This is Just to Say…

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In December, I had the privilege of meeting up with fellow slice of life blogger, Elsie. She brought me this wonderful book as a gift. Yesterday, I finally got to read it aloud to my students. We are in the middle of our poetry unit and it fit perfectly. We had just read the poem, “This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams in our read aloud book, Hate That Cat.

Today, I read a section from the book, where the author, Gail Carson Levine gives advice on how to write such a false apology poem. She is incredibly funny in giving specific directions on that type of attitude needed! I had my students come up with their own false apology poems and I wanted to share it with the slice of life writing community. I just love the connections we make through this writing community. Thank you again Elsie for the book.

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photographer in training

Seoul is such a fascinating city that I had so much fun taking photos there. It was my first time there with my Nikon d5100 dslr. I love these photographs that Melody took of me during  our photoshoot at Bukchon village. I especially love the candid shots! I still have a lot to learn about photography. It looks like I’ll have opportunities to take more fascinating photos as I will be traveling to Indonesia and Vietnam in these next few months!

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a final adventure in korea


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As  I waited for the bus to the airport, I anxiously checked my wallet carefully. I only had 13500KRW. I was short 1,500KRW (about $1.50) the required bus fare. I just hoped that they would take credit card, like they did on the other bus I used to take. However, I was taking a different bus route today.

I got on the bus, and asked the bus driver if he took credit card. He had me try to use my transportation(T-money) card, but I didn’t have enough money on that. Then he told me to try to use my credit card, but I knew that I had a foreign card, and it wouldn’t work on the T-money machine. I didn’t know what to do. He told me that I needed to pay. I asked if I could pay at the airport. I mean there would be an ATM machine there, but he said that I had to pay before.

Not sure what else to do,  I told him I would get off the next stop. He asked me what I would do. I said that I would have to find an ATM or something. Then, he told me to stay on and that I could get off the next stop where there’s an ATM. I thought he meant that he would kick me off, and that I would have to wait for the next bus.

I waited anxiously for the next stop, he told me that I could get off and go to the ATM and he would wait for me. Luckily, I was still the only person on this  huge bus, even after 4 stops. As we approached the stop, I got off and went to the ATM. However, I tried all 3 of my credit cards, but they didn’t accept my foreign cards. This was it, I thought. I didn’t really have any other option. I would really just have to get off the bus.

I told the bus driver that I would just get off the bus and catch a taxi. I could pay with my credit card on the taxi. He asked me if i would have enough time to catch my flight if I took the bus. I said yes. He asked me if I could use the ATM machine at the airport. I told him that those machines would work with my foreign card.

Relieved, I got back on the bus. Then, he asked me if I had any dollars. I told him I had some Singapore dollars. He had me pay the amount I was missing with my Singapore dollars. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?! However, that wasn’t the only hurdle. As I looked at my watch I realized that the bus ride was taking a lot longer than I had expected. I was getting closer to the departing time. I got to the airport about an hour before. I didn’t realize that my flight time was 20 minutes earlier than I thought!

When I got to the security line, there were more people than normal. Usually, it is very quick to get through security at Incheon airport. Nervously, I waited on the line. As I made my way to the gate, they started boarding about 5 minutes after. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do any duty free shopping, which may have a good thing on my wallet! Next time I’m in Korea, I’ll make sure to have the required bus fare and leave much earlier.

Have you had any crazy getting to the airport/almost missing your flight stories? 

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inseparable

I’m not a hugger. My family is not really into hugs. Well maybe just my Mom, but she’s the anomaly. I think that’s one of the reasons why these two pictures of my brothers are my favorite. Another reason is that they are skating at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, one of my favorite places to go during the Christmas season.

I used to spend a lot of time at the skating rink growing up. My mom would drive us and watch from inside. She sometimes even skated with us. My brothers would be in their hockey skates zipping around the rink while I practiced my figure skating in the middle coned-off circle. The best was when we went after church and hung out at the rink with all of our church friends at the Hommocks skating rink or sometimes we would skate at the frozen duck pond in Scarsdale. I love all the memories we had on and off the ice.

I love that Brian is hugging Andrew so tightly in the second picture. One of those rare moments of genuine affection, caught on camera. I love the the innocent child-like joy they are having just playing with each other. That’s pretty much how they were our whole childhood. Always together, whether they were running, laughing, causing a mess, or taking on the world. They’ve been inseparable since the womb, until college where they finally went separate ways, yet spiritually and emotionally they somehow always seemed to follow the same path.

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On January 21, 1986 my life completely changed and for that I am so grateful. Happy birthday to the best little brothers a sister could have! 🙂
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Les Deux Plats @ Itaewon

A real French restaurant in Seoul? Not quite. Les Deux Plats is a new restaurant with French & Italian food on it’s menu. It’s found off the main street in Itaewon. I ended up going there for brunch which was more of an American style brunch menu. However, my friend Melody insists that they have the best steak in Seoul. So I’ll have to go back for steak the next time I’m in Seoul.

It’s a nice big building with 3 floors and plenty of tables. They gave us this appetizer red bean paste soup which tasted good and came with the brunch. We ordered the monte cristo sandwich, eggs benedict, frittata and caprese focaccia sandwich. I enjoyed my frittata and the  monte cristo was good as well! It was definitely a reasonably priced choice for brunch.

Directions can be found here:  http://onlyitaewon.com/component/content/article/63-food/restaurants/fusion/214-les-deux-plats.html

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