Friday, June 24, 2011

Hannah's in da House!

 My good friend Hannah came down for a visit from Seoul.  She is starting a new job next week so I won't be seeing her as much I have been.  She came down around lunchtime and we had lunch before I went to chilbo class.  She also took me to a special place which I'll tell you about later.  It's always great fun to go to lunch with Hannah.  I can eat a traditional Korean meal because she knows what to order.   This meal was delicious.
Hannah had also done some last minute errands for me.  Like getting the 30,000+ WON off of my TMoney card.  The card stopped working and you can still get your money back.
She also ran to the maedeup shop to retrieve my bracelets that I had made when I was taking class.  If you remember, my maedeup teacher wanted to keep my bracelets to copy.  It was after this incident that I decided not to continue with the lessons.  She still had my bracelets and I didn't want to go back to get them so Hannah went. 

The teacher was gone but someone knew where the bracelets were and Hannah brought them home.  I was shocked to see what the teacher had done.  She had made a maedeup bracelet (the top one in the picture), removed my charms and placed them on her's.  The nerve of this lady.  I'm so glad I quit.  I still thinking of taking more maedeup lessons if I can find a teacher here in Suwon or one from Seoul that will come to my apartment like my pojagi\chasu teacher.
Both Hannah and Hellena had been to the dermatologist to have freckles removed and I was intrigued with how little it costs and how easy it is to do.  Now that I'm older, I've gotten some age spots on my face and I thought while living here in South Korea, it would be the perfect place to remove them. 
Hannah told me that you don't need an appointment and that it is something many Koreans do especially women.  They like their faces to be freckle-free.  Hannah found a place next to Home Plus and off we went.  I was pretty nervous because it involved lasers and that is something I hadn't experienced before.  The staff was great and the doctor talked to us a lot about the procedures.

I also decided to have a scar I had had since I was 3 or 4.  It was from chicken pox and it was right under my nose and something I've hated having.  He said it would probably take 2-3 treatments to completely get rid of it.

A nurse came out with some topical numbing cream and put cream on all the spots, counting as she went.  They charged 20,000WON  ( $18.60 USD) for freckles and 30,000 WON ($28.00 USD) for age spots since they are deeper and take more time to removed.  I had to pay in advance and it came to a total of 185,000 WON ($172.00 USD).
This is me with the numbing cream ready for the laser treatment.  It took about 20-30 minutes for him to laser everything.  I was so scared.  It hurt just a tiny bit but I was so hypersensitive that I know I overreacted.  Afterwards, I was sent home with a package of tiny bandages and told to keep everything covered for one week.  I need to come back in a week for more laser work on the chicken pox scar.
I did take pictures of the sores.  Some are just pink and some are turning into scabs but it was kinda gross to show.  This is what I look like when I go out with my bandages.  Rocketman was surprised I had done it since we had talked about it and he really wanted to go along too.  I can't imagine how much this would have cost in the States but I'm so glad I decided to do it here.  If you want to try a dermatologist in South Korea, I would advise bringing someone fluent in Korea.  It makes things so much easier.

1 comment:

  1. I cannot believe that woman took your bracelet apart! OMG! The nerve!


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