Busy, Busy, Busy

by Sheryll on July 11, 2014

pool Busy, Busy, Busy

This week has been crazy. It’s not even because I’m working a lot as far as time goes (even with the 2 jobs I’m still only working about 30 hours a week, not even full time).

BUT.

It’s the amount of preparation I have to do for these 30 hours of work that I have. Summer school was somewhat challenging this week because I’m getting used to the super high level students, but it uses the same book for the entire 6 weeks and I have the same students everyday who are lovely and listen and aren’t crazy children (thank god). But at my first job at the English center….PSSSSSSSSSSH. Let’s all just take a look at my crazy ass schedule shall we?

I teach 8 classes per week. No biggie. Three of them are 3 hours long, and the rest are 2 hours long. Still okay. The issue is this:

Wednesday: 17-27 year olds (mostly college students)
Thursday: 40-50 year old men (all work for the military and are like….JUST learning English)
Friday: 10-12 year olds (they are my worst class and I actually somewhat dread teaching them. sigh)
Saturday: 1st class – 6-7 year olds, 2nd class – 4 to 5 year olds
Sunday: 1st class: BARELY 4 year olds (like I swear some of them are 3), 2nd class: 8-10 year olds, 3rd class: 5-6 year olds.

Each of these classes uses a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOOK. Each of these classes is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LEVEL. Each of these classes is a freaking COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AGE group. How do I go from teaching 50 year old men in the military to 4 year olds? I don’t know. But my brain hurts. I feel like all I do is plan lessons. Everyday. All day. Forever. It’s taking a toll on me, mentally. I’ve had to cut my yoga time to only 4 days a week because my schedule doesn’t allow me to go Wednesday-Friday. It really sucks because yoga is the one thing that’s been keeping me pretty level headed and calm. Sigh. I’ve been still making to-do lists every night, but most of the time it looks like this:

1. find a game for ____ class
2. find an activity sheet for ____ class
3. plan lesson on writing a topic sentence and find appropriate worksheets
4. plan TOEFL prep course

and on and on and on.

I’ve been neglecting both the blog and Glamtrotting, and I can’t let that happen, so I’m trying to figure some shit out this weekend to try and make better use of my time. I’m thinking that I’ll have to do lesson plans for the week on one or two days only, that way I have the rest of the week to work on MY things. Part of me wonders why I spend so much time working on lessons when a lot of people literally come in, open the book, print a worksheet, and that’s it. But I want to be a good teacher and have a good influence on my students and make it seem like I care. So…yeah.

I know going into next week the summer school job will be a bit easier because I know all of the kids, and the book is incredibly fun and easy to teach. It’s probably one of the few ESL books in the entire world that isn’t a steaming pile of crap. It’s a National Geographic one, so all of the topics are really interesting, the topics are relevant and modern (examples: longevity and happiness, start-ups and Silicon Valley, climate change, etc.), and the bookwork is challenging and stimulating. I’m actually learning from the book too!

So enough about work. I’m tired of talking about it, but I just had to get it all out there. I was supposed to receive a package from w2beauty.com a while ago, but I still haven’t received it. I’ve heard that people often get their packages stolen here, so I’m hoping that’s not the case. SIGH. It was a very expensive su:m37 serum, so I’m a bit pissed. I need to go to the post office on Monday and get it all sorted out.

This weekend, I think Johnny and I are finally going to have some quality time together. I want to go exploring! There are a few restaurants I’ve been dying to try, and maybe we’ll get a couple of drinks too. Lord knows I need one (or a few).  Sunday, I have a lunch date with a friend. And next weekend, we’re going to the BEAAACCCCHHHH! YASSSS! It’s going to be our first mini vacation since coming here. We wanted to go to Singapore, but I think we’re going to wait until we both have more time to take off.

And before I go… what are some of your favorite toners? After what seems like FOREVER, I am all out of my Benton toner. I’m looking for something that provides a chemical exfoliation as well. Bonus points if I can actually find it in Vietnam, as I’ve lost all faith in the mail system here.

How have you been? Tell me some happy stories about puppies or traveling or something fun. Have a good weekend!

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to write a quick update on my super interesting (or not) life here in Vietnam. I’ve officially been in Vietnam for 3 months TODAY! YAAAAAY! I can’t believe time is passing so quickly though. Johnny and I initially planned to be here only 6 months, but now that I’m already 3 months in, I don’t know how I’m going to leave in just a few short months. We’ll see.

