From COEX to Bongeunsa Temple

From COEX to Bongeunsa Temple

I started off my day today thinking I would just go to the COEX mall at Samseong Station and window shop. Maybe I would even go to the aquarium? However, after living in Korea for almost a year I’ve come to the conclusion that shopping here is pretty universal. If you’ve shopped in one place you’ve shopped in them all (give or take a price or two). Well that and the aquarium was almost 20,000W per person! Eventually my boyfriend and I got bored and wandered outside where we saw a huge Buddha statue in the distance. Being the curious foreigners that we are we set off to investigate and found this free Buddhist temple called Bongeunsa Temple. This temple is over 1,200 years old! The structures were beautiful with lanterns decorating the insides of most of them. They even had a friendly temple cat that wandered by outside the temples and meowed until someone would pet him. So cute. Sometimes Korea really amazes me though. Where else could you find a beautiful 1,200 year old Buddhist temple right across the street from Asia’s biggest underground shopping mall? I ❤ Korea.

My boyfriend’s hair is PURPLE!!!

My boyfriend's hair is PURPLE!!!

I’m at this salon in Beomgye that has become a recent favorite of mine. It’s called HairPlanet O.D.A. I kind of stumbled upon it when I was too lazy to go to my usual Juno Hair Salon in Gangnam and luckily for me they are super friendly and the head stylist speaks English! Plus it’s waaay closer to where I actually live which is a relief. Anyway, when I first came in a few weeks ago for my haircut I asked them if they could dye my boyfriend’s hair (typical asian black/brown hair) to light purple and he said sure. Well today we put them to the test as we just walked in and said hey, remember us? Dye his hair purple please! I’ve been taking pictures and documenting the whole thing (soon to come when he’s finished I’ll post them as a group on tumblr and give you the link for you all to see. Right now he’s still going from black to blonde and about to start his purple transformation. I’m so excited! Side note, the sweethearts here saw me off to the side chilling (been here 2 hours already because it’s a long process) and offered to give me a couple free purple and blue highlight extensions so he and I can match. How could i refuse? So now I have one dark blue and one light purple streak in my hair and my boyfriend is about an hour or two away from a whole head of bright purple hair. I guess you could say we aren’t the conventional couple, but at least we’ll match. Hey, if the adjummas were going to glare at us anyway we might as well go big or go home! ❤ Korea forever!

Me a model?

Me a model?

Ever since I moved to Korea in March 2012 I’ve been occasionally asked if I am a model. Now let me be clear, I don’t think I’m ugly or have bad self esteem, however I never considered myself the level of perfected gorgeousness that it takes to be a real model. Well that and I loooove food. Seriously, ask my boyfriend. However, from time to time photographer friends who are trying to get on their feet would ask me to model for free in exchange for a day of dress up with hair and makeup. What woman would refuse that ? So that’s what I did recently for a group called Oorijeong. Oorijeong is a creative collective starting in Seoul that brings artists, models, photographers, dancers, actors, you name it together to make something beautiful. Honestly, I’m delighted just to be a part of it all. I got there and they had 4 looks with different hair, makeup, and clothes for each one. I wasn’t too excited about some of the hair teasing that took place for look number three, but the pictures turned out beautifully so I really couldn’t be happier. It also helped that the photographer is my boyfriend so even the awkward poses I had to do with the male model were less intimidating with him behind the lens saying it’s ok go ahead and lean your head on his shoulder. 😛 Anyway, I think the photos turned out beautifully, even before I photoshopped them. Hey, my degree was in advertising after all… Anyway here’s one. What do you think?

From tumblr to wordpress, I’m moving on.

So on my tumblr lately I’ve mostly just been posting gifs about living in Korea. I love doing this and don’t plan on stopping that now, but I want this blog to fill in the gaps between my cute and simple gifs, and my lengthy and expressive youtube videos. This will be the in betweens of living my life here and what I do while I teach, travel, and learn in Korea. Here’s to new beginnings, love your faces lovelies! ❤