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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.



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 ^^*)


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



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??

group of ajummas


ajumma visor (a.k.a darth vader)


i love ajumma




typical korean ajossi


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



Posted by flaminko 22:32 Archived in South Korea 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.

our student cheering section

me and the girls

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...)

tara, bomi, jacquenline

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 =)


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...



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



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!!


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.


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


confucius say...

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lotsa new pics: http://flaminko.myphotoalbum.com/


june, eleanor and i went on a boat ride in seoul today on the han river...it was coolllddd outside...but it was fun! it was about an hour and a half, and we got had a live concert! it was actually just this guy singing who had a microphone and a guitar...he kept trying to talk to these businessmen, but he didn't know they were chinese, so he thought they were snubbing him...haha...then one of them said, "CHINA!" and dude caught on...after the boat thingy we went and had galbi...for those of you who don't know what it is...it's this:


then you cook it:


then you eat it! there's a special way to eat it though...you take some meat, dip it in the sauce, put some veggies or garlic and rice with it, and wrap it all in a leaf of lettuce...then you shove it all in your mouth!! amazing and 맛있다...


keri is gone =( i helped her get her stuff to the airport bus stop on thursday...it was sad...but she'll be back in january...

wednesday night we were hanging out and finally at like 4 june showed up drunk...he's so out in left field when he drinks...

i got a cyworld account a while back and some of my students are my friends ^^ so anyway, one of my students wrote on my cyworld and i went to her page to write back...and i found this:

외국인 친구?

this is a message from my student's friend, and she's pointing to a message i had left before her...in korean, it says, "foreigner friend?" and my student responded with:

아발론 쌤ㅋㅋ

which means, "avalon teacher." well, i wrote on my student's wall after her friend and wrote this:

안녕!! 나 아직 보고싶지않아?

밖게 너무 춥다!!!!


which means, "hi! miss me yet? it's cold outside!" and the best part..."school friend??" hahaha...my student will LOVE that...i can't wait to see what she writes ^^

i was walking down the street a few weeks ago, and there were these two elementary school kids...one of the boys inhaled loudly and exclaimed, "외국인!!!!" (which means "foreigner") as he pointed right at me...so i inhaled loudly and pointed at him and exclaimed, "한국인!!!!!" (which means korean person")....alright, no, i didn't actually do that..but i wanted to...i just said, "hi" to them...and they said hi back in perfect english ^^ every time a kid sees a foreigner, they point and stare and ramble like they don't actually believe white people exist...but there's one standing right in front of them!! it's sorta amusing...but sometimes i don't want to be stared at...

here's a funny comedy show i recorded off the tv:

the thing that the guys keep repeating is 그래서...which in this context would mean something like "then?" there's a story going on that one guy out of the three keeps telling...basically they're making jokes that they're supposed to be performing in front of a bunch of really pretty women...and someone was like 'here they are,' and one of the guys was like, 'where are the pretty women?' and then basically they were so ugly that it made them cry ^^

so i totally forgot that most people couldn't read the funny test from my student that i have a picture of in my last blog entry...here it is in writing:

1. as usual, kelsi made me go to detention

2. i made up my mind and decided to escape from detention even if kelsi told me to stay

3. ipod is the product of the company apple

4. kelsi is mean, on the other hand, leslie is nice

5. kelsi occasionally shouts at me for no reason

6. it has been customary for me to talk to myself

7. by definition, avalon is a name of a castle

8. i spoke korean when E.O.P was written on the board, as a consequence, i had detention

9. generally speaking, nobody likes detention

10. kelsi is mean. in other words, she is EVIL!!

warning: this is a joke, so don't give me detention for writing these sentences


Posted by flaminko 08:47 Archived in South Korea Comments (1)

chris is american people

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so..i pretty much had the best weekend ever! thursday, after work, me, keri, chris, josh, and some other people went to have a beer....and i was talking to this girl diana...she works with keri and them and is from oregon...but anyway, we were talking and she said she knew some people from iowa, so i asked her who...she named a few people, and then she named one of my best friends emily!!! i couldn't believe it! apparently they were in guam together doing camp adventure. what a crazy small world!! and there's another kelsey in town!! AH! that's MY name!!! she's alright..kinda cool...but i'm still the best kelsi ^^

friday was kind of a crappy day at work, but friday night, keri, roger, me and eleanor went to meet jay, grace, larry and sara at the noraybong..then after an hour there, we went to exit and danced our asses off!

