Korean Magic Straight Perm

Who is the worst blogger in the world? ME!

The summer in Korea is brutal! It’s not hot; the average temperatures have been steadily in the mid-80s. It IS crazy humid though, making the mid-80s feel like upper 90s. Just standing outside for 5 minutes causes you to sweat.

My hair and humidity do not get along. I have naturally wavy and frizzy hair and I hate it sooo much. I never leave the house with my natural hair. I always run a straightener through it.

Korea’s humidity made using a straightener pretty pointless. I would straighten my hair in the morning, walk 5 minutes to the bus stop and already it was wavy again (though still much better than my natural waves). Straightening my hair in the humid weather wasn’t fun either.

So, I made the decision to get my hair permed straight.

It’s not the first time I have done it. I actually had my hair chemically straightened during college twice. Both times I had something they called the “Organic Treatment”. It was described to me as something between the Brazilian and Japanese straightening treatments. It was amazing. My hair was always straight and smooth. The thing I liked about the Organic was that it would fade, I wouldn’t have wavy frizz growing at my roots and straight hair at the bottom.

I went to a salon in Busan that I read about online. I wanted to go somewhere where the stylist would be familiar with thinner foreigner hair and spoke a little English.

In the days leading up to my appointment I was having visions of my hair being fried off and ruined forever. I was extremely nervous about this new treatment. Continue reading

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Mini Update: September 2016

Hello everyone!

I have officially completed my year of teaching with EPIK in Busan. So what am I up to now?  …I’m still here! Busan granted 6-month contract extensions to the teachers that started in August 2015. August is the middle of the school year in Korea. Busan is trying to make it so that all teachers start at the beginning of the school year. I have my problems with how Busan handled these contract extensions….but I’ll vent about that another time.

The contract extension means that I will continue teaching at my schools until the end of February 2017. After that….I don’t for sure yet, but I know I’m not ready to leave Korea. I am ready to visit home for a short while, and I will be doing so during my winter vacation. I can’t wait!!!

Check out my Instragram for more frequent updates. I post lots of photos of yummy food from all around Busan.

Right now there are probably about 15 blog posts that I wrote and never posted because I think they are poorly written or just stupid. Stress from work and personal stuff has put blogging on the back-burner. In 2017 I’m going to make blogging more of a priority again.

❤ Natasha

Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last updated. It’s been about 3 months! So, what happened? In short, my life just got crazy busy and I haven’t had the time, energy, or (honestly) the desire to write any blog posts. If you want more details, continue reading!

An EPIK Surprise

Back in maybe December or January my vice principal notified me that a nearby school was looking for my school to share me–the native English speaker–with them. My education district in Busan only has 3 or 4 middle school native English teachers, and I happened to be the closest one. He asked how I felt and I kind of made an “ehhh” face and said, “I’ll do whatever you tell me to do.” His answer was “no”. The topic came up again a few times over the next month but each time everyone said they didn’t want to share me with a second school.

Because my school shrank in numbers between the two school years, we lost 3 classes. Therefore, I lost three teaching hours. In the eyes of the education office, I had plenty of time to spare. My school came up with a plan where I would teach the 1st graders twice a week to increase my hours and make me too busy to go to a second school. Well, it didn’t work.

Exactly 1 week before the start of the new school year, after a whole month of desk warming and preparing lesson plans for my new schedule, a letter arrived from the Office of Education informing me that I would indeed be teaching at two schools now. No one saw that coming. I was pissedContinue reading

Korean School Lunches

As an EPIK teacher you are entitled to lunch at school everyday. It is not free, but it is very cheap at about 3,000won per meal. You can opt-out of these lunches if you don’t like them.

I decided to give school lunches a try for a while before deciding if I wanted to continue or opt-out. After a few trial weeks I decided to continue with the school lunch because they are pretty good! The food isn’t always amazing, but we all know I’m super lazy and there’s no way I’m waking up extra early to make lunch when the school lunch is perfectly fine!

I spoke to one coteacher about the preparation of school lunch. Unlike most public schools in America that just heat up frozen nuggets, she said that Korean cafeteria staff make all the school lunches.  I’m sure there are a few things that are frozen and heated up, but as far as I can tell most of our food is freshly made and prepared by the cafeteria staff. Continue reading