My festive season hopscotching through Korea!

Where have I been? (good question) I have been living life in the fast lane but its time to get back to this sharing some tid bits from my life abroad and other travel and inspirations that inspire me to write. I promise to be better at updating I have big hopes and dreams for this blog I best get the started no more excuses. So here we go first of many posts I have lined up. To set the scene let’s go back in time to about  Late December early January.

My festive season, it was such a crazy month of hop scotch through Korea as if I was the KTX going at high speed!

Started off with a 12 pubs of Christmas bar crawl singing Christmas carols in the streets of Downtown Daegu a week before Christmas and then my Christmas spent in Cheongju with my girls we dubbed it “Queensmas”it was a fun weekend we even had a proper Christmas meal from turkey to roast beef and all the trimmings.

 My first Christmas in years that felt like Christmas from gifts to the food and the friends that felt like family!! 

Then my best friend from home came for a visit it was great to have a piece of home with me and show her around! We celebrated New Years in Busan lit lanterns on the beach (clearly a new tradition of mine) and danced the night away making new friends and great memories! Needless to say, a very hungover New Year’s Day was filled with tons of greasy food and laughs about the night before.

The next week I had to work but it was nice coming home and taking my friend for walks and listening to her tell me about new discoveries she found wandering the streets of my new home she even got a cheeky tattoo from the infamous Daegu Tattoo from Artist K who speaks no English and has a side guy who does all the speaking this place is very well known especially around the expat community.

I was so proud to see her get lost and dive into a very foreign country nothing like South Africa or the touristy stops that everyone is used to. She got to truly experience my new life and made really good memories.

We spent our last weekend in Seoul shopping eating way too much and buying all the crazy Korean socks! As soon as she arrived she left again but we had great fun!

One of the highlights was having her here for my birthday too she really did spoil me from breakfast to gifts and it really made me feel special. The last thing anyone wants on their birthday is to be alone and even better I had my best friend from home. I am not a big Birthday person but it was nice to have a low-key Korean BBQ and drinks with my close friends.

And just like that the year was kicked off at record breaking fast speed I didn’t even know what was happening all while working our extended hours because my hogwan (korean after-school academy) does a winter camp program while the kids are on their winter break.

While I was truly happy and living life I was burning out quick trying to burn the candle on both ends of the stick in my social and work life. I needed to pause take stock and get out of the depressing cold so what did I do I hopped on a plane to the Phillippines for a week of rejuvenation more about that soon.

Peace love & Happiness

Cherry ♥

15727337_10153967973091721_4071614573656816692_n15673067_10153970548176721_7936316503930064218_n15672622_10153971531876721_606251754689140541_n15665813_10153973746301721_637643534719163271_n16114158_10154032653506721_7018707212860663109_n15977012_1286665411404149_7844841326230170234_n15941469_10154026187996721_9054816322815435629_n15826291_10154004324281721_8907589408570043437_n15776891_1261895267214497_5376483778756746622_o15965368_10154011609016721_4340096644773414613_n

Advertisements

Tis the Season to be Jolly!

10868058_10152446345571721_4418505306170754657_n

Wow, another Christmas away from home. I remember last year I was on my way to Thailand getting ready for a trip that completely changed my life. If I had known that, that trip would have had the snowball effect of events that it has had for me this year I am not sure I would have believed it.

I am here in China been for almost four months now and still going strong. Life has been good to me since I started to let go of the negative thoughts and start living in the moment. I finally feel settled in with School teaching life. We took a short trip Shanghai earlier this month, and it was just what the doctor ordered. I needed to remind myself why I was in China to live out my passion for travel meeting new people and just enjoying life and learning from others.

With Christmas on our doorstep, it’s strange to be away from home but we have had so many festivities to keep us busy that it has made it easier to be away.

We hosted our Christmas Party last Sunday, and it was so much fun for the kids. We even did a Nativity play, and I was a wise man. Who would have thought I would be singing Christmas carols to kids and dancing on a stage and performing a nativity play in China. (This is my life now.)

