Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are You Thirsty, or Nah?

This new epidemic of Thirst has ruined friendships and stopped a few great relationships from forming. People are scared to approach each other people for fear they'll be called thirsty by their friends, or love interest meaning people are too afraid to even make any move. It seems being thirsty is any action that shows you're interested in someone from smiling before you speak to saying hello. If everyone is scared to make the first move, how the hell are people are going to get together? First off let's take a look at what describes as thirst:

A form of lust of or want of members of the opposite sex. This term can refer to both males and females
Someone who is desperate. A thirsty person is constantly looking for a person to date.

For the sake of the matter, let's just stick with the latter description, which describes a thirsty person as desperate. This person is usually seen "doing the most" to get another person's attention either in real life or online. Since the line between showing interest in someone and being thirsty is often confused, we thought it would be a good idea to show you a few examples of what is and is not Thirst. Welcome to "Thirsty, or Nah". 

Warning: Some of the following pictures are NSFW.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cool Down Montgomery

This steamy heat is the perfect excuse to go dig into some cool sweet treats. Of course you can always stay inside and bury yourself in store bought ice cream, but if you ever find yourself out and about in Montgomery, here are a few places you can go to to cool down.

Nancy's Italian Ice
This is one of my favorite places to get a sweet treat in Montgomery. Located on Vaughn Road, right across from AMC theaters, this sweet spot serves a variety of Italian Ice for the city to enjoy. You can either get a (Italian Ice topped with ice cream) and they come in flavors like Tiger's Blood, Mango, Lemonade and more. This place gets busy quick, so if you have time while in Montgomery, make sure to stop by.

Smoothies n Things
Save yourself from the heat downtown by stopping into this local cool spot for some great mixed smoothies. They have many options of drinks and you can mix and match flavors to your liking. They now have happy hour Wednesdays and Thursday nights were drinks are half price, featuring their lemon zest flavor!

Just kickin' It

The Master, me, Carina, and one of the student instructors
I've always wanted to learn martial arts when I was a kid. I loved action movies and fighting games and wished I could be as strong and skilled as the characters I saw on my TV Screen

That's why I was under excited that UIP was going to be taking a Taekwondo class. After breakfast, we all lined up in the lobby to walk to the Ulsan gym. We were given a pair of workout robes to wear, bit there weren't enough for everyone. Mine were too big while some of the taller students had robes that were too short. I was all set to grab my camera and get some great picks of me in action. We all gathered in the middle of the gym I and I thought that we were going to be introduced to the students and master of the program. Instead, we were seated on the floor and sat to watch them do some demonstrations.

Mountains and Lighthouses 7/13

My friend Marysia invited me and my roommate out to see the Pine Forest and Haeundae Lighthouse in Busan. We had thought it was going to be us three girls, with Marysia being the guide since she knows the most Korean. But two others joined us along the way and our real guide, Gunn, met us at the bus stop.

The ride to Busan was supposed to have been an hour long, but didn't feel like it at all. Maybe because we took a taxi halfway instead of transferring buses.

The Pine Forest was beautiful. I also experienced my first squatter toilet here, which really isn't a pleasant experience. They place a roll of tissue right beside the bathroom entrance and you have to squat to do your business. The smell was horrible and I tried to breath as little as possible while I was in there.
My first squatter toilet

After walking through the Pine Forest for a good bit, we came towards the lighthouse and finally got a full view of the sea and surrounding mountains. There was sea as far as you could see and we took tons of photos. Gunn was a gracious guide and was very patient with us when we constantly stopped to take photos.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Summer Anthem... So Far

I'm having a really hard time finding the one song to jam to all summer long. Last year my summer anthem was Disclosure ft Sam Smith "Latch." This summer I haven't been listening to music that much. If I had to pick a song that I enjoy this summer it would be Spica's "You Don't Love Me."

Last Year's Summer Anthem

 I like the song a lot, but the only problem is it doesn't scream  summer anthem. The song describes my love life though. No matter how much I try to impress a guy, he still doesn't like me. Another song that could be perfect for the summer is 4 minute's "Is It Poppin." The song is great, but I think it was more of a summer jam for last year. Even though I still listen to it now.

 I haven't been listening to much American music. I was listening to BeyoncĂ©, but I'm not listening to it as much. Sometimes I listen to Paramore's "Ain't it Fun."  The only problem is it hits too close to home. The song makes me afraid of the "real world". "Ain't it Fun" would be the most depressing yet truthful song to play at a graduation.

After giving it much thought, I guess all of the songs I mentioned above could be my summer anthem. Last year, I only chose one song, but this year I guess all three could do.  Spica's song takes me back to the 60's, while 4 minute reminds me of the early 2000s, and Paramore's song is more present day for me.

My Summer Anthem.. So Far

 Spica "You Don't Love Me"

4MINUTE "Is It Poppin?"

Paramore "Ain't It Fun"


What's your summer anthem?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fighting Tigers and Belgium Waffles 7/12

Saturday morning was another exciting adventure in Ulsan. We met a student named MJ who is set to come to AUM for this upcoming school year. All the AUM students decided to meet her on Saturday and she took us out for lunch so we could get to know each other and prepare her for life in Montgomery. During the combo we ended up telling her all the fun things to do in Montgomery or the surrounding areas and were actually surprised that we could think of so many. I guess growing up in the city makes you forget all the good things to do. After the meal we grabbed a drink at the book store and talked a little bit more before ending our meeting. Everyone had something to do , so we parted ways and planned to do something another day.

L-R Kerry, Me, MJ, Zaneta

Friday, July 11, 2014

Making adjustments...

My experience in South Korea has been pretty good so far. I've met some really great people and the locals are really nice. Besides the language, there haven't been many differences from back at home. But here are just a few of the minor things I've had to get adjusted to while here.
The top right side is a form of kimchi

Kimchi, or pickled cabbage, is served with almost every Korean dish. I knew this already from going to Korean restaurants back home, and could only eat it in a stew or in small bites. I've learned that kimchi isn't only limited to the spicy red dish, but also has other colors and more bearable flavors. I am not a hardcore fan yet, but the variety means I may actually eat more of it.