Post-Halloween

I thought I wrote about how I decorated my door at home and I was going to leave a little basket of candy on the door for people, but I guess not.  I sometimes post things on my Facebook and then forget which I posted where.  Must be my old age, you’ll have to forgive me, haha.

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That was my door and I filled the little pumpkin with individual packs of Oreos (off-brand) and some other candy.
I honestly wasn’t expecting people to take much because Halloween isn’t as huge here as it is in other places.  It’s growing though with the kids because of their time in Hagwons and school with foreigners.  Anyway, here’s a close-up of my note:

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It says “Happy Halloween!  Free Candy!”

So…imagine my surprise when I came back home from work and dinner to find this:

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Someone had taken the whole pumpkin and left this in it’s place.  My friend translated the note and it basically says “My candy isn’t the greatest, but I hope you enjoy it and that it makes your time in Korea happy.”  Or something to that effect.

I was completely shocked and I’m still feeling all warm and fuzzy inside 😀 😀
How cute! 🙂  I loved that there was a handwritten note and everything 🙂

Aside from that, the Halloween party was hectic, but fun.  I danced to the song “Thriller” about 30+ times in 4 hours and I’ll be happy if I never hear the song again, haha.  I took bits and pieces from the original routine and put in some of my own stuff with it.  The original is too complicated to teach in a short span of time and I tried to make more zombie stuff so the kids would like it.   It seemed to go over well and it was nice for me as a teacher to not have to worry about having enough supplies and that sort of thing.

Anyway, off to run some errands then to my friend’s going-away party.

Then I’ll likely sleep the entirety of tomorrow.  😀  haha

Big News in the Life of Me

Ladies and Gentlemen…I have wifi in my apartment for the first time in my life.

Ok, so maybe not that big of news…but still pretty fantabulous.

In my apartments prior to this one (in the US), I’ve had a desktop computer (from 2005-2012ish) and then I got my laptop for when I moved overseas.  I have had internet but never got the wifi setup.  I thought it involved calling the internet guys to come back out and set something up, which would be more of a hassle than just dealing with the cords.  (Wifi/internet guys aren’t included in my Korean 1 textbook).  heh.

Apparently, wifi routers are plug and play/use here (directions and setup are all in Korean though).  Anyway, I had a bit of difficulty with one of the steps because it kept asking me for a password that I didn’t have.  I tried about 15 combinations and messaged one of the guys from the Korea (Expat) MacPC guys’ group on Facebook and one guy got me sorted with all the Korean menus.  Annnnd here we are!

Two main things I’m excited about:
1. NO CORD THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF MY BEDROOM…seriously.  I could do a jig I’m so happy.  The guy who set up my internet originally had the internet cord right next to my desk and then he moved it into the kitchen (two room apartment).  The problem with that was that the cord wasn’t long enough to reach to my desk without cutting straight through my bedroom.
I got used to it, but it was one of those things that sort of rubbed me the wrong way each time I looked at it…for about a year.  So…it’s gone and the cords are all nicely tucked away and I’m not at risk for tripping anymore.  More dance space, too!  Hoorah!

2.  Being able to look at recipes on my computer…in the kitchen.  😀  Hellllllloooooo baking with ease!

Anyway…what a happy end to my night 😀  I’m beyond thrilled to have that sorted finally.

Let’s see, also I wanted to do a mini work update/vent (not a real vent, just talking out loud).
So, I’m one of two teachers that do my curriculum at my school and they’ve asked the both of us twice to make sure our schedules are the same.  The first time we saw that we did the same things and trimmed some things out to make it more cohesive.  The second time they said to make sure our schedules are EXACTLY the same.  Yes, exactly.
So, we planned out an hour-by-hour weekly schedule and made sure we do the same activities on the same days.
We gave that to the newer lady that asked for it.  She was brought in to help our directors/school/parents get more organized and on the same page.
Then, I just heard today that our director is going to come to both of us again asking for us to make our classes the same.  I’m getting a wee bit annoyed because I’m not sure how much more our classes can be the same.  We use the same books and workbooks.  The only things that would be different are the way that we teach the material and we use different grammar worksheets.  Aside from that, it’s pretty much a copy.

