Yesterday’s sunset over Seoul’s Gongdeok-dong district.
I was dead exhausted, but you can’t waste beautiful sunsets and 20 km+ visibility in downtown Seoul.
Gorgeous! If I could live somewhere like that in Seoul… well I’d have to change in the title for my favourite city on the planet.
Seoul on We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/58899251
Hearted from: http://500px.com/photo/9600113
I kind of almost miss the chaotic streets and neon lights~ I mean I can get neon lit streets here. But not that chaos~~ hahah maybe it’s for the best~ I tend to zone out while walking~~
Jacket : no brand, Top : no brand, Pants : Jahee Sheen, Shoes : converse
I know it’s probably not healthy but I’m really jealous of his hair! REALLY JEALOUS!
This reminds me!! My friend Woo Seok is officially a police officer in Seoul!!! YAY! So proud of my little baby pants! lol~~
It has been almost a year since I have taken this picture…it’s from the first time I was wandering Hongdae for the first time during the day.
It feels like a completely different person took this picture… so much has happened in the last 10 months… in fact I can read and understand a good part of the words in this… 10 months ago I just took the picture saying “PRETTY!”
…still one of my favourite pictures…
It is beautiful <3
I just instagramed this photo from the summer when I met her in the Hongdae park.
Okay so I guess I’m all healed up so I should write this up.
I went to Dream Eye Center in Myeongdong. They were incredibly kind from the first time I met them. Yes I have felt they are a bit condescending but I’ll get into that.
So first thing you do is call them: http://www.hellolasik.com/eng_site/
You can pick either location but my friend said when she was doing her research that she liked the doctors at Myeongdong location better than the one in Gangnam. She speaks Korean [being that she is] and her and her mom researched quite a few places before deciding. This is more work than I was willing to put in.
So you call them and book a consultation appointment. It’s going to take 2 hours. I don’t remember if it actually took a full 2 hours. It didn’t feel that long. You do a bunch of tests and at the end they put in the numbing eye drops and poke around in your eye to measure.. corneal thickness or something. They eye drops sting a bit going in but it’s fine. The main thing is that now your vision is wonky. Without your glasses you can text message on your phone but looking up and around your surroundings is blurry. Put your glasses on to fix long distance vision but now it’s an exercise in futility to focus on your phone. SO ANNOYING. Mostly because a few people were messaging me non-stop about my appointment after I was done and it was annoying to flip back and forth. It’s not like you need help to get home though.
They will want you to book an appointment after your consultation. You do not have to book if you are simply shopping around. They also seemed to want me in right away but that was because I am nearing the end of my contract. They can write you a note that you take to any optometrist back home to get the necessary check ups but they’d at least like to help you out for the first month or two. So I booked my appointment. I ended up moving it from the end of December to the beginning, so I could desk warm with my new eyes during exams.
So the day you go for your appointment, WEAR WARM CLOTHES! Also don’t wear anything with a tight collar. My mom said she wore a button up shirt because it’s easiest to take off. I just wore a t-shirt. It’s quite chilly in the exam room though so I recommend, even in the summer, to wear something warm~
So you go in and they put you in a gown thing and you wear a cap over your hair and your friend can wait on the couches on the other side of a big window looking into the operation room. There is a TV that will show them the nitty gritty of what happens to your eyes but… only if they want to see it because .. eww. They take you in and sterilize your eye area. They use iodine so your skin will feel dry and gross after. I wish I had brought some sort of light lotion to slap around my eyes after. Anyway they also freeze your eyes with drops and what not now too. Yes it still stings a bit.
Then you lay in the bed and they put some blankets on you. You will be cold. It’s cold. Did I mention that it’s cold?
I was so fucking freaked out at this point. Like… I actually don’t know if I could do this again. I was just psyching myself out obviously but.. I don’t know how to not do that so… hence the “I don’t know if I could do it again” statement. My eyes are so sensitive and they lay you down and give you a bear if you want. I didn’t want. So then the nurse held my hand. I think she held it because they thought I was going to touch my face. I was actually just pressing my collar bone in nervousness. I always do that. It’s a thing. I’m not trustworthy though so she held my hand. She may regret that.
