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We were 16 going on 17…

 

Okay so HAPPY NEW YEAR! I haven’t posted much in the last few months but I have many reasons, not all good but reasons none the less. Honestly, I had the full intention to write this post before New Years, but then I got distracted and with what little free time I had (work, friends, family) I was sleeping. The holidays really do take a lot out of you. This post is just going to be a quick catch up, and I’m going to discuss 16 good/not so good things that happened to me in 2016  (that haven’t been discussed on here yet, I don’t think!).20161216_174442.jpg

  1. I got a full-time job in Toronto! I commute every day on the GO train. It’s not easy, I’ve always got something school-related on my mind and some days my kids drive me nuts BUT it’s a full time job in my field and I could not be happier.
  2. I went to New York City! At the beginning of September my boyfriend and our two friends (and I) drove to Morristown, New Jersey. I spent Saturday and Su20160903_133153.jpgnday in NYC and it was wonderful.I also went to Trader Joe’s for the first time: I am forever changed.
  3. In relation to #2, I saw my first show on broadway!! I’ve been to broadway musicals (Evil Dead, Last 5 Years, Book of Mormon, Cinderella) but this was my first actual show on actual broadway. I saw Waitress and I became OBSESSED. If needed I can perform, at mediocre level, the entire show.
  4. In relations to #2,#3 etc… I’ve become obsessed with HAMILTON! Yes. The musical. Yes it’s amazing. No I’ll probably never get tickets to see it on Broadway.
  5. I’m still playing Pokemon go. Every day. (This is me.)
  6. I had to fight the camp I worked at for my last pay check :’) 0/10 do not recommend.
  7. I went back to the store I was working at, over Christmas, just to help them out. It was nice to see everyone again J
  8. I fell down some stairs at the Dundas subway station on a particularly rainy day and bruised my butt.
  9. I went on a shopping adventure in Michigan with some friends and went back to Trader Joes.
  10. I saw Moana (amazing) and La La Land (amazing) – Two of my favourite movies from 2016.
  11. In relation to #1, I’ve created and developed 3 whole curricula in the last two months of 2016. It was challenging and fun but great!
  12. I started Bullet Journaling and using a Happy Planner. I’m hoping to stick with it 🙂
  13. I fell in love with a new part of Ontario and I hope to go back in 2017 (just for me, not for work!)
  14. I’ve successfully cohabited with my boyfriend for an entire year. It’s been amazing.
  15. I have also started a 2nd job in my field, but a different part of my field (standardized testing!) It’s different, but fun! 
  16. 2016 was a shit year for a lot of people. I’m scared and excited for 2017
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2016 went by in a hazy death-filled blur. I can hardly believe I’ve been home from Korea for more than a year (I miss you dakgalbi from Yeonsan and pumpkin pajeon… I might have to come visit Hannah so I can get you…). I haven’t been on an airplane since 2015… It’s crazy to me! I desperately want to travel again, even if it’s not by plane. I loved my little trip to NYC. I want to see more broadway shows, I want to explore more of the earth! I’m excited for 2017 and all the hope a new year brings. I haven’t had a resolution for a long time, but I have yearly goals that I keep to myself. I recently found my 2016 goals and though I did not reach them, they seem more attainable in 2017…

I hope your year was good as it could’ve been, and your 2017 is bright and happy. So many things are in the works for so many people I care about…

I can’t make any promises of when my next post is coming. I have ideas but I’ve been so blocked creatively lately.

I hope I can get back to my old blogging self, some day soon.

My posts will always stay up! And I’ll still respond to emails if you send them!

I hope the best for all of you!

Until next time,
B

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April Showers…

wpid-img_20150411_230653.jpgApril was a really fun month. It was really rainy but the beautiful days were amazing. I mean my first baseball game got rained out, and the cherry blossom festival was a bit gloomy but I did end up going to a game! The next weekend wpid-img_20150411_193430.jpgactually. On April 11th, I watched the Lotte Giants (Busan’s team) get beat by the Hanhwa Eagles (Daejon’s team). We sat in the Unreserved Seating, which was really a great view. And for $7! It was a steal. The group of us enjoyed snacks, some enjoyed beer, and we watched our team lose horribly. I also bought a set of thunder sticks, and we all wore the regulation orange plastic garbage bags that you do at Korean baseball games. Overall, it was a fun game and I enjoyed it! Afterwards, we headed out and got some dakgalbi! Which was amazing of course, the restaurant wpid-img_20150411_164557.jpgnear Yanjeong is the BEST. The following day, Megan and I made our way to Centum city. We wanted to explore the shopping area, we got food, and just had a nice chilled out day. The week at work went pretty quickly because I was so absorbed in doing the final speaking tests. So odd that I’m done 1.5/3 semesters at work!!

