Film has a wonderful way of always surprising you. Last week I dropped off three rolls of film: 1 roll of miscellaneous Holga shots and 2 rolls of Supersampler film. I thought one roll was completely exposed, but I had gotten them mixed up and had to get them both developed. Turns out, the roll I thought was gold was milky and dark and the roll I thought was exposed was not!
Sports Day is an annual get together that brings together all of the preschool families to compete in laid-back sporting events. It’s a rare opportunity for teachers to interact with parents and a fantastic opportunity for teachers to publicly make fools of themselves with their students. This past fall, our sports day was held at a park along the Han River. Smiles across the board, it was a lovely day.
I can’t wait for Korea to thaw out.
Admittedly, Halloween in Korea is nothing like in the States. Traditionally, Halloween is not celebrated in Korea. However, with such a large population of foreigners (there are over 1 million of us in Seoul) we do more than an adequate job of getting down with the holiday. This year, I also had the pleasure of having Alexandra Doffing, one of my best friends from college, visiting Seoul-land. On the weekend, we headed to Itaewon to party with fellow expats. My biggest recommendation for tearing it up in Seoul is to stay away from all of the so-called Halloween hot spots. Low-key locals that never have covers charge over $20 bucks to get in. The Wolfound was one such location. Even bars like Zen Bar in Hongdae were charging this, in my opinion, outlandish cover. Hongdae park is always a good place to hang and drink some beverages and Halloween weekend was no exception. Live music was bumping. Convenience store drinks were flowin. Dance moves were poppin.
In addition to going out with fellow expats, we also had a Halloween party in preschool. Eleven classes of 5 and 6-year-olds frolicking around in their costumes? Super. Cute. We also celebrated Halloween round two post-work on October 31st at our favorite self-serve beer spot in Hyehwa. Halloween 2012 = success.
Chuseok is a Korean holiday that celebrates the largest harvest of the year, similar to American Thanksgiving. For preschool, we dressed up in Hanbok, traditional Korean clothes, made songpyeon and played Yute, a traditional Korean game. The babes looked so adorable in their hanbok, don’t you think?
Side note: I had charged my battery but forgotten it at home, so all of these photos are those of my partner teacher, Aelee. Enjoy!
Every other month, we have a blowout preschool birthday party to celebrate the birthdays of the little babes o’ the month. Every student brings a gift for the special birthday nuggets and they have a big gift exchange. The birthday students leave with heaping bags filled with goodies! We also gather with the other preschool classes, each class performs an elaborately rehearsed song-and-dance, we sing a huge group “Happy Birthday,” and the babes blow out their candles. The kids adore these extravaganzas- almost as much as I adore watching them go crazy. Their enthusiasm is infectious.