Then the machine goes over your face. MY EYES ARE SO SENSITIVE. And it has really bright lights burning holes in your face. They can’t dim them or some crap. Whatever that was difficult. The doctor was clearly frustrated but I just can’t help it, when there is bright lights on my eyes I get squinty. So they put in a contraption that opens your eye for you, and believe me it is as gross as it sounds. It hooks in there and squint as you may, you cannot close the fucker. the other eye is covered. They put a little circle on your eye and put some drops on. Then they scrape off your epithelials … That was the grossest part. Like laser me a million times and it cannot compare to watching them SCRAPE your flesh off your own eyeball!!!!! Also your mind keeps insisting that it must hurt. It doesn’t hurt. You feel nothing. BUT IT MUST?!?!?!?! But it doesn’t.
So then they laser you and it takes like 10 seconds and they count down the whole time and it’s really cute because the laser tech guy counts: 10. and then your doctor tells you: 10 … but the first guy is speaking English and he’s just like 1 foot farther away then the doctor? Too cute~
And then repeat the process for the second eye. Now you know what’s coming and it’s not so bad. That’s why I wanted to put all the gross details. I found you couldn’t find it online and honestly if I had just known I wouldn’t have been so fucking freaked. That’s a lie. But I believe it may help someone not be freaked.
Then you’re done the nurse who’s hand you’ve had in a death grip helps you out of your gown and hat and brings you to a room. You’ve already pre-chosen what kind of music you’d like to hear. Your friend is there and you just lay in dim lighting on a heated bed [ HEAVEN!!!] listening to [classical in my case] your preferred choice of music and chatting with your friend. She’ll tell you how sick it was to watch them scrape the FUCKING FLESH OFF YOUR EYE. And you think: dude, I just lived it, no need to tell me!
And then the worst part: They take you to the WAY TOO BRIGHT main area and start trying to tell you about all the prescriptions, which you now need to go get because they can’t give them to you anymore, and which is which. If you’re like me, you pretty much cannot stand how bright it is and have your eyes closed. Your friend will walk you across crowded myeongdong to the pharmacy, you get your stuff, and take a cab home.
What I did wrong was send my friend home. I HAVE NOT SEEN THE BOTTLES .. I cannot open my eyes. I had to guess. I couldn’t eat. Because even the next day and the next I couldn’t open my eyes. They were so sensitive and weird. It didn’t exactly hurt but it wasn’t a good feeling. I also have a high pain tolerance so I don’t know if I’m the best authority on what does or doesn’t hurt. During the day, because my apartment faces south, I hid in the bathroom. I couldn’t text anyone because I have a fucking touch phone and it was too bright to look at. Sunday night my ex called and I was like THANK GOD! No one had called and I couldn’t call them. I could answer the call because that only took one second of looking to hit the answer button. He brought me kimbap and came and sat with me.
I ended up no going in on Monday [had the procedure Friday] because although I could open my eyes, bright light still bothered them. By tuesday I was okay to sit in my EZ with the lights off. I worked at my computer with frequent breaks and lots of eye drops.
In the first two weeks the main problem is your eyes are SO FUCKING DRY. The Sahara desert is jealous. I used so many drops, bought a humidifier but still.
After you get your lens taken off, you have to be extra careful. If they are too dry and you open your eyes you can rip off the ‘scab’ and have to go back in for a new lens. Which is incredibly painful from what they said. When they take it off they pick it out with tweesers which I thought was fucked up. Then they put this stuff in your eyes, consistency like the oil based polysporin, and then you sit with your eyes closed in front of a heat lamp. That protects the scab for a bit. Avoid dry air, hot air, cold air. All air. lol.
By the end of the first month you should mostly be all good. I still get dry eye. Nothing I’m not used to ;) I will be happy to be back in the land of Visine though. Here you can only get the “natural” tears for this, but that provides no lasting protection I believe?
