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Welcome to Andy's Travel Page. Here is where I will be keeping a record of my travels for all of you friend and family to read. Please feel free to leave a comment for me. Between discovering new places and meeting new people I will reply to them! Enjoy!

Diary Entries

Thursday, 15 June 2006

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well World cup Fever is just Amazing. It is just an awesome atmosphere. I thought Canadians were passionate about Hockey. Well soccer in Korea is just as crazy, maybe even more. In Busan, 200, 000 people watching the soccer game on a teletron. Every city the same thing. Its almost like a holiday. Kids don't go to school everyone wears Red. The cheers for Korea are fantastic.

In Seoul, in the dowtown area about 1 million people watched on the streets, like it was NEW YEARS EVE, in NEW YORK. They put huge big sceens little parks where thousands watched. I watched with my friends and Nara. There was a big plasma t.v. at the entrance of the HOF(pub). It usually seats 15-20 people
They set up tables and chairs outside and about 100 people were watching and eating in the parking lot. Kids were running around. It was crazy. When a goal is scored the entire country roars. You can hear the sounds and cheers from everywhere. One co worker was trying to sleep and gave up, because he was woken up by cheers. People are really passionate about korea, But people here also really really hat Japan. So when Japan played Australia, I was startled I heard cheers from my apartment and did not know what they were, everytime The Ausies scored I was in Shock.

Anyways With Korea winning, All is good for now. haha. Next up France. the country cheers on

Saturday, 10 June 2006

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well its been a while since i have done this, But here is the update. I am doing well in korea. I have save a lot of money and I have decided to resign with the same school. I will be working the morning shift which is good it will free up more time for me during the day.
In addition, I have started to see a girl her name is Nara. She is 25 years old turning 26 in December. She a very nice girl. Nara is a fashion designer for handbags and jewelury. She lived in Vancover, Canada for 2 years.
This summer on july 29th to August 6, I will be travelling to Boracay, Phillipines, and Manila. I wanted to go to Thailand but there was very few seats available. Anyways I have told This Boracay is extremely beautiful and has many places to see.
Aswell, it appears that i will be returning home for late August or the start of September for 2 weeks to visit. I still don't have exact dates as of yet. Moss boss is waiting to see if the new teacher is able to start in mid August to allow me to go then. If this new teacher is able to come early, I will be home in mid August, if not, I will be home at the start of September. I look forward to coming home.

Finally, my korean is coming along, but I will really start to study very hard my korean, as I feel I have been lazy in this area as of late. This will change haha.

Anyways take a look at some pics.

Friday, 07 April 2006

Location: Korea (South)

Well it is now April and the weather in Seoul is really starting to get beautiful here. I have been working very hard latly as it is the beggining of a new school year in korea. I am doing well. I don't have many new pictures to post up. Anyways I will be resigning at my school for another year come September. I will be home to visit sometime in august or early September. I am not sure of the exact date as of now. I am however making large strides in my korean as my grammar is improving along with my vocabulary. I can say a many phrases and a couple of sentences. I have been able to understand more what Koreans are saying to me which is good. I have watched some Korean films which has been enjoyable and helpful. I should have more picutres up in the following weeks as I will be going hiking, and other activities too.

Thursday, 09 March 2006

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well I have been pretty bad at updating this Journal. To be honest I have had a pretty bad couple of weeks at the start of the month of February to the end. I have been working a little extra at work and I have finally finished my apartment.

Let’s start with the bad news:
I was offered job at work that would have paid me $400 dollars more month. I accepted but one week later they took it away from me. It was nothing I did it was the fact that they were short a teacher and needed desperately to find a teacher. So I had to stay in my current position. Later that same day I got into an argument with a co-worker who is my best friend here Keith. (We resolved our issues and are friend again)

The Worse News:
I then received some very bad news from home, about an old friend. Then that same day I received more bad news, that was directly related to me, about my sister as her wedding is off. I love you Ali by the way don’t worry there is other fish in the sea.

