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Sangju: School of Thought

Friday marked the last day of school. It was also graduation day. Having never seen how it’s done in other countries, I was pretty excited about it. The previous day was a pretty accurate indication of what to expect (sans teacher farewells), so the graduation ceremony didn’t come as a complete culture shock to me. However, Ottie and I were quite the awkward penguins when it came to the national pledge and song; we opted to put both hands behind our backs, at rest. Why don’t they teach these things in etiquette lessons? Not that I ever bothered to attend any of them…

Anyway, I discovered a cute little pond in the school that day! How had I never noticed it before? A replica of The Thinker sat above a pond frozen over. I was so close to attempting to walk across the film of ice, but the thought of potentially being drenched and miserable in -3°C weather was deterrent enough.

Pond frozen over with a Thinker statue in the middle in the school in the mountain, Sangju, South Korea.

Pond frozen over with a Thinker statue in the middle in the school in the mountain, Sangju, South Korea.

Naturally, photos of my last school outfit were taken there:

Outfit details: Viparo pink destination leather jacket, Zalora white shift dress, Urban Outfitters lace floral tights, Alexander McQueen x Puma red sneakers, green earrings from Forever 21, white shawl from India.

Outfit by the thinker pond in the mountainside: Viparo pink destination leather jacket, Zalora white shift dress, Urban Outfitters lace floral tights, green earrings from Forever 21.

Viparo pink destination leather jacket, Zalora white shift dress, Urban Outfitters lace floral tights, green earrings from Forever 21.

Zalora white shift dress, Urban Outfitters lace floral tights, Alexander McQueen x Puma red sneakers.

Outfit by the thinker pond in the mountainside: Viparo pink destination leather jacket, Zalora white shift dress, Urban Outfitters lace floral tights, green earrings from Forever 21.

Pavilion by a pond in the school in the mountain, Sangju, South Korea.Ottie by the pavilion. He refused to venture nearer to the pond, but humoured me by photographing my outfits there.

Last scenes of school:

Cake at the teacher's lounge, Sangju, South Korea.The ever-stocked staff room. :3

Flowers from the teachers to the graduating students in Sangju, South Korea.The teachers had prepared flowers for the graduating seniors.

Bouquet of flowers given to the teachers during the graduation ceremony.In return, some of the teachers got bouquets of flowers too. These were so pretty!

Honey Jujube Tea (honey red dates tea) in the Teacher's lounge in a school in Sangju, South Korea.Honey Jujube Tea. I really liked how my paper cup had a little plastic holder (given to me by a teacher after I was found to have difficulty holding my hot cup of tea).

Panoramic photo of the gymnasium during graduation in Sangju, South Korea.The graduation ceremony! Derp Ottie is derp.

High school second graders singing after a skit to bid farewell to the 3rd graders during graduation  in Sangju.It was sweet how it was apparently tradition that second graders send off the seniors. They put up a skit on Don Quixote and sang together this year.

Keeping chairs in the gymnasium in a school in Sangju.THIS SYSTEM OF KEEPING CHAIRS IS SO USEFUL.

Fujifilm Instax photos with the school kids in Sangju, South Korea.After that was a mad rush of photo-taking with the kids. It was our last time seeing them. :(

The teachers had a post-graduation lunch, which was a feast as usual. I was lucky to be a part of it once again:

Feast teacher's lunch.

Feast teacher's lunch.

Ottie and I took a stroll along the river after lunch, mostly because there wasn’t enough space in the cars to ferry all the teachers in one go.

Cute graphics in GPS in Bobo-sem's car.Bobo-sem came back to pick us up, and he has the cutest GPS graphics I’ve ever seen.

Scenic view along the road by the river in Sangju, South Korea.

Scenic view along the road by the river in Sangju, South Korea.

Outfit by the river in Sangju, South Korea.

Sangju is a beautiful place.

OUTFIT
Leather jacket c/o Viparo
Dress from Zalora
Floral tights from Urban Outfitters
Earrings from Forever 21
Shawl from India
Sneakers from McQ x Puma c/o Shopbop

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.

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