I LOVE THIS!

http://www.solitarywanderer.com/2012/02/date-a-girl-who-travels/

I was out for drinks with some friends tonight and a friend of a friend found this link (via someone’s post on Facebook, I think?).  Anyway, not sure how she found it, but she read the article out loud to my co-worker and myself and I completely fell in love.

Can I get a Hallelujah?! AMEN!

Classroom + Video Footage

I have a video clip of my kindergarten classroom “before” (about 2 changes into it) I got my hands on it.

http://youtu.be/BFvPqBZPJ6g

Also…I’m sure I’ve mentioned this more than a few times, but I really think I want to do this. “This” meaning teaching.  I’ve considered it in the past before, but I like how I’ve been able to test out the waters here with the whole teaching thing BEFORE getting a degree.
I really enjoy the creative, fun, rewarding and crafty parts of the job.  I find myself looking around online for different classroom activities and worksheets…and classroom decorations for hours at a time.  And I enjoy it.  (The only thing is that the pay can be kind of crappy…back in the US.  Probably would have to go for a masters…which also means lots more debt..on a mediocre salary.  Psh.)  I do enjoy it though.
I think Kindergarten would be up my alley because you get more of the crafty stuff, it’s rewarding and I like that age group.  And it’s fun!!  We get to sing and dance and color…and it’s all part of the learning process.  Sure, there are tantrums (one girl had her second meltdown today), but overall, I like the kindergarten classes the best.

Speaking of classroom decorations:
Here–Great Posters and things for the classroom.  LOVE THIS.

Also, the ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ thing is going well.  Still reminding them from time to time, but for the most part it’s getting pretty built in.  Also still working on covering their mouths.  They’re still young, and it’s not as easy to enforce because a sneeze is a split-second thing, but I remind them every time anyway.  And then the other students start practicing their coughs (with covered mouths) after I remind the one student that forgot (or didn’t forget).  It’s cute 😀 haha.
I also bought some anti-bacterial gel stuff to class.  The kids like it and it helps me make sure they keep clean hands (most public bathrooms don’t have soap here…).  I have them use it fairly often.  HOWEVER, it’s a pain in the butt because when I looked for it at the store, they had TWO kinds.  Two brands.  One had a small and a large and the other was just large.  Crazy when you think about how prevalent it is back in the US.

Either way, my students WILL cover their mouths to sneeze and cough by the time I’m done with them.  lol.  It’ll be second nature like it is to me.  You are welcome.  😛

ALSO, I was given this link on learning the Korean language.  Love it.
http://ryanestradadotcom.tumblr.com/post/20461267965

Note:
If you have any inspirational classroom/learning/reading quotes that are good for the younger crowd, feel free to send them my way.
I also really like these:
“You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.”
-Christopher Robin

and

Care Package!!

The care package from my grandma’s friend (family friend) Kay arrived today…and I was stunned.  Absolutely more than I could have hoped for!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!


My face hurts from smiling so much 😀

Also, my grandma sent me this image and I felt like passing it along.

Loss.

This is another personal piece, but what’s a blog about being on the other side of the planet without telling the whole truth.
The fact is, life goes on whether I’m here in Korea or not, and well…you’re supposed to deal with it the best you can either way.
I found out yesterday morning (for me) that I lost my grandpa.  It’s sort of been a long time coming because he’s been suffering from various ailments for the past few years. Thankfully, I have all the rest of my grandparents around…and even though I/we knew this was coming…it still hit like a ton of bricks.  I’m doing alright, but it’s still sort of come as a shock, and I was honestly in denial when I first heard from my mom.  That part of my brain assumed that my mom had been mistaken or that I had misheard or even made up that whole conversation in my head.

I wish more than anything that I could be there with my family through this and to help support my grandma.  However, I know that my place is here and that I’d be a fool to leave.
The great thing about being an expat is the community of other expats that you find yourself surrounded by.  These new friends become sort of like an extended family.  They know what you’re going through (whether it’s good or bad).
In this case, since I can’t be near my family, I’ve already had some friends checking up on me to make sure I’m alright and that I’m handling it ok.  And…you really need that while you’re “on your own” in another country.  It helps you, or me, feel less isolated.  And it’s wonderful.

I also think it’s going to be really strange to return back home in a year from now.

I wish I could be there to support my grandma (and other members of my family too, but especially her.)  We’ve been through a lot these past few years, as I also lost my dad to brain cancer in 2007   (5 years this December), but I know a lot of good things have happened too.  It’s just a rough few years.  (Partially why I’m doing this.)

Anyway, I’m dedicating this song to my grandma.  Well, and the rest of my family too.  ❤  Love you and miss you guys.  I’m there right with you, just in spirit.