I am happy right now the friends I have made so far are awesome the long conversations of intellectual nothingness at times have been well fascinating and fun. The crazy nights out and the random slang we pick up all adding to my Chinese experience.

I am looking forward to Christmas this year Christmas Eve I am trying to find a church for a Christmas service as I do really miss going to Church. Then we have Christmas party with other teachers and on Christmas Day our school has paid for a Christmas lunch for us at a fancy Hotel, so we get to experience a real Christmas after all.
I received the best Christmas/ Birthday present ever my Moma Bear aka my Mom is coming to visit me early next month. I cannot contain my excitement. Cannot wait to show her this crazy world called China.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and may this time be spent with your family and loved ones and show some love to all those around you. I will leave you all with some of my festive pictures from our Christmas party the other night.
Have an awesome festive season, and I say this all the time and I will try my best to post regularly.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

10386270_10152446345311721_8064581630646316330_n 10858478_10152444726336721_1257843751698569891_n 10881698_367124560125450_7032777292352164668_n10308160_367123706792202_3723656543032476318_n10406950_10152446346406721_1496222707657813607_n10489803_367123560125550_5887128829062811451_n10882328_10152446349411721_1264674738649972841_n

 

The Thailand Adventures – An Unconventional Christmas #2

I woke up Christmas morning with the unfamiliar smell of no cooking goodness lofting into my bedroom, as my mom would have been a slave to the stove at the crack of dawn already.  Instead I woke in a hotel room with two of my besties uttering soft Merry Christmases to each other.

No church on Christmas morning or gifts being exchanged instead we had an odd Thai version of an American breakfast lol Adapting to the Thai way was something we would all have to get used to very quickly, we were in Thailand after all. Even Crossing the road was difficult, cars just go and if you don’t make a run for it you may be left on the curb for a very long time. Luckily we had a secret weapon Tiny I call her , my friend T’Niele . She moved to the big city of Bangkok about 7 months ago and knows the ins and outs pretty well .

She gave us directions to travel around the city using the public transport without getting ripped off by Tuk Tuk drivers or cabs.We found our way around very easily and could not understand why people kept telling us we would hate Bangkok . We totally loved it and the smell wasn’t as bad as other people had told us . Note to self don’t always listen to everything people have to say about a place, its good to form your own opinion once you there.

So our Christmas consisted of a visit to Madame Tussauds ( my first Madame experience) was fun, took pictures like tourists Lol ( oh yes we were allowed to) Then we went to Siam Sea world aka the aquarium. It was an average experience in my opinion only because I have seen it all at home, and if you were a kid you would love it .

The best part of the day was our Christmas lunch, (can you pick up my sarcasm here lol) Wait for it…We went to Burger King, not even joking .We were so overwhelmed by the 7 stories shopping malls that just never ended.That we opted for something we knew, still shaking my head at the thought of Burger King for Christmas lunch . We then made our way to MBK with T’Nielle that had finished school for the day.

Now MBK is our version of China Town on serious steroids . Stalls upon stalls of stuff anything you want you can find it here . It is rather overwhelming to say the least . You need a few days to tackle every floor . One purchase I am crazy about is my portable charger,gadget thing . Seriously saves my life when I am out and about . We didn’t shop too much only because we knew we were coming back before we left to go home . The girls bought enough to get by for the next few days .

We had a decent dinner at the Bangkok equivalent of a Spur called, Sizzlers. It was a nice way to end off our first day in Thailand and spend our first friends Christmas together . I will say it didn’t help when my mother kept sending me pictures of her feast she prepared , no matter how many times we tell her not to cook so much , she just never listens. (Mothers knows best they say.)

Hope you enjoy these Thailand posts. Please feel free to comment below and let me know your Christmas traditions and stories . Come back next week to read all about Our first day in Phuket .

Peace love &Happiness

Cherry ♥

Merry Christmas World!!

