NEW BLOG

September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hey Hey!!

I just wanted to let you all know that I am no longing going to be updating Running Veg. For those of you interested in still keeping up with my posts, head on over to Plast Whales, my new blog.

I will be moving my two knitting patterns over to that blog soon.

Thanks for reading thus far! Check out the new site!

xxxox,

Sydney

Good Morning, World!

September 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

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Nom nom nom… Here’s to another day of ESL teaching!

Lunch(e)

September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I ate lunch today with my kindergartners. Because I’m vegetarian the fare is pretty simple… Today’s menu is illustrative of this: rice, kimchi, mushrooms, and bean sprout soup.

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After lunch, I taught math to my six-year-olds. One of my students was having a hard time understanding some of the concepts and apparently felt guilty about it…

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Now I am home but am getting ready to head out on a bike ride to test out my new GPS app and to purchase a pair of (padded) bike shorts.

Desk.

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

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My desk at work… Messy from planning a 500km bike trip from Seoul to Busan for the Korean Chuseok holiday (the 29th of September through the 3rd of October). 3 days after that I will be running a 10K in Osan. Busy times over here, but life is good…

Want to swing by for breakfast?

August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Grilled veggies, millet, egg with tomato sauce

Korean-style pancakes (seaweed, s.potato,pumpkin,tofu), veggies, coffee.

egg toast, coffee.

mmm egg toast…

Hey Hey

August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

These past two weeks have proven to be hectic and telling for the year to come. My new job as English teacher at a local hagwon is fulfilling but intense. I teach over 30 hours a week (plus lesson planning and grading) and while I arrive at work at the leisurely hour of 9:10, my day isn’t over until 6pm. That being said, I truly am happy with my co-teachers, my boss, and the students. This last week, my boss helped me secure my Alien Registration Card (not only am I now a resident of S. Korea, but I now have health care!), a bank account, and a smart phone (I’ve never had one before).

Alien Registration Card (ARC) and bank card– Korean residency is official!

Some of my older students… “Teacher, I so genius!”

In other news, a dear friend of mine from high school came to stay with me this last weekend. We had such an amazing time reconnecting, catching up, and spending time together that he ended up pushing his flight back 4 days… There is much more to say about this, but just know that my life has changed drastically in the past 2 weeks and that I am so very happy. All I will say at the moment is that now is the time for time regained. Here are some photos that he took of our trip together into Seoul (click on photographs to enlarge them):

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, MK

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, MK

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, MK

Video exhibit on building in Seoul, Korea, MK

He left last Thursday and I’ve returned to my routine– cooking alone, eating alone, sleeping alone. All of this is bittersweet, of course. I am always happy to have my friends come and spend time with me in Asia (shout out to Molly, Tiffany, Isaac & Chris, MK… and future shout out to Qu, my parents, and a handful of others). It is really nice to have someone you know eat, gossip, and tool around with you. And everyday you remember how nice it is to be around your familiars and how badly you want it to continue. But then, when their stay comes to an end and you see them off to the airport– or to their next destination– a pretty significant loss is felt. This is how I felt this week.

I didn’t ignore the feelings, however. I tried to appreciate them and accept what they might signify. I love my friends and family and I know that I am mostly ready to return to them. I shed a few tears, I cooked, I ran, I walked my dog. I Skyped with my dear friend.

Ultimately, I will update you all about my plan for the year– as some things have changed (significantly)– sometime this week. Probably tomorrow. Well, I hope tomorrow… We all know I’ve been terrible about blogging regularly. Ugh. *hangs head in shame*

Posts to come:

1.) Year Plan

2.) Food pictures (!!)

3.) Commentary on S. Korea

Hope everyone is doing well and that I haven’t bored everyone to death… unlike my dog:

Mommy is boring! Can I has a scratch now?

Sick

July 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

So, I’ve been in S. Korea for about 10 days. Life is going extremely well– and for the most part, I am happy. However, I did happen to catch a pretty severe cold this week and have been trying to rest as much as possible. We aren’t really able to take off for sick days, so I don’t want to push my body any more than necessary (i.e. no running!).

I did manage to make it out today, but only because I was desperate for coffee. However, coffee here is expensive and the cheap stuff is horrible and instant (how can people drink that?!) so I decided to buy a coffee maker for my apartment. Anyway, it was drizzly and I was feeling miserable, but after some walking, miming, and pointing I was able to purchase a french press and a bag of freshly ground coffee beans. The moment I got home, I boiled some water to give my press a test run…  mmm

Coffee! I know I look a crazed in this pic… My hair was wet from the rain and I am sick. Don’t hate.

I felt a little bit better while drinking my coffee and I sat down to read my favorite blogs. I ended up learning that I won Goodcleanfood’s Lululemon running skirt giveaway (thanks again, Goodcleanfood!), at which point I felt much, much better! I’ve never won a giveaway before, and I am so excited about this one. :) For all you veggies, vegans, and runners– check out her blog. Filled with recipes and inspiration!

In other news, I just finished making dinner: homemade ottogi seaweed soup. Yum.

Ottogi Seaweed Soup with Tofu

Waiting for the soup to cool. Listening to Beefheart… All in all, a pretty great day.

 

Here I am, celebrating my good day with the typical “Korean” photo pose:

Sick or not, I’ve had a great day! French press, giveaway, seaweed soup, & Beefheart!

 

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