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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2000 on: October 21, 2016, 02:59:28 PM »
Why weren't your bananas in the fridge?

Never put bananas in the fridge (for different reasons than tomatoes)!!!!

While I'm here. I went to pour some milk into a cup of tea the other day and I checked the date on the carton and it had expired on the 12th of September so I poured it down the sink with my fingers covering my nose in preperation of what horror was about to come out of that carton. Anyhow, it came out like water, not a single lump or sign of curdling. What the **** is milk made from here?

Yeah, I regularly drink milk that's a few weeks expired, and it's always fine. And if you can't drink it, just make yogurt out of it. But yeah. Milk never really goes 'bad' here. It's kind of spooky.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2001 on: October 21, 2016, 03:01:24 PM »
It's that time of the year I get ridiculously anxious about my review and whether or not I can renew my contract! YAy.
I have had no problems in this school and no issues with my coteachers, they seem happy with me (aside from one KT who is an extrovert and really wants me to be the same way and I'm not. I pass on most socialisation. Not because I don't like them but because after a certain point in my day I just want to be alone because I'm exhausted by having to play the smiley happy foreigner). But just because they seem satisfied with me doesn't mean they are. I don't trust that they are going to come up with a bunch of problems they have with me that they have never communicated before.

On a somewhat related note I seem to be entering a depression. I am possibly in a near constant state of depression (I'm very high functioning, it makes absolutely no impact on my ability to work. I mostly just shut down socially) but it has crept up on me. I'm so tired and unmotivated. It's annoying.

That's rough. I can relate.

Does anyone else go hard all day at work and deliver that primo quality teaching life, and then you get home and you're just fried and exhausted. Every. Day. And then you still have to do laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, etc, and every day is exactly the same, and you're exhausted forever?

I'm sort of worried about the renewal time, but also not really - I want to go over to Japan next year, or the year after; but only if I can get a public school job lined up, if I can't, I'd like to stay here 1 more year.

And yeah, I go hard at work all day, I always get home exhausted. I go to Homeplus everyday, because I'm often so tired when I do groceries I forget to buy things haha.
I do laundry often, but sometimes forget about it after it has been washed.
Dishes I frequently do as well, except Friday nights, I like to give myself 1 night off in regards to cleaning.


Also, to stick to the thread topic:
Does anyone else find that fresh foods (fruit / veges / meat) don't last long here? I bought some pork last night, looked really good. Took a 10 min taxi ride home, put it onto my kitchen bench to cook for dinner. Unpacked my bag, and done a couple other things, came back 20 mintues later, to find that parts of it had started to turn a green like colour. >.< It was still sealed up as well, and I clean my kitchen on a daily basis, right after I do my dishes. So not sure what the deal was. >.<

Yeah, pork goes green sometimes. It's not a big deal. You can still eat it.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2002 on: October 21, 2016, 03:22:10 PM »
Eating out is too expensive, and unhealthy, so that's not an option for me.

I don't have the korean ability to eat out. Where I am, the only places with an English menu are: Mcdonalds, Dominoes, Pizza hut, and Lotteria. A few places have pictures, but I'm a very fussy eater, so I need to know what is going into / onto my food. So I cook for myself so I know I'll enjoy it, and know that it will be (reasonably) healthy.
Saturday night I usually have Dominoes, but every other night I cook for myself. A pizza a week is good for the soul. :P

I would be so happy if there was just ONE fast food place in my town. There are only a handful of Korean restaurants and a lone Chinese restaurant. No hamburgers nor pizza, surprisingly not even a fried chicken joint. The woes of super rural life. Small complaint though, and I'm healthier for it I know, but still. On rare occasion the local mart will randomly stock some decent frozen pizza, so there's that at least.

I'd love to know of a chinese restaurant here. I've had a craving for sweet and sour pork for the last 6 weeks haha.