I’ve been teaching for a month now, and I can finally say with confidence I have the hang of things. I have my own classes now, and I teach about 16 hours a week. Sadly, most of these hours fall on the weekend. Word of advice, if you are planning on coming to teach in Vietnam and you work at one of the Vietnamese language schools, be prepared to most definitely work on the weekends. Thankfully, I have most of the week off. But Johnny works during the week, and since I work mostly on the weekends, we don’t see each other as often as we’d like. We’ve been carving out mid-day lunch dates, so we can actually sit and talk and not worry about one of us having to plan lessons or go to work. It’s nice!

I’m finally getting the hang of teaching the wee ones, and they are definitely becoming my favorite classes to teach. They are just so adorable! They aren’t moody or temperamental. They love EVERYTHING. And when they see me in the school outside of class, they all run up to me and grab my legs and say, “HELLO MISS SHERYLL!”. It’s so cute I could scream. I still have to take a nap after teaching Saturday and Sunday morning, but it’s worth it.

I also picked up a short 6 week summer school job at an international school! I’m super excited! It pays really well, and the school is gorgeous. They have a pool, a full 350 seat theatre, a gym, a soccer field, a huge library, a computer lab, the works. I start on Monday, so for 6 weeks I won’t have any days off, but thankfully the summer school job is just 3 hours in the morning so it’s not *too* bad. I’m definitely looking forward to the extra $$$ though. Dolla dolla bills ya’ll!

I started taking yoga classes 2 weeks ago and I am officially obsessed. I don’t know why I never practiced yoga before. Not only is it GREAT exercise, it’s improved my mood 30497234986230562357634x. I feel like I’m walking on clouds, especially right after a class. My mood has definitely improved tons since moving to Vietnam, but of course, I would still get into weird slumps. Not so much anymore. I feel like I can do anything! I’ve always wanted to work on my flexibility, since it’s basically non-existent, and I’m already making huge improvements. I’ve been going 6 days a week, and still going to the gym about 4 days a week now, and I can see myself slimming down. WOOP WOOP! And for some reason, yoga has really helped my appetite and cravings. I no longer want fatty fried foods, and instead find myself fixing a salad for lunch instead of something cheap and quick.

And yea, I know the K-beauty posts have been lacking, but my skin is just…really a mess and I’m not sure what to do. I keep getting these weird jawline/chin breakouts, and despite me going back to my failsafe products, it’s not clearing up. The same exact thing happened in the same exact spot last summer, so I’m not sure what the deal is. It’s like a weird summer breakout. I’m also probably exaggerating because most people are like, “what breakout?”, but it’s making me so self-conscious. Ugh.

Glamtrotting is coming along smoothly, and we’ve gathered an amazing team of writers and editors. I’m learning so many things as I go. It’s rewarding to teach myself about running a magazine, setting up guidelines, pitching it to people, setting up interviews. I feel like a professional! It’s still not too late to pitch your articles for our August launch, so if you want more information on how you can be a part of our team, send an email to submissions@glamtrotting.com!

 

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June Favorites

by Sheryll on July 1, 2014

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It’s that time again – monthly favorites! Woooo! I cannot believe we are now past the halfway point in the year. In keeping with my halfway through the year tradition, it’s time to recap the things I loooved during the month of June.

My skin is still being ridiculous. It’s better than last month, but it’s not back to its silky smooth ‘winter in Korea’ glory. Sigh. To let my skin sort of get it together, I’ve been trying to wear as little makeup as possible. This is where my favorite lipsticks come in handy. On days when I don’t want to wear a ton of makeup, I just throw on some mascara and a bright, bold, lip, and BAM – instaglam. My current favorites are MAC’s Ririwoo, a classic matte red, and Heroine, a bright matte purple.

The little pink and green space alien looking balls are a fruit called rambutan, and I am OBSESSED. I guess it’s rambutan season here in Vietnam, because they are crazy cheap and available everywhere. They are a mix between a lychee and a grape. All you do is peel back the skin, and pop in the grape looking fruit, making sure to eat around the seed (the seed is bitter). They are little balls of sweet joy and I could eat them forever.