The cherry on TOP to all the bad news:
Clearly I am not having a good weekend. But I tried to put this behind me as it was Jamie’s birthday. She and I got into an argument, I won’t go into details. This led to our eventual break up a week later. It was a very bad week sleeping with my cell in my hand waiting for her to call. It really wasn’t either of our faults in my opinion. I really tried to put effort and talk to her on her birthday and distance got in the way. After our argument I did some thinking and like I said the next time we spoke she decided to end the relationship saying “it was the best for both of us”. I agreed, but was very emotional

As I was saying this was not a good weekend or week for me. Tough times, my dad gave me encouragement and I found some silver lining to this mess. Anyone can see that JEIM meant a great deal to me and when we broke up I told her that. But With help the help of coworkers and support of friends I found strength. I was happy to have met Jamie and glad she has entered my life, and has learned much from her.

On to good News:
That was 3 weeks ago. I was given a raise work last week with where I will be making $200 more a month and will most likely resign with the school at the job that was offered to me before. Also 2 teachers just were hired from our school into an international school which was encouraging as that is my ultimate goal and it was nice to see that our school is highly recognized by the international school system.

More good News:
I have now started dating again I guess. I still get emotional thinking about Jeim, but my coworkers Kind of literally dragged 2 girls over to meet me at school outings and I have gone on a date. But these girls speak very little English. As such I have really started studying my Korean and can read pretty well and I am now text messaging in Korean as well. I have some pronunciation to work on but I understand the Korean grammar now and sentence structure. I am currently studying 40 vocabulary words a week and practice putting into sentences. As well I have re done my apartment take a look.

Wednesday, 04 January 2006

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well, welcome to the year 2006. I have just finished my first vacation and holidays in seoul. I have had a great first 4 months in Korea during 2005 and I can't wait for 2006. I celebrated new years with my the teachers from work. We had vacation the last week and today is the last day of vacation. Which is good because I can see my students again, but bad because the vacation was very relaxing. I bought a guitar and am starting to learn how to play guitar which is cool. I am also progressing very well in my korean reading and speaking that I have started to do. As you know Je Im is in the middle east, she is doing fine and is in training and her first flight will come in feb. That will be awesome as it will mean I can visit another country on a weekend and see her somewhere in East Asia. My New years resolution is to learn more Korean, Learn Guitar, and to improve communication with friends, family, and Jamie. I will let you know more and update this site more regularly as I have in the last 3 weeks. Happy New year.

Monday, 26 December 2005

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well this was my first christmas away from home, and I missed my family and friends a lot. However I was able to get together with friends here and do a little celebratin. Christmas is not a huge holiday here in Korea but it was still fun. I went out drinking Christmas eve, and went to a secret Santa party (The party was hosted by this Korean Lady Named Su Jin, she is the owner of this bar called bricx that Keith and I go to. She invited all her regular customers and is quite a cool lady). After that I went to a dinner where most of the teachers from school where there at the outback steakhouse. It was awesome. We all had a good time and it was nice to among friends having a good time talking and stuff. Even it was steak dinner and no family memebers it felt a little like it because we were all in the same situations missing family and friends, and just talking about everything was great. Anyways I hope your christmas was happy and jolly, Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, 21 December 2005

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well I have been Lazy with tis website but I will get better I hope. Well Here is the News about my life in Korea. I have done a lot of shopping, where I have bought everything from electronics to clothes in large quantities. I have also met the most amzing girl. Her name is Je Im (or Jamie in english). She is fun, smart, beautiful, funny and much more. Je Im and I have been seeing each other since October 10 and I have am so happy to have met her. She really makes me happy.. We have spent a lot of time with each other, going to Busan a city in the southern part of Korea on the coast, visiting temples, towers, and various malls and locations within Seoul. We Have enjoyed each others company and have just recently celebrated our first christmas together. Je Im leaves for her job to Qatar in the middle east on December 22, 2005. We are going to be continueing and growing our realationship together when Jamie leaves as we both care for eachother deeply . What you need to know about Je Im is that she has made me extremely happy these last almost 3 months and continues to do so. I care for her a lot and I am happy that she has come into my life.

Monday, 10 October 2005

Location: Seoul, Korea (South)

Well here is my first official entry into my webpage diary. I started this up allow friends and family to read and see what is going on in my life. You are also able to post comments and questions on this page.

