Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I'm going to Venice!

This is a heads up that I'm going on a slightly spontaneous trip to Venice tomorrow with my friend Jasmin.

I'll be back next week with pictures and stories from our adventures so please look forward to it!

Also, some great
•°☆~〜Music of the day〜~☆°•
that is going to be the soundtrack of our trip:

My birthday party · Emil's graduation · Midsummer


On the 16th it was my birthday and we had a small party.
Last year I spent my birthday in Korea with Jasmin and some friends from the hostel I was staying at.
I have some good stories from that day that I want to blog about but let's save that for later. What's important now is just that
my birthday this year was spent at home and that I was excited about it.

It was a chill day. My mom and Dichael, her fiancé, attempted to wake me up by coming into my room and singing birthday songs, just like our family did when we were kids.

Emilie was the first guest to arrive before my cousins, our cousin's baby boy, and Dichael's family came over in the early afternoon.

For my birthday this year I had very few wishes. One of them was an SD card for my phone, that I got from Emilie. She didn't have any gift wrapping paper but it was nicely decorated with shiny green ribbon.

Other than the SD card, I had wished for a new battery for my computer and some new earphones because the old ones broke - and of course money for my trip. I guess it gets boring just giving money to the birthday child every time (since I never wish for anything), so this time my cousins spiced up their present. I literally got pocket money.

Speaking of puns, a few of my friends had asked what I wanted for my birthday and I'd told them jokes. The result was several of my friends sending me jokes and lame puns through Instagram, which I then reposted in my story for all of us to share and laugh at. I think I'll try to make that a tradition from now on.

For the party, my mom had made my favorite cake, rutebilslagkage, and Dichael's grandmother brought buns.

Like many other Danish families, we always sing for the birthday child. This time I wanted to make it interesting so I asked for them to sing 'Den med instrumenterne,' which is a song where the person being celebrated chooses 3 instruments that the guests will have to imitate while singing.
Kids usually choose things like the guitar, drums, or a banjo but Emilie and I are up to no good so she suggested the first instrument being a kazoo. I asked for the second one to be the mythological electrical triangle and, lastly, my sister's boyfriend, Emil, suggested the last instrument to be a didgeridoo. It sounds like it was a challenge but the outcome was great.
The days leading up to my birthday had been gray and rainy but on the 16th, the weather took a sudden turn for the better. We have a saying in Denmark that if the weather is good on your birthday, you have been good this past year so I was obviously happy with this.

Since then, we weather has mostly been pretty great. Just look at this pretty sky over the city square the day after my birthday.

Two days later, my sister's boyfriend graduated! We went to his school early in the morning to wait with his family outside while he finished his last final.
There are a lot of traditions involved in graduating here and one of them is that a family member put the student hat on the student once they have received their final grade.
People also always bring roses. The colour of the cap depends on what you studied (mine was red/bordeaux, Emil's here is gray and red/bordeaux) and since some get hats with blue on, blue roses are highly popular around this time of the year.
Also, per usual, the student's family brings champagne and kransekage.
Since Emil's school is a fusion between the normal gymnasium and vocational training, he still has an apprenticeship exam later in the year, which is the most important final for him. Thus, instead of throwing him a big party like normal students do after the final exam, his family will do it later after the apprenticeship exam.

Still, it was a day to celebrate. Emil's family had already planned to go to the city center to have lunch buffet and asked us to join.

In the weekend I went to Copenhagen to work for Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) at the Korea-Denmark 60 Years: Korea Culture Festival 2019!
I was there almost all day, every day so I'll dedicate another blog post to that next week.

When the event ended on Sunday, I took the train back home just in time for the other thing I'd looked forward to - the bonfire at the beach!

You see, June 23rd was Sankthansaften (Midsummer's Eve) and since I'd been unable to celebrate the past MANY years, I was excited to go. Dichael's parents are in the midst of moving into a new house and my mom and Dichael have been helping out. All of them were too tired to go to the beach with me so I went alone. There are several great bonfires around but I heard that the one on the beach is supposedly the biggest.
I read that Sankthansaften is celebrated in a few countries outside Northern Europe but that the tradition is more common here because we have the ideal summer nights for it. I took the above picture after 9pm and it was still super bright outside.

