Monday, July 26, 2010

Pifan or Pucheon Fantastic Film Festival

On Friday after work Rich and I took an hour and half subway journey to Pucheon to attend the Pucheon Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan). We had been waiting for this festival forever! I was really excited as it was the first time I'd actually gone to a film festival rather than just attending whatever festival's were in my city.

Here's a couple of shots of our hotel - it's actually one of the nicer hotels we've stayed in but as it turns out it becomes a bit of a love motel after dark!

Here's a night time shot of Pucheon, it's acutally much bigger than I thought! It also seems to be a city of neon. It felt like there was more neon here than in central Seoul.Our first movie was "Down Terrace" which we watched on the first night with Joseph and his son Cohen who is in Korea for his summer break from University. We also caught up the guys the following morning to watch a Japanese film called "Confessions".

After that we had some time to kill so decided to check out some of Pucheon. Here's the Pucheon "cultural bridge" - I'm a little fuzzy on what makes it soon cultural but it's a pretty cool bridge.

We also visited a park near one of the many venues where they were playing films - this was a very cool park and they had closed down the road near the park so kids could ride their pedal cars around. Which was pretty cute.

Here's a few photo's we took outside on of the venue's for the festival, the Pucheon town hall, there was some kind of competition on where people make sculptures out of food packaging.

Here I am, feeling rather happy with a whole bunch of movie tickets! A lot of ghouls turned up for the screening of Death Bell 2 - I even got to meet a couple of them. I thought afterwards maybe I should look more scared in this photo.Part way through the festival, we all decided we needed a break so we headed to Aiins World, a theme park which features minitures of some of the worlds great buildings and monuments. It was great cheesy fun!

Here's a few photo's from our last day, we watched our final film at a museum in Pucheon. It was a pretty cool museum - it even had a Miffy exhibition on but we didn't really have time to check it out.

I'll blog a little more about the films I actually watched later when I have a little more time.

I'm leaving for Hanoi and Hong Kong early tommorrow, so blogging will be pretty limited in that time.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Birthday 2.0

This is my second birthday post, I've been pretty lucky over the past couple of weeks and recieved three more birthday packages/presents.

First of all from Joseph - some Hello Kitty sicking plasters and a CD of my favourite Korean band "Go Go Star".

Next my friend Jess from Wellington sent me a big package of red things for my birthday (red is my favourite colour). Here's my favourite red things - red accessories! A set of flower earrings, a chunky heart shaped necklace and a cute lady bug bracelet that Jess made for me (handmade gifts are my favourite).
She also bought me a sarong from her trip to Rarotonga - which is going to be perfect for my trip to Halong Bay (near Hanoi).
Finally a package from London from Conor and Sue - they sent me so many great things but here's a few of my favourites. A skull CD case, cute pens and cutie cutie panda key covers.
They also sent three - that's right! three! t-shirts. One for Rich and two for me. This is my favourite one - don't call me girly!!

I can or I can't

Recently in my high level English class I asked the students to draw pictures of something they can do and something they can't do.

Here's some things my students can't do that bought a smile. My favourite is the first one.

I can't love kiss
I can't kill people (that's a relief!)
I can't die (maybe he's a vampire in disguise?)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bucheon Film Festival

As soon as I finish work tonight I'm going straight to the subway station so Rich and I can make the journey to Bucheon and attend the Bucheon International Film Festival.

We are going to meet up with Joseph and his son there, we'll be catching up for dinners and seeing a few films together.

Here's the films Rich and I will be seeing at the festival - in order of viewing:

Down Terrace - United Kingdom

Confessions - Japan

Death Bell 2 - South Korea
Gintama - Japan

We are also seeing a horror triple feature on Saturday night - it's actually a little unclear which films are showing in the triple feature but I am pretty sure House of the Dead is one of them.

It's mostly going to be a weekend of horror films but that is my favourite type of film - should be a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Birthday Dress - fail!

So if you read my blog regularly will remember my post about this years birthday dress. Well the dress turned up a day or two ago but it was a total failure as they had sent me the completely wrong dress!

I'm leaving Korea on 1 September, which is around 6 weeks time (I can't believe how fast the year has gone!) so they isn't much time to replace it either.

However, in the Rock Collection's defence the did say they would reimburse me as soon as the dress is returned.

Which is a little sad, but it's all money I've saved I guess!

In other news, yesterday we picked up our Visa's for Vietnam and Hong Kong. It will be time to leave for our trip very soon - less than one week in fact. I can't wait to get away for a while.

We've pretty much nailed down what we want to do in Hong Kong, the main thing is of course catching up with my old school friend Lillian.

We're a bit more open with what we want to do in Hanoi - we want to got to Halong Bay, but have been told it's much easier to book tours in Hanoi once we get there.

Other than that I am going on a teachers trip with my school at 1:30. There has been much confusion with this trip. Originally I was told we were going "caving" which led me to ask a lot of questions. Yesterday at lunch I was told we were going to a temple and the mountains which is much more my style and sounded great.

But as of yesterday afternoon we are going to the beach and then to a museum - what we are doing at the beach is a little ambiguous still. But I have been told that I must wear my slippers (inside shoes) to the beach - which is a little bit weird for a Kiwi girl but as the saying goes "when in Rome".