The following weekend was the foreigner market! Every month, since January, there’s been a foreigner market in the wpid-img_20150418_142000.jpgGwangan area of Busan. Each month has had more and more vendors, and three bars: Sharky’s, HQ, and Beached bar, are filled with vendors selling various goods. It’s a great place to get hummus, cheeses and yogurt, and other dishes that are delicious and wanted by many foreigners. It’s so nice to have an event like this and it’s really gotten popular. It also brings a lot of the foreigners out there and it’s always nice to see a friendly face. A group of us headed to Brunsweek, a restaurant in Gwangan, for brunch before the market. Gillian, Megan, Karolyne, and I enjoyed our brunch and also got a few things at the market. Following the market, we hung out on wpid-img_20150418_161054.jpgthe beach enjoying the sun and sipping some drinks. Later on, we had a delicious BBQ meal that was SO very good. We also ended up at HQ where we reunited with a big group of people as the rain started to fall outside. After an instance, I wasn’t really in the mood to be out but I was with a good group of people and we made our way to Eva’sTicket in the KSU area. It was pretty much empty when we got there and the staff was kind of rude but we had poutine, and then a group of us from Hwamyeong left. Overall it was a good Saturday night, but I could have done without some of it…wpid-img_20150419_205017.jpg

On Sunday, I had a super chilled out day with Megan. It was REALLY rainy, so we took the subway to Homeplus, got some groceries and then headed back home. We ended up going to see a movie too, Kingsman. I have already seen it but I liked it enough to see it again. It was really funny watching someone else watch it too.. haha. Overall I had a good weekend, and sometimes you just need a day to chill out.

The last weekend of April was pretty busy! A big group of us hung out at CU on wpid-img_20150425_033722.jpgFriday night, drinking and having fun. In Korea, it’s not uncommon or illegal to drink in public and one of the cheapest places to get drunk is at the convenience store. (Convenience stores, good for more than just snacks;)) There was a guitar, lots of friendly Korean guys, and just a great group of people. It made Saturday a little bit difficult for some of my friends, but we all made our way back to Sajik stadium to watch the Lotte Giants play the Samsung Lions.

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AND WE WON! It was an amazing game, I left a bit before the ending but it was a really good game. We won 12-9. It was one of the more exciting games, compared to the first one I saw. A few of us were pretty tired so we just grabbed some dinner and made our way back home on the subway. I don’t like feeling like I’m wasting a good night out but sometimes wpid-img_20150425_194908.jpgwhen you’re tired, you’re tired.

The following day I wandered around Hwamyeong with Megan, we got some birthday cake ice cream cones from McDonalds (they were amazing) and had a good snack at Hurdy Gurdywpid-img_20150426_153211.jpg. It was a beautiful day to walk around. We ended the night by watching the sunset with pizza from Gillian’s new beautiful apartment! I had crazy apartment envy now. (Gillian is one of the newest girls that has moved to Hwamyeong and she’s a lovely person!!).
The last week of work was pretty chilled out because it was the end of the semester, I was finishing up textbooks. My boss even gave us a few short days and a day off (on April 30th.) I used that day to go shopping and exploring in Haeundae, as I don’t get to make it there that often! OK BT is an awesome plus sized shop there and I got some nice black jeans from there. (I’m wearing them now!).

The first weekend of May was pretty fun and a super long weekend for me! May is shaping up to be a super exciting month. Tomorrow, May 9th, is my birthday. And I’ve got some nice plans that include going to the monthly foreigner market, going to SpaLand, and the following weekend I’m going to a festival in Seoul, and then wpid-img_20150426_180523.jpgfollowing that there’s a long weekend where I have a visitor coming from home! I’m very excited for what May has to bring, and I’m also excited to be a 24-year-old!

Now, I’m probably going to go back into my old format, since I’m a bit more caught up, and I’m going to do some more detailed posts about my favourite places in Busan, the ones that I keep returning to.. haha. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend! I know I will!

Until next time,
B.

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