Thursday

O genki desu ka~

Hello dear readers (I know you’re out there!..somewhere~)

It’s already the end of November and suffice it to say that I haven’t done much. Either that or I’ve done things that can’t be shared with the interworld aka you guys πŸ˜‰

I’m doing pretty well. Thanksgiving passed without much incident (well, they don’t really celebrate it here in Korea so…)I just got me some chicken ‘burger’ from McDonalds and had a few drinks with a friend (my friend didn’t drink b/c he’s a sensible driver!) Oh I’d like to mention 11.11.11 aka Pepero Day aka ‘once in a millenium day!’

That is all..there I mentioned it, hah hah

I got back into going to the gym again, it’s become a part of my weekly, and weekDAY schedule. My goal as mentioned previous is just to ‘lose fat’ and so yeah, hopefully becoming stronger, healthier, more lean will be a nice side effect πŸ™‚ On a related note: I feel like I go to sleep much better and sleep more soundly after I work out. This good feeling is kind of addicting! hehe

I’ve been growing out my mustache this month of Movember, now that November is coming to an end, I will go back to being clean-shaved. I’ll share the pics right before I shave (which isn’t gonna be today) so yall will just have to wait!

My birthday is coming up soon, I’m mentioning this now because I may or may not write about what I do on my birthday (aka maybe more top-secret, ninja stuff will go down~) I’m sure my birthday will also pass without incident, although I may/possibly/get drunk? πŸ˜€

That’s all for now~thanks for reading!

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Almost shed a tear today.

I might get a little emotional in this post. Forgive me in advance.

So I teach at a Technical High School once a week. For those of you who don’t know what that is, don’t worry. Imagine those ‘vocational/trade’ schools (read: colleges) in the States, and put that in a “high school” level and Voila! These kids, are most likely not going to college and so they are learning various skills and ‘trades’. Most of these are the cookie-cutter ‘majors’ like ‘engineering,’ ‘architecture,’ while some are very general like ‘electronics’.

Anyways so I teach two 3rd grade classes and three 1st grade classes. I won’t get into the 1st graders, they are little rascals, well some of them anyway. But my 3rd graders are quite dear to me. My 1st class is all boys, but they are all good kids. Their only ‘fault’ if I can even call it a fault is that they don’t give a shit about English. And realistically speaking, they don’t need English for their various ‘jobs’. My other class is ‘mixed’ but really there are only 5 girls in a class of 14 or so. I’ve heard that this school originally started as an all-boys school but only recently has it allowed female students in its ranks.

Anyways, the reason I got a little emotional was because most of these kids are going to be going off to their respective jobs and I would probably never see them again~It is the fall semester and most kids are busy interviewing or training for their respective ‘trades.’ Not going to lie, my girl students are ‘cute.’ This might be sad, but I’ve never been so ‘popular’ in my life until I started teaching this class.Β Even before my first day ended all the girls had ‘heard’ about the new English teacher aka Me. Anyways, I’ve heard most of these girls are awaiting the results of their interview (I hope they did well) and will begin work shortly thereafter.

I don’t like to give out my phone number but I put it on the board today for my third graders. The very next class, I got mass texted by my girl students. It put a smile on my face and I mass texted them back when I had the time πŸ™‚

Anyways, back to my boys. They are like my 동생s (dong seng – younger sibling), since they are only about 5-6 years younger than me. I can see their environment in which they reside and this boonie town is pretty crappy. The population is constantly shrinking. I don’t know if I mentioned this before but the current population barely hits 40,000 people. Man the UT student populace was about 50,000 people!Β  However, these kids all have a smile on their face (usually) and are cheerful in their surroundings. All this positive energy is quite infectious, and they are quite sweet as well. They try their darn hardest in my class and so I certainly appreciate that. I ‘dumb’ down my English quite a bit when I talk to these kids but they don’t seem to mind, the fact that my class is ‘different’ than their other classes leads them to be much more relaxed in my class. (although sometimes this backfires when I catch half the class sleeping on me :P)

Well, I’m looking forward to the precious time I have remaining with these kids. I gotta keep reminding myself to bring my camera to class so I can show you guys what students I have remaining~

Thursday – Feel Good Inc.

