Ping Pong in Sinpyeong

I wrote that title because it rhymed. Anyway, we found out there are ping pong tables at our apartment complex! Our bosses let us borrow some paddles and we played a few weekends ago. It was great fun and we hope to do it more often. The weather is getting colder here so we are finding more activities to stay active.

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Craft Fridays

On Fridays we have special classes. These include watching a movie, learning grammar and special subjects, and making crafts. These rotate about every 2 or so weeks.
A little while ago we had a craft Friday which the kids always seem to love. Making things instead of studying, who wouldn’t love that!?

This time we made these things out of yarn, chop sticks and chestnuts. Here is the link for the craft:

http://www.redtedart.com/2012/10/24/chestnuts-crafts-for-kids-spiderwebs/

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It worked surprisingly well for all age groups. Here is how they turned out.

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Next month we are going to start doing Christmas crafts like ornaments and things so it should be fun.

New Additions to the Apartment

Our apartment was furnished with most things you would need when we first arrived. But we had 2 extra rooms with nothing in them. So we decided to move one couch into one of those rooms for guests to stay in and went looking for a couch to put in the living room. Our boss told us about a used furniture store called “Recycle” in Cheonan. I hate buying things new and it is very hard to find used places in Korea (at least in proximity to where we live) so we got in the car and headed to Recycle.

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Cheonan Recycle Store

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It took about an hour but it was definitely worth the drive. There wasn’t a language barrier but there was a cultural barrier. We found a couch that was perfect and a good price. But the manager at first said no shipping to Sinpyeong. We were bummed. But we are very fortunate to have a Korean boss. We called her and she talked to him and we found out that the manager thought the price for shipping was too high and he didn’t want to insult us. We explained that she shipping price was fine and made a deal.

So we got a couch for 50,000 won ($50), a coffee table, some tupperware, and a small cabinet with drawers, delivered all for 120,000 won. This is less than the cost of a new couch! What a deal!
Here is what the store looks like in case you are ever in the area. I strongly recommend this place. The guys English was pretty good and he delivered it to our apartment. Sweet deal!

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IMG_20131109_162606 This place has a little bit of everything!

So here is our new couch and coffee table:

our couch

Going to the Movies

We have been to the movies twice now.
Sarah found a site that not only lists English films playing in Korea but the site itself is in English and easy to navigate: Cine in Korea
One big difference we noticed about going to the movies in Korea is that when you purchase your tickets you purchase specific seats. This was great for us since we aren’t close to the theater and therefore have to plan ahead.  And also great for groups so they don’t get split up. I guess if you usually plan last minute but arrive early this wouldn’t be as great to you.
The theater we go to is Lotte Cinema in Seosan, which is about a 30 minute drive from us.

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lotte owns everything apparently

Lotte Cinema is very interesting. On the bottom floor your purchase your tickets and it has tables to sit down and eat and in the back there is an arcade. You can buy everything you normally would at a theater, popcorn, candy, soda. But they also sell juice and the popcorn has flavors like caramel, kettle, onion, and regular. Also, you can buy beer. The bathroom is for one person at a time. I’m just kidding.

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i’m not a men, i’m a man

Per Sarah’s request, we saw Thor 2: The Dark World in October.

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waaaay better than the first thor

And then this past weekend we saw  Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games. Again, Sarah. We got popcorn, soda, and I got a beer! A soda is 2,000 ($2), a large popcorn is 4500 ($4.50) and my beer was only 3,000 won ($3). Pretty good prices.

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better than the first film

Back home we probably wouldn’t go to the movies as often. But it is nice to be able to do something here in Korea that feels so normal. 2 hours of English with cultural references we easily understand. It is a nice break every once in a while.

It is unfortunate that some films I am interested in haven’t and probably won’t make it over here. But there are some big hollywood movies coming out in 2014 so we will definitely be seeing more films here.

Episode #2 – Itaewon, Seoul

In episode #2 I discuss our trip to Itaewon while walking through one of the back alleys.

This is only the 2nd video log so I am just now getting my bearings. I want to do more with these. I am planning to start doing videos about the pros and cons of living in korea. The things I love, the things I hate. I would like to make them “episodes.”

Coming up in a future episode is a video of a walk through of our apartment. I also have some video from Fukuoka as well as Itaewon that will take some time to put together.

What would you guys like to see videos of? I would love some ideas so let us know in the comments below.