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Title: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 26, 2015, 11:04:11 AM
Good day to you all. I thought we could have a thread just to jot down weird thoughts and ideas that may occur as the weekend looms and our leashes start straining.

I might as well start with my Eureka moment of 6 minutes ago as I listen to the atrocious sound of young kids learning to play the violin in the next classroom. People in Korea study English like they learn to play the violin. Genius!

Think about it. Nearly half the kids here study the violin. It's reached the point that the Asian kid who plays the violin is a cliché that Ivy League schools discriminate against them. So many people learn the violin yet no one plays it. No one mournfully plays alone on a rainy day. There are no violin stars in Korea. No one has ever made a party check list that goes; soju, pork belly, beer, assorted nuts and Minseok with his fiddle. Yet they are all next door to me destroying my peace with their futile caterwauling.

Hence my link with English education. I reckon the abysmal level of English in Korea despite putting huge amount of brains and effort in studying it is due to different goalposts. Very few people in Korea want to speak English. A handful at most. All of them want to be good at it though.

And so the kids keep running their bows across the strings and I keep showing them where to put their fingers. It's all so wonderfully futile. It's like I'm saddling a cow.

Anyways, what's making little circles in your brain right now?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on June 26, 2015, 11:14:18 AM
My school has a orchestra. Each grade has an orchestra class. They are pretty decent. The music teacher is conductor for various orchestras around the province. He tells me his brother is a bass in a opera house in Germany (there are few Korean men in the company he mentions).

Anyway you are right but that's a fact of life in Korea.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on June 26, 2015, 11:35:17 AM
Some good music for your Friday afternoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKYEYNX-Eug (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKYEYNX-Eug)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: aklimkewicz on June 26, 2015, 11:37:37 AM
I ate too much 돈까스  for lunch. As a foreigner I don't mind taking double the amount that everyone else does. But now I have a stomachache.  :sad:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on June 26, 2015, 11:39:49 AM
Yeah, I think you're right and I think it's indicative of the whole education system (and larger culture) here.  Do something because you're told to do it, have no passion, desire or interest in it.  Just do it to the bare minimum of competency to pass some test and then throw it away and go on to the next 'task'.  Ask most Korean adults and they'll tell you their hobby is "sleeping".  There's very little done for pure joy or interest here.  Everything's a duty. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on June 26, 2015, 11:46:55 AM
Grade 5 Lesson 7. I will (future verbs).

I will go to Busan this weekend. What will you do?

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Eat
Go to the bathroom.
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
Go to my grandparents.

It's a sad fact of life when a class of 30 students most exciting in going to their grannies house.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: country09 on June 26, 2015, 11:47:59 AM
I ate too much 돈까스  for lunch. As a foreigner I don't mind taking double the amount that everyone else does. But now I have a stomachache.  :sad:

Be happy yours was edible.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 11:48:55 AM
40 3rd graders learning the recorder in the next classroom to mine.

I don't think I'm gonna make it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on June 26, 2015, 11:51:54 AM
Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 26, 2015, 11:58:26 AM
There are just some people that grinds my gears in Korea.

For about a year, there's been these two ajummas that I pass by in a narrow walkway on the bridge when I'm on my bicycle. They never hear the bicycle bell, so at first I used to just trail behind them until the space got big enough to squeeze by. But lately, they would realize to look behind them every now and then since they knew I was coming, and I would say hi to them. They smile at me and we all continue on our way with no problems. God they grate me.

Another problem I have to deal with is one of my neighbors on my floor. She occasionally brings me home-cooked Korean meals, and they always taste fantastic. The problem is I have to wash those dishes, and thank her for making it. Her kids are also very lovely, which just makes me sick.

Don't even get me started on the maintenance man.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: pantsu on June 26, 2015, 11:59:43 AM
OP might be on to something linking English and music education in Korea. From the various schools I taught, not all music teachers actually knew music and just followed the teacher's book, likewise with English.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Lurch on June 26, 2015, 12:00:54 PM
Now that you mention it, Korean English education is circling my brain.

Test time is coming in middle schools, and my co-workers are bringing me their questions to check them over for trouble.

The questions are awful.

They expect students to notice tiny, nitpicky grammar details in sentences that are already grammatically incorrect in far more obvious ways. On top of that, many of the questions are so ambiguous, I can't understand them until they explain that "that" is a conjunction in this sentence, and a relative pronoun in these other sentences, therefore that one is different and the correct answer!

Never mind that these students can barely write a coherent paragraph, they're supposed to be able to discern between a digression and a paranthetical statement. They're dismantling a concrete wall with a scalpel and tweezers instead of a sledgehammer.

It is literally the most inefficient method of learning a language I can imagine short of reading a dictionary.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on June 26, 2015, 12:03:14 PM
Last year during my after school class, there was a cello class in the next room, and as a cellist myself I had no idea what they were doing. The teacher did not lead them in any way, and the class was just all the students practicing on their own, which lead to a lot of awful sounding white noise. I mean, how could they hear what they were doing?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on June 26, 2015, 12:07:52 PM
On this Friday I've been thinking a lot about my friends back home and, like Orangeman, I really just wonder what's up with their weird lives. Some friends I hadn't spoken to for years before I moved to Korea and honestly, it seems like they haven't aged or changed a wink since highschool. They are all still sitting in their respective mothers' basements, smoking bongs and playing video games. No major developments of thought or progress in life. I don't care what they DO, but they all still listen to the same bands, and think the exact same way as in highschool. It just really chaps my ass, since they are all smart guys who just got too caught up in a scene (the weed scene). I wonder what it will be like when I get home...
I also miss my pet chinchilla too much. I hardly miss my friends and family (very random things will get to me, like a song or even smell). But when I think of my pet chinchilla and my stupid little boston terrier/pug mix, I get instantly teary eyed. Is this the case for anyone else, or have I finally lost it?
Also, Sixto Rodriguez IS the perfect music for today.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Dixie Wolf on June 26, 2015, 12:17:28 PM
I've recently been mulling over the fact that one of the few things I really like about Korea is that I have no social obligations. I unwittingly cultivated very asocial relationships with all the friends I've made here, which is great. If I don't want to see them, I just don't and there's no drama about it. All my close friends back home would be really bleak with me if I told them that occasionally I'd rather mouth-breathe and stare at my hideous wallpaper than see them. I'm going to really miss that.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nick P on June 26, 2015, 12:18:06 PM
Guys, there are just too many hotels in Vietnam.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on June 26, 2015, 12:19:30 PM
I learned today that some homeroom teacher I don't know, a Korean man in his 40s has been telling his students that I am a "loser." Racks up the count of people who I don't know in this giant school who hate me for no apparent reason.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on June 26, 2015, 12:23:33 PM
Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'.

(http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/ce5a6ecbf2f90974f4837386bb215a26.jpg)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 26, 2015, 12:25:52 PM
I don't understand why showing a movie to the first graders means "it's time to run around like ****** crazy."

I don't understand why my coteacher refuses to do her job in any way.

I really hate my school and I can't wait until I am 100% finished with this place as of August 13th.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: greenmind on June 26, 2015, 12:27:01 PM
I just showed my kids one of the book's videos about time and Cinderella. And now it's just really bothering me! How did Cinderella just "accidentally" lose her slipper? The whole point was that the shoe was a perfect fit right? Well if it was a perfect fit then it wouldn't have slipped off as she was running away! Only a loose shoe would fall off as you were running! It's just really bothering me and I'm wondering why I never questioned this logic before.....

tl;dr Cinderella was actually quite cunning
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 26, 2015, 12:29:27 PM
Guys, there are just too many hotels in Vietnam.

I'm curious and I'll bite. Tell me more.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: toddingumi on June 26, 2015, 12:41:25 PM
CT told me earlier this week that my speaking test was too easy. Her homeroom students took it this morning and the majority of them completely shit the bed.

Guess who just said that a student complained about his grade and asked me if he could re-take the test? Then she said 2 students might.

Now i am anticipating 5-10 of them to walk in and ask to take it again and i can tell them tough shit.

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: shostager on June 26, 2015, 12:41:39 PM
@greenmind: I just finished reading the Brothers Grimm fairy tales at my desk, and in the original Cinderella story, the prince had the stairs covered with pitch (that sticky stuff that comes from trees), so her shoe stuck on that and came off.

The newer Cinderella just omitted that entirely, apparently.

However, there are other problems - What, the prince doesn't know what she looks like? No one else has Cinderella's same shoe size?

In the end, it's just a fairy tale I guess.

At least it didn't end with "and then everyone was dead" ("The Death of the Little Hen").
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nick P on June 26, 2015, 12:50:46 PM
Guys, there are just too many hotels in Vietnam.

I'm curious and I'll bite. Tell me more.

As in it is difficult to make a decision cause the choices be run'n wild.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on June 26, 2015, 12:58:26 PM
I have a pointless Afterschool Class in 2.5 hours.  Elementary 3rd & 4th graders.  They just want to chase each other around the room.  It's a battle to get them to sit down.  It's very muggy today and hot in this room.  Of course, no AC. 

Other than that, very happy it's Friday.  TGIF!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on June 26, 2015, 01:00:50 PM
I just showed my kids one of the book's videos about time and Cinderella. And now it's just really bothering me! How did Cinderella just "accidentally" lose her slipper? The whole point was that the shoe was a perfect fit right? Well if it was a perfect fit then it wouldn't have slipped off as she was running away! Only a loose shoe would fall off as you were running! It's just really bothering me and I'm wondering why I never questioned this logic before.....

tl;dr Cinderella was actually quite cunning

You make a good point, maybe it popped off because her feet were swollen from all the dancing. I don't know but we could speculate. I'm sure someone has written a fanfiction about it. I mean there even Elsa/Anna incest slash so anything is possible.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on June 26, 2015, 01:03:11 PM
My Fridays are the slowest most inactive days of the week, not "BECAUSE TGIF," but because I only have 2 classes on these days. No idea why it's like this. As a result I sit here and catch up with the family and friends back home.

As I read this I am listening to the admin teacher beat something in the hall way. Over and over and over with a shoe. It doesn't stop... Really it doesn't, its been 5 minutes and okay it just stopped. I wonder if it's dead? I think it's dead. From the sound of things I'd say they're dead. All that noise was enough to kill a veritable army of whatsoevers and whatchumacallits.

Also music class, it's deeply profound. It's like a cacophony of death knells a choir of instrumental voices crying out in the exact opposite of unity. Kind of like two Koreas pulling a rope across a border in different directions only with more shouting and far more casualties.

I saw two kids stab each other with pencils today. The kind of stabbing where you really mean it, but you're instantly sorry after it's happened.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on June 26, 2015, 01:07:11 PM
On this Friday I've been thinking a lot about my friends back home and, like Orangeman, I really just wonder what's up with their weird lives. Some friends I hadn't spoken to for years before I moved to Korea and honestly, it seems like they haven't aged or changed a wink since highschool. They are all still sitting in their respective mothers' basements, smoking bongs and playing video games. No major developments of thought or progress in life. I don't care what they DO, but they all still listen to the same bands, and think the exact same way as in highschool. It just really chaps my ass, since they are all smart guys who just got too caught up in a scene (the weed scene). I wonder what it will be like when I get home...
I also miss my pet chinchilla too much. I hardly miss my friends and family (very random things will get to me, like a song or even smell). But when I think of my pet chinchilla and my stupid little boston terrier/pug mix, I get instantly teary eyed. Is this the case for anyone else, or have I finally lost it?
Also, Sixto Rodriguez IS the perfect music for today.

Same same, bro.

I have 3 friends, back home, who're like brothers. Just before graduating and leaving for Korea, we'd always hang out and bond really well (they're clever chaps). From high school, till the end of undergrad, we spoke about how we were going to travel Asia (the ESL route) and whatnot. Seems like I was the only one who went through with it. After a few years, in Korea, I visited home and paid them a visit. They were still the same, 2 were still living at their parents, still telling me about their big plans to travel to Asia, still bitching about how awesome it would be to travel to Japan, things must be so cool there (they're nearly 30 and never travelled abroad). I told them, since they both had jobs, no dependents and no rent why don't you finally put your money where your mouth is and meet me, in Japan, like we've been talking about for years? I've been there 3 times already and every time I invited you guys, over Skype, you bailed out.

"Sure, sure just tell us when". Nothing materialises, one is now unemployed and I tell him, it's easy as sh*t to get an ESL job over here, you'll make money get travel experience and have a great time. Nope, he's dead set on teaching in Japan (applied for JET, every year, and failed 4 times now).

While I was on holiday, we had a great time... on the 2 occasions I saw them. Every other time they lost my number, their phones were off, didn't have airtime and didn't invite me since they thought I was busy and wanted privacy, with my wife... It was incredibly infuriating, I spent a good chunk of change to visit home pretty much just to hang out with my friends again, only to have them act like the same irresponsible teenagers they were.

Normally, I'd just cut them off, but these are lifelong friends and I'd never cut them off. It's just really frustrating waiting for these 'kids' to grow up, be adults, and take charge of life.

Sorry for the long rant
Happy Friday
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on June 26, 2015, 01:21:25 PM
At lunch today:

"Oh, I forgot to tell you.  You know the three classes you have after lunch?"
"Yes."
"Well, it changed to the same class for 3 periods instead"
"So instead of having 3 classes where I teach the same thing, I know have 3 periods with the same class?"
"Yes."
"Starting after lunch.  In 30 minutes"
"Yes.  Oh, and you should add 20 minutes to make up for a period you lost because of MERS a few weeks ago."

Oh Korea.  When I'm gone I'll think of you every time I see something that is planned in advance and makes logical sense. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 26, 2015, 01:24:14 PM
On this Friday I've been thinking a lot about my friends back home and, like Orangeman, I really just wonder what's up with their weird lives. Some friends I hadn't spoken to for years before I moved to Korea and honestly, it seems like they haven't aged or changed a wink since highschool. They are all still sitting in their respective mothers' basements, smoking bongs and playing video games. No major developments of thought or progress in life. I don't care what they DO, but they all still listen to the same bands, and think the exact same way as in highschool. It just really chaps my ass, since they are all smart guys who just got too caught up in a scene (the weed scene). I wonder what it will be like when I get home...
I also miss my pet chinchilla too much. I hardly miss my friends and family (very random things will get to me, like a song or even smell). But when I think of my pet chinchilla and my stupid little boston terrier/pug mix, I get instantly teary eyed. Is this the case for anyone else, or have I finally lost it?
Also, Sixto Rodriguez IS the perfect music for today.

Same same, bro.

I have 3 friends, back home, who're like brothers. Just before graduating and leaving for Korea, we'd always hang out and bond really well (they're clever chaps). From high school, till the end of undergrad, we spoke about how we were going to travel Asia (the ESL route) and whatnot. Seems like I was the only one who went through with it. After a few years, in Korea, I visited home and paid them a visit. They were still the same, 2 were still living at their parents, still telling me about their big plans to travel to Asia, still bitching about how awesome it would be to travel to Japan, things must be so cool there (they're nearly 30 and never travelled abroad). I told them, since they both had jobs, no dependents and no rent why don't you finally put your money where your mouth is and meet me, in Japan, like we've been talking about for years? I've been there 3 times already and every time I invited you guys, over Skype, you bailed out.

"Sure, sure just tell us when". Nothing materialises, one is now unemployed and I tell him, it's easy as sh*t to get an ESL job over here, you'll make money get travel experience and have a great time. Nope, he's dead set on teaching in Japan (applied for JET, every year, and failed 4 times now).

While I was on holiday, we had a great time... on the 2 occasions I saw them. Every other time they lost my number, their phones were off, didn't have airtime and didn't invite me since they thought I was busy and wanted privacy, with my wife... It was incredibly infuriating, I spent a good chunk of change to visit home pretty much just to hang out with my friends again, only to have them act like the same irresponsible teenagers they were.

Normally, I'd just cut them off, but these are lifelong friends and I'd never cut them off. It's just really frustrating waiting for these 'kids' to grow up, be adults, and take charge of life.

Sorry for the long rant
Happy Friday


I have three girlfriends who were my best friends growing up and with whom I'm still close.

One barely scraped by in university for a number of reasons and probably would never have finished if not for her sheer, bloody-minded refusal to end up like everyone else in our crappy little OxycontinVille hometown and is just now, at the age of 30, starting an actual career (not tha tthats' so late).

One did an average job in high school and basically replaced her bodily fluids with booze in uni in order to kill the pain of a fundamentalist upbringing, but she now has a great job and an awesome husband.

One, who was valedictorian of her high school and university graduating classes...is a righteous mommy blogger and married to The Most Boring Man Alive, who constantly updates his facebook with pictures of street signs in poor condition with grumpy admonitions to the Department of Public Works.

Of course, they probably talk about what a weirdo I am for living in shoebox apartment abroad and not using my graduate degree for anything, but that's okay.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: MartinBrez on June 26, 2015, 01:24:56 PM
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Same same, bro.

I have 3 friends, back home, who're like brothers. Just before graduating and leaving for Korea, we'd always hang out and bond really well (they're clever chaps). From high school, till the end of undergrad, we spoke about how we were going to travel Asia (the ESL route) and whatnot. Seems like I was the only one who went through with it. After a few years, in Korea, I visited home and paid them a visit. They were still the same, 2 were still living at their parents, still telling me about their big plans to travel to Asia, still bitching about how awesome it would be to travel to Japan, things must be so cool there (they're nearly 30 and never travelled abroad). I told them, since they both had jobs, no dependents and no rent why don't you finally put your money where your mouth is and meet me, in Japan, like we've been talking about for years? I've been there 3 times already and every time I invited you guys, over Skype, you bailed out.

"Sure, sure just tell us when". Nothing materialises, one is now unemployed and I tell him, it's easy as sh*t to get an ESL job over here, you'll make money get travel experience and have a great time. Nope, he's dead set on teaching in Japan (applied for JET, every year, and failed 4 times now).

While I was on holiday, we had a great time... on the 2 occasions I saw them. Every other time they lost my number, their phones were off, didn't have airtime and didn't invite me since they thought I was busy and wanted privacy, with my wife... It was incredibly infuriating, I spent a good chunk of change to visit home pretty much just to hang out with my friends again, only to have them act like the same irresponsible teenagers they were.

Normally, I'd just cut them off, but these are lifelong friends and I'd never cut them off. It's just really frustrating waiting for these 'kids' to grow up, be adults, and take charge of life.

Sorry for the long rant
Happy Friday

One of my best friends is like that. He would only do something if I did it first. I was fed up in my dead end job and decided to come here. He would whinge about his job and I convinced him to do the same.

In fairness to him, he has been out to Korea to see me twice.

Out of my circle of friends, it's usually me who suggests a trip somewhere and then organise. Me to collect money from them to book flights, hostels, etc. There is a thing called "The Internet".
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 01:40:58 PM
I have a pointless Afterschool Class in 2.5 hours.  Elementary 3rd & 4th graders.  They just want to chase each other around the room.  It's a battle to get them to sit down. It's very muggy today and hot in this room.  Of course, no AC. 

Other than that, very happy it's Friday.  TGIF!

That pretty much sums up every single 3&4 afterschool class i've ever taught
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 26, 2015, 01:49:23 PM
I have a pointless Afterschool Class in 2.5 hours.  Elementary 3rd & 4th graders.  They just want to chase each other around the room.  It's a battle to get them to sit down. It's very muggy today and hot in this room.  Of course, no AC. 

Other than that, very happy it's Friday.  TGIF!

That pretty much sums up every single 3&4 class i've ever taught
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamienottingham on June 26, 2015, 01:50:49 PM
I complained earlier in the semester that a score from 0-5 isn't enough to fairly grade the students.

Now we have a 0-10 point system, but I can only give even numbered grades, which is *much* better

:rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: hackedtravel on June 26, 2015, 01:51:47 PM
Today was my last day of actual classes at my second (demon) high school. 3/5 classes are canceled because of the student president election. I don't know if I should be happy or sad that I won't teach the kids again.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 01:58:14 PM
I have a pointless Afterschool Class in 2.5 hours.  Elementary 3rd & 4th graders.  They just want to chase each other around the room.  It's a battle to get them to sit down. It's very muggy today and hot in this room.  Of course, no AC. 

Other than that, very happy it's Friday.  TGIF!

That pretty much sums up every single 3&4 class i've ever taught

Haha i did actual originally write that myself but 4th graders can be okay sometimes so I thought I would minimize the impact

Children, filthy, nasty things, glad i never was one  :undecided:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on June 26, 2015, 01:59:08 PM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on June 26, 2015, 01:59:55 PM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.

Totally agree. Sorry you had a bad experience with it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 26, 2015, 02:07:06 PM
Lotteria is evil.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on June 26, 2015, 02:10:07 PM
I complained earlier in the semester that a score from 0-5 isn't enough to fairly grade the students.

Now we have a 0-10 point system, but I can only give even numbered grades, which is *much* better

:rolleyes:
You should give everyone a 4 and say sorry as if it's the last time you'll see them.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on June 26, 2015, 02:10:37 PM
I'm at a school where I've been told the kids have a very low level of English. - That's fine.

I was told not to teach lessons from the textbook at all, rather to come up with fun games for the kids. - That's fine I do that

I do worksheets and similar things because I am told my kids are too shy to talk. - That's not really fine. (My afterschoolers are very confident and I'm proud of them).

Today I decide 3 months is long enough, we're doing dialogs and these kids are going to stand up and speak. They've seen enough PPTs and they've done enough worksheets for an entire year. I'm sick of the excuse that they're too shy.

All it took was the promise of candy and sh*t me can these kids read! With the exception of a couple of kids, I was taken aback. I always offered candy before, but mostly as a team reward.

Ramble, rumble, groan, I feel bad for not trying this approach sooner. :/
But I guess it's not like they haven't been learning stuff in the last few months.
From now on: I'ma be like: "Dialogs for everyone, you get a dialog, you get a dialog, and yes even you, look under your chair, A DIALOG!"
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on June 26, 2015, 02:22:34 PM
I'm at a school where I've been told the kids have a very low level of English. - That's fine.

I was told not to teach lessons from the textbook at all, rather to come up with fun games for the kids. - That's fine I do that

I do worksheets and similar things because I am told my kids are too shy to talk. - That's not really fine. (My afterschoolers are very confident and I'm proud of them).

Today I decide 3 months is long enough, we're doing dialogs and these kids are going to stand up and speak. They've seen enough PPTs and they've done enough worksheets for an entire year. I'm sick of the excuse that they're too shy.

All it took was the promise of candy and sh*t me can these kids read! With the exception of a couple of kids, I was taken aback. I always offered candy before, but mostly as a team reward.

Ramble, rumble, groan, I feel bad for not trying this approach sooner. :/
But I guess it's not like they haven't been learning stuff in the last few months.
From now on: I'ma be like: "Dialogs for everyone, you get a dialog, you get a dialog, and yes even you, look under your chair, A DIALOG!"
One of my 6th grade girls today screamed at me "선생님 이 게임 재미 없어!" (Teacher this game is boring!). I just pointed at the candy bag and she was immediately like "OKAY!"
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 02:25:14 PM

One of my 6th grade girls today screamed at me "선생님 이 게임 재미 없어!" (Teacher this game is boring!). I just pointed at the candy bag and she was immediately like "OKAY!"

ugh some of my 3rd grade girls have a habit of coming into the classroom and before they even say hello to me they just say "TEACHER GAME. GAME TEACHER. TEACHER GAME." over and over and over.

So then once we've finished the lesson i'll play a game with them and i can guarantee at least one of them is always like 'teacher, game....no'
3rd graders are evil. :evil:  :evil:  :evil:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on June 26, 2015, 02:29:29 PM
The fact that I probably won't be asked to re-sign at the end of the year. So then I will have to feel out a 1,000 sheet packet application again... interview again... MOVE AGAIN..... and then get into a new school..........


*If you are wondering why I think I won't get re-signed.

Because I don't put up with BS. By BS, I mean:

Kids disrespecting me, and just running crazed. I will let it be known that it's not okay, and if the students disrespect me (treat me differently than they would a Korean... banmal whatever) then I will have them leave.

Don't listen to CT"s BS excuses, I straight tell them, that's just an excuse.

Not putting up with BS illogical BS.

Not letting the school just TAKE MONEY from my pay for "staff events." When I am not even aware of them... or even want to go.


Is really too bad, because a majority of my students enjoy my classes and myself etc... but, they won't see me next year.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on June 26, 2015, 02:31:20 PM
Lotteria is evil.
This got anything to do with a recent bathroom trip?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on June 26, 2015, 02:33:51 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher...well there are homeroom teachers...One helps. The rest either do their own thing like read, check their phone, or something else outside the class. But these kids are so young and the second they leave its chaos. My Korean isn't good enough to explain everything to them. and if I do say something in Korean, like sit down or wait, they automatically think I can suddenly speak fluent Korean. And when I say I can't they think I'm lying to them.... There is no "Korean English Teacher" in this school. Some of the teachers speak basic English but can't really help me.
I feel like why do you have me there if you can't have a KET too? I spend the first X minutes at the beginning of class trying to get everyone to sit down and put away their other books and such. But then sometimes they will burst in and start yelling at them that they should be listening. Maybe if you did something rather than putting around watering plants they would be doing what they are supposed to.
Something is meant to be done about this but I am super frustrated and feel like it isn't going to change much. I love the kids and they are really sweet but I have two 2nd grade classes and two 1st grade classes and its just frustrating.   
And of course occasionally they tell me something is too hard for them. Many of the kids speak more English than the teacher.   
I teach Grades 1,2,5 and 6 at this school and I wonder why they have me teaching the babies rather than 3 and 4.  There is a day I am not there but I thought that with EPIK we aren't supposed to teach those grades.  Anyway that's my Friday rant.  I had the 1st grades today so the thoughts are fresh. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tikleme_elmo on June 26, 2015, 02:40:05 PM
Im incredibly sick of paying for these "staff outings and fieldtrips." I pay for lunches, I pay for snacks (overpay I might add, for instant coffee and tea bags), and I pay for "fieldtrips" which I never get to go on with the children, despite expressing interest in going.

It's getting ridiculous. I think there is some embezzling going on. There is a men only dinner this upcoming Monday. They asked me for 40K. I said straight up it was too expensive and that I won't be going. 40k for dinner? We will probably have BBQ, some drinks, and then eat chicken and drink more, then pool. I did this just the other day, for about 20K. Where is all of the extra 20K going? If everyone overpays 15-20K then I guess a few of the older guys can get some escorts at the noraebang...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JWChristian on June 26, 2015, 02:41:07 PM
On this Friday I've been thinking a lot about my friends back home and, like Orangeman, I really just wonder what's up with their weird lives. Some friends I hadn't spoken to for years before I moved to Korea and honestly, it seems like they haven't aged or changed a wink since highschool. They are all still sitting in their respective mothers' basements, smoking bongs and playing video games. No major developments of thought or progress in life. I don't care what they DO, but they all still listen to the same bands, and think the exact same way as in highschool. It just really chaps my ass, since they are all smart guys who just got too caught up in a scene (the weed scene). I wonder what it will be like when I get home...
I also miss my pet chinchilla too much. I hardly miss my friends and family (very random things will get to me, like a song or even smell). But when I think of my pet chinchilla and my stupid little boston terrier/pug mix, I get instantly teary eyed. Is this the case for anyone else, or have I finally lost it?
Also, Sixto Rodriguez IS the perfect music for today.

Same same, bro.

I have 3 friends, back home, who're like brothers. Just before graduating and leaving for Korea, we'd always hang out and bond really well (they're clever chaps). From high school, till the end of undergrad, we spoke about how we were going to travel Asia (the ESL route) and whatnot. Seems like I was the only one who went through with it. After a few years, in Korea, I visited home and paid them a visit. They were still the same, 2 were still living at their parents, still telling me about their big plans to travel to Asia, still bitching about how awesome it would be to travel to Japan, things must be so cool there (they're nearly 30 and never travelled abroad). I told them, since they both had jobs, no dependents and no rent why don't you finally put your money where your mouth is and meet me, in Japan, like we've been talking about for years? I've been there 3 times already and every time I invited you guys, over Skype, you bailed out.

"Sure, sure just tell us when". Nothing materialises, one is now unemployed and I tell him, it's easy as sh*t to get an ESL job over here, you'll make money get travel experience and have a great time. Nope, he's dead set on teaching in Japan (applied for JET, every year, and failed 4 times now).

While I was on holiday, we had a great time... on the 2 occasions I saw them. Every other time they lost my number, their phones were off, didn't have airtime and didn't invite me since they thought I was busy and wanted privacy, with my wife... It was incredibly infuriating, I spent a good chunk of change to visit home pretty much just to hang out with my friends again, only to have them act like the same irresponsible teenagers they were.

Normally, I'd just cut them off, but these are lifelong friends and I'd never cut them off. It's just really frustrating waiting for these 'kids' to grow up, be adults, and take charge of life.

Sorry for the long rant
Happy Friday


I taught in a hagwon for a year and a half before going home for six months. The plan was to always come back to Korea, so I wanted to see all of my friends while I was there.

Everything had changed. They had moved on with their lives. Many were in incredibly serious relationships with people I had never met, some had left town for better jobs, and some were still living at home.

All the people who told me, "When you get home, let's hang out!" had changed phone numbers or moved away.

Of course we change too. Our outlooks on life are (or should be) different. When I got home, I realized that I was taking pictures of places I had passed thousands of times before because they were suddenly new to me again. A community leader said, "You have new eyes."


I think it's too cliche to say we can never go home again, but I think the place I remember as home probably never existed to begin with. All we have is this particular moment. The past is gone and tomorrow may not come. If anyone from back home ever does come to Korea, I'll be happy to open my couch to them.

But tonight, there will be blueberry soju.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 02:43:58 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher...well there are homeroom teachers...One helps. The rest either do their own thing like read, check their phone, or something else outside the class. But these kids are so young and the second they leave its chaos. My Korean isn't good enough to explain everything to them. and if I do say something in Korean, like sit down or wait, they automatically think I can suddenly speak fluent Korean. And when I say I can't they think I'm lying to them.... There is no "Korean English Teacher" in this school. Some of the teachers speak basic English but can't really help me.
I feel like why do you have me there if you can't have a KET too? I spend the first X minutes at the beginning of class trying to get everyone to sit down and put away their other books and such. But then sometimes they will burst in and start yelling at them that they should be listening. Maybe if you did something rather than putting around watering plants they would be doing what they are supposed to.
Something is meant to be done about this but I am super frustrated and feel like it isn't going to change much. I love the kids and they are really sweet but I have two 2nd grade classes and two 1st grade classes and its just frustrating.   
And of course occasionally they tell me something is too hard for them. Many of the kids speak more English than the teacher.   
I teach Grades 1,2,5 and 6 at this school and I wonder why they have me teaching the babies rather than 3 and 4.  There is a day I am not there but I thought that with EPIK we aren't supposed to teach those grades.  Anyway that's my Friday rant.  I had the 1st grades today so the thoughts are fresh.

I feel you! I teach 1st and 2nd graders once a week for an afterschool class and theyre so difficult, i just cannot keep their attention. Cant really offer much advice other than that I know where you're coming from!
I used to think I would enjoy teaching kids the younger the better but that isnt the case at all, I much prefer the older kids, especially as their level is a lot better and they are just generally more respectful of me.

Are we even supposed to teach 1st and 2nd graders as public school teachers? I know I do but that's because its an afterschool class. I was under the impression we could only teach grades 3-6 in elem. Who teaches grades 3 and 4 if it isnt you?

