Apartments in Korea

20190107_123917When we first came to Korea, we were very ignorant of how things work here. We had “free” housing included in our contract so we were very happy to know that we didn’t have to pay rent every month. The problem was that we didn’t expect what was waiting for us here. Our apartment was a little bigger than a shoe box. After about 6 months we asked our director for a bigger apartment. We were now living in a one bedroom apartment and although it wasn’t huge, it was big enough for the two of us. We lived in this apartment for another 3 years. Before we moved down to Busan we decided to try and get a housing allowance instead of the housing the school offers. Check out the type of apartments given with contracts in Korea.

When we were negotiating our contracts, we both asked for a housing allowance to rent our own apartment. We got a lovely 2 bedroom apartment in Marine City, Heaundae. Here is our monthly rental breakdown

  • 1,000,000 won – rent
  • 300,000 won – management fee; free gym, sauna, parking, electricity

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We’ve lived here for almost 6 months and although the apartment is more expensive than anticipated, we’re very happy with our decision to live in a 2 bedroom apartment.

What would you prefer?

Why would anyone go vegetarian?

When I was 16, I once considered changing my diet to vegetarian. It sounded like a great and healthy idea. I started off by telling my dad, who was the cook in our household,to stop giving me meat for dinner. Being a household that relied heavily on meat as the biggest part of our meals, I felt hungry all the time. The lettuce and tomato for lunch also didn’t cut it, I constantly felt hungry and underfed… so naturally, I gave up.

A few times over the years I’ve considered trying a vegetarian lifestyle again but I was always reminded of how starved I felt when I tried it in High school. About 2 years ago my friend told me that her family will no longer eat meat. Later I started doing Yoga and saw a lot of yogis eating vegan or vegetarian meals but still… I was afraid to try it because of my teenage experience.

It was only when I moved to Busan that I met a vegatarian, who doesn’t shout his beliefs at me, who told me about how he became all vegan.  His journey took over 10 years. He first started cutting out certain meats, then fish, dairy and eggs until he ate only vegan foods. This sounded like a better way towards eating vegetarian.

Cutting out a whole food group at once has never sat well with me, but doing it slowly, over time can work, especially that it now gives me time to experiment with healthy dishes to see what works best for me, instead of deciding to eat only lettuce and tomato …

Fire Meditation and why you should try it

Sky above, Earth below, Fire within.

Referring to the fire within our souls, the use of fire meditation can awaken the fire within you.

For the first time ever, I tried fire meditation. I was drawn to it because I am a fire sign and often find strength in the thought that my sign is ruled by fire. The benefits from doing fire meditation however is indescribable. Immediately after the meditation I felt relaxed, but in the week that followed I felt invigorated and enlivened. It was as if I had a new  appetite for life. To think that a few minutes of staring into a flame can has such an effect on you is just amazing

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What you’ll need

A candle, a quiet place and a table. The table is so that you don’t have to strain your neck if the candle is on the floor. It is better to keep it at a higher level.

How to:

Sit with your legs crossed, either in lotus pose or crossed legs depending on your level.

Start of your meditation practice with 2 minutes of Kabalabathi breathing

  • Take 2 normal breaths
  • Now inhale then exhale rapidly and forcefully pulling in your abdomen with a backwards push
  • Follow on from here with a rapid inhalation and exhalation (through the nose) pulling in your abdomen with each exhalation
  • Continue for 1-2 minutes. Always listen to your body, if you need to breath normally, then take a break.

Now  light the candle and continue breathing normally (for example 4 inhale 4 exhale)

Stare into the candle for 5-8 minutes. Notice how the flame moves, connect your inner flame with the candle flame. Focus your inner energy on the flame

Now close your eyes. You will see the flame for a few more minutes in your minds eye. Don’t let it go, keep focusing on it until it disappears ( about 2 minutes).

Namaste

Salad in a class Detox smoothie

The first time I tried this smoothie the idea of it made me think of  how Micheal in GTA 5 shivered after drinking his green juice. In the end my first green detox smoothie wasn’t even half as bad as I had thought.

The recipe I will share with you today is one that I’ve come to love and enjoy drinking before heading out to gym. The combination of cucumber and parsley, leaves a fresh taste in your mouth while the pineapple gives it a sweet and sour element. You can add some ice if you like but to me the frozen pineapple makes it cold enough especially during winter months

It is also an easy way to get your greens in without having to chew it

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Ingredients

1 Slice of pineapple (frozen and cut into pieces)

1/2 Cucumber (small)

1/2 cup fresh Spinach

Bunch of parsley(small)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 Cup of water

Note: You can add 2 packets of stevia if you want something sweeter

Throw it all in a blender and blend…. et voila!!!!! Garnish with some parsley, pineapple or mint

What is your favorite Detox Smoothie?

Finding fulfillment in the little things

A year has come and almost passed us and it’s time to look back at what it has taught me.

The biggest thing entering my life this year has been my yoga practice. I discovered yoga after deciding to try my hand at e-commerce. My husband suggested that I sell gym wear since I’m really into health and fitness. I decided to sell leggings and after doing some initial research found that there are a lot of people selling gym wear. I then stumbled upon the yoga community through Instagram. At first I tried to market my products on my Instagram page but soon realized that it would be better for potential customers to witness my leggings in action. I didn’t know it yet but this decision would change my life.

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I started looking at pictures of yogi’s in extreme as well as easy looking poses. The extreme ones were so inspiring and I thought to myself that I could easily do some of the easier ones. So I started doing the poses just to advertise my leggings. Soon I realized that I couldn’t just always do the same poses so I did some more research met some great people on IG and started to do a few yoga flows.

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In March I went through something that completely crushed me and I followed along a yoga video from Boho Beautiful. It made me feel great. Throughout the video I was mindful of staying present. Focusing only on what my body is doing and where I was at that moment. It helped calm my heart and my mind and I fell in love with yoga.

In the months that followed I added more and more yoga to my gym routine and in September I started doing my Yoga Teacher training. For the year that lies ahead, I’m moving down to Busan in South Korea and I feel enthusiastic to start teaching Yoga in the New Year.

What came into your life this year?e14939e4433a70b5e03171e6a46cae32