Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 87: Cat café and Block Burger

Hey there! I'm still terribly busy with midterms so I'll continue posting whatever I have time to write and then catch up on older posts when I get some free time again.

Do check out the latest older post that I finished today as well~
Day 84: Weird H&M clothes
Day 86: 3-minute speech and delay of Suneung

And also Day 47: Myeongdong with Kim and Day 65: Mentors Club Halloween party that I posted earlier if you haven't already seen those ones.

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Today started out as usual.
I went to my media class and on my way back to the dorm, I passed a smaller group of boys. That itself is nothing speciel but as I walked by, one of the boys made eye contact (or tried because I wasn't wearing my lenses and can't see a thing) and greeted me.
It happens once in a while that people greet us without ulterior motives so I greeted him back and continued my walk. As I did, I heard another of the boys mention something about English(?).

They looked like they could use help and since I wasn't in a hurry anyways, I decided to sit down a bit further away so they could come up and ask - and they did!
It turns out that it was a group oh high school students doing a survey on foreigners in Korea, asking about our majors, why we chose it etc.
They were super adorable, I tell you! They seemed so awkward coming up to me and when their pen didn't work, slight chaos ensued before I pulled out my own pencil case. When they left, they thanked me I-don't-know-how-many times, shook my hand with both hands, and bowed.

I returned to my dorm to get ready since I'd been too lazy to do anything than drag myself to class in the morning. On my way to our room, I held the elevator doors open for a guy with a plastic bag full of nectarines. In return, he asked me if I wanted one of them. When I said yes, he gave me one at first and then put an extra one in my hand.
"Are you in an early Christmas mood?"
"Yea!" he said with a smile and got off.

Not long after returning, I met up to study with Hajun. He had to work on his group project and I figured I could just bring my Korean books with me. Most of the grammar we learn here is something we've already met anyways.
For some reason he really wanted to point out that his laptop was a Samsung.
We'd gone to a café after all so no studying without yummy foods and drinks. I'm a big fan of whatever I can find at Gong cha that contains milk foam. Oh and we brought bread that we'd bought from my favorite local bakery, 이화당 (Ewhadang), not far from my dorm.
A lot of cafés don't seem to care that you bring something additional into their café as long as you buy something there as well.
Somehow we started talking about Danish companies in Korea and Hajun got SUPER interested in Vestas!
So interested that he was too distracted from studying more and decided to finish what he was doing and then go somewhere else.
Thus, after our little study break, we went to a cat café since I'd been pretty sad about missing my cats the night before.

Hajun told me he'd never been to a cat café before and that he didn't think cats liked him.
Well, not long after sitting down, he successfully lured a cat over and petted it while it relaxed in a box. Then another cat, a black one, came over and took over the box and he ended up successfully petting it to sleep.
It even got up a couple of times to change position.
This was one of the more cozy cat cafés I've been to! If anyone is interested in going it's in Sinchon, right beside Burger King.
The stairs led to a sort of loft where there were tables and sitting spots just like down on the first floor where we were sitting.
I was filming around the café when Hajun poked me to make me aware of the funny cat beside me. I let out a very excited noise when I saw it and sadly didn't get a better picture of it than this. I felt really bad for it for having its fur cut like that but it also looked super funny.

We stayed in the café until evening when Hajun had to go somewhere with his basket team.
So when he left, I went to Hongdae to meet up with Celine to try the food at a recently opened food place named Block Burger. The place was pretty much a burger-inn based on Lego. Going there was a must-try experience.