Hope this situation sorts itself out for you, the youngest kids absolutely exhaust me
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tikleme_elmo on June 26, 2015, 02:46:01 PM
If you like random, highly entertaining, poorly drawn stick figure animation, I highly recommend watching some Don Hertzfeldt. It's Such a Beautiful Day outside, I think I'll go for a walk around the block...

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on June 26, 2015, 02:47:21 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher...well there are homeroom teachers...One helps. The rest either do their own thing like read, check their phone, or something else outside the class. But these kids are so young and the second they leave its chaos. My Korean isn't good enough to explain everything to them. and if I do say something in Korean, like sit down or wait, they automatically think I can suddenly speak fluent Korean. And when I say I can't they think I'm lying to them.... There is no "Korean English Teacher" in this school. Some of the teachers speak basic English but can't really help me.
I feel like why do you have me there if you can't have a KET too? I spend the first X minutes at the beginning of class trying to get everyone to sit down and put away their other books and such. But then sometimes they will burst in and start yelling at them that they should be listening. Maybe if you did something rather than putting around watering plants they would be doing what they are supposed to.
Something is meant to be done about this but I am super frustrated and feel like it isn't going to change much. I love the kids and they are really sweet but I have two 2nd grade classes and two 1st grade classes and its just frustrating.   
And of course occasionally they tell me something is too hard for them. Many of the kids speak more English than the teacher.   
I teach Grades 1,2,5 and 6 at this school and I wonder why they have me teaching the babies rather than 3 and 4.  There is a day I am not there but I thought that with EPIK we aren't supposed to teach those grades.  Anyway that's my Friday rant.  I had the 1st grades today so the thoughts are fresh.

I feel you! I teach 1st and 2nd graders once a week for an afterschool class and theyre so difficult, i just cannot keep their attention. Cant really offer much advice other than that I know where you're coming from!
I used to think I would enjoy teaching kids the younger the better but that isnt the case at all, I much prefer the older kids, especially as their level is a lot better and they are just generally more respectful of me.

Are we even supposed to teach 1st and 2nd graders as public school teachers? I know I do but that's because its an afterschool class. I was under the impression we could only teach grades 3-6 in elem. Who teaches grades 3 and 4 if it isnt you?

Hope this situation sorts itself out for you, the youngest kids absolutely exhaust me
And you know my kids are cute and sweet and they are so curious about me. They love to sing and dance. But its all the stuff in between that's frustrating. And today they were like CHANTING that I play some song, and the normal teacher (the one who actually helps) was out sick and this ajumma basically just shrugged her shoulders :/
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on June 26, 2015, 02:47:47 PM
On this Friday I've been thinking a lot about my friends back home and, like Orangeman, I really just wonder what's up with their weird lives. Some friends I hadn't spoken to for years before I moved to Korea and honestly, it seems like they haven't aged or changed a wink since highschool. They are all still sitting in their respective mothers' basements, smoking bongs and playing video games. No major developments of thought or progress in life. I don't care what they DO, but they all still listen to the same bands, and think the exact same way as in highschool. It just really chaps my ass, since they are all smart guys who just got too caught up in a scene (the weed scene). I wonder what it will be like when I get home...
I also miss my pet chinchilla too much. I hardly miss my friends and family (very random things will get to me, like a song or even smell). But when I think of my pet chinchilla and my stupid little boston terrier/pug mix, I get instantly teary eyed. Is this the case for anyone else, or have I finally lost it?
Also, Sixto Rodriguez IS the perfect music for today.

Same same, bro.

I have 3 friends, back home, who're like brothers. Just before graduating and leaving for Korea, we'd always hang out and bond really well (they're clever chaps). From high school, till the end of undergrad, we spoke about how we were going to travel Asia (the ESL route) and whatnot. Seems like I was the only one who went through with it. After a few years, in Korea, I visited home and paid them a visit. They were still the same, 2 were still living at their parents, still telling me about their big plans to travel to Asia, still bitching about how awesome it would be to travel to Japan, things must be so cool there (they're nearly 30 and never travelled abroad). I told them, since they both had jobs, no dependents and no rent why don't you finally put your money where your mouth is and meet me, in Japan, like we've been talking about for years? I've been there 3 times already and every time I invited you guys, over Skype, you bailed out.

"Sure, sure just tell us when". Nothing materialises, one is now unemployed and I tell him, it's easy as sh*t to get an ESL job over here, you'll make money get travel experience and have a great time. Nope, he's dead set on teaching in Japan (applied for JET, every year, and failed 4 times now).

While I was on holiday, we had a great time... on the 2 occasions I saw them. Every other time they lost my number, their phones were off, didn't have airtime and didn't invite me since they thought I was busy and wanted privacy, with my wife... It was incredibly infuriating, I spent a good chunk of change to visit home pretty much just to hang out with my friends again, only to have them act like the same irresponsible teenagers they were.

Normally, I'd just cut them off, but these are lifelong friends and I'd never cut them off. It's just really frustrating waiting for these 'kids' to grow up, be adults, and take charge of life.

Sorry for the long rant
Happy Friday


I taught in a hagwon for a year and a half before going home for six months. The plan was to always come back to Korea, so I wanted to see all of my friends while I was there.

Everything had changed. They had moved on with their lives. Many were in incredibly serious relationships with people I had never met, some had left town for better jobs, and some were still living at home.

All the people who told me, "When you get home, let's hang out!" had changed phone numbers or moved away.

Of course we change too. Our outlooks on life are (or should be) different. When I got home, I realized that I was taking pictures of places I had passed thousands of times before because they were suddenly new to me again. A community leader said, "You have new eyes."


I think it's too cliche to say we can never go home again, but I think the place I remember as home probably never existed to begin with. All we have is this particular moment. The past is gone and tomorrow may not come. If anyone from back home ever does come to Korea, I'll be happy to open my couch to them.

But tonight, there will be blueberry soju.

Good god, let us know where you have some. I've had the yuja, grapefruit and Pomegranate ones, never even seen the blueberry one yet.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on June 26, 2015, 02:47:51 PM
Something rather bizarre happened this morning. There's a 6th grade boy in my class, he sits in the back and is a bit disruptive. I think he has some kind of problem, but he's not the worst I've had, by far; There are a few boys in class, who need to be reprimanded during EVERY lesson. They won't stop talking to each other, while I'm teaching. My CT has always been passive with them, but after I reprimanded them and kicked them out, she's become more strict with them ^_^

Anyway, I digress. Today, a woman came into my class to sit next to this boy, during the entire lesson. My CT told me, she was there because he got in trouble and I shouldn't worry about it. I've had quite a few disruptive kids, some had special needs, but never once was there a remedial teacher (assuming that's what she was) there to assist one of these kids.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on June 26, 2015, 02:47:58 PM
Grade 5 Lesson 7. I will (future verbs).

I will go to Busan this weekend. What will you do?

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Eat
Go to the bathroom.
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
Go to my grandparents.

It's a sad fact of life when a class of 30 students most exciting in going to their grannies house.

Heh.  Grade 6, Lesson 7: Can you come to my party?

Was playing a game today with my sole 6th grade student where we rolled dice for what we invited someone to (6 options) as well as the answer (evens/odds).  When he had to turn down my invitation, I always pretended to be really dejected--which he thought was hilarious. 

Both of us got really into it, and he was giving a lot of different answers when he needed to say no (guitar lesson, taekwondo class, eat dinner with family, etc).  But I burst out laughing at the end when he turned down my party invitation because he'd rather sleep  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  He looked particularly pleased with himself too; he knew exactly what he was implying about how exciting my party would be.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: mdhj7777 on June 26, 2015, 02:48:54 PM
My highest Pintrest browsing always in on Fridays for somedays.
And I really want blue ombre hair again.

I also keep thinking about which photo I have saved on my phone would get the highest points on imgur.....maybe I should upload one someday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 02:50:00 PM

And you know my kids are cute and sweet and they are so curious about me. They love to sing and dance. But its all the stuff in between that's frustrating. And today they were like CHANTING that I play some song, and the normal teacher (the one who actually helps) was out sick and this ajumma basically just shrugged her shoulders :/

Yep it makes me sad that they want to communicate with me but can't! They have all these games and songs that they do with my co-t (Who teaches them on the days that i dont) that they want to do with me too but I cant understand them, its so frustrating!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on June 26, 2015, 02:50:06 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher...well there are homeroom teachers...One helps. The rest either do their own thing like read, check their phone, or something else outside the class. But these kids are so young and the second they leave its chaos. My Korean isn't good enough to explain everything to them. and if I do say something in Korean, like sit down or wait, they automatically think I can suddenly speak fluent Korean. And when I say I can't they think I'm lying to them.... There is no "Korean English Teacher" in this school. Some of the teachers speak basic English but can't really help me.
I feel like why do you have me there if you can't have a KET too? I spend the first X minutes at the beginning of class trying to get everyone to sit down and put away their other books and such. But then sometimes they will burst in and start yelling at them that they should be listening. Maybe if you did something rather than putting around watering plants they would be doing what they are supposed to.
Something is meant to be done about this but I am super frustrated and feel like it isn't going to change much. I love the kids and they are really sweet but I have two 2nd grade classes and two 1st grade classes and its just frustrating.   
And of course occasionally they tell me something is too hard for them. Many of the kids speak more English than the teacher.   
I teach Grades 1,2,5 and 6 at this school and I wonder why they have me teaching the babies rather than 3 and 4.  There is a day I am not there but I thought that with EPIK we aren't supposed to teach those grades.  Anyway that's my Friday rant.  I had the 1st grades today so the thoughts are fresh.
When I worked in Gangwondo I taught K-1-2-3-4-5-6... All of them... 14 hours without a Korean teacher. I used Korean... lots... and that resulted in the parents coming to complain to the principal about the foreigner teacher who uses Korean. They even questioned whether I really was American. The principal told me that the previous teacher "taught well" using only English. I had a hard time believing that, as all the students ever did was come in to class saying "Teacher... Go Fish." and the 5th graders always assumed that they could choose what games to play... Not to mention, when they played go fish they didn't speak any ounce of English... it was "(insert name)아... 이거... 있어요!? 있찌! 내놔!" (you have this don't you!?) *kid snatches the card before actually seeing it face up*
Yes. English class indeed.
I can definitely say that if you don't speak Korean, teaching 1st and 2nd grade without a CT requires the utmost amazing material preparation abilities ever... and even then if you prepare the best lesson you ever have... it's hell. I recommend doing stations... and getting them into a routine so that when they come in they just immediately go to their groups at station # and begin activity that doesn't need explaining... then swapping them every 10 minutes or so...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on June 26, 2015, 02:51:47 PM
Grade 5 Lesson 7. I will (future verbs).

I will go to Busan this weekend. What will you do?

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Eat
Go to the bathroom.
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
Go to my grandparents.

It's a sad fact of life when a class of 30 students most exciting in going to their grannies house.

Heh.  Grade 6, Lesson 7: Can you come to my party?

Was playing a game today with my sole 6th grade student where we rolled dice for what we invited someone to (6 options) as well as the answer (evens/odds).  When he had to turn down my invitation, I always pretended to be really dejected--which he thought was hilarious. 

Both of us got really into it, and he was giving a lot of different answers when he needed to say no (guitar lesson, taekwondo class, eat dinner with family, etc).  But I burst out laughing at the end when he turned down my party invitation because he'd rather sleep  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  He looked particularly pleased with himself too; he knew exactly what he was implying about how exciting my party would be.

The worst part about the 방콕 was that for the first few lessons at this school, I thought that all of my students were going to Thailand. I was pretty bown away about all of their travels. That's when it was explained to me. Damn.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on June 26, 2015, 02:55:23 PM
There's a woman I see at the bus stop almost every morning. She's usually there and waiting right next to the bus stop when I arrive, but as soon as I show up, she walks away from the bus stop to wait half a block away and then do the Korean Shuffle Run up to the bus when it arrives.

At first I was mildly offended that she couldn't stand to be at the same bus stop as me, but now I just make a game of it. I'll slowly move closer and closer to the side of the bus stop nearest her, and she'll slowly move further and further down the street to try to keep the same distance between us. She always looks super serious, too, and she keeps a newspaper in her bag to put on her seat before sitting down on the bus. Maybe she's a germophobe or has some other neurosis instead of the xenophobia I originally suspected, but either way, it's kinda fun to mess with her.

...Aaaand now I feel like a bad person.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on June 26, 2015, 02:57:10 PM
There's a woman I see at the bus stop almost every morning. She's usually there and waiting right next to the bus stop when I arrive, but as soon as I show up, she walks away from the bus stop to wait half a block away and then do the Korean Shuffle Run up to the bus when it arrives.

At first I was mildly offended that she couldn't stand to be at the same bus stop as me, but now I just make a game of it. I'll slowly move closer and closer to the side of the bus stop nearest her, and she'll slowly move further and further down the street to try to keep the same distance between us. She always looks super serious, too, and she keeps a newspaper in her bag to put on her seat before sitting down on the bus. Maybe she's a germophobe or has some other neurosis instead of the xenophobia I originally suspected, but either way, it's kinda fun to mess with her.

...Aaaand now I feel like a bad person.  :laugh:
No dude, have some more fun! Invite a friend to intercept her from the other side!!! Then the other side!!!! Until she is a mouse trapped in a corner!!!! Then see how she reacts.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: dizzl on June 26, 2015, 02:58:52 PM
When I am told to go judge a story telling competition at my school but am not given any forms or criteria. When it's over they asked me to give my verdict and I ask 5 times what they are looking for and the point of the competition and they tell all the other judges in Korean and not me. The other teachers are wondering why I am getting upset but seriously I am not bloody psychic. Clearly my presence at an English event is not to be the English expert or part of the team but rather a necessary evil. Honestly, I don't know why I even bother caring still. Thank the gods it's Friday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on June 26, 2015, 03:00:50 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher.

Holy crap tell me about it.  I just walked out of a class of 1st+2nd graders.  I teach that age group as part of afternoon classes twice a week and it's difficult but ok.  I don't have a co-teacher, but I've got them under control for the most part.  We have a good time. 

But I also have to do these special classes with 1st+2nd graders and it is pure hell.  It's not even a real class, it's like babysitting (more so) until their parents pick them up.  Kids are constantly coming and going so there's no chance at actually conducting a proper lesson.  I don't have access to a computer or TV or CD player or anything else.  The room this takes place in is very bare, so if I want to use anything I better remember to bring it from my own classroom, otherwise we just have to move on without it (scissors, glue, erasers, etc.).  There actually is a Korean in the room who, I believe, is actually paid extra money to be there but she just plays on the computer that I can't use (so I'm doing her job because god forbid I don't reach 22 hours per week even though I have 10 hours of afternoon classes and even 20 base hours are still at least 5 more than anyone else in the school). 

The kids are terrible, it's a mess.  Normally with the Korean teacher they just play with legos or pogs or whatever, it's basically a daycare.  But I'm expected to conduct an English lesson, so in I walk and force them to work randomly for 80 minutes.  They don't want to do that, and I don't blame them.  So I basically reduced it to arts and crafts, but it's still a mess.  They will not listen to the instructions, they won't sit down, scissors are weapons, glue sticks are weapons, colour pencils are weapons, everything is a weapon, so I have to keep these things away from them and go around the room and let them use it one at a time under my direct supervision.  But it all doesn't matter, because no matter what I ask them to do half of them are "FINISHEEEEEEE!" in under 5 seconds.  Then the destruction begins.  Of their things and then the other kids, if there are any, who are trying to do an ok job.  All the while, one kid leaves every 5 minutes, and another arrives every 2 minutes after that. 

Today the kids were being especially ridiculous so I just gave them colour pencils and paper after a while.  Again, the paper hadn't even landed on their desks before the shouts of "FINISHEEEEEEEEE!" came.  I just gave the Korean teacher a disgusted look, sat down at the back and played on my phone.  Chaos ensued, and I didn't lift an eyelid.  She did get up a couple of times and sighed, and tried to get one boy to stop trying to cut the curtains and another boy to stop running to the bathroom across the hall, cupping his hands and splashing water on everyone.  Eventually I just go disgusted I walked out 10 minutes early.  Remember, it's an 80 minute class, so I tried my best to at least be present.  But whatever, I'm not a miracle worker.  Next week they can keep playing with their blocks.  I don't care anymore, this game is almost over. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on June 26, 2015, 03:02:34 PM
Why do we need a special thread for this?  I thought all threads were pointless any day of the week.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: stephaniejt on June 26, 2015, 03:03:47 PM
Grade 5 Lesson 7. I will (future verbs).

I will go to Busan this weekend. What will you do?

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Eat
Go to the bathroom.
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
Go to my grandparents.

It's a sad fact of life when a class of 30 students most exciting in going to their grannies house.

Heh.  Grade 6, Lesson 7: Can you come to my party?

Was playing a game today with my sole 6th grade student where we rolled dice for what we invited someone to (6 options) as well as the answer (evens/odds).  When he had to turn down my invitation, I always pretended to be really dejected--which he thought was hilarious. 

Both of us got really into it, and he was giving a lot of different answers when he needed to say no (guitar lesson, taekwondo class, eat dinner with family, etc).  But I burst out laughing at the end when he turned down my party invitation because he'd rather sleep  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  He looked particularly pleased with himself too; he knew exactly what he was implying about how exciting my party would be.

The worst part about the 방콕 was that for the first few lessons at this school, I thought that all of my students were going to Thailand. I was pretty bown away about all of their travels. That's when it was explained to me. Damn.

What does it mean?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on June 26, 2015, 03:04:11 PM
Grade 5 Lesson 7. I will (future verbs).

I will go to Busan this weekend. What will you do?

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Eat
Go to the bathroom.
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
Go to my grandparents.

It's a sad fact of life when a class of 30 students most exciting in going to their grannies house.

Heh.  Grade 6, Lesson 7: Can you come to my party?

Was playing a game today with my sole 6th grade student where we rolled dice for what we invited someone to (6 options) as well as the answer (evens/odds).  When he had to turn down my invitation, I always pretended to be really dejected--which he thought was hilarious. 

Both of us got really into it, and he was giving a lot of different answers when he needed to say no (guitar lesson, taekwondo class, eat dinner with family, etc).  But I burst out laughing at the end when he turned down my party invitation because he'd rather sleep  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  He looked particularly pleased with himself too; he knew exactly what he was implying about how exciting my party would be.

The worst part about the 방콕 was that for the first few lessons at this school, I thought that all of my students were going to Thailand. I was pretty bown away about all of their travels. That's when it was explained to me. Damn.
....What is 방톡?  :undecided:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: royalmilktea on June 26, 2015, 03:06:28 PM
it means staying at home, or staying in your room
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on June 26, 2015, 03:08:30 PM
Grade 5 Lesson 7. I will (future verbs).

I will go to Busan this weekend. What will you do?

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Eat
Go to the bathroom.
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
방콕
Go to my grandparents.

It's a sad fact of life when a class of 30 students most exciting in going to their grannies house.

Heh.  Grade 6, Lesson 7: Can you come to my party?

Was playing a game today with my sole 6th grade student where we rolled dice for what we invited someone to (6 options) as well as the answer (evens/odds).  When he had to turn down my invitation, I always pretended to be really dejected--which he thought was hilarious. 

Both of us got really into it, and he was giving a lot of different answers when he needed to say no (guitar lesson, taekwondo class, eat dinner with family, etc).  But I burst out laughing at the end when he turned down my party invitation because he'd rather sleep  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  He looked particularly pleased with himself too; he knew exactly what he was implying about how exciting my party would be.

The worst part about the 방콕 was that for the first few lessons at this school, I thought that all of my students were going to Thailand. I was pretty bown away about all of their travels. That's when it was explained to me. Damn.
....What is 방톡?  :undecided:

It basically means laying down at home for two days and doing jack squat. Sounds like a blast, huh?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on June 26, 2015, 03:09:16 PM
It is literally the most inefficient method of learning a language I can imagine short of reading a dictionary.
...This actually may be more efficient  :lipsrsealed:

I saw two kids stab each other with pencils today. The kind of stabbing where you really mean it, but you're instantly sorry after it's happened.
This actually made me burst out laughing!!!  :laugh:

Oh Korea.  When I'm gone I'll think of you every time I see something that is planned in advance and makes logical sense.
:undecided:                                                                                                                           :cry:




...Also I totally 방톡 on half my weekends.  I don't even leave my apartment--some days, you just need it.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on June 26, 2015, 03:14:49 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher.

Holy crap tell me about it.  I just walked out of a class of 1st+2nd graders.  I teach that age group as part of afternoon classes twice a week and it's difficult but ok.  I don't have a co-teacher, but I've got them under control for the most part.  We have a good time. 

But I also have to do these special classes with 1st+2nd graders and it is pure hell.  It's not even a real class, it's like babysitting (more so) until their parents pick them up.  Kids are constantly coming and going so there's no chance at actually conducting a proper lesson.  I don't have access to a computer or TV or CD player or anything else.  The room this takes place in is very bare, so if I want to use anything I better remember to bring it from my own classroom, otherwise we just have to move on without it (scissors, glue, erasers, etc.).  There actually is a Korean in the room who, I believe, is actually paid extra money to be there but she just plays on the computer that I can't use (so I'm doing her job because god forbid I don't reach 22 hours per week even though I have 10 hours of afternoon classes and even 20 base hours are still at least 5 more than anyone else in the school). 

The kids are terrible, it's a mess.  Normally with the Korean teacher they just play with legos or pogs or whatever, it's basically a daycare.  But I'm expected to conduct an English lesson, so in I walk and force them to work randomly for 80 minutes.  They don't want to do that, and I don't blame them.  So I basically reduced it to arts and crafts, but it's still a mess.  They will not listen to the instructions, they won't sit down, scissors are weapons, glue sticks are weapons, colour pencils are weapons, everything is a weapon, so I have to keep these things away from them and go around the room and let them use it one at a time under my direct supervision.  But it all doesn't matter, because no matter what I ask them to do half of them are "FINISHEEEEEEE!" in under 5 seconds.  Then the destruction begins.  Of their things and then the other kids, if there are any, who are trying to do an ok job.  All the while, one kid leaves every 5 minutes, and another arrives every 2 minutes after that. 

Today the kids were being especially ridiculous so I just gave them colour pencils and paper after a while.  Again, the paper hadn't even landed on their desks before the shouts of "FINISHEEEEEEEEE!" came.  I just gave the Korean teacher a disgusted look, sat down at the back and played on my phone.  Chaos ensued, and I didn't lift an eyelid.  She did get up a couple of times and sighed, and tried to get one boy to stop trying to cut the curtains and another boy to stop running to the bathroom across the hall, cupping his hands and splashing water on everyone.  Eventually I just go disgusted I walked out 10 minutes early.  Remember, it's an 80 minute class, so I tried my best to at least be present.  But whatever, I'm not a miracle worker.  Next week they can keep playing with their blocks.  I don't care anymore, this game is almost over.
Hahahah do kids still play with pogs?!

Anyway how many kids are in a class with you?  And like some days are better than others, and for each grade one class is better than the other as well. I have a few kids who like to SAY EVERYTHING AT TOP VOLUME!  "TEACHAA HIIIII" "영어선생님 왔어요!" "TEACHA IM HAPPY"  Turn it down a notch kid... When I come in they are usually excited and are chattering at me in Korean about something and pulling on my arm and hugging me, which is cute, but when its 26 of them trying to do the same thing its a little much...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on June 26, 2015, 03:18:58 PM
My name is a constant struggle.

Not because it's hard to pronounce or anything. "Tim" isn't exactly strange and exotic, even by Korean standards (isn't there a Korean musician named Tim?). Tacking the "Mister" on in front of it doesn't really compound the difficulty any.

The trick seems to be getting my students to call me Mister Tim instead of Tim Teacher, or just Teacher. I understand that "____ Teacher" is the English translation of what they call their teachers in Korean, but that isn't what English-speaking students actually use with their teachers, so I'm trying to drive the whole "Mr. ____" thing into their heads.

It's an uphill battle.

Generally, all their other English teachers are or have been fine with the "Teacher" business, and even some my CoTs don't call me what I ask to be called half the time. More awkward still is the teachers who do learn that I prefer that students call me Mr. Tim, but then they themselves start calling me Mr. Tim even when no students are present. That in and of itself isn't a big deal, it just feels weird, so I tell them that because we're colleagues, they can just call me Tim in private. That then leads them to call me Tim all the time, even in front of the students, which means I end up with students just calling me Tim, sans Mister.

I do at least get to pretend I don't hear them, or act like I have no idea who this "Tim Teacher" person they keep asking for is, which seems to amuse them. Some kids have even started getting in on the joke, saying "Who's that?!?" and heckling when someone uses the wrong name to call me over.

Boy. Ask for rambling, and rambling you shall get. I need to start taking a guitar to work or something, so I'll have something else to do in my down time other than litter WaygOrg with me blabbering  :laugh:.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JennyC520 on June 26, 2015, 03:23:31 PM
The toilet paper always runs out at least once a week. I have to either use pocket tissues if I have any, or go around several floors to find a toilet with paper. Why can't they have more than 1 loo roll in the bathrooms?
Why does the cleaning lady never actually clean the toilets? Just takes out the used paper and flushes the loo?
Why must we do summer campppppppppppp?
Why must we do several weeks of filler lessons before the exam period and we're not allowed to show moviesssssssss. Nobody needs to review the same lessons 6 times!!
Why does the school lunch never keep me full and leave my stomach rumbling 2 hours laterrrrrr?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 26, 2015, 03:28:14 PM
Yesssss.

Let it out my brethren. Let it all out. We are all in the pit together. There is no shame here. No shame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEdC0c3YI4
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 03:29:03 PM
Haha i love this thread
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on June 26, 2015, 03:33:39 PM
On this Friday I've been thinking a lot about my friends back home and, like Orangeman, I really just wonder what's up with their weird lives. Some friends I hadn't spoken to for years before I moved to Korea and honestly, it seems like they haven't aged or changed a wink since highschool. They are all still sitting in their respective mothers' basements, smoking bongs and playing video games. No major developments of thought or progress in life. I don't care what they DO, but they all still listen to the same bands, and think the exact same way as in highschool. It just really chaps my ass, since they are all smart guys who just got too caught up in a scene (the weed scene). I wonder what it will be like when I get home...
I also miss my pet chinchilla too much. I hardly miss my friends and family (very random things will get to me, like a song or even smell). But when I think of my pet chinchilla and my stupid little boston terrier/pug mix, I get instantly teary eyed. Is this the case for anyone else, or have I finally lost it?
Also, Sixto Rodriguez IS the perfect music for today.

Same same, bro.

I have 3 friends, back home, who're like brothers. Just before graduating and leaving for Korea, we'd always hang out and bond really well (they're clever chaps). From high school, till the end of undergrad, we spoke about how we were going to travel Asia (the ESL route) and whatnot. Seems like I was the only one who went through with it. After a few years, in Korea, I visited home and paid them a visit. They were still the same, 2 were still living at their parents, still telling me about their big plans to travel to Asia, still bitching about how awesome it would be to travel to Japan, things must be so cool there (they're nearly 30 and never travelled abroad). I told them, since they both had jobs, no dependents and no rent why don't you finally put your money where your mouth is and meet me, in Japan, like we've been talking about for years? I've been there 3 times already and every time I invited you guys, over Skype, you bailed out.

"Sure, sure just tell us when". Nothing materialises, one is now unemployed and I tell him, it's easy as sh*t to get an ESL job over here, you'll make money get travel experience and have a great time. Nope, he's dead set on teaching in Japan (applied for JET, every year, and failed 4 times now).

While I was on holiday, we had a great time... on the 2 occasions I saw them. Every other time they lost my number, their phones were off, didn't have airtime and didn't invite me since they thought I was busy and wanted privacy, with my wife... It was incredibly infuriating, I spent a good chunk of change to visit home pretty much just to hang out with my friends again, only to have them act like the same irresponsible teenagers they were.

Normally, I'd just cut them off, but these are lifelong friends and I'd never cut them off. It's just really frustrating waiting for these 'kids' to grow up, be adults, and take charge of life.

Sorry for the long rant
Happy Friday
I'm sorry to hear that they're like that. Hopefully eventually their ambitions materialize and you can hang out with them on the real. If your friend is constantly plugging at JET, he'll finally catch a break I guess (although he's way better off coming here in terms of employment).
Don't worry about the rant, I'm happy to hear others are in the same boat as me. Love my friends, hate how they're acting. And I hate that I think that way about them, because frankly I'm a childish dude hell bent on spending every penny I earn on travel.
We're almost there...
Go hard this weekend weary teacher.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on June 26, 2015, 03:37:27 PM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.
Your fridge sounds as sad as mine... I have a year's worth of pizza pickles I only eat on lonely drunken nights, and the little boxes of moo you get from fried chicken which I guess I keep as souvenirs?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 26, 2015, 03:49:21 PM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.
Your fridge sounds as sad as mine... I have a year's worth of pizza pickles I only eat on lonely drunken nights, and the little boxes of moo you get from fried chicken which I guess I keep as souvenirs?

I got food poisoning from the spicy chicken burger from Lotteria. Now I try not to eat there anymore (but their french fries are alright)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on June 26, 2015, 03:52:40 PM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.
Your fridge sounds as sad as mine... I have a year's worth of pizza pickles I only eat on lonely drunken nights, and the little boxes of moo you get from fried chicken which I guess I keep as souvenirs?

I got food poisoning from the spicy chicken burger from Lotteria. Now I try not to eat there anymore (but their french fries are alright)

i love that hot crispy burger, although it always gives me the shits about 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating it. found that out for the first time on a 3 hour bus ride to seoul though. not very fun trying to hold in explosive diarrhea on the bus, especially with the way these guys drive.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 26, 2015, 03:58:01 PM
I'm tired of teaching 1st and 2nd grade elementary for EPIK with essentially no co teacher...

To krissyboo, and to the others:

1. All rules go out the window when you teach an afterschool class.

2. I teach first and second grade afterschool 4 times a week each, 50 minutes a period. Would you like to know how my classes went yesterday? This is a typical Thursday:

The first graders have class at 2:00. This means that from about 1:15 onwards, they are standing outside screaming for me and banging on the glass. Before my coteacher for these classes stopped talking to me altogether, she told them once that they should go to the library to wait, but "they do not interest in that!" No shit. So I shove my lunch in my face in about 15 minutes flat and rocket out of my chair to go sit in the storage closet, because at least then they won't see my food and run in and scream at me for not giving it to them.

Here's what I usually hear:

TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEACHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
MEEEEEEEEEEEMOOOOOOOOOOOP!
HI!
HI!
HI!
HI!
Repeat for the next hour.

yes, it's nice that they want to talk to me...but we have told them SO MANY TIMES that they cannot behave like this. But it doesn't matter. Nothing we say matters. We even contacted their parents to explain and it doesn't matter. Half the time, their useless mothers are watching and laughing, annoyed with me because they've had to spend OMG 20 MINUTES with their children and THEY COULD BE DRINKING MIXED COFFEE SOMEWHERE!!!111!111!

So eventually, I let the kids into the room. they run in screaming and immediately begin climbing on everything climbable. They're coloring on the desks. They're smashing my markers against the board (I tried hiding the and got yelled at for "being cruel to students.) They're throwing things. They're eating. They're screaming at me. They're kicking me and each other. They're grabbing or slapping my breasts and my buttcheeks.

Finally, I get them all calm enough to sit, but no matter, because they pop up to stand/jump/swing/standing on their chairs or desks no matter what. Then we sing the Hello Song, but I can't sing because I spend the whole time defending myself from titty twisters and involuntary second-person twerking from having my ass grabbed. I don't even HAVE an ass, but the kids know how to make it clap!

