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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4500 on: November 20, 2017, 01:39:23 PM »
I only knew about that resto because my ex showed me it years ago and said that that's where all the foreign celebrities go when they go to Gwangjang. So I thought I had a pretty good idea of where Rambo would be. Well, so did she. Bumped smack into her. She never told me what happened that day regarding Ramsay and I assumed we got relatively similar pics. Nope. I got this a few hours later on kakao. hahaha Also, my old cats are fine. hahahaha


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« Reply #4501 on: November 20, 2017, 02:00:45 PM »
I too am feeling weird about travelling this vacation. I need to save money.

I also don't want to just stay in Korea the whole time.

...Oh, look! There's Japan!  ;D

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« Reply #4502 on: November 20, 2017, 02:11:23 PM »
I too am feeling weird about travelling this vacation. I need to save money.

I also don't want to just stay in Korea the whole time.

...Oh, look! There's Japan!  ;D

Haha. The funny thing is, travelling to literally anywhere in Asia is way easier on your pocketbook than Japan is. At least that's what I've experienced. The plane tickets are super cheap but once you're there, it's just like, "Ehhhh. I'll spend a whole paycheque or two."
And somehow I enjoy Japan so much, I never seem to mind. Btw, I think Hong Kong is way more expensive.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4503 on: November 20, 2017, 02:14:23 PM »
I too am feeling weird about travelling this vacation. I need to save money.

I also don't want to just stay in Korea the whole time.

...Oh, look! There's Japan!  ;D

Haha. The funny thing is, travelling to literally anywhere in Asia is way easier on your pocketbook than Japan is. At least that's what I've experienced. The plane tickets are super cheap but once you're there, it's just like, "Ehhhh. I'll spend a whole paycheque or two."

Yeah, you're probably right. I never can stick to a budget once I'm on vacation, either.

I'm trying to justify Japan to myself cause I'd really like to go Hokkaido in winter, and I keep saying that 3-4 days would be enough. Of course, ski rental and day passes wouldn't be cheap. And then the necessary hot springs...

And as much as I love that konbini life I'd for sure splurge on food. oh man, take me now! :laugh:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4504 on: November 20, 2017, 02:50:32 PM »
If you had the inside scoop that someone was leaving a sweet gig and there was an old posting up on a job board for that school with the same hiring contact information, would you apply before they posted that person's job, to slide in early? Or do you think the school would look upon that negatively? The person leaving can't really help in terms of influence as they weren't there very long.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4505 on: November 21, 2017, 06:57:22 AM »
If you had the inside scoop that someone was leaving a sweet gig and there was an old posting up on a job board for that school with the same hiring contact information, would you apply before they posted that person's job, to slide in early? Or do you think the school would look upon that negatively? The person leaving can't really help in terms of influence as they weren't there very long.

I'd absolutely apply for it.  If the person is leaving and there is an opportunity to jump in before they advertise the job then that's your good luck and others' bad luck. 

I did something similar a couple of years back to get my current job.  As my middle school job was being phased out, I thought I'd message my Korean Engish teacher friend at the high school to see if the current native teacher would renew.  She said they weren't, so I said I wanted that job.  She talked to the principal and it was agreed before they advertised it. 

I actually did another similar thing a year before that when I was in my elementary job and they were opening up just one middle school position in my city for the following year.  I talked to another Korean English teacher and told her I was the best person for the job so she called the supervisor and said as much.  The supervisor wasn't sure as they wanted to advertise it, but then called her back a few hours later to say I could have it.

'Sneaking' in before they advertise shows initiative and forward planning. 

Japan not on the cards, or are you justing keeping your options open?

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« Reply #4506 on: November 21, 2017, 07:33:25 AM »
Been thinking about the future quite a bit recently. 

It's time to move on from Korea.  I think I might go home and become a farmer.  I don't want to live in the big cities anymore, it's easy enough to visit them without living in them.  I think the quiet country life is for me.  It's how I grew up, I think that's what I need to return to.  Go kickstart the olive business that the parents have had as a languishing side project, develop some other horticultural produce - it's fun researching the possible produce, not everything needs to be broad acre farming or tomatoes or grapes (although a vineyard would be awesome, there is heavy direct competition).  And some good old fashioned hard work instead of sitting at a desk or dancing around a classroom.  It will be satisfying.