I have been here for over a month now and there is much to tell. I work at a very reputable school in Seoul, and my co-workers are all very nice and friendly. The kids are very cute and very smart and it is has been awesome teaching them. I teach writing, grammar, vocabulary, and science from grades 1 to grade 7.

I have had many pleasurable experiences in Seoul ranging from exploring palaces, to takeing subway adventures. I have met many new people some are foreigners many are koreans. I have been playing basketball with a couple of teachers against koreans guys about once a week, and I have enjoyed this.

Going out in Seoul has be a lot of fun provided many laughs and goodtimes for myself and friends here in Seoul. I have watched a Korean film, all in Korean, yet was able to understand the storyline of the movie and found the movie to be good. (I can't tell you the name of the movie because I dont know the name.) I Have a nice apartment and a nice location surounded by mountains in Nowon.

This is my first of many entries onto this webpage, and I will be posting more and more pictures as time goes by.
Andy


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Recent Messages

From sansyrae
hey lisa droped me your site.. i hope things go well for you in the next few weeks!
bye!
Response: Hey Sansyrae How are you, I amdoing well.
From Kristen
Hey Buddy,

You're place looks great! I can't wait to see it in person. I hope things start to look up for you and that you are still enjoying your time in Korea. Miss you lots!
Response: I can''t wait for you to visit Kristen you and Steve will have lots of fun here, I am sure.
From Katherine
Sorry to hear about your rough couple of weeks. Keep your head up and know that I am sending you big hugs!!!
love Kat:)
Response: Thanks for the Concern Katherine I am doing much better now.
From Peggs & G
Hey Murph-man!
What's up???? Sounds like you've been having a great time! We haven't had any poker games since you left. Jared and Lloyd don't like us anymore. They suck. Anyhoo, looking forward to the next update!
Peace in the Middle East
Response: Hey G, and Sarah, I will talk to Lloyd and Jared and make sure they atart to hang out with you more. LOL But I am not in the middle east. I am in the far east.
From jamie
HAPPY BIRTHDAY~~
oh... u r getting old~~^^hehe
i just wanna say happy birthday..
i have an exam tomorrow and the day after tomorrow...that sucks...after then i think i'm gonna be free for 2days..party..party~~~~~^^
hey. i gotta go to study..
i'm gonna call u tomorrow...
kisskisskisskiss~~
Response: Thankyou sweety. I miss you too. many kisses
From Katherine
Hey Andy! Those are some great pics. It makes me want to travel again! Glad to see you found someone to keep you out of trouble. Keep those updates coming.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Response: hey thanks Kat, you should travel again it awesome
From jamie
BOGOSHIPO~~~^^
MISS YOU
Response: Nado
From Kristen
I'm glad that you are doing well and very happy. I hope we will be able to meet Jamie when we come to visit. Miss you lots!! Keep up with the updates!
Response: he kristen, I will try keeping up with the updates, I can't untill you visit. Andy
From Lloyd Anderson
"Hey guys, check out my wonderful new site! I will be posting more and more pictures as time goes by."
Andy, I've seen your place, your co-workers, and all of your classes. I WANT MORE PICTURES! Missing ya around here guy.
Response: I have now updated my site. sorry
From Kristen
Where are your updates??
Response: here is an update. more to come I swear.
From john murphy
Te kids in your classes look as if they are fun to teach and enjoying themselves. That's great.
Response: Yes The kids are very clingy, The have lots of fun and are fun to teach.
From Nice website Andy.
It looks like you are having a blast doing what you love to do. I hope the trend continues with the ladies. LOLOL
Take Care
Todd
Response: thanks man, I am trying
From Leo
Looks like you found an online Diary/Blog after all, eh?! Good on ya, mate! :p

I look forward to your updates. :)
Response: I am trying leo, I am trying
From John Clarke
Hello Andy,
Hope you're having a good time, keep up with the diary entries. Be careful of North Korea, I hear they like to eat people (!) and they also don't like pie. What kind of people don't like pie? Peace.
Response: hahaha, very funny man, I am actually going to visit the dmv i think it should be cool