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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7380 on: October 23, 2017, 08:05:15 AM »
I'm no Korean drum expert................. but they practice for hours every day.

A= Boom B= stick on side of drum (clicking sound)

A BBBBB
A BBBBB
A BB
A BB
A BBBBB

X100.

I could literally learn this in 10 mins. WHY do they practice for an hour a day every morning?

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« Reply #7381 on: October 23, 2017, 09:46:44 AM »
I'm no Korean drum expert................. but they practice for hours every day.

A= Boom B= stick on side of drum (clicking sound)

A BBBBB
A BBBBB
A BB
A BB
A BBBBB

X100.

I could literally learn this in 10 mins. WHY do they practice for an hour a day every morning?

Practicing an instrument oftentimes involves repetitive and mind numbing drills. These are performed over and over again to ingrain correct technique and timing.

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« Reply #7382 on: October 23, 2017, 09:56:31 AM »
I'm no Korean drum expert................. but they practice for hours every day.

A= Boom B= stick on side of drum (clicking sound)

A BBBBB
A BBBBB
A BB
A BB
A BBBBB

X100.

I could literally learn this in 10 mins. WHY do they practice for an hour a day every morning?

Practicing an instrument oftentimes involves repetitive and mind numbing drills. These are performed over and over again to ingrain correct technique and timing.


Yeah, as someone who's proficient in an instrument, I see nothing wrong with practicing basics.  Scales for days, yo.  Especially with drumming, I imagine the practice helps build up endurance as well. 

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« Reply #7383 on: October 23, 2017, 10:54:20 AM »
Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

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« Reply #7384 on: October 23, 2017, 11:22:33 AM »
Came in this a.m. to all teachers dressed to the nines. Suit and ties, make-up, etc. Felt a little under-dressed in my long sleeve t-shirt and jogger pants. Casual but standard for my countryside schools.

After leaving the office to go up to my first class, get called outside.

Picture day.

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« Reply #7385 on: October 23, 2017, 11:39:57 AM »
When Koreans are surprised that you used to eat rice in your home country...


Don't they know that rice is an extremely common staple food in many cultures?? And there is so much more to rice than just the sticky white rice they eat. People talk about the myth of American exceptionalism but damn if Koreans don't think they are the most unique people on this planet. They think no where else has rice, or four seasons. The other day I overheard a Korean guy telling a Canadian dude that "only in Korea" do they have workout equipment in parks. No, that's not true. At all.

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« Reply #7386 on: October 23, 2017, 11:53:44 AM »
The maintenance man swept away my neighborly spider's web.  I assume the spider got swept away as well  :sad:

Bummer. There's a huge orb weaver in a web right outside my apartment window, and he's my little homie. Whenever I see a new moth or dragonfly tangled up in his web, I'm like "Good for you, dude."

Yes, I realize the large, brightly colored ones here are the females, but this one's still a "he," because spiders are dudes. Always.


Well, almost always...


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« Reply #7387 on: October 23, 2017, 12:11:06 PM »
Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

Aw :( I'm sorry you're having difficulties adjusting. Sometimes the reverse culture shock can be worse than the intial culture shock. Have you looked into more temporary positions here? They're rare but you can sometimes find shorter contracts. Or you could take a job at a different school and once a job becomes available at your old school you could make the move over there.

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« Reply #7388 on: October 23, 2017, 02:33:46 PM »
Some teachers were snacking around the snack table.  I go over to investigate. 

Me:  What's this? 

They offer me some so I try one. 

Me:  WHAT IS THIS??
Them:  Do you know mayonnaise? 

Why the hell do mayonnaise pretzels exist?!  >:( :cry:

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« Reply #7389 on: October 23, 2017, 03:12:06 PM »
Some teachers were snacking around the snack table.  I go over to investigate. 

Me:  What's this? 

They offer me some so I try one. 

Me:  WHAT IS THIS??
Them:  Do you know mayonnaise? 

Why the hell do mayonnaise pretzels exist?!  >:( :cry:

Because the universe loves us.

