There’s just something about being in a coffee shop on a rainy day…

Well, the semester is almost officially over. Wow.

I cannot believe that my third year of university is coming to a close.

It seems almost poetic that it has decided to pour rain today. It’s comforting, if anything.

Looking back on these past 2 semesters, it’s unreal how much has happened. The opportunities I’ve had, the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve visited; it’s utterly surreal.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared for what is to come. Who knows how this summer will go and what the fall will bring. Some of my friends are leaving, some are staying, and some are moving on. That’s life.

I am, however, more than excited for making future plans and setting goals for myself. That’s what I do best: goals and extensive lists. It’s my little type A way of measuring my success.

All in all, I’ve learnt a lot these past 8 months and I sincerely feel like I have grown exponentially. I still have a long way to go, but I am in no rush. Learning to embrace the moment and take in all the little parts of life is what I am all about right now.

I am officially welcoming fourth year with open arms.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

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Long time no see…

It’s been awhile, hey?

Can you guess where I am?

If you said Korea, then you, my friend, are absolutely right.

I am, as of August 21st, living in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, studying as an exchange student at Ewha Womans University. Exciting, hey? It has been amazing thus far, travelling not only around the city, but also to other places within Korea. I have tried so many delicious dishes, bought way too many articles of clothing, attended the concert of my dreams, and spend nights wandering amongst the city lights. And you know what the best part is? It’s not even half way over yet. I cannot wait to see where the next three months will take me.

Tomorrow, I am going to the last day of the Taeyang concert tour here in Seoul, and I know I am going to cry harder than I did yesterday. Then, next week Friday, I am going to meet WINNER at their fanmeeting. Cross your fingers that I won’t faint when Taehyun shakes my hand. Ah. Fangirl mode = on.

But anyway, if you are at all curious what I am doing with my life in more detail, you should check out my exchange blog, and keep up with me! Also, if you are attending Ewha currently or are planning on going on an exchange in the future, send me a message! I would love to answer any questions you have about Korea or Ewha or just about life as an exchange student in general! Don’t be shy!

Until next time,

Jasmine

Watching the Clock

Here’s the funny thing about anticipation: it never leaves. It keeps building and building as the days go by, driving you utterly insane. It’s like time cannot go by any slower, the hours will not speed up, and days feel like forever.

I have done everything in my power to distract myself from the gnawing sensation of my impatience, from writing to studying Korean, but nothing helps. I mean, why can’t it be the middle of August already? Why do I have 4 more work days? Why can’t I be done now?

In the meantime, though, I have been working on my exchange blog that I will be updating while I am over in Korea for the fall semester. I feel like having that space to share my life and my adventures through text, photos, and videos will really be rewarding at the end of my adventure. Something for not only my friends and family to enjoy, but also a way for me to preserve that experience for myself, so that in, say, 10 years I have something to look back on to refresh the memories. I want my life to be memorable, so I will do whatever it takes to make that come true.

Until next time,

Jasmine

p.s.

Here’s the link to my exchange blog: somethingseoulful

Full Plate

Back from camp. Now that’s a sentence I thought I’d never say, due to the immediate fact that camp seemed to stretch on for an exhausting period of time. But it’s over now, and I’m peacefully back in the comfort of my own blankets and warmth. Ah–nothing like the comforts of home.

Recently, life has been progressing in ways that I could never have imagined. I got my full funding for student loans for the fall, a sight I never saw coming. My best friend retrieved my acceptance package from the grip of my school’s exchange department. Despite a few setbacks (like said friend writing the wrong address on the package upon attempting to mail it to my mother), things when I returned from a stressful four day camping trip with work seem to be working out. All is in order. Plus, as an added bonus, the dresses I ordered for my cousin’s wedding arrived and I have selected my attire for the affair. Oh, how I love the feeling of new clothing against my skin. It’s my favourite thing.

Until next time,

Jasmine

It’s all coming together…

Finally! FINALLY. My acceptance package to Ewha has arrived at my university and, despite some complications with the destination of that package, the pieces of my exchange are slowly falling into place. My uni submitted the final portion of my student loan application, which I need for my visa. My mum is on board to submit my application at the end of the month. I only have 29 more days of working and living in this hick town. It’s all coming up roses, my friends.

So why am I still stressed? I guess it’s just the fact that yes, things are coming together, but they are not firmly sealed or locked into place. The puzzle isn’t fully completed yet. There are still gaps, still missing chips that haven’t found their home yet. And that irritates me. It stresses me out, to the point where I feel like nothing has been accomplished. Is that wrong of me? Does that make me a perfectionist? I hope not.

I hope that in the next few weeks I can just get all my bits and bobs finalized and have this thing planned out. I want to be on that plane already, flying over the clouds, and nervous with anticipation for what is to come once that 737 lands on foreign soil. I am ready for adventure and I crave it more than anything.

Until next time,

Jasmine

Day in the Life: Vancouver bound

This past Sunday was a day I will never forget. I got to go into the city to see one of my bestest friends, Kaede, who was leaving to go back to Japan. She was an exchange student at my university, and we literally are one in the same. I love her so, so much.

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She’s so cute right?

Well the day was spent doing my favourite thing: eating. First it was Japanese ramen.

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The shop is one of the most well-known is all of BC, and it takes literally an hour just to get in. You even have to wait outside! Thank goodness it didn’t start raining until after we finished out meals. The ramen was the best there is, though I, myself, am not a huge fan of Japanese ramen. It is just too plain for me. I guess I’m too used to the Korean version, with multitudes of spice.

So after the ramen, it was on to macarons at my favourite little bakery.

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The bakery is called Thierry, and it’s located right in the centre of Alberni street. It can be quite crowded, but the experience is definitely worth it. It’s filled with all kinds of pastries and desserts, and there’s a coffee bar as well (they make more than coffee, though). Our macarons were salted caramel (the light brown ones), lychee (the pink ones), and a mixed berry flavour (the purple one). My favourite by far were the salted caramel. It was a shame though, as they were not serving my all-time favourites, the vanilla bean ones. Seriously, you need to have these in your life.

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Close-up shot, anyone? Makes me hungry just looking at it.

Later, we even went for gelato at a famous gelato shop on Robson. Delicious, that is all I can say. They literally have any flavour imaginable, it’s fantastic. I got white chocolate and oreo cheesecake. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth.

Our final food stop was at a Korean restaurant I love. I ordered the kimchi stew, aka 김치찌개, which is my love. Seriously, I could eat this stuff for the rest of my life.

After a little while, we decided to take pictures, and Alston (our guy friend who was with us) took a couple OOTD photos for me, so here you go:

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I’ll list everything I was wearing at the end of this post. I just love the background. The location was gorgeous.

In all, it was an amazing day. Tears were shed, and hugs exchanged. I’m going to miss her beyond belief but I know this is not the last time I will see her. We’re too good of friends for that.

Here’s my items worn:

Sweater: Romwe
Acid-wash button-up: Some Japan store
Jeans: Material Girl
Boots: Spring
Giyongchy beanie: Ebay
Bag: Steve Madden

Until next time,

Jasmine.