The first 24 hours here in Korea felt like days! Every minute felt dragged out. Everything was moving normally except for the clock. Worse was we couldn’t understand what everybody was mumbling about. Except for very common words like anyeonghaseo (hello), kumapseumnida (sorry), ne (yes) and aniyo (no). Not that we went to Korea unprepared, because we did take up several Korean classes before coming here. It’s just the mixture of fatigue, hunger (empty stomach for 12 hours!) and total disorientation. Hangul was everywhere! People can barely speak English. And their broken english.. should be called shattered&totally-messed-up english! (Ofcourse, there are some who can really speak English well). Ahhh~~The reality that we were leaving Philippines hit me when we boarded our MNL-KOR flight. Except for several heads, all the other noggins were chinky and yellowish-white. AND I had no ♥mommy♥ TT_TT
We met 10 new people in a day~PHEW. I still can’t memorize all of their names after two weeks. Aigoo, I need sodium. (ㅠ,ㅠ)
The first people we met where Kuya Ipe and Kuya Enero (Yes, he was born in January teehee). Very lovable kuyas! Both are pursuing their PHDs here in CBNU. They took us to our dorms but we couldn’t go in yet cause Ate Noreen(taking up her masters) wasn’t here yet and they weren’t sure which room we’ve been assigned. Apparently, our previous room assignments were changed because we arrived 3weeks late. In the end I was assigned to the 10th floor while all the other girls are in the 12th. I feel left out. 😦
The rooms are cozy enough. 1 huge window, 1 aircorn, a heated floor! (WHOA! Manul!), 2 침대(bed), 2 책상(desk), 2의자(chair), 2옷장(clothes cabinet) and 1화장실(bathroom). I also got a touch-activated desk lamp, how awesome is that? HOHOHO! Oh, and there’s a 5 layer cabinet attached to the desk. PLUS AN EXTREMELY HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION!♥
Here’s a map of the University~~where’s the dorm? Where’s the classroom? Which one is the old gate? Tee hee secret!
There are many exit points in CBNU (천북대학교,chonbuk dehakyu) but the important ones are the New Gate and the Old Gate. They got Korean names but I can’t remember them at the moment. ( @,@ ).
On our first lunch we went out through the old gate. We walked for about 20 minutes before we arrived at the restaurant. Being cheap ass exchange students we each ordered a 3,500원 meal. Fried rice with shrimp! (Except Miguel, he’s got allergies. Poor lad) I felt dispirited about the food prices thinking I’d only get a plateful of fried rice. but boy was I wronggg. WE GOT TONS OF of side dishes! You gotta love the Korean style of eating ♥ The meals are painfully costlier but they give you your money’s worth. Plenty of extra food. AND If you order alot (i.e. there’s about 10 of you) they’ll shower you with delicious side dishes! OMNOMNOMNOM~burp
YUMMOH! I was filled to the brim! TEEHEE ♥
Filled and satisfied we decided to wander around~~not bad not bad. The path walk is wide and made of bricks just ike Malaysia’s sidewalks. A bit dirty. But then again, everywhere I’ve been to hasn’t been able to hold their own against Singapore. There are plenty of brand name stores here. Etude and SkinFood is just outside the university! You’d love the pretty nail polish(es) they sell at SkinFood~~♥,♥~~It’s pretty here, but I can’t wait to see Seoul!
The electric plugs (is that the proper name?) here are different from Bacolod’s so we had to buy some adaptors. They use rounded ones here. And they don’t give out plastics when you buy things! You have to ask for it, and at other stores they make you pay for it. Plus, they call plastic bags here as ‘vinyl’. #IdkWHY.
Ah, the highlight of my day was when we checked out the Daisu store. ♥ It’s this store where they sell real cheap shitz. I bought a pink trash can, a pink soapholder and a pink acetone for 1,000won each. They sell notebooks, pens & pencils, paper, blackboard, slippers, soap, lipgloss, lotions, stockings, leggings, underwear, plants..yes plants, candles, candies and moaaarawroar!
Happy with my choice of 1st-things-I-ever-bought-in-Korea I went to the cashier to pay~~I put the stuff on the counter, he scanned it, I payed. Then he didn’t give me plastic. He didn’t give me plastic. We we’re just staring at each other. O,O I was shocked! Astonished! I turned to Benjo and said-alittletooloudly- “Wala niya ko giN HATAGAN PLASTIC?!” Then me and Benjo burst out laughing~aigoo~I suddenly remembered that plastic was english and that he might’ve understood. I turned to him and he was blushing the poor kid, but he was laughing along with us. Hehe. He put my stuff in a plastic bag and gave a little bow while saying thank you in Korean. He looked up and I saw his face.
OMG! WHOA! I JUST FOUND THE SPITTIN’ IMAGE OF THUNDER!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
On the left is THUNDER! On the right is SANDARA PARK. His noona~ or older sister. :)))
♥We’ve been going back to Daisu just to see him but we only saw him twice. On our 1st and 2nd day♥ ( ㅠ_ㅠ ) But we did find out that he is a student of CNBU when we saw him here at school. Me and Benjo we’re walking back to the kisuksa (dorm) when I saw his face. Shocked I pointed at him *hahahaha!* then he paused and looked back at us. Then I said the word, “si daisu”, he smiled and waved at us and continued walking with his friends. WE BURST OUT LAUGHING! He remembered us! Hahahaha! We laughed all the way to the dorm~~wee ♥
On our way back to the dorm Kuya Leonard (Researcher) treated all of us to icecream! The spoon was made of paper. Thick paper~~I never knew you could that.
Then back to the dorm again~ rest rest rest.
We thought we’d be really independent here. Heh, we we’re so wrong. We’ve go so many Ates and Kuyas here! They’re always there to help us~~. We didn’t have to worry and wonder what we’re the essentials that we really needed. We didn’t have to waste our money on expensive things when the Ates & Kuyas know where to find a cheaper counterpart. Its like everything is being spoon fed to us. We’ve already been to the cheap stores here in Jeonju and its only our 2nd week!
The only greatest hurdle we’ll ever face here is the Korean Language. More on that on another post~~
The welcoming dinner and our 1st night at Jeonju will be on another post~~~(my roomie is asleep already must type quietly)