We start class. My coteacher is studying for the middle school teacher certification exam that she will never take. Occasionally, she'll scream out in Korean some helpful information like "sit down" or "be quiet," but she is no more than white noise, and honestly if her voice wasn't so ****** annoying, I wouldn't know her hairy ass was in my classroom at all. Oh, and she won't help in any other way.

Eventually, it's time for the only thing this coteacher does in any of the 20 classes we teach together: the textbook. She says not a word of English and the students learn and do nothing. Once she finishes the grueling eight minutes of teaching she does per week, she sits down and continues being useless. Then we play some stupid-ass game.

Then, oh joy, it's time for the second graders! The second graders are so much fun! The first in will be a girl I'll call Anita. Anita screams at a volume that could shatter glass and it is HER ONLY WAY OF COMMUNICATING. At some point in the ten minutes before class, she will slap the everloving shit out of, stomp on my feet, and make me watch while she takes everything out of her purse and shows it to me.

Fun anecdote: I once threw my lower back out so hard that I had trouble walking. I was trying to make it down the hallway to the bathroom when Anita came running up and slapped me so hard in the small of my back- she's a ****** enormous second-grader; she's like a human goddamn cannonball- she slapped me SO HARD that I fell down and I couldn't get up because I was in so much ****** pain. Then I got yelled at because apparently I upset her by not being charmed by her INSANE PHYSICAL ABUSE. Oh, and she's always covered in snot and blood because she picks her nose so often and so hard that she always has a nosebleed.

Oh, and another kid in the class is much smaller and doesn't hit as hard, but it's constant. I have to teach while simultaneously LITERALLY HOLDING HER AT ARM'S LENGTH because SHE WILL STAND THERE AND WINDMILL HER ARMS TRYING TO HIT ME FOR FIFTY STRAIGHT MINUTES.

No one helps me with anything.

The kids will eventually sit down. if I'm lucky, Idiot Bitch CT won't even show up to this class. if I'm unlucky, she WILL show up and do even less than usual, besides shooting me her habitual shitty looks. She says not one word in English, as usual.

Eventually, I can kick them out, but Anita will bang on the door and scream my name every five minutes or so until 5:00. I have to sneak out between her banging and screaming sessions or she will come over and stomp on my right foot- which is deformed and therefore rather sensitive- and then wrap her shit and booger-covered arms around me and not let go. I have dragged her all over the school until I found a Korean person willing to do something other than laugh and say "So cute!" when they see it....so many times...



**** AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES FOREVER
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on June 26, 2015, 04:02:32 PM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.
Your fridge sounds as sad as mine... I have a year's worth of pizza pickles I only eat on lonely drunken nights, and the little boxes of moo you get from fried chicken which I guess I keep as souvenirs?

I got food poisoning from the spicy chicken burger from Lotteria. Now I try not to eat there anymore (but their french fries are alright)

i love that hot crispy burger, although it always gives me the shits about 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating it. found that out for the first time on a 3 hour bus ride to seoul though. not very fun trying to hold in explosive diarrhea on the bus, especially with the way these guys drive.
That's deadly. I saw a guy beg the driver to stop for what we thought was a pee, only to see him drop trousers and blast diarrhea on the side of the road.  I think half the bus watching you diarrhea poo is impossible to get over.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on June 26, 2015, 04:09:30 PM
she slapped me SO HARD that I fell down and I couldn't get up because I was in so much ****** pain. Then I got yelled at because apparently I upset her by not being charmed by her INSANE PHYSICAL ABUSE. Oh, and she's always covered in snot and blood because she picks her nose so often and so hard that she always has a nosebleed.

I love this thread so much  :laugh:

This is hands down the funniest anecdote I've read on here.  Hope you're ok now meep!!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 26, 2015, 04:13:31 PM
she slapped me SO HARD that I fell down and I couldn't get up because I was in so much ****** pain. Then I got yelled at because apparently I upset her by not being charmed by her INSANE PHYSICAL ABUSE. Oh, and she's always covered in snot and blood because she picks her nose so often and so hard that she always has a nosebleed.

I love this thread so much  :laugh:

This is hands down the funniest anecdote I've read on here.  Hope you're ok now meep!!

Yeah, I'm okay now, thanks. It happens when I'm hella stressed, which is pretty much all the time.

 she gave me a bloody handprint on my shirt today, but it's not the first time.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: BTeacher on June 26, 2015, 05:21:42 PM
I once had a boy write that he had called his mom the previous week while at school so that she could bring him a pencil (because he'd forgotten his).

I asked him, "You didn't really do this, did you?"

He smiled, replying, "Yes, many times."

This boy is in grade 6.



Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: slothboy on June 26, 2015, 05:58:09 PM
How do you guys tackle the dreaded new board marker issue?

At the beginning they're super thick and take a heap of elbow grease to remove, but there's always some residue left behind that ends up staining the whole board. So you keep the old ones upside down and keep rotating them, but eventually they will all completely run out...so then what?

My CT keeps a pot of 5 upturned markers by the board, but this may also be a cost saving technique; my hagwon boss is a freak about the AC and will take any s***ty prospective student she can hustle!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on June 26, 2015, 07:14:56 PM

One of my 6th grade girls today screamed at me "선생님 이 게임 재미 없어!" (Teacher this game is boring!). I just pointed at the candy bag and she was immediately like "OKAY!"

ugh some of my 3rd grade girls have a habit of coming into the classroom and before they even say hello to me they just say "TEACHER GAME. GAME TEACHER. TEACHER GAME." over and over and over.

So then once we've finished the lesson i'll play a game with them and i can guarantee at least one of them is always like 'teacher, game....no'
3rd graders are evil. :evil:  :evil:  :evil:

Ugh.. don't let them speak to you in casual language. I'd be so pissed

Haha 'teacher' 'game' 'hello' and 'no' are probably the only english words most of my 3rd graders can speak :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taeyang on June 26, 2015, 07:23:18 PM
it's fine to have a thread for 'pointless' things, but it will be locked if it descends into "things i hate about korea".

thanks for your co-operaton.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CliffK on June 26, 2015, 07:36:24 PM
I try to time my arrival to the lunch room when I know that lunch ladies will be in the back preparing things. That way I can serve myself as much as I want.

True story: One time we were having lunch and they were having chicken wings. They were small little wings, mostly bones and very little meat, but I was excited. I was real hungry but out of respect for others I only took 5 of the little things. Next thing I know the lunch lady swoops on me from outta nowhere, has the serving tongs out and is removing 2 of the wings from my tray, putting them back into the pile. Guess she thought I  took too many. Lady I pay for that lunch and three bony little wings ain't gonna cut it for this big hungry fella.

Moral of the story- I get down there at the time when I know the lunch ladies are going to be in the back preparing stuff. I make sure to be real quiet when I'm serving myself. Sometimes they see me just as I'm finished putting the food on my plate and I see them come rushing from the back. I dip on outta there real quick, and start inhaling that food before they get the chance to snatch it away. I'll tell you what- it's a struggle from the womb to the tomb out there. A man just doesn't wanna try and teach on an empty belly!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: DMZabductee on June 26, 2015, 09:11:17 PM
I try to time my arrival to the lunch room when I know that lunch ladies will be in the back preparing things. That way I can serve myself as much as I want.

True story: One time we were having lunch and they were having chicken wings. They were small little wings, mostly bones and very little meat, but I was excited. I was real hungry but out of respect for others I only took 5 of the little things. Next thing I know the lunch lady swoops on me from outta nowhere, has the serving tongs out and is removing 2 of the wings from my tray, putting them back into the pile. Guess she thought I  took too many. Lady I pay for that lunch and three bony little wings ain't gonna cut it for this big hungry fella.

Moral of the story- I get down there at the time when I know the lunch ladies are going to be in the back preparing stuff. I make sure to be real quiet when I'm serving myself. Sometimes they see me just as I'm finished putting the food on my plate and I see them come rushing from the back. I dip on outta there real quick, and start inhaling that food before they get the chance to snatch it away. I'll tell you what- it's a struggle from the womb to the tomb out there. A man just doesn't wanna try and teach on an empty belly!

As a hungry man, I love this story.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on June 28, 2015, 06:39:14 PM

One of my 6th grade girls today screamed at me "선생님 이 게임 재미 없어!" (Teacher this game is boring!). I just pointed at the candy bag and she was immediately like "OKAY!"

ugh some of my 3rd grade girls have a habit of coming into the classroom and before they even say hello to me they just say "TEACHER GAME. GAME TEACHER. TEACHER GAME." over and over and over.

So then once we've finished the lesson i'll play a game with them and i can guarantee at least one of them is always like 'teacher, game....no'
3rd graders are evil. :evil:  :evil:  :evil:

Ugh.. don't let them speak to you in casual language. I'd be so pissed

Haha 'teacher' 'game' 'hello' and 'no' are probably the only english words most of my 3rd graders can speak :rolleyes:

I mean for cjszk, his kids speaking to him in banmal  :rolleyes:

Yeah I don't tolerate 반말 in my classroom. >:(

Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu). Got home and took a bite, it's been a while since I've had one so I don't know how long this has been going on. But the burger itself still had the skin on under the batter. It was vile so I chucked it in the bin. I'm stood here now staring into a fridge full of pizza pickles that I don't eat and a 2 cartons of expired milk. Guess it serves me right for getting an early finish from work.
Your fridge sounds as sad as mine... I have a year's worth of pizza pickles I only eat on lonely drunken nights, and the little boxes of moo you get from fried chicken which I guess I keep as souvenirs?

I got food poisoning from the spicy chicken burger from Lotteria. Now I try not to eat there anymore (but their french fries are alright)

i love that hot crispy burger, although it always gives me the shits about 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating it. found that out for the first time on a 3 hour bus ride to seoul though. not very fun trying to hold in explosive diarrhea on the bus, especially with the way these guys drive.
That's deadly. I saw a guy beg the driver to stop for what we thought was a pee, only to see him drop trousers and blast diarrhea on the side of the road.  I think half the bus watching you diarrhea poo is impossible to get over.

OMFG I would have died laughing because I'm a terrible, horrible person with the sense of humor of a child.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: iseya on June 28, 2015, 07:26:38 PM
Did diarrhea dude get back on the boss after soiling the streets?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 29, 2015, 07:36:31 AM
Bit of a Monday blues addition.

As the OP I would like to know why a moderator felt the need to show up and give us a patronizing warning. As the OP I never asked people to post their thoughts as long as they had nothing to do with Korea unless positive.

If people have a gripe let them have a whinge. It's not derailing any thread. It's not making life difficult for someone looking for information. It's not "spreading panic" as sometimes you mods fear. What was the point of that warning?

Where in the terms and conditions does it say we cannot criticize Korea or say when something Korean annoys us?

I know there's no harm done either way but it just rankles me. Frankly it made me think the mod wanted to remind us that we can only have fun if he allows it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on June 29, 2015, 07:42:03 AM
Bit of a Monday blues addition.

As the OP I would like to know why a moderator felt the need to show up and give us a patronizing warning. As the OP I never asked people to post their thoughts as long as they had nothing to do with Korea unless positive.

If people have a gripe let them have a whinge. It's not derailing any thread. It's not making life difficult for someone looking for information. It's not "spreading panic" as sometimes you mods fear. What was the point of that warning?

Where in the terms and conditions does it say we cannot criticize Korea or say when something Korean annoys us?

I know there's no harm done either way but it just rankles me. Frankly it made me think the mod wanted to remind us that we can only have fun if he allows it.

But it triggers some people. Let's coddle them. /s
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on June 29, 2015, 07:46:20 AM
Bit of a Monday blues addition.

As the OP I would like to know why a moderator felt the need to show up and give us a patronizing warning. As the OP I never asked people to post their thoughts as long as they had nothing to do with Korea unless positive.

If people have a gripe let them have a whinge. It's not derailing any thread. It's not making life difficult for someone looking for information. It's not "spreading panic" as sometimes you mods fear. What was the point of that warning?

Where in the terms and conditions does it say we cannot criticize Korea or say when something Korean annoys us?

I know there's no harm done either way but it just rankles me. Frankly it made me think the mod wanted to remind us that we can only have fun if he allows it.

But it triggers some people. Let's coddle them. /s

Getting rid of a lot of the Korean hate threads will make waygook a more pleasant site, and will in turn help to prevent creating more anti-Korean mindsets for people who frequent this site. Especially people new to Korea are very prone to just absorb all the hate on this site and have it muddy up their views and experiences in Korea.
This of course, doesn't make it right to deny views and people who just need to blow off some steam. There is nothing wrong with being critical of a society or culture as well. Just, this site being a gloomy conglomeration of anti-Korean sentiments doesn't help even the foreigners cope with their problems either. It only confirms their dislikes and reinforces them.
I actually find entertainment out of these kinds of talks though... I'm twisted like that  :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 29, 2015, 08:03:43 AM
Bit of a Monday blues addition.

As the OP I would like to know why a moderator felt the need to show up and give us a patronizing warning. As the OP I never asked people to post their thoughts as long as they had nothing to do with Korea unless positive.

If people have a gripe let them have a whinge. It's not derailing any thread. It's not making life difficult for someone looking for information. It's not "spreading panic" as sometimes you mods fear. What was the point of that warning?

Where in the terms and conditions does it say we cannot criticize Korea or say when something Korean annoys us?

I know there's no harm done either way but it just rankles me. Frankly it made me think the mod wanted to remind us that we can only have fun if he allows it.

But it triggers some people. Let's coddle them. /s

Getting rid of a lot of the Korean hate threads will make waygook a more pleasant site, and will in turn help to prevent creating more anti-Korean mindsets for people who frequent this site. Especially people new to Korea are very prone to just absorb all the hate on this site and have it muddy up their views and experiences in Korea.
This of course, doesn't make it right to deny views and people who just need to blow off some steam. There is nothing wrong with being critical of a society or culture as well. Just, this site being a gloomy conglomeration of anti-Korean sentiments doesn't help even the foreigners cope with their problems either. It only confirms their dislikes and reinforces them.
I actually find entertainment out of these kinds of talks though... I'm twisted like that  :lipsrsealed:

You would have a point if it was a general thread but this was specifically a rant and ramble thread. What's more the thread had seemed pretty balanced. There was music, some teaching gripes and amusing if slightly scabrous tales of digestion. It was not getting out of hand and I think the warning was unnecessary and censorious.

It's also a rather ridiculous expectation. We live and work in Korea for Korean organisations. People are bound to have some ire directed at something Korean. If you want to stop the website becoming a depressing hate-fest then act like a cop not a prison guard. Identify people who turn threads into viper pits, warn them and then ban them.

PS: Dear Moderators. I am in no way questioning your wits or wisdom. You are our kindly shepherds gently guiding us down the dark hillside. Furthermore I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Communist Party.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on June 29, 2015, 08:11:45 AM
You would have a point if it was a general thread but this was specifically a rant and ramble thread. What's more the thread had seemed pretty balanced. There was music, some teaching gripes and amusing if slightly scabrous tales of digestion. It was not getting out of hand and I think the warning was unnecessary and censorious.

It's also a rather ridiculous expectation. We live and work in Korea for Korean organisations. People are bound to have some ire directed at something Korean. If you want to stop the website becoming a depressing hate-fest then act like a cop not a prison guard. Identify people who turn threads into viper pits, warn them and then ban them.

PS: Dear Moderators. I am in no way questioning your wits or wisdom. You are our kindly shepherds gently guiding us down the dark hillside. Furthermore I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Communist Party.

yup, mods on this site are pretty lazy. they just lock threads or come in here and write warnings, because it's just easier for them than to actually, you know, moderate the site by deleting posts, warning/banning users, etc.

the thread got to what, 4 pages and there was nothing untoward in it so far, yet one of the (only 3 active) mods has to pop in and make a warning.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on June 29, 2015, 08:17:30 AM
Did diarrhea dude get back on the boss after soiling the streets?
Yes, the shame was real deep though. He had tissues and a water bottle to wash his hands, at least.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taeyang on June 29, 2015, 08:22:27 AM
You would have a point if it was a general thread but this was specifically a rant and ramble thread. What's more the thread had seemed pretty balanced. There was music, some teaching gripes and amusing if slightly scabrous tales of digestion. It was not getting out of hand and I think the warning was unnecessary and censorious.

It's also a rather ridiculous expectation. We live and work in Korea for Korean organisations. People are bound to have some ire directed at something Korean. If you want to stop the website becoming a depressing hate-fest then act like a cop not a prison guard. Identify people who turn threads into viper pits, warn them and then ban them.

PS: Dear Moderators. I am in no way questioning your wits or wisdom. You are our kindly shepherds gently guiding us down the dark hillside. Furthermore I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Communist Party.

yup, mods on this site are pretty lazy. they just lock threads or come in here and write warnings, because it's just easier for them than to actually, you know, moderate the site by deleting posts, warning/banning users, etc.

the thread got to what, 4 pages and there was nothing untoward in it so far, yet one of the (only 3 active) mods has to pop in and make a warning.
it was 5 pages, but who's counting?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 29, 2015, 08:26:44 AM
You would have a point if it was a general thread but this was specifically a rant and ramble thread. What's more the thread had seemed pretty balanced. There was music, some teaching gripes and amusing if slightly scabrous tales of digestion. It was not getting out of hand and I think the warning was unnecessary and censorious.

It's also a rather ridiculous expectation. We live and work in Korea for Korean organisations. People are bound to have some ire directed at something Korean. If you want to stop the website becoming a depressing hate-fest then act like a cop not a prison guard. Identify people who turn threads into viper pits, warn them and then ban them.

PS: Dear Moderators. I am in no way questioning your wits or wisdom. You are our kindly shepherds gently guiding us down the dark hillside. Furthermore I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Communist Party.

yup, mods on this site are pretty lazy. they just lock threads or come in here and write warnings, because it's just easier for them than to actually, you know, moderate the site by deleting posts, warning/banning users, etc.

the thread got to what, 4 pages and there was nothing untoward in it so far, yet one of the (only 3 active) mods has to pop in and make a warning.

But you see, a foreigner in Korea complained about something. Therefore, it is automatically a complaint about Korea and those are automatically offensive! But threads where people said charming things about how all the Americans or South Africans here are bad at English, for example...totally not offensive at all.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on June 29, 2015, 08:27:14 AM
To be fair, every Friday there's some fun and games on here, so when there's a specifically 'off-topic' thread, it's pretty likely to end in chaos. Glad it didn't though, definite signs of improving the general vibe round here :)

Also, don't take the warning so personally, it wasn't directed at you, it just meant that anyone coming to troll the thread can't claim that they were 'on-topic' or whatever.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taeyang on June 29, 2015, 08:28:57 AM
You would have a point if it was a general thread but this was specifically a rant and ramble thread. What's more the thread had seemed pretty balanced. There was music, some teaching gripes and amusing if slightly scabrous tales of digestion. It was not getting out of hand and I think the warning was unnecessary and censorious.

It's also a rather ridiculous expectation. We live and work in Korea for Korean organisations. People are bound to have some ire directed at something Korean. If you want to stop the website becoming a depressing hate-fest then act like a cop not a prison guard. Identify people who turn threads into viper pits, warn them and then ban them.

PS: Dear Moderators. I am in no way questioning your wits or wisdom. You are our kindly shepherds gently guiding us down the dark hillside. Furthermore I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Communist Party.

yup, mods on this site are pretty lazy. they just lock threads or come in here and write warnings, because it's just easier for them than to actually, you know, moderate the site by deleting posts, warning/banning users, etc.

the thread got to what, 4 pages and there was nothing untoward in it so far, yet one of the (only 3 active) mods has to pop in and make a warning.

But you see, a foreigner in Korea complained about something. Therefore, it is automatically a complaint about Korea and those are automatically offensive! But threads where people said charming things about how all the Americans or South Africans here are bad at English, for example...totally not offensive at all.  :rolleyes:

you can always use the report button to report threads that you believe are in violation of the ToS.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: country09 on June 29, 2015, 08:37:17 AM
Can we stop talking about the mods and just ignore them? Go create another topic if you wish to discuss them. Lets keep this thread going and keep the derailing out please.

Sorry I have no ramblings to contribute but I enjoy reading others.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 29, 2015, 08:42:05 AM
Bit of a Monday blues addition.

As the OP I would like to know why a moderator felt the need to show up and give us a patronizing warning. As the OP I never asked people to post their thoughts as long as they had nothing to do with Korea unless positive.

If people have a gripe let them have a whinge. It's not derailing any thread. It's not making life difficult for someone looking for information. It's not "spreading panic" as sometimes you mods fear. What was the point of that warning?

Where in the terms and conditions does it say we cannot criticize Korea or say when something Korean annoys us?

I know there's no harm done either way but it just rankles me. Frankly it made me think the mod wanted to remind us that we can only have fun if he allows it.

But it triggers some people. Let's coddle them. /s

Getting rid of a lot of the Korean hate threads will make waygook a more pleasant site, and will in turn help to prevent creating more anti-Korean mindsets for people who frequent this site. Especially people new to Korea are very prone to just absorb all the hate on this site and have it muddy up their views and experiences in Korea.
This of course, doesn't make it right to deny views and people who just need to blow off some steam. There is nothing wrong with being critical of a society or culture as well. Just, this site being a gloomy conglomeration of anti-Korean sentiments doesn't help even the foreigners cope with their problems either. It only confirms their dislikes and reinforces them.
I actually find entertainment out of these kinds of talks though... I'm twisted like that  :lipsrsealed:

You would have a point if it was a general thread but this was specifically a rant and ramble thread. What's more the thread had seemed pretty balanced. There was music, some teaching gripes and amusing if slightly scabrous tales of digestion. It was not getting out of hand and I think the warning was unnecessary and censorious.

It's also a rather ridiculous expectation. We live and work in Korea for Korean organisations. People are bound to have some ire directed at something Korean. If you want to stop the website becoming a depressing hate-fest then act like a cop not a prison guard. Identify people who turn threads into viper pits, warn them and then ban them.

PS: Dear Moderators. I am in no way questioning your wits or wisdom. You are our kindly shepherds gently guiding us down the dark hillside. Furthermore I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Communist Party.

Nothing wrong with a little pre emptive warning from mods. Just cause it's a "ramblings" thread doesn't mean you can go off saying whatever shit you want... "ramblings" is a really broad topic that certain people can easily take advantage of.

If I start a "lets be racist towards black people thread", does that mean its now okay to be racist towards black people?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 29, 2015, 08:42:47 AM
Also, This is a pointless Friday thread, why are people even daring posting in it on any other   day?  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on June 29, 2015, 08:48:20 AM
Nothing wrong with a little pre emptive warning from mods. Just cause it's a "ramblings" thread doesn't mean you can go off saying whatever shit you want... "ramblings" is a really broad topic that certain people can easily take advantage of.

If I start a "lets be racist towards black people thread", does that mean its now okay to be racist towards black people?

the problem is there's now almost 2 pages in this thread talking about the mods. this thread was doing just fine until, ironically, the mods came in and derailed it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on June 29, 2015, 08:52:50 AM
Did diarrhea dude get back on the boss after soiling the streets?
Yes, the shame was real deep though. He had tissues and a water bottle to wash his hands, at least.

Man, I can't even imagine.  Nothing left to do in that situation but own it proudly.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: aklimkewicz on June 29, 2015, 08:54:04 AM
Speaking of moderators, weigookin74's superfluous won woes thread was merged into the Exchange Rate megathread. Good job mods!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 29, 2015, 09:00:31 AM
To be fair, every Friday there's some fun and games on here, so when there's a specifically 'off-topic' thread, it's pretty likely to end in chaos. Glad it didn't though, definite signs of improving the general vibe round here :)

Also, don't take the warning so personally, it wasn't directed at you, it just meant that anyone coming to troll the thread can't claim that they were 'on-topic' or whatever.

Not taking it personally. It's just something I can rant about coupled with some Monday blues.

I guess it's just my bag to fight the man. Power to the people!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxGqcCeV3qk
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on June 29, 2015, 10:04:01 AM
I'll post a pointless Monday rambling.  I'm sitting here trying to write a script for a musical for middle school girls for summer camp.  The theme, I kid you not, is Middle School the Musical.  My co-t thinks we could do something similar to High School Musical.  I didn't realize she would actually expect me to write a script!!! :shocked: I think most of it may come from text book dialogs.  This is unreal.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: bagel on June 29, 2015, 10:27:39 AM
It's monday morning and everything sucks. I came to school in a rush, got here and its a billion degrees, my co teacher is pronouncing english words completely wrong, he's asking me for a summer camp complete lesson plan and materials list to turn in in a few hours, and the students are screaming and I'm almost screaming. mondays are the worst
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on June 29, 2015, 10:41:10 AM
Oddly enough my morning has gone great so far. The kids have been good and enthusiastic. We seem to have invented a game upon which I go to google maps, pick up the street view dude and close my eyes. They yell stop and I drop the dude and we see what we see. So far it has been pretty awesome. Added bonus is that the admin folk have turned on the AC after the second period. So far so good.

Now if only we could rid ourselves of these damned mods.

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on June 29, 2015, 11:18:12 AM
My co teacher needs my afternoon class for exam review and all my morning classes are done. Time to surf the interwebs. Monday isn't so bad. Especially when its ending with 치맥   ;D
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 29, 2015, 12:18:37 PM
My kids are absolutely animals today.

It's gonna be a fun week next week, come exam time.  :shocked:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on June 29, 2015, 02:31:12 PM
Did diarrhea dude get back on the boss after soiling the streets?
Yes, the shame was real deep though. He had tissues and a water bottle to wash his hands, at least.

Man, I can't even imagine.  Nothing left to do in that situation but own it proudly.  :laugh:
This was very early on into my time here, as well. I was admittedly quite tipsy on a bus and contemplating taking a road pee when it happened as well. I had no idea what was happening (had I, I would have taken the road pee), which made it so much more glorious when I saw the ass blast from the bus. Behind the tinted glass I felt like a spectator in the zoo.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on June 30, 2015, 08:28:17 AM
Tuesday ramblings....

I'm done this August, and the closer I get to the end date, the further it seems to get.  I woke up this morning and thought "6 more weeks!" and then I was like, "Bloody hell, six more effing weeks..."  It's felt 'close' for so long, but it still isn't really close.  Like, three weeks ago my friend bought me a beer because I was almost gone.  That feels like ages ago and I'm not even in the same zodiac sign period as my end date yet. 

I often feel this way at this time of year.  Spring semester just draaaags.  Most of my friends are uni or int'l school so they're leaving on their vacations now.  And I just wake up in the morning and realize we haven't even finalized camp yet.

Just end, you stupid semester.  JUST END. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on July 03, 2015, 10:07:48 AM
Went swimming yesterday and I feel somehow cheated. Some of the instructors/lifeguards decided to blast K-pop at ear-splitting volume. I know it shouldn't but this really made me furious. The pool is my place to clear my head and relax. I gently swim along start to unwind. Why did they have to ruin it? Who in their right mind thinks that lane swimming needs a soundtrack?

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 03, 2015, 10:20:23 AM
I tripped over a chair leg and gashed my toe open.  :(
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on July 03, 2015, 10:22:54 AM
Can't wait to go on vacation. Not that I"m having a bad time, but I just dont feel right unless I am planning, or going on vacation. + I'm not travelling as much as I used to around Korea, and that makes me sad. Torn between travelling + spending money, and not travelling and saving money. God, if only the present mattered  >:(
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on July 03, 2015, 10:25:29 AM
Korea is turning me into a bit of an alcoholic. I don't really have a stressful time with what I do, other than with 1 of my 3 schools were my co doesn't speak English well.

I drink a half bottle of soju every night to blunt the sorrow of being unable to effectively communicate with 95% of people I meet every day.

Every man is an island...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on July 03, 2015, 10:47:27 AM
I have also joined the vacation countdown club. I never used to. I have always liked vacation but of late I have started to see it as a necessity. I need it to recharge.

I don't know why but recently I have decided that Korea would be a very nice place if they just turned the volume down a bit. I mean for everything. Music, conversations, children, dogs and ringtones all seem unnecessarily loud.

Are Koreans naturally hard of hearing? Do they find loud noises comforting?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on July 03, 2015, 11:05:39 AM
I have also joined the vacation countdown club. I never used to. I have always liked vacation but of late I have started to see it as a necessity. I need it to recharge.

I don't know why but recently I have decided that Korea would be a very nice place if they just turned the volume down a bit. I mean for everything. Music, conversations, children, dogs and ringtones all seem unnecessarily loud.

Are Koreans naturally hard of hearing? Do they find loud noises comforting?

It's called 'getting old'.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Space on July 03, 2015, 11:16:37 AM
I'm hungry.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: aklimkewicz on July 03, 2015, 11:18:17 AM
I'm hungry.

I just finished lunch.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Space on July 03, 2015, 11:22:38 AM
I'm hungry.

I just finished lunch.

I have another 40minutes... I think I might sneak out after to the Pho place down the road... it is Friday after all.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 03, 2015, 11:26:31 AM
I have also joined the vacation countdown club. I never used to. I have always liked vacation but of late I have started to see it as a necessity. I need it to recharge.

I don't know why but recently I have decided that Korea would be a very nice place if they just turned the volume down a bit. I mean for everything. Music, conversations, children, dogs and ringtones all seem unnecessarily loud.

Are Koreans naturally hard of hearing? Do they find loud noises comforting?

Yesterday I was woken up before my 6am alarm by super loud rock music that was literally shaking my room. It might have been from the window of the building next to mine, or below me. Either way I was not impressed.

I totally agree with your post.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: VanessaR on July 03, 2015, 11:33:35 AM
My pointless contribution.

I got an overly expensive leg wax in Jinju and the table I was lying on was heated. This made me unnecessarily excited and then I got too relaxed. I just wanted a post-wax nap, but that would have been weird.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on July 03, 2015, 11:46:29 AM
I am so tired all the time lately.
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Post by: Dixie Wolf on July 03, 2015, 11:54:49 AM
My pointless contribution.

I got an overly expensive leg wax in Jinju and the table I was lying on was heated. This made me unnecessarily excited and then I got too relaxed. I just wanted a post-wax nap, but that would have been weird.

Waxing here is criminally expensive.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: midori951 on July 03, 2015, 11:56:20 AM
not looking forward to summer camps. I am doing two in the same week. Finish one at a different school, rush back to my school and do another. The following week another camp at a different school. and then vacation.

after vacation. "tutoring" class all week for a few hours. I am not getting paid extra for these camps and have no motivation to put much effort. I just want my vacation already. feeling burnt out from this sem.   :sad:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 03, 2015, 12:02:48 PM
not looking forward to summer camps. I am doing two in the same week. Finish one at a different school, rush back to my school and do another. The following week another camp at a different school. and then vacation.

after vacation. "tutoring" class all week for a few hours. I am not getting paid extra for these camps and have no motivation to put much effort. I just want my vacation already. feeling burnt out from this sem.   :sad:

I'm in the midst of planning for 3 camps. They are going to have to be all different too. My two elementary schools are way different in level. Not to mention one of my schools told me my camp is with 40 students! Seriously wish I didnt have to come back from vaca...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: midori951 on July 03, 2015, 12:16:02 PM
not looking forward to summer camps. I am doing two in the same week. Finish one at a different school, rush back to my school and do another. The following week another camp at a different school. and then vacation.

after vacation. "tutoring" class all week for a few hours. I am not getting paid extra for these camps and have no motivation to put much effort. I just want my vacation already. feeling burnt out from this sem.   :sad:

I'm in the midst of planning for 3 camps. They are going to have to be all different too. My two elementary schools are way different in level. Not to mention one of my schools told me my camp is with 40 students! Seriously wish I didnt have to come back from vaca...


 damn...

the first camp i have no idea the level, my school is okay, and the last school is very low.

