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the stapler initiative

113 days til america~

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hey everyone...just a quick update from me...i joined a choir that meets in seoul every saturday, and on december 19th we are performing händel's messiah. i follow this blog and he mentioned something in one of his posts about being in a choir...so i wrote him an email and he told me about it and i checked it out and joined immediately! i am really excited about the performance because we have awesome singers and just all around great people with great talent. i feel like i fit in somewhere again! i'm dragging keri, eleanor, and june to the performance...i don't think they're very choir concert going people, and they complain that i'm making them go...but they're good friends for going anyway!

things have been pretty hectic at work lately for two reasons. the first is that, in december, we are going to do some merging and rearranging and basically instead of just teaching my regular kids, i'm going to have five new levels of stuff to teach. this sucks. why? because i can barely keep up with the workload i have now...how am i going to survive when i have more classes? plus, since i'm head teacher again, i'm in charge of it all...and making sure it runs smoothly. some time before i leave, i have to teach dain (the new teacher) how to do my job >_< when mike leaves, we will get another teacher, and another one in addition to that. training, organizing, running around like a chicken with my head cut off...GOODY! i love my kids and i don't wanna teach anyone else!!! the second reason things have been so hectic is because i've been preparing my students for their foreign language high school exams. there are many ways to get into FLH (grades, language ability, etc.), so i teach a special class for kids who speak better english than they do korean. we study writing essays and how to interview...it's pretty intense...my students this semester worked so unbelievably hard. i'm just hoping and praying they get in to the schools they applied to.

to tell you a little more about foreign language high schools...they are high schools that kids can go to to study a foreign language ^^* they're very difficult to get into because all the korean kids are very competitive and a lot of kids in korea apply for a few positions. the most popular school is HAFS. once they get in, they can choose from english, japanese, chinese, french, or german and it is basically their major. they study this for three years and then take another test to get into college. a lot of these kids go on to ivy league colleges in america, or the top universities in korea.

last week was a test called suneung (in english, the college scholastic aptitude test). it's the test that korean high schoolers take to get into college. about 670,000 high school students took this test on thursday. this test is so important that korea changed flight plans and times so there would be no airplane noise when students were taking the listening portion of the test. there's no school for middle schoolers, and basically everyone in the country makes sure that these students get to their testing sites on time and prepared. here's an interesting article about the test day from last year: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122644964013219173.html

few updates on the things that go on in korea so you guys can get a feel for where i live...

the korean media tend to exaggerate things, just like the american media, except there are more people here who believe it. i think in america it's about 50/50; here it's like 90/10. if the media say that something is true or awful, the koreans overreact to the news. for example, swine flu..i mean, h1n1. because the cdc said pandemic, the koreans translated it into OMFG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIEEEEE (not to say that a lot of other people didn't do that as well, though). in order to prevent h1n1 from spreading, we should cover our mouths when we cough, wash our hands frequently, especially wash them after we go to the bathroom, and we shouldn't sneeze on people. koreans were seemingly not taught this etiquette when they were children. they cough and sneeze all over people, and are known for not washing their hands after they use the restroom. the younger generation is a little better, but a lot of them just don't do it, and that's how diseases spread. also, it's just disgusting for someone to cough on you. anyway, here's what i'm trying to say: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2009/10/198_52608.html take a second and read it. you'll see what i mean.

the flu thing is kind of like the fan death thing and the mad cow disease thing. the media report that someone died from it and everyone says ok and refuses to ask questions or believe anything else. because of this constant feeling of being lied to, i have now come to not believe anything i hear about in korea...it's like an overreaction to being lied to that results in gross disbelief in everything. if you don't know what fan death thing i'm talking about, read about it here: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1245/will-sleeping-in-a-closed-room-with-an-electric-fan-cause-death and here: http://www.snopes.com/medical/freakish/fandeath.asp if you don't know what mad cow disease thing i'm talking about, read about it here: http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200805/200805020019.html and here: http://survivingourselves.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/mad-korean-disease-vs-mad-cow-disease/

korea is womenifying seoul and trying to make it more friendly for women. read more here: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/11/242_45305.html everything about this project is great, except for the pink parking spaces...i think that might be a little overboard. i actually saw one of the parking spots a couple weeks ago in hongdae. i wonder, though, who monitors them...

and here are some other interesting articles about korea:

unwed mothers: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/world/asia/08mothers.html?_r=3&hpw

korean culture: http://blog.educationusa.or.kr/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/korean-culture-essays-hhunderwood.pdf

racism: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/09/117_51866.html

anti-english: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/11/117_55532.html

hiring indian english teachers (haha): http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2912403

health checks: http://chrisinsouthkorea.blogspot.com/2009/09/life-in-korea-health-checks-for-all.html

that's all folks!

k

Posted by flaminko 22:26 Comments (0)

kelsi is the goddess of heaven

138 days til i come home!!!!!