It's that time of the year I get ridiculously anxious about my review and whether or not I can renew my contract! YAy.
I have had no problems in this school and no issues with my coteachers, they seem happy with me (aside from one KT who is an extrovert and really wants me to be the same way and I'm not. I pass on most socialisation. Not because I don't like them but because after a certain point in my day I just want to be alone because I'm exhausted by having to play the smiley happy foreigner). But just because they seem satisfied with me doesn't mean they are. I don't trust that they are going to come up with a bunch of problems they have with me that they have never communicated before.

On a somewhat related note I seem to be entering a depression. I am possibly in a near constant state of depression (I'm very high functioning, it makes absolutely no impact on my ability to work. I mostly just shut down socially) but it has crept up on me. I'm so tired and unmotivated. It's annoying.

That's rough. I can relate.

Does anyone else go hard all day at work and deliver that primo quality teaching life, and then you get home and you're just fried and exhausted. Every. Day. And then you still have to do laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, etc, and every day is exactly the same, and you're exhausted forever?

I'm sort of worried about the renewal time, but also not really - I want to go over to Japan next year, or the year after; but only if I can get a public school job lined up, if I can't, I'd like to stay here 1 more year.

And yeah, I go hard at work all day, I always get home exhausted. I go to Homeplus everyday, because I'm often so tired when I do groceries I forget to buy things haha.
I do laundry often, but sometimes forget about it after it has been washed.
Dishes I frequently do as well, except Friday nights, I like to give myself 1 night off in regards to cleaning.


Also, to stick to the thread topic:
Does anyone else find that fresh foods (fruit / veges / meat) don't last long here? I bought some pork last night, looked really good. Took a 10 min taxi ride home, put it onto my kitchen bench to cook for dinner. Unpacked my bag, and done a couple other things, came back 20 mintues later, to find that parts of it had started to turn a green like colour. >.< It was still sealed up as well, and I clean my kitchen on a daily basis, right after I do my dishes. So not sure what the deal was. >.<

Yeah, pork goes green sometimes. It's not a big deal. You can still eat it.

I didn't know that. I've never seen raw pork go green either. I threw it away because I thought it had somehow already spoiled haha :/ At least I know now.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2003 on: October 21, 2016, 03:24:21 PM »
Saturday night I usually have Dominoes, but every other night I cook for myself. A pizza a week is good for the soul. :P

So corny.

Like, literally corny.

There may literally be corn on that pizza.

On the pizza I get, there is literally corn on it. :P

Literal corn. Thankfully not candy corn.

I just googled to see if candy corn pizza was a thing. Like with using actual candy corn as a topping or crust ingredient.

It is not, at least not that I've been able to find.

Surprised someone hasn't tried it. I mean we have deep-fried butter and oreos. And dessert pizzas are a thing.

It could be a whole new seasonal market that no one's tapped into yet.

In NZ some places sell deep fried chocolate bars haha.

I don't think I have had candy corn before. :O

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« Reply #2004 on: October 21, 2016, 03:27:41 PM »
You should start a new line of pizzas. Chinguetti's Pizza. Or maybe you should open up your own pasta place instead. Chinguetti's Spaghetti. I would support you, even if it's candy corn pizza despite the fact that I think candy corn is disgusting.

I like it. Company creed: "Where a pizza is never just a pizza."

And "Stairway to Heaven" played backwards would be the company theme song.

This is going places.

Chinguetti's Spaghetti, endorsed by Dr. Giraffe. Speciality: spaghetti pizza?

And I don't think I could try candy corn pizza. Curious as I am when food is concerned, I still have my limits  :laugh:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2005 on: October 21, 2016, 03:28:11 PM »
Saturday night I usually have Dominoes, but every other night I cook for myself. A pizza a week is good for the soul. :P

So corny.

Like, literally corny.

There may literally be corn on that pizza.

On the pizza I get, there is literally corn on it. :P

Literal corn. Thankfully not candy corn.

I just googled to see if candy corn pizza was a thing. Like with using actual candy corn as a topping or crust ingredient.

It is not, at least not that I've been able to find.

Surprised someone hasn't tried it. I mean we have deep-fried butter and oreos. And dessert pizzas are a thing.