saturday i putzed around all day, and then me, eleanor, june, chris, and some other people went to exit...and HOON CAME OUT!! it's been so long since i've gotten to hang out with hoon because his dad has been sick for quite a few months. his dad had a stroke and has required lots of attention, but he's doing much better and hoon has been able to have a life again. after that we went to noraybong for TWO HOURS!! it was fantastic! we sang songs in japanese, korean, spanish, english...i love my group of friends here! it was really great to see hoon and i'm basically on cloud nine because of it...i missed him a lot..he was one of my first friends when i got to korea and we hung out like every weekend, sometimes during the week...i just really missed it. and he missed me too ^^ i met one of korean buddies who told me that hoon talks about me all the time and us so thankful that we're friends...awwww


sunday was hyeyoung's wedding...it was absolutely gorgeous! super elegant and beautiful in every single way. hyeyoung looked absolutely incredible! she's like me..t-shirt and jeans kind of girl...so it was a huge change to see her all dolled up in full make up and a wedding dress! the food was pretty decent too...check out my photo site for pics (http://flaminko.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php) all the flowers that were lining the hall were from hyeyoung's parents' friends...they also extended outside and lined the entire balcony..wow!


so after the wedding, i came home and hung out with eleanor and keri...we had a pizza party, watched csi, and painted our nails...we have found the best pizza place in town...amazing.

and about my chairs...so when i moved into this apartment, i was putting things outside my door that i didn't want so the people at my school could take them away...well, they left this chair...so when people would come over, we'd hang out outside and there was only one chair...so i brought out a second chair...well anyway, i came out of my apartment this morning and found they were gone! me and eleanor went and talked to the adjashi downstairs and he said that the lady in 533 got pissed and told him to take the chairs and throw them out because we spend too much time by the chairs! they threw my damn chairs away!!! AH! MY CHAIRS!! all of you who know me, KNOW that i HATE it when people touch MY stuff!! we tried to find them in the trash, but they weren't there...i'm not actually sure what they did with the chairs, but they're gone. i mean..whatever...it's not my fault my place is the cool place to be. we're still gonna hang out in front of my apartment whether there are chairs there or not...yeah, they basically just wasted two chairs.

hoon speaks japanese better than english, eleanor's major was japanese...they both speak korean...keri speaks french, chris speaks spanish, i speak german, josh is filipino (but he doesn't speak any languages spoken in the philippines)...but basically we're all so different and wordly...and we're so eclectic...and yeah! i don't know where i'm going with this..i just had a great weekend!!

me and eleanor are going as white trash for halloween..haha..if you haven't seen the latest snl skit with palin...you have to watch it immediately...we are going to the dmz toward the end of the month...we have plans to go to japan the month before i leave...but i really kind of want to go to vietnam...i don't know which one to go to...jihae says that she heard the pho in vietnam is actually gross!! i need to go there to see for myself! either way...japan would be cool because of the culture and eleanor could translate for me...and i think hoon wants to go too...but i would really love to go to vietnam because we all know how much of a history freak i am...and the vietnam war is one of my favorite ones (sick, right? i have a favorite war...all history buffs do!) but...japan is also a place where history freaks could go if they're interested in past wars...hmmm..suggestions are welcome...

news from the states: my new niece or nephew will be born on my birthday ^^ i'm really excited to have a new baby in the family...and especially for it to be born on my birthday. apparently that means i get to buy it a baby ring...i can't wait to pick it out!!


Posted by flaminko 10:40 Archived in South Korea Comments (0)

for example, please sit down.

are you wearing leg warmers? i forgot mine at home.

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hmm...lots of stories today! i'm just always so amused by my students.

one of my students brought his baby hamster to school. he was soooooooooo cuttttteeeeeeeeee!!! it was the size of a mouse (and yes i'm sure it wasn't actually a mouse...because i believed this 14 year old when he told me it wasn't actually a mouse...) but anyway, leslie came and told us that paul had his hamster in his backpack (sam later told me he brought it with him because it was sick...oh, logic...not important) so me and jihae scurried to the classroom to look at it. i stole the hamster. when the bell rang, i tried to give it back to paul because i had class...hyeyoung wouldn't let me give it back. so, i hamster-sat, and taught a class. so talented teacher. whenever i say "so ___ teacher," it's because the kids say it all the time. it's usually " so mean teacher." i have yet to figure out exactly what they're trying to say. i don't know if they mean "you're such a mean teacher," or if they mean "you're so mean, teacher." not like it's really important because it's way more fun to just say "so ____ teacher." ok, nevermind.

