30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 17

Today, I did day 17 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Light Yoga Backbends.” Since my back causes me the most pain, this video was especially beneficial. Additionally, I’ve been trying to do wheel pose and bow pose every day to help strengthen my back. Today was the first day I was able to get my hips off the ground in bow pose! That made me incredibly happy.

I also spent thirty minutes on the elliptical today and upped both the resistance and the incline. I felt so energized when I was finished.

As far as food today, I had oatmeal and a banana for breakfast. For lunch, I had the veggie and rice bowl at work. When I got home, I had some leftover beef and vegetables for a snack. For dinner, I had a big salad with some pinto beans for protein. I also had a little bit of hazelnut chocolate as a treat.

I spent some time coloring in my adult coloring book and listening to music. I don’t think I could go a day without music; it is incredibly important for my sanity and helps me to relax. Today, I’ve been listening to the Cure, New Order, and Coheed and Cambria.

What kind of music do you listen to?

30 Day Challenge: Day 22

Put Your Music on Shuffle and Post the First Ten Songs

  1. The Smiths – Suffer Little Children
  2. AFI – Open Your Eyes
  3. Blaqk Audio – The Love Letter
  4. Voltaire – The Happy Song
  5. All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  6. Queen – I Want It All
  7. The Beatles – A Day In The Life
  8. The Clash – London’s Burning
  9. Paulson – Window Frames
  10. RuPaul – Cover Girl

I have enough music in my digital library to play for nearly 13 days straight. This is such a small sampling, but I’m happy with the songs that came up!

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challenge: Day 7

List Ten Songs That You’re Loving Right Now

  1. Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. If It Ain’t Love – Jason Derulo
  3. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  4. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  5. SOMEONE LIKE U – Dalshabet
  6. Hot Pink – Exid
  7. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
  8. Unicorn Wizard – Ninja Sex Party
  9. Cypress Grove – Clutch
  10. A Warrior’s Call – Volbeat

What have you been listening to lately?

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challenge: Day 4

Write About Someone Who Inspires You

I was supposed to write this post yesterday, but I honestly had a difficult time with the topic. I don’t recall a time in my life that I’ve ever had a “role model” or someone I necessarily looked up to. Of course there have been people who have helped me to become the person I am today (my mother, my teachers, my friends). However, I wouldn’t necessarily put any one individual on a pedestal.

So, instead of writing about someone who inspires me, I’m going to write about something that inspires me.


Anyone who knows me knows that my life pretty much revolves around music. I listen to music every chance I get: alone in my room, driving in my car. Wherever. Whenever. It has the ability to completely alter my mood and it is something that I crave.

I spent four years in college as a radio DJ and, during that time, I was introduced to so many new artists and genres. I had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite musicians and attend numerous concerts that I will remember for the rest of my life.

I also have friends who have referred to me as a human jukebox because I will burst out into song if I hear something at a bar or in a store. My tastes are not limited to any one particular style and I truly believe that this is something that has helped me to become a more well-rounded individual.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that almost everyone likes some form of music. Therefore, I feel like I can relate to a range of different people because of it. My mom raised me on classic rock. I played cello in an orchestra from elementary school through college. The radio station I worked for played all heavy metal all the time. Pop music. Hip hop. Electronica. I like it all. Well, except maybe country.

But there you have it. Music is my inspiration.

What’s yours?

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

An International Weekend

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, guys! I’ve had a really busy, really awesome weekend filled with food, music, and exploring!

On Friday, Steve and I spent the day in Seongnamdong (Old Downtown). It was a national holiday (Hangul Proclamation Day), so we had off from work. The streets of Seongnamdong were packed with families: children were carrying balloons and people were eating a variety of street foods.

Steve and I.

Steve and I.

We probably walked around for a few hours until we decided to have some dinner. We came across a dak galbi (fire chicken) restaurant called Yoogane, which is something we’ve been meaning to try, so we had to stop in. The place was so crowded, so it had to be good. We decided to get two servings of dak galbi with bean sprout fried rice (4,500 won/serving, which is about $4), one serving of ramyeun, and cheese to go with it. Oh my god. It was absolutely phenomenal!

Dak galbi.

Dak galbi.

After dinner, we made our way to JJ’s Bar, which was actually having taco night. You can’t say no to tacos, right? So, we got three of them with seasoned rice and refried beans. There was also a poker tournament going on, but we didn’t stay too long.

Tacos at JJ's!

Tacos at JJ’s!

On Saturday, we had plans to attend the Cheoyong Culture Festival at the Ulsan Arts and Culture Center downtown. The Cheoyong Festival is a huge outdoor festival featuring food, crafts, and musical acts from all over the world. Some of the food tents included Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Nepal/India, America, Canada, and (of course) Korean, among others.

Ulsan Culture and Arts Center.

Ulsan Culture and Arts Center.

We tried Indian samosas, Vietnamese spring rolls and banh mi, Turkish kebabs, grilled corn, grilled squid, red bean cakes, pajeon (green onion pancake), and even hamburgers! All the food was absolutely incredible.



The craft tents were impressive, as well. There was pottery, hand carved incense burners, handbags, trinkets, and other beautiful items from all over the world. My favorite was one pottery tent where the potter was letting kids spin on the wheel with him. There were also other tables set up with crafts for kids to do, like painting and drawing.

Music also filled the air all day, and there was everything from South American pan pipe performers to a rock ‘n’ roll band from Beijing. Later in the evening, there was a DJ set in one of the tents. Everyone was dancing and it was a lot of fun.

Outside the arts center.

Outside the arts center.

Outside the arts center.

Outside the arts center.

Makeup Appreciation Post

While this blog is predominantly for teaching abroad related stuff, I can’t help but share a picture of my makeup today because I’m super proud of it 😀


Tonight I’m going to see Gogol Bordello (one of my favorite bands) for the fourth time. They’re playing at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park with Flogging Molly and Mariachi El Bronx. In honor of gypsy punk, I decided to go all out (gemstones included).

Today is my first day off from both my jobs in about three weeks and I couldn’t be happier!