Posted by: evedlewis | February 24, 2010

Korean Hairshop and Korean Wedding Experience

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I went to my first Korean Wedding last weekend and had a great time.  The wedding seemed way more informal than the weddings I have been to in the states.  However, it could have been that the couple just wanted to keep it quick, short and fun.  I woke up early on Saturday morning to get my “hair done”.  My goal was to straighten my hair and then have it curled at the ends.  I have had this style done before in the states, and it normally costs me around $60.00.  I also needed to rush and get some appropriate black shoes, because all the black shoes I had at home were open-toed or not formal enough. 

I walked into an empty hair shop in my hood, and I was pleased to be the only customer.  There was a young Korean lady on duty who seemed to understand what I wanted when I motioned to straighten my hair.  I had already washed and “blow-dried” it myself at home to conserve time at the shop.  The lady quickly pulled out all the necessary tools and went straight to work.  Thoroughy impressed with her speed, I relaxed in my chair and watched her press out all the frizz. 

By the time the stylist was finishing up my hair, she had three customers waiting in line.  They all waited patiently while she finished curling my ends.  Although the ends did not really hold the curl, I was pleased with the outcome.  I asked how much for the hairdo in Korean (pronounced Al – Maiy-o), and she said in Korean “10,000 won”.  I could not believe what she said, so I asked her to repeat the price about 5 times.  I gave her $20.00, because I felt that $10.00 was way too low.  I realize now that most Koreans (men and women) seem to get their hair done VERY OFTEN.  I’m figuring that is why the cost is so low, because salons probably expect frequent business.  

I made a dash back home and quickly changed before heading out to Gaeksa.  I had just enough time to grab a decent pair of pumps and get to the wedding before 1pm.  Fortunately, I found some great shoe options in Gaeksa and headed to the ceremony.

The wedding was held in a room within a building – not at a church.  The room was very colorful and decorated with several flower arrangements.  The lighting in the room reminded me of a theater production, and I almost felt like I was about to watch a live TV show.  The overhead lighting would rotate around the room, much like the lights in a disco club.  The bride and groom entered the room and the groom walked alone down the aisle first with his shimmering suit as bubbles filled the air.  Yes – there was a bubble machine in the room.  And – yes – his suit was shimmering with small sparkling rhinestone.  Women with swords lined the aisle, and the husband walked underneath the metal arch before approaching the stage.  The groom wore a pair of white gloves, and he stood alone on the stage like a prince waiting for his princess – without any groomsmen.

The bride was escorted by her father, and she barely lifted up her eyes or smiled.  She appeared extremely nervous or worried, but maybe she just wanted to remain demure and expressionless.  The groom showed much more emotion as he watched his lady come closer.  The bride also walked underneath the swords and joined her husband on stage without any bridesmaids.  Their white-gloved hands were united.

The two of them remained on stage while the preacher conducted the ceremony in Korean.  There was a point when each of them approached their parents and offered a traditional bow followed by hugs.  Each of them paid respects to both sets of parents.  Next, was a nice performance by a male singing duet.  The final song was the best surprise ever, and I SO WISH I had a video of this moment.  A Korean guy faced the couple and busted into a BROADWAY-type song in English.  He sung the song in a woman’s pitch and it was extremely lively and hilarious.  The crowd went wild as he sang “L – is for the way you L-OOOOVE me”.

Boisterous clapping and joking ensued after the “Broadway Singer” finished his tune, and the ceremony came quickly to an end.  There was no wedding kiss, no exchanging vows or rings, and no intimate (or intense) wedding reception with dancing and cake-cutting.  The bride and groom took their photos, and the guests headed upstairs to the “cafeteria”. There was a huge room filled with food to serve several wedding parties, and then separate rooms for people to sit and eat.  The food was served “buffet-style”, and there were tons of guests filling their plates with a hefty Korean-style lunch.  The food was decent, and my favorite dish was the “Korean Noodles”.  I put a small batch of thin noodles in a bowl, then filled the bowl with a nice tasting mild broth.  That’s it!!  Simple and delish!!! 😉

I enjoyed my day, and then retreated to the house to grade essays and papers for the remainder of the weekend.  I have been grading papers, creating tests and quizzes and working on progress reports ALL WEEK!!!!!!!!!  I REFUSE to spend another weekend grading papers, so my goal is to have EVERYTHING done by Friday!!!!!  Wish me luck and plenty of energy!!!!  I can’t pull all-nighters like I used to.  Tomorrow I’m making 15 gift bags for my top students who won the essay contest in all my classes.  The semester comes to an end on Friday, and I want to make sure these kids receive something nice before we move into the next term.  Somehow and Someway – I will get everything done by 4pm tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

Sorry that I have more photos of me than of the wedding BTW!!!! I wanted to be a wedding spectator instead of a wedding photographer this time 😉 ANNNNND – Sorry these photos suck so bad.   I will do better!!!!!!!!! 😉

Here’s another great and accurate Korean wedding description if you are interested:

http://mrsvandebilt.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/a-korean-wedding/

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Responses

  1. Great writing, girl… LOVE IT!!!

    • Thank u honey!!!!!!!! 😉 xoxoxoxoxoxo

  2. Hey Girl, u look like u could be Asian too with that straight hair. lol. Your story was interesting as usual. Are you doing this blog for work or just only for documentation of ur experiece?
    Later

    • I meant “experience” lol
      Later

    • Hey Kenyata – Thanks for your comment! To answer your question: I have been “journaling” since I was a child. I write something almost everyday. I love to write, and I want to be good at it. To be good at anything, one must practice. This blog holds several purposes. 1) To share my experiences with others 2) To educate others who may be interested in traveling to other countries 3) To educate those who have a negative attitude about traveling to other countries 4) To practice blogging and writing on-line 5) To record my experiences on-line instead of in a paper journal 6) To keep my family and friends aware of what’s happening in my life. And – 7) To encourage others to live life to the fullest. Blogging can also be a great way to create and earn residual income (if you are good enough). I would like to become good enough at writing and blogging to earn money as well. A person can have several blogs at once, and make money on each one. Or – If a blog becomes popular enough, a person can earn a living by being a blogger and charging tons of money for ad space on the blog. If I had my way, I would write, take photographs and play tennis everyday. I’m working towards creating a lifestyle that would allow that to be possible.

      • Love it! I so see u being a writer for a living and I know one day sooner than later you will be one! Just like you’re doing right now, going to different places of the world and experiencing their lifestyle there and then writing about it, you know like something you see on the travel channel. Being a true journalist is what you are and love and so making a living out of it will come. I see it, you are almost there! And P.S. I would love to play tennis with u when u get back to the U.S. I really dont have game but I’ve been telling my husband for years to play with me so I could actually get good and be some real competition for someone!LOL

  3. Hi. I see that you are using SPWriting in your classes. My school is starting to use them as of next week, and I’m a bit worried about it.

    I’ve been told to use four classes to cover each unit (one month). This seems much too long as the units are very short and they then cover the information on the computer as well.

    Do you have any tips for using these books that might help me out so I don’t go bonkers? I’m really dreading it.

    Thanks a lot,

    John

    • Hey John! The SPWriting books are awesome and can generate good class discussions and practice possibilities. I’m not sure at what level your students are functioning. Their level will play a big role in how fast you go. However, there are ways to “drag” out the units. I’m assuming you see your students only once a week? That makes teaching them a little tougher, but I agree with you. One month is too long to drag out one unit – especially if your kids are functioning at a high level. You may be inclined to cover an entire unit in one class period right??? However, it’s common for Korean schools to prefer that you go extremely slow with your teaching and be more repetitive. It can be a little boring and cumbersome for you, but you must remember that this is their SECOND language. The best way to “drag” out the book is to spend one class going over half the unit and creating an in-class writing assignment to go along with what you are discussing. Example: The unit is about jobs/occupations. Before you even start class, begin by writing the definition on the board and ask the class to think of some cool jobs to stimulate thinking (you could also ask them to think of some “hard jobs”, “easy jobs”, and “unique jobs” – then make a list on the board of each). After you finish going over the first half of the unit (ask them questions as you discuss the unit), put a writing assignment on the board like – “If you could choose any job to do, what would it be and why?” You can also have two questions if you want. “What job would you hate to have when you get older and why?” Some students will need help with their writing. So you can put some “guided writing” sentences on the board and have them fill in the blanks. Give them 10-15 minutes to write. If you have time left in class, have students READ what they wrote out loud in front of the class (or at their desks in the beginning). Give them a homework assignment – either vocabulary or another writing assignment related to jobs. A simple one to two paragraph assignment is fine. When they come back for the next class, check their homework in class – go around and give them checks and grades. Cover the second half of the unit in class two (have people read their homework papers in class if you have time). Third class, have a review over the unit. Write everything on the board (cover main points) and have them take notes. Give them another in-class writing assignment if you need to take up more time. Explain that they will have a quiz during the next class and remind them to study (you could even give them a practice quiz if you want). Fourth class: Give them a quiz/test over the unit, which will include vocabulary and questions from the book. If they finish with the quiz early, check it in class. Take up the papers – pass them back out to the students and have them check their classmates quizzes. Go over the answers out loud together. Each student should read a question and an answer. Once they are finished, you put a final grade on the quizzes and give them back. This will be less paperwork for you and will encourage the students to do well in your class. If you still have more time in class, have a current event story ready for them to read related to jobs. Or find something out of another book and make a copy. Read and discuss this extra material in class – ask them questions about the reading. I hope your school will not mind you using filler material when you need to if it’s related to the chapter, and they shouldn’t mind the writing assignments. I ALWAYS have a few “extra” assignment ideas ready – just in case a class ends sooner than I expect. Hope this helps!!!!! 😉 Sorry so long!!!! 😉


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