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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kimmi's Snazzy One Room Tour [VLOG #13]

Okay, so...I won't lie...I took a little while to get thins together and post this. For that I am sorry. But I promise the wait was worth it. My one room is awesome! Has a few quirks, but I love it! I am nice and close to a lot of people, it's right next to a grocery store/mart, and I am never far from a main area, but can go home and relax quietly at any time.

At the end of the video, I comment that if anyone has any questions or wants to see us film something in particular, please ask...and I mean it! We love ideas, questions and comments!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Home Sweet Home (Jazz) [VLOG #12]

Well this will be the last Just Hatched home editin from Jazz's end. We are officially settled into our new homes! Kimmi in the rustle bustle "it" city of our Provence Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju and Jazz nestled in the busy little down town area of Gimje. We haven't gotten to see each other since our last orientation at Jeonbuk university. :( So now I feel that these updates are not just for our families, friends, and other various audiences, but for one another too. Kimmers I miss you!!!

So here is the final Just Hatched home edition vlog of Jazz's small quiet super cozy n' Cute place. Hope you enjoy! ㅇ(^ㅊ^)ㅇ

Monday, March 4, 2013

First Day of School and Kimmi's Classroom [VIDEO BLOG #11]

Okay! So first day for us has finally come and as of now passed. Still in the fist week, but I figured that for posterity, I should film myself, and take the chance to show off my new classroom! Whoo!

I teach everything from Kindergarten thru 6th grade, and see K-2 twice a week and my 3rd thru 6th 2-3 classes a week. The 3rd and 6th I have the one 80 minute lesson (which is like 2 lessons) once a week. I have an awesome classroom and so far, I am really enjoying it. It is stressful and nerve wracking, but I think I might still get the hang of this.

The buses take a while, but luckily everything is fairly connected well. Less walking to the school then I thought. Maybe I'll video that at some point....

Enjoy and I shall keep everyone updated as things go down ;)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Paris Baguette Cake [VIDEO BLOG #10]

So we have finally moved into our new apartments in Korea and are on our own! Whoooo! We start teaching on Monday and I'm both nervous, excited, scared, worried and pumped. Who knows what to expect anymore! Before we start though, my friend Renn Ann came over to help celebrate my new apartment and have dinner with me. Jazz is currently a 20 minute bus ride away in Gimje, but spending the weekend in Seoul, so I couldn't invite her over. For dinner, I purchased and prepared grilled marinated pork, fresh radish, kimchi, mandu (or Korean dumplings), Renn Ann bought and apple that we sliced up and ate as well, and of course drinks!


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Noraebong Adventure Time! [VIDEO BLOG #9]

Okay okay... so what the heck is noraebong?! Well, its this uber awesome thing where a person and their friends go into this really awesome room and there's a disco ball, flashing lights, loud music and just a GOOD 'OL TIME! Hehehe... NOOOOO not a night club! (You dirty minded kids you...) I'm talking about a Karaoke room. ~Awwwweeee yeeeaahhh....

I LOVE THESE THINGS! And Korea is the most serious place and all business when it comes to it's people enjoying their musical outlet. Whether those air pipes have some years of rust from smoking or packed with power, everyone has at one time or another gone to a Noraebong *노래방*. Here my love of music can never be stifled AGAIN! MWAHHAHAHA!!!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Our Dorms in Jeonju! [VIDEO BLOG #8]

Okay, sorry it's been so long since our last upload! Had to move around to our provinces, plus we had practice lesson practicums, going out for end of training nights and bunches of other stuff.....

But enough about that! This is our new home(... for about 1 week). Jeonju University "Home of Superstars"...I kid you not, that's what they call it...but it's kind of cute and catchy. I'm sorry Kimmi looks so "Blah" in the video, she was sick over the weekend and still didn't have the energy to look pretty since we were just in lectures again. (Though she will mention that later that day she took a shower and got all dressed up cause a group of us went out to dinner with current TaLK scholars to meet everyone, and that she couldn't look yucky for, now could she...but that's another video :) )

Anywho....enjoy! Leave comments or whatever below. Love you guys, and hopefully we will have more to update soon.

