Archive for August, 2011

Korean Students: Things Are Never Looking Up?

August 21, 2011
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Korean Students: Things Are Never Looking Up?

I had one of the most depressing and culturally insightful classes with some of my higher-level students this week. Unlike in some hagwon, where foreign teachers are not allowed their say when it come to class format and textbooks, my boss really values my input; I have had total creative control of the gold...
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Liberation Day Weekend

August 16, 2011
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Liberation Day Weekend

My massive feet were treated so well this weekend. Not only did I finally give up on ordering shoes and just buy a pair of Merrell’s for 165,000 Won, but I also splurged on a massage in Itaewon. If your back ever needs relief in Seoul, go to Healing Hands. They’ll set you up....
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Here’s to Another Two Months

August 9, 2011
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Here’s to Another Two Months

So I finally managed it. One year in Korea. This past week has been nothing more than concentrated anticipation over getting my severance pay, finishing morning adult classes, and getting paid for said classes. On top of that, I’ve been doing a lot of research for errands this holiday weekend: seeing if there are...
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My History with Alcohol

August 8, 2011
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My History with Alcohol

I didn’t have a real drink until the night of my 21st birthday. Call me a liar, if you like – I scarcely believe it myself. My perception of social drinking has evolved, I believe for the better, over the last fifteen years. Although sometimes it’s difficult for me to revisit the boy that...
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Wasting Travel Time on Food

August 7, 2011
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Wasting Travel Time on Food

Recently, I asked a friend living in Portland to do some shopping on my behalf and ship said items to Korea. Nothing too fancy: Reese’s, apple sauce, gingerbread, etc. Some things that are next to impossible to find here. As far as my taste buds were concerned, it was a wise decision. My wallet...
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What the US Debt Crisis Means to Me

August 6, 2011
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I’m sure even non-Americans were paying attention to the debt crisis unfolding in Washington these past few weeks. As the world’s largest economy, the US defaulting on trillions of dollars in debt would have had repercussions across the globe. As it stands, of course, the crisis has been averted (or rather, pushed back). I’m...
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Living in Korea by the Numbers

August 5, 2011
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Living in Korea by the Numbers

Having just completed one year in Korea, I thought I’d give prospective expats an idea of how much one can pocket and live on in a year here. You hear stories all the time about how Korea is the country to go teach EFL if you want to make money, but has anyone actually...
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What I’d Say To You

August 4, 2011
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What would I say to you, Korean man who felt compelled to yell “HELLO!” at me in the middle of the night as I hurriedly rushed from the supermarket to make a late dinner? What would I say to you if my Korean weren’t so laughable you’d interpret everything I said in English as...
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