My First 547.5 Days in Korea!

I have wanted to write this for ages but just didn’t know where to start you know… So much has happened in the last year and a half that I still don’t quite know how to put that all together but anyways here is my attempt.

When I arrived and settled into my city made a few friends reconnected with old I felt like I belonged somewhere for the first time ever. Many of my nights were a blur too much partying and having a good time one would say, but I loved every crazy moment of the emotional roller coaster I was on. I was happy, and I was becoming more and more the person I am today. My last year in my 20’s young wild and free, I traveled to many amazing Korean cities from the North (not North Korea) to the south and everything in between.

Every weekend was another festival or adventure (nothing much has changed it still is) This is what I like about living here no time is wasted. I do get exhausted and feel I need a break from my own life but this is living to me from camping trips to the beach to international music festivals in Seoul life here is good, and the people I have met are great.

Then you get the sad goodbyes because the reality of this life is nothing is stable you continue living an unstable life trying to somewhat be stable. But just like life where ever or however you choose to live it nothing is guaranteed even in the mundane routine of life, change is inevitable and will happen when you prepared or not.

This past year also brought so much joy my best friend from home got to visit me earlier this year and my cousin not too long ago, so that was amazing getting to show them the life I have made for myself here. I also got to marry my best friends in the most amazing impromptu beautiful lesbian wedding ever. I have never felt so much love in one room and a memory I will cherish dearly forever. Even though the marriage is not legal, it was real to everyone present in that place.

What else happened in this past year, after my extreme high I hit real low questioning life should I stay or should go.I decided to stay, and I know financially that was the smart move.I don’t have much of a plan moving forward if I choose to leave I want to be financially stable on my own. So I have stepped up the saving game, so when I do go, I have a nest egg to fall on where ever my journey may lead me.

I also went to Malaysia a short but well-needed trip as I did not get a break between contracts more about that in another post.

The best news yet I gifted my mom with a trip to visit she came in October during Chuseok Korean Thanks, Giving. It lined up perfectly giving us a week off including two weekends. I spent a few days in Seoul showing my mom the best spots and boy did she love the shopping, don’t think she was a fan of all the walking we did. We did a few day trips to Gyeongju and Namhae my favorite little island and then spent a great weekend in Busan. It was great two weeks bonding with my mom and showing her the life I have made for myself here.

So yip this year was challenging work is still treating me fine and generally, I am happy. I miss my friends that have left and the year, and a half that has passed, but I am excited to see what the next few months have in store for me and maybe some more clarity on what to do when this year draws to a close. But for now, I will continue to live life loudly and proudly because every day on this earth is a gift from God. So I am thankful for my last couple of hundred days grateful for family visits, friends, skiing for the first time dancing and laughing until my tummy hurts. Thank You, Korea!

Peace Love & Happiness

Cherry ♥






A Little bit of This & That

I read the funniest thing this morning that said; Its the 20th day of the new year and for most people their new years resolutions have been broken already lol I found that particularly funny only because it is so true. While I am still tying to contain my excitement for this year, do as much as possible, all whileI am still living on a high and keeping this momentum going.

It was so lovely to see my NewGen girls on Saturday at Dancing. Some of you reading this may be new and welcome to you. To fill you in briefly, the CherryHeartGirls consist of myself Thalea and my sister Courteney, you can find out more about us just click on the about tab above. Long story short, Courts is a dancer ( a good one) Hip Hop dance is her genra but she does all styles.

I work with the dance School Out of Africa Dance Academy and do their  online marketing and general PR .  Courteney’s Dance crew is called New Generation aka NewGen. They’re like my little project love those girls, so much talent. So it was great to see everyone on Saturday at practice and all the new faces who have joined. We’re working on a our production again Dreams into Reality 2  you can read all about last year’s production here. This year we taking it to the Artscape Theatre  for 3 shows in May. So I have my work cut of for me. I love using my talents and sowing it back into the community.

Summer in Cape Town is my favorite time of year. (hint hint come here for a summer holiday)Saturday I beached again this time with my awesomeness friends (no really we have group on whatspap called awesomeness lol) It was so nice being with everyone again, I missed them so much. We played Frisbee,spoke nonsense and went to the beach bar for Cocktail o’clock lol Then later went tubbing pictures will explain it all.

I have mentioned this before I am not a very structured blogger, whatever inspires me I write about,which will still be my formula. This year I want to be committed to releasing a post more so than just sporadically, like some weeks everyday or once a week ect. This year I have committed to do 3 posts a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday.(When I feel over inspired or have good news ect you will find an extra post here and there) So it is a flexible frame work for me to work within.

Please give our newly launched Facebook page CherryHeartsblog some love too here you will find blog updates, pictures and general on the go news! Follow me on Instagram at Thals01 and Courteney too  at COURTENEYCHILLEIGH to keep up to date with us.

Have an amazing week guys, don’t forget new Thailand Adventures comes out on Wednesday.

Peace love &Happiness

Cherry ♥


Sneak peak at a look post we shot yesterday coming out soon!

Sneak peak at a look post we shot yesterday coming out soon!