I spent an entire week in Sangju, helping Ottie to pack up two years of his life and saying goodbyes to friendly faces.
We finally arrive in Sangju, 2 hours south of Seoul.
Man Cook was a restaurant that set up early last year; Ottie and I particularly loved the name. As Ottie used to joke when it opened, “Man cook. Man take money. Man laugh at fool.”
One of the things about being in Korea without any knowledge of the language is that places become known for what they sell. One of our first meals after coming in from Seoul was at what is known within the Waegook (foreigner) community as The Makgeolli Place:
We also had my first ever Dak GalbiÂ the next day. It was so goooood:
My previous trip to SangjuÂ was spent shadowing Ottie in his schools. This time was no exception, if only to say goodbye to the cutest kids in the country. We spent our Monday at the middle school:
We arrived at the middle school:
Back at my favourite place. I took an outfit here the last time.
Breakfast wasÂ this cute KakaoTalkÂ bunÂ from a small convenienceÂ store outside the school.
My favourite part of school in Korea is lunch time! I’m always a little excited to be a part of everyday living in a foreign place, and the way lunch is served in Korean schools is just so different from that in Singapore. It’s actually quite smart in order to ensure that kids don’t go hungry thanks toÂ some bully takingÂ their lunch moneyÂ the wayÂ I suffered in primary school.
I got extra strawberries to go after lunch… this was taken during the walk back from the cafeteria to the classrooms. The school populous generally doesn’tÂ bother to switch back to proper footwear for lunch, so it was a bit of a bite wearingÂ indoor slippers outdoors.
I had brought my Instax with meÂ since this was the last time we were going to be there, and I wanted to leave behind some shared memories. I also brought along love letters from Chinese New Year and my all-time favourite jewel biscuits as souvenirs from home. :)
I absolutely had to take a series of photos along this beautiful row of trees again. My school outfits this time are a lot more me and a lot less first-impressions compared to the last time. Partly because Ottie assured me that the schools wouldÂ be okay with my choices, and alsoÂ because it was our last week in there anyway.
I’m showing offÂ my awesome pink leather jacket again, mostly because layering in winter is pretty boring with greys upon greys all day, everyday. I broke out my beige-to-green ombre shirt and paired it with a necklace I haven’t worn in a while, and the result seems quite pretty, especially contrasted against the pink! I’ll have to remember to try a similar combination in the future. To spice things up more in here, I decided to wear my vertical-striped tights to refocus attention fromÂ the outward flare of my skorts. The result was just slightly crazier than usual, andÂ I think it turned out okay.
Outfit photos by Ottie.