So, I understand wanting to make the classes the same or similar because there are siblings in each of the different classes and parents want to make sure they are getting the same thing.  I get that.  I’m just getting annoyed with them asking for us to “make it the same” again and again.  I’d rather them be more direct if there is something we’re not doing that they would like us to be doing.
I also do not want to make my class a mirror copy of someone else’s class.  I make my grammar worksheets based on my own student’s needs and what I see that my students have problems with.  As does he.  I’m not going to be doing my students any favors if I just blindly follow a syllabus and don’t address the needs that they have.  Everything is nearly the same except for the things that we’re able to personalize.  Sometimes it’s nice to just let the class flow in a certain direction if the students are enjoying a particular topic and it’s more enjoyable for me if the class has more freedom, but ah well.
Anyway, the classes are pretty much the exact same except for teaching styles and some worksheet differences (teacher preferences).  I dunno.  Just wanted to get that out so it feels like someone is listening.

I also really want to make music CDs for my kids with the 10 or so songs that we’ve done in class so they can listen to them at home.  Howeveerrrr, with this same class thing, I don’t think I’ll be doing it because I don’t want to force the other teacher to do it as well.
That also means no caramel apples, no special candy or treats when they do really well.  OI.

Oh!!  Also, more photos from the Daejeombie Runpocalpse 5K were released!
Our photographer was Phil from Phil Photography (www.philwphotography.com)
I’m madly in love with these photos!!

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I also (man, I need a thesaurus…my teachers would rip this blog apart, haha) made a Powerpoint to show my kiddos about Halloween.
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Feel free to check it out 😀
I shared it with the other teachers at our school (3 others) so we can keep the…sameness.

Bye!

Why, Hello there!

I’ve gotten really bad about updating this.  Whoops!  Sorry!

First, here are some of my favorite songs currently so you can jam and read at the same time.  😀

Jessie J’s ‘Sexy Lady’
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Plumb’s ‘In My Arms’
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nd
Jessie J’s ‘Wild’
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nd
Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Salvation’

Ok.  Good.  😀

Anyway, let’s see…Thailand was frikin amazing and I definitely need to go back.  I had an issue with pickpocketing on one of the overnight buses which left me doing a lot of sitting, movie watching and reading at the end of my trip…but thankfully, I was able to experience a lot of stuff at the beginning.
I went to a Muay Thai class and had a 3-hour class..which was awesome.  If I had more lifetimes, I could see myself going back there for a bit longer and doing a bit more with that.  There were Thai people there obviously, and then other foreigners who went to Thailand specifically to train Muay Thai.  The gym was called Santai Muay Thai in case you’re curious or interested for yourself.  Super friendly staff and good overall environment.

I also rode on and bathed an elephant in a river.  Oh, and rode bareback, not in one of those harness things.  😀  I was excited for the elephant, but it ended up even better than I expected.  My elephant was really gentle and sweet.  🙂
On that same tour, I also went to Tiger Temple and got to pet some of the tigers there 😀
Tigers are my absolute favorite animal so that was HUGE for me.  That whole day was a blur of awesomeness…thank God for cameras.  I was able to get a lot of pictures to help me remember everything.

Also, I went to a few night markets and got to bargain/haggle and went to a floating market (same tour as elephants and tigers), saw a lot of temples (mostly all in Bangkok).  I also got in some lovely beach time and relaxation over on Koh Tao island.  😀

Bringing things back to Korea, I’m about a month and a half into my new job at the new school and it’s loads better than the previous school.  The administration are honest with me about my performance and we have weekly meetings.  We have TWO office printers (instead of the two personal-sized printers at my last place)–makes it a bit congested in the office with 8 teachers and two tiny printers.  Each teacher also has a heater in their classroom…ah!  And I have my OWN classroom!  😀 😀  It’s so lovely, and I’m free to decorate it as I wish. Our library is nicely stocked and the curriculum seems effective.  There’s also a system put in place if we need to discipline students.  The work load is heavier, but I don’t mind it because of all the other positives.  Plus, I also don’t mind working more if I see the results of my efforts…which I do, since I have my own students and it feels like a real school.

Also, as is customary in Korea for ESL teachers, with a new job comes a new apartment.  Each school provides an apartment (or housing allowance) for their foreign teachers, so if you change schools, then you change apartments…not sure if I’ve mentioned that or not.
Anyway, I’m loving my new place.  I’m slowly getting back on my feet after not having a paycheck for awhile. We get paid monthly here, which is a bit annoying, but the pay is good enough that normally it doesn’t matter.  It’s just that when you stop working and start back up again…it’ll be awhile before you see any money.  I got paid this past month, but my check for December will bring me back to feeling comfortable again.  VERY anxious for that.  A huge thanks to my momma who has helped me get through this rough patch.

I feel like I should have pictures along with this post, but they’ll have to wait til the next one.  It’s late again here and I’m ready for bed.

Happy Friday! 😀