I finally have the chance to stay in a dormitory!
Think one good thing about being an exchange student in PNU is that I can get to enjoy the “hall life”. Unlike NTU and NUS, SMU does not really have a dormitory of our own (or hall) since the dormitory is reserved for the international students/scholars.
Kinda make sense because SMU is located in town and students can just get back home easily anyway.
There are 2 types of dormitories in PNU. You either get the one with a shared bathroom or private bathroom. Since I’m very particular about bathroom cleanliness, I decided to go for ones with the private bathroom!
WongBee Hall. Looks pretty decent?
My home for the next 4 months!
Yup, it’s actually pretty decent. There’s adequate space for me and my room mate to do our work and even invite some of our friends over to chit chat! And apparently, I heard that this is the best dormitory in the university.
Urm, best….?? Hello, I have doubts.
On the first day I arrive at the dormitory, the heater was already not working and the toilet bowl was chocked… I basically braced the cold the entire night, wore three layers to sleep and had to go down to use the toilet! URGH. The balcony light is not working too but I can’t be bothered to get them to and fix it since it’s not much of a hinderance.
The dormitory facilities include a cozy but not free gym (you have to pay 30,000KRW for 1 month membership), a convenient store that everybody loves because they could get their ramen fix and a computer lab for you to print your notes but I have no idea how to use it because you have to register your card?!
Other than the so-so facilities, getting back from classes to the dormitory is also a CHORE. Since the dormitory is located at the TOP of PNU, it takes me about 5 ~ 15 minutes to walk back from my classroom to the dormitory!
Literally free workout!
These are just two of the slopes I have to conquer everyday. If I were to head out for dinner with my friends, we usually have to walk up 2 to 3 more slopes! The first few weeks were really difficult as it was super chilly during the night. But now, I think all of us had gotten used to it!
There is also meal plan for students staying in the dormitory. I signed up for the 3 meals/day plan (mon ~ sun) and I’m kinda regretting it now! Lunch and dinner would be enough for me!
Firstly, I don’t usually wake up early on weekends so I’m basically wasting my money. Secondly, Koreans eat rice for all three meals! I usually tell myself to eat more rice for breakfast so that I will eat lesser for lunch and dinner but that is… not happening. At this rate, I’m definitely going to get fat (actually I am already in the process of gaining some…). And the most important reason?
Terrible food. Dinner is usually the worse. And that’s also one of the reason why I eat more rice since the food taste so damn bad.
Lets just let the pictures do the job.
I have no idea what are those two things but I ate them anyway.
There’s usually something mysterious in every meal..
& this weird radish
This was one of the better meal!
Now I’m wondering what’s up for breakfast later. I need something nice since last night’s dinner was bad again!