My Perfect Day

Walking in High Park in the rain 🙁

The weather in Toronto has sucked recently – it’s rained pretty much constantly all May 🙁  And while I enjoy a cozy day watching movies or reading a book while sipping tea on a rainy afternoon, three weeks of rain isn’t pleasant.  Now it IS spring, which is the season we generally get a good portion of our rain but we normally have some sunny days too.  Okay, so it’s not the end of the world but it did make me think – what would be my perfect day?  And that lead me to this post 🙂

My perfect day would start with me waking up about 8:00 or 9:00 am, I am so NOT a morning person and while I can wake up at 6:00 am to go to work (I do it Monday to Friday now), I don’t enjoy it.  This was one of the many reasons teaching ESL in Korea was a perfect fit for me.  I worked in an academy that offered after-school classes for elementary and middle-school students so I worked from 2:00-10:00 pm generally.

My perfect day would see me sitting in bed or on a comfy couch/chair and read the morning news and updates on Twitter, Facebook,, a few newspapers and blogs I read daily while drinking a pot of strong black tea.  Yes, a whole pot of tea.  I generally only have time to do this on Sundays now which makes Sunday mornings fabulously relaxing. 

Running around Seokchon Lake in Seoul, Korea

Sometime around 10:00-11:00 I would head out for a run or to the gym for an hour.  This got to be a pre-work routine for me and Angi (a great friend and former co-worker) in Seoul.  We had joined the best gym I’ve ever been a member of – it was a little pricey but well worth every penny due to the fact that some personal training was included.  They were also the friendliest personal trainers I’ve ever used.  My strength and muscle tone improved so much in the year we went there!

Then it would be off to work.  Yes, work would be a part of my perfect day – I like to be productive – just not in the morning 🙂  Unfortunately, Toronto isn’t as conducive to working the evening shift as Seoul is, so it may not work out as well here (if I ever could find a great fundraising/communications job that had my teaching hours in Seoul – 2:00pm to 10:00pm). 

What do I mean by that?  In Seoul, there are lots of things to do after you finish work at 10:00 pm.  I used to go out for dinner with friends (and there are lots of restaurants open 24h); to the movies (midnight showings at COEX); shopping at Dongdaemun (many shops are open until 5:00 am); for drinks; a noraebang; to a club; the options were endless.  Not to say that there aren’t cool things to do in Toronto (’cause there are) but there isn’t as many choices after 11:00 pm.

My perfect day would continue after work with dinner and drinks with friends – nothing fancy, just good food and conversation with a nice bottle of red wine, cold beer, Bokbunja-ju (Korean raspberry wine) or Bekseju (Korean rice wine).  If it was a weeknight, this would be followed by a movie or noraebang and then home for a good night’s rest.  

Chris, Me and Erin out for dinner

But if this was a Friday… it would be followed by dancing in Q-vo (man, I wish we had a Q-vo in Toronto!) until 5:00 or 6:00 am.  Yep, clubs are open until the sun comes up.  To make sure we all had enough strength to get home, we would stop for some chumchi kimbap (tuna, rice and seaweed roll). 

Anna, Paula, Sung Heon, and me at the Boryeong Mud Festival

And that’s my perfect day 🙂  I miss Korea, it’s true but I am recreating the things that I enjoy most – spending time with friends and having a rewarding job – here in Toronto.

What’s your perfect day?

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

2 thoughts on “My Perfect Day

  • June 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I love your blog and your photos! I am moving to Seoul in August. Do you mind sharring the gym that you went to? I love going to the gym, but I have no idea where to find a gym in Seoul. Thanks for sharring your experience in South Korea.

    • June 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks!! I’m glad you like my blog and photos 🙂 The gym I went to was near Jamsil Station above the Homeplus. I would highly recommend it!!

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