A Travellerspoint blog

May 2008

we were in nigeria for a minute..and back in korea...

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i'm starting to be that girl who really sucks at updating her blog and calling her parents...

it was truly hell week here at school...not because anything too awful happened, but being head teacher is lotsa work! nothin i can't handle though...there have been a few problems with the old head teacher giving me some attitude, but i think we've got it squared away now. i love my new position! i get to be in control =) and i get to organize everything...and we all know how much i love to organize and be in control. we just started a new semester last week and i really enjoy the kids in my classes...i don't think my intensive writing class likes me very much because i make them do hard work...i gave them a worksheet yesterday and asked them to find out what was wrong with the sentences...unfortunately for them, it wasn't easy. there were problems with logic and repetition and some other things they aren't used to looking for. i wanted them to notice problems with writing that i have to see over and over again. i think they got the point when it took them five minutes to figure out they were looking at a run-on sentence. they started out looking at very specific things, but after a while began to look at the big picture.

kim's birthday was last monday, so we went out in seoul on saturday and had a bbq on sunday. hoon and new ta came out for a bit and joined all the foreigners. turns out new ta's english teacher is keri! small world... saturday was a pretty fun night...despite the fact that it took us three hours to get to seoul....we ate at dos tacos, then went bar hopping...it was really freaked out by how many foreigners were around...i actually just wanted to go back to suji and be around korean people. how strange is that? anyway, we hitched a ride to itaewon with a guy from dubai...spent the rest of the night chillin and then came home about 3. i think kim had a pretty good birthday! she leaves in like two and a half weeks!!!

i also found out that i have to move in july. boo hiss. the guy who owns my apartment is selling it and therefore can't renew my contract, so i have to move to a different apartment in charmont. grrrrrrrrrr. when that guy told me, i definitely didn't hold the look of anger from my face...he said he'd be there helping, or someone else would. i told heyoung and she offered to help too. i think i'll mostly just need boxes. this is going to be a lot easier than moving from iowa city to des moines, or vice versa. it's still gonna suck though because i already have acquired lots of crap...you know how i do.

steve and heeju's last day was last friday, so the kids threw them a party, then we all went out for a while...good times, good times...i saw steve a couple times over the week, so it's not so bad...but i miss having him at work =(

the new girl comes on wednesday and i have to prepare a bunch of materials for her to understand avalon and their ways and what's expected, etc. in addition to this, i still have to prepare my lesson plans, grade online homework, grade in class homework, and take care of lots of little stuff that requires my attention...oh yeah, and i have to teach 12-70 minute classes a week. ashhhhh (that's korean for 'argh')

oh yeah, i rocked another korean test.

i had a nice ending to a long week last night though. me, kim, and grace went to the OK mart and got a beer and sat outside for a while talking...then hoon invited me to a restaurant for skinny ta's going away party...it was a ton of fun...i'm teaching the tas useful english phrases =) at like 5am we decided to go to noraybong, but it was closed, so we all stood on the street corner talking for a while and then decided to actually go home...i really love the weekends! we were supposed to go to the dmz today, but waited to long to book the tour...brendan is for sure coming in august, so i might just go with him then...i can't wait to see him!!

i need to be gettin some stuff done around here...so i suppose i should get back at it...sorry for the constant delays in blogging...i feel like at some point in every day at least 15 people want my attention. i'm enjoying not doing anything except my stuff today. *relaxing*

<3 k

Posted by flaminko 02:12 Comments (0)

Do you want some silkworms? -GOD NO! But thanks for offering

It's been one helluva week! Basically, I have big news. I am now the foreign head teacher. Why? Because I do the head foreign teacher job better than the guy who currently holds the position. He's been here over a year, resigned and has been teaching ESL for like a gazillion years. Too bad for him, I just have a social grace he lacks, and the Korean teachers love. I am to be the liaison between Korean and foreign teachers, make sure we get done what needs to get done, and pretty much be awesome. With this new position comes a raise and a stroke to my ego. =) *cloud 9* After I was informed of this change, one of the Korean teachers told me that I might have to be stern sometimes...I told her I have no problem being a b*tch when stuff needs to get done. And how true that is...