P.S.- We move again in 2 days...to our apartments! I'm excited, and promise to post a video of that too! WHOOT! Jeollabuk-do for LIFE!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The First Adventure to Seoul! [VIDEO BLOG #7]

This post was long overdue, and I ask forgiveness for that. We shot this over the weekend, on Saturday night and Sunday day, which also happened to be 설날 (Seollal) or Korean Lunar New Year! YAY! ...Well Kind of.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Learning Hangul *Korean Alphabet*

Here I have a website that I want to share with the rest of you... This is what I used to help jump start my own language reading and writing comprehension even before taking a class course in it. I strongly suggest this site above any other.  For those curious and passionate ones who want to start reading Hangul, the Korean alphabet. Korean is a phonic language just like English, which also makes it the easiest Asiatic language to learn. With only about 10 to 12 more letters than the English alphabet, learning how to read simple words and phrases in Hangul are literally just moments away. Give it a try! 

Link to site

Friday, February 8, 2013

TaLK 2013 Orientation Opening Ceremony [VIDEO BLOG #6]

Finally, on February 5th, everything started! We had our first real group meetings, ice breakers, chats about what would go on during the orientation and information sessions.

Later on that day, for the second half of everything, there was an opening ceremony held in the large auditorium, welcoming us to Korea and to TaLK. They showed us some great things Korea has to offer, like Taekwondo and Street dance teams.

I know this is a long video guys, but it's REALLY AMAZING what these groups can do. You can skip over the random talking and such, but I highly suggest watching the groups. I mean WOW!

So without further ado...and cause It's later in the week and I'm freakin' tired at this point...I shall leave you with my simple edited video about our TaLK orientation opening ceremony.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Field Trip to the Traditional Korean Village [VIDEO BLOG #5]

So on Monday, the day before all of our classes and orientations were to start, a group of 40 students and 3 advisers went to the "Korean Traditional Folk Village" in Suwon, near Seoul. It had just snowed and the ground was mucky and wet, but there was an amazing time had by all! Now...I must apologize. This video is long, mostly showing off the village, and not much talking. Still I think those who watch it, will agree, it looks AMAZING! And I highly recommend that anyone who visits Korea takes a trip to the village! Especially in summer when the amusement park half of the place is working.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Just Hatched Home Edition [Video Blog 4]

The Dorms
Upon our arrival I remembered turning to Kimmi and looking at her. She was pretty emotional the whole time, this is one of the biggest changes for her, for us both. Each of us come from different walks of life, but found each other from our mutual love for Korea and the Entertainment enterprise. I know within moments of being in Korea... the land of our K-popping dreams, I told her one thing. Something that I thought back in October when I started this whole thing, would be something I would have to say to only myself.
"Welcome Home."

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Finally Hatched in KOREA!!!!!!! [Video Blog #3]

Okay, so I am going to try and keep this short sweet and to the point...-.-....We'll see how well THAT works.

We finally left for Korea on February 1st 2013 Eastern Standard time, and arrived late on February 2nd Korean Standard Time. Our total travel time, was about 16 hours, plus or minus a little, but Korea is also ahead of us time was, so we have to factor that in.

Leaving was the hard part. Not because we didn't want to go, quite the opposite. In fact, Kimmi was just being quite the cry baby, that's all. Please forgive her over attached-ness to her mommy and daddy in the video. She cried a few times that morning. Jazz was busy buying her tiny Milky Ways supply before leaving America, as they don't have them in Korea.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kimmi's Packing of the Necessities [Video Blog #2]

Hello everyone! This is Kimmi and today I'm posting my half of a short video on what toiletries and little necessities I am bringing to Korea. I hope this makes sense...it was a little random and hectic as I was packing everything.

 So this was part pre-discussed, part improv and decided on last second kind of thing. LOL! Both Jazzy and I (Kimmi) are putting together videos of our packing necessities and such. These are what we have learned to pack from watching other videos, hearing info from travelers and native Koreans a like, etc.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Visa Adventure! [Video Blog #1]

 Okay! First adventure/video from the two of us here at "Just Hatched in Korea"!!! YAY! We have yet to leave for Korea, but wanted to posted a visa video for those of you that may need one or be interested in how you get it.

We did have quite a few silly moments and pit stops along the way, and couldn't show you the inside of the consulate itself since they don't do cameras... but I hope this does help and maybe give you a laugh along the way.

Also, side note, Kimmi apologizes about how she is blinking to much int eh second day's video parts....the cold really bothered her eyes and that seemed to be the result.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What's in a New Year?

First and foremost... HAPPY NEW YEARS! This concludes that in just 32 days me and my partner will be shipping out! And believe me.... I'm counting the days!! >.< Now while many of us are excited for the New Years making new goals and ambitions for the year ahead of us, we should take this time to reflect what New Years to the people of Korea means. What January 1st means to us is not the same for them.