It could be a whole new seasonal market that no one's tapped into yet.

In NZ some places sell deep fried chocolate bars haha.

I don't think I have had candy corn before. :O

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« Reply #2006 on: October 21, 2016, 03:52:52 PM »
Eating out is too expensive, and unhealthy, so that's not an option for me.

I don't have the korean ability to eat out. Where I am, the only places with an English menu are: Mcdonalds, Dominoes, Pizza hut, and Lotteria. A few places have pictures, but I'm a very fussy eater, so I need to know what is going into / onto my food. So I cook for myself so I know I'll enjoy it, and know that it will be (reasonably) healthy.
Saturday night I usually have Dominoes, but every other night I cook for myself. A pizza a week is good for the soul. :P

I would be so happy if there was just ONE fast food place in my town. There are only a handful of Korean restaurants and a lone Chinese restaurant. No hamburgers nor pizza, surprisingly not even a fried chicken joint. The woes of super rural life. Small complaint though, and I'm healthier for it I know, but still. On rare occasion the local mart will randomly stock some decent frozen pizza, so there's that at least.

I'd love to know of a chinese restaurant here. I've had a craving for sweet and sour pork for the last 6 weeks haha.



Kayos just wondering but how long have you been here? If it's not long I don't want to judge too hard... :laugh: They're everywhere, and they're Korean Chinese but still good.



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« Reply #2007 on: October 21, 2016, 03:58:43 PM »
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2008 on: October 21, 2016, 03:59:27 PM »
Eating out is too expensive, and unhealthy, so that's not an option for me.

I don't have the korean ability to eat out. Where I am, the only places with an English menu are: Mcdonalds, Dominoes, Pizza hut, and Lotteria. A few places have pictures, but I'm a very fussy eater, so I need to know what is going into / onto my food. So I cook for myself so I know I'll enjoy it, and know that it will be (reasonably) healthy.
Saturday night I usually have Dominoes, but every other night I cook for myself. A pizza a week is good for the soul. :P

I would be so happy if there was just ONE fast food place in my town. There are only a handful of Korean restaurants and a lone Chinese restaurant. No hamburgers nor pizza, surprisingly not even a fried chicken joint. The woes of super rural life. Small complaint though, and I'm healthier for it I know, but still. On rare occasion the local mart will randomly stock some decent frozen pizza, so there's that at least.

I'd love to know of a chinese restaurant here. I've had a craving for sweet and sour pork for the last 6 weeks haha.



Kayos just wondering but how long have you been here? If it's not long I don't want to judge too hard... :laugh: They're everywhere, and they're Korean Chinese but still good.

I've been here 6 months. I know of a good one in Changwon and Daegu, but not in my town. :( haha.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2009 on: October 21, 2016, 04:30:39 PM »
It depends on the school.  From experience, the best way is just to pay one time in February.  Last year, my friend paid tax each month, and we were the same pay band.  When it came to February he got hit with a 1.2 million tax bill on top of his already paid monthly.  I didn't pay each month and come February I had to pay 1.2 million.  The strange thing is, as I have admin friends at other schools, I asked them about it.  They said both were correct calculations.  Which to me doesn't make sense.  So when I started this year at a new school, I said I only wanted to pay in February.  The admin said 'all the teachers' do that in this school, as a policy.

why doesn't it make sense? there are a number of different factors which influence how much tax you have to pay. deductions from debit and credit cards, medical expenses, salary, how much you spend, etc.

the guy who made monthly payments + 1.2 at the end obviously had less deductions than the guy who just paid 1.2. maybe the guy who paid more paid cash for everything, or didn't spend a lot of money each month, or any number of factors which could have influenced it.

We had the same salary.  Also hardly any medical things for that year.  Been in Korea for a similar number of years.  I'd spent two or three million more on my credit card, that was pretty much it, so a disparity of 1.2 million doesn't make sense.  There must be a reason why most of the schools I've worked in that paid my salary opted for pay just the one time. 

