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Sangju: Firsts, Friends, Food, & Fighting

These are some of my experiences in Sangju outside of shadowing Ottie at school. I hung out with friends, cursed at the lack of proper traffic rules (seriously, zebra crossings are mere artistic suggestions in that town I was so frustrated), dodged spiders the size of thumbs, and participated in my first ever martial arts experience, Hapkido, for a week. Which meant that it was a week of terrifying somersaults, muscle aches, and abject humiliation in front of amazing black belts who were at least a decade younger than me.

Not to mention food. I take too many pictures of food.

Outfit of the Day ootd - Forever 21 navy dress, thrifted cardigan, 'The Runaways' handmade artistic necklace by The Little Fox via Etsy, H&M platform shoes, borrowed umbrella.

Outfit of the Day ootd - Forever 21 navy dress, thrifted cardigan, 'The Runaways' handmade artistic necklace by The Little Fox via Etsy, H&M platform shoes, borrowed umbrella.

Outfit of the Day ootd - Forever 21 navy dress, thrifted cardigan, 'The Runaways' handmade artistic necklace by The Little Fox via Etsy, H&M platform shoes, borrowed umbrella.F21 dress + thrifted cardigan + The Little FoxThe Runaways‘ necklace + H&M platform shoes

This was my outfit for my last day of school. It started raining suddenly, so Annie-sem kindly lent Ottie and I her umbrella. She’s super sweet!

Spider big as my thumb at the countryside in Sangju.

Cute plastic barrier in Sangju, South Korea.It’s not really like the pole-holders of Japan (via), but Korea does come close!

Budaejjigae with Pika and Fel in Sangju, South Korea.This was my first meal in Sangju, in fact, and also the first time I’d finally come face-to-face with Pika and Fel. Budaejjigae (army stew) was yet another first for me, and it’s one of the most rojak stews I’ve ever eaten in my entire life- instant noodles, macaroni, sausages, mushrooms, tofu…

Fresh milk from Korea.I never expected milk in Korea to taste so good. It even reminded me of the sweet sweet goodness that I had in Argentina.

Bingsu at Mr. Breeze in Sangju, South Korea.Hermes, Fel, Pika, Ottie, and I shared a bowl of Bingsu for desserts after Budaejjigae and kinda gave me a crash course on the current kpop hits. XD

Aftermath of Teachers' dinner.YY-sem wanted to go home to his family after a special seminar one day while I was shadowing Ottie, so he gave me his spot for the teachers’ dinner after. It was pretty epic. Chi introduced me to soju and I had to stop after two and a half shots.

Pika making a face during teachers' dinner.Pika delights in destroying my pictures. I got distracted by the funny face he was making and promptly focused on the wrong thing. XD

Pika and Fel amongst the feast of grapes, pizza, and soda for the role playing game.I also had my first legit (I used to play watered-down versions with Ti during primary school) Role-playing Game as a guest character. It was funny because at the end of the round, me, Pika, and Ant were stuck at the bottom of a cave, while Fel cautiously enquired after her teammates Pika and Ant. (I was a villainous boss to Ottie’s Big Bad, Casta Mogen.)

Sketches for a Role Playing Game.Since it took a while for my turn, I attempted some sketches of the characters for Fel and Ant.

Mocha-filled bread from Paris Baguette in Korea.Pika introduced me to my all-time favourite Mocha custard-filled bread from Paris Baguette. It’s so yummy it was all I ordered from Paris Baguette after.

Bread from Tous les Jours given to me by Kwan Jang Nim.I also got this bread from Tous les Jours pressed unto my hands one night after a session of Hapkido by the Kwan Jang Nim because he thought that I needed to fatten up. XD

Kwan Jang Nim starting music from PSY for an aerobic exercise at Hapkido.Here is Kwan Jang Nim. He looks fierce, but he’s a good guy.

Grounds for Hapkido in Sangju.

Kids warming up for belt test at Hapkido.Kids testing for their belts. On a side note, I still haven’t gotten over how kids in Korea have dyed and permed hair at such a young age.

Spending time after Hapkido with some kids at CU in Sangju.Ottie, Pika, and I hung out with two awesome black belts and a soon-to-be brown belt one day after Hapkido at the nearby convenience store, and we played Kkeutmalitgi (or Shiritori). It was fun. That cute kid in the middle was younger than the two black belts flanking him, but his English seemed way better than theirs. So cute!

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