only one class in the entire program that I don't care for. I can handle that. I'd probably end up liking it anyways. wtf So there it is. Not on paper yet, but I'm pretty much decided on this one. It really sucks that MUN can't hurry up and get this Aboriginal studies major on the go, which would obviously put the minor program in a better position. I can't wait for that to happen though, so music it is!

Major in Religious Studies and minor in Music and Culture!!

It even sounds cool. ^.^

1.10.2014

Travel Woes

I was supposed to leave Korea at 5:00pm KST on Christmas Eve, but the weather was awful in Toronto. The days leading up to my departure I checked Air Canada's website to make sure everything was ok to leave. The bad weather had them putting on travel advisories for four or so days. The night before I was supposed to leave, I checked the statues of my flight and everything was a go. Next day, only hours before I was supposed to leave for the airport, I check again and Air Canada suggested that I change my flight if possible. So I'm here freaking out cause I don't even want to leave Korea, I'm not exactly done getting my shit together to leave and I wasn't sure I should go on ahead and change the flight or not. I'm usually good at getting my shit together and doing what needs to be done. Since 2011, I've been dealing with my own flights. Cancelling, rescheduling and waiting till the perfect day to get the right price. But I couldn't handle the stress this time. There was too much on my mind. So I talked to my dad on skype, and he was cool with me changing my flight. It was a relief. I'm not impressed with the storm and all the damage it made, but I am happy that I got that extra day in Korea. It was a little less painful, and I had time to do everything I needed to do.

I hate flying, but for some reason I was quite calm on my first flight. Listened to some music, which I'll have to post separate about, watched a couple of movies and ate some ok food. Landed at YVR, got my luggage, did the whole electronic customs system thingy, dropped off my luggage, went through security (had to take off my shoes this time) and waited to board the second plane. This one didn't go as well as the first. We had turbulence for the first half hour or so, and the kid beside me wouldn’t keep still or quiet. Then when we're almost at YYZ, pilot says that we have to circle around Waterloo or something cause of snow clearing. Pulling that out of my ass. I can't remember where it was. Finally we landed. Got my luggage and waited for my dad and sister to pick me up. Was the longest Christmas I've ever had.

Fast forward ten days. I'm ready to go on out to Newfoundland. Oh! But wait. They're having shitty weather too. I look at WestJet's site and they have travel advisories for the 2nd and 3rd. That's fine cause I'm not leaving till the 4th. But I keep checking anyways. I check in the morning before I’m supposed to go to the airport and it's still a go. Amy dad and I arrive at the airport at about 8am. Flight’s been delayed around 20 minutes. Go to the electronic check in and by the time we get to the front to drop off my bags, we're told that my flight's been delayed by another hour. That fast can change? We weren't even in there for 20 minutes and the flight got changed again. So we went to the Tims, and I ate some more breakfast, cause I didn't wake up early enough for some. wtf Then my dad was about to leave and I asked him not to. So he got some Tims and we sat there and talked for a while. Then comes to an hour before my flight is supposed to leave and I still have to go through security. But first I check my phone and see it says that my flight's been cancelled. Whut? This has never happened before. One of the first things I asked my dad about was my luggage. I thought for a moment that I would have to leave it at the airport for the night. But we found some people who work for WJ, and they let us know what number to call about a rescheduled flight and where to pick up my luggage. They also told us that the flight was cancelled because St. John's airport had no power. What kind of crazy weather were they having?

Second breakfast after airport
Scrambled eggs with tomatoes and a shit load of onions plus toast and fried plantain 

So we get the luggage and go back home. I'm checking the weather for both cities for the next day. Both cities are expecting bad storms. wtf So my dad said that if the flight gets cancelled again, just move it till the next weekend. I'll talk about why that was a good idea in my next post. I didn't though. My flight was scheduled for the next morning. No one thought I'd get out, and I was hoping this flight would get cancelled too. I even asked WJ on twitter to cancel it for me. No such luck. We boarded, we de-iced and we flew. It was so weird to come back.


What came next is another story in itself. I'll post about that soon. Now that I'm here and no longer living out of my suitcases, I can hopefully get back into MUN life without too much difficulty.

1.06.2014

Happy New Year!!

**Late post because of the power outages/bad connection, cancelled fight and the never-ending jetlag.**

I am back! For good. I had a rough last semester at Kyunghee and it got significantly worse in the last few weeks, but I have missed blogging so much, so I am committed to keeping up with it again. I have got a busy semester ahead of me, and my best friend from St. John's has now moved. I'm really scared about this semester, but I want nothing more than to return to Korea, so I will try my best to make sure that everything stays on track.

I've been blogging daily-ish on Dayre. It’s a new blogging app that makes mobile blogging so easy. I signed up with at the end of November. It's basically twitter, instagram, foursquare and vine all rolled up in one with a lot of cute Line style stickers. All the little posts you make in a day make up one blog post. You can hashtag things, although I think it's still only in English. I really love this app, but I'm convinced it's not gonna be a big deal outside of Asia. Either way, you can follow me there if you want more updates.

As always I am still ranting and sharing random thoughts on twitter. You can follow me here.

I'm taking a break from tumblr, but my queue still has quite a bit of posts lined up, so you can still see new-ish posts from me here.

So what do you have to look forward to on here? More movie reviews, my (sometimes very critical) thoughts on Classic and New Who, random posts and pictures about Korea and the usual mundane posts about my life in St. John's. I'm also gonna be taking some online courses through Coursera and edX, so I'll post some about that too.

I've really missed this space and I'm glad to be back. So much has happened since I was last here. I'm now an aunty, I've suffered through an impossible class and I've said more goodbyes than I care to remember. Even though 2013 ended on a lower note than expected, it was the best year of my life. I can't wait to go back to Korea.