Monday, September 30, 2013

My home in Seoul

Well its just a tiny room. 

So here it is!

I bought this blanket at a cheap price! And I think its pretty hahaha.

So there isn't any place to dry my clothes because I kinda live in a shop house. Each room has a metal bar right above the bed where you can dry your clothes.

My room is actually quite big and cozy compare to the rest of the private dorms here so it is actually quite comfortable to live in.

Everything is great now and I got closer with my classmates. Also I made some Korean friends through some buddy programme here and I joined an outing with them last weekend. We went to the National Museum of Korea which was superrrrrrrrrrrrrrr boring but we had some games which involves running around in the museum. And no, its not like what you watch in Running Man. Its not super fun but its okay since I made some friends. 

We were divided into groups and these are my groupmates. The 3 guys from the right are the Korean students and the rest of us are the foreign students. 

Group shot

The koreans love their fried chicken and beer so we had them after our tour in the museum. 

Overall I have to say that I think the Korean Language Programme here in Sungkyunkwan University is really good compare to the rest of the universities although I have not been to other universities here in Korea but I think the programme is really intensive and you can learn a lot. I can speak much better now although it has just been a month. Of course I am not as good as the koreans but I improved a lot. Also they have these activities held by UNIS which is something like a society/club, not really sure what they do but they organize outings and events for foreign students. 

I'll try to take pictures of my school and post up soon! :) Till then.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Updates from Korea!

Finally, I have some time so sit down and blog. Been really busy since classes started and moving in to my new room. Really like the place I'm currently staying except that it can be quite noisy at night there are restaurants downstairs and opposite. I really really glad that Eun Yeong was with me when I was looking for a place. Super grateful. T_T I've heard that the rental here is actually a little bit more expensive but I really like the place and my room is actually pretty big compare to the rest of the goshiwon. Everything is included in the rental including internet and I have a mini fridge in my room. The ahjumma provide cooked rice and some kimchi too. And it is really near my school, I walk to school everyday and it takes about 15 minutes. There are quite a lot of restaurants nearby but I always do not know what to eat. There is Subway and Pizza Hut and I think they are going to open a Mcd soon! There is also a Daiso nearby, got my stuffs mostly from there and there are a lot of mini marts. I won't die of hunger in Korea.

So far my classes have been really good, the teachers are really good and I like their teaching method which has a balance of speaking and grammar at the same time. I haven't really made much friends but most of my classmates are really really nice. :) The food in the cafeteria is quite good and they have a different menu everyday. But the buildings and classrooms are really confusing T_T I haven't got to take pictures, I will do it soon!

I've been learning a lot of things lately myself. And I have to say I'm pretty proud of it. Getting a sim card and opening a bank account. *tears* Before this I've always thought most Koreans can understand English its just that they do not speak much but I was wrong. T_T

I couldn't order a Subway or a coffee at Tom n Toms with my English although their menu is in English I have to speak in Konglish. D: Now I even have to learn Konglish to survive? D: Now you must been thinking how does Konglish is like. Here are some examples:

1. For Turkey you have to say "Taw-Khi"
2. Honey oat- Ha-ni oh-th
3. Hot Chocolate- Hart- Cho-co

And today I went to the bookstore in my school and ask if they have printing service, well of course with my broken korean but she couldn't understand the word "printing" then I showed her my USB drive and she said ahhh "peu-rin-th" (print) -______-

I also went to the bank today to open a account and the bank officer does not speak English at all. D: But it was a pretty easy process, just fill in some forms, they do have it in English but most of the documents are in Korean and you just have to bring along your passport. But I think the bank officer said something like you have to come back once you've gotten your Alien Registration Card which is pretty much like an IC for foreigners. I'm not sure if thats what she said I just said okay. Haha.

As for a sim card, you can get it at any Olleh store, they have a few global stores where they provide services in English, Chinese and Japanese which is super awesome la. Oh but for foreigners you will have to bring along your passport and also you must be in Korea for more than 3 days before you can get it and also you can only get it on weekdays Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm. I think it is because they will need to access your information from the immigration or something like that. One super awesome thing is that you can get free wifi access on your phone at most places from your service provider.

Now the next thing I need to do is to visit the Immigration for the Alien Registration Card, yes they call the foreigners aliens. -__- What I am really impressed is that they have a hotline for foreigners if you have anything to ask regarding the immigration and they speak perfect English. I've called to ask which immigration office to go cos you have to go a different one if you live at different places. And you can get to their operator super fast! Even faster than Mcds delivery hotline in Malaysia. -__-

So that's about it, I'm glad that I'm almost settled down, was super stressful for the past weeks. Gonna go to the supermarket tomorrow to get more food and stuffs. :D

Oh and the weather is getting colder I hope it stays this cool for a longer time before it gets too cold. T_T