Friday night we went to Monkey Beach, had a few drinks, came home...Saturday, Avalon took us to the musical JUMP. It was so amazing, if the tickets weren't so expensive, I'd go again in a heartbeat! It's a comical musical involving martial arts...more specifically, taekwondo and taekkyeon. https://www.hijump.co.kr/index.asp Watch this movie! It's only a clip, but you kinda get the point. It took three years and seven months to prepare. It was absolutely incredible and if it comes to a town near you...GO SEE IT!!! After the musical, we all went out to supper in Seoul, and headed back to Suji to pay a visit to Exit Bar. I'd never been there before, but it was pretty chill. This bar is where all the foreigners hang out...there were hardly any people there last night, so the pool table was free and it had decent music...no creepy people...

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday...I spent a lot of time traveling today. Actually, a total of a little more than four hours. It took me about an hour by bus to get to Suwon, then I took the train to Songtan Station. However, on the train ride to Songtan Station, the train only went to every other stop. So, once I reached the stop AFTER the one I needed to be at, I had to find another train going back the way I just came. Lucky for me, I think they only came twice an hour and I had just missed the last one. Either way, I waited about 20 minutes and finally got on the train to Songtan Station. And there I met Nathan. He had some stuff from my parents for me. This was a really nice day to be traveling...and you can't tell, but I'm being very sarcastic right now. It poured ALL DAY LONG. No joke. I woke up at 10 this morning, it was raining....I got home at 10 tonight...it was still raining. By the time I got to the train station, the bottoms of my pants were soaked. But by the time I walked another 20 minutes to Nathan's place, every item of clothing I had on was soaked. The first thing he did when I got there was bring out to hangers with some pants and a shirt on them and asked if I wanted something else to change in to. How sweet! My parents sent me some clothes, so I didn't have to worry about wearing his (although I did steal his sweatshirt when I left because my jacket was still dripping). He called me a cab later on to go back to the train station, but it was a Base Cab. Meaning, it came from Osan. It was a lot cheaper, but here's the kicker: they don't take Won, they take Dollars!!! So before I left Nathan made sure I had some American currency to pay with. I switched him 10000 Won for ten bucks, and then asked him how much money I just made off him...apparently, I made out like a bandit! Long story short, I traveled another two hours home. I went and hung out with Grace and Kim and we had girl talk and ordered pizza and watched Sex in the City. Even though Nathan and I have somewhat of an interesting past, and sometimes he frustrates me, it was REALLY nice to see someone from home. In person. REALLY NICE. It wasn't just someone from home, it was someone who has known me for 12 years and someone who knows all of my quirks and stupid things. I know of six people from home who are here: Nathan, Becca and Naomi (I went to Prague with them in 2003), John, Seewoo (I met him at Iowa), and Erin (I worked with her at Parking). I have only seen Nathan. I've talked to the other people, but haven't had a chance to meet up with them yet. Crazy schedules, different cities...it gets complicated!

I'm so happy to have some more clothes! And Easter Candy! And Jiffy Pop! And to know that John is coming to Korea with more stuff from my parents!! And there's another box on its way...soon!! I don't think I mentioned this yet, but I bought a keyboard last weekend! Hopefully I'll have time to play it soon. I really wish I had a maid though. And I also wish that someone could learn Korean for me and I could just know it. That would be stellar.

At any rate, I should probably hit the hay. All that sitting on buses and trains and walking in the rain, I'm tired!! I wish you all a great week!


Posted by flaminko 08:51 Comments (0)

-haha, your shirt says no smoking! -i'm being irony!!!

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i'll write more later...but basically kim is back from china, i went to a soccer game (videos underneath), i bought a keyboard, i tried korean bbq, i aced my korean test (highest score in the class), the kids are better this week, i inherited a guitar and dining room set from di...i'll make an updated video of my apartment soon...this week some time. i told steve that 'gullible' isn't in the dictionary...he reached for the dictionary...and then when he got the joke he tried to beat me with it...sooooo worth it...aw my 오빠. i'm buying one of my classes pizza this week because i'm so nice...actually it's because they did a really awesome job in speaking class last week...amazing how bribery works =) ok, enough for now...안녕!!


Posted by flaminko 19:30 Comments (0)

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