Back when I went to LA, I bought the Ole Henriksen Truth to go wipes. I’ve been hoarding them because they were SO expensive, but man oh man are they worth it. I’m totally not a face wipe and go kinda gal, but since I’ve been going to the gym regularly, I find that I need something to keep in my gym bag for a quick wipe off when I can’t go home immediately. They’re super soft and don’t irritate the skin like most face wipes. They’re expensive, but I’d buy them again in a heartbeat. (edit: I guess they’ve been rebranded as the ‘The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths – Brightening“, but I’m sure the ones I have are pretty much the same.)

The business card up at the top is for a spa that has quickly become my favorite, the Anna Sanctuary Wellness Spa in Phu My Hung. First, it’s GORGEOUS. It feels like you’re in some super luxe spa and you’re the fanciest bitch in HCMC. Second, they’re running an amazing happy hour deal from 9-2 where you can get a basic facial or massage for only 390,000d, or the low, low price of $18. It’s incredible. And they use top of the line products: Sisley, L’Occitane, and Clarins. If you’re in HCMC, you definitely need to make your way to Phu My Hung and get your life.

I have 2 Korean skincare favorites, and they are the Primera Pure Hydrating Gel Cream and the Su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Refining Serum. I received them both in my w2beauty haul, and I’ve quickly fallen in love. I don’t want to give away too much info yet, because I’m working on a full review of both, so stay tuned!

When I got my job, I celebrated by buying myself a new bottle of perfume – Gucci Guilty. I’ve always LOVED this scent, but never bought it, until now. It’s sexy and I always get lots of compliments on it when I wear it. Swoon. I just love perfume so much.

I bought myself another mascara because….well, I didn’t have a reason I just wanted it. This one is the MAC False Lashes Extreme Black mascara. It’s super duper black, and has a really lightweight mousse like texture. I like it because the brush is quite large, so you can coat each lash evenly. Now, even though it says “False Lashes”, I find this mascara leans more towards natural looking. I like to use it on Saturday and Sunday mornings when I have to teach my wee ones, because it’s really fuss free and I look more like “I woke up like this”.

And last are my two most recent purchases from A Banker’s Secret (you can read all about them here). First of all, I am in loooooooooooove with rosehip seed oil. I don’t know how I lived without it before. If you have acne scarring or acne prone skin, it’s the oil for you. Since I’ve been battling this weird jawline breakout for a few months, I’ve been scarring like crazy. Sad times. But rosehip seed oil is really, really great at reducing acne scarring. I even take a little bit at night and put it on my legs, since my legs are scarring like crazy due to mosquito bites. Grrrr. And we all know how much I love hand creams, and the Super Lovely Hand Cream from A Banker’s Secret is FABULOUS. Since I started teaching babies, I wash my hands constantly, which equals gross, dry hands. But this hand cream sinks in quickly, doesn’t leave any tackiness or grease behind, and smells heavenly. Obsessed!

What were your June favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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Creating Habits

by Sheryll on June 26, 2014

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If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning, then you’ll know that I’ve struggled with my weight for quite some time now. While I was going through my rough patch with depression, I also struggled with emotional eating. I gained about 30lbs, and at my highest weight was about 150lbs. I know that may not seem like a lot, but I’m barely 5’0ft tall, so yeah. I’d always been a really confident person, but the weight gain took a big toll on me, and the effects still linger to this day.

While living in Korea, I dropped about 20lbs just by eating healthy. I rarely, if ever, exercised. I cooked a vast majority of my own meals, and brought my own lunch to school. I’m now at the lowest weight I’ve been in about 4 years, and am determined to get the rest of the weight off.

Like any other goal, losing weight is daunting. Food is fucking delicious, and life is just too short to deny yourself a cupcake (or pho or bun thit nuong or com tam or spring rolls) every once in a while. Since I was unemployed for a while, I started working not only Glamtrotting, but working on how to improve myself, my body, and my spirit. It’s so easy to get into a slump when you’re not working – constantly refreshing Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook all day, reading articles that don’t matter, or watching endless YouTube videos of people doing their makeup. I knew that something needed to change. But for me, when I focus on the outcome (losing weight, making more money, being super successful), I get frustrated when I don’t see the results right away. Then, like clockwork, I’ll revert back to my old habits and nothing gets accomplished for days. But not this time. This time, I’ve been focusing on creating habits – things I do daily that will ultimately help me achieve my goals.