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Today we went to Everland...it was lots of fun! Everland can be compared to Disneyland

T-Express is:

    the world's steepest wooden coaster (77 degrees),
the world's ninth fastest (104 km per hr/65 mph),
    fourth tallest (56 meters/118 feet),
sixth longest (3 minutes) wooden coaster.

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Here's some information about Chuseok (can be most closely related to American Thanksgiving):

Hangawi was the day on which Koreans, an agrarian people throughout most of history, thanked their ancestors for the year’s harvest and shared their abundance with family and friends. Although the exact origin of Chuseok is unclear, the tradition can be traced back to ancient religious practices focusing on the role of the moon. The sun’s presence was considered routine, but the full moon that came once a month, brightening the dark night, was considered a special and meaningful event. Therefore, festivities took place on the day of the largest full moon, August 15th of the lunar calendar, which became one of the most important days of celebration throughout Korea to this day.

Chuseok was celebrated from October 2nd to October 4th, and for those few days, we went to Sokcho beach.

Another thing we've done lately: Jimjilbang

A visit to the jjimjilbang should feature on the itinerary of every visitor to Korea. Simply put, it is a Korean-style large-scale sauna or spa. The jjimjilbang contains various kinds of different rooms, which are heated to 40-80 degrees Celsius. These sauna rooms are all made from different materials, such as yellow earth, minerals, precious stones, and salt. As you sweat, toxins and wastes from the body are released, and good energy and minerals from these rooms are absorbed. Jjimjilbangs generally contain public baths as well. Here visitors can soak in hot tubs that often contain various natural ingredients such as green tea or ginseng. Consequently, those who care about the beauty of their skin flock to the jjimjilbang. However, this is not just a place for beauty. With a variety of entertainment facilities, jjimjilbangs are favorite destinations for families to relax and spend time together. They are open 24 hours a day and are thus used as overnight lodging as well.

My favorite rooms:

Natural Jade Energy Room- Far infrared rays released from jade are particularly good for patients and those people who want to take care of their skin. The temperature is above 50 degrees Celcius, so take care not to overdo it.

Ice Room Ice Room-The chilly temperature helps blood vessels and skin to regain their normal size and elasticity after spending time in the hot sauna rooms.

There's this thing that most people at jimjilbangs do with their towels; it's called yangmeori (literally lamb head ^^*)

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and on that note..i would just like to say one more time that i will be home in 138 days...!!!!!!!!!!!

cheers!

k

Posted by flaminko 06:28 Archived in South Korea Comments (0)

say it kelsi..."감사합니다.."

i spent my friday night being tortured! all i really wanted was a relaxing massage.

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last thursday i told eleanor that we should get massages on friday to commemorate vacation. she thought that was a splendid idea and made us appointments with some girl had gone to before on the second floor. when we got to the second floor at 7 pm, there were two women in the office. one was a girl in her early 20s and the other was her mother. the mother (we'll call her ajumma), started talking to us about prices and what thing we wanted done. she offered us this "anti-fat pack" and a regular massage. i was under the impression i was going to get a regular massage and this "anti-fat pack" for free...she offered us the "anti-fat pack" for $200 for four times and eleanor just about jumped off her chair with excitement for it. she asked if i wanted to do it, and i told her i was gonna wait because my bullshit alarm was sounding. the ajumma kept offering it and eleanor kept trying to convince me to do it. i said "wait" every time because i didn't even know what it was yet! i just assumed they were gonna put some stuff on my skin while i was getting a massage and that would be the that; boy, was i wrong.

we went to the back room and the ajumma was like take off your clothes. wait...뭐?? all of them? yup. uhhh...so i negotiated and was allowed to at least keep my underwear on. the first thing she noticed was the little red bumps on my arms and she told me that my skin was like that because of my fat. i informed her that even when i was a skinny child i had this on my arms...my dad has it on his arms...and other skinny people i know have it. she was like, oh...ok...so then she weighed us and then sent eleanor into the bathroom to this little tub with some special water to open up her pores. while standing there naked, the ajumma also noticed i had hips and small hands. she's really observant! finally she sent my bare ass in the bathroom too where i was handed a bucket and told me to take the special water from the tub eleanor was in and pour it on myself. i laughed because i honestly thought they were kidding. luckily for me and my sanitary expectations, eleanor had showered before getting in the tub, so i wasn't totally stripping her filth from her and pouring it all over me. if you're wondering how i was feeling at this point, awkward does not even come close. eleanor and i hung out in the bathroom and opened our pores with the special water and giggled about the absurdity of the situation and how neither one of us really expected to do this when we got up that morning.

