love and cultural experiences
so I had pretty much the best valentines day ever. Valentines becomes so much better when you actually have someone to celebrate it with haha. The day started totally normal; baiwei called me in the morning and asked if I had arrived at school yet, to which I replied that I was gonna be a little late. We decided to meet after the second class as usual, and I figured since I was already quite late, I might as well take the time I need to prepare before going to school. However, when I finally got outside, baiwei was standing there waiting for me with a bouquet of flowers..! so unexpected, I really had no idea at all (cause when we talked on the phone earlier he said he had arrived at school already). I felt a little guilty upon realizing he had been waiting for me in the cold for over half an hour.. He gave me the flowers, a box of chocolates, and he had also got me a really pretty bracelet. He suggested we’d go on a date instead of going to school, and of course I agreed.
My breakfast on valentines day in a random coffee shop in Edae where we discussed what to do for the day.
What he had got me for valentines <3
some of the chocolates I made for him (I made probably 10 of these packs of four). I occupied the kitchen in the place where I live for probably more than 2 hours to make these chocolates,and people who wanted to cook something were waiting for me to finish, so in the end I just hurried to finish up and went to my room to decorate them prettily haha. I guess it’s a trend here in korea to make chocolates by hand and give them out on valentines, lots of girls are doing it.
Anyways, after eating a simple breakfast, we decided to go play games for a few hours in a multibang (so much fun!!), before eating delicious lunch nearby. Then we went to an ice-skating rink together (the one where Lotte World is).
After that, we just wandered around for a while inside the mall, pretty much just to drag out the time for as long as possible. I really didn’t want the day to end!
Other than that, last Sunday I went to a korean wedding, which was quite an interesting experience. A lot of korean weddings are not held in a church, but inside a wedding hall. The place was really pretty, and there were so many nice pictures of the bride and the groom.
The bride was my classmate in level 2, she’s japanese and the groom is korean. When we first got there, we all got to take pictures with the bride, and then we went to the big room to wait for the ceremony to start. The whole thing didn’t really last for very long, and the man who wed them kept talking about how they should raise their kids to make a happy family, that they should give their kids lots of pocket money and have them play different kinds of instruments etc. At the end, the groom sang a song for the bride, and then they posed for pictures with family and friends.
After taking pictures together, the bride threw the bouquet for a pre-decided girl to catch (lol the camera man basically said “now we’re gonna throw the bouquet, who amongst the bride’s friends has a boyfriend?”), and then we went down one floor to eat at a wedding buffet. About an hour or so later, the bride and the groom came to the buffet area to thank us for coming to their wedding.
Earlier this week I went with my class to come kind of small korean palace nearby where we learned how to make and drink korean traditional tea, and could try on a korean hanbok. I was quite excited about this as I have never worn a hanbok before, so I volunteered to try it on. They only had the yellow and red hanbok which is the color combination that unmarried women used to wear in the old days, but nowadays there are so many other pretty color combinations.
Me wearing the red and yellow hanbok, and a girl from my class.
We also did some kind of origami, making what’s supposed to look like the korean hanbok. It turned out ok I think haha.
Today I went to do two hours of yoga in the morning, before trying to finish my questionnaire analysis thingy in korean (for which in advance I had to interview at least 15 koreans about a self-selected topic..!). Tomorrow I’m going to baiwei’s place again, so I need to wake up a little early!