Working out is just something everyone should do. It’s good for you, whether or not you’re trying to lose weight. I’ve made it a habit to go to the gym 6 days a week. I just signed up for yoga, and I go 5 to 6 days a week as well. I don’t push myself ridiculously hard to the point where I can’t walk. I don’t spend crazy long hours in the gym. I just go for 30 minutes, 6 days a week. It’s the first major task I complete when I wake up in the morning. I start the day already feeling accomplished, which helps me focus on my other goals throughout the day. Not only do I feel better because I know I’m getting stronger and healthier, it has done wonders for my mental health. Going to the gym is now a habit just like washing my face every day. And slowly, but surely, I have been losing weight! But weight loss is no longer my main focus, it’s just a result of me going to the gym and making eating healthy a habit.

Every night before I go to bed, I write out my daily to do list on a notebook I keep by my nightstand. I write EVERYTHING down. When I need to eat, when I take a nap (I wake up really early and nap about 30 minutes a day), my time at the gym, what e-mails I need to answer, what lessons I need to plan, if I go to work, my manicure appointments… everything. Then when I wake up in the morning, I look at my list and already have a sense of what tasks I need to complete for the day. I love having a routine established everyday! There’s also a huge sense of accomplishment crossing things off of a list, even if it’s as simple as “grab a smoothie.”

Creating habits instead of focusing on the big goal at the end has increased my productivity and has significantly improved my mood. Going to the gym and writing to-do lists are just like washing my face and brushing my teeth. When it becomes second nature, you’ll accomplish your goals in no time!

What are your goals? What do you do to help you accomplish them? Let me know in the comments!

And Glamtrotting Magazine is still looking for contributors! Do you have any travel beauty tips or tricks? Have you been to an awesome spa or hair salon, either in your ‘hood or abroad? Do you use a must have product from a country other than your own? Do you love browsing drugstores in different countries? Glamtrotting would love to have you as part of our team! We’re gathering an AMAZING team of women and it’s ridiculously exciting. E-mail your pitches to submissions@glamtrotting.com for more information on how you can be a part of our team.

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Glamtrotting – For Glam Girls on the Go

by Sheryll on June 20, 2014

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After weeks and weeks of being afraid for some weird reason, I finally think it’s time to unveil my new project.

Introducing Glamtrotting Magazine – the e-zine for Glam Girls on the Go!

So what is Glamtrotting? Glamtrotting is a bimonthly e-zine for women who want to know about the best in beauty around the world. Traveling to Brazil? Want to know the best place to get waxed? Glamtrotting will be your guide. Do you live in Bangkok and want to know about the best local beauty products? Glamtrotting will be there to help you too.

I was inspired by my love for Korean cosmetics and travel. I found myself wanting to know about beauty cultures and products in other countries outside of Korea. I wanted to know about beauty in India, Morocco, the UK, Singapore, Nigeria, Hungary, etc., etc., the list can go on and on forever. And I thought, well, if I want to know about these things, I’m sure others would like to as well! How cool would it be to know the must have products in different countries? How awesome would it be to know where local and expat women like to go and get pampered around the world, to have beauty traveling tips at your fingertips?  And then, just like that, a magazine was born.

Glamtrotting will feature travel beauty tips, tricks, interviews, product reviews, spas and all things beauty from around the world. It has been quite the labor of love for me, and something I know in my heart that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to start an online magazine, and bounced a lot of ideas around, but when I thought about Glamtrotting it just stuck. I knew that it was destined to be. I hope that you’ll love it as much as I do!

And in the meantime, please check out our webpage and sign up to be notified when we launch and all the details on how you can purchase your copy. There won’t be any spam newsletters, so don’t worry about that! And please make sure to like and follow our Twitter and Facebook pages. An Instagram page will be coming shortly!

Twitter: Glamtrotting
Facebook: Glamtrotting

Can’t wait for you all to see it! YAAAAAAAAY!

Glamtrotting is currently looking for contributors! If you are a woman who loves traveling and beauty and would like to be a featured writer for Glamtrotting, please send your pitches to submissions@glamtrotting.com. We will contact you with further information on how you can be a part of our team!

- some ideas: your beauty packing tips, flight routines, best ____ in x country, homemade beauty in x country, travel beauty products, etc. etc.  

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