Monday, January 28, 2013

Korea in the News #5

Korea was again in the news, this article highlights one of the problems that as foreigners we see here in South Korea constantly.  The attitude towards animals is really low, I think a lot of it comes from the fact that they are just not educated on how to interact with animals.  There are not many wild ones left and pets are expensive so many people don't have them.  It means that they just don't know how to deal with animals and the emotional connection is lacking. 

Burning dog sparks public outcry in S. Korea

One of my good friends (a lovely, educated woman who is a mother and principle of a private school) was telling me how she was once (a long time ago) given some baby rabbits from a boyfriend and she put them in her handbag to carry around.  They of course died and she was very sad - I could not believe that someone could be so silly.  Of course they died, they are fragile creatures  - who in their right mind would put them in their handbag?  But the thing is, as I came to realise, she did not know that  - she had never had an animal before, had no experience with animals and had no idea what to do or how to look after them. What I and many of us would see as basic common sense just did not apply sadly.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The New Year - 2013

So this is a little late, being as it's over halfway through the first month of the New Year but hey, better late than never.

So Happy New Year to everyone, I hope you are sticking to your New Year resolutions.

I have not posted much lately as I've been pretty busy and with the holiday period everything always gets behind.  I did a couple of English Camps in other cities, one over Christmas and then one this past week gone.  I don't think I will be doing that again for a while, I always come home sick.  It is a good way to make some money however as they usually pay pretty well and you stay there for a week with room and board so you don't spend any money in that time.  I'm going home for a friends wedding in March and will be staying for about a month and a half so some extra money was needed.

When I come back in April it looks like I will no longer be in Suwon, this presents difficulties in that I named my blog - 'kiwigirl in Suwon' and made that the url as well.  I, of course, was not thinking long term at the time of creation. So it might become a bit confusing but we will see how it turns out.

I won't be doing the Music Mondays for a while, I might start again after I get back in April but everything is going to be pretty hectic so I will just post when I can.