I can’t believe it has been a whole year since my last blog post…
I guess I can sit here and tell you all my excuses like, “work life is too busy”, but honestly, I want this update to be different from the other times that I have neglected my blog and lovely, loyal readers.
That is why I have taken a step which I had been considering for a long time, I upgraded my WordPress account and got the domain that I have been waiting for since I was at university!
The reason why I didn’t get the domain sooner was because someone else had dinadaily.com and that was what I had my heart set on. Finally when I decided to start blogging again on Monday, I got curious and checked if it was available, and it was! So I looked in to updating my WordPress account as well so that I can try to trick myself into making time for this blog as I have now invested in it!
I know that some of you are wondering why I don’t blog more often and seem to fall of for a few months to a year. Honestly, I don’t own a laptop or computer. Obviously I could blog from my phone or tablet, but I don’t like working on mobile websites.
Luckily, a friend of mine asked me to keep her computer in my house for a few months, so I saw it as the perfect opportunity to start blogging again.
That’s enough babbling on from me! I want to hear from you guys! What do you want me to write about? I have a few ideas up my sleeve but I am always open to your suggestions!
Comment down below or let me know on my social media!
Men! Please don’t leave. Although this post may sound like it’s just for girls, these are essentials. You might not be able to put all 5 in your back pocket, but you can fit 1 or 2 in!
I used to walk around with a bag that I could fit everything in but the kitchen sink. So, last year I decided to save my back and shoulder by only buying small bags. I suggest you do the same! It has made my life so much more simple and I don’t have to search in my bag for something I might not have. I know exactly what is in my bag!
To help everyone, I have come up with the 5 things you must have in your bag.
Sometimes, I forget to put a new pack of pocket tissues in my bag. Every time that happens, I regret it so much. Especially living in Korea. For some reason, some public toilets don’t have toilet tissue. They have toilet tissue holders, but no toilet rolls. The places in that building usually provide toilet paper.
Also, you never know when you are going to sneeze…
Buy these cute Kakao friends tissues!
- Mints or Gum.
(If your bag is big enough, toothbrush and toothpaste)
Sometimes, you eat something smelly but you can’t go home to brush your teeth. When I moved to Korea, I noticed that all the Korean teachers would brush their teeth after eating lunch. So, I started to do it too. I regret nothing!
I guess Korean food uses more garlic and it has very strong flavours and scents, so it lingers in your mouth.
- Hand Sanitizer.
I feel like this one doesn’t need an explanation, but just in case…
When there is no soap around, you can still kill germs if you have hand sanitizer. If you are like me, and you hate ‘pull’ doors because you have to use your hand, this should be the first thing you put in your bag!
If you hate the smell of rubbing alcohol, buy a flavoured one!
- Stain remover.
Hello, my name is Dina. My favourite colour to wear is white, and I am a master at spilling food on myself.
Even if you are usually good at keeping food off your front, I would carry one round, just in case.
Here is the stain remover spray I always have in my bag!
I know that this isn’t really small, but when you are out for the whole day and have plans in the evening, you will be so happy that you have perfume or fragrance in your bag.
If you have a Travalo, you are all set! I lost mine, so I just purchased a mini version of my favourite perfume!
If you are in Korea, buy your Travalo here!
I hope you have enjoyed this post!
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Today is problem one of the first times I have had a bad day at this job. My day wasn’t even bad but something extremely sad and touching happened while I was at work.
I was sitting in the staff office at 5:45 waiting for my next class to start at 6:45, when the owner of my school comes in and says to me.
‘Dina, you have a class at 6pm?’
‘No I have a class at 6:45pm’
We actually teach the same class but he is there Korean teacher and I am their English teacher. He asks me if I can teach them at 6pm instead of 6:45pm. I think yes, thank you. Because it means that I can finish teaching at 6:40pm and then go home or if not, do paper work until 7:20pm.
When I asked why, I did not expect to hear this story.
He explained to me that someone came in and asked for lessons. This person is disabled (handicapped). His wish is to learn English. He wants to learn so that he has more chances of getting a job or living abroad so he can live a better life. However, because of his disabilities, every company has turned him away.
I’m not sure of his age but when I saw him, I could tell he is older then other students at our school because we only teach Kindergarten and Elementary.
My director/ boss said he will teach this boy because he can see how happy it makes him.
You are probably thinking, other companies rejected him because it is unfair to take his money. I even thought the same but my director is teaching him without taking any money. My eyes were watering when he told me about this person who has been rejected to education. The one thing that he is actively searching for and I thought to myself, what world are we living in? And how amazing is my director?
Education is one thing that everyone takes for granted at one stage or another. But it meant so much to this young man that even after rejection because of his disabilities, he kept going to different companies and schools until he found someone that accepted him.
Allowing one student to enter your academy for free is not going to cause bankruptcy.
The kindness that I saw from my director was so touching and I was so sad that this young man was rejected by so many companies.
My director is teaching him English from scratch. I am going to keep asking for updates on this student because he has touched something in me today that made me realise again that we live in a horrible world. But there are amazing people like him and my director who give this world a little bit of hope.
I can not believe it has been 6 months since I arrived back in Korea.
I have had the craziest time here. Good and bad. I’ve experienced more in these 6 months than I have in my whole life. There are a few things I wish did not happen but for most of these 6 months, I have had the greatest time.
I feel like the time has gone so fast but I haven’t done much so I am hoping in the following 6 months I will explore Korea more and really make my time here count.
I don’t miss London yet but I miss my family so much. They are the only things which is missing in my life a the moment. But me being here wouldn’t be possible without them.
What should I do in the next 6 months that I should have already done?
Let me know and I will write a blog post about it when I do it!
There are so many amazing people who I have met in the past 6 months who have made my time here so amazing
(Nick, I know you are reading this and you know you are the main one).
When I was moving here people would always say to me ‘You only stayed there one month are you sure you can live there’?
Guess what, you should move to Korea and live a little!
I am looking forward to the following months. My favourite season, Winter is on it’s way! I want to feel the brittle coldness that is Korean winter! Let’s hope that more amazing things happen during the rest of my time here!