When I got to the beach, there were 3 bonfires within sight and none of them seemed to be THE bonfire but I went to the biggest of them anyways.
I really like this picture because it looks like the woman is smiling at me. I don't know if she was. Maybe? We didn't talk either but I like to think that her smile bid me welcome to silently celebrate this old tradition with the rest of the strangers.
 Someone drew a face in the sand.
I think this one is my favorite of all the bonfire shots I got.
As time passed, the bonfire calmed down but the sky flared up. I left around 10pm after taking this picture.
 And I took this one around 10.40pm. Something I really enjoy about my city is that we have these beautiful sunsets almost every night.

The day after was a bit of a lazy day but I also spent some time buying the last things I needed before going on vacation. I'll share that story with you next week~

For dinner that day, my mom, Dichael, and I went to the local hotdog stand, Nillers Pølsevogn.
This place is famous in our city and every local knows where it is and has probably had a hotdog or two and a cocio from there.
 Sadly, after 34 years, the owner's health is no longer that great so they'll be closing down as of Sunday this week. I have a couple of good memories with this stand so I thought it fitting to have one last hotdog to show love and support for everything the owners (an old couple) have done throughout the years.
Here's to hoping that whatever new stand is going to pop up here will be continuing the legacy of what Niller and his wife built up.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Couch potato week


If you think I've been productive since my last post, you are completely wrong!

Rather, I've spent the past week mostly relaxing.

Since my birthday is coming up (June 16th), my grandparents hosted a small birthday "party" with my siblings and I, my sister's boyfriend, and my dad and his wife + their two dogs.
We had my favorite cake and grandma's homemade buns.
Here's a picture of me at the tiny party ft. Anton the lap dog. He has pretty much been my lap dog since the first time we met.

Jasmin stayed over that weekend since her and her family had come back to our city to celebrate Whitsun with some family members. The moment she stepped inside and hung up her jacket, the coat rack fell down.
Look at this filthy child trying to hide after I caught her in the act!

Anyways, while she was here, we talked about our future endeavors in Korea and decided that we should have a 'team name' to refer to ourselves with as well as fitting nicknames.
We decided on 뀌여미팀 = the cute team.
Finding nicknames was a bit harder but we went with 무뚝 (muduk) for me and 세심 (seshim) for Jasmin. Both names are shortened versions of the personality traits 무뚝뚝하다 and 세심하다, which are words that I first learned while studying at Yonsei and then relearned a few weeks ago.

Korean lesson time!
Both words are hard to translate into English (and Danish for that matter) but let me try to explain!
무뚝뚝하다 is sort of like a cold/direct/curt person although these English words feel a bit too negative in terms of the actual meaning in Korean. Maybe you can think of it as a 'logic>feelings person.'
세심하다 on the other hand is like a sensitive/careful/attentive person but perhaps a bit more soft and at times someone who could weigh feelings over logic.
End of Korean lesson!

The next day, Jasmin was supposed to stay with her triplet friends of 10 years - Lasse, Simon, and Søren. I'd previously met 2/3 if not all of them back in 2015 at SVS con. They invited me to join them later but I just felt like having a lazy day. The world wanted it so that Jasmin forgot her charger at my place and had to come pick it up later in the day - that also gave her an excuse to pick me up. Even when I told them I wanted to stay in my pyjamas, they said "do it" and asked me to come out anyways.

So they picked me up in my pyjamas and once we got to Simon's place, they changed into pyjamas as well. Good guys. Jasmin's pyjamas pants weren't pyjamas'y enough so the boys lent her a pair of blue anime pants.
We spent the evening eating good food (Simon is a chef and has cooked for the Queen before), playing Naruto on playstation, and watching the movie Tag (2018), which I can definitely recommend.
Jasmin praised the triplets' massaging skills but I'm pretty sure I got the evil triplet because my back and shoulders were hurting for two days after while Jasmin seemed okay.

I also had a Sims&SHINee day with Emilie~

Thursday I went back to Århus for my ACTUAL final braces dentist check-up.
I always walk from the station to the university where my dentist is located and that day I met a cat on the way.
We became friends fast. Once again, if you like cats, I can highly recommend following me on my Instagram because I post stories with every. single. one that I meet.