First camp no idea how many students, my camp about 60.. 20 per period..and the last one i think is only a few i think. all of this before vaca, which is good i guess but im already tired from the sem.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on July 03, 2015, 12:27:29 PM
I'm hungry.

I just finished lunch.

I have another 40minutes... I think I might sneak out after to the Pho place down the road... it is Friday after all.

You have a Pho place down the road? I hate my school.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on July 03, 2015, 12:28:35 PM
I'm enjoying the Friday fun on Waygook with some iced tea. Too hot for Maxim today. #firstworldproblems

Some absolute gold coming our way surely, especially with that Seoul club banning foreigners and a surprise bump for the Haeundae Beach thread.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: VanessaR on July 03, 2015, 12:31:54 PM
Maybe the demand is low? It's almost double what I paid in NY, but I'm not in NY so that's kind of a moot point. I went to get a quote for laser hair removal but they didn't have lasers for brown skin, which is understandable here.

Waxing here is criminally expensive.
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Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on July 03, 2015, 12:35:01 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Space on July 03, 2015, 12:42:50 PM
I'm hungry.

I just finished lunch.

I have another 40minutes... I think I might sneak out after to the Pho place down the road... it is Friday after all.

You have a Pho place down the road? I hate my school.

I do, I ate, it was delicious.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 03, 2015, 12:49:54 PM
Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'.

So this friend is still posting pics of "ALMOST THERE!" so I decided to just look back a bit through her page, just to get a handle on the timeline here.  6 weeks ago she was "3 WEEKS AWAY!"

That's as far back as I went.  I have no idea what's happening.  But her newest pic is of her husband finally finishing the crib.  So it's not like she's alone and making this all up.  I.....don't understand. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamienottingham on July 03, 2015, 01:02:14 PM
Adoption? Coupled with pillows under the dress
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Post by: Hot6^ on July 03, 2015, 01:28:48 PM
Adoption? Coupled with pillows under the dress

This could very well be true.


Korean's heavily frown on adoption.

When I tell people I am adopted, they go into a state of absolute shock, as if the world is coming to and END!!!!

Then they say things like, your parents are your "real" parents and they still take care of you, paid for your college!?  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:


Yeah.... it's really not that big of a deal, and I love my parents. My friend is Korean, and his sister is also Korean, and they were adopted.

WHAT? Yeah, adoption from Korea was popular for people abandoning their children in the 80s...

WHAT NO WAY KOREA GAVE IT"S CHILDREN AWAY!..... ETC.... comfort women something something.....


If I were a typical Korean couple having to adopt, I would even want my immediate family knowing.

Korean's are like Mormons.... deny it, and you just outcast yourself completely.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on July 03, 2015, 01:37:29 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin
Yay! That's 8 classes over your regular 22, so 160000 won extra cash!  You can buy a lot of gin for that, especially if it's that ropey stuff with the white label for 7000 won.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on July 03, 2015, 01:38:27 PM
Just wasting time on YT, checking out some teacher videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNxaSct3UHs
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on July 03, 2015, 01:45:55 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin
Yay! That's 8 classes over your regular 22, so 160000 won extra cash!  You can buy a lot of gin for that, especially if it's that ropey stuff with the white label for 7000 won.

I'm sure there will be no overtime pay, they are makeup classes
Classic rookie mistake.

Over 22 hours = get paid more.  That's pretty much all there is to it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nick P on July 03, 2015, 01:59:07 PM
We were given milkshakes in little pouches after lunch, so, that's dope.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 03, 2015, 02:01:41 PM
I have to go to a hweshik after work today. I really don't want to, but my Friday school is out in the middle of BFE and my ride is going, so I don't have much choice. I don't drink alcohol or eat meat or fish, so in all likelihood this means I'll be sitting in awkward silence trying to make a bowl of plain white rice last me for the duration of the get-together.

I tried being the dutiful employee by continuing to go to all the hweshiks for a while even after my new dietary restrictions began, but I eventually couldn't take it anymore, so I told my main school I wasn't doing them anymore. I'm at four new schools this year, though, which up until now had meant I wasn't really part of the in-crowd enough to be invited along on any so far. I've got one now, though, so for the future I think I need to devise an escape plan.

Ugh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on July 03, 2015, 02:05:26 PM
I have to go to a hweshik after work today. I really don't want to, but my Friday school is out in the middle of BFE and my ride is going, so I don't have much choice. I don't drink alcohol or eat meat or fish, so in all likelihood this means I'll be sitting in awkward silence trying to make a bowl of plain white rice last me for the duration of the get-together.

I tried being the dutiful employee by continuing to go to all the hweshiks for a while even after my new dietary restrictions began, but I eventually couldn't take it anymore, so I told my main school I wasn't doing them anymore. I'm at four new schools this year, though, which up until now had meant I wasn't really part of the in-crowd enough to be invited along on any so far. I've got one now, though, so for the future I think I need to devise an escape plan.

Ugh.

seems like all your problems could be solved if you drank beer and eat meat and fish. Food for thought  8)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 03, 2015, 02:08:26 PM

seems like all your problems could be solved if you drank beer and eat meat and fish. Food for thought  8)

But then that would introduce the problem of the crippling joint pain I'd get from the gout attacks I'd trigger by drinking beer and eating meat and fish. Gotta choose your battles, and I tend to choose the ones that don't feel like someone is trying to pry off my toes with a white-hot knife.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 03, 2015, 02:16:03 PM
We were given milkshakes in little pouches after lunch, so, that's dope.

Niice! I got these waffle ice cream creations that were amazing. Perks to working in the teachers office, yo!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 03, 2015, 02:16:23 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin

I'll share my gin with you! I have 31 every week normally, but two got canceled today!  ;D ;D

Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'.

So this friend is still posting pics of "ALMOST THERE!" so I decided to just look back a bit through her page, just to get a handle on the timeline here.  6 weeks ago she was "3 WEEKS AWAY!"

That's as far back as I went.  I have no idea what's happening.  But her newest pic is of her husband finally finishing the crib.  So it's not like she's alone and making this all up.  I.....don't understand.

I am OBSESSED with this story.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: 외계인 on July 03, 2015, 02:26:15 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin
Yay! That's 8 classes over your regular 22, so 160000 won extra cash!  You can buy a lot of gin for that, especially if it's that ropey stuff with the white label for 7000 won.

I'm sure there will be no overtime pay, they are makeup classes
Classic rookie mistake.

Over 22 hours = get paid more.  That's pretty much all there is to it.

Yes technically. But the classes were cancelled due to mers. I would be surprised if the school didn't try to wiggle their way out of paying overtime

Yeah, you are required to teach 22 hours a week. 

So what if classes were cancelled.  It doesn't matter.  You receive overtime for anything over 22. Make-up class is just some BS that you apparently already bought into.

Schools cant shave a day or an hour here and there and just save them for later.  Imagine if schools could just schedule us 21 teaching hours a week, save the extra hours then expect us to teach vacation camps for free or something like that.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on July 03, 2015, 02:37:49 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin
Yay! That's 8 classes over your regular 22, so 160000 won extra cash!  You can buy a lot of gin for that, especially if it's that ropey stuff with the white label for 7000 won.

I'm sure there will be no overtime pay, they are makeup classes
Classic rookie mistake.

Over 22 hours = get paid more.  That's pretty much all there is to it.

Yes technically. But the classes were cancelled due to mers. I would be surprised if the school didn't try to wiggle their way out of paying overtime
Like I said.  Rookie mistake.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on July 03, 2015, 03:05:45 PM
Today in my one-on-one English classes with the principal. He casually mentioned that he drank too much last night and has a headache. We laughed together for longer than was probably realistic.

I didn't mention that I felt a similar way  :P (only a slight one for me)

*Also how cool is that, that the man is so open about it? Hat's off to you sah for creating a homely and welcome Work Environment.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on July 03, 2015, 03:11:47 PM
I'm missing the usual friday waygook fun because I have to teach make up classes that were cancelled due to mers  :rolleyes:

this takes my total number of classes this week up to 30

gin, i need gin
Yay! That's 8 classes over your regular 22, so 160000 won extra cash!  You can buy a lot of gin for that, especially if it's that ropey stuff with the white label for 7000 won.

I'm sure there will be no overtime pay, they are makeup classes
Classic rookie mistake.

Over 22 hours = get paid more.  That's pretty much all there is to it.

Yes technically. But the classes were cancelled due to mers. I would be surprised if the school didn't try to wiggle their way out of paying overtime
Like I said.  Rookie mistake.

They were afterschool classes so i will get paid extra kind of...
I didnt teach them 2 weeks ago so I technically would have missed out on the money then, so this just makes up the money.
So basically I'll get the same amount of extra pay that i usually get but I just had to cram 2 weeks worth of classes into 1 which kinda sucked. but oh well, weekend! gin!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: robin_teacher on July 03, 2015, 03:40:45 PM
This seems like the best place to post this.

Friday, 4pm.

Head of English: "Camp isn't interesting enough. Change everything." (Said in Korean to my very nice co-t).

2 weeks ago I explicitly asked him "Exactly what do you want in a camp? Please be specific so I can make it correctly." I got a vague response about a theme for one of the days. Now apparently everything is wrong.

Who thinks this is a good management style?!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: purpleradish on July 03, 2015, 03:42:53 PM


Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'.

So this friend is still posting pics of "ALMOST THERE!" so I decided to just look back a bit through her page, just to get a handle on the timeline here.  6 weeks ago she was "3 WEEKS AWAY!"

That's as far back as I went.  I have no idea what's happening.  But her newest pic is of her husband finally finishing the crib.  So it's not like she's alone and making this all up.  I.....don't understand.

I am OBSESSED with this story.

Same! Very curious.
Do you think she has had recurrent miscarriages? May she was really pregnant 2 years back, but then lost the baby and had to start over again.
Or, given the stigma against adoption, maybe she's in the process of adopting a baby and trying to make it look like it's her own! But that sounds quite a bit more over the top...

Keep us in the loop.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 03, 2015, 04:08:11 PM


Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'.

So this friend is still posting pics of "ALMOST THERE!" so I decided to just look back a bit through her page, just to get a handle on the timeline here.  6 weeks ago she was "3 WEEKS AWAY!"

That's as far back as I went.  I have no idea what's happening.  But her newest pic is of her husband finally finishing the crib.  So it's not like she's alone and making this all up.  I.....don't understand.

I am OBSESSED with this story.

Same! Very curious.
Do you think she has had recurrent miscarriages? May she was really pregnant 2 years back, but then lost the baby and had to start over again.
Or, given the stigma against adoption, maybe she's in the process of adopting a baby and trying to make it look like it's her own! But that sounds quite a bit more over the top...

Keep us in the loop.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure when I first read about her pregnancy.  Now that I think about it, it might have been the wedding that surprised me 2 years ago.  BUT she has definitely been 'pregnant' for over a year now.  I remember talking to another of our ex-co-workers about it last June (it was at the start of the World Cup).  She's had a HUGE belly since at least Christmas, so I don't think it's a matter of miscarriages, and I don't think she'd do all this instead of saying it's an adoption. 

I'm genuinely confused.  I don't mean to mock this woman, but we're not nearly close enough for me to ask.  I just scroll through facebook and wonder on my own.  I haven't talked to any other ex-co-workers about it recently, either, because honestly I don't think about it much off the computer. 

I'll keep you guys updated.  I'm hoping for a big healthy baby, there's no ill intentions on my part!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: purpleradish on July 03, 2015, 04:46:33 PM


Also, since this is pointless ramblings:

I have a facebook friend (who is really just an ex-co-worker, who would have been long forgotten if it wasn't for social media).  She's been pregnant for what feels like 2 years now.  I'm not just saying this as a joke.  I remember sitting on a beach on vacation in the summer of 2013 and first finding out about her pregnancy.  I found it odd that anyone would get her pregnant.  I looked, and apparently I'm not mixing things up.  She didn't already have that kid and is now having another one.  IT'S THE SAME ONE, as far as I can tell!  And she's been "just a few days away!" since about February, so even if I'm wrong your belly isn't giant and you don't pack a bag for the hospital starting in month 4 or 5.  She posts lots and I thought about blocking her, but I really want to see how this plays out.  She posts pics of her belly and the ultrasound and whatnot. She has looked ready to burst since Christmas.  Her close friends and family seem to be really supportive and excited on the messages.  Her bf/husband is has been putting together baby furniture and toys for over a year now. I just wonder if any of these people know how pregnancy works. 

I'm just really confused.  I've had several other friends who have tried to get pregnant, gotten pregnant, had the baby and are now sending that kid off to pre-school in the time this one lady has been carrying around her 'kid'.

So this friend is still posting pics of "ALMOST THERE!" so I decided to just look back a bit through her page, just to get a handle on the timeline here.  6 weeks ago she was "3 WEEKS AWAY!"

That's as far back as I went.  I have no idea what's happening.  But her newest pic is of her husband finally finishing the crib.  So it's not like she's alone and making this all up.  I.....don't understand.

I am OBSESSED with this story.

Same! Very curious.
Do you think she has had recurrent miscarriages? May she was really pregnant 2 years back, but then lost the baby and had to start over again.
Or, given the stigma against adoption, maybe she's in the process of adopting a baby and trying to make it look like it's her own! But that sounds quite a bit more over the top...

Keep us in the loop.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure when I first read about her pregnancy.  Now that I think about it, it might have been the wedding that surprised me 2 years ago.  BUT she has definitely been 'pregnant' for over a year now.  I remember talking to another of our ex-co-workers about it last June (it was at the start of the World Cup).  She's had a HUGE belly since at least Christmas, so I don't think it's a matter of miscarriages, and I don't think she'd do all this instead of saying it's an adoption. 

I'm genuinely confused.  I don't mean to mock this woman, but we're not nearly close enough for me to ask.  I just scroll through facebook and wonder on my own.  I haven't talked to any other ex-co-workers about it recently, either, because honestly I don't think about it much off the computer. 

I'll keep you guys updated.  I'm hoping for a big healthy baby, there's no ill intentions on my part!

To be honest, the more you describe it, the more it does sound like a miscarriage. The first 3 months of pregnancy are the most at risk for miscarrying. If it was a year ago in June, that still would've given her time to post ultrasounds, share the news with friends, then, get pregnant again and be due 9 months later. That's my guess. Haha ^^
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 03, 2015, 05:44:45 PM

To be honest, I'm not quite sure when I first read about her pregnancy.  Now that I think about it, it might have been the wedding that surprised me 2 years ago.  BUT she has definitely been 'pregnant' for over a year now.  I remember talking to another of our ex-co-workers about it last June (it was at the start of the World Cup).  She's had a HUGE belly since at least Christmas, so I don't think it's a matter of miscarriages, and I don't think she'd do all this instead of saying it's an adoption. 

I'm genuinely confused.  I don't mean to mock this woman, but we're not nearly close enough for me to ask.  I just scroll through facebook and wonder on my own.  I haven't talked to any other ex-co-workers about it recently, either, because honestly I don't think about it much off the computer. 

I'll keep you guys updated.  I'm hoping for a big healthy baby, there's no ill intentions on my part!

You never know. Jackie Chan claims to have been in the womb for 12 months, and to have weighed 12 pounds after finally being delivered via cesarean. Maybe your friend is just incubating the world's next great action movie star.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tikleme_elmo on July 07, 2015, 03:07:47 PM
Doing one of my favorite activities with one of my favorite classes. One of the awesome students got excited while playing the "chair game" and stabbed me right in the eye with her nimble little fingers. I had uncontrollable watering and redness for the remainder of the class. Hurt like hell, but I really felt bad for the student because she obviously felt terrible about it.

Teaching can be painful sometimes...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 08, 2015, 02:38:49 PM
Exam week has rolled around and while on Monday I got to go home, as all the teachers had teachers training, today I'm one of the 4 teachers still at school. I could get so much stuff done. I have to move apartments in August but I have no time to go look at them and I have to find it myself. My school last year always let me go home during this time. I live so far from my school too and so much to do after school today. I've already planned out my camps and prepared for a language exchange meeting for tonight. SO BORED. Can't watch anything due to the other teachers in the office.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mashley30 on July 08, 2015, 02:46:15 PM


I'm kind of tired of Koreans refusing to say my name as I say it. Some say, the way I say it makes it sounds like a girls name, but I don't sit there and change their names to suit my wishes.   :undecided:

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 09, 2015, 07:54:35 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 09, 2015, 08:05:58 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.
Your co-teacher sounds like a crazy nutball.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on July 09, 2015, 08:12:56 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.
Your co-teacher sounds like a crazy nutball.

I think his co-teacher sounds like your standard Korean English teacher. Today I am supposed to be marking skits the students perform, but my co-teacher told me that they were too busy to finish them and that I had to teach. Argh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on July 09, 2015, 08:18:51 AM
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Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kiki_3d on July 09, 2015, 08:19:19 AM
Exam week has rolled around and while on Monday I got to go home, as all the teachers had teachers training, today I'm one of the 4 teachers still at school. I could get so much stuff done. I have to move apartments in August but I have no time to go look at them and I have to find it myself. My school last year always let me go home during this time. I live so far from my school too and so much to do after school today. I've already planned out my camps and prepared for a language exchange meeting for tonight. SO BORED. Can't watch anything due to the other teachers in the office.

Welcome to my life. I have to be at school from 8:20-4:20 everyday unless there is a holiday or I am taking a vacation day. It doesn't matter how many other teachers there are in the school. Of course, they do let me leave to go to the bank or doctor, but it gets logged and added to the 8 hours for possible unpaid leave or sick day or whatever it counts as. But then if I have to stay late to do work, of course I don't get overtime...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 09, 2015, 08:20:05 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.
Your co-teacher sounds like a crazy nutball.

I think his co-teacher sounds like your standard Korean English teacher. Today I am supposed to be marking skits the students perform, but my co-teacher told me that they were too busy to finish them and that I had to teach. Argh.
You are right. Most of them are nutballs  :laugh: Though I love mine haha.  A few of mine have excuses for being busy. One of my co's husband is in NZ for a year for residency issues and shes home taking care of their infant and everyday she just looks more and more tired.  I feel so bad for her I almost want to offer to babysit...almost.         

All my classes are cancelled today. Its pouring. My afternoon class has exams and going home at lunch....I wish I could go home too.... Last year my school let me. My VP lets me go home MAYBE 20-30 mins early.   Baa humbug.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AlivePoet on July 09, 2015, 08:22:10 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.

I've had some co-teachers like this in the past.

Really though, if you have to make a review game--assuming you're proficient in powerpoint--you could whip one up in 5-10 minutes. I design my practice PPTs to include plenty of questions/answers so that I can just copy/paste them into a template ready to go.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 09, 2015, 08:23:22 AM
Exam week has rolled around and while on Monday I got to go home, as all the teachers had teachers training, today I'm one of the 4 teachers still at school. I could get so much stuff done. I have to move apartments in August but I have no time to go look at them and I have to find it myself. My school last year always let me go home during this time. I live so far from my school too and so much to do after school today. I've already planned out my camps and prepared for a language exchange meeting for tonight. SO BORED. Can't watch anything due to the other teachers in the office.

Welcome to my life. I have to be at school from 8:20-4:20 everyday unless there is a holiday or I am taking a vacation day. It doesn't matter how many other teachers there are in the school. Of course, they do let me leave to go to the bank or doctor, but it gets logged and added to the 8 hours for possible unpaid leave or sick day or whatever it counts as. But then if I have to stay late to do work, of course I don't get overtime...

My previous school was a private high school so they didn't really care about EPIKs rules that much. It was nice to not have to waste my time at my desk.  It also depends on the VP too, because half way through my time there things changed. The VP wasn't as keen to let me go.  I also get we are getting paid to be here even if we have no classes so I shouldn't complain. But I wish I were given the office. When they do let me go its like "BUT PLEASE DON'T GET HURT".  Yes ma'ams.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 08:23:50 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.

Hahaha, I've had this conversation before.


Today, my evil CT told me to make a game for lesson 6 for the fourth graders. Trouble is, they only had one class about lesson 6 with me before she immediately started demanding a review class to prepare them for their test instead. She also lambasted me for making a review PPT yesterday, so I didn't make one for today.

She's up there screaming at them in Korean for forgetting the material. Maybe if they'd learned it, they'd remember, instead of just dutifully repeating phrases I tell them for which I did my very best to provide a grammatical context, but they just can't understand because it's a difficult grammar point and they needed a Korean explanation, while you sat in the back of the classroom muttering under your breath and playing with your day planner instead of teaching or translating, as usual?
 
P.S. I don't care if it's Friday or not! I need to rant!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 09, 2015, 08:25:46 AM
(https://i.imgflip.com/nypgz.jpg)

 :laugh: :laugh: 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 08:28:47 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.

I've had some co-teachers like this in the past.

Really though, if you have to make a review game--assuming you're proficient in powerpoint--you could whip one up in 5-10 minutes. I design my practice PPTs to include plenty of questions/answers so that I can just copy/paste them into a template ready to go.

If I make a new game, even if all I'm doing is changing the words and pictures in a game, I have to:

1. Find pictures. I can't use the clipart function in Powerpoint; it refuses to load. So all the pictures I have, I search and download. I also get screamed at if I use too many pics that aren't animated GIFs, and there exist just not that many GIFs for every occasion. You can easily find them for things like "swimming" or "breakfast," but try "quiz," for example. So that takes time. I also get in trouble if I use a picture the kids have seen "too many times."

2. Change font sizes. Anything under 72 is unacceptable. My one CT will actually take a ruler to the screen to check if it's "big enough," which is pretty crazy, 'cause she could just go LOOK AT THE PPT. But sometimes I have to restructure games and stuff to accommodate larger fonts.

3. Make sure it works on both computer. Nine times out of ten, if it works perfectly on my machine, it won't on the main computer.


So if you have crazy, overbearing coteachers like I do, even a basic switch-n-ditch PPT takes upwards of an hour.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AlivePoet on July 09, 2015, 08:48:38 AM
If I make a new game, even if all I'm doing is changing the words and pictures in a game, I have to:

1. Find pictures. I can't use the clipart function in Powerpoint; it refuses to load. So all the pictures I have, I search and download. I also get screamed at if I use too many pics that aren't animated GIFs, and there exist just not that many GIFs for every occasion. You can easily find them for things like "swimming" or "breakfast," but try "quiz," for example. So that takes time. I also get in trouble if I use a picture the kids have seen "too many times."

2. Change font sizes. Anything under 72 is unacceptable. My one CT will actually take a ruler to the screen to check if it's "big enough," which is pretty crazy, 'cause she could just go LOOK AT THE PPT. But sometimes I have to restructure games and stuff to accommodate larger fonts.

3. Make sure it works on both computer. Nine times out of ten, if it works perfectly on my machine, it won't on the main computer.


So if you have crazy, overbearing coteachers like I do, even a basic switch-n-ditch PPT takes upwards of an hour.

Yes, I've seen your numerous posts on other threads about your situation...sorry to hear about that. Your case certainly is the exception to the rule, it just sucks that you're stuck in it for the time being. When every miniscule thing becomes an object of scrutiny, I would imagine 'whipping up a review game' instead turns into a daunting, stressful burden.

But you're sticking it out for a couple more months, right? Keep your head up.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 09, 2015, 09:12:24 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.
Your co-teacher sounds like a crazy nutball.

I think his co-teacher sounds like your standard Korean English teacher. Today I am supposed to be marking skits the students perform, but my co-teacher told me that they were too busy to finish them and that I had to teach. Argh.

Actually, I'd say my CT is a very good teacher.  She's just Korean.  haha.  I mean that she thinks she's incredibly busy all the time even though she's really, really not.  In fact, all her free time just gives her time to think of ways to change things for no reason, or I should say the reason is to look like she's doing something.  So while I'm teaching 12 more classes a week than her, she's sitting in her office napping or watching videos thinking of what we could be doing instead of what we will do.  And then she falls back to sleep instead of telling me what she's decided, only to tell me 5 minutes before it happens.  So, like I said, she's Korean.  Changing things just to do something, too much time on her hands but needs to appear busy, waiting till the last minute to tell me things.  I've been here a while, so I'm used to it.  But now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel I stand up to it a bit more.  I have enough going on now to deal with this nonsense.  You want a review game, you make it.  Which is what happened. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 09, 2015, 09:37:53 AM
I have to:

1. Find pictures. ... and... GIFs for every occasion. I also get in trouble if I use a picture the kids have seen "too many times."
2. Change font sizes. Anything under 72 is unacceptable.
3. Make sure it works on both computer. Nine times out of ten, if it works perfectly on my machine, it won't on the main computer.
I hate to agree with a coworker that from your past posts comes across as a maniacal, bi-polar, mess of a human being, but I think all 3 points are pretty good.

1. I check imgur/flickr/reddit etc for .gifs. There's a .gif for everything under the sun. And for many things that aren't. And shouldn't be. I spend more time on the net than I really should.  :sad:
For your quiz example:
Crap, there's a quiz today?  (http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2013-12/enhanced/webdr02/3/12/anigif_enhanced-buzz-3414-1386091410-15.gif)
I don't know the answer. :( (https://diaperslifeandlaughs.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/buffering.gif)
I REALLY don't know the answer. :( (http://media.tumblr.com/41a7fd9cee98a436858936e6a6d014a9/tumblr_inline_mfx1pk39nU1rxrony.gif)
Duhhhh... (http://www.personal.psu.edu/swf5158/blogs/aksm/tumblr_lzvhacQwld1qzrfff.gif)

2. Big font sizes are awesome. Preferably bolded, colourful, and ultra-high contrast. If you have more than 2 sentences on a slide, then something's wrong. Works for kindy, and it works for professional workshops. At heart, everybody is a five year old boy with attention-span issues (or am I projecting?...)

3. I have this problem too at times. Also with different computers messing with font positioning, borders, and picture alignments. Drives me nuts (http://33.media.tumblr.com/c854d4345b2a8abc660ec5587c491bcc/tumblr_nnydvusptR1sf1dmgo1_r2_400.gif). I find that saving everything in the .pptx format helps reduce these issues. Alternatively, try to save the file so that the format matches the ppt version on the computer you will be using it on. Or just switch to Prezi and take your kids on a zoom roller-coaster ride (Enhance! Enhance more! Enhancify! More enhancifying!...)

If all of this is super obvious, just consider this as rambling. Because it's Friday and Fridays are for rambling. Ramble on (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3HemKGDavw)!  :smiley:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 09:59:05 AM
Kyndo, seriously? Long walk, short dock. The time adds up when you only have 1-2 hours of prep in a day to make EIGHT OR NINE different PPTs.

You think it's so rad and easy? You come work this job, with these people. Please.

I think I'm done with pointless rambling.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: 외계인 on July 09, 2015, 10:23:34 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.
Your co-teacher sounds like a crazy nutball.

I think his co-teacher sounds like your standard Korean English teacher. Today I am supposed to be marking skits the students perform, but my co-teacher told me that they were too busy to finish them and that I had to teach. Argh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 09, 2015, 10:23:54 AM
Kyndo, seriously? Long walk, short dock. The time adds up when you only have 1-2 hours of prep in a day to make EIGHT OR NINE different PPTs.

You think it's so rad and easy? You come work this job, with these people. Please.

I think I'm done with pointless rambling.

I wish: I live 2-3 hours inland, so no docks here. I miss swimming. :sad:

Yeah, time constraints make everything more difficult: I've been here for a bit, so I can dust off old files and spruce them up for short-notice lessons. Which I don't have too many of, thankfully, because my coworkers all understand that I get cranky when surprised with... well... surprise lessons.

Anyway, for the majority of us public teachers who don't have 8-9 classes a day, those three points are ones to keep in mind.

And no time for rambling? Then maybe this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krH00Yp49fk)?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mashley30 on July 09, 2015, 10:29:39 AM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.

I mean just don't do it. What's the worst that could happen? If she was well aware of your plan, then she can't really complain out loud about it. "Oh, I'm sorry I have this here ready to go! Oh, you want to do that? Oh okay, I guess you have to figure it out then! Good luck!"
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tikleme_elmo on July 09, 2015, 01:08:30 PM
Today, 8:45am

Co-teacher: Let's change the schedule for today.
Me: What?
Co-teacher: We must finish the book!
Me: The book should have been finished a long time ago. 
Co-teacher: We have been busy in my classes.
Me: Doing what? 
Co-teacher: BUSY!
Me: Well, I've been the only one doing the book the last 2 weeks, and I did the speaking and written tests in my class.  I told the kids today, our last full class together, could be movie day.  It's part of their reward system, too.  You agreed to this.  It's all set up and ready to go.
CT: Hmmmm....We must change the schedule today.  We need to finish the book.
Me: What did you do with them yesterday?  Why didn't YOU finish the book yesterday? 
CT: SO BUSY!
Me: Doing what exactly?
CT: We must change the schedule for today.  You should prepare a review game, too. 
Me: I can't just make a whole review game in 5 minutes. 
CT: You said you have review games!
Me: No.  We have new books this year, and I said I could throw one together next week if we have random classes. 
CT: Good.  So, book and then review game. 
Me: THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.  THREE MORE WEEKS.
 

Jumpin' on the orangeman ego stroking. Someone please convert this conversation into this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKfFooy0QTY
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 09, 2015, 01:24:09 PM
Jumpin' on the orangeman ego stroking. Someone please convert this conversation into this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKfFooy0QTY
Would love to, but it's impossible.
The people who developed that text-to-voice+animation program have since removed it from the 'net.

Really sucked, because it looked like a very robust programme, and I could totally see myself using this rather than .ppt for some of my lessons. The kids would've loved it!  :sad:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamienottingham on July 09, 2015, 02:30:17 PM
What was the name of that program? I downloaded it once, it was fun for a while
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 09, 2015, 02:44:28 PM
OMG those videos...So true they are aggravating... Mrs. Choi needs a swift kick to the face. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 02:49:09 PM
Kyndo, seriously? Long walk, short dock. The time adds up when you only have 1-2 hours of prep in a day to make EIGHT OR NINE different PPTs.

You think it's so rad and easy? You come work this job, with these people. Please.

I think I'm done with pointless rambling.

I wish: I live 2-3 hours inland, so no docks here. I miss swimming. :sad:

Yeah, time constraints make everything more difficult: I've been here for a bit, so I can dust off old files and spruce them up for short-notice lessons. Which I don't have too many of, thankfully, because my coworkers all understand that I get cranky when surprised with... well... surprise lessons.

Anyway, for the majority of us public teachers who don't have 8-9 classes a day, those three points are ones to keep in mind.

And no time for rambling? Then maybe this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krH00Yp49fk)?

Note that I never said these "three points" you are so obsessed with are bad ideas, merely that they are time-consuming. I don't appreciate being spoken down to and I don't think my saying "sometimes these specific things take a long time" is deserving of  condescension.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 09, 2015, 02:49:39 PM
What was the name of that program? I downloaded it once, it was fun for a while
The one in the posted video is called "xtranormal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xtranormal)", and is now defunct. :(

Edit: Looks like the company has recently been bought out, and the new company intends to re-release the video-maker sometime in the near future!   :smiley:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on July 09, 2015, 02:50:12 PM
It was XtraNormal.  I actually used it in class once.  I copied the dialog from the textbook and then suddenly it was interesting! (Teechuh!  Moobie!)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 09, 2015, 02:55:02 PM
Note that I never said these "three points" you are so obsessed with are bad ideas, merely that they are time-consuming. I don't appreciate being spoken down to and I don't think my saying "sometimes these specific things take a long time" is deserving of  condescension.
My comments weren't meant to be condescending, and I apologize if it came across that way.
Was just posting info that I sincerely thought might be relevant and could possibly help a soul out.
And sometimes the humour doesn't translate well to text.  :undecided:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamienottingham on July 09, 2015, 03:00:08 PM
Plotagon and GoAnimate are two alternatives I can find... failing that I could always animate from scratch :huh:

Edit: Plotagon is free, GoAnimate is 40$ a month
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamienottingham on July 09, 2015, 05:28:50 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4N80QlxpE

I can't remember how good xtranormal was, but that was fun to make during deskwarming
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 09, 2015, 06:51:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4N80QlxpE

I can't remember how good xtranormal was, but that was fun to make during deskwarming

I like his mustache and the smooch attempt.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 08:06:12 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4N80QlxpE

I can't remember how good xtranormal was, but that was fun to make during deskwarming

I ALMOST PEED.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 08:54:36 PM
I made this, but it doesn't seem to want to upload to Youtube.