after our "bath," we went back into the other room and dried off. the ajumma and girl came in and started our "anti-fat pack," which consisted of them smearing this orange minty smelling stuff all over our bodies. if any of you have ever taken a ceramics class, it sorta was like them smearing silt on us. after we were covered from head to toe, we stood and waited for it to dry...and waited...and waited. the room was humid and like 85 degrees and we stood there for like 45 minutes. the ajumma kept coming and being like..why aren't you dry yet?! well, of course when you have to stand still in a humid/warm room for a really long time you might sweat! but yet, she didn't have a fan, and of course like most places in korea...no air con. the ajumma was in the room continually trying to sell us on this idea of this "anti-fat pack," but i was definitely playing the bullshit card. she just kept going on and on about how much weight we'd lose if we only paid $200 for four treatments! i wanted to be like, 아줌마...나가(요)!!...something to the effect of, hey ajumma, go away (politely haha)...she did go away after like 10 more minutes of poking at my fat and spewing crap. she told me that i was sweating because i had too much fat. alright, fine...so i'm fat...no need to keep touching my flab and telling me....i understood the first 15 times.

finally after 45 minutes of standing there and watching anger management with adam sandler, we got to go in the sauna! then we sat in the sauna for 30 minutes. i can deal with heat, but not humidity, so i wasn't really sweating that much. the ajumma came and asked why i wasn't sweating. i told her because it was comfortable and i wasn't hot. them she told me that i wasn't sweating because of my fat. but i thought i was sweating because of my fat? well, whatever. after the sauna, we got out and weighed ourselves again because the ajumma was hellbent on showing us that we'd lose a ton of weight just after doing the "anti-fat pack" only once!!! i don't think anyone else but me realized that it was water weight. when she weighed me, i lost weight (HOLY CRAP!!! who woulda thunk??) and everyone was rejoicing. i just stood there guffawing at them (on the inside...they woulda been offended if i'd actually guffawed). literally, they were all dancing around with OOHs and AHHs coming out of their mouths. then the ajumma told me how much more weight i'd lose if i paid $200 dollars and came four more times! thanks, i'll keep that in mind.

after we rejoiced about all the water weight i lost, i got to take a shower! and then, i dried off and eleanor took a shower. while she was showering i started my massage. first, you have to know that koreans like rough massages. it's not unusual to see someone whose legs hurt beating their legs relentlessly to relieve the pain. massages in korea are exactly like that, but worse. and especially because this was an "anti-fat" massage, the pain was really intense. so, lying naked, face-down in the living room area of this office area, the ajumma took this roller thing and i swear to god put all of her weight on to it and dug it into my skin and rolled it up and down my back. this went on for about 20 minutes. two times i almost cried. most of you know i have a fairly high tolerance for pain (except cramps) shown by the amount of soccer injuries i have sustained and the amount of tattoos and piercings i have. i'm not new to pain, but this pain was UNBEARABLE. once the pain was over, she rewarded me with a nice facial. at that point, it was totally worth it.

in the end, i paid my $50 bucks and went home. on saturday when i woke up, i couldn't move. i also couldn't move sunday. monday was back to normal though because i didn't have a choice; i had to go back to work. all in all, i can honestly say i don't think i lost any weight because of the "anti-fat pack" or massage. but it was an interesting experience that will not soon be forgotten. or, maybe i'd like to forget it...ajummas poking at your pudge is not fun!

maybe i should explain ajumma and ajumma behavior. according to galbijim http://wiki.galbijim.com/Main_Page , "Ajumma (아줌마) : A term used to address an adult female individual of married age and/or runs a business or restaurant. The stereotypical 'ajumma' image is that of a short, stocky, tough old woman who wears purple pants and permed hair, and has sharp elbows on the subway. The word ajumma is also used to call older women when in a restaurant or simply when getting a person's attention, but it is best to only call older women this as women of a somewhat younger age may not think of themselves as ajummas yet, especially if they are in their 30s and maybe even early 40s. A simple 저기요 is often a safer bet."