Everything was fine and dandy at the dentist and I was let go. Once I got out, the weather had gotten even warmer. It was probably 25 degrees that day and high sun.
Guess who I met on my way back to the station?
While walking, it hit me how I always take so many pictures when I go abroad but never really when I'm here at home because it's 'just home.'
But actually the majority of my readers are not Danish and might be interested in seeing Denmark, just like I'm interested in seeing other countries, so I'm going to share a few shots with you that I took on the way.
There were actually quite a lot of people in the street that day (even though it doesn't look like much in the pictures here).
One day I should walk around my own city and catch its beauty. One day.
While in Århus I had just enough time to buy a shirt I'd been looking at last week. While I'd originally cast away the thought of buying it, my sister reminded me of the gift that I received on the day of my final. The gift in question was from my American friend, Larry, who thought I deserved it for surviving the semester (⌯ㅠ ﹏ ㅠ⌯) Thank you Larryyyyy
I was unsure of what to use his gift for but after today, when I showed him the picture of it, I think it was a good idea. I felt excited because I could buy it, Larry was happy because I was excited, and hopefully the positivity will spread when the rainy days stop and I can wear it outside. Yellow is such a nice and happy colour.

It would be wrong to say that I have done nothing at all this week, though, because I borrowed my grandmother's sewing machine and finally got to fix some clothes.
I forgot to take 'before' pictures of these pants that I bought some time ago. I shortened them by 8 cm and now they are wearable! Wuuh!
Also, don't mind the blue shirt. It's my lazy shirt that I was too lazy to change out of.
Next I removed the straps from this skirt that I bought with Celine in Korea back in 2016. We wore them like couple clothes back then but I haven't used it much lately. My style has changed a bit since then and the straps made it a bit too child'ish for my taste. That was easily fixed and now it sits better around the waist.
Lastly was the dress that my sister gave me a week or two ago. It's a pretty glittery dark blue and the fabric feels great but my sister and I have very different body types. While she can easily pull off loose dresses and look great thanks to her bootay, my swayed back and bigger boobs makes me look like a tent in this kind of clothes. I cut it apart and sewed everything back together to a form fit dress. It went from being something I'd wear on lazy days to something I'd wear when going out either to a café or possible even while being out at night. I posted pictures of this one of my Instagram and the responses from my friends were great.
A couple of the were quite surprised by the difference. Take my friend Ashley for example:

Another reason I haven't been too productive this past week is because my friend Maria introduced me to the Korean reality show Produce X 101.

While I have known about the shown since its first season, I never got around watching it before now.. which might have been a mistake because I am HOOKED.
In case you want to join us in screaming about idols, you can watch the show with subtitles HERE.

In short, Produce X 101 is a survival reality TV show where the 11 winners (out of 101 contestants across multiple agencies) will get to debut and promote together for x years. They are all trained by experts in various fields but the ones who get to decide who debuts are us, the viewers, which makes it even more exciting. I'm 5/7 episodes in and my favorites so far are these guys:
DPSmedia' Son Dong Pyo (손동표) ✦ A.CONIC's Kwon Tae Eun (권태은) ✦ Jellyfish Entertainment's Kim Min Kyu (김민규) ✦ TOP Media's Kim Woo Seok (김우석) ✦ ESteem's Yuri (유리), Woollim Entertainment's Joo Chang Uk (주창욱) ✦ Oui Entertainment's Kim Yo Han (김요한) ✦ and Yuehua Entertainments' Cho Seung Youn (조승연). 

So as you can see, I've mostly been a couch bed potato but that will soon be a finished chapter.

Next weekend is the Korea-Denmark 60 Years: Korea Culture Festival 2019 in Copenhagen and I was asked not just by the KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) people that I worked for earlier this year in Herning, but also by a friend at the Korean Embassy here in Denmark, to come work.
This is obviously another amazing opportunity and I felt so honored that I was directly asked like that. Please excuse my humble bragging for a moment. I am seriously proud.

We usually have an annual kimchi festival in Copenhagen but this year it's a lot bigger since it's a special year in Danish-Korean relations. It's so exciting aaah!
You can find the program and read more about the event HERE.

Lastly I want to share some great music with you. Now that I have much more free time, I also have a lot more time to check out new songs. Please give them a listen ~

•°☆~〜Music of the day〜~☆°•

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