Anyways, this sis a conversation I had today: https://plotagon.com/81018 (https://plotagon.com/81018)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on July 09, 2015, 09:11:36 PM
I made this, but it doesn't seem to want to upload to Youtube.

Anyways, this sis a conversation I had today: https://plotagon.com/81018 (https://plotagon.com/81018)

i agree with your co-teacher, you might want to take a second look at your attire - i think i got an upskirt glimpse of you in that video.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 09, 2015, 09:48:55 PM
I made this, but it doesn't seem to want to upload to Youtube.

Anyways, this sis a conversation I had today: https://plotagon.com/81018 (https://plotagon.com/81018)

i agree with your co-teacher, you might want to take a second look at your attire - i think i got an upskirt glimpse of you in that video.

By Korean standards, very fashionable.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on July 10, 2015, 07:09:47 AM
Bought a hot crispy chicken burger from Lotteria (arguably the only good burger on the whole menu).

Totally agree. Sorry you had a bad experience with it.

Only when they cook it.

  :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 10, 2015, 07:49:00 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4N80QlxpE

I can't remember how good xtranormal was, but that was fun to make during deskwarming

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Hilarious.  I feel like a lot of the acting was spot on, except I didn't go in for a hug (boob grab?) at the end.  Instead, the guy should have taken a stiff drink from a flask hidden under his desk. 

Nice job!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 10, 2015, 07:54:23 AM
Why must I say hello to EVERY STUDENT individually? Why can't I just say hi to everyone as a group and have nobody get offended. "Teachaa! Me too Hello!"

Also, why don't the teachers at my school carpool, and ask me if I'd like to as well? Two of my schools are in the countryside and most of the teachers drive here from town. Its a 40 min bus ride. Now in the morning I don't mind to much. But some days Id love a drive into town rather than waiting for the bus in the rain. But even my co teachers just drive by and wave... :sad:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on July 10, 2015, 08:01:08 AM
Being switched to moderated, for like 2 weeks, with no reasonable explanation, and no Idea how I broke TOS at all....

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamienottingham on July 10, 2015, 08:03:59 AM

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Hilarious.  I feel like a lot of the acting was spot on, except I didn't go in for a hug (boob grab?) at the end.  Instead, the guy should have taken a stiff drink from a flask hidden under his desk. 

Nice job!

I also took your username very literally  ;D
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on July 10, 2015, 08:07:33 AM
Why must I say hello to EVERY STUDENT individually? Why can't I just say hi to everyone as a group and have nobody get offended. "Teachaa! Me too Hello!"

Also, why don't the teachers at my school carpool, and ask me if I'd like to as well? Two of my schools are in the countryside and most of the teachers drive here from town. Its a 40 min bus ride. Now in the morning I don't mind to much. But some days Id love a drive into town rather than waiting for the bus in the rain. But even my co teachers just drive by and wave... :sad:

The teachers drive past me when I'm walking the mile or so from the bus stop to the school. Never once have I been offered a lift rain or shine. I guess I must smell or something.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 10, 2015, 08:15:31 AM

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Hilarious.  I feel like a lot of the acting was spot on, except I didn't go in for a hug (boob grab?) at the end.  Instead, the guy should have taken a stiff drink from a flask hidden under his desk. 

Nice job!

I also took your username very literally  ;D

I liked the mustache!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 10, 2015, 08:19:21 AM
It's FRIDAYYYYYYYYYYYY  :afro:

(http://memeguy.com/photos/images/mrw-its-friday-and-my-vacation-starts-18608.gif)
hehehee thanks for this  :cheesy:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tamjen on July 10, 2015, 08:38:16 AM
It's Friday and only 8 days left counting today until summer break. I will be 90% finished my goal of being here 5 years.

My schedule has been pretty much static my entire time here, 18 classes per week. Last year I never had a single week go by in which at least 1 class wasn't cancelled. This term will pass without my teaching a full slate of 18 classes in any week. Half of next term is guaranteed to be that way as every 2nd Friday I deskwarm (this has been the norm for 3 years) because it's grammar day and the Korean teacher plows ahead and I would "slow her down". Cool!

Nearly done. Going home soon for vacation. One more term in which I'll care less than I do now as improbable as that seems.

One of my schools, the middle school, is changing entirely for next year and becoming a "Special Ed." school. Despite being a middle school the curriculum from what I have seen is much more like a Kindergarten or grade 1 elementary scene.

There is no way in hell I would stay and teach there. It's going to be a zoo. They're doubling the classes, adding a dormitory and sending all the Korean teachers to a special summer training session so they will be able to deal with the new 'ahem' level of students.

Two of the 8 teachers have already handed in their notice of retirement. They see what's coming down the pipe and are taking their pensions and getting out.

If they hire a foreigner to replace me, I feel sorry for them already. I can envision a runner in the offing.

The elementary schools will be nice still.

I have grown tired of this place - Korea -  but I'm too close to the finish line to walk now.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on July 10, 2015, 08:49:44 AM
Why must I say hello to EVERY STUDENT individually? Why can't I just say hi to everyone as a group and have nobody get offended. "Teachaa! Me too Hello!"

Also, why don't the teachers at my school carpool, and ask me if I'd like to as well? Two of my schools are in the countryside and most of the teachers drive here from town. Its a 40 min bus ride. Now in the morning I don't mind to much. But some days Id love a drive into town rather than waiting for the bus in the rain. But even my co teachers just drive by and wave... :sad:

Just an opinion, and it definitely sucks they don't ask you if you want a ride, but have you thought about asking them?  :P
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on July 10, 2015, 09:02:26 AM
Students finished their final English exam yesterday, now I get to listen to any combination of the following questions for the next two weeks:  Teacher, are we going to study today?  Can we play games today?  Are we watching a movie?  Why do we still have to study?  Yippee.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Falling_Sky on July 10, 2015, 09:14:29 AM
What do you guys normally do after the exams are finished?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Dixie Wolf on July 10, 2015, 09:15:39 AM
It's FRIDAYYYYYYYYYYYY  :afro:

(http://memeguy.com/photos/images/mrw-its-friday-and-my-vacation-starts-18608.gif)

MRW

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2ypnddk.jpg)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on July 10, 2015, 09:40:22 AM
Why must I say hello to EVERY STUDENT individually? Why can't I just say hi to everyone as a group and have nobody get offended. "Teachaa! Me too Hello!"


Haha, this.
Plus i have to ask each student individually 'how are you' or they get upset. and sometimes some of them like to answer twice.
'Teacha I'm happy'
me: great!
after i've worked my way around a class of 30 3rd graders the same kid sticks up their hand..
'Teacha I'm happy and hungry'

then all the others will decide they have a new emotion to express too, it makes asking how they are a 15 minute activity haha.
I'm not complaining though, it's actually really sweet, just very time consuming!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 10, 2015, 10:27:49 AM
Why must I say hello to EVERY STUDENT individually? Why can't I just say hi to everyone as a group and have nobody get offended. "Teachaa! Me too Hello!"

Also, why don't the teachers at my school carpool, and ask me if I'd like to as well? Two of my schools are in the countryside and most of the teachers drive here from town. Its a 40 min bus ride. Now in the morning I don't mind to much. But some days Id love a drive into town rather than waiting for the bus in the rain. But even my co teachers just drive by and wave... :sad:

Just an opinion, and it definitely sucks they don't ask you if you want a ride, but have you thought about asking them?  :P
I didn't wanna seem rude? Maybe they have things to do after school that I don't know about... But like yesterday it was pouring rain and my co teacher who I'm on good terms with, as I am with all, just drove by and waved.  Just 'cause I brought my umbrella, doesnt mean I like walking in the pouring rain...is it okay do ask or is it rude?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on July 10, 2015, 10:30:00 AM
I can't wait to get on the Soju train and drink my week away...

Friday nights - you are a island of calm in a sea of stress.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on July 10, 2015, 10:49:49 AM
Why must I say hello to EVERY STUDENT individually? Why can't I just say hi to everyone as a group and have nobody get offended. "Teachaa! Me too Hello!"

Also, why don't the teachers at my school carpool, and ask me if I'd like to as well? Two of my schools are in the countryside and most of the teachers drive here from town. Its a 40 min bus ride. Now in the morning I don't mind to much. But some days Id love a drive into town rather than waiting for the bus in the rain. But even my co teachers just drive by and wave... :sad:

The teachers drive past me when I'm walking the mile or so from the bus stop to the school. Never once have I been offered a lift rain or shine. I guess I must smell or something.

It goes both ways. Despite having arrived at school on time by bus, for the past six months, my CT (who has just found that I take the bus to school), has whipped the entire school (staff, VP, principal, lunch ladies and even the freakin' students) into a frenzy of finding me a lift. I've asked her not to bother, since I enjoy the brief 10min bus ride and staring out the window at the pretty countryside. Bless her kind heart, but she can't seem to get it into her head that a grown man can find his way to school without assistance.

At the end of class, I leave to teach at another school. She insists on waiting with me at the bus stop, to make sure I take the right bus, and ask that I text her once I arrive to make sure there's no problem.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 10, 2015, 10:51:53 AM
Every time I have to poop, the cleaning lady is in the bathroom. EVERY TIME.

I even snuck into the first floor bathroom, which I'm not allowed to use, and you know what? There she was with her radio, not thirty seconds after I had closed the stall door.

ARGH!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on July 10, 2015, 11:57:54 AM
I was once given a lift by one of the young female teachers at my school but her car contained many mini Jesus statues and other Christian iconography. It was a little off putting to say the least.

Anyway, its best not to ride with your teachers, you will only have to make awkward conversation.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Timo on July 10, 2015, 12:01:38 PM
I have a completely irrational hatred of when people do this (the one on the right of the picture):

(http://currentconfig.com/images/tp_diag01.gif)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on July 10, 2015, 12:08:06 PM
Why will my school not turn the air con on?  It's a hot day in July. :-[
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: country09 on July 10, 2015, 12:08:19 PM
Every time I have to poop, the cleaning lady is in the bathroom. EVERY TIME.

I even snuck into the first floor bathroom, which I'm not allowed to use, and you know what? There she was with her radio, not thirty seconds after I had closed the stall door.

ARGH!

You are not allowed to use a bathroom in your school? What is the reason they gave you? Seems strange
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on July 10, 2015, 12:20:50 PM
Finished the last of my speaking tests today, BOOYAH.

(http://media.giphy.com/media/EZfSD2dj78kQ8/giphy.gif)

Today's lunch kind of sucked though and now I have nothing to do until the end of the day except be hungry. Going to get some delicious shabu shabu later, but that seems impossibly far from now.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on July 10, 2015, 12:36:19 PM
Co-teacher bemused as to why I am llistening to amazing grace while laughing.

http://www.lamebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/amazing.jpg

3 hours to go
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mashley30 on July 10, 2015, 12:37:02 PM
my boiler was leaking last night and this morning, didn't sleep much, went into work late, my coworker helped call someone up, all fixed now. i reeeally like my school tbh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tikleme_elmo on July 10, 2015, 12:48:18 PM
I have a completely irrational hatred of when people do this (the one on the right of the picture):

(http://currentconfig.com/images/tp_diag01.gif)

I have heard this before but never understood why one is better than the other. I am perplexed as to the benefits of an outward facing sheet versus an inward one... Please enlighten me

EDIT: Reminds me of my hatred for toothpaste anarchists: (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FU248d3zwpU/U9L1d00LXfI/AAAAAAAANTk/QB18KafCWlE/s1600/Tip+-+How+to+Squeeze+Toothpaste+3.jpg)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The 13th Earl on July 10, 2015, 01:01:00 PM
There's an Ediya coffee shop opened under my building and the past three days a guy dressed in a clown suit has been bothering me with flyers while speaking in a stupid voice.

If he's there on Monday, he's going down.


Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 10, 2015, 01:05:56 PM
Every time I have to poop, the cleaning lady is in the bathroom. EVERY TIME.

I even snuck into the first floor bathroom, which I'm not allowed to use, and you know what? There she was with her radio, not thirty seconds after I had closed the stall door.

ARGH!

You are not allowed to use a bathroom in your school? What is the reason they gave you? Seems strange

I made the mistake of using the bathroom when there was a Korean teacher in another stall. She was most upset. How DARE I? So I am only allowed to use one bathroom in the school, the one nearest my classroom.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on July 10, 2015, 01:13:45 PM
I have a completely irrational hatred of when people do this (the one on the right of the picture):

(http://currentconfig.com/images/tp_diag01.gif)

I have heard this before but never understood why one is better than the other. I am perplexed as to the benefits of an facing sheet versus an inward one... Please enlighten me
It's simple, really.  The right way (green) causes the next free sheet to hang from the roll away from the wall (by the width of the roll itself).  This makes it extremely easy to put your hand behind it and pull the paper.

The wrong way (red) on the other hand (and it is wrong, this is not subjective, it is a fact) causes the free sheet to be against the wall.  It's further away (by the width of the roll) and you have to paw at it and get hold of the the free end before you can pull.

If you have never considered this before then I am very surprised.  I suppose it is possible that you have led a charmed life and, despite random chance, every toilet you have ever used has happened to have the roll installed the Right Way.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: 외계인 on July 10, 2015, 01:22:08 PM
I have a completely irrational hatred of when people do this (the one on the right of the picture):

(http://currentconfig.com/images/tp_diag01.gif)

I have heard this before but never understood why one is better than the other. I am perplexed as to the benefits of an outward facing sheet versus an inward one... Please enlighten me

EDIT: Reminds me of my hatred for toothpaste anarchists: (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FU248d3zwpU/U9L1d00LXfI/AAAAAAAANTk/QB18KafCWlE/s1600/Tip+-+How+to+Squeeze+Toothpaste+3.jpg)

Nice creepy avatar.

P.S. You better watch your toothpaste.  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tikleme_elmo on July 10, 2015, 01:32:28 PM

It's simple, really.  The right way (green) causes the next free sheet to hang from the roll away from the wall (by the width of the roll itself).  This makes it extremely easy to put your hand behind it and pull the paper.

The wrong way (red) on the other hand (and it is wrong, this is not subjective, it is a fact) causes the free sheet to be against the wall.  It's further away (by the width of the roll) and you have to paw at it and get hold of the the free end before you can pull.

If you have never considered this before then I am very surprised.  I suppose it is possible that you have led a charmed life and, despite random chance, every toilet you have ever used has happened to have the roll installed the Right Way.

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/GD6qtc2_AQA/hqdefault.jpg)

Interesting, yet unconvincing. I guess I will just continue to lead a life of toilet paper chaos and entropy.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 10, 2015, 01:34:38 PM
(http://currentconfig.com/images/tp_diag01.gif)
This is only true if you don't have pets or small children.
The one on the right is slightly less likely to be used to decorate your home with shredded and or drooled-on paper.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 10, 2015, 01:48:33 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: KirbyFan112 on July 10, 2015, 02:02:13 PM
Moving out of my 6 pyeong mosquito box apartment which has literally no windows this weekend. I think the teacher spent literally five minutes one afternoon looking for an apartment for the native teacher.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The 13th Earl on July 10, 2015, 02:13:58 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

I quit in April 2003 while serving in the British Navy (that WAS hard) my social life died too as I couldn't go out anywhere and when I did, I found drunk people annoying.

I got some semblance of a social life back at one stage in early 2006 and found I could go out and have a criac with some mates but it got too boring.

I started drinking again in the Dominican Republic on May 7th 2006 and it was the worse decision of my life. 

In short, I'd love to quit once again but it's cheap to get drunk here and everybody else is falling down drunk, so I may as well join in.

That new flavoured soju is the devil BTW.


Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kaasenham on July 10, 2015, 02:14:04 PM
https://www.youtube.com/embed/EIyixC9NsLI
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: 외계인 on July 10, 2015, 02:15:05 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

In Korea, good question.  Back home I can think of a couple other options.  :wink:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The 13th Earl on July 10, 2015, 02:18:48 PM
Yes but the other options lead to 'other' options and then you've a bigger problem than when you started out. Believe me, I've been there.


Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on July 10, 2015, 02:21:34 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

have you tried joining some hobby or activity groups on meetup.com? there's a lot of stuff that goes on that doesn't involve booze. hiking clubs, rock climbing, badminton, tennis, paragliding, etc.

could make some new friends that way, maybe start a new hobby if you haven't done any of those things before ^^
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on July 10, 2015, 02:29:52 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

In Korea, good question.  Back home I can think of a couple other options.  :wink:

Genetics... taste buds... etc...

Personally, I used to be an alcoholic... now beer tastes like crap to me... I used to love the taste of beer. Some things attributed to me quitting drinking, but overall I just got tired of it... and one day I realized I hadn't had a drink in a couple weeks... after that... uh yeah... just cold turkey. Nowadays I'll have a drink about once a month in social situations, but that's it. I don't feel compelled to drink in many situations now. Just don't. Don't know how to better explain it. I became a different person, and it's only then that you can understand that to some people alcohol's charm just doesn't work.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 10, 2015, 02:29:57 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

I quit in April 2003 while serving in the British Navy (that WAS hard) my social life died too as I couldn't go out anywhere and when I did, I found drunk people annoying.

I got some semblance of a social life back at one stage in early 2006 and found I could go out and have a criac with some mates but it got too boring.

I started drinking again in the Dominican Republic on May 7th 2006 and it was the worse decision of my life. 

In short, I'd love to quit once again but it's cheap to get drunk here and everybody else is falling down drunk, so I may as well join in.

That new flavoured soju is the devil BTW.

Ha. I was in the US Navy myself, and I made no attempts whatsoever to curtail my drinking in those days. Only quit this time because blood tests showed some weirdness with my liver, and further tests lead a doctor to tell me that, while my Liver isn't completely shot yet, it'd be in my best interests to knock it off with the booze if I don't want it to become useless in the near future.

I've tried developing a social life by involving myself with the local music scene, but annoyingly, gigs tend to be at bars and clubs here, and then everyone wants to hang out and get drunk after the show's over. Plus, when I was in a band with other expats, they all ended up leaving after a few months, and now that I'm in a band with Koreans, none of them really want anything to do with me outside of band practice and gigs, so I'm not really getting the boost in my social life that I was hoping to get.

I know this sounds really whiny or pity-party-esque, but I'm mostly just saying this stuff out loud and in public to get it off my chest. It's a bit therapeutic.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on July 10, 2015, 02:31:32 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

have you tried joining some hobby or activity groups on meetup.com? there's a lot of stuff that goes on that doesn't involve booze. hiking clubs, rock climbing, badminton, tennis, paragliding, etc.

could make some new friends that way, maybe start a new hobby if you haven't done any of those things before ^^

This! Definitely check meetup.com if you're near Seoul. If you want to have some sober fun, going out during the daytime will be your best bet. If there's no meetups near you, you can try facebook too. I know there's some travel groups on there if you ever want to tag along to a baseball game or go paragliding or something.

If that doesn't pan out though, you can always join a church?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 10, 2015, 02:35:19 PM
have you tried joining some hobby or activity groups on meetup.com? there's a lot of stuff that goes on that doesn't involve booze. hiking clubs, rock climbing, badminton, tennis, paragliding, etc.

could make some new friends that way, maybe start a new hobby if you haven't done any of those things before ^^


I don't really do the physical activity thing after getting double knee surgery my first month in Korea (thanks, mandatory staff volleyball!). I really like hiking and Korea has a lot of places that look like they'd be great for it, but I always end up sat on my ass with an ice pack on my knee for two or three days afterwards whenever I give it a try anymore. Same goes for pretty much any physical exertion that isn't impact-free, annoyingly.

As I mentioned after you posted this, though, I'm trying to somehow meet people through music. Hasn't quite worked out according to plan yet, but it's what I've got, so I'll keep trying.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Schellib39 on July 10, 2015, 02:46:44 PM
so it's another Friday afternoon. My school had finals this week that lasted Monday through Thursday. I literally spent the entire day preparing for my summer camp during those 4 days. Today at lunch, I am talking to one of the Korean teachers and she informs me that summer camp may now be cancelled due to construction at the school. They haven't made the decision one way or the other yet....

If it is cancelled, then it looks like I will have 2 weeks of my winter camp planned already. If it's not, then I have my summer camp mostly prepared and finished.

What really irks me is why they cannot make an f-ing decision here one way or the other and let me know in advance. Pull the f-ing trigger and say yes or no to the construction! If it is cancelled, I'm going to be a bit irked at the situation as I could have spent those 4 days on planning and preparing for other classes and lessons for next semester.

The lack of any common sense and logic in this country still boggles my mind, even after having spent the past 6+ years here now.

Heading down to Busan at 6pm, so in reality it will be the last thing on my mind come then...but until I leave in 30mins, I can't get over the complete ignorance here at times. How does anything actually productive happen in this country? :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on July 10, 2015, 02:51:42 PM
have you tried joining some hobby or activity groups on meetup.com? there's a lot of stuff that goes on that doesn't involve booze. hiking clubs, rock climbing, badminton, tennis, paragliding, etc.

could make some new friends that way, maybe start a new hobby if you haven't done any of those things before ^^


I don't really do the physical activity thing after getting double knee surgery my first month in Korea (thanks, mandatory staff volleyball!). I really like hiking and Korea has a lot of places that look like they'd be great for it, but I always end up sat on my ass with an ice pack on my knee for two or three days afterwards whenever I give it a try anymore. Same goes for pretty much any physical exertion that isn't impact-free, annoyingly.

As I mentioned after you posted this, though, I'm trying to somehow meet people through music. Hasn't quite worked out according to plan yet, but it's what I've got, so I'll keep trying.

Search around on meetup.com, those things i posted are just examples. There are a few music-based meetups on their -  Seoul jazz lovers, seoul drummers, a few other things.

There's even random stuff like Bitcoin meetups. I you live somewhere else besides Seoul you  can search for stuff in the city you live in, or the closest major city to you.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: 외계인 on July 10, 2015, 02:53:44 PM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

In Korea, good question.  Back home I can think of a couple other options.  :wink:

Genetics... taste buds... etc...

Personally, I used to be an alcoholic... now beer tastes like crap to me... I used to love the taste of beer. Some things attributed to me quitting drinking, but overall I just got tired of it... and one day I realized I hadn't had a drink in a couple weeks... after that... uh yeah... just cold turkey. Nowadays I'll have a drink about once a month in social situations, but that's it. I don't feel compelled to drink in many situations now. Just don't. Don't know how to better explain it. I became a different person, and it's only then that you can understand that to some people alcohol's charm just doesn't work.

Yeah, Cass will do that to you..  :undecided:


Yes but the other options lead to 'other' options and then you've a bigger problem than when you started out. Believe me, I've been there.

Not necessarily true for everyone. But, let's leave it at that.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tamjen on July 10, 2015, 10:20:07 PM
Well it's still Friday, it's late and I am quite drunk.

This is a ramble although I am not sure if it is pointless or not.

I am sad. Ironically, I am sad because I am not sad.

You see, last Sunday my brother died. There's another thread where some folks thought it was sad I didn't care about my brother. But, it is what it is. You can't pick your family.

I was happy when my sister emailed me with the news of my brother's death. I hated him. I have my reasons and they are legitimate.

But, after a week of thought, I am sad that I am not sad. I do not know if you can understand. I have 3 friends who have siblings with which they have a relationship that leads them to feel the same. Most people though, love their siblings.

I am sad because I am not sad. Can you possibly understand?

I wish I had had a wonderful loving relationship with my brother, but I didn't.

So, there's my pointless Friday rambling.

I'll mention that I am the last surviving male in my family. I have no children. Thus, when I die, that is the end of my family tree. It is something I planned on and something I am delighted about. That's kind of sad too.

My family was very nice but a total mess.

Rambling on a Friday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on July 13, 2015, 03:30:08 PM
School gave me 50,000 won for my english camp. Used half to buy stuff for camp, and the other half for snacks. Bill came out to be 49,953. Pretty proud of myself.  Only regret is that I should've put more thought into what I was buying so that I'd get an even 50,000.

Oh well, gonna count it as a success on a Friday afternoon.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 13, 2015, 09:12:01 PM
Well it's still Friday, it's late and I am quite drunk.

This is a ramble although I am not sure if it is pointless or not.

I am sad. Ironically, I am sad because I am not sad.

You see, last Sunday my brother died. There's another thread where some folks thought it was sad I didn't care about my brother. But, it is what it is. You can't pick your family.

I was happy when my sister emailed me with the news of my brother's death. I hated him. I have my reasons and they are legitimate.

But, after a week of thought, I am sad that I am not sad. I do not know if you can understand. I have 3 friends who have siblings with which they have a relationship that leads them to feel the same. Most people though, love their siblings.

I am sad because I am not sad. Can you possibly understand?

I wish I had had a wonderful loving relationship with my brother, but I didn't.

So, there's my pointless Friday rambling.

I'll mention that I am the last surviving male in my family. I have no children. Thus, when I die, that is the end of my family tree. It is something I planned on and something I am delighted about. That's kind of sad too.

My family was very nice but a total mess.

Rambling on a Friday.



I'm really sorry to hear this.  Both because there's a loss of life and because of your bad relationship with your brother.  It's okay to feel the way you do, there's simply no other way to feel. 

Good luck in the future, I hope if you haven't already, you can deal with the issues you had with your brother and move on from it.  We don't get to choose our families, and sometimes cutting someone loose is the only way both of you can be happy.  There will always be a connection, but I hope you can get to a place where you're ok with not being sorry. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on July 14, 2015, 01:26:04 PM
...Some man just came in and took out my big air conditioner in the ceiling...

...No ever one tells me anything...  :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on July 14, 2015, 01:32:13 PM
Due to budget cuts, and the way GEPIK/EPIK contracts are...


There is absolutely NO REASON for a school to renew you.

It's cheaper for them to let you go, and get some new person every year, who might even be willing to work for less. 

Rinse repeat.

Sorta lame. We are whored out by the Park administration now.


Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 14, 2015, 01:48:17 PM
Due to budget cuts, and the way GEPIK/EPIK contracts are...


There is absolutely NO REASON for a school to renew you.

It's cheaper for them to let you go, and get some new person every year, who might even be willing to work for less. 

Rinse repeat.

Sorta lame. We are whored out by the Park administration now.

Actually, with the new contracts it should be cheaper to keep a teacher now than getting a new one.  As far as I know (I didn't renew), they eliminated the renewal bonus of 2.0.  So, if you stay with the school EPIK pays nothing.  If you leave they have to pay 1.3 to you to fly out, and 1.3 to the new teacher.  That more than makes up for the increase of 100k/month you'd get as a raise. 

HOWEVER, Korea has never been about common sense or logic, especially when it comes to power trips and foreigners.  EPIK and schools in general still prefer to get a new teacher each year.  Every year you're here, you grow smarter and less easily manipulated.  That's no good.  A higher up at EPIK/SMOE has already admitted to a bunch of us that their new policy is to seek out inexperienced newbies over finding experienced or qualified vets.  What's funny is that EPIK is upping their necessary qualifications (in-class TOESL, for example) while completely lowering the experience requirement.  They want to get a highly trained, yet completely inexperienced (both in teaching and living in Korea) professional for 2.0/month and 4 weeks of vacation. 

I've enjoyed my time with SMOE, but you'd have to be an idiot to come here on these new contracts now.  There are other jobs and other countries that offer so much more (money and/or benefits) with such better options.  Sorry, it was never about coming to Korea because this country was awesome.  It was about the ease, the pay and the vacation to better countries in the area.  EPIK has essentially eliminated all those incentives now.   People say Korea is where Japan was 15 years ago in terms of job market.  The difference is, people will actually work for peanuts to live in Japan.  The country and culture are actual draws.  No one is going to break even to live in Korea.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on July 14, 2015, 01:49:27 PM
Due to budget cuts, and the way GEPIK/EPIK contracts are...


There is absolutely NO REASON for a school to renew you.

It's cheaper for them to let you go, and get some new person every year, who might even be willing to work for less. 

Rinse repeat.

Sorta lame. We are whored out by the Park administration now.

Please show your working...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on July 14, 2015, 02:01:44 PM
Due to budget cuts, and the way GEPIK/EPIK contracts are...


There is absolutely NO REASON for a school to renew you.

It's cheaper for them to let you go, and get some new person every year, who might even be willing to work for less. 

Rinse repeat.

Sorta lame. We are whored out by the Park administration now.

Actually, with the new contracts it should be cheaper to keep a teacher now than getting a new one.  As far as I know (I didn't renew), they eliminated the renewal bonus of 2.0.  So, if you stay with the school EPIK pays nothing.  If you leave they have to pay 1.3 to you to fly out, and 1.3 to the new teacher.  That more than makes up for the increase of 100k/month you'd get as a raise. 

HOWEVER, Korea has never been about common sense or logic, especially when it comes to power trips and foreigners.  EPIK and schools in general still prefer to get a new teacher each year.  Every year you're here, you grow smarter and less easily manipulated.  That's no good.  A higher up at EPIK/SMOE has already admitted to a bunch of us that their new policy is to seek out inexperienced newbies over finding experienced or qualified vets.  What's funny is that EPIK is upping their necessary qualifications (in-class TOESL, for example) while completely lowering the experience requirement.  They want to get a highly trained, yet completely inexperienced (both in teaching and living in Korea) professional for 2.0/month and 4 weeks of vacation. 

I've enjoyed my time with SMOE, but you'd have to be an idiot to come here on these new contracts now.  There are other jobs and other countries that offer so much more (money and/or benefits) with such better options.  Sorry, it was never about coming to Korea because this country was awesome.  It was about the ease, the pay and the vacation to better countries in the area.  EPIK has essentially eliminated all those incentives now.   People say Korea is where Japan was 15 years ago in terms of job market.  The difference is, people will actually work for peanuts to live in Japan.  The country and culture are actual draws.  No one is going to break even to live in Korea.

I think you're in the wrong thread... (http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,88840.0.html)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tamjen on July 15, 2015, 10:41:20 AM
Every year you're here, you grow smarter and less easily manipulated. 

Yep. This. Absolutely solid gold words.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 15, 2015, 01:59:23 PM
Due to budget cuts, and the way GEPIK/EPIK contracts are...


There is absolutely NO REASON for a school to renew you.

It's cheaper for them to let you go, and get some new person every year, who might even be willing to work for less. 

Rinse repeat.

Sorta lame. We are whored out by the Park administration now.

Actually, with the new contracts it should be cheaper to keep a teacher now than getting a new one.  As far as I know (I didn't renew), they eliminated the renewal bonus of 2.0.  So, if you stay with the school EPIK pays nothing.  If you leave they have to pay 1.3 to you to fly out, and 1.3 to the new teacher.  That more than makes up for the increase of 100k/month you'd get as a raise. 