It's somewhere between exciting and reassuring that this is one the cards.  I can't believe it took me this long to realise this is a serious option.

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« Reply #4507 on: November 21, 2017, 07:53:51 AM »
Been thinking about the future quite a bit recently. 

It's time to move on from Korea.  I think I might go home and become a farmer.  I don't want to live in the big cities anymore, it's easy enough to visit them without living in them.  I think the quiet country life is for me.  It's how I grew up, I think that's what I need to return to.  Go kickstart the olive business that the parents have had as a languishing side project, develop some other horticultural produce - it's fun researching the possible produce, not everything needs to be broad acre farming or tomatoes or grapes (although a vineyard would be awesome, there is heavy direct competition).  And some good old fashioned hard work instead of sitting at a desk or dancing around a classroom.  It will be satisfying.

It's somewhere between exciting and reassuring that this is one the cards.  I can't believe it took me this long to realise this is a serious option.

someone i know moved back to canada to become a farmer. seriously. they're doing really well now. not sure how much you know about farming but i would recommend actually studying it and taking a course if you haven't already. it can often be more complicated than one thinks, especially modern-day farming.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4508 on: November 21, 2017, 07:56:33 AM »
Been thinking about the future quite a bit recently. 

It's time to move on from Korea.  I think I might go home and become a farmer.  I don't want to live in the big cities anymore, it's easy enough to visit them without living in them.  I think the quiet country life is for me.  It's how I grew up, I think that's what I need to return to.  Go kickstart the olive business that the parents have had as a languishing side project, develop some other horticultural produce - it's fun researching the possible produce, not everything needs to be broad acre farming or tomatoes or grapes (although a vineyard would be awesome, there is heavy direct competition).  And some good old fashioned hard work instead of sitting at a desk or dancing around a classroom.  It will be satisfying.

It's somewhere between exciting and reassuring that this is one the cards.  I can't believe it took me this long to realise this is a serious option.

someone i know moved back to canada to become a farmer. seriously. they're doing really well now. not sure how much you know about farming but i would recommend actually studying it and taking a course if you haven't already. it can often be more complicated than one thinks, especially modern-day farming.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4509 on: November 21, 2017, 08:19:59 AM »
Been thinking about the future quite a bit recently. 

It's time to move on from Korea.  I think I might go home and become a farmer.  I don't want to live in the big cities anymore, it's easy enough to visit them without living in them.  I think the quiet country life is for me.  It's how I grew up, I think that's what I need to return to.  Go kickstart the olive business that the parents have had as a languishing side project, develop some other horticultural produce - it's fun researching the possible produce, not everything needs to be broad acre farming or tomatoes or grapes (although a vineyard would be awesome, there is heavy direct competition).  And some good old fashioned hard work instead of sitting at a desk or dancing around a classroom.  It will be satisfying.

It's somewhere between exciting and reassuring that this is one the cards.  I can't believe it took me this long to realise this is a serious option.

someone i know moved back to canada to become a farmer. seriously. they're doing really well now. not sure how much you know about farming but i would recommend actually studying it and taking a course if you haven't already. it can often be more complicated than one thinks, especially modern-day farming.

Yeh, I've been thinking about the same thing. I grew up on a farm, but it was a sheep and broad acre cropping farm - and I'm not interested in livestock.  But we have a lot of land that can be utilised in different ways instead of sheep, I'm need to research and study the best ways to do it.  I have a foundation already, but I need the specialty knowledge next.  I've started reading case studies of horticultural farming practices in area or climates similar to the family farm - there are so many choices about what to grow. It's quite exciting.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4510 on: November 21, 2017, 08:42:41 AM »
If you had the inside scoop that someone was leaving a sweet gig and there was an old posting up on a job board for that school with the same hiring contact information, would you apply before they posted that person's job, to slide in early? Or do you think the school would look upon that negatively? The person leaving can't really help in terms of influence as they weren't there very long.

I'd absolutely apply for it.  If the person is leaving and there is an opportunity to jump in before they advertise the job then that's your good luck and others' bad luck. 

I did something similar a couple of years back to get my current job.  As my middle school job was being phased out, I thought I'd message my Korean Engish teacher friend at the high school to see if the current native teacher would renew.  She said they weren't, so I said I wanted that job.  She talked to the principal and it was agreed before they advertised it. 