Merry Christmas World!!

Train Adventures. Loved the public transport system in Bangkok.

Train Adventures. Loved the public transport system in Bangkok.

Even standing on the train is a pleasure!
Even standing on the train is a pleasure!

Madame Tussauds!

Madame Tussauds!

Sawadika

Sawadika

BeFunky_20131225_123307.jpgWe shopped!We shopped!Merry Christmas from Bangkok.Merry Christmas from Bangkok.

BeFunky_587 copy.jpg

Christmas Dinner!

Christmas Dinner!

Our journey back!

Our journey back!

My Moms Christmas Feast i missed!!My Moms Christmas Feast I missed!!

 

The Thailand Adventures – Photo Diary #1

The adventure began on the 23rd of December 2013. My friend Stacey, Aniko and I embarked on the long journey to Thailand. We went for a 2 week holiday that blew our minds, made us more restless to travel, made us want more adventure and thrive for more crazy life experiences.

In the next few weeks I will take you on the journey with me, as I relive those awesome memories and share them with all of you. I decided to post a Thailand adventure post every Wednesday because to me its the middle of the week and everyone needs something to look forward too in the middle of the week lol.

For today I though I  would do a photo diary of the entire trip the highlights if you would and I will go into more detail as the weeks go by. Hope you enjoy.

Peace love &Happiness

Cherry ♥

Ready to leave Cape Town Airport.

Ready to leave Cape Town Airport.Goodbyes to the family!Goodbyes to the family!We made it to Abu Dhabi we like to party lolWe made it to Abu Dhabi we like to party lolReunited with this little one. My besttie who teaches English in Bangkok!Reunited with this little one. My besttie who teaches English in Bangkok!Our first Thai meal was so yum! I love Chicken cashew!Our first Thai meal was so yum! I love Chicken cashew!An unconventional Christmas with love from Bangkok!An unconventional Christmas with love from Bangkok!We spent Christmas morning at Madame Tussuads!We spent Christmas morning at Madame Tussuads!So glad I got top spend Christmas with this girl missed her so much!So glad I got top spend Christmas with this girl missed her so much!Boxing day early morning mission to Phuket!Boxing day early morning mission to Phuket!Phuket, we stayed in Patong the party suburb our home for the week!Our home away from home! Sunset Apartments great place!Our home away from home! Sunset Apartments great place!And the adventure began, Speed boat Island hopping!And the adventure began, Speed boat Island hopping!Speed boat advetures!Speed boating not a good idea on a hangover lolMonkey FeddingMonkey FeddingOne of my highlights of the trip!!One of my highlights of the trip!!ATV’S in the Thai Jungle!Bangla Road where we spent most nights partying!Lady boy madness, how gorg right!Lady boy madness, how gorgeous right!fireworks on the beach was magical!fireworks on the beach was magical!NYE on Patong beach! We lit Latins and made wishes for 2014!NYE drinks on the streets with our new friends!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!We found this awesome bar with live music!We found this awesome bar with live music!We were groupies lolWe were groupies lolLast day adveture to Kho Phi Phi where I left my heart!Last day in Paradise we went to Kho Phi Phi where I left my heart!Absolute Paradise!Absolute Paradise Kho Phi Phi!The Thailand Trio lol always called oursleves the OGS (originals) because we have been friends for so long!The Thailand Trio lol always called ourselves the OGS (originals) because we have been friends for so long!Tuk Tuk adventures around Bangkok on my Birthday!Tuk Tuk adventures around Bangkok on my Birthday!Celebrated my Birthday in Bangkok we clean up nice lolCelebrated my Birthday in Bangkok we clean up nice lolOur 29 hour journey home. We look happy but we crying inside!

Our 29 hour journey home. We look happy but we crying inside!


Happy Friday- Goodbye Work and Hello Holiday!!!!!