sam told me the other day that one of paul's hamsters died. sam said that paul put one of his hamsters in the cage with another one and it ripped its head off. disturbing. then sam proceeded to tell me about the time his dog got hit by a car and his eye popped out. i asked sam why he felt like telling me that story...he said he didn't know...then ryan chimed in and told me horrifying animal death stories. we were supposed to be writing essays, but somehow we got started talking about korean fashion, and it led to animal death. anyway, ryan was like...i had this teacher at international school...and she told me that, in america, if you hit a dog, you're supposed to go find the owner and like call the cops and stuff...but if you hit a cat, you can just leave it. i told him that teacher was crazy and that it doesn't matter what you hit...dog, cat, person...you need to find the owner! i told him he wouldn't have much luck finding the owner of a squirrel or something...but the other three he should at least try. sam told him to forget everything he learned at international school in china...hahahaha...sam is the son of a diplomat and surprisingly modest. he often underestimates himself, but he's a good kid...when he "tries"...he tells you he tries...and you look at him and say, 'i know you didn't try..i can tell when you try...did you actually try?' and he says...no...funny kid. he's lived in georgia, the states, and like three other places...he has fun stories.

i found a frog on the way home from work the other day. it was a tiny lil thing! i picked him up and he stayed in my hand for a good quarter mile...but then he jumped out of my hand. so i picked him up again...and a few feet later he jumped out again. i let him be. i just want a pet!! leslie was shocked i just picked up the frog..i explained to her i used to have pet frogs...and then told her about that cricket thing that my parents do to torment and disturb me. don't worry mommy and daddy...leslie found it just as funny as the rest of the family does. you're all sick sick sick people. one day when kim was still here there was a huge toad...she wouldn't let me pick it up though. i wanted that toad too. he was so cute!!! leslie also told me that one of the other guys that lives at charmant has a pet...that he keeps in his bathroom...it's a praying mantis. what? i know. he keeps this praying mantis that he found in his bathroom and feeds it tuna. yes, i know. to each their own...

i got cyworld! cyworld is basically like a korean facebook or myspace. i have like 10 friends already!! they are all korean....i think five are my students, one is the korean teacher i sit next to at work, and the other four are tas. woohoo!! in the "about me" section i wrote: my name is kelsi. i work in a button factory. one of my students wrote that she didn't know i worked in button factory...hahaha...

more tas left =( so, we have three new tas. again. they're pretty cool...i got into a political debate with one of them...yeah, his english is that good. he's part of a group that gets together and debates stuff in english...cool, eh? we were talking about the english immersion policy in korea. he told me he'd never quite met anyone like me because most foreigners he meets are not interested in the korean language, let alone able to speak/write it, and they are definitely not interested in korean politics. i don't know what kind of foreigners he's been meeting, but almost every single one of my friends can read korean, knows what's going on in korea, and can speak enough to get by. *proud*

speaking of proud...my friend brenda is running the chicago marathon in a few weeks. she told me yesterday that she hit 20.5 miles the other day...awesome!!! i remember in high school i'd be at her house before a track meet and she'd be icing her shins and her dad would make her eat bananas; she hates bananas. but she always did very well at the meets ^^

it's holding period right now, and we just had a parent orientation. we all went in and said hello, and were asked questions. i said: 어머니, 안녕하세요, kelsi입니다, 반갑습니다. which sounds something like: ah-money, anyong haseyo, kelsi eeb nee da, pan gab suhp nee da, which means: mother, hello, i'm kelsi (very formally), it's nice to meet you. hyeyoung told me to say more, but i told her that was all i knew how to say...the mothers laughed and actually applauded very loudly ^^ we met a few of them after the orientation, but some of them didn't really speak much english...we recruited a student to interpret haha...hyeyoung asked me to stay. i hate making decisions. what's at home? jobs? really? i don't know.

sara leaves wednesday, grace leaves next saturday. boo. they'll be back...but in seoul...that's far from the charmant.

i was sick last week and eleanor and keri came over one night....eleanor dyed my hair, and keri painted my nails and made me tea ^^ awesomeness.

fun stories from the bar. it's normal to see people passed out at the bar. in america, this wouldn't fly...you'd be hauled outta there and told never to come back again. now, from the beginning...brad, keri, eleanor, and i got to monkey beach and met sara, josh, diana, and some other dude. there was this korean dude talking to them when we got there...he was amusing. he kept getting up and moving chairs around, and then kept asking eleanor to translate stuff and tell it to sara. then, he crouched on his chair and started unbuttoning his shirt. what? he had a long sleeved shirt underneath it...but he took off his button up shirt, and for some odd reason, put a bucket on his head. that was about the point where we decided to leave. so we went to lose control...where there were more strangely behaved koreans. awesome! this other korean guy started talking to keri and soon found himself amidst a bunch of foreigners...shaking everyone's hand...asking where we were from...repeatedly...asking our names...and shaking our hands again. ok. this woulda been cool had he not been one over the eight. long story short, he passed out. all the while his friend is passed out in the booth seat. of course keri and i love to have fun with drunk people. we proceeded to take off his friend's shoes, and throw peanuts at him. he never woke up. i never saw his face...he was sleeping when we got there and sleeping when we left. he did move once though, and spooned with his left shoe. after a while, the other two friends that were with the two passed out guys decided they wanted to go. much to their surprise, however, they could not wake the two up. they punched them, slapped them, put ice cubes down their shirts-nothing worked. one of them was the designated make-sure-this-guy-doesn't-fall-off-his-chair-guy, and the other was devoted to assaulting the guy passed out in the booth trying to wake him up. the designated make-sure-this-guy-doesn't-fall-off-his-chair-guy did an awful job. i saw hand-shaking guy on the ground a few times. either way, we left at four, and the poor friends were still trying to wake the passed out friends up...and they were pissed...

