Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hwangeum Matiz!!! Ouch!!!

No this post isn't something about Germany, though now looking at the title my own first assumption would be that it is. There are so many quirky things about Korea, but the one that I really love is this interactive game that I now love to play with my boyfriend.

Walking together one day I saw one of those new stretched out looking buggies. You know... The ones that volkswagon decided to make to appeal more to men, because they felt their traditional looking ones were too hmmm... "girlie"?  Yeah. I sort of don't care for the new look. But anyways back to my story and reason for this post.

Stretched out Beetle. Horrible.
True buggy

Now there are virtually NO volkswagon beetles in Korea. In fact anything other than Hyundai, Kia, and the occasional Toyota, along with a variation of completely foreign vehicles which I cannot even name because even google doesn't hold the answers for when I search it, any American vehicle is a rare sight. So when I saw this stretched out ugly black buggy backing up in front of us, I instinctively threw my hand out and punched my boyfriend's arm "BLACK PUNCH BUGGY!!!!" Man it felt so good too. Haha.

But after I had my small moment of victory from winning at this old traditional but quirky American game of our own, I saw my boyfriend looking at me with the most puzzled look.  Always have to remind myself "Dorothy you're not in Kansas anymore." After I explained my reason for whipping my hand out at him and shouting like a mad woman in utter chaos after doing so, I sulked thinking it was something that we wouldn't be able to share in playing much, because of the lack of buggies in Korea, even horrible stretched out ones.

"Hey, we have something like that too." My eyes lit up to these words. He went on and explained to me that instead of a buggy, they have these vehicles called Matiz. They're these really tiny funky looking cars that look like they belong with the smart car family.... Almost. The game is played by hitting the other person (or people) your with ONLY when you see a Gold one. Upon seeing this vehicle and hitting the person, you say "Hwan-Geum Matiz" (황금 마팆) literal translation is "Golden Matiz".

Golden Matiz model 

Since being introduced to this game, it's become our favorite couple prank on each other. Sometimes we even hit each other saying "Hwangeum Matiz" and really there is no such thing. We do it just because. So for any future visits to Korea or if you are already here and want to keep the punch buggy  game alive, just make a small adjustment to your game and keep your eyes out for this funny looking little car.There's plenty of them. :D

Monday, June 3, 2013

Korean Motels- Hotels (Vlog #19)

With my hefty work days, my required 15 hours under the TALK program fill up pretty fast leaving me with four day weekends. You can imagine that I'd been to quiet a few motels as each weekend I've made strides to travel and explore this land. Okay.... So what...? You sleep in a lot of motels. Well the thing is that staying in a motel here is actually a rather different kind of experience than any motel stay back in the USA.

Here guests are accommodated with the whole standard bed, bathroom, television, and night stand... I've yet to find a bible. But what is beyond the standards is what left me to believe that my very first motel room was essentially already occupied. Hair brushes, lotions, full bars of soap, large shampoo and conditioner containers, bathroom shoes and the regular sized tube of toothpaste left within the room. Did the hotel master make a mistake?

Answer is: no.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Korean Students vs. The Clap Challenge Game

Super duper UBER BUSY!!!! It's been a little bit since one of us chicks has dropped in a post. A little bit more activity and additional sneak peaks going on at our Facebook page at Facebook.com/JustHatchedinKorea . Just so you know....and... uhh I'm secretly hoping you "like" us! Hehehe. Nothing wrong with being honest about it. ;D

I got the opportunity to record one of my many classes doing an activity. The name of the game? "The Clap Challenge" and my does it wear it out. :D  This is my 6th grade class 2 trying their efforts to complete the game. Don't worry.... Nobody died. Just by the end of it, the students felt like they were going to. ㅋㅋㅋ. 

It can be pretty tough sometimes being a new teacher. Trial and error, and man when error hits, it's like a slam in the face by a crate of rotten eggs, sticky, stinky, no fun, and hard to clean up. I'm serious about practicing efficient teaching so my students can get an optimal learning experience from me. But sometimes no matter how hard you try to create a good lesson plan, the students just might not get it. So my best advice is to also remain calm and cool, and be prepared to rebound with something new. This isn't teaching advice people.... But life advice too. It's one of the many things I've learned since being in Korea.

Okay so now that Jazz is done blabbering about teacher stuff.... she gives you this cute little film. ;D Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Green Tea Latte Review (Vlog #18)

I'm always out exploring new coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, mocha lattes, mocha-latte-cappuccino-macchiatos.... o.0 Yeah. You get the drift. Here though I decided to bring the fun home and try some instant green tea latte right in my very home, made by Barista master Jazz! (Not Really)

Very similar to making instant coffee or even more so like hot cocoa, you just add in the green mix to some hot water, or as I prefer... MILK! And enjoy it. I suggest 1 packet for the small instant coffee sized mugs and 2 packets for the standard American sized mugs, like the one featured in the film.

This will certainly be one of the many things I will miss when I return to the states this August to finish my education. But fret not sweeties.... I shall return to Korea soon enough following May. :)

Check the video here

Monday, April 15, 2013

Drama Fever Baby (Vlog #17)

So here in my new apartment I have this wonderful edition to my living space that was here when I arrived back in early March. I meant to share this video a while back when I first got here in my Gimje home. However, I believe that with the struggles of first learning how to be a better teacher for my students and also keeping myself active by traveling on the weekends I forgot about it until just now, seeing it in my video's file. None the less not much has changed since, except my hair is shorter now from a nice trim. So onward with the long overdue expired >>>>video <<<< shall we?!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Making Microwave Brownies with Kimmi! [VLOG #16]

Okay....so not quite as exciting as some of the other videos we have come out with...but I figured it was worth a little video, plus how often do you find brownie mix MADE for cooking via microwave?!?!


 Watch and see what you think...I promise...it did taste good. Really...I swear.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival [VLOG #15]

Hey! So it's Kimmi...look! I'm still alive. It's a week after the GD Solo concert in Seoul (no...sadly I couldn't video tape that...sorry :( ) And I took a trip to visit a friend (Kelsey) in Busan and also visit the famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival! It is the biggest and most famous of all Cherry Blossom Festivals in Korea.

I didn't get to show as much as I wanted, and we didn't venture as far out into the actual Cherry Blossom area as I would have liked...but you'll have to forgive me. As you might be able to guess from the video, it was raining, cold and windy....so not exactly the best conditions.

Either way, had a great time, and if you get a chance to check the festival out (April 1st-10th, every yea) I HIGHLY suggest doing it. Food, games, entertainment, more food, Chery Blossoms, fun, more cherry blossoms...OH! and did I mention food? Anyway...please enjoy ;)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Trip to the Jeonju Zoo! [VLOG #14]

Okay, so on Saturday the 16th, a small group of us...aka myself, and my friends Heather and Chantal, decided to go on an adventure. We wanted to visit the local zoo (Jeonju Zoo). It took some walking, and was a lot of sight seeing even just getting there, but WOW! Was it great!

For only about 1,300 won per person, they had everything! A mini theme park (called "Jeonju Dreamland"), food areas, and obviously a GIANT zoo, with so many rare animals! Not going to lie, we got stared at almost as much as people were staring at the animals, but it was not uncomfortable, the people were kind (even sharing their animal food with us so we could feed the fish) and the day was PERFECT! I definitely want to go back again at some point.