ajummas are notorious for their visors. example below. koreans really don't like the sun because of the effects it has on their skin...they neither want to be tan, nor look old (beauty is VERY important here). therefore they avoid the sun's rays. in korea, light skin is desired by all. if one has darker skin, they are thought to be poor. rich people do not have to be outside laboring, and therefore do not have dark skin. i actually saw an ajossi (galbijim's definition: An ajosshi, sometimes spelled adjeossi or other variants, is the Korean word for a middle-aged man. The female equivalent is ajumma and, just like that word, it carries many connotations -- some positive and some negative) wearing an oversized, pink ajumma visor yesterday. i laughed because it was amusing, but i don't think anyone else found it funny. in america, it's the equivalent of seeing a man wearing pink high heels. but in korea, it's just a man wearing a hat. usually ajossis wear those fishermen hats...boonie hats??

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ajumma visor (a.k.a darth vader)

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i love ajumma

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typical korean ajossi

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stay tuned...next post is about fan death.

cheers!

k

Posted by flaminko 22:32 Archived in South Korea Comments (0)

shut the mouse

a lot has happened since march! mea culpa for taking so long to update you all. most of you who subscribe can follow me on facebook, but i should really be better about updating this for my own records. i was just looking at the blog i kept while i was in england and it was cool to look back at all the stuff i did because i wrote everything down...

anyway...as most of you know i was home at the end of april for a couple weeks. it was fantastic to be home and stock up on everything i can't get here ^^* i saw most of my friends, even if it was for only a short amount of time...i stayed with matt and kelly for about five days, got to see my new niece,

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saw my family,

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ate lots of delicious food,

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celebrated my 24th birthday,

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got my new slr camera, went shooting with brendan,

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got a few wicked cool telephones from my grandpa,

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saw my kitty!!!

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and i finally got to see new found glory in concert in des moines..and i got my picture taken with the lead singer ^^*

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it was a great trip, but i was happy to be back in korea...

on my way back, i even got to be tested for swine flu...this was right when it was beginning to be a big deal...we had to have our temperatures taken at the airport and had to fill out a form with our information, then walk through a thermal imaging thing...they even called me a couple weeks later to ask if i was ok...how considerate! my work was even taking people's temperatures to make sure that none of us were getting sick...haha...we're all fine!

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it was very strange for me to be back there. the minute i got on the plane to go back to america, i immediately wanted to get back off and stay in korea. it was really strange for me to be around a bunch of foreigners, and the way they acted was thoroughly obnoxious. i sat down (the middle of the front row) and i was trying to put my stuff under the seat when the guy behind me was like, "you can't have that space! you've got all that space up there!" oh, my bad, i didn't know his feet were under my seat and that's what was obstructing my stuff. so, being the person i am, was like, "hey, i'm sorry about that." then he's like, "we can trade places if you want and you can sit in the middle with no leg room." since i'm awkward and haven't actually talked to some random person in english for a long time, "no, i'm pretty sure you've got the worst seat in the house" sort of came out of my mouth. well, this guy was pretty shocked and i think angry that i said that....he snorted and mumbled something under his breath...oops, i thought we were having fun. >_< well, about two minutes after that, a family comes along. somehow all of their seats surround him...i was thoroughly amused at this point. they have a baby and two small children. the loudly says, "i don't know what i did to deserve this!!!" being geniuses that they are, he sat on the outside, rather than in the middle...but i still believe it was rude as hell to say that. my seat was between a larger man and a korean. i spent most of my time awake and leaning towards the korean guy because the other guy seemed to need to put a pillow between us...it was the most uncomfortable ride EVER. but the next two flights were fine, and so were the flights coming back...

back to my point. i had forgotten how rude americans are. it's bad. and maybe it's because i'm from iowa where random people wave to you or compliment you and these people weren't iowans...but i'm pretty sure that it's most americans. when i'm in korea, i don't understand everything that goes on around me and i can't understand everything that people say, and maybe that's why i feel like compared to koreans, americans are rude. sometimes i hear the snide comments on the subway about the foreigners being too loud (nevermind the screaming koreans..it's always those damn foreigners), but i chalk that up to ignorance or them not being able to tell us to be quiet. it's perfectly acceptable to do that here..."hey dude! shut up! people are sleeping!!!" in america, that wouldn't fly. "you tellin me to shut up?? man, i have a constitutional right to talk whenever and wherever i want to!" we're always using the constitution to defend something, eh?

well, enough about that...i gave parker away (the cat)...my apartment was too small and he couldn't run around and do what he wanted to and therefore, he kept me up all night. i found a foreigner/korean couple who had another cat and gave parker to them...i think he's better off.

since the last time i wrote, i have been to:

mudfest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boryeong_Mud_Festival)..a bunch of people getting together and playing in the mud! wOOt. we rode elephants, it POURED for two days...it was raining so hard it HURT..and all of our umbrellas broke...hahaha..