HOWEVER, Korea has never been about common sense or logic, especially when it comes to power trips and foreigners.  EPIK and schools in general still prefer to get a new teacher each year.  Every year you're here, you grow smarter and less easily manipulated.  That's no good.  A higher up at EPIK/SMOE has already admitted to a bunch of us that their new policy is to seek out inexperienced newbies over finding experienced or qualified vets.  What's funny is that EPIK is upping their necessary qualifications (in-class TOESL, for example) while completely lowering the experience requirement.  They want to get a highly trained, yet completely inexperienced (both in teaching and living in Korea) professional for 2.0/month and 4 weeks of vacation. 

I've enjoyed my time with SMOE, but you'd have to be an idiot to come here on these new contracts now.  There are other jobs and other countries that offer so much more (money and/or benefits) with such better options.  Sorry, it was never about coming to Korea because this country was awesome.  It was about the ease, the pay and the vacation to better countries in the area.  EPIK has essentially eliminated all those incentives now.   People say Korea is where Japan was 15 years ago in terms of job market.  The difference is, people will actually work for peanuts to live in Japan.  The country and culture are actual draws.  No one is going to break even to live in Korea.

This is brilliant.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: royalmilktea on July 15, 2015, 02:09:27 PM
dunno how i managed to do it, but after explaining to my two schools that i was feeling down and out lately, one of my co-teachers suggested i take a break at home. so I will be going home for the first time in 2 years for 추석, with 2 extra days off.

Sometimes, things work out here- and it carries you through the no A/C, crazy chaos that is your everyday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tamjen on July 16, 2015, 11:13:25 AM
Every year you're here, you grow smarter and less easily manipulated. 

Yep. This. Absolutely solid gold words.

Maybe that's why it's a bit bumpy for me. Never been any good with authority, I question and defy everything. It's a little bit of actual ODD to be honest.

I started doing this thing where every day after I come home from school, I'll write "yes" or "no" on my calendar about whether I want to renew that day. I figured if I have more than 70% "yes", I'll renew.

Only reasons I really would want to is for the money and to be able to say "I lived in Korea 2 years" (saying one year sounds a bit unimpressive). Lol I have issues :undecided:

We all have issues man! :-)

I cast aside the reins of oppression the moment I was debt free haha. Strangely, it seems my school overlords have bent to my will. I didn't expect that. Perhaps, in the quiet moments of their private thoughts they appreciate a show of strength. Kinda like how I feel when my Doberman stands up to me for a bit.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on July 17, 2015, 01:45:15 PM
TGIF y'all! How's everyone's Friday going?

My school is finishing a bit early today so all of the teachers can leave on a retreat. I'm the only one wearing the 'uniform' shirt that was given to us and subsequently, feel like a idiot. On the plus side, everyone has been telling me how good it looks on me.

The down side is that wherever we're going, it's a 4 hour drive. At least they gave me a bag of snacks.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Space on July 17, 2015, 02:02:02 PM
I forgot it was even Friday today.

I've got piss splash on my slipper.

I'm going home to nap.... then I'm gonna drink some 순하리. and maybe eat some 삼겹살...

See ya laterz, suckers.

Have a good weekend!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 24, 2015, 08:00:57 AM
I just farted~~~
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on July 24, 2015, 08:36:31 AM
Deskwarming basically alone in the gym with no desk or computer or anything to do. Life is....something.  :blank:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: MartinBrez on July 24, 2015, 08:44:22 AM
Ok, my co-teacher told me that all of the home room teachers and the VP are p*ssed off as parents are calling and complaining about the most trivial things everyday.

He told me that one parent was angry that a homeroom teacher yelled at her sixth grade daughter for not listening and answering back. The teacher told the angry parent that their child was not listening and was being rude. The parent got more p*ssed off and threatened to sue the school.

Jesus wept  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: dizzl on July 24, 2015, 09:28:45 AM
Today I feel a bit overly paranoid.
After an argument with my ct late yesterday she has come in today and been constantly pounding away at her keyboard all morning.

I think I am going to be in trouble for standing up for myself. I guess I have to wait and see. I will accept my fate even if she tries to sabotage my renewal. But I am going to go down swinging.

Or she has forgotten about it and life carries on... and I am delusional. I wish I were happy delusional. I think the random cirucular cloud above my school right now might be a UFO in disguise. I hope it takes me away for a nice holiday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on July 24, 2015, 09:30:17 AM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

have you tried joining some hobby or activity groups on meetup.com? there's a lot of stuff that goes on that doesn't involve booze. hiking clubs, rock climbing, badminton, tennis, paragliding, etc.

could make some new friends that way, maybe start a new hobby if you haven't done any of those things before ^^

This! Definitely check meetup.com if you're near Seoul. If you want to have some sober fun, going out during the daytime will be your best bet. If there's no meetups near you, you can try facebook too. I know there's some travel groups on there if you ever want to tag along to a baseball game or go paragliding or something.

If that doesn't pan out though, you can always join a church?

That's just it, isn't it?
Social interactions, these days, seem to have an omnipresent alcoholic component/catalyst.
The fact that social interactions are now awkward tell you that they were not meaningful
to begin with, the veil has been lifted. So, basically you have nothing to gain from them and
they were/are a complete waste of your time.

The fact that you have nothing to do and are moping around means that your drinking simply
distracted you from realising that you don't really do anything else with your time (Hope I'm not sounding too harsh, bro).

I know it sounds corny, but explore yourself. I found my passion for music pretty late in life, you need to find something that you enjoy doing and will actively pursue.

Best of luck
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on July 24, 2015, 09:41:27 AM
After a solid twelve years of boozing it up several times a week, I quit drinking alcohol cold turkey in November of 2013. I still haven't figured how people manage to have alcohol-free social lives. I'll try to go out and be social, but I'm apparently just terrible at being around other people unless my inhibitions are chemically lowered.

It's frustrating, because I'll sit at home alone moping about how I wish I had more social contact, but then I'll go out to try to socialize and just come home feeling worse than I did before going out because everything just feels super awkward all evening.

How the h3ll do sober people maintain their sanity? I MUST KNOW THEIR SECRETS.

have you tried joining some hobby or activity groups on meetup.com? there's a lot of stuff that goes on that doesn't involve booze. hiking clubs, rock climbing, badminton, tennis, paragliding, etc.

could make some new friends that way, maybe start a new hobby if you haven't done any of those things before ^^

This! Definitely check meetup.com if you're near Seoul. If you want to have some sober fun, going out during the daytime will be your best bet. If there's no meetups near you, you can try facebook too. I know there's some travel groups on there if you ever want to tag along to a baseball game or go paragliding or something.

If that doesn't pan out though, you can always join a church?

That's just it, isn't it?
Social interactions, these days, seem to have an omnipresent alcoholic component/catalyst.
The fact that social interactions are now awkward tell you that they were not meaningful
to begin with, the veil has been lifted. So, basically you have nothing to gain from them and
they were/are a complete waste of your time.

The fact that you have nothing to do and are moping around means that your drinking simply
distracted you from realising that you don't really do anything else with your time (Hope I'm not sounding too harsh, bro).

I know it sounds corny, but explore yourself. I found my passion for music pretty late in life, you need to find something that you enjoy doing and will actively pursue.

Best of luck
I have taken up makgeolli making so I can make my own Awkwardness Avoiding Substance™
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on July 24, 2015, 10:05:58 AM
I spent the past week twiddling my thumbs and working on 3 prezis and 1 ppt for summer camp. I even felt guilty at points for wasting so much time.
Then today, my co teacher came back from her bit of vacay and told me I had done such an amazing job on preparing for the summer camp and that she feels guilty.
I guess procrastinating and half assing can pay off...  :undecided:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on July 24, 2015, 11:37:57 AM
That's just it, isn't it?
Social interactions, these days, seem to have an omnipresent alcoholic component/catalyst.
The fact that social interactions are now awkward tell you that they were not meaningful
to begin with, the veil has been lifted. So, basically you have nothing to gain from them and
they were/are a complete waste of your time.

The fact that you have nothing to do and are moping around means that your drinking simply
distracted you from realising that you don't really do anything else with your time (Hope I'm not sounding too harsh, bro).

I know it sounds corny, but explore yourself. I found my passion for music pretty late in life, you need to find something that you enjoy doing and will actively pursue.

Best of luck

Music is how I'm trying to do it, though it's slow going. I've played in bands off and on for the better part of the last 18 years, but I didn't really try to do anything with it in Korea until I stopped drinking. Since quitting, I've played in two different bands, and actually just started doing session work for another band last night to prepare for an upcoming gig with them. It's rough trying to get a foothold in a scene where I don't really speak the language well enough to communicate effectively, but it's slowly opening doors for me.

Of course, the gigs are all at bars or clubs and everyone wants to stick around and drink afterwards, soooo....   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: walrus on July 24, 2015, 12:02:06 PM
Woke up and found that Lou Lamoriello had been hired as the next Leafs G.M. Blew my mind! Payed bills, bought Yen for my J-land trip and came in to school, even though it's a day off, to finish up last minute things for next Monday. First day of camp.

Was that pointless enough? Hope so.

Have a good summer all!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 24, 2015, 12:06:59 PM
Weeks before camp:

Co-teacher: I have an idea for camp.  Don't worry too much about it, I will just need your help at that time. 

Me:  :smiley:

Literally 2 days before camp starts, approximately 2pm in the afternoon in the middle of one of my afternoon classes (my CT has none):

Co-teacher: What do you have prepared for camp?  We cannot use anything from the past, not even 5 years ago.  It must be new!  But I will prepare the 2nd week of camp.  That's fair, right?  You can relax in week 2. 

Me:  :-[

At the end of that day:

Co-teacher: I have decided we should do *this* kind of camp.  You should prepare it from scratch and send me all the information tomorrow morning so I can approve it.  See you tomorrow!  Oh, by the way, I'm SO BUSY!

Me:  >:(

The next day, one day before camp starts:

Co-teacher: This is good.  But let's change this, and that, and this...and that.  For no reason, I just want to pretend that this is my project and I'm the boss.  You won't change anything and I'll forget about it in 5 minutes.  But right now I'm aggressively changing everything and refuse to listen to anything you say!

Me:  :undecided:

Every single day of camp:

Co-teacher: I have no idea what's going on because I refused to listen to you.  Instead I'm going to give the kids contradictory instructions for every activity and try to completely change what's happening in the middle of it!  You will then stay for several hours after we're done to prepare for the next day while I go home!

Me:  :shocked:

Today, Friday 12:10pm, the exact end of week one:

Co-teacher: So, what do you have prepared for next week? 

Me:  :huh:


Next week is my last week here, so I have not a single eff to give.  They can play games all week for all I care.  I told my CT, "You said you would prepare for next week!"  to which I got the Korean motto, "SO BUSY!". 

Oh Korea....I wish I could say I'll miss you.  But I'll think of you every time someone doesn't dump all their work on me while trying desperately to convince everyone else that they are doing all of it. 

Go have a nap, Korea.  You look tired. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: z80 on July 24, 2015, 12:18:31 PM
The contract teacher at my school is the only one in my whole school that is actually busy because everyone lumps her with the work they couldn't be bothered doing.

She is the only one I have never heard say "I'm so busy".

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on July 24, 2015, 12:26:44 PM
The contract teacher at my school is the only one in my whole school that is actually busy because everyone lumps her with the work they couldn't be bothered doing.

She is the only one I have never heard say "I'm so busy".
Agreed
my co teacher is a contract teacher, she teaches over 30 hours a week at 3 diferent schools, never once will you hear her complain
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 24, 2015, 12:37:35 PM
The contract teacher at my school is the only one in my whole school that is actually busy because everyone lumps her with the work they couldn't be bothered doing.

She is the only one I have never heard say "I'm so busy".

That's usually how it works.  If you have time to go out of your way to try to convince everyone else how busy you are, you're probably not actually that busy. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 24, 2015, 12:40:08 PM
The contract teacher at my school is the only one in my whole school that is actually busy because everyone lumps her with the work they couldn't be bothered doing.

She is the only one I have never heard say "I'm so busy".

That's usually how it works.  If you have time to go out of your way to try to convince everyone else how busy you are, you're probably not actually that busy.

I really think the "I'm so busy" lie is a form of one-upmanship. Like, "You have to do this because I'M SO BUSY" is shorthand for "I am more important than and superior to you, so do my bidding."

I am the only person I know with an abominably lazy contract teacher coworker, but she is literally a piece of human garbage, so I won't draw comparisons.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: z80 on July 24, 2015, 12:41:34 PM
I agree with meepmoopimmarobots

Maybe it's just an English problem.

Like the one that Koreans have with the word 외국인 that they say means foreigner but in actual fact seems to mean "Not Korean".

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mashley30 on July 24, 2015, 12:49:14 PM
I agree with meepmoopimmarobots

Maybe it's just an English problem.

Like the one that Koreans have with the word 외국인 that they say means foreigner but in actual fact seems to mean "Not Korean".

It's cultural. No one wants to look idle. to save face, you say you're busy. Sometimes I think it's a way to ease social tension for those who are actually busy, even if it is backwards to us.

My cot has been letting me hang out in the office cause we're showing movies and I got camp and korean class work to do. She's the best. But one of the teachers in my office makes me feel shitty for it: "ohhh wow you're soooooooo lucky" etc. Ok, but you also only teach 12 classes a week compared to my 24 during the semester.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on July 24, 2015, 01:03:44 PM
I organised my camp by myself.  My co-t is very good, but frankly I'd like no interference.

I hacked together a handful of different activities and presented a list.  "That's good!" is the response I got, so I am running with it.

My co-t is actually not here, as he is on training (because camp is not important).  However, next week all of the teachers will be away on training, but I have to stay (because camp is so important).

I'm happy because so far the kids love my activities and we are having a blast.

Oh, and my camp plans are not so much 'plans' as 'ideas for something to do'.  No paperwork required.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: z80 on July 24, 2015, 01:19:51 PM

It's cultural. No one wants to look idle. to save face, you say you're busy. Sometimes I think it's a way to ease social tension for those who are actually busy, even if it is backwards to us.


Korean culture to save face cost me close to 200000 won this week, So right now my tolerance for lies and bull shit is quite low.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The 13th Earl on July 24, 2015, 01:31:56 PM
One of my younger students stinks of piss and it's making me retch.


Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on July 24, 2015, 01:41:18 PM

It's cultural. No one wants to look idle. to save face, you say you're busy. Sometimes I think it's a way to ease social tension for those who are actually busy, even if it is backwards to us.


Korean culture to save face cost me close to 200000 won this week, So right now my tolerance for lies and bull shit is quite low.

High five of sadness!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on July 24, 2015, 01:54:21 PM
Korean culture to save face cost me close to 200000 won this week, So right now my tolerance for lies and bull shit is quite low.
Ouch, that's a lot of money!  :sad:
Would it be insensitive of me to ask you to entertain us with your tale of woe?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: donuts81 on July 24, 2015, 04:10:55 PM
I agree with meepmoopimmarobots

Maybe it's just an English problem.

Like the one that Koreans have with the word 외국인 that they say means foreigner but in actual fact seems to mean "Not Korean".

So they might be saying "not relaxed" but it's translated as busy
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: orangeman on July 24, 2015, 07:42:28 PM
Here's my "Leaving Korea, No More Mr. Nice Guy Friday Night After A Few Drinks" opinion on some things brought up here. 

1) Camp: I've been here many years and always prepared and taught my own camp.  The thing is, there was freedom there where I did everything without someone looking over my shoulder. Now it's last minute and it's like I have to get things "approved" and my CT needs to change things all the time just to "be in charge".  It's incredibly frustrating and condescending.  Prepare an activity for a couple of hours only for her to come in the next day and cut in half, tell the kids the answers even before we start and generally create a mood of impatience.  My CT is actually a very good teacher, a nice lady and excellent in English.  But it's that Koreaness, that need to micromanage and bully.  Let me do my job, or feel free to do it yourself.  You can't sort of do both on a whim.  It's exhausting. 

2) The busyness is definitely oneupmanship.  Everything's a competition here, and since busyness is such a defining feature of Korea why would that be anything else?  It's everything negative.  You're hungry?  I'M HUNGRIER!  I have to scream out in pain every time I see a picture of food!  You're cold?  I'M COLDER!  I have to scream "Chuwha!" every 2 seconds to convince everyone how much colder I am than them.  You're busy?  I'M BUSIER!  I have to run around and throw things and randomly start crying like a 5 year old suffering from bi-polar disorder so everyone knows I'm so busy. You're drunk?  I'M DRUNKER!  I will stumble and shout and heave in the middle of the street to bring up that kimchi pizza so everyone knows just how drunk I am!  It's a race to the bottom, who's worse off.  No room for positivity or happiness, which just fuels this soulless drab society.  Everything has to be hard.  It's exhausting. 

3) I'm convinced that saving face is just an excuse to be selfish, lazy and cowardly.  Yes, I accept it to a degree in Asia, and really every society has some level of saving face.  But in Korea we can't tell a little brat not to stab another kid with scissors because, GASP!, that would make him lose face.  Can't tell an old man who is sexually assaulting a woman to stop because, GASP!, that would cause him to lose face.  Maybe you're telling me to shut up and take it because you're just too lazy to do anything about it.  Get off your ass and ask the accountant when I'll get paid.  Wake up from your nap and count the English camp permission slips and tell me how many will attend.  Or how about you sacrifice some of your face and defend someone in trouble?  How about you let little Minso lose a little face so he won't lose an eye?  How about you get out of your chair in class and actually, I don't know, teach?  God forbid that 5 year old's ego will be dented.  Wouldn't want the little emperor to have to adjust his behaviour so the other 25 kids and 2 adults aren't in physical danger.  Maybe if that little princess punching another girl lost some face today she wouldn't be that total jerk shoving people at the Vancouver airport, causing her to make your whole country lose face.  Because seriously, maybe in your little corner of the world people will ignore it but if you want to open up no one's going to put up with some bossy 13 year old who demands to be treated like a king.  We're going to laugh at him.  Mock him.  Probably give him a good whack.  Get some perspective.  I'm so sick of being told to be quiet as people obviously don't care about being quiet abuse those below (or not even) them.  It's exhausting. 

4) This is going to sound terrible, and maybe it is, but Koreans in general are pretty lazy.  Now, hear me out.  I'm not saying this as a completely negative thing.  I'm saying "lazy" to use an extreme word, but I probably mean that this society is just slower.  And that's fine, lots of people flock to slower countries for vacations.  Lots move there if they have enough money because they envy that way of life.  The problem for Korea, though, is that they don't know that they are so slow.  They've been indoctrinated that they are super busy.  So what you get is a society that works on Island Time, but is convinced that they are doing a New York Minute in half the time.  It's an uneasy contradiction.  In slower countries everyone knows it's slow and even takes pride in it.  In Thailand, if there's a problem it won't get resolved quickly but then you go have some tea or a beer, enjoy the view, have a talk with someone, and eventually things will happen.  Here, the initial hesitation to do the work is present, but it's defended by "SO BUSY!" and then you're just shuffled on with no chance of remedy.  There's no beach to go wait it out, no locals joining you for a drink.  Nope, SO BUSY!  So there's this impression of everything going along just fine, but the reality is nothing is getting done.  Or, as I often put it, "Koreans: Always Running, Never Getting Anywhere".  It's sort of like how you can find beauty and dignity in both the cheetah scorching across the Sahara and the Tortoise moseying his way across a field.  There's something special about both those existences.  Korea is the hamster on a wheel.  Cute maybe, but dignified? If anything, it's exhausting. 

Anyway, I love Korea for other reasons (and will miss it for those reasons), and you should hear what I think about my own country.  But I thought I'd ramble on this Friday night after a few drinks. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on July 25, 2015, 12:01:49 AM
I have a 5th grader who sucks her thumb every time shes not using her hand. Its kind of gross. Shes definitely too old for that. I want to tell her to stop but I think its not my place. Why would parents allow it that old?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 08:00:10 AM
Happy Friday!  Hope everyone had a great first week back (if you were on vacation) or that your summer has been going well.  Clearly I don't have class this morning as my name is all over the top few threads  :rolleyes:

Last night I put my down comforter back on my bed.  My apartment doesn't have aircon, so I'm pretty f*ckin stoked that the weather is beginning to cool.  Bring on autumn and Chuseok!!!  ;D

I have a 5th grader who sucks her thumb every time shes not using her hand. Its kind of gross. Shes definitely too old for that. I want to tell her to stop but I think its not my place. Why would parents allow it that old?
Haha I sucked my thumb until I was 7!  My parents did everything they could to try and get my to stop, but I was incredibly stubborn and refused.  Then my pediatrician very dramatically told me it would fall off within a year if I didn't stop, and I never touched it again  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on August 28, 2015, 08:38:15 AM
Well, I'm not banned... so there's that.

I don't know, I have mixed feelings about my first week back.

I don't know what I was expecting... but I was still caught of guard by the rudeness, etc... from the students. Now I realized that I am back in the reality of my life. So it's sorta just cruise control.

My kitchen sink stopped working.

Oh, and I brought in my old laptop, setup it up and all, locked it to my desk, NO MORE SCHOOL COMPUTER!!! WOOT, and it all syncs through my One Drive back home and phone. Sweet.

Loving Windows 10.

Only had 1 week summer vacation.

However they gave me 4 weeks in winter so. There is that to look forward to.

Ummm...

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 08:57:39 AM
I don't know what I was expecting... but I was still caught of guard by the rudeness, etc... from the students.

What year do you teach??  My high schoolers have never had an NET before (at this school).  They're all in a tizzy over me being here and are so respectful....so far  :wink:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on August 28, 2015, 09:04:24 AM
I don't know what I was expecting... but I was still caught of guard by the rudeness, etc... from the students.

What year do you teach??  My high schoolers have never had an NET before (at this school).  They're all in a tizzy over me being here and are so respectful....so far  :wink:

5/6th Elementary.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on August 28, 2015, 09:38:53 AM
I don't know what I was expecting... but I was still caught of guard by the rudeness, etc... from the students.

What year do you teach??  My high schoolers have never had an NET before (at this school).  They're all in a tizzy over me being here and are so respectful....so far  :wink:

5/6th Elementary.
IMO the worst age to teach. Depending on the school they can either be monsters, or getting them so speak is like pulling teeth. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on August 28, 2015, 09:44:15 AM
I don't know what I was expecting... but I was still caught of guard by the rudeness, etc... from the students.

What year do you teach??  My high schoolers have never had an NET before (at this school).  They're all in a tizzy over me being here and are so respectful....so far  :wink:

5/6th Elementary.
IMO the worst age to teach. Depending on the school they can either be monsters, or getting them so speak is like pulling teeth.

Yup. I am debating if I should Sign for a 3rd year. The school is good, the apartment is good, CT's are for the most part enjoyable. However, it's just a nightmare to teach these kids.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 09:46:35 AM
I don't know what I was expecting... but I was still caught of guard by the rudeness, etc... from the students.

What year do you teach??  My high schoolers have never had an NET before (at this school).  They're all in a tizzy over me being here and are so respectful....so far  :wink:

5/6th Elementary.
IMO the worst age to teach. Depending on the school they can either be monsters, or getting them so speak is like pulling teeth.
My 5th and 6th graders were great last year, but it took some work.  I came in August, so my current 6th graders were 5th graders at the time.  They homeroom teacher was brand new and very shy, so they were horrendous to her.  They liked me and knew I didn't tolerate the bullsh*t, so usually in my class they were fairly controllable.  This year we got a new male teacher for 6th grade who is young, but very good with them.  That coupled with already knowing me had made them much better in class--and their English had improved so much more!

Fortunately my 4th to 5th grade kids were super sweet, and there were only 3 of them, so no issues there.  My travel school kids were all similar for both grades.  I think the smaller the school or class, the easier it is to nip the disrespectful bullsh*t before it gets rolling.  But if they're big....god help you...  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on August 28, 2015, 10:24:38 AM
Computer in the English classroom has been broken all week. I have my first open class on Monday. Crossing my fingers that it's fixed by then. :/

I am excited about the weather cooling off though. Fall is my favorite season. At the risk of sounding like a basic you-know-what, does Korea Starbucks get pumpkin spice lattes? Or can you find pumpkin spice stuff anywhere?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: annataleen on August 28, 2015, 10:31:33 AM
Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on August 28, 2015, 10:33:08 AM
I am so hungry yet I don't want to heat in that hot, stuffy cafeteria with a bunch hot people who can't understand that no, maybe I don't want to be there, maybe eating with them isn't the greatest thing in the world, though how do I know they think this, I'm just assuming it, but I really want to eat alone.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on August 28, 2015, 10:36:53 AM
Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!

Surely its better than a lesson about vegetable gardens? That was scrapping the barrel. I mean half of these kids will never have seen a garden considering they live in those ugly boxes.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 10:37:32 AM
Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I totally agree.  The vocabulary is always so random for it too.  I feel like they were just desperately grasping for topics to fill the rest of the book.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on August 28, 2015, 10:41:17 AM
I want a topic about terrible Konglish in one of the books. Like "What is Glamor?"

Have you noticed that when a Korean lady is spotted with "glamor" MS kids will be all offended cover their eyes (well the girls) and when its a Western lady sporting a similarly low cut top then its a "ohhhh" and the like.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on August 28, 2015, 10:57:04 AM
Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I totally agree.  The vocabulary is always so random for it too.  I feel like they were just desperately grasping for topics to fill the rest of the book.

During middle school, I was forced to teach strictly from the textbook. The students had to listen and repeat a full page on the history of pencils and balloons...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 11:09:50 AM
Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I totally agree.  The vocabulary is always so random for it too.  I feel like they were just desperately grasping for topics to fill the rest of the book.

During middle school, I was forced to teach strictly from the textbook. The students had to listen and repeat a full page on the history of pencils and balloons...

One of my younger studentsThe textbook stinks of piss and it's making me retch.
:lipsrsealed: :lipsrsealed:  :undecided:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: annataleen on August 28, 2015, 11:11:18 AM
Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!

Surely its better than a lesson about vegetable gardens? That was scrapping the barrel. I mean half of these kids will never have seen a garden considering they live in those ugly boxes.

You are right, that is really scrapping the barrel!

Why do these books have "We need to save the earth" as an English lesson?  Don't get me wrong, of course the children should learn about that...but why does it have to be in English?  I assume they learn this in their other classes, so why in English?!

It was the same thing when I taught in Japan as well.  "Let's volunteer" lessons, "Let's be eco-friendly."  Enough! The students already come to an age where they don't like learning English, so why give them these topics?

Ok rant over, thanks for letting me vent!  I will move on from now!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I totally agree.  The vocabulary is always so random for it too.  I feel like they were just desperately grasping for topics to fill the rest of the book.

During middle school, I was forced to teach strictly from the textbook. The students had to listen and repeat a full page on the history of pencils and balloons...
That is pretty bad.... :shocked:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on August 28, 2015, 11:12:14 AM
I'm excited because we have a teachers dinner tonight and we are having 쌈밥,  but I know its going to be an hour or so of people talking about me but not to me. But hey FREE DINNER.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: MartinBrez on August 28, 2015, 11:40:27 AM
Quote
I'm excited because we have a teachers dinner tonight and we are having 쌈밥,  but I know its going to be an hour or so of people talking about me but not to me. But hey FREE DINNER.

Me too as I'm leaving next week.

The text book I use with fifth and sixth grade kids is sh*te! The topics about the environment annoy me too.

Save energy, every Korean building on every Korean street is covered in neon lights, switch them off!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on August 28, 2015, 11:58:52 AM
Save energy, every Korean building on every Korean street is covered in neon lights, switch them off!
They're LEDs these days, granddad.  Very efficient, and low power consumption.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on August 28, 2015, 12:08:43 PM
Today I am sick, so my co-teacher gave me some meds at school...

I am no longer conscious of my sickness, but I am high AF!

Korean medicine is SO strong!  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on August 28, 2015, 12:19:59 PM
Today my 5th grade class, which I teach alone, would not be quiet, stay in their seats, or generally do anything they were supposed to.  I made them write the storytime part of the lesson in their English notebooks.  Then I showed them the game that we would have played had they cooperated.

I wonder how next class will be. I did get an apology from a few students.

 :sad:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on August 28, 2015, 12:30:47 PM
Everyone in my office just got handed ice cream except for me  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on August 28, 2015, 12:39:42 PM
Save energy, every Korean building on every Korean street is covered in neon lights, switch them off!
They're LEDs these days, granddad.  Very efficient, and low power consumption.

If they were turned off they would consume even less power. I propose a chapter on The Night Sky and how you can't see a thing because of all the light pollution.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on August 28, 2015, 01:00:00 PM
Girlfriend of 2+ years broke up this week. Sucks bad, but at least I know that I am going home for good in March.

Sorry to hear that. I've decided recently that I'm going home next August for sure. That means my current relationship will also end.  Hope you are doing okay!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The 13th Earl on August 28, 2015, 01:21:03 PM
Everyone in my office just got handed ice cream except for me  :huh:

I missed out on a smoothie this week in the same way. Guess Korean smoothies are too spicy for foreigners.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on August 28, 2015, 01:22:58 PM
Girlfriend of 2+ years broke up this week. Sucks bad, but at least i know that i am going home for good in March.

Congratulations. Seriously though, that peace of mind is priceless.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on August 28, 2015, 01:24:20 PM
Everyone in my office just got handed ice cream except for me  :huh:

I missed out on a smoothie this week in the same way. Guess Korean smoothies are too spicy for foreigners.
I think its because sometimes I refuse things if I'm not hungry, especially if its sweets or deok, but I have NEVER refused ice cream!  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on August 28, 2015, 01:29:30 PM
I want an ice cream now, damn it!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Space on August 28, 2015, 01:31:27 PM
Everyone in my office just got handed ice cream except for me  :huh:

I missed out on a smoothie this week in the same way. Guess Korean smoothies are too spicy for foreigners.
I think its because sometimes I refuse things if I'm not hungry, especially if its sweets or deok, but I have NEVER refused ice cream!  :huh:

Nah, it's coz they hate you ;-)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 01:32:11 PM
Today I am sick, so my co-teacher gave me some meds at school...
I am no longer conscious of my sickness, but I am high AF!
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Everyone in my office just got handed ice cream except for me  :huh:
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Unrelated: I had some massive tattoo work done last weekend, and now it's getting itchy as f*ck.  Sitting here desk warming for another 2 hours might drive me insane.  >:(
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 28, 2015, 01:37:28 PM
cot just came and turned off my personal fan that was blowing at me and only me

why

Lmfao!  Did you ask "Why?"  Cause I immediately would have gone , "왜요?!" reflexively.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on August 28, 2015, 02:08:20 PM
Why are students in South Korea not taught how to hold pens and pencils correctly? This is so incredibly annoying especially when the students have terrible penmanship. I have boys who are in 6th grade and middle school whose writings look as if a 5 year old scribbled on the paper. One particular middle school boy stands out to me because he pinches his pencil between the tips of his thumb and all four fingers. How has no-one corrected this all these years?!
I forgot how excellent middle school boys' penmanship is in the West...
My guess is that since writing Hangeul is drastically different from writing in English, they might be holding their pen differently as a result. My Japanese friends hold their pens really weird ways in my opinion.
If only they had some sort of English teacher to help them improve their penmanship...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on August 28, 2015, 02:10:48 PM
Save energy, every Korean building on every Korean street is covered in neon lights, switch them off!
They're LEDs these days, granddad.  Very efficient, and low power consumption.
And quite literally modern lights use very little energy. Things that waste tonnes of energy are dryers, hair dryers, and surprising things like keeping your laptop in its charger.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on August 28, 2015, 02:12:09 PM
Today is my birthday and I have a raging hangover from a rowdy teacher's dinner. I'm feeling the love at my school though... Everyone has told me some surprising things like they enjoy my teaching method (HUGE SURPRISE) or that they like me now that I've lost weight. Everyone's cutting loose apparently.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on August 28, 2015, 02:21:51 PM
Today is my birthday and I have a raging hangover from a rowdy teacher's dinner. I'm feeling the love at my school though... Everyone has told me some surprising things like they enjoy my teaching method (HUGE SURPRISE) or that they like me now that I've lost weight. Everyone's cutting loose apparently.