I won't have access to a computer for a couple of days whilst I'm on the trip but I should be able to update on Friday to share details of the trip, the films I'm going to be Puchon International Film Festival this weekend and the contents of a rather exciting package of red goodies I received from my friend Jess for my birthday in the mail this week.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Film 41 - Under the Mountain

Film 41 was watched on a miserable rainy night at home (but it's summer so at least it's not cold).

Under the mountain was a TV show that was on in NZ when Rich and I were kids, to be honest, I don't really remember it very well.

However, the TV series does hold a special place in Rich's heart!

The remake was directed by Jonathan King who also directed the rather awesome Kiwi film, Black Sheep.

The film is about a set of twins who move to Auckland from rural New Zealand after their mother is killed in a car crash. They go to live with their Aunty and Uncle and cousin who have some rather strange neighbours.

Long story short the neighbours turn out to be alien's from another world and the twins have to work with another alien (Sam Neil) to stop some even worse alien's from being released from Auckland's volcano's.

The film and TV series are based on a novel by Maurice Gee who is one of my favourite writers and the special effects were done by WETA workshops.

But the whole film fell a little bit flat, I don't think it deserved the horrible review's it received, it's not a bad film.

I think it just lacked "heart" really - but on the upside it was really great to watch a New Zealand film! It's so great to hear everyone speak with Kiwi accent's and say really Kiwi things.

It has also inspired me to hunt down the original series and see what it's like and also read Maurice Gee's book.

I can't help but think there is a great story in there somewhere - it's just lost it's way a little.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hello Kitty Polaroid Shots

Some pictures Rich took last weekend with my polaroid camera in Hongdae. In case you're wondering this is special Hello Kitty film.

In fact that's a picture of me taken outside the Hello Kitty cafe with the Hello Kitty film - that's a lot of Kitty for one picture!

It's the rainy season

The rainy season that all my Korean co-workers talk about so much has finally arrived. It rained for about 24 hours and we have had another shower and by the look of the very dark sky outside I think it will rain again before the night is over.

All this is a little depressing and completely ruined our plans to visit Gangwha Island this weekend.

So instead of seeing dolmen's and observatories and other interesting things I ended up crafting and reading most of the weekend. Which isn't a bad way to spend the weekend but it isn't what I had in mind!

Here's the cross-stitch I'm currently working on, I bought the pattern from a seller called Pop Soup on Esty who sells all kinds of retro and kitsch patterns. This design will be a pin up sailor girl when I'm done.Rich and I also did some shopping in the Uijeongbu underground mall yesterday as we really needed to get out of the house and we wouldn't get wet shopping in the mall. The underground mall is unlike a mall in New Zealand or other western countries.

It's basically a collection of very small stall holders with tiny shops - it's more like a market than a mall and it's like a rabit warren to navigate! Rich is able to navigate it well but he is basically like a human GPS, I have no sense of direction and always end up lost!

On Saturday we did find a new "handmade" shop. It's a bead shop where the woman makes jewellery out of crystal bead sculptures. These are pretty popular here in Korea, I have seen simmilar things in New Zealand but nothing quite as amazing as what you can find here.

I decided to buy these little chick earrings as I love these quirky earrings and they were just too cute not to have!I would love to learn how to make some of this stuff! One of my students has given me a handmade cellphone charm of a witch made in this style. She told me her aunty helped her to make it. I guess there are classes around that teach you how to make these cute beaded creatures but it's hard to find them when you don't speak Korean.

Also I finally bought some new sunglasses! I have needed new ones for a while but I haven't been able to find ones I like. I usually like really dark sunnies as I wear contacts and bright sun really hurts my eyes.

It seems that sunglasses in Korea aren't as dark as the ones we get back in New Zealand but I really needed new ones so I bought these. Excuse the self portrait photo!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

I kind of celebrated my birthday last weekend, but I still had a pretty great "birthday week" this week.

First of all the remains of the cake my co-workers bought me - "We *heart* Teresa".

Here's some of my birthday stash - I told my parents I didn't want a birthday present but they still sent me a little package with a Dr Who DVD (with my favourite Doctor - Tom Baker!), a very patriotic passport cover and luggage tag and a kite (flax bag). The package also came with some chocolate from home. My youngest brother Jake also sent me an awesome package of chocolates.From Rich I recieved a little craft kit, a Kuromi hairclip and an Alice in Wonderland style necklace.Here's a close up of the necklace, it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland but my co-workers said "Oh! Romantic Style!".
From my friend Nilanka back home in New Zealand I recieved these really great cookie cutters - they are kind of hard to see in the picture but one is of New Zealand and one is of a kiwi. I really love them but we don't have an oven - however - I do have plans to make something with them later this week. Stay tuned to find out what.I also recieved some goodies from my friend Dani in Korea - some girly stuff from the Faceshop (I can get enough of these Korean body and beauty stores) and some headbands.
From the 3rd Grade English teacher at my school a box of "bows" and a lip gloss - she knows me so well! (actually I teach her twin sons and they told her that "Teresa Teacher likes hair bows"). I also got some foundation from co-teacher Jiyoun but I couldn't get a good photo of that.Finally, here's all my treats from my students! One of my students even bought me a bottle of Elizabeth Arden green tea perfume - well he actually admitted his mum choose it but still it's a very generous present.

After school on my birthday day Rich and I went out for dinner but it was so hot again we just ended up eating popping su again and having a look around the shops in Uijeongbu.