So today is an odd day that I’m gonna post (being Thursday and all) but I’d just like to jot down some of my feelings right now.

I feel really good, its just a simple feeling, being happy, yet I haven’t this good in a long time. How can I describe this – I feel good, energized, and just HAPPY. I’ve had a smile on my face practically all day. Not much has upset me, actually nothing has upset me today. Even though my two 3rd grade classes were rowdy AS USUAL hahaha. Anyways a recap.

I got a wake up call – God I appreciate it. I’m sure to other people it may not be a big deal but to me, it was special. It reminded me of those times when I was woken up by my loving family member(s); because really who doesn’t like to be woken up by someone? (and that someone is someone who really really cares for you?) Anyways, I woke up about an hour earlier than usual, was kinda freaking cuz I didn’t have any solid lesson plans AS USUAL (heh) but I seriously had no care in the world. Anyways with a good mind and spirit I went to class. My first class was a group of 1st graders and these kids are pretty darn cute. The fact that they pay attention to me (most of em, a handful don’t give a sh!t) was good. My “improv” lesson went by pretty well too. (To be honest, it was a lesson I used on my “elite” kids a couple months ago) Worked like a charm, and time went by pretty quick too. It wasn’t all too interactive/engaging but the kids rolled with it. I’ll briefly go over my two 3rd grade classes I had in the afternoon – basically these 3rd graders think they’re the shit and so they don’t wanna listen, AND they especially get loud during my class (maybe cuz my class is different and so they can be at ease and go crazy) BUT I still like the kids, and I think they like me too. Some of them really try hard to pay attention and actually yell at the other kids to LISTEN UP but 34 kids is tough to handle…especially since my coteacher was busy with other things.

ANYWAYS I concluded my day with my “elites” (in actuality its about 6-7 kids selected at first by my co teacher, who actually have an interest in English conversation. The class started at around 14 kids but I weeded out a few kids and some kids just stopped showin’ up. Meh, its all good since I have a closer bond with the remaining kids anyway.) Also I use the word “elite” quite relatively here, these kids are considered “elite” only in the boonies and they are mostly just “elite” in English lol. Although one of them is a self-proclaimed “geek” and trance lover AND is SUPER studious heh. It’s been fun watching him open up more b/c he’s quite the introvert but he really lets loose when there are only a few kids around ^^ Seeing these kids at the end of the day, is quite the bright spot for me regardless of my mood!

Anyways, theres a “teacher’s meeting/dinner” tonite but I’m not gonna be able to make it because I already have a 약속 (yak sohk – literally it means “promise” but in this case, it means previous engagement or appointment). This dinner is actually a “farewell party” of sorts because a couple of teachers (3 I believe) are transferring schools for one reason or another. Well, two reasons. The one teacher, her contract is up at this school; while the other two teachers applied to move back to Wonju which is the city in which they reside (Wonju is about 70 minutes away from Yeongwol by car). They all finish 8/30 and so tonite was sort of their “sending off” if you will. I felt a little bad for not being able to make it (only a little bit mind you, because I’m gonna meet some friends for dinner and drinks tonite HAH!) and so I basically bought all the teachers some juice (cuz I couldn’t just give those 3, without making it look AWKWARD) and now my conscience is at ease~~

By the way, I wonder if yall know the song Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz (I used to really like Gorillaz, had their first two CDs even, but yeah that was a WHILE back~). Well, its a pretty good song and I FEEL GOOD today and so I wanted to share it – here’s the Youtube link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyHNuVaZJ- Also, a happy picture for everyone to have a good day and cheer up if you’re feeling down. I can’t physically smile that big but yeah, its pretty cute. Oh, and the picture beside it is well…FUNNY!

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