Happy Birthday!  :azn:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: walrus on August 28, 2015, 02:55:43 PM
My co-t is always making me yoghurt as she knows i absolutely love it. Today she brought me in a big dish of Greek style yoghurt with a bag of mixed nuts and cherry tomatoes to mix in it. Eatin it now, and it is good!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Loki88 on August 28, 2015, 03:40:50 PM
Yesterday I had to attend a welcome party for a room. No one acknowledged me in any way. I decided to go work at my desk and instantly had someone ask what I was doing. Best hour and a half ever!!

And today I have a hwesik. Let's do it again. And again next Tuesday...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: mystery on August 28, 2015, 04:44:47 PM
Got a message from a friend from back home I haven't heard from in ages.

Anyway, here's a pointless story.

Last time I saw this guy was 5 years ago, the day I left for Korea. It's the morning and I'm super busy, finishing up my packing and getting things in order for the evening flight. He visits, and I notice he's brought along his portable hard drive. He asks if he can use my computer to copy some series, I say no worries.
Not long before, I knew he discovered my *ahem* 'private folder' and of all the freaking times he decides to raid my stash, today. I didn't give it much thought, since it's just one folder. You copy it, minimise the process and paste it, finish.

I go downstairs for a bit and leave him there and my mom and gran want to help me with some packing, in my room. He's still there and my PC screen is only just out of view from my mom and my gran, as we're sorting through some stuff.
I glance over and this SOB is not just copying my smut, but actually taking his time opening and appraising it before he gives it his seal of approval to copy. I'm giving him the evilest look I can imagine and he just casually carries on without a care in the world.

I'm convinced that every prophet, saint, angel and deity was stopping my gran and mom from slightly turning their head.

I got off the hook and was on my way to Korea.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: gagevt on August 28, 2015, 05:38:25 PM
cot just came and turned off my personal fan that was blowing at me and only me

why

lol I chuckled out loud at that. Pretty much how I would imagine such a reaction. But just, "why." No question tone, just simply "why."

Everyone in my office just got handed ice cream except for me  :huh:

I missed out on a smoothie this week in the same way. Guess Korean smoothies are too spicy for foreigners.
I think its because sometimes I refuse things if I'm not hungry, especially if its sweets or deok, but I have NEVER refused ice cream!  :huh:

For a while there was a stash of various ice cream bars in our teacher freezer, because my coteacher and I decided to reward our students. Of course there were extra, so occasionally he would bring me one. They have some of the strangest ice-cream bar concepts.. They didn't taste bad, just strange. Of course I love the classic chocolates, vanillas, and cookies and cream(best).
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: zizitaji on August 28, 2015, 11:00:56 PM
I start teaching on Monday with the GOE. I'm as excited as I am nervous . This isn't my first teaching gig, but my first one in Korea. I'm worried about so many things, I wish Monday would hurry up!

I'm worried about what to buy the staff at my new school ( and when to give it to them?~ ), I'm worried about ~introducing~ myself to several primary classes. I'm worried about it all.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: zola on August 28, 2015, 11:35:21 PM
The buying things for staff- it's really not necessary. People go overboard with it and seems to cause more problems than it's worth. Just my 2 cents.

Good luck with your new job.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on August 29, 2015, 09:54:47 AM
In my 6 years here I've yet to buy a co-worker a thing, and I've gotten along with all of them just fine.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on September 11, 2015, 08:56:06 AM
My morning classes have been moved to the afternoon while students practice for Sports Day.  I'm watching them play Tug-of-War outside the window now. 
Also surfing the internet. 
Two days of deskwarming next week while students at my main school go on a trip.
 :smiley:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on September 11, 2015, 09:09:52 AM
All the kids at my school are out doing some sort of fitness test thing, and all the teachers from my office are out there with them. I'm just sitting here with my fancy new high-spec gaming laptop, coming closer every moment to firing up a game and hoping I can close it fast enough if and when my coworkers return.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on September 11, 2015, 12:01:29 PM
My students told me that today's lunch was going to be delicious.

It was 순대. The one Korean food I straight up abhor. Sigh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on September 11, 2015, 12:03:53 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on September 11, 2015, 12:05:07 PM
I'm tired of eating weeds for lunch. We may as well graze on the mountainside.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on September 11, 2015, 12:05:36 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.

Watched the Apple keynote yesterday and now am waiting for Microsoft's in October.  I've decided I want a high-end tablet for traveling instead of a computer, and I can't decide between an iPad Pro or a Surface 4.  First world problems, eh? :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on September 11, 2015, 12:17:00 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.

Speaking as someone who opted for the option with no swivel (before), my opinion is to get the swivel. It becomes more useful than you can imagine.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on September 11, 2015, 01:07:35 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.

Speaking as someone who opted for the option with no swivel (before), my opinion is to get the swivel. It becomes more useful than you can imagine.

as someone with a canon 70D - don't bother the autofocus is freaking awful. If you are going to end up going for a canon and want to save a bit of money go with the 60d and put the difference into a decent lens, or in saving for when you want to upgrade the body. I hate the 70d and wish I had saved a bit of my money to plump my savings for the 5D mark 3.

having said that my previous camera was a nikon d300 which had great autofocus but was poor in low light, which had become a problem for me.
Also I personally find nikon is better with skin tones colour wise so it depends on your subject.
Personally I barely use my swivel screen unless i need to hold my camera over my head to get the shot.

ETA: All my friends who also have the 70d regret the purchase and have problems with the autofocus so it's not poor handling on my part, and I use a 70-200 L f2.8 IS 2, it's not the lens because my friend use the tamron equivilent lens and have the exact same problems. If you want to camera for low light/high speed photography it's a nightmare because the autofocus is horrific below f 3.5 and even then it is constantly 'wandering'.
It's good at video though.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on September 11, 2015, 01:45:41 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.

Speaking as someone who opted for the option with no swivel (before), my opinion is to get the swivel. It becomes more useful than you can imagine.

as someone with a canon 70D - don't bother the autofocus is freaking awful. If you are going to end up going for a canon and want to save a bit of money go with the 60d and put the difference into a decent lens, or in saving for when you want to upgrade the body. I hate the 70d and wish I had saved a bit of my money to plump my savings for the 5D mark 3.

having said that my previous camera was a nikon d300 which had great autofocus but was poor in low light, which had become a problem for me.
Also I personally find nikon is better with skin tones colour wise so it depends on your subject.
Personally I barely use my swivel screen unless i need to hold my camera over my head to get the shot.

ETA: All my friends who also have the 70d regret the purchase and have problems with the autofocus so it's not poor handling on my part, and I use a 70-200 L f2.8 IS 2, it's not the lens because my friend use the tamron equivilent lens and have the exact same problems. If you want to camera for low light/high speed photography it's a nightmare because the autofocus is horrific below f 3.5 and even then it is constantly 'wandering'.
It's good at video though.

Good to know,

I was actually thinking about the Nikon 7200 because it had a audio out, and a little bit better specs. However no swivel.

Only reason I was looking at the 70D, everyone says Nikon has terrible video, and swivel screen would be nice for video...

5D mark III is out of my price range.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on September 11, 2015, 02:26:25 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.

Speaking as someone who opted for the option with no swivel (before), my opinion is to get the swivel. It becomes more useful than you can imagine.

as someone with a canon 70D - don't bother the autofocus is freaking awful. If you are going to end up going for a canon and want to save a bit of money go with the 60d and put the difference into a decent lens, or in saving for when you want to upgrade the body. I hate the 70d and wish I had saved a bit of my money to plump my savings for the 5D mark 3.

having said that my previous camera was a nikon d300 which had great autofocus but was poor in low light, which had become a problem for me.
Also I personally find nikon is better with skin tones colour wise so it depends on your subject.
Personally I barely use my swivel screen unless i need to hold my camera over my head to get the shot.

ETA: All my friends who also have the 70d regret the purchase and have problems with the autofocus so it's not poor handling on my part, and I use a 70-200 L f2.8 IS 2, it's not the lens because my friend use the tamron equivilent lens and have the exact same problems. If you want to camera for low light/high speed photography it's a nightmare because the autofocus is horrific below f 3.5 and even then it is constantly 'wandering'.
It's good at video though.

Good to know,

I was actually thinking about the Nikon 7200 because it had a audio out, and a little bit better specs. However no swivel.

Only reason I was looking at the 70D, everyone says Nikon has terrible video, and swivel screen would be nice for video...

5D mark III is out of my price range.

It depends on what you want the camera for, what you are shooting, which features are more important, how much you are willing to spend including accessories, and what kind of level you are at, how frequently you will end up using the camera etc... Like I want to 5D mark 3 because I use my camera at least 3 times a week and the pictures I take need to be the kind of quality if I want to print them large or use them for goods I can.

Nikon...aren't that great at video until you get to their higher range, while canon are great for video across the board. And at their top range canon still trumps Nikon for video whuch is why canons are used for music video shoots and television recordings but Nikons tend to not. I used a Nikon for 4 years for street and studio which was perfect. I then needed a fast camera that could handle low light which is why I switched to canon. The general rule is Canon for video/sports (or any fast photography), Nikon for any studio and portraits with them kind of tied for landscape and wildlife (though canon have more speed/accessories for wildlife).

((I worked for 3 years as an adviser in a camera store selling SLRs. I don't know everything about new cameras on the market but I know enough about both brands and their ranges to point you in the right direction XD)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on September 11, 2015, 02:53:34 PM
youwontsendmeavalidatione's username taking up half my screen pisses me off.

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on September 11, 2015, 02:57:47 PM
youwontsendmeavalidatione's username taking up half my screen pisses me off.

I would change my username but (as my UN might suggest) this account had to be made after an attempt on changing my password or something on a previous account lead to me being locked out as i repeatedly failed to receive a validation email.
in anger I signed up again as 'you won't send me a validation email'.
If I try to change my username I, once again, will likely be locked off the site.
Not my fault to mods/admins on this sight suck.
 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on September 11, 2015, 02:59:50 PM
I can't decide if a Canon 70D is worth the swivel screen compared to a nikon 7200 or something.... the struggle is real.

Speaking as someone who opted for the option with no swivel (before), my opinion is to get the swivel. It becomes more useful than you can imagine.

as someone with a canon 70D - don't bother the autofocus is freaking awful. If you are going to end up going for a canon and want to save a bit of money go with the 60d and put the difference into a decent lens, or in saving for when you want to upgrade the body. I hate the 70d and wish I had saved a bit of my money to plump my savings for the 5D mark 3.

having said that my previous camera was a nikon d300 which had great autofocus but was poor in low light, which had become a problem for me.
Also I personally find nikon is better with skin tones colour wise so it depends on your subject.
Personally I barely use my swivel screen unless i need to hold my camera over my head to get the shot.

ETA: All my friends who also have the 70d regret the purchase and have problems with the autofocus so it's not poor handling on my part, and I use a 70-200 L f2.8 IS 2, it's not the lens because my friend use the tamron equivilent lens and have the exact same problems. If you want to camera for low light/high speed photography it's a nightmare because the autofocus is horrific below f 3.5 and even then it is constantly 'wandering'.
It's good at video though.

Good to know,

I was actually thinking about the Nikon 7200 because it had a audio out, and a little bit better specs. However no swivel.

Only reason I was looking at the 70D, everyone says Nikon has terrible video, and swivel screen would be nice for video...

5D mark III is out of my price range.

It depends on what you want the camera for, what you are shooting, which features are more important, how much you are willing to spend including accessories, and what kind of level you are at, how frequently you will end up using the camera etc... Like I want to 5D mark 3 because I use my camera at least 3 times a week and the pictures I take need to be the kind of quality if I want to print them large or use them for goods I can.

Nikon...aren't that great at video until you get to their higher range, while canon are great for video across the board. And at their top range canon still trumps Nikon for video whuch is why canons are used for music video shoots and television recordings but Nikons tend to not. I used a Nikon for 4 years for street and studio which was perfect. I then needed a fast camera that could handle low light which is why I switched to canon. The general rule is Canon for video/sports (or any fast photography), Nikon for any studio and portraits with them kind of tied for landscape and wildlife (though canon have more speed/accessories for wildlife).

((I worked for 3 years as an adviser in a camera store selling SLRs. I don't know everything about new cameras on the market but I know enough about both brands and their ranges to point you in the right direction XD)

Yeah I am leaning towards canon.

I don't really do a lot of studio portrait stuff, but I am going to be doing a lot of video work.

Maybe I should just save and get the 5D III
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: calypso_queen on September 11, 2015, 03:01:34 PM
youwontsendmeavalidatione's username taking up half my screen pisses me off.

I would change my username but (as my UN might suggest) this account had to be made after an attempt on changing my password or something on a previous account lead to me being locked out as i repeatedly failed to receive a validation email.
in anger I signed up again as 'you won't send me a validation email'.
If I try to change my username I, once again, will likely be locked off the site.
Not my fault to mods/admins on this sight suck.

be nice to the moderators...they helped me change my username without any issues!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on September 11, 2015, 03:07:00 PM
youwontsendmeavalidatione's username taking up half my screen pisses me off.

there are a few people here who's names go over the little box thingy. kinda messes with my OCD tendencies a bit  :laugh: could be easily fixed by working out how many characters that box can fit, and imposing a character limit on usernames.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on September 11, 2015, 03:09:36 PM
youwontsendmeavalidatione's username taking up half my screen pisses me off.

I would change my username but (as my UN might suggest) this account had to be made after an attempt on changing my password or something on a previous account lead to me being locked out as i repeatedly failed to receive a validation email.
in anger I signed up again as 'you won't send me a validation email'.
If I try to change my username I, once again, will likely be locked off the site.
Not my fault to mods/admins on this sight suck.

be nice to the moderators...they helped me change my username without any issues!

How! i wanna change my user
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: DireneedofDrPepper on September 18, 2015, 10:35:39 AM
This thread kinda makes me want other pointless day of the week threads. Can't you just see Moany Mondays and Twisted Tuesday Thoughts? Or a Humpday thread?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Sillyleaf on September 18, 2015, 11:03:10 AM
My poor MacBook pro is on its last legs. It got me through my degree and 3 years in Korea.   :sad:   7-ish years of use and abuse seems like a good amount of time.

Since I have a windows laptop I use for moderate gaming  I don't really need a new MacBook. (I don't have a preference for either OS)

I'm looking into ipads and tablets as a more light  and easy to travel with option.  No clue what to look into specifically , I want to  read, watch some videos and possibly doodle/sketch when bored.

Anyways, my pointless little ramble~
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on September 18, 2015, 11:04:32 AM
Did this week go by SUPER fast for anyone? I woke up kind of in disbelief that it was already Friday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on September 18, 2015, 11:06:29 AM
I have used this pointless Friday to decided which movies I will go to see at BIFF. I made my pointless Friday a little less pointless.

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: dizzl on September 18, 2015, 12:03:39 PM
My poor MacBook pro is on its last legs. It got me through my degree and 3 years in Korea.   :sad:   7-ish years of use and abuse seems like a good amount of time.

Since I have a windows laptop I use for moderate gaming  I don't really need a new MacBook. (I don't have a preference for either OS)

I'm looking into ipads and tablets as a more light  and easy to travel with option.  No clue what to look into specifically , I want to  read, watch some videos and possibly doodle/sketch when bored.

Anyways, my pointless little ramble~

Well I cannot give you any technical advice but I do suggest NOT getting a Kindle Fire. I was impressed with it's spec's but it is clunky and slow and it's really hard to multitask - especially when you decide to switch programmes from the multi tasking bar and then it closes down the previous item which you discover when you switch back and end up at the start up window for the programme you were using. It drives me nuts, I wish I had sprung for an actual android tablet. That's my ramble back at you.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on September 18, 2015, 12:39:19 PM
Who else is really sick of the video trend of people smiling at their camera while holding up pre-written-on flash cards while an inspirational song plays in the background

I was going to say Bob Dylan would be spinning in his grave but then I remembered he is still alive.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on September 18, 2015, 02:37:04 PM
decided to go with the 7DmII instead of the 70d or the nikon 7200
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Post by: jomi on September 18, 2015, 02:46:21 PM
decided to go with the 7DmII instead of the 70d or the nikon 7200

7DmrkII is the camera I wanted but didn't have enough money for (I was buying the 2mil won lens at the same time and trading my nikon d300 over for it. I fell short for the 7D II body. I wish I had just made myself a little bit skint for a month instead of settling for the 70D)

I'm tempted to trade in the 70 and upgrade to the 7D mrk II since I'm not going to have the money for the 5d III for a long time... So if you go for the canon slp me in a review for how you like it particularly it's low light performance

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on September 18, 2015, 03:19:04 PM
Yesterday all the teachers in the office including some part time teacher got little handbags with the schools name printed on it...all except for me that is. Its not even that nice of a bag, but its the principle of the matter. They did the same thing a few times before. Just makes me feel shitty...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: donuts81 on September 18, 2015, 03:23:44 PM
Bossam for school lunch and the rugby world cup starting this weekend. Life is good  :azn:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on September 18, 2015, 06:59:52 PM
My poor MacBook pro is on its last legs. It got me through my degree and 3 years in Korea.   :sad:   7-ish years of use and abuse seems like a good amount of time.

Since I have a windows laptop I use for moderate gaming  I don't really need a new MacBook. (I don't have a preference for either OS)

I'm looking into ipads and tablets as a more light  and easy to travel with option.  No clue what to look into specifically , I want to  read, watch some videos and possibly doodle/sketch when bored.

Anyways, my pointless little ramble~

I'm doing the same thing.  I've got the cash to blow, so I'm waiting for the Surface Pro 4 keynote to come out so I can weigh that with Apple's new iPad Pro.  Technologically, shit's getting crazy these days.... welcome to the future  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on September 18, 2015, 07:36:31 PM
Yesterday all the teachers in the office including some part time teacher got little handbags with the schools name printed on it...all except for me that is. Its not even that nice of a bag, but its the principle of the matter. They did the same thing a few times before. Just makes me feel shitty...
I worked at a nice elementary school several years ago where everyone got nice Adidas track suits for sports day, and I mean everyone, cleaning people, lunch ladies, the office people, etc.  You know who didn't get track suits, the English department.   
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Sarsfield on September 18, 2015, 09:19:38 PM
Yesterday all the teachers in the office including some part time teacher got little handbags with the schools name printed on it...all except for me that is. Its not even that nice of a bag, but its the principle of the matter. They did the same thing a few times before. Just makes me feel shitty...

I actually think in any of our countries back home these sorts of exclusionary behaviours would be a clear cut case for workplace bullying. I'm sorry you have to experience these things but you should know it's them, not you. 
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Post by: weigookin74 on September 18, 2015, 09:53:45 PM
Bossam for school lunch and the rugby world cup starting this weekend. Life is good  :azn:

You too?  I love that crap!  (Bossam, I mean.)  It was a good lunch.  Yes, Fridays are sweet!!!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: oatmealkooky on September 19, 2015, 02:06:06 AM
This f**king noraebang has every song ever recorded except "Uptown Girl".  >:(
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Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on September 20, 2015, 06:16:02 PM
This f**king noraebang has every song ever recorded except "Uptown Girl".  >:(

Do you have the noraebang apps? I usually found that I could find songs on the apps pretty much all the time, even if they weren't in the book.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on September 21, 2015, 07:40:54 AM
This f**king noraebang has every song ever recorded except "Uptown Girl".  >:(

Do you have the noraebang apps? I usually found that I could find songs on the apps pretty much all the time, even if they weren't in the book.
Noraebang apps?? what are they called?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on September 21, 2015, 07:07:22 PM
This f**king noraebang has every song ever recorded except "Uptown Girl".  >:(

Do you have the noraebang apps? I usually found that I could find songs on the apps pretty much all the time, even if they weren't in the book.
Noraebang apps?? what are they called?

There are ones for MBC and Kumyoung noraebang systems; I found 'em just by searching for "mbc" and "kumyoung" (HAHAAHAHAH still cracks me up~) in Google Play. Next time you're at a noraebang, just check the system they use- it should be pretty easy to figure out; the screen will probably say before you enter songs- and look on your app store for a matching one. Not all systems have them, but the KY one works quite well, IIRC.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on September 24, 2015, 03:19:59 PM
It's not Friday, but I don't have school tomorrow so...


Yeah, my 50mm STM comes for my 7DmII today. So that's something great.


Now I can fiddle around with my new Body all weekend, and through the holiday.

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on September 24, 2015, 04:14:19 PM
Now I can fiddle around with my new Body all weekend, and through the holiday.

This sentence makes me feel funny...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on September 25, 2015, 07:21:17 AM
Make up day because of a MERS off day, but I keep thinking, I'm not even supposed to be here today.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on September 25, 2015, 12:09:16 PM
Thank God a long weekend is coming.  I definitely need a break.  Happy Chuseok to all, and to all a good night.    :wink:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on September 25, 2015, 12:18:15 PM
We get to leave at 3 today  8)
I don't.  I have to stay for my regular last-class-on-a-Friday-8th-period.  :(
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Post by: krissyboo75 on September 25, 2015, 12:35:50 PM
We get to leave at 3 today  8)
I don't.  I have to stay for my regular last-class-on-a-Friday-8th-period.  :(
Our last period is cancelled but I'm not sure if we get to leave or not...gosh I hope so!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: twak24 on September 25, 2015, 01:00:17 PM
I have a new 7 year old student in my first-level hagwon class who has leukemia and my 11 year old girls wouldn’t have a slice of pizza yesterday because they believe they are fat. But it’s a long weekend as of 9pm tonight, so…
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on September 25, 2015, 01:02:39 PM
I have a new 7 year old student in my first-level hagwon class who has leukemia and my 11 year old girls wouldn’t have a slice of pizza yesterday because they believe they are fat. But it’s a long weekend as of 9pm tonight, so…
Double sad!  :sad:  Praying for your student!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on September 25, 2015, 01:02:53 PM
The best part of having 5 days off starting at 5pm today is not just the fact that I get 5 days off. It's that I only work 2 days the next week before I get another weekend. AWWW yeah.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: donuts81 on September 25, 2015, 01:23:02 PM
We get to leave at 3 today  8)
I don't.  I have to stay for my regular last-class-on-a-Friday-8th-period.  :(
How annoying to have that every Friday!

If I don't have my teachers class, I'm finished at 11:20 on Fridays. We haven't had teachers class yet this semester and I'm keeping very quiet about it ;)

I don't finish until 6 today......luckily I don't start until 3 8)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on September 25, 2015, 01:40:57 PM
For as much as people rave about the Korean public transportation system, I still haven't made up my mind about it, despite having been here nearly four full years now.

Yes, it's super cheap. Yes, it's convenient, and reasonably punctual.

HOWEVER.

There are apparently few things I hate more on this Earth than being jammed nut-to-butt into an over-full bus. All my time here doesn't seem to have rid me of that Western (American?) need for personal space. My mind still very much wants my personal bubble, even though it's been nearly four years since I could claim any expectations of having one.

I hate the bus drivers that keep stopping to let people on, even though the bus clearly wasn't even made to accommodate the number of people that were  on as of three stops prior.

I hate the ajummahs with their pointy elbows and complete lack of hesitation to wield them with reckless abandon.

I hate the people that take the aisle seat, leaving the window seat open next to them and forcing anyone who wants to sit down to climb over them. (Aside: Seriously, what's up with that? I didn't take public transportation much in the US, so I can't say it's just a Korean thing, but I'd have thought people prefer window seats. Even on a charter bus I took for a school teachers' trip once, everyone but me sat in aisle seats despite there being enough seats for everyone to have two seats to themselves. At one point, the principal fell asleep and slumped over towards the window, audibly thumping his head on the wall. I could barely contain my amusement, and thought "If you had been sitting in the window seat...").

I hate the stupid obnoxious high schoolers that fill up the bus and then don't give up their seats for the thousand year old farmers or pregnant women.



To get home from work, I have to take a southbound bus. However, nearly every time I get on the bus, it's full of kids from the all-boys middle school up the street. This week, I figured I'd get on the bus at the northbound bus stop, because it only has one more stop going north before turning around to head south, where it has two stops, then it's at the stop I was using before. That way I'd be able to get on a nice empty bus and have my choice of seats before the bus got to the middle school and filled up with kids.

However, the bus driver didn't seem at all happy with that idea. For two consecutive days, he asked me where I was going after i got on, and then yelled at me after finding out I was going south, rather than getting off at the last remaining northbound bus stop. A friend told me that might be because it counts as a different route or something and should involve an extra fare, but that doesn't make it any less irritating. I have to go back to using the southbound bus stop (which is further from my school, incidentally) to wait longer to get on the exact same bus, which will be full rather than empty.

Ugh. If the work situation was a bit more stable here, I'd be putting some effort into getting my Korean license and a car for my commute. However, having almost had to leave the country on two different occasions because of cutbacks or hiring practice changes, I'm worried I'll suddenly find myself on the verge of moving and in possession of a friggin' car that I'll have to find something to do with.  Plus, Korean traffic terrifies me.  :laugh:


Okay. I'm done. I don't hate it here, I promise. I just really, really hate crowded buses.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on September 25, 2015, 01:46:10 PM
For as much as people rave about the Korean public transportation system, I still haven't made up my mind about it, despite having been here nearly four full years now.

Yes, it's super cheap. Yes, it's convenient, and reasonably punctual.

HOWEVER.

There are apparently few things I hate more on this Earth than being jammed nut-to-butt into an over-full bus. All my time here doesn't seem to have rid me of that Western (American?) need for personal space. My mind still very much wants my personal bubble, even though it's been nearly four years since I could claim any expectations of having one.

I hate the bus drivers that keep stopping to let people on, even though the bus clearly wasn't even made to accommodate the number of people that were  on as of three stops prior.

I hate the ajummahs with their pointy elbows and complete lack of hesitation to wield them with reckless abandon.

I hate the people that take the aisle seat, leaving the window seat open next to them and forcing anyone who wants to sit down to climb over them. (Aside: Seriously, what's up with that? I didn't take public transportation much in the US, so I can't say it's just a Korean thing, but I'd have thought people prefer window seats. Even on a charter bus I took for a school teachers' trip once, everyone but me sat in aisle seats despite there being enough seats for everyone to have two seats to themselves. At one point, the principal fell asleep and slumped over towards the window, audibly thumping his head on the wall. I could barely contain my amusement, and thought "If you had been sitting in the window seat...").

I hate the stupid obnoxious high schoolers that fill up the bus and then don't give up their seats for the thousand year old farmers or pregnant women.



To get home from work, I have to take a southbound bus. However, nearly every time I get on the bus, it's full of kids from the all-boys middle school up the street. This week, I figured I'd get on the bus at the northbound bus stop, because it only has one more stop going north before turning around to head south, where it has two stops, then it's at the stop I was using before. That way I'd be able to get on a nice empty bus and have my choice of seats before the bus got to the middle school and filled up with kids.

However, the bus driver didn't seem at all happy with that idea. For two consecutive days, he asked me where I was going after i got on, and then yelled at me after finding out I was going south, rather than getting off at the last remaining northbound bus stop. A friend told me that might be because it counts as a different route or something and should involve an extra fare, but that doesn't make it any less irritating. I have to go back to using the southbound bus stop (which is further from my school, incidentally) to wait longer to get on the exact same bus, which will be full rather than empty.

Ugh. If the work situation was a bit more stable here, I'd be putting some effort into getting my Korean license and a car for my commute. However, having almost had to leave the country on two different occasions because of cutbacks or hiring practice changes, I'm worried I'll suddenly find myself on the verge of moving and in possession of a friggin' car that I'll have to find something to do with.  Plus, Korean traffic terrifies me.  :laugh:


Okay. I'm done. I don't hate it here, I promise. I just really, really hate crowded buses.

+1
I could have written this haha

I think the thing is that maybe the public transport is good in the big cities but here in the provinces it's all infrequent, overcrowded buses  :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on September 25, 2015, 01:56:25 PM
+1
I could have written this haha

I think the thing is that maybe the public transport is good in the big cities but here in the provinces it's all infrequent, overcrowded buses  :cry:
In my province the buses are frequent and not crowded (in fact they are often empty).
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on September 25, 2015, 02:03:31 PM
Well pin a rose on your nose.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on September 25, 2015, 09:49:47 PM
Same here even in the regional cities.  Buses run weird.  They meander all over the place so it takes 3 to 4 times as long as it should to get to places.  Maybe that's some kind of lobbying effort to make the buses inefficient.  Who knows?  Anyways, over an hour of commute versus 20 minutes by car (well getting close to 30 somedays because of the lame increase in traffic and dip sticks who like to get in front of you and drive 30 when the speed limit is clearly 50 km/hr and then selfishly make you miss the light.  There's apparently no such thing as a fast lane here.).  Anyways, it forced me to get a car and drive.  I hate driving here but after 3 years or so, I guess I'm finally beginning to tolerate it though I still have to suppress the urge to want to flip people off once in a while. 


I still bus it when I go up to Seoul.  No way, I'd ever be dumb enough to try and drive up there.  I'll bus it to the next city and hop the bullet train though I haven't been to Seoul for months. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on October 02, 2015, 12:46:26 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 02, 2015, 12:53:51 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:

And no classes Tues/Wed/Thurs!  Midterm exams!  ;D
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on October 02, 2015, 01:02:32 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:

And no classes Tues/Wed/Thurs!  Midterm exams!  ;D
I have 3 schools and only one of them has midterms, thus I get 1 half day, and another half day of watching students' independent films...should be interesting... All my schools have taken the Thursday off so I get another 4 day weekend! I love autumn in Korea ^_^
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 02, 2015, 01:05:51 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:

And no classes Tues/Wed/Thurs!  Midterm exams!  ;D
I have 3 schools and only one of them has midterms, thus I get 1 half day, and another half day of watching students' independent films...should be interesting... All my schools have taken the Thursday off so I get another 4 day weekend! I love autumn in Korea ^_^

I switched schools this August, and this job only has me at one high school--it's amazing!

We don't have class Tues-Thurs, and then we have the Friday holiday.  The following week Wed-Fri my students are all off doing volunteer work, apparently. Octobers are great! :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on October 02, 2015, 01:14:22 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:

And no classes Tues/Wed/Thurs!  Midterm exams!  ;D
I have 3 schools and only one of them has midterms, thus I get 1 half day, and another half day of watching students' independent films...should be interesting... All my schools have taken the Thursday off so I get another 4 day weekend! I love autumn in Korea ^_^

I switched schools this August, and this job only has me at one high school--it's amazing!

We don't have class Tues-Thurs, and then we have the Friday holiday.  The following week Wed-Fri my students are all off doing volunteer work, apparently. Octobers are great! :laugh:
I would take a pay cut if they'd put me back in my high school. *cries* Those boys were my life haha
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 02, 2015, 01:24:08 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:

And no classes Tues/Wed/Thurs!  Midterm exams!  ;D
I have 3 schools and only one of them has midterms, thus I get 1 half day, and another half day of watching students' independent films...should be interesting... All my schools have taken the Thursday off so I get another 4 day weekend! I love autumn in Korea ^_^

I switched schools this August, and this job only has me at one high school--it's amazing!

We don't have class Tues-Thurs, and then we have the Friday holiday.  The following week Wed-Fri my students are all off doing volunteer work, apparently. Octobers are great! :laugh:
I would take a pay cut if they'd put me back in my high school. *cries* Those boys were my life haha

The position cuts in my county were so odd this August.

