silver sweater H&M TREND (old) / white bomber jacket WEEKDAY / white jeans RIVER ISLAND / earrings NELLY
Photos taken by Celina Sadijo
It has been a long time since I have last posted. In fact, I haven’t been updating my blog that much ever since I arrived in Korea. The main reason for that is that I couldn’t always find someone who – understands DSLR camera’s – and can take my photos. And to be honest, at some points I was just too busy exploring this country that I’d rather Instagram my life instead of blogging about it. Wrong, totally wrong, I know..
Anyway, enough about that. What have I been up to here? Unfortunately nothing much. Ever since I came back from Tokyo last month the main things that kept me busy were searching my butt off to find an internship (which I did!!!), finding a new room (which I also did!!) and having tons of goodbye drinks, dinner, parties (and more parties ) with the lovely people I have met last semester during my exchange program at Hanyang University. Most of the people went back to their home country and I’m one of the handful of people who’s staying here for another semester. So even though there are still some people staying and don’t get me wrong, I made enough Korean friends, it still feels as if I am starting all over again. Especially since I am not an exchange student anymore, because I am doing an internship. Making foreign friends was easy last semester but now I have to meet them somewhere else - which is still pretty doable since there're enough foreigners in Seoul. And now that I think of it, I actually want to get in touch with more Korean people because I also want to improve my Korean. And since I am interning at a Korean company, where I am seriously the only foreigner, I hope my Korean will get a lot better within the following 5 months.
So far I am having a great time. The people are really nice, even though not all of them speak sufficient English. Last week they threw me a welcoming party and of course it was the Korean way. They already started popping soju bottles at 7pm and we ended up going to a club on a Wednesday night, with all of us pretty drunk at that point. This is seriously one of the best cultural things I have done and I will never forget this awesome experience, despite the horrible hangover I got the next day. Let me tell you and as my friend says, Koreans are functioning alcoholics. They can drink like crazy and go to work the next day as if nothing happened. My colleagues were nothing different, they are all in their early 30s – with me being 22 they consider me as their baby – and they could drink as if they were doing it on daily basis. It was crazy. Fun, but crazy. Definitely a culture shock I didn’t think I would experience after already living here for 6 months and already having experienced the crazy drinking culture.
I work (I do mainly PR) at a design agency (Art & Design International) that also has their own in-house men’s life style brand (Swagger) specialized in grooming products. Swagger is a daughter company of YG Entertainment, which is actually pretty awesome because YG is one of Korea’s top record labels. Think of artist like Big Bang (which has become my new love), 2NE1 and of course Psy (we all know Gangnam Style, right?). I already met some YG managers as they come to our office weekly. Maybe I can now try and ask them if they could introduce me to Seungri, Taeyang and G-Dragon from Big Bang.. Dream on, Meda..
I have been working here for about 3/4 weeks already and the Korean work ethics is slowly getting to me. Koreans are known for having the longest working hours and for the people who have visited Seoul know what I am talking about because this city really never sleeps. By the time I am done working it is already dark (and it’s still winter) so I can already assure you that taking pictures will be impossible and this time I really have no one. Maybe I should consider buying a tripod and remote – I think I would feel really awkward.
Extremely long post but it feels good to write on le blog again. Since I mostly blog about fashion on Ethnique Island I might as well start making posts about the fashion here - duhhh. And let me tell you, it’s dope!