Wellington has been my home for two months now, and I have been studying journalism and starting my internship as a national news reporter. It's been fairly hectic, both getting to know my way around the capital city and the workings of a big newsroom. But each week I feel more comfortable, as I learn new things about the city and my job.
A few weeks ago I even got to use Japanese for my job, which was terrifying and satisfying. A former All Black was arrested in Japan, and because rugby is always big news in this country, the media was all over it. I was asked to ring the Hamamatsu police station where he was being held in custody. Naturally, the police wouldn't say anything, and told me (in the politest, most Japanese way possible) to bugger off. But I was very proud of my efforts, considering the last time I spoke on the phone in Japanese was on my last day in Osaka, when I was trying to arrange for the garbage company to pick up my futon - and that phone call ended in tears. My mouldy futon is probably still outside our apartment, waiting to be collected...
Another cool thing I got to do was attend a 'Korea Day' festival and K-Pop karaoke contest, and report on the event for a local newspaper. I've been fascinated by Korean culture ever since our spontaneous trip to Seoul last year, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I enjoy a spot of K-Pop. I'm a huge Psy fan. Korea Day was a celebration of all of that (to my delight, 'Gangnam Style' was played at least 3 times throughout the day), and it was great to see so many Wellington people there to support it. Unfortunately, because I was working I didn't get a chance to take any personal snaps of important things such as the delicious Korean brown sugar hotcakes that I gobbled for lunch, but here are some photos that were taken for the paper. (PHOTOS: Ryan Gray-Mccoy)
|Beautiful pink fans and hanbok|
|Traditional mask dance|
|Children from the Korean Language School perform a dance|
|K-Pop karaoke contest - Gangnam Style hilarity|
|My article in the newspaper - Gangnam Style in the headline, mwahaha|