I actually did another similar thing a year before that when I was in my elementary job and they were opening up just one middle school position in my city for the following year.  I talked to another Korean English teacher and told her I was the best person for the job so she called the supervisor and said as much.  The supervisor wasn't sure as they wanted to advertise it, but then called her back a few hours later to say I could have it.

'Sneaking' in before they advertise shows initiative and forward planning. 

Japan not on the cards, or are you justing keeping your options open?
I wasnít able to save the amount I wanted to in order to get the student visa, so I thought it would be best to stay for one more year. I am also applying to certain good schools in Japan but Iíd rather just go to language school first than struggle. Anyway this sweet gig is too good to pass up but now the situation has gotten more complicated because I asked for a raise at my current job fully expecting it to not come through because it never has before and so I was all set to say today Iím not renewing and now this throws a wrench in. Iím probably still not going to renew but that does make it harder to say so.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4511 on: November 21, 2017, 10:10:05 AM »
If you had the inside scoop that someone was leaving a sweet gig and there was an old posting up on a job board for that school with the same hiring contact information, would you apply before they posted that person's job, to slide in early? Or do you think the school would look upon that negatively? The person leaving can't really help in terms of influence as they weren't there very long.

I'd absolutely apply for it.  If the person is leaving and there is an opportunity to jump in before they advertise the job then that's your good luck and others' bad luck. 

I did something similar a couple of years back to get my current job.  As my middle school job was being phased out, I thought I'd message my Korean Engish teacher friend at the high school to see if the current native teacher would renew.  She said they weren't, so I said I wanted that job.  She talked to the principal and it was agreed before they advertised it. 

I actually did another similar thing a year before that when I was in my elementary job and they were opening up just one middle school position in my city for the following year.  I talked to another Korean English teacher and told her I was the best person for the job so she called the supervisor and said as much.  The supervisor wasn't sure as they wanted to advertise it, but then called her back a few hours later to say I could have it.

'Sneaking' in before they advertise shows initiative and forward planning. 

Japan not on the cards, or are you justing keeping your options open?
I wasnít able to save the amount I wanted to in order to get the student visa, so I thought it would be best to stay for one more year. I am also applying to certain good schools in Japan but Iíd rather just go to language school first than struggle. Anyway this sweet gig is too good to pass up but now the situation has gotten more complicated because I asked for a raise at my current job fully expecting it to not come through because it never has before and so I was all set to say today Iím not renewing and now this throws a wrench in. Iím probably still not going to renew but that does make it harder to say so.

Tough one, especially with your other school coming back in with a raise.  Still it is good to have those options, even if Japan may get put off for another year.  Even if nothing comes up you can stick around at your school now which you've said you like. 

I was kind of curious about the foreign language high schools this week as my student participated in a national speech contest which had a lot of entrants from the foreign language high schools around Korea.  Actually, I was looking for dirt because my student didn't get a prize but she thought something was a little fishy as the organisation who runs the contest has 'associations' with Lincoln House schools in Korea.  The thing is my student said there were some really good speeches but the majority of prize winners came from Lincoln House high schools (there are a few in Korea).  I know Korea is dodgy as hell so I'm sure there is something about them wanting to give to their students.  I'm doing some more digging before I write complaint emails to said organisation.

Anyway, I got sidetracked, so while looking I saw that a load of these high schools have German, Japanese, Spanish teachers etc and am pretty sure they're the perfect gigs to have in Korea.  Excellent students who have a motivation to do well and with the ability to converse easily in other languages.  It's only a shame that Swedish is not taught in these schools as I'd be a shoe in. 

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« Reply #4512 on: November 21, 2017, 11:17:26 AM »
I wasnít able to save the amount I wanted to in order to get the student visa

Was it an amount you set for yourself, or an amount the Japanese government set that you need to have in order to sponsor yourself? I'm interested in doing the same thing, so it'd be nice to know what sort of figure I should be shooting for.

Also, any idea how to prove that you've got the money? Will they take bank statements in KRW, or will I have to find a way to get an official statement of the amount I've got in a Korean bank in dollars instead?

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« Reply #4513 on: November 21, 2017, 12:17:19 PM »
I wasnít able to save the amount I wanted to in order to get the student visa

Was it an amount you set for yourself, or an amount the Japanese government set that you need to have in order to sponsor yourself? I'm interested in doing the same thing, so it'd be nice to know what sort of figure I should be shooting for.