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« Reply #2010 on: October 21, 2016, 04:41:59 PM »
I find it cheaper, but that's probably because I struggle to eat all the food I buy before it goes bad. Even when I try to only buy a little.

The tyranny of veggies in the fridge! Even when you want to eat out you can't because you gotta get through the tomatoes before they go bad! (never put tomatoes in the fridge, btw)

I bought a bunch of bananas on Tuesday to eat at school since I'm crap at packing lunch and everyone seems to be getting concerned over me not eating lunch.

I already know I'm not going to get through all of them before they turn brown, because while I thought I could eat two bananas per day I've only been eating one

Can you buy those little 3 organic banana packs where you are? I started buying them, but found they were still getting moldy 1 - 2 days after buying them (so was always throwing the 3rd one, and sometimes 2 of the 3, away) - no matter where I kept them as well.

I haven't seen those around. I just bought some from the closest fruit stand lol

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« Reply #2011 on: October 21, 2016, 04:50:10 PM »
You should start a new line of pizzas. Chinguetti's Pizza. Or maybe you should open up your own pasta place instead. Chinguetti's Spaghetti. I would support you, even if it's candy corn pizza despite the fact that I think candy corn is disgusting.

I like it. Company creed: "Where a pizza is never just a pizza."

And "Stairway to Heaven" played backwards would be the company theme song.

This is going places.

Chinguetti's Spaghetti, endorsed by Dr. Giraffe. Speciality: spaghetti pizza?

And I don't think I could try candy corn pizza. Curious as I am when food is concerned, I still have my limits  :laugh:

There was an indian restaurant I frequented when I was studying abroad in Seoul that served spaghetti curry

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2012 on: October 21, 2016, 04:51:37 PM »
Unpacked my bag, and done a couple other things, came back 20 mintues later, to find that parts of it had started to turn a green like colour. >.< It was still sealed up as well, and I clean my kitchen on a daily basis, right after I do my dishes. So not sure what the deal was. >.<

Yeah, pork goes green sometimes. It's not a big deal. You can still eat it.

Green pork? What would make pork go green?

I will not eat them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them ANYWHERE!
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« Reply #2013 on: October 21, 2016, 04:54:33 PM »
My rant:
I'm sick. sick sick sick. I think I actually started getting sick last week but I just thought I was developing smoker's cough and decided to make a stronger effort to quit. Come Wednesday I had one of those coughs that made me feel like I was gonna hack up a lung and had trouble standing for all of class without getting wobbly. I went home early that day, slept a lot, and felt better on Thursday.

But then I decided to go out with a friend because I hadn't been able to go to my dance class on Wednesday and didn't want to feel like a total shut in and I am even more sick today because I pushed myself too hard.

I wanted to go home early today (and they would probably let me, I look like death) but I still have to prep all of my worksheets for next week, since I didn't do any work on Wednesday.

Ugh

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« Reply #2014 on: October 21, 2016, 04:56:12 PM »
Found out next weekend there's a teacher's workshop that I'm required to attend. Overnight. So there goes my Friday night + Saturday. Gonna have to cancel a planned temple stay to, I assume, sit around on a floor eating something pickled while everyone speaks Korean.

Maybe it'll be fun? Or maybe I can fake my own death?

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« Reply #2015 on: October 21, 2016, 04:57:34 PM »
You should start a new line of pizzas. Chinguetti's Pizza. Or maybe you should open up your own pasta place instead. Chinguetti's Spaghetti. I would support you, even if it's candy corn pizza despite the fact that I think candy corn is disgusting.

I like it. Company creed: "Where a pizza is never just a pizza."

And "Stairway to Heaven" played backwards would be the company theme song.

This is going places.

Chinguetti's Spaghetti, endorsed by Dr. Giraffe. Speciality: spaghetti pizza?