They only offered three kinds of burgers and we both chose the 엘로우치즈 (yellow cheese).
It was a tiny place and they only took one order and made one burger at the time.
We sat down at a sort of uncomfortable table. It was like a tall block without holes for our legs so we had to lean forward on the bar chairs we were sitting on in order to eat.
Celine also ordered 칠리치즈후라이 (cheese chilly fries) beside her burger. She said that the meat was not like normal chilly con carne.
I tried my best but no matter what, I couldn't make the burger look good. The bun felt like a thick, stiff pancake without taste and it fell apart the moment I unwrapped it. The patty was not a patty but more like a meatball. I like meatballs but it was weird in a burger.
In general, everything about the burger was weird. We agreed that it wasn't something we'd eat again. I can't recommend trying it either just for the sake of it. The concept is fun but that's about it.
We made a quick stop by the Churros 101 for dessert and then hurried home.
Tonight the temperature is going to drop below 0°C.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 86: 3-minute speech and delay of Suneung

Today we had no Korean Wave class since my teacher is on a trip to Uzbekistan.
Oh and during Korean class, we did our 3-minute speech presentations!

We've done this twice before; as practice and for our midterms. Basically we got a subject and had to stand in front of class and speak Korean for 3 minutes, using as many new words and grammar points that we'd learned here as possible.
Our topic this time was:
"감동을 준   Noun  " (Something that has emotionally touched/impressed us).

For our midterm, the teacher collected our papers so that we had to either remember everything we'd written or be really good at improvising Korean for those 3 minutes.

Well this time, since it was only practice once again, we were allowed to bring our papers with us and just read out loud like during our very first presentation.
I missed that piece of info and had spent the previous 3-4 days practicing so I knew my speech by heart...

The time of presentations came and I was the last one. Everything went fine but I was extremely nervous as always and spent the rest of the day sitting in my bed and playing Sims 4.
Nervousness can do strange things to one's body and mind.


Today was also the original date of the 수능 (suneung = Korean SAT) that Wonjun had told us about the day we went for the Seoul Lantern Festival.

BUT!
Due to the earthquake yesterday, the Minister of Education announced last night that the test would be rescheduled to Thursday next week due to fear of aftershock.
It's the first time that the test has been delayed since its introduction back in 1994 so it seems like a pretty big deal.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 84: Weird H&M clothes

Today I woke up early in order to finish my slides for our group's midterm presentation today in Korean Wave class. I finished just in time to make it to class but after the first two groups had presented, only an hour remained. Our teacher asked how many groups were left (3 groups including us) but then didn't mention anything more about it and instead went on to show us Korean music videos again. I don't know what's going on anymore in that class. Neither did my group.
Ughuguhughuughhh I woke up early and stressed in the morning for no reason.

After Korean class, I asked I asked Celine if she'd like to go to Hongdae with me to look for some warmer clothes since the temperature has been dropping pretty quickly these past few days.
Celine felt like eating ramen tonight so we made a stop by the Japanese restaurant first, though, since H&M would be open until late anyways.

NOW it was time to go look for warm stuff!
This shirt was one of the first things we saw as we entered. Had it been in almost any other colour but this orange'y-red, I'd probably bought it.
Not far from the unicorn-cat-Christmas shirt, Celine found elf clothes hanging between all the normal clothes. But the fun didn't stop there.
We'd found a few nice things when suddenly Celine calls me over and hols op this Harley Quinn costume. There were a couple other costumes hanging there as well and this escalated into us grabbing a costume each and deciding to try it on with the other, normal clothes we'd found.
Behold! Harley Quinn and a... circus person?
Exaggerated booty picture!
We also decided to try on these very tight and shiny pants since Celine's boyfriend feels a strong sense of hatred towards them.
It was like wearing latex and our legs made weird sounds when rubbed against each other.
We also found this neat party dress and attempted to pose like those Instagram girls, who twist their bodies to look more curvy.
It fit Celine super well! She's got just the bodytype for this kind of dress!
Oh and I found a warm shirt! I didn't buy it yet. Still considering.
We also had our fun in the accessories section since there were still a lot of Halloween inspired headbands and masks. Afterwards we checked out their hats and I found this adorable one with floofs.
It was a fun night.
We got home at like 23.00 or so and probably slept too late.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 83: ARC and a thunderstorm

Today Celine and I went back to the Seoul Immigration Office (서울출입국관리사무소) to pick up our Alien Registration Cards (ARCs).

