Sunday, October 16, 2011


I haven't wrote on here in a while again.  Life has been crazy.  I mean crazy.  Things are so difficult here sometimes.  I suppose that I have a love/hate relationship with Korea at this time.  There are so many good things, yet there are so many things that are difficult at best.  When I talk to my friends here, it seems that most of them think the same way.  I ain't able to sit here and define what is good or bad, but I feel like it is finally time to sit down and put it into writing.  They ain't much more I can do cuz having the same conversations with my 'foreign' friends here don't help much.  They almost always say that they agree and offer up some random difficult situation or some somewhat funny situation that they've had to deal with.

I've been dealing with some sort of skin issues for the past month or so.  I got these red spots that show up and stick around for a week or two. Then, just as I start to feelin' better or looking better more pops up some place else.  It is quite annoying.  I called off school one day cuz my skin went nuts and the school acted as if I done something really bad.  As if I want this stuff on me?  To make it worse, I feel mostly good.  I go to the gym and have been feeling right close to normal.  I just have spots on me.  Korea is a country that focuses on outer appearance more than you could imagine, so it is not easy.  I went to two doctors that give me a blank look and give me come cream.  I knew that it was more than just a problem that needed cream.  Luckily, I have people that prays for me and gives me advice or I'd have no idea where to turn next here.  Health care is not easy in a country that refuses to accept that people need to visit a doctor at least once a year during work hours.  It is hard to fully understand the complexity of this issue.  Errr.

I had to work on Saturday which was a blessing and a curse.  I got extra money and since I ain't got much left over from my pay from last month, it ain't been easy.  Health issues cost money.  It's hard to get around that.  I worked an English festival.  They was about 15 native English teachers who helped too.  There were speeches, essay contests and many games.  It was a long day followed by a long dinner with about 25 people.  The food was very Korean.  During supper, a really cool girl from East Canada mentioned that life here is like a movie and a dream.  It don't have to be a good movie or a great dream, but it is a mix of the two.  Things happen that are just amazing or crazy on a daily basis.  I saw a lady selling bunnies at the subway station today if that gives you and idea.  The day was so mixed with worry about skin, funny essays, great conversations with random teachers from around the world and sittin' at the floor eating tofu and b-que pork.

I applied to a dream job and got an interview.  So, I took the subway to the center of 'foreign' Korea in order to get a suit tailored.  It cost me an arm and a leg, but this is Korea and how you look often means more than what you can do.  I have this week to get ready for this interview.  It is the kind of interview that usually comes once in a life, so I have to do my best.  This week will be filled with prep for it.  They ain't no way around it.  I got to do it.  So, life trucks along here.  There is so much uncertain with my job and with my health, but it keeps a truckin!

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