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

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.

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Seduction – What Is Your Brand of Charismatic Smolder?

What makes a woman irresistible? What made the the insecure small-town girl, Marilyn Monroe-the sex symbol of our time, so irresistible? Or the not all that gorgeous Cleopatra, conqueror of mighty men, so compelling.

It was their own special brand of overpowering charisma that made them so alluring to men. Every women have their own personal brand of alluring charisma embroidered in their mental and physical beings.. Find out which of these most closely resembles your own and magnify it. For fun you could also try out other brands of charisma add some playful fun to your own feminine powers. So lets find out…

What’s is Your Brand of Charismatic Smolder?

Kittenish

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With this style you can focus on your soft pouty lips and touchable skin. Wear pastel shades of pink, peach and beige. Read lots of romance novels and lower your head in a shy Princess Di way as you whisper to your man. Cultivate your modest but yearn to be ravished look.

Exotic

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Dramatize your already vivid features. Wear bright, bold colors and jangling jewelry. Read the Kama Sutra and surprise your man with a Tantric massage. Take rituals baths. Light musky candles and wear musky perfume. Sway your hips like a belly dancer and spread your spicy intensity through life.

Elegant

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Exuding refinement and a sense of rich luxury offer up your long elegant neck to your lovers kiss. Wear classic ensembles and simple hairstyles. Prance around in flowing lingerie. Admire classic Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. Glide your fingers over his skin and send him to sensual heaven.

Sporty

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Flaunt your athletic body and sinewy muscles. Wear sporty leggings, perfectly fitted jeans or sexy tops that accentuate your athleticism. Be a sexual athlete in bed and ignite your erotic imagination. Make him laugh and challenge him to a game of strip billiards. Radiate vibrant health an irresistible joy of life.

Fiery

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Accentuate your eyes which burns with an internal flame. Wear slinky outfits and bold jewelry. Shake your hips or join a salsa club. Growl, pant and claw like a tigress in the bedroom. “Be so passionate about life that your inner fire sends sparks across any room”

Smart

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Don’t be afraid to let intelligence and depth shine through your eyes. Dress with taste and style and the occasional item that has an interesting story behind it. Develop a vast vocabulary of steamy language. Introduce your man to a sensual piece of art or music and tell him something fascinating about himself. Project a sense of mystery, depth and worldliness.

Earthy

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Play up your voluptuous figure and womanly walk. Wear a low cut gown with heels or go barefoot. Lick food from your fingers and let wine drizzle down your chin into your cleavage. Give your man plenty of smoldering glances and husky-voiced promises. Tease him with your hot touch. Be shamelessly lusty

Wild Woman

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Wield your outrageousness like an electrifying weapon. Wear leather, over the top frills, garter belts and wild hairdos. Make erotic videos, and randy overtures in semi public places. Promise to tie hi up and bite his ear playfully. Ooze unpredictable edginess and a sense of delicious danger.

 

Resources

302 Advanced Techniques for driving a man wild in bed by Olivia St. Claire