I cannot contain my excitement anymore sitting here at work, and my line of work there is no sleep for the weak lol

Busy as can be, as we have endless meetings and wrap ups to take care of before we shut down this afternoon for the year. Then a weekend of family ladownload (1)st minute errands before Monday. When I am off on a jet plane. I am so excited to see my bestie who I have not seen in 6 months and will be spending Christmas with her. 

This years been great in cyber space (blogging world) and in the real world. Thanks to everyone who finds my shenanigans, rants and adventures in life interesting. My plans for 2014 is only going to expand and grow and do more exciting things. I cannot wait to share it all with you as they come to light.

This is not goodbye but I will not be blogging as frequently as I have been in the past only because I will be on holiday documenting everything, for awesome videos and posts to share with you all. I will post one or two updates here and there depending on a good WiFi signal lol

My festive season wishes for all is to be safe have an amazing Christmas, spend it with those you care most about and enjoy the time off you may have.

Season Greetings and may God bless you all!!

xxx

Cherry ♥

merry_christmas

thailand

Catch Up with Me

I hope you all good. I missed a musical Monday yesterday only because it was a public holiday  and really didn’t feel like writing a post to be honest. I am back and feeling great.

Hope you all had great weekends, mine was a mixture of chill and fun just what I needed. Got my packing organised for my trip next week. A few bibs and bobs I  still need to get tonight and then I can sit back and patiently wait, to bored a plane next Monday. (exciting stuff)

I am still going strong on my diet and so proud of myself for pushing through and not giving up. This weekend was hard for me but I managed to overcome the small temptations and it is slowly becoming easier. I have lost 5 kgs so far so the results are definitely the motivation I need.  I feel good my new motto is when you think you hungry just drink water lol

It was so great to see my friend from Germany too. I don’t think I have met another guy more inlove with Cape Town than him. 3 years ago he came to do an exchange program volunteering at various schools  for 6 months. His been back every year since then. He said he has a Cape Town savings fund. Every month he saves money for his trip and hopefully one day he plans on moving here.

He always says we must come visit him so the plan is to save up next year then do a Euro trip with him and a few friends. So I shall strike while the travel bug has bitten me lol

Still not feeling very festive yet and our Christmas tree is not even up at home definitely on the the to do list this week.

Whats been happening with you? hows the festive season going?? I will leave you with a few pics from a party called LoveAll we went to over the weekend so much fun even took Courteney along.

xxx

Cherry ♥

 

More Family

Family Fun this weekend!

Family Fun this weekend!

 

1467247_10151769871691721_706196835_n

Friends and Family festive fun

 

 

Another Week closer to Holiday

Happy Friday the 13th  for all you superstitious types lol

My morning has been manic as usual, but I am jumping for joy with weekend around the corner and a long weekend I may add.

I have a friend arriving from Germany today so it will be so cool to see him and catch up over the weekend.  I have not been to the beach at all yet so hoping to get some beach action in too. I have organised Courteney a job to earn some extra cash, for the summer hols. May I add it’s the best job ever, its at the beach walking around promoting water I think and giving out free stuff, with a local radio station Heart in Cape Town. (tough life right)

Then maybe  do some travel prep.( I leave in a week and I have not done a thing oh dear) Well I have made concise list of things that need to be done if that helps me feel better. So I have to make a stop at the dreadful shops at some point and sort out my money situation too. I don’t want to leave anything for next weekend because I will not be caught dead in a mall with all those consumerism obsessed last minute shoppers.( oh i love Christmas time can you tell lol) luckily for me I get that going on holiday Christmas shopping free pass lol  I will be doing all my shopping in Thailand and bring gifts for all when I return.

I am still going strong on my diet day 6 whoop whoop I got this! a little self motivation goes along way lol

I hope you all are feeling festive and merry! Let me know what you weekend plans are and if you dreading the full malls as much as I am.

xxx

Cherry ♥

In a weeks time I will be reunited with my gypsy!

In a weeks time I will be reunited with my gypsy!

office Christmas tree!

office Christmas tree!