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i'm so american ^^*
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our pillows were made out of cut up straws...ftw?
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playing in the mud!!
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national museum of korea (http://www.museum.go.kr/EngMain.do)..me and eleanor followed some germans around that day... =)

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seodaemun prison from when korea was colonized by japan (http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/322)..tragic...

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went to busan for my birthday to haeundae beach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haeundae-gu,_Busan)..it was pretty awesome

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saw a partial solar eclipse!!

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went to club answer and partied VIP style! (http://www.clubanswer.co.kr/) we had a table and everything...is there anything like this in iowa?!

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went to gangneung ( http://www.gangneung.go.kr/english/main.jsp) we got there and it was overcast and cold...and then it started raining...but we got drunk on the beach anyway! the beach was NOT nice at all...we stayed in a room where we just put blankets on the floor..no beds...no air con >_<

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there is a "shower" on the right hand side of the "bathroom"...you can see the shower head on the wall...ftw??
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random outings to seoul, bundang, and celebrated various people's birthdays

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<3 optimus prime
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went to the DMZ

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got bit by mosquitoes...not just bites..WELTS

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on my calf
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we had a barbeque on jay and grace's roof

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saw transformers and the sex in the city movie...the foreigners are the only ones who laugh at these movies..i swear..the koreans don't understand bc the subtitles are off...

june bought me a chess set!!

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eleanor got a new dog (the other one was terminally ill...)

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i bought some new perfume...exclusively in asia ^^*

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i got a perm and sorta look like a poodle.

i know you're all used to me saying this like every other week, but i really do think i have it all figured out for when i go home. i've begun studying for the GRE and i'm also planning on taking the LSAT. i will apply to interior design school and law school, and i will go to whichever one accepts me ^^* i've also been studying more german and korean and chess....

i suppose that's all i can update everyone one...i'm going to try to update more...it's summer and there's lotsa stuff going on!

catch ya on the flip side

k

Posted by flaminko 03:18 Comments (0)

we rocked it!!!!

i'm sure all of you remember the powerpoint presentation we had at our campus a couple months ago. well, we took three students from there and prepared them to compete against the other campuses. there were 20 students, and i have to say, my girls mopped the place up with their presentations! we didn't win first place, but we won (like) 2nd, 3rd, and 4th...best presentation, best speaker, best content, respectively. the girl who won best content was actually only 2 points away from winning the best of the best (1st place)...i'm so proud of the hard work and dedication they showed to preparing for this. their performances yesterday were the best out of all their practice runs.

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my own cheering sign- it says: 우리 예쁜 찐따들...it's something like...our beautiful stupids(yes i turned an adjective into a noun...koreans do it all the time!! but the word for stupid doesn't actually mean stupid...it's more a term of endearment...)
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tara, bomi, jacquenline
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there was a raffle while we were waiting for the points to be tallied...one of the teachers had a raffle ticket on accident and the MC laughed at her and told her that teachers couldn't win...then one of our students was called up to the stage for the raffle...when he went up there, the MC said again that teachers couldn't win!! and we all started laughing soooo hard...she asked him where he came from and he said said suji, so she looked us and said, "학생 맞어요?!?!?" (is he really a student??) none of us could stop laughing...but she finally believed us and he got 50 bucks!

the winner ended up being a presentation on dokdo. unfortunately, the presentation competition at our campus was also won by a presentation about dokdo. why is this a little annoying? because it's dokdo. if you haven't heard of dokdo, it's an island that japan and korea are fighting over. all historical evidence points out that it's clearly korea's island, but japan is fighting for it because it offers precious natural resources and is kind of a strategical place to be during a war. koreans are naturally very passionate about this topic, and it gets old (this controversy has been going on for yearssssssssssssss) and i believe the only reason this girl won was because she did her presentation on dokdo. she wasn't that good of a speaker, but her presentation was really good.

they were giving out presents...all students got one and me and jihae snuck one too =)
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in better news, i will be going home to visit in about a month! and emily (one of my favorite people ever) is considering coming to korea to teach!

i got my cat...he can be very irritating...but he's really cute, too...he won't respond to the name i wanted to give him...so i do have to keep calling him parker...

