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Sangju: I’ll Have Everything in Pink

The third day of school was spent at a different school on the same mountain for middle and high schoolers. The sunrise was particularly breathtaking that morning:

Scenic view driving up a mountain in Sangju, South Korea.

Scenic view of the sunrise driving up a mountain in Sangju, South Korea.I remember commenting on how I finally understood what I had always thought to be grossly exaggerated picturesque landscape paintings. These scenes do exist; those painters weren’t making it up.

Re-acquainted with scenes from the school:

School grounds in Sangju, South Korea.

School grounds in Sangju, South Korea.

Dried-up flowers at school in Sangju, South Korea.Winter flowers.

I got another outfit, this time playing up on the pinks of my Viparo jacket by adding hot pink tights and reds of the only pair of shoes I brought on my trip. Those sneakers seem to go well with most anything! Best sneakers I’ve ever owned. :)

Outfit details in pink: Viparo pink leather jacket, white pashmina shawl from India, pink tights, USA socks from Korea, McQ x Puma high top sneakers from Shopbop, Dollhouse grey jacket, black skort from Bangkok.

Outfit details in pink: Viparo pink leather jacket, white pashmina shawl from India, pink tights, USA socks from Korea, McQ x Puma high top sneakers from Shopbop, Dollhouse grey jacket, black skort from Bangkok.

Outfit details in pink: Viparo pink leather jacket, white pashmina shawl from India, pink tights, USA socks from Korea, McQ x Puma high top sneakers from Shopbop, Dollhouse grey jacket, black skort from Bangkok.

Indoor slipper for school in Sangju, South Korea.My feet in one of those guest indoor slippers you have to change into once on school grounds. Also, this pair of socks with the USA flag was bought by my bro in Korea on his trip there last year. If you fold it down there are googly eyes looking at you… I wonder if a certain organisation appreciates the tongue-in-cheek jab.

Awesome toilet cubicle in school at Sangju, South Korea.The best toilet cubicle in the school. It had everything a Korean toilet bowl would have, except for the heated seat which I missed so dearly from my weekend in Lotte Hotel.

Empty cafeteria in school in Sangju, South Korea.The cafeteria! I managed to take a shot of it before lunch commenced. Those chairs have to be pulled down to sit on, but they were pretty comfy.

School lunch in Sangju, South Korea.Students serving lunch. Teachers get first dibs.

School lunch of Bibimbap in Sangju, South Korea.We had Bibimbap that day.

Preserved persimmons, Sangju, South Korea.Just like the last time I was here, there’s always so much food to be had for sharing. Persimmons are one of Sangju’s claim to agricultural fame, but I’m not too sure if these are locally-produced…? In any case, I enjoyed them.

Tea from Singapore.I’d brought some tea from Singapore for the teachers… mainly because of the Merlion on the wooden boxes.

That night happened to be a teachers’ farewell dinner. What’s interesting about the education system in Korea is that educators have no choice but to change schools after five years are up. This results in a lot of teachers living apart from their families, which was quite a sad thing to hear. Supposedly this eliminates teacher-student bias but I don’t understand the short turnaround time to successfully run a school…? I guess I’ll never be able to fully understand the rationale behind it.

In any case, eating in Korea is always a feast. I was very fortunate to be able to partake in the foods thanks to the generosity of Ottie’s schools:

Feast at the teacher's dinner.

Feast at the teacher's dinner.

Trying to suck out a small snail at the teacher's dinner, South Korea. Trying to suck out a small snail for the appetisers. It was a weird experience.

Feast at the teacher's dinner.

Feast at the teacher's dinner.

Feast at the teacher's dinner.

Happy drunks at the teacher's dinner, South Korea.Happy drunks!

Allergic reaction from somaek binging in South Korea.Bobo-sem challenged me to a drinking contest of sorts in downing four somaeks (soju + beer) in succession and I very quickly developed a reaction whenever I drink soju. It was such an eye-opener interacting with the teachers out of school. They really let loose around alcohol!

Ottie and I peaced out slightly earlier in order to meet up with his friends who were having a waegook farewell dinner. First, we popped by Baskin Robbins for my favourite green tea ice cream:

Green Tea ice cream from Baskin Robbins, Sangju, South Korea.

Elsa from Frozen cake and Belle from Beauty & The Beast cake from Baskin Robbins, Sangju, South Korea.More cool Disney cakes were found at BR – Elsa from Frozen and Belle from Beauty & The Beast.

We eventually ended up for more drinks, but I only had it in me to share one more beer at the local B Turn franchise, which hosted an international selection of beer.

Beer selection from B Turn, Sangju, South Korea.

OUTFIT
Leather jacket c/o Viparo
Grey jacket from Dollhouse
White pashmina from India
Skort from Bangkok
Tights from online
USA flag socks from Korea
Sneakers from McQ x Puma c/o Shopbop

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.

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