Unless they're sweet. Then we're truly in a fresh hell.

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« Reply #7390 on: October 25, 2017, 01:45:31 AM »
Yes I've experience this too   :lipsrsealed:

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« Reply #7391 on: October 25, 2017, 08:25:19 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

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« Reply #7392 on: October 25, 2017, 08:28:51 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

You can do it yirj!!!  At one of my countryside middle schools that I taught at for seven years, the students made a video with Oasis music.  The video was them panning around the library and every student had written a post-it to me so they panned around and then focused on each post-it.  At the end of my final day, the students took me to the English room and played me the video.  But I didn't cry.  When I got home and watched it again, I bawled my eyes out.   :cry:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7393 on: October 25, 2017, 08:57:15 AM »
When Koreans are surprised that you used to eat rice in your home country...


Don't they know that rice is an extremely common staple food in many cultures?? And there is so much more to rice than just the sticky white rice they eat. People talk about the myth of American exceptionalism but damn if Koreans don't think they are the most unique people on this planet. They think no where else has rice, or four seasons. The other day I overheard a Korean guy telling a Canadian dude that "only in Korea" do they have workout equipment in parks. No, that's not true. At all.

ahahaha so true! Although to be fair, today in my facebook memories was a post from my cousin in the states that said "I know this is a stupid question but does Korea have 4 distinct seasons?" LOL word for word true story lol
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« Reply #7394 on: October 25, 2017, 09:01:11 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

You can do it yirj!!!  At one of my countryside middle schools that I taught at for seven years, the students made a video with Oasis music.  The video was them panning around the library and every student had written a post-it to me so they panned around and then focused on each post-it.  At the end of my final day, the students took me to the English room and played me the video.  But I didn't cry.  When I got home and watched it again, I bawled my eyes out.   :cry:
OMG, I'd be a sobbing mess. When my first school didn't renew me for a third year the kids were balling and brought me gifts and handmade cards and gifts, I was balling. I hate parting from a school I really like. I am not renewing at my current school so we'll see how it goes.
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« Reply #7395 on: October 25, 2017, 09:16:38 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

You can do it yirj!!!  At one of my countryside middle schools that I taught at for seven years, the students made a video with Oasis music.  The video was them panning around the library and every student had written a post-it to me so they panned around and then focused on each post-it.  At the end of my final day, the students took me to the English room and played me the video.  But I didn't cry.  When I got home and watched it again, I bawled my eyes out.   :cry:
OMG, I'd be a sobbing mess. When my first school didn't renew me for a third year the kids were balling and brought me gifts and handmade cards and gifts, I was balling. I hate parting from a school I really like. I am not renewing at my current school so we'll see how it goes.

Yep, we'll see!  :cry: :cry: :cry:

I generally hate saying goodbye to people.  It always seems so final to me, even if I not going to see them for six months or so.  When I leave my mum and come back to Korea, I'm always sobbing for a good ten minutes after hugging her. 

At that countryside school, plus my other, I'd taught a lot of brothers and sisters of the same family so if the parents ever saw me they'd always stop off and give me a lift or just stop and have a chat.  There is no sentiment in Korean education.  Stay for a bit, get shipped out somewhere else, someone else comes in your place, repeat.  In the west, I think we place more on a longevity of working and leaving with a kind of legacy, hopefully.  I worked in a bank in Manchester, and people thought I didn't do that much, until I finished and then they realised after the actual ton of work I did do.  :P

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« Reply #7396 on: October 25, 2017, 09:53:21 AM »
Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

Aw :( I'm sorry you're having difficulties adjusting. Sometimes the reverse culture shock can be worse than the intial culture shock. Have you looked into more temporary positions here? They're rare but you can sometimes find shorter contracts. Or you could take a job at a different school and once a job becomes available at your old school you could make the move over there.

Reverse culture shock is definitely brutal. I wish I had thought about temporary positions when I arrived back home, that would have been a great option. I feel it's too late now to find a short one that works. I'll just have to tough it out and brush up on my Korean with the infinite free time I have here.

