Archive for April, 2011

Keeping Your Head Down

April 19, 2011
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Keeping Your Head Down

One of my biggest pet peeves about living in Asia is the attention one receives as a foreign resident. Not even necessarily kids yelling “HELLO!” in a crowded area. It comes from adults as well. I’ve had cashiers struggle with the English to explain the cost of something when I’ve asked them in their...
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I get no respect, I tell ya

April 19, 2011
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I get no respect, I tell ya

Of course my title is a bit of an overstatement. Nor is this blog really a rant about how crazy my kids can get at times. Still, I’m a little surprised how disorderly Korean kids (if my students are any indication) can be in the classroom. A few Thai public school kids were “worse”...
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Seeing the Dermatologist in Korea

April 18, 2011
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At face value, Korean pharmacies generally offer the same products you see in western nations: multivitamins, Sensodyne toothpaste, first aid supplies… But where we part ways is due to the prevalence of sesame seeds and ginseng, both of which play a huge role in Korean “well-being” (code for health). Ginseng concentrate is sold as...
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There’s nothing like a little lighthearted cannibalism to start your day

April 4, 2011
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…at least in terms of teaching English as a foreign language. In fact, I have (thankfully) not yet tried to devour any of my students, no matter how many invitations they seem to give me. When you’re teaching and want to provoke certain answers, sometimes you just choose questions so ludicrous that students have...
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