South Korea

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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What do you mean I’m not allowed to teach kindergarten?

March 30, 2011
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This one kind of hit me by surprise. As many readers know, I expected to take on two new classes from next week. I currently teach from 13:00-17:40 for my hagwon, then tutor my boss’ son and his friends for an additional half hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. All in all, this lets me...
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More on Teaching in South Korea

March 27, 2011
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This blog begins with no plan, no structure, not even a general idea of what I want to say. I read a friend’s blog regarding her first impressions teaching five-year-old Korean kids in Seoul, and I couldn’t help but realize how I was making the same observations she was, but somehow unable to find...
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Happenings in Bugu

March 26, 2011
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Happenings in Bugu

When I first stepped off the bus that Saturday afternoon last August, I found myself in a small little Korean town, one that I could see from end to end. Nothing too complicated, no big surprises. The biggest noises were from protestors’ loudspeakers outside the nuclear power plant… but they haven’t showed themselves in...
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Tsunami in Japan

March 11, 2011
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There’s very little I can add to this story. Best to check my Twitter account for updates, as more video and stories are uncovered. The only thing I can say for uncertain is South Korea is completely unaffected; I’m on the east coast and we didn’t see so much as a centimeter rise in...
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I don’t need to go to the hospital

March 11, 2011
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I don’t need to go to the hospital

I’ve been pretty sick the last two days. Fortunately, I have a very accommodating boss here in Korea. I’ve covered for him at school when he had family emergencies or needed to take a few hours to rest himself. I’ve just been fascinated by the different ways cultures approach minor illnesses (major ones too,...
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Things to do in Seoul: Cat Cafés

March 6, 2011
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Things to do in Seoul: Cat Cafés

When I first suggested going to a cat café to a friend spending her first days in Korea, she assumed I meant going to a restaurant and eating the furry felines. Not so. Although some Koreans have (and still do) eaten cats, it’s not exactly commonplace anymore. Why? Well, there was a pretty large...
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