Also, any idea how to prove that you've got the money? Will they take bank statements in KRW, or will I have to find a way to get an official statement of the amount I've got in a Korean bank in dollars instead?
If you want to self sponsor and guarantee your chances of getting that COE, you need somewhere around $30,000 USD in savings. If you have someone with savings that is willing to sponsor you then it's less of an issue. I don't have that, so it's all on me. Also, realizing I am sick of commuting, in order to avoid living out in the boonies, I want to save more so I can live IN Tokyo and not go broke.
I am not sure about the proof, but I think Korean bank statements are okay, but don't hold me to that.
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« Reply #4514 on: November 21, 2017, 01:31:36 PM »

If you want to self sponsor and guarantee your chances of getting that COE, you need somewhere around $30,000 USD in savings. If you have someone with savings that is willing to sponsor you then it's less of an issue. I don't have that, so it's all on me. Also, realizing I am sick of commuting, in order to avoid living out in the boonies, I want to save more so I can live IN Tokyo and not go broke.
I am not sure about the proof, but I think Korean bank statements are okay, but don't hold me to that.

Hm. I don't quite have that much set aside now, but like you I intend to stay another year, so I ought to be able to get my saving up there comfortably enough. I suppose the question is whether I'll be able to do it by the time I apply for the student visa, which will be months before the end of my next contract. I'll also have 7 years of pension and severance to pad my bank account, but those won't be in my account until after I leave, so they won't help much in the visa application process, haha.

I was looking at the locations of the schools listed on Gaijinpot and then looking at apartment rental costs in those locations, and I don't think I'll even consider Tokyo an option  :laugh:. Even with $30k in the bank, after paying for the school itself (which you have to do in full before starting, afaik), I don't think I'd have enough to live there. Kyoto and Osaka are probably out of it for me, too. I'm thinking of somewhere smaller and cheaper but still interesting, like Nagano.

Fingers crossed you're right about Korean bank statements. Finances and finance-related things always make me a bit nervous. I've already been looking into banking options in Japan that offer overseas remittance and how to go about setting that up, so I'll have once less thing to worry about.

Along those lines, I'm looking in to solutions for the phone/bank/apartment problem immigrants to Japan often face, ie You can't get a bank account without a Japanese phone number, you can't get a Japanese phone number without a Japanese address, and you can't get a Japanese apartment without a Japanese bank account, or some other such circular, self-defeating nonsense. I've been reading about workarounds, so it won't be impossible, but it will be a PITA.  :sad:

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« Reply #4515 on: November 23, 2017, 08:16:54 AM »
Chungnam, 8:40am, lightning, then thunder then heavy snowfall.  Lucky all the university entrance test students had to be at school at 8:10am.  Earthquake then snow. Is someone trying to tell the government to scrap this awful test?  :laugh:

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« Reply #4516 on: November 23, 2017, 10:03:06 AM »
Ran home during a break to go throw my roast in the slow cooker so it will be ready in time for my Thanksgiving party tonight. Accidentally burned my finger while searing it off. On the plus side, the seasoning is delicious.

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« Reply #4517 on: November 24, 2017, 08:45:13 AM »
Is it only me that thinks lightning, thunder and snow is strange?  Lightning, thunder and rain, ok.  But snow?  Never in my life have I seen that.

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« Reply #4518 on: November 24, 2017, 09:13:30 AM »
Level 3 high school students are having their photos taken outside today for the graduation album, and it's snowing its ass off.  This always happens.  Why don't they take the pictures a bit earlier in the year?

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« Reply #4519 on: November 24, 2017, 09:42:33 AM »
I saw a woman who I used to work with, for the first time in a year or so. She has had something done to her face.
I had always thought she was attractive, especially for her age (early 40s) with 3 kids.

As soon as I saw her my brain short circuted. Like I couldn't put my finger on what had happened, my brain was just flashing "error". She's done something to her eye area and lower half of her face. But it's not overt. But the ratios of her face are all skeewiff.

It's strange how that happens with some plastic surgery. Some sort of uncanny valley reaction. Lots of the females on TV here, they aren't ugly and most would class them as beautiful, but there is something offputting. They are pretty, but there is no attraction. Like my brain is saying "yip, but nope"