And I don't think I could try candy corn pizza. Curious as I am when food is concerned, I still have my limits  :laugh:

There was an indian restaurant I frequented when I was studying abroad in Seoul that served spaghetti curry

There's now a Japanese spaghetti restaurant in Gangnam. Spaghetti is now a global dish, apparently~


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« Reply #2016 on: October 21, 2016, 05:00:25 PM »
Spaghetti curry, huh? Why not.

My business would be centered around appearing to ruin your favorite dish, but try it because not really.

Can you buy those little 3 organic banana packs where you are? I started buying them, but found they were still getting moldy 1 - 2 days after buying them (so was always throwing the 3rd one, and sometimes 2 of the 3, away) - no matter where I kept them as well.

Apparently there's a crapton of variables that can have a massive affect on how well a banana will keep.

A lot of people will avoid refrigerating bananas because refrigeration will apparently cause bananas to go bad faster -- but in reality, it just causes the peel to brown. The bananas inside will still remain good for a while... but this also effectively stops the ripening process, and it won't resume again even if you remove the bananas from the fridge (so basically, only stick bananas in the fridge once they get to the amount of ripeness you prefer).

And learn to keep bananas away from other fruits - the gas these fruits release will cause bananas to ripen faster. That's why you see bananas organized in grocery stores AWAY from certain types of fruits (like apples and pears).

That's the extent of what I know about it, though. I hate bananas.
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« Reply #2017 on: October 21, 2016, 05:00:58 PM »
This culture drives me up the wall.

I see this 6th grade class twice a week, Wednesdays and Fridays. Last Wednesday, just after class began, a boy stood up and threw a ball of paper wrapped in tape, with all his strength, straight into the head of the girl sitting in front of him. My CT, as usual, is in a daze and I'm the only one who spots it. I stop the class and tell him to give the other one he has in his hand. He refuses, and starts getting hysterical, refusing to admit that he did anything wrong. I tell him to leave the class, he refuses and breaks into tears, bawling like a 3-year old.

My CT starts talking to him, having a long conversation instead of getting him out of the classroom and continuing whatever they have to say there so I can carry on with the lesson... We've already wasted 5-minutes. My CT insists on hearing his "story", giving him the stage to act like an entitled little prince.
After another few minutes, my CT tells me he thinks he's being treated unfairly. I quietly ask her to stop entertaining his tantrum and take the pointless conversation outside. The girl's still rubbing her head in pain and I saw the whole thing so obviously he threw it. She carries on listening to his bawling. All the while he's back chatting both of us and being incredibly rude.

We decide to call the homeroom teacher, since he's refusing to follow our instructions... Surprise, the HR teacher is in a different dimension. He puts his head down on the desk and I decide to continue the class and deal with him afterwards. After class I tell him that until he apologises for his behaviour in front of everyone (the class needs to see that disobeying a teacher's instructions can't be tolerated), he will sit at the back of the room and not be part of anything.

He throws another tantrum and me CT entertains is. I try to get him to calm down and explain, softly, that he did something wrong and once he apologises and promises not to do it again, everything will be cool... No dice, he gets even ruder, so I just send him off. I tell my CT that next class, he's to be sent to the back and no one is to interact with him. She also promises to chat with the HR teacher.

Today, I arrived 2min late for class and guess who I find slouching in his chair, cutting up bits of eraser over the floor. I tell him to go to the desk at the back, he refuses. I ask my CT to get the HR teacher to drag him out... Across the classroom, not quietly so the other students can't hear, my CT asks me to "understand his situation and ignore him". I say no and tell him again, to move to the back chair. He throws another weeping tantrum. CT goes to him and they have another pointless argument. She insists on listening to his BS, during class, instead of taking it outside.

How thick do you have to be to not know that you never undermine another teacher in front of the students? It seems that she's trying to find a way to take his side and ignore the situation.
F*ck, she's useless.





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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2018 on: October 21, 2016, 05:01:16 PM »
Hahah what makes spaghetti Japanese?

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« Reply #2019 on: October 21, 2016, 05:03:59 PM »
What makes it Japanese? Sushi atop spaghetti?

Hell, if they threw okonomiyaki on top I'd eat that

 

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