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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6640 on: August 07, 2017, 08:03:49 AM »
Thirteen years here now and they still ask me if I can handle the spicy food. To be fair, my old co-teacher was perfectly aware I liked it spicy. The new ones seem to be taking a long time to catch on.

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« Reply #6641 on: August 07, 2017, 08:05:46 AM »
I'm so sick of camp. I try to stay positive but 10 days spread across three weeks is too much. I just want it to be over so I can go on my (very short) vacation. I developed a terrible cold over the weekend and I'm not in the mood to smile or do anything today.

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« Reply #6642 on: August 07, 2017, 08:14:28 AM »

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« Reply #6643 on: August 07, 2017, 08:18:13 AM »
I'm so sick of camp. I try to stay positive but 10 days spread across three weeks is too much. I just want it to be over so I can go on my (very short) vacation. I developed a terrible cold over the weekend and I'm not in the mood to smile or do anything today.

I feel you. I'm on camp number 3 right now. I still have conversation classes to do next week too. And I got the flu or something last week and the room keeps spinning. We can do this though! Good luck!

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« Reply #6644 on: August 07, 2017, 08:37:43 AM »
I hear you, camp is the worst. Comes in second only to speaking tests.

And there's very little to prevent me from becoming that guy, sometimes. But at least I still have students who appreciate my work, even though they'd rather not have to come to camp at all. xD

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6645 on: August 07, 2017, 08:53:18 AM »
About the spicy food thing has anyone ever said (part of) his/her family came from Mexico?Proceed to explain the origin of the chili pepper. Enjoy what comes next?
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6646 on: August 07, 2017, 09:19:57 AM »
About the spicy food thing has anyone ever said (part of) his/her family came from Mexico?Proceed to explain the origin of the chili pepper. Enjoy what comes next?

I think people are more tolerant/intolerant to different foods (spices) depending on what they grew up eating. I do find some Korean foods spicy; mostly, due to the overuse of 고추장. This somehow makes Koreans think that if you can't eat spicy Korean food well then all spicy food must be impossible to eat.

However, cue the scene of me, Korean wife and in-laws at an Indian restaurant. MIL tries a spoonful of Vindaloo and reaches for water straight away and there's me continuing to eat the same Vindaloo but the inevitable question comes up from her: "Isn't it spicy?"

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6647 on: August 07, 2017, 09:31:25 AM »
I think people are more tolerant/intolerant to different foods (spices) depending on what they grew up eating. I do find some Korean foods spicy; mostly, due to the overuse of 고추장. This somehow makes Koreans think that if you can't eat spicy Korean food well then all spicy food must be impossible to eat.

However, cue the scene of me, Korean wife and in-laws at an Indian restaurant. MIL tries a spoonful of Vindaloo and reaches for water straight away and there's me continuing to eat the same Vindaloo but the inevitable question comes up from her: "Isn't it spicy?"

This is true. Sometimes it's just a matter of taste and what you're willing to tolerate or acclimate to, in that regard.

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« Reply #6648 on: August 07, 2017, 09:38:51 AM »
The mental gymnastics you use to come to this conclusion are really something.

It's not mental gymnastics to conclude that the person MIGHT be genuinely concerned about you freaking out over some spice based on passed experiences with other foreign teachers.

We all know some Koreans are obsessed with how people feel regarding food. Is it really a stretch to imagine that one is worried sick about her NET eating something spicy and having a bad reaction?
OP told the teacher numerous times that she had no problem with spicy food. So the CT is either a complete moron, or her English listening ability is not great.

The CT also brought in extra spicy noodles for OP to eat. Does that sound like concern?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6649 on: August 07, 2017, 09:44:05 AM »
The mental gymnastics you use to come to this conclusion are really something.

It's not mental gymnastics to conclude that the person MIGHT be genuinely concerned about you freaking out over some spice based on passed experiences with other foreign teachers.

We all know some Koreans are obsessed with how people feel regarding food. Is it really a stretch to imagine that one is worried sick about her NET eating something spicy and having a bad reaction?

I'd probably say it isn't general concern, most likely not really listening to what the OP is saying.
Gotta get in one more rant before vacation!!