harassing people passed out is a pastime of keri's and has recently become one of the highlights in my week. when we went to hongdae a few weeks back there was a guy passed out with his head down on the bar. i have a picture of keri hugging the guy. good times.

i walked out my door the other day to go to work...and there was a note. it was a note sort of written in english..i thought it was interesting that they finally put a note on my door in english..so i looked around the charmant and saw that this note was on all of the foreigner's doors...haha...it said:

you are prohibited from making a noise at midnight. many people live here and also this studio apartment is used for office spaces. some of the residents drink and talk in a loud voice at late night. due to drinking disturbances, many people are inconvenient and make some complaints. you are refrain from drinking and talking in a loud noise in the corridor, on the roof, in the room and on the second floor lobby at night (approximately 10:00pm) as of today, we will report the police if the above the same action takes place repeatedly.

excellent. later me and eleanor went and talked to the adjashi (security guard) downstairs and he told us that there is one lady who constantly complains about the foreigners. he said that he told her it was her versus the foreigners, and if she has a problem...then she can get the hell out of charmant!! hahaha....one night we were down in the gazebo and one of the adjashis came and told us to SHUT MOUTH. GO HOME. YOU ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. he's so funny...he's just so grumpy and adorable!! i was walking out the front door the other day to go to work and i had my headphones on and all of a sudden i heard a whistle...so i looked over, and that adjashi just wanted my attention to bow. it was cute. speaking of which...one day i was at the bus stop kind of spacing out...i was just staring at the road and not paying attention to the fact that there was a bus there...the bus honked and i looked up and the bus driver was looking at me like, well, are you going to get on or what?! i was thankful that he knew me ^^ the adjashis here are so adorable...one of them gives out kiwis, one gives cookies and milk, one always tells keri to go home when he sees her at my place (he points at her, and then points at her door...haha)and asks about her boyfriend, and one told the lady in 812 to get out. rock.

i've decided i'm very embarrassed for palin. her speech at the rnc was awesome. that interview with katie couric where she said something about russia being her neighbor...was just terrible. the vice presidential debates start in an hour and i'm stoked to watch them. i hope she does better...she's going to need it. as for the financial state of america...it's sad. but again, most of you know this...i completely blame the media. never mind bush and his idiotic policies, and never mind stupid congress...it's the media's fault. there are currently one and a half million homes in foreclosure. this is a small number compared to how many people live in america. if i didn't know that number, i would have guessed like 10 million people had this problem because of how the media portrays the crisis. ok, so why are these people having this problem? it would seem as though when they bought their house they had an awesome interest rate and could finally afford their dream house. however, interest rates rose, and all of a sudden these idiots who bought a house they couldn't afford can't afford their house anymore. problem. foreclosure. media: the sky is falling. investors run the other way because the media scared them into thinking the world is going to end and all housing markets (and apparently all markets) will fail soon. mission accomplished. scared investors don't invest; non-investing investors mean a non-productive economy. well, while i'm at it, i'll blame the bush tax cuts. i'm starting to think the trickle-down effect is a myth...i haven't seen it work once yet. mind you, i wasn't really into politics when reagan was president.

funny shirts on kids at school:
angry chicks do it better
blondes tease, brunettes please

funny things kids say:
same!! (my favorite number is 3...one of my student's favorite numbers is 3...same...)
the best way to cram a test is...


EDIT: so i just heard yelling outside and lots of honking...i checked it out...and there were two cars stopped in the middle of the road and two 아저씨s (old men...literally uncles) yelling at each other...i couldn't make out what they were saying, but i heard a lot of 씨발s (f word) in there...an 아주머 (old woman...literally aunt)...got out of the car and went to retrieve her husband from the confrontation...she slapped the other guy!!!! then he pushed her!!!!! holy crap...it didn't get any worse than that, the husband pushed her towards the car...then they drove away, only to be stuck in traffic next to each other. haha. the end.

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