Once again, everything went so so smooth.
We went to the 2nd floor where we had been told to go but all the signs were in Chinese (possibly Korean as well) so we were a bit confused about where to go and asked a young guy at one of the counters near the entrance.
His English was great, he knew what we wanted and what we had to do, and told us which counter to go to. I swear, only a second later, the buzzer went off and it was our turn. We handed the guy there our papers saying that we were coming to pick up our cards and he found them right away. The whole ordeal took but a couple of minutes.

Here's my card! A little late but at last I have it!

Before going home, we made at stop at the supermarket that we went to last time as well and once again enjoyed their variety of interesting food and snacks. I couldn't help but take pictures of some of the food we found once again.

The first 'strange' thing we found was an already peeled and boiled, vacuum-packed con cob.
The chocolate and the chocolate and banana version of this 'pie' is really good. I have my doubt about the cheese and chocolate mix, though.
 Chip balls with butter and coconut taste!
 These bag just say 옛날과자 (yetnal gwaja = snacks from the old days).
I was positively surprised to see this cart with discounted food items. This was the first time I'd seen something like this in Korea. I feel like Korea wastes a lot more than needed (like when they wrap each singular cookie in plastic and sell them in a carton box) so it was nice to see this.
We also made a stop at a small accessory store where I'd seen some earrings I liked last time we were in the area. I lost one of my smaller earrings recently and hadn't found any new ones that I liked better than these.

On our way to the subway station, we passed a Sulbing café where Celine pointed out how some of their desserts were plain pieces of bread with topping or stuffing. 

We still had a couple of hours before I had to go to Korean class so I sat down with Celine in the school cafeteria so she could eat the pasta and bread dish, which consisted of a hollow bun with bearnaise sauce pasta inside, that she'd been thinking of for 3 consecutive days now. 
 She was contently eating away in the beginning and told me she wouldn't mind ordering it again another day.
 Closely examining her food.
 Near the end of eating, I asked her once again and this time she said that she was happy she tried it but that she wouldn't order it again but rather try something new next time. Then she gave me the rest. I'd say it was good but I can imagine it'd be a little much to eat as much of it as she did. The sauce was pretty weird. It was obvious that they'd added cheese powder. It's a distinguishable taste. Oh and it was spicy because this is Korea and Koreans, as a whole, like their food spicy.

In the evening, Hajun and I were supposed to hang out.
I had a midterm group presentation tomorrow in my Korean Wave class, though, that I had to finish so I invited Hajun over to do a study hall with me while Celine was in our room talking to her boyfriend. We are allowed to have a guest over for a period of 2 hours until 22.00 so from around 19.20, Hajun and I studied together. It was fun to be able to show him what my living conditions are like and I believe it must have been pretty exciting for him as well to see how a foreigner lives in his country.

2 hours later, all I had left to do was the powerpoint but if I woke up early the next day, I'd have time to do it.
We packed our stuff and went outside. We'd only taken a few steps outside when I pointed out how it must have rained recently since the tiles were wet. Soon after, it began raining and it just got worse and worse.
As we neared Severance, I heard the first rumble and Hajun finally gave in. He'd wanted to give me his shirt since it had a hat but I'd told him that I was fine because I was from Denmark and we were used to just get wet (You will see Koreans open their umbrellas after the first rain drop here).
The rumble got closer and we saw a few lightnings. I got really excited because this weather reminded me of home and how I love to sit inside listening to the weather on stormy days.

Once we got down to Sinchon, it had become pretty severe and we ended up joining two Korean girls taking cover outside a beauty store.
That was a lot of water suddenly. I'm impressed. I haven't seen this much rain since the first time I was in Korea probably.
Right around here I caught some of the thunder in a video. I've watched it several times already.
 We took cover near the subway entrance where a big group of Koreans had gathered already. I was so happy that we could just go down here and hide from the rain, while eating the bread we grabbed on our way, for just a bit before exiting somewhere else. While sitting there, I got a confirmation e-mail that Celine had successfully changed her flight tickets (I got the confirmation since we'd originally booked with my e-mail, I guess) and that she'll be leaving on the 23ʳᵈ this month. 
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