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« Reply #7397 on: October 25, 2017, 10:28:57 AM »
I know going back to your old school is comfortable (if it was an international school ignore what I am about to say), but have you considered just coming back at the February/march hiring time to get access to more  gigs? Or you could do what I did this time of the year 4 years ago, I took a kindy hagwon job (so so company) with the intention of quitting to be on the March schedule for public. It worked out very well.

Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

Aw :( I'm sorry you're having difficulties adjusting. Sometimes the reverse culture shock can be worse than the intial culture shock. Have you looked into more temporary positions here? They're rare but you can sometimes find shorter contracts. Or you could take a job at a different school and once a job becomes available at your old school you could make the move over there.

Reverse culture shock is definitely brutal. I wish I had thought about temporary positions when I arrived back home, that would have been a great option. I feel it's too late now to find a short one that works. I'll just have to tough it out and brush up on my Korean with the infinite free time I have here.
Ignoranţa este adesea o boală fatal şi cretin nu poate fi vindecata.

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« Reply #7398 on: October 25, 2017, 11:02:31 AM »
I know going back to your old school is comfortable (if it was an international school ignore what I am about to say), but have you considered just coming back at the February/march hiring time to get access to more  gigs? Or you could do what I did this time of the year 4 years ago, I took a kindy hagwon job (so so company) with the intention of quitting to be on the March schedule for public. It worked out very well.

Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

Aw :( I'm sorry you're having difficulties adjusting. Sometimes the reverse culture shock can be worse than the intial culture shock. Have you looked into more temporary positions here? They're rare but you can sometimes find shorter contracts. Or you could take a job at a different school and once a job becomes available at your old school you could make the move over there.

Reverse culture shock is definitely brutal. I wish I had thought about temporary positions when I arrived back home, that would have been a great option. I feel it's too late now to find a short one that works. I'll just have to tough it out and brush up on my Korean with the infinite free time I have here.

That's not a bad point. I really like kindy though, so that pushes me towards hagwons. My old hagwon definitely had it's issues but it's manageable. My basic plan is minimizing risk and racking up points for an F class so I can pursue business in Korea and teach on the side.

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« Reply #7399 on: October 25, 2017, 11:27:51 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

You can do it yirj!!!  At one of my countryside middle schools that I taught at for seven years, the students made a video with Oasis music.  The video was them panning around the library and every student had written a post-it to me so they panned around and then focused on each post-it.  At the end of my final day, the students took me to the English room and played me the video.  But I didn't cry.  When I got home and watched it again, I bawled my eyes out.   :cry:
OMG, I'd be a sobbing mess. When my first school didn't renew me for a third year the kids were balling and brought me gifts and handmade cards and gifts, I was balling. I hate parting from a school I really like. I am not renewing at my current school so we'll see how it goes.

Yep, we'll see!  :cry: :cry: :cry:

I generally hate saying goodbye to people.  It always seems so final to me, even if I not going to see them for six months or so.  When I leave my mum and come back to Korea, I'm always sobbing for a good ten minutes after hugging her. 

At that countryside school, plus my other, I'd taught a lot of brothers and sisters of the same family so if the parents ever saw me they'd always stop off and give me a lift or just stop and have a chat.  There is no sentiment in Korean education.  Stay for a bit, get shipped out somewhere else, someone else comes in your place, repeat.  In the west, I think we place more on a longevity of working and leaving with a kind of legacy, hopefully.  I worked in a bank in Manchester, and people thought I didn't do that much, until I finished and then they realised after the actual ton of work I did do.  :P


Yeah, all my schools are small countryside ones so I know all the kids by name and who has siblings across what grades (middle and elementary).  Other than graduating/incoming students, I've basically had all the same kids for my two years here. 

Supposedly I was the first NET these schools have ever had (other than online classes; yep, I'm apparently so rural that some of my students get online classes from other NETs!!  Hah!!) too, so I hope they'll have fond memories.  I think the hard part is knowing/feeling that I'll most likely never see any of them ever again.   :cry: