Well, May has been a month. I feel like I’ve been all little wrung out emotionally since the start, even though nothing bad has happened to me personally. I think I’m still trying to get used to being energetic for 6 hours a day. As I said in 10 things I’ve learned in my first month of teaching, if you think this job is gonna be an easy ride, think again.
The fact that I’ve not been particularly consistent here or on my youtube is also contributing massively to my ‘meh’ mood. I love this space so much, and I hate feeling like I’m not taking care of it enough. If anyone has any tips for blogging or creating videos around a full time job, please share them with me!! Also, if you’d like to see anything specific as video content let me know too~ I’m definitely going to be vlogging UMF Korea, and things I get up to during the summer.
May hasn’t been all tragic or ‘meh’ though! I’ve been busy going out and doing things and meeting people and making new friends and still wishing I lived in Seoul proper. So have 10 good things that have happened this month, since I’m all about focusing on the positives.
The selby house exhibition at Daelim Art museum
1 – I’ve seen Devina (www.earlgreyandbubbletea.com) more in the last few months than I have in the last few years, and she’s such an inspiring person. Super fun to hang out with too. She makes me want to go out and do all the things whenever possible. Infinite sunbae wisdom~
2 – I WENT TO GYEONGBOKGUNG (again) and THIS TIME WORE HANBOK. It’s probably one of the most touristy things to do ever, but you get free entry to the Palace if you wear hanbok and it was such a laugh being ridiculous in them. Also I got some really nice shots out of it so~
3 – chilling with rescue dogs at Sunnyne dog cafe. Remember the meerkat cafe I went to? Well, it’s not the only pet cafe in Hongdae. There are actually quite a number of differently themed pet cafes around Hongik uni, my favourite cat cafe is located there too, but it was my actual first ever time at a dog cafe. Which makes no sense because I love dogs a whole whole lot. As in, I sometimes cry. Sunnyne Dog Cafe is nearer exit 7 and 8 than the mess that is exit 9 at Hongdae Station, and their dogs are all rescue dogs. They’re beautiful. I cried.
4 – exploring the Sevit Som (floating islands) at the Corona x Delight Sunsets rooftop party. Met cool people, heard cool tunes, met Jessie, danced and drank and bounced on A BOUNCY CASTLE. What is growing up?
5 – got through my first term at work. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, but I’ve managed to get through the first term of abstract topics and (some) rowdy kids. There’s a special kind of pride that comes with seeing kids faces light up with understanding, and realising how much progress they’ve made by themselves.
6 – i feel my product photography has improved! Which is saying something when you don’t have the most time in the world to practice. I’ve been really happy with some of the photos I’ve taken for upcoming posts~
7 – i’ve explored more of Seoul! Courtesy of Hannah (hannahinternational.co.uk) and Devina, I’ve added a few more places to my mini map. I went to the Hanok Village in Bukchon, tucked away in the middle of Seoul. I discovered the AT centre at Yangjae, went back to Yeouinaru park after 3 years, rediscovered how hipster the Jeongno area is… next stop exploring more of the satellite cities.
8 – this is less of a ‘thing in May’ and more of a ‘thing that’s been happening’, but I’ve seen so many of my friends back in the UK unveil super fab projects and creating ace content and doing wonderful, wonderful things and I’m so proud it hurts sometimes. Like, congrats guys you’re all amazing <3
9 – first bingsu of the year!! Bingsu is one of the best things about the weather getting warmer in Korea. It’s a dessert made of shaved ice (either water or milk), with lots of toppings. Sometimes they’re so horrifically extravagant that they’re more overwhelming that appetizing, but most of the time they’re amazing.
10 – the motivation and excitement is slowly coming back… I’m super hyped for a lot of the things that I’m adding to calendars and can’t wait to share them with you. Cryptic city but I’m trying to live in the moment as much as I can, and say yes to more things!
Are there any things that have been fab for you in May? I’d really love to hear about them and what you got up to~ … Or! if you have any plans for June that you’re super stoked about??