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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1900 on: October 21, 2016, 01:30:39 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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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1901 on: October 21, 2016, 01:41:59 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 #1902 on: October 21, 2016, 01:50:10 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 #1903 on: October 21, 2016, 01:51:37 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 #1904 on: October 21, 2016, 01:54:33 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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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1905 on: October 21, 2016, 01:56:12 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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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1906 on: October 21, 2016, 01:57:34 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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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1907 on: October 21, 2016, 02:00:25 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 #1908 on: October 21, 2016, 02:00:58 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 #1909 on: October 21, 2016, 02:01:16 PM »
Hahah what makes spaghetti Japanese?

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« Reply #1910 on: October 21, 2016, 02:03:59 PM »
What makes it Japanese? Sushi atop spaghetti?

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

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1911 on: October 21, 2016, 02:07:45 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.

Goddammit, Aristocrat, it's almost Friday night and you've spiked my blood pressure 15 points.

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« Reply #1912 on: October 21, 2016, 02:09:10 PM »
My 2 rants:
My school allowed me to finish 2 hours early today, as everyone is leaving early. (this part, is happy); however, the parents picking up the students blocked off the bus stop area, so the bus I needed to catch drove right past without stopping, even though I was waving out to it to stop. Some of the students missed the bus as well, and the next one won't be here for another 2 hours. The bus driver saw us and slowed down, but didn't stop. >:( So now, all the teachers and students are gone, and I'm the only one in the school. I don't know if I'm expected to lock anything or what I'm supposed to do, as no-one has told me anything.

2nd - next weeks culture trip.
I have to go on a 2 day culture trip with the area's education office. It doesn't start until 2pm, but until then, we have to teach all morning, then we have an 8 hour schedule for the first day, and a 10 hour schedule for the 2nd day. While I don't care about being paid for it. I still have to teach between 8am and 2pm on the first day, then have to do 8 hours of the trip stuff. While I do appreciate the time off work, and would love to see some Korean history stuff, the reason I put this in the rant section is: the first day of the trip involves heights. And I'm phobic of heights. I stated this in the interview for the job, and have told the people running the trip, back at the summer camp (when they mentioned something to do with heights).
So basically, I don't get any time to myself on the first day, and the day 1 activities that are planned I can't do. It's going to be even more of a waste of my time than deskwarming. :(

Day 2 sounds enjoyable, I'm looking forward to the second day; but the first day. I'm going to be both stressed and bored.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1913 on: October 21, 2016, 02:09:42 PM »
Re: Japanese Spaghetti

See for yourself. Thanks 지수스~

http://jeesus.tistory.com/62

**(forgot the link, sorry)**
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« Reply #1914 on: October 21, 2016, 02:16:39 PM »
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.

A CoT of mine came into the classroom a little shaken today and told me that she had just been scolded (unfairly) by the head teacher and that he took her out into the hallway specifically because that's where children would be so that they could witness it and further compound her shame.

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« Reply #1915 on: October 21, 2016, 02:17:48 PM »
This culture drives me up the wall.

[edited the rest out to save space - kobayashi]

now you know why the men in this country grow up to be such bratty, arrogant, self-entitled pricks. because of stuff like this.

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« Reply #1916 on: October 21, 2016, 02:24:37 PM »
Re: Japanese Spaghetti

See for yourself. Thanks 지수스~

http://jeesus.tistory.com/62

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Wow that's... certainly unique

Probably tastes fine though

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« Reply #1917 on: October 21, 2016, 03:00:47 PM »
This culture drives me up the wall.



There is a strange insistance upon hearing out the students explanations for bad behavior at my school also and of course the explanations are ridiculous but always accepted. Is this common all over Korea? Kids at my school can essentially do anything and the only punishment seems to be occasionally writing some lines (and you have to get the teacher in charge of discipline for the entire school to bestow that harsh punishment).

I've been cursed at, flipped off, and just openly disrespected and it is just accepted as normal. Kids just get sent to the hall (where they usually just goof off and play), I have to send kids out of class all the time and so do the Korean teachers. Sent a couple kids out to the hall today and they pulled the fire alarm, did not even warrant a talking to from a Korean teacher.

Also, no matter what they do, if they say "sorry" afterwards then everything is ok. They usually say it with a big grin on their faces with no remorse whatsoever. A lot of my kids are great and it brings me a ton of joy teaching them but I will do my best to teach only adults after this year.

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« Reply #1918 on: October 21, 2016, 03:20:10 PM »
This culture drives me up the wall.



There is a strange insistance upon hearing out the students explanations for bad behavior at my school also and of course the explanations are ridiculous but always accepted. Is this common all over Korea? Kids at my school can essentially do anything and the only punishment seems to be occasionally writing some lines (and you have to get the teacher in charge of discipline for the entire school to bestow that harsh punishment).

I've been cursed at, flipped off, and just openly disrespected and it is just accepted as normal. Kids just get sent to the hall (where they usually just goof off and play), I have to send kids out of class all the time and so do the Korean teachers. Sent a couple kids out to the hall today and they pulled the fire alarm, did not even warrant a talking to from a Korean teacher.

Also, no matter what they do, if they say "sorry" afterwards then everything is ok. They usually say it with a big grin on their faces with no remorse whatsoever. A lot of my kids are great and it brings me a ton of joy teaching them but I will do my best to teach only adults after this year.
Honestly, I think the sorry is the worst part because they do it with that bratty exaggerated voice. "Oh, soooooorry teacher."

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« Reply #1919 on: October 21, 2016, 03:30:48 PM »
I wish I worked where you do, #basedcowboyshirt. My school situation is the same but... we could stand to have more enforcement of rules (or maybe more rules in the first place?)


I did my best but I didn't finish my worksheets. Ugh. I'm gonna have to come in early on Monday