I've told my CT several times that I like spicy food, yet every time we contemplate eating something that has even the slightest hint of spice she goes "oh but it's spicy.. I don't know if you can..." HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL THIS WOMAN I LIKE SPICY FOOD.

Like I said, that in spite of this, the CT might have had a past experience where someone freaked out over spicy food and she is worried about this happening again.

As I said, some Koreans can get hypersensitive about food and while "It's not for me" may be no big deal to us, to some Koreans it can be a borderline insult/disapproval towards them and/or their country.

Or the CT could be a complete ass. I'm just saying that there can be more than one explanation for the reason a person acts a certain way and sometimes those are based on life experiences and there is justifiable cause for concern.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6650 on: August 10, 2017, 10:45:11 AM »
My 15 minute bike commute is now an 80 minute bike/subway/walk commute...and back :cry:

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« Reply #6651 on: August 10, 2017, 11:00:31 AM »
My 15 minute bike commute is now an 80 minute bike/subway/walk commute...and back :cry:
You should probably go back to cycling, then.
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« Reply #6652 on: August 10, 2017, 11:43:49 AM »
Why did at least 50 Korean people pass through the gates unmolested at Seoul Station to go on the KTX, but little old waegookin me gets picked out for bag X-ray and the wand treatment looking for weapons or sharp objects all to the horror of Koreans and small children looking at the spectacle?

Was it being non-Korean? Or has there been a spate of foreign attacks on the KTX?

Somehow, I think it was the former; tw&ts!!!

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« Reply #6653 on: August 10, 2017, 11:59:12 AM »
Why did at least 50 Korean people pass through the gates unmolested at Seoul Station to go on the KTX, but little old waegookin me gets picked out for bag X-ray and the wand treatment looking for weapons or sharp objects all to the horror of Koreans and small children lookng at the spectacle?

Was it being non-Korean? Or has there been a spate of foreign attacks on the KTX?
Somehow, I think it was the former; tw&ts!!!

They do security checks at the KTX station? I've never noticed that, and I go through there pretty often. Lucky me, I guess.

I remember back when I was in high-school I had my hair (badly) dyed in all sorts of colours, piercings, and was dressed in the height of grunge fashion. Needless to say, whenever I crossed a border I got the "random" security checks too.

I'm not implying anything here, but I used to have a friend by the name of CJ, and... well... if you're him, they probably need to check you more often and more thoroughly.  :smiley:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6654 on: August 10, 2017, 12:01:21 PM »
My 15 minute bike commute is now an 80 minute bike/subway/walk commute...and back :cry:
You should probably go back to cycling, then.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6655 on: August 10, 2017, 12:16:48 PM »
Why did at least 50 Korean people pass through the gates unmolested at Seoul Station to go on the KTX, but little old waegookin me gets picked out for bag X-ray and the wand treatment looking for weapons or sharp objects all to the horror of Koreans and small children lookng at the spectacle?

Was it being non-Korean? Or has there been a spate of foreign attacks on the KTX?
Somehow, I think it was the former; tw&ts!!!

They do security checks at the KTX station? I've never noticed that, and I go through there pretty often. Lucky me, I guess.

I remember back when I was in high-school I had my fair hair (badly) dyed in all sorts of colours, piercings, and was dressed in the height of grunge fashion. Needless to say, whenever I crossed a border I got the "random" security checks too.

I'm not implying anything here, but I used to have a friend by the name of CJ, and... well... if you're him, they probably need to check you more often and more thoroughly.  :smiley:

CJ is just something I pulled out of my rear.

I dress better than your average Korean and wear a Swiss mechanical watch; I'm hardly a thug or undesirable in most countries that aren't suspicious of white men.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6656 on: August 10, 2017, 12:59:48 PM »
...I used to have a friend by the name of CJ, and...
CJ is just something I pulled out of my rear.

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« Reply #6657 on: August 10, 2017, 01:02:53 PM »
...I used to have a friend by the name of CJ, and...
CJ is just something I pulled out of my rear.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
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« Reply #6659 on: August 10, 2017, 02:35:23 PM »
...I used to have a friend by the name of CJ, and...
CJ is just something I pulled out of my rear.

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