Anyway to the reason I think they are being condescending: They just keep going on and on how I’m a “special” case because my eyes are so sensitive. Like they act like it’s a running joke with me. It’s not really funny. I can’t help how sensitive they are and I’m not faking it. I have 3 tattoos, I’ve had some pretty shitty things happen to me to treat my Crohn’s disease and I have, as I’ve mentioned, a very high pain tolerance. If I could I would just let bright lights shine into my eyes. If I could I would be able to touch my own eyes or let others touch them. I just can’t, it just freaks me out. Treating me like I’m a retard or like I’m faking it makes me angry. I don’t think they mean to be mean but honestly I’m sure I’m not the only person who has sensitive eyes. I am trying to sit still for the tests. I’m doing the best I can but if you take so fucking long to do it after a while I’m just done. Another problem I have is they keep pushing my lashes into my eyes. When they put drops in and what not. I ask if I can do it but they wont let me and then they push my lashes right in and wonder why I can’t open my eyes right away? Because now I have lashes in my fucking eye assholes! My lashes curl into my eyes on the best of days, I dunno why, they just twist. Arg. Anyway. They are totally nice people just maybe they don’t get very many sensitive patients. Or people with long twisty eyelashes.
So basically if you want to get it done, I do recommend Dream Eye Center. They are very kind and caring. I found that my doctor is a little condescending and the nurse isn’t careful about my lashes when in my eye area but those are small things. Also I’ve had optometrists who out and out got angry at me for being sensitive. So someone who cracks a few jokes about it isn’t really a big deal. Just that I am trying and it’s frustrating when they act like I’m not trying. Anywho. I love not wearing glasses~ I love that I can buy lots of sunglasses now [my wallet doesn’t though;)] and I love that I can play more with my makeup. Before, even if I wanted to do a really minimal look it ended up as pretty heavy [eye makeup, I don’t really wear base] because you can’t see it behind glasses. Now I can just slap on mascara and go [like today]~~
So get it done. My mom was right. This is one of those things that you are nervous about doing but afterwards you wish you would have done it sooner.
If anyone has any more questions feel free to ask ^^
can you link to the blog? and let us know about your progress! I really am considering getting one ^^ thanks!
I just googled digital perm. The blog is not 100% accurate for all things but it has good pics and most of the information that it does give I would hope you are going to double check with your stylist. ALWAYS go for a consult before doing something major to your hair!!!!!!
Anyway the blog is just : http://digitalperms.blogspot.com/
A lot of the pics are Asian girls but there are at least two white chicks in there and another thing to consider: If you look up salons that offer it in Canada or America, it’s only big cities. Vancouver and Toronto. LA and New York. Especially LA came up in my searches back in the day. I think a lot of Celebs probably have this done as you can still flat iron your hair if you’d like a straight look. I wouldn’t do it too often but yea~
I’m going to go in for a consult tonight if I have time. If not I’ll wait until Monday. I’ll keep ya’ll posted ^^
I had a really fun day~ I cleaned and re-arranged my apartment, climbed up bukhansan from Sukjeongmun Gate which was on my to-do list and then topped the day off with a jimjilbang soak and Italian food with a friend <3
First I’d like to mention that although climbing up the old wall from Sukjeongmun gate is on the list of “things one must do while in Korea”, it wasn’t that spectacular. You couldn’t even take a picture up at the top looking down on Gwanghamun and the blue house. LAME.
Oh and my hair is fucking fabulous thanks to the steamy love session it had with Head Spa at the jimjilbang. I still need a trim butttttttt head spa is keeping things manageable.
Then we went for some Italian and shared a squash risotto and the creamy shrimp and lobster pasta in the squid ink bread bowl. DELICIOUS! And I still came in under my calorie limit for the day because I probably walked around for at least an hour or two, moved my furniture around for an hour and hiked for 2 hours with a heavy bag!
Oh and I came home to pepero in my mail box thanks to my friend <3
OOOOhhHHH Did I mention that my new mascara is fucking fabulous and I love it and it really is great! Oh well I have now ;)
Now I need to sleep as I have to work almost 12 hours tomorrow and then go to incheon and pick up my friend Ryosuke and take him back to my place, which is on the EAST side of Seoul. Yyuppp it’s going to be a looooooooooong friday.