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i've been wanting a really nice camera lately...as much as i love pictures, i should have a professional type camera, right?

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i also just found out something amusing...one of the subway stations here is called "jeong ja"...정자역...and i was just watching two and a half men and was reading the subtitles...and discovered that 정자 means "sperm"...so, 정자역 translates into "sperm station" HAHA!! all of the subway stations have fun meanings..오리역 means "duck station"...하하하하!!

k

Posted by flaminko 23:13 Archived in South Korea Comments (0)

if we had an amusement park, we'd have a horror house.

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just a quick little update because i forget i even have this thing, i will be staying in korea for another year. i resigned with my school, and i'm still hoping it was the right decision. since i told them months ago i wasn't staying, they've already given my head teacher position to sam...but that's cool because now he can do all the work ^^* i'm not really going to miss it!

christmas was great, i got lotsa presents from my mommy and daddy and family...(thank you everyone)

new year's wasn't too eventful...me, keri, and june went to exit...and met up with eleanor after midnight..then spent the whole night at noreabong (노래방).

for valentine's day we went out for eleanor's birthday and had a pretty awesome time...

i saw the newest james bond movie...that guy is pretty spiffy.

since i decided to stay i feel more at home. i feel much more comfortable and like i can finally settle in here. i found a place in itaewon that sells good clothes. and i'm going to make more of an effort to learn korean. i should take advantage of the opportunity while i'm here. i'm also going to start studying for the lsats again.

i am getting a cat this weekend...his name is parker, but i'm changing it to 순두부 (soon-doo-boo- it means soft tofu haha)

i got a wii a couple weeks ago...and of course i had to guitar hero to go along with it...me, eleanor, and june have beat all the songs up to the devil in the medium level...i think we'll finish him off tomorrow!

the students had a power point competition at school...and the winners from that are on to a bigger competition out of all the avalons...that's some time in march...i'm only sort of excited about it...it's my job to help the three students competing, but watching 4 hours of power points doesn't sound very fun.

hopefully i'll be home in april for a visit and in time to see my new niece (taryn briana)...she's due on my birthday!

today, me and eleanor played guitar hero and wii fit for like 5 hours. it was wicked.

i heard iowa got a snowstorm the other day...while it snowed seven inches there, it was 50 degrees here ^^* but, it's going to get cold again here this week. boo.

as usual, there are some pictures to look at on my website: http://flaminko.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php

i'm really tired. i'm going to bed...goodnight, everyone...send me postcards.

k

Posted by flaminko 10:30 Archived in South Korea Comments (0)

this is how we eat galbi (갈비)

-you can kill him after class, bomi... -you're gonna let her kill me?! -sure, why not?

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i got a whole bunch of presents in the mail yesterday ^^ they look very pretty under my tree!

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i finally get to go home on march 7th!!!

things are pretty crazy at work...a new semester is about to start...which unfortunately means i have too much stuff to do...

i've been working on a very long and thorough compilation of my thoughts, ideas, and experiences in korea...it might be ready in a couple weeks.

me and eleanor will be going to the dmz on saturday! finally!! 38th parallel, here we come!

i heard about that military jet crash in california...it's very tragic...but, i respect more than anything the guy whose family was killed. he's not blaming the united states or the pilot; he's standing there asking for help about what to do and saying he knows the pilot was a treasure to our country. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,464729,00.html had this happened in korea, the streets would be filled with protesters calling for all members of the military to be charged in some connection with the crash. the crash happened near miramar in california. the man whose mother-in-law, wife, and two daughters were killed is a south korean immigrant who moved to the states in 1989. the weirdest thing of all? jihae (korean teacher who sits next to me) knew this guy while she lived in california. the closest connection i have to this is that i was at miramar with darrin a couple years ago...my heart goes out to this man

so...this is how we eat galbi/samgyopsal...galbi is beef, samgyopsal is pork...i love this stuff...i'm going to miss it a lot!!

basket of mushrooms, garlic, and lettuce
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utensils...yes...those are scissors...
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gotta wash your hands and face ^^
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coke!
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side-dishes
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more side dishes...egg stuff..mmm
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kimchi chigae (kimchi stew)
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turn on the heat...
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get the meat
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fat on the heat
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put on meat, onions, mushrooms
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cooking...
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cut up (with the scissors!)
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rice with fried egg
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dip meat in sauce
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put meat, rice, veggies, etc. in lettuce
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ball it up
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shove in mouth!!!!
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ok...bye!!

k

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