They eliminated the boys middle school position, which traveled to two other middle schools.
Eliminated an elementary school position with 4 schools total.
Eliminated MY elementary school position that has just been turned into a "rainbow school" (additional funding for good academic growth) as well as my two travel elementary schools.
...And re-opened this high school position that hasn't been filled since 2010.  Without any travel schools.  So weird.  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: okapifire on October 02, 2015, 03:15:22 PM
No school next Friday!  Hanguel Day!
 8) :cheesy: :azn:

And no classes Tues/Wed/Thurs!  Midterm exams!  ;D

I'm at an elementary school so midterms aren't happening yet. I had just one class today though because all morning was a practice run for Sports Day. And then Sports Day will happen for real next Tuesday.  It's weird that they're doing it in the middle of the week instead of right before Hangeul Day.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 02, 2015, 03:22:24 PM
ITS ALREADY MIDTERMS!??!??

At my high school, yup!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: donuts81 on October 02, 2015, 05:11:35 PM
Discovered an old tax bill from my last last school this morning while trying to apply for a credit card.

The bill is from one year of work and started gaining interest from 2011. A can of your choice, from my tuna and spam chuseok gift pack, to anyone who can guess how much it is now.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 02, 2015, 05:14:24 PM
As I was getting on the city bus today, I had to deal with the usual pushy-shoviness, complete inability to queue properly, and utter disregard for one's fellow man. That was annoying, of course, but it's old hat by now. I just join the fray and try to shoulder my way on while there are still empty seats.

Today, however, some f*cking ajeossi took umbrage with my shouldering, and gave me an extra push and shouted at me. Well guess what? F*ck that.

I unleashed a torrent of angry American profanity that'd have made a call girl blush. Nobody understood a word of it (well, maybe a few of the F-bombs), but the ajeossi sure seemed to calm down in a hurry, and the people around us trying to shove their way in hung back for a second until I got on.

It was dumb, unnecessary, and immature of me, I know. I don't care. It felt good to let loose like that for once. I'm sick and tired of being shoved around like I don't exist. I'm never going to get physical with anyone over it or anything, but I'm a Navy vet. Sailors swear. It's just what we do. It's just what I did.

(http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/943/758/6c5.jpg)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: oceancloud on October 02, 2015, 05:33:05 PM


Today, however, some f*cking ajeossi took umbrage with my shouldering, and gave me an extra push and shouted at me. Well guess what? F*ck that.

I unleashed a torrent of angry American profanity that'd have made a call girl blush. Nobody understood a word of it (well, maybe a few of the F-bombs), but the ajeossi sure seemed to calm down in a hurry, and the people around us trying to shove their way in hung back for a second until I got on.


(http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/943/758/6c5.jpg)

잘햇어.   I generally don't like when people who are older think they can just treat younger people like shit.   Confucianism is sometimes warped by koreans into despotism
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on October 05, 2015, 10:00:28 AM
Screaming on the bus?  I saw something similiar yesterday.  I was on the bike path near the river and sometimes, these @$$ hats drive their car on it when the signs clearly say pedestrian and bike only.  Anyways, a Korean man on a bicycle started screaming in a rage at the guy driving on the path.  It was pretty awesome.  He was doing what I felt like doing on occasion.   8)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on October 05, 2015, 10:08:00 AM
ITS ALREADY MIDTERMS!??!??

Yessirree.  Hard to believe.  School two is this week - wed and thurs (half days - maybe).  School one has classes but have cancelled all my first grade classes to prepare them for the exams.  Two classes mon and 3 classes tues.  Friday is holiday.  Next week, school one is having their mid terms and they're the nicest school I've had in years.  Next Mon and Tues, I can take the days off. Woo hoo!  If it doesn't rain, it'll be a sweet time to be outdoors.   

October is the best month in Korea weatherwise. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: annataleen on October 05, 2015, 10:26:56 AM
I just need ten minutes of peace. I hate when the kids come in ten minutes early and just yell for ten minutes straight. God I'm getting so sick of this
That bothers me as well.  I tell them they are not allowed to come until it is five minutes before the start of class. If they come before that, they must stay in the hall.
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Post by: krissyboo75 on October 05, 2015, 10:35:56 AM
I just need ten minutes of peace. I hate when the kids come in ten minutes early and just yell for ten minutes straight. God I'm getting so sick of this
That bothers me as well.  I tell them they are not allowed to come until it is five minutes before the start of class. If they come before that, they must stay in the hall.
Mine do that too. And then some like to hang around my desk and stare at me.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on October 05, 2015, 10:47:45 AM
I just need ten minutes of peace. I hate when the kids come in ten minutes early and just yell for ten minutes straight. God I'm getting so sick of this
That bothers me as well.  I tell them they are not allowed to come until it is five minutes before the start of class. If they come before that, they must stay in the hall.
Mine do that too. And then some like to hang around my desk and stare at me.

UGH. all of this  >:(
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on October 05, 2015, 10:49:44 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on October 05, 2015, 11:28:36 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

You have to like being around kids all the time to be a teacher? I only really like kids in class because I know what I'm doing with them, I can tell them what to do and I'm being paid to handle them. Outside of school I don't like kids that aren't related to me.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on October 05, 2015, 11:29:29 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

You have to like being around kids all the time to be a teacher? I only really like kids in class because I know what I'm doing with them, I can tell them what to do and I'm being paid to handle them. Outside of school I don't like kids that aren't related to me.

The last 4 commentators are commenting about kids during work hours for being a bit noisy during their BREAKTIME.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on October 05, 2015, 11:35:48 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: cjszk on October 05, 2015, 11:40:54 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

You have to like being around kids all the time to be a teacher? I only really like kids in class because I know what I'm doing with them, I can tell them what to do and I'm being paid to handle them. Outside of school I don't like kids that aren't related to me.

The last 4 commentators are commenting about kids during work hours for being a bit noisy during their BREAKTIME.
I'm the opposite... I like kids outside of class. During class they become a task to be dealt with and that can turn them into a mental hassle... Outside of class they are all fun lil kiddies not totally brainwashed by society yet.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on October 05, 2015, 11:41:51 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.
I don't recall saying I dislike it. I just said mine do it too. The ones who hang around my desk are my faves and I love it. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 05, 2015, 11:47:36 AM
Wanting five minutes of peace and quiet at some point during an eight hour workday is definitely a sign that someone hates children and should therefore not be a teacher. It's such an obvious conclusion.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taingray on October 05, 2015, 11:50:48 AM
It's not just that the kids coming in early and screaming is annoying, it's also disrespectful on the part of the homeroom teachers, in my opinion. At my school, some of them will send their classes in 10 minutes early on purpose because they (the homeroom teachers) don't want to deal with their own classes during break times. They dump their kids on my co-teacher whenever they can and treat her and me like babysitters. They don't even care that WE'RE supposed to benefit from those 10-minute breaks, too. There is a class we have after lunch and that homeroom teacher will disappear and just tell her kids to go to the English room after lunch, so they usually come in 20-25 minutes early and run around playing and screaming. My co would never in a million years tell the kids to leave or ask their teacher not to let them come that early because she's the youngest teacher in the school and her position is much lower, so she's kind of forced to put up with this crap.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: annataleen on October 05, 2015, 11:51:16 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids. 
There are several reasons why I don't want the students to come early, which include sometimes the students from the previous class are still in the room because they want to talk to me, or we are cleaning up, etc.
 
I didn't say I don't like children. Please don't put words into my mouth. Thank you.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: englishrose on October 05, 2015, 11:54:13 AM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

What if you liked kids but, and here's the bit you could find tricky, you expect them to conform to the barest minimum of social norms? Just like you would all other humans.

Some radical educational theorists and philosophers have even suggested that teaching children to behave is part of the mandate for educators and can possibly be an act of love.



Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: annataleen on October 05, 2015, 11:58:23 AM
I just need ten minutes of peace. I hate when the kids come in ten minutes early and just yell for ten minutes straight. God I'm getting so sick of this
That bothers me as well.  I tell them they are not allowed to come until it is five minutes before the start of class. If they come before that, they must stay in the hall.

I asked my co teacher if we could start keeping the doors closed and have a rule that they have to wait in the hall if they come early, but she just turned to them and said "be quiet!" then two seconds later they were screaming again

It's even happened before where the next class will come in like a minute before I'm even done with the previous class. This is how teachers get burned out  :cry:

I am sorry to hear that. I have had students come a minute after the bell rang, but not a minute before!
Another thing I have done is play some music on YouTube, like "Happy" from Pharrell or "We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together" from Taylor Swift.  They stop what they are doing and watch TV....and then I make them dance to release energy  :evil:

The other option is to just leave the room during the break, I have done that as well. I just go outside for a moment, or go to the one of the grade teachers room.

You deserve some quite time too, so don't feel bad that you want to escape for a few minutes.  Just go do it!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: atemporaryaccount on October 05, 2015, 12:02:14 PM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

What if you liked kids but, and here's the bit you could find tricky, you expect them to conform to the barest minimum of social norms? Just like you would all other humans.

Some radical educational theorists and philosophers have even suggested that teaching children to behave is part of the mandate for educators and can possibly be an act of love.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on October 05, 2015, 12:35:24 PM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

You have to like being around kids all the time to be a teacher? I only really like kids in class because I know what I'm doing with them, I can tell them what to do and I'm being paid to handle them. Outside of school I don't like kids that aren't related to me.

The last 4 commentators are commenting about kids during work hours for being a bit noisy during their BREAKTIME.

And...we need breaks too. It's our break time too. I think it's pretty reasonable to not be fond of kids bothering you during break unless it's something important. They should be playing or something during their break. They can do that without involving me.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jomi on October 05, 2015, 12:39:59 PM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

You have to like being around kids all the time to be a teacher? I only really like kids in class because I know what I'm doing with them, I can tell them what to do and I'm being paid to handle them. Outside of school I don't like kids that aren't related to me.

The last 4 commentators are commenting about kids during work hours for being a bit noisy during their BREAKTIME.
I'm the opposite... I like kids outside of class. During class they become a task to be dealt with and that can turn them into a mental hassle... Outside of class they are all fun lil kiddies not totally brainwashed by society yet.

In class my kids tend to show plenty of personality and I joke around with them a lot and encourage personality, humour, expressions of self ect. AS long as they are speaking English I'm okay with conversations straying a bit and outside of class I don't mind talking to kids at all but outside of school? Kids I don't know? Most of the time they annoy me.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on October 05, 2015, 12:46:09 PM
Sounds like you last 4 commentors shouldn't be teachers if you don't like kids.

You have to like being around kids all the time to be a teacher? I only really like kids in class because I know what I'm doing with them, I can tell them what to do and I'm being paid to handle them. Outside of school I don't like kids that aren't related to me.

The last 4 commentators are commenting about kids during work hours for being a bit noisy during their BREAKTIME.

And...we need breaks too. It's our break time too. I think it's pretty reasonable to not be fond of kids bothering you during break unless it's something important. They should be playing or something during their break. They can do that without involving me.
Not to mention, during those break times the homeroom teachers in my schools are nowhere to be found. They are sent to me to be babysat
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 05, 2015, 04:18:30 PM
The bus ride home after work has become so unbearable that I decided to take a taxi home today, to see how much more it'd cost me to that every afternoon rather than taking the bus. I figured I don't live all that far, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Boy, was I wrong. It was quite literally ten times more expensive to take a taxi.

Guess it's back to taking the bus and putting every ounce of self control I have into not murdering anyone.

Sigh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on October 06, 2015, 07:55:20 AM
The bus ride home after work has become so unbearable that I decided to take a taxi home today, to see how much more it'd cost me to that every afternoon rather than taking the bus. I figured I don't live all that far, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Boy, was I wrong. It was quite literally ten times more expensive to take a taxi.

Guess it's back to taking the bus and putting every ounce of self control I have into not murdering anyone.

Sigh.

Ugh. the bus is the absolute worst. My school is on a big mountain and the busdrops me at the bottom and i used to do the daily hike. One day i just thought enough is enough and now I take a taxi every day, luckily it only costs me about 5,000 won

Be strong! dont let the bus get you down  :P
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: HaLo3 on October 06, 2015, 08:34:43 AM
I went into the hospital yesterday for a shoulder checkup and after an x-ray and walking around for 3 weeks in a painful sling, my doctor told me that he was wrong, it was not just a dislocated shoulder like he thought, it was ruptured ligaments. I am now scheduled for surgery in 2 days. And its scheduled for the same day I had surgery on for my knee last year. Heck and bother.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on October 06, 2015, 08:55:39 AM
The bus ride home after work has become so unbearable that I decided to take a taxi home today, to see how much more it'd cost me to that every afternoon rather than taking the bus. I figured I don't live all that far, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Boy, was I wrong. It was quite literally ten times more expensive to take a taxi.

Guess it's back to taking the bus and putting every ounce of self control I have into not murdering anyone.

Sigh.

Ugh. the bus is the absolute worst. My school is on a big mountain and the busdrops me at the bottom and i used to do the daily hike. One day i just thought enough is enough and now I take a taxi every day, luckily it only costs me about 5,000 won

Be strong! dont let the bus get you down  :P

So glad I drive, even though folks here drive like @$$!!  Took me nearly 3 years to get use to it and even sometimes I still want to go postal on folks when driving.  It's just not as often as before and I can channel some inner numbness.  Of course, I'm not from Toronto, New York, or where ever. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 06, 2015, 08:59:26 AM
If getting my license here wasn't such a faff and if I had enough job security to know that I had a steady job for more than a year, I'd seriously consider driving. It is a faff, though, and I've already almost lost my job and had to leave the country twice now because of budget cuts, so I think I'll hold back on getting a car.

Plus Korean traffic terrifies me, and I just know that if I'm ever involved in an accident, the police and insurance companies will side with the Korean driver involved, even if it was entirely their fault.  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 06, 2015, 09:10:39 AM
If getting my license here wasn't such a faff and if I had enough job security to know that I had a steady job for more than a year, I'd seriously consider driving. It is a faff, though, and I've already almost lost my job and had to leave the country twice now because of budget cuts, so I think I'll hold back on getting a car.

Plus Korean traffic terrifies me, and I just know that if I'm ever involved in an accident, the police and insurance companies will side with the Korean driver involved, even if it was entirely their fault.  :laugh:

I drive here and am about to go through the process of getting my Korean license.  Such a pain in the ass.  You even have to bring your own photos, which for some reason is the most annoying part to me haha.  I should be able to exchange my license, but I wasn't originally planning on driving when I came here, so I didn't get it notarized before I came   :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on October 06, 2015, 09:18:34 AM
If getting my license here wasn't such a faff and if I had enough job security to know that I had a steady job for more than a year, I'd seriously consider driving. It is a faff, though, and I've already almost lost my job and had to leave the country twice now because of budget cuts, so I think I'll hold back on getting a car.
Really? I've heard that getting a driver's licence is fairly easy here... especially for certain nationalities like Canadian: just trade in your existing home countries' license and take the Korean one that they give you in return. Even for other nationalities, i hear that all they require is that you pass a written test (which is in English).

Of course, all this information is hearsay so I would love for somebody to comment to either confirm or deny...

Plus Korean traffic terrifies me, and I just know that if I'm ever involved in an accident, the police and insurance companies will side with the Korean driver involved, even if it was entirely their fault.  :laugh:

I've been thinking about getting a car as well, and I have the same fears. One thing that I absolutely will do if I get a car is immediate buy a dashcam and make sure that I can backup the video on short notice if need be. Here's a great example of why (thanks Z80 for making me paranoid):

I have parked illegally once. It was to assist some old guy pulling a cardboard box cart who was hit by a BMW that didn't stop.

For some reason I just instantly faced my cars dash cam to the incident (I had caught the first bit where he got hit), and it was a good thing too, as someone later accused me of running over the man.  ALWAYS COPY YOUR VIDEO BEFORE THE POLICE ARRIVE. The easiest way to do this is to have a microsd to mini usb reader, and copy it to your phone, then upload to google drive. The police have no problems helping them self to your microsd card. The police then some how lost my video of the incident.  When I told them I had a second copy of the video they suddenly turned from "Your an evil bad rude westerner who can't possibly understand the traditional aspects of Korean driving" to trying to down play what they had said to me.
 
Stupid things like this could also explain why no one is willing to help when they see something bad happening.


Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 06, 2015, 09:33:14 AM
Really? I've heard that getting a driver's licence is fairly easy hear... especially for certain nationalities like Canadian: just trade in your existing home countries' license and take the Korean one that they give you in return. Even for other nationalities, i hear that all they require is that you pass a written test (which is in English).

Of course, this is hearsay, and I would love somebody comment to confirm or deny...

It's fairly easy to just exchange your native one for a Korean one, but that's just a temporary thing. If you plan on having one long-term, it's better to get an actual Korean license, which involves a written test and a driving test. The written test is available in English, but from what I've heard (at least in my province/city), the driving portion is only available in Korean. I'm not completely inept at speaking Korean, but I don't think I'm quite "official driving test"-able  ;D.

Even if the exchange one for the other deal wasn't a short-term thing, they now require a notarized/apostilled/whatevered copy of your home license before they'll exchange it. They didn't require that when I first moved here, so I don't have it. My home license is actually expired now, so I'll have to back to the US to renew it, then go to my state capitol to have it apostilled, and then come back to Korea to exchange it for a temporary Korean one  :laugh:.

So yeah. A bit of a faff.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on October 06, 2015, 09:41:26 AM
I have no intention of staying here past the 1 year mark so its not really worth it for me! i just accept that taxis are part of my outgoings
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on October 06, 2015, 10:02:14 AM
It's fairly easy to just exchange your native one for a Korean one, but that's just a temporary thing. If you plan on having one long-term, it's better to get an actual Korean license, which involves a written test and a driving test. The written test is available in English, but from what I've heard (at least in my province/city), the driving portion is only available in Korean. I'm not completely inept at speaking Korean, but I don't think I'm quite "official driving test"-able  ;D.

Even if the exchange one for the other deal wasn't a short-term thing, they now require a notarized/apostilled/whatevered copy of your home license before they'll exchange it. They didn't require that when I first moved here, so I don't have it. My home license is actually expired now, so I'll have to back to the US to renew it, then go to my state capitol to have it apostilled, and then come back to Korea to exchange it for a temporary Korean one  :laugh:.

So yeah. A bit of a faff.

Negative on the temporary thing.  My exchanged license is good for 10 years, and is no different than any local Korean license.   An International License is good for the life of your license, however, is only good for a year in any particular country - perhaps this is what you were referring to.

Canadians can get their license verified at the Embassy.   It costs about C$50 (credit card or money order only - no cash).  It is kind of silly, because they don't verify it - they witness your Oath that it is genuine and not suspended.



Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on October 06, 2015, 10:15:46 AM
Really? I've heard that getting a driver's licence is fairly easy hear... especially for certain nationalities like Canadian: just trade in your existing home countries' license and take the Korean one that they give you in return. Even for other nationalities, i hear that all they require is that you pass a written test (which is in English).

Of course, this is hearsay, and I would love somebody comment to confirm or deny...

It's fairly easy to just exchange your native one for a Korean one, but that's just a temporary thing. If you plan on having one long-term, it's better to get an actual Korean license, which involves a written test and a driving test. The written test is available in English, but from what I've heard (at least in my province/city), the driving portion is only available in Korean. I'm not completely inept at speaking Korean, but I don't think I'm quite "official driving test"-able  ;D.

Even if the exchange one for the other deal wasn't a short-term thing, they now require a notarized/apostilled/whatevered copy of your home license before they'll exchange it. They didn't require that when I first moved here, so I don't have it. My home license is actually expired now, so I'll have to back to the US to renew it, then go to my state capitol to have it apostilled, and then come back to Korea to exchange it for a temporary Korean one  :laugh:.

So yeah. A bit of a faff.

Not sure if things changed.  Was relatively straigh tforward except I had to trek all the way up to Seoul to get a form from my embassy confirming my driver's licence.  Of course the Canadian embassy has first world rip off prices and third world service.  Only open mornings, so it's a trip up and a hotel stay the night before.  Then a fee I have to pay just for them to print a form saying they looked at my licence and it appears to be a licence.  Stupid really, but not difficult.  Just inconvenient.  Brought it to my provincial capital city and they gave me a very brief eye exam and then they exchanged it.  I brought a pic or had one taken in a booth there.  Can't remeber.  It's good for 9 years.  Got it in 2010. 

The fee on the Korean side was cheap.  The fees of going up to Seoul and the embassy fees were the most expensive part.  But, it's a real licence.  You get it and can get car insurance like any Korean. 

Driving in a rural area can be a pleasure except for the odd old geyser who just pulls out  without looking or slams on the brakes at the last minute and turns with no blinker.  But generally, you can get across your gun (군) fairly quickly.  Once you get into cities above 250 to 300 thousand people or more is when it can grate on you.  They become like miniturized versions of Seoul. There's inadequate infrastructure, too many cars, folks illegally parked further constricting traffic, @$$hats who get in the fast lane and drive too slow (speed limit is 50 or 60 and they get in front of you and drive 20 or 30), folks that drive too slow in all 2 or 3 lanes and then box you in when you try to pass them, folks that sit in their cars scratching their @$$ when they should be driving after the light has turned green (but sit there and wait and wait and wait and then go) and make you miss the light by the time you get to it, and more examples.

It's these slow and inept drivers who should learn to either drive in only the slow lane or get off the road and have their licences revoked.  It also causes other drivers to become frustrated and aggresive trying to get around them and make up for lost time.  Slow drivers like that are suppose to pull over and let the other cars pass in Canada or stick to the slow lane.  Otherwise, they'll get a fine.  But, here, I guess not.  They can get in any lane and be inconsiderate.  It use to really drive me insane at the lame stupidity.  But, I guess I'm mostly numb to it. 

I also look for patterns such as a car driving too slow up ahead of me.  I'll try to speed and pass them.  I'll get back in front of them before getting to the next light.  When the light turns green, I'm not stuck waiting behind them to get going, I can go right away.  I'll also drive into the right hand lane at intersections and the cars behind can beep all they want.  I'm not getting into a single lane almost a km long just so a few folks can turn.  I do little things to get ahead of the rush and avoid at least some of the @$$hattery here. Korea has turned me into a far more aggressive driver.  I've figured at least half the drivers here prob drive normal like me and get just as irritated at the slow moving, inept, time delayed, no blinker using idiots.

Sometimes, I wil use courtesy, such as letting aperson pull infront ofme ifthey have their signal light on so long as they don't drive slow in front me once they get in front of me.  You also have to butt out into traffic gradually, but don't do it if you see a car goingtoo fast of course.  That's just common sense. (Though some stunned idiots will do that here and not only pull out in front of you but then proceed to drive 20 km/hr.  Not sure sure why they couldn't wait until I had gone by when they see I was driving 60 km/hr.)  So, butt out especially if it's slow moving traffic and if somecars try to not let you out, stick your nose out and keep beeping your horn aggressively at them till someone lets you out.  I understand why some drivers here become so aggresive due to all the really inept drivers on the road.  Some care are prob afraid I'll be one of them if they let me out.  But, you do have to be a little bit assertive, just not wreckless and crazy.  Cars that drive 90 or 100 on a 60/km hr road here really do need to lose their license for a long time.   That's stupidity, especially on the roads here when some dipstick will switch lanes or pull out orslam on the brakes and turn all with no bliker.  Lots of variables. 


On the other hand, the expressways (not near Seoul) and the country roads are a pleasure to drive with low traffic.  Also, once you get use to it and the traffic patterns and can begin to predict behaviour and get use to sitting in your car idoling for a long time at some lights, you do eventually tolerate it much more.  In spite of what I described above, I'm not really in an angry rage about it like I would have been 2 years ago.  Also, it would take me an hour to get to workby bus due to stupidity of routes and wanting to route through the center of the city instead of going direct.  Driving gets me there in 25 minutes, though in Canada, it would probably be 10 minutes for the same distance. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 06, 2015, 10:28:59 AM
Really? I've heard that getting a driver's licence is fairly easy hear... especially for certain nationalities like Canadian: just trade in your existing home countries' license and take the Korean one that they give you in return. Even for other nationalities, i hear that all they require is that you pass a written test (which is in English).

Of course, this is hearsay, and I would love somebody comment to confirm or deny...

It's fairly easy to just exchange your native one for a Korean one, but that's just a temporary thing. If you plan on having one long-term, it's better to get an actual Korean license, which involves a written test and a driving test. The written test is available in English, but from what I've heard (at least in my province/city), the driving portion is only available in Korean. I'm not completely inept at speaking Korean, but I don't think I'm quite "official driving test"-able  ;D.

Even if the exchange one for the other deal wasn't a short-term thing, they now require a notarized/apostilled/whatevered copy of your home license before they'll exchange it. They didn't require that when I first moved here, so I don't have it. My home license is actually expired now, so I'll have to back to the US to renew it, then go to my state capitol to have it apostilled, and then come back to Korea to exchange it for a temporary Korean one  :laugh:.

So yeah. A bit of a faff.

I'm going to take it next weekend, so I'll let you know how it goes, but my friend took it last November and he was able to take the driving portion in English!  We've down in Jeollanamdo, which is served by the Naju DMV.

And you're exactly right about the notary.  The embassies used to let you notarize them there once you were in Korea, but they no longer offer that now.  My Canadian friend originally exchanged his that way but said that a year or two ago his American friend tried to do the same, and they stopped offering the notary service there.

..I'm actually up in Seoul this weekend.  Can anyone verify for sure that the American embassy does or doesn't notarize for the exchange?  Would save me so much of a hassle.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 06, 2015, 10:32:14 AM

Negative on the temporary thing.  My exchanged license is good for 10 years, and is no different than any local Korean license.   An International License is good for the life of your license, however, is only good for a year in any particular country - perhaps this is what you were referring to.

Must've been the the international license thing I was thinking of, yeah.

Canadians can get their license verified at the Embassy.   It costs about C$50 (credit card or money order only - no cash).  It is kind of silly, because they don't verify it - they witness your Oath that it is genuine and not suspended.

The US embassy doesn't do that. For a US license, you need an apostille from the State that issued the license. That's something I could probably have a courier do for me, but like I said, my license has expired since moving here anyway. I'd have to go back home to renew it before I could have it verified anywhere. Having to go to Seoul to get something verified at an embassy would PITA enough (I don't live anywhere near Seoul), having to go to the US first just makes it more trouble than it's worth  :laugh:.

Actually, browsing this bit about it on Korea4expats...

http://www.korea4expats.com/article-driving-licences-korea.html

...it would seem I'd be SOL anyway. To exchange your license for a Korean one, you need to be from a country that recognizes Korean licenses, or in the case that you're from the US, your individual State has to recognize Korean licenses, or you can't exchanges yours. If the list on that site is accurate, my home state doesn't recognize Korean licenses, so my US license wouldn't do me any good here even if it wasn't expired.

Soooooo yeah. PITA all around, hahaha.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on October 06, 2015, 10:36:32 AM

..I'm actually up in Seoul this weekend.  Can anyone verify for sure that the American embassy does or doesn't notarize for the exchange?  Would save me so much of a hassle.

"If you are from the United States*, as of 1 January 2013, an apostille** from the state in which your license was issued is required - the US Embassy no loner provides notary certification for US issued drivers licenses. "

http://www.korea4expats.com/article-driving-licences-korea.html

 >:(
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on October 06, 2015, 10:40:36 AM

..I'm actually up in Seoul this weekend.  Can anyone verify for sure that the American embassy does or doesn't notarize for the exchange?  Would save me so much of a hassle.

"If you are from the United States*, as of 1 January 2013, an apostille** from the state in which your license was issued is required - the US Embassy no loner provides notary certification for US issued drivers licenses. "

http://www.korea4expats.com/article-driving-licences-korea.html

 >:(

....Dammit.  That's what I thought too. :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on October 07, 2015, 07:48:53 AM
I went into the hospital yesterday for a shoulder checkup and after an x-ray and walking around for 3 weeks in a painful sling, my doctor told me that he was wrong, it was not just a dislocated shoulder like he thought, it was ruptured ligaments. I am now scheduled for surgery in 2 days. And its scheduled for the same day I had surgery on for my knee last year. Heck and bother.

Hope it goes well! Also, remember to always get a second opinion if you are doubtful.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on October 16, 2015, 12:45:25 PM
My 6th graders are civilized.  My 5th graders not so much.  Why does a year make such a difference?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on October 16, 2015, 12:50:15 PM
My 6th graders are civilized.  My 5th graders not so much.  Why does a year make such a difference?
I personally feel like 6th graders are too old to be the elementary school scene. Back home 6th grade is middle school and I really do think its more fitting.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kiki_3d on October 16, 2015, 01:28:58 PM
My 6th graders are civilized.  My 5th graders not so much.  Why does a year make such a difference?
I personally feel like 6th graders are too old to be the elementary school scene. Back home 6th grade is middle school and I really do think its more fitting.

My elementary schools (I moved a few times) all went to grade 7. There were no middle schools in the towns I lived in.
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Post by: iseya on October 16, 2015, 01:35:51 PM
Korean Weddings. 
what the hell?  How do you guys mess up weddings SO bad? 
I just went to my first one, and it was as bad as people have told me they are.  If the one I went to was typical, then weddings here are meaningless ceremonies/photo ops.
  People talked during the ceremony, attended in t-shirts and sweats, everything was rushed, there was no time to speak with the bride and groom, no toasts, no speeches, no mingling, and the food was the same typical Korean food you would have expected to find at any cafeteria. The entire thing was maybe an hour and 10 minutes, tops.

I'm really puzzled as to why weddings are the way they are here. 
Koreans are super close with their families, and they like to drink. 
There literally is no better time than a wedding to get your drink on and spend time with family.   
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Post by: Imogen1991 on October 16, 2015, 01:59:21 PM
My 6th graders are civilized.  My 5th graders not so much.  Why does a year make such a difference?

4th and 5th grade are definitely the best. i dont understand how the insane wild animal 3rd graders turn into lovely 4th graders. and I'm similarly confused how the 5th graders who are always so eager to learn turn into the 6th graders that literally can hardly bare to open their mouths to speak a single sentence in class
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Post by: iseya on October 16, 2015, 02:06:49 PM
haha I had the exact same thought.  Of all the things Korea decided to under produce on...they went with weddings...arguably the most important day of one's life.
Everything else lasts allllllllllll day longggg--school trips, festivals, meetings, orientations, etc. There is copious amounts of drinking and thigh rubbing after games of volleyball between a bunch of old men--but can't muster up the time and energy to put in that same time for a once (hopefully) in a life time family event? 

I almost wanted to take back my money envelope because I could've gotten a better social experience and food at a Burger King. 
Won't fool me again, Korea.
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Post by: Pennypie on October 16, 2015, 02:17:11 PM
Korean Weddings. 
what the hell?  How do you guys mess up weddings SO bad? 
I just went to my first one, and it was as bad as people have told me they are.  If the one I went to was typical, then weddings here are meaningless ceremonies/photo ops.
  People talked during the ceremony, attended in t-shirts and sweats, everything was rushed, there was no time to speak with the bride and groom, no toasts, no speeches, no mingling, and the food was the same typical Korean food you would have expected to find at any cafeteria. The entire thing was maybe an hour and 10 minutes, tops.

I'm really puzzled as to why weddings are the way they are here. 
Koreans are super close with their families, and they like to drink. 
There literally is no better time than a wedding to get your drink on and spend time with family.

Yeah I don't get it. It's so sad. You'd think a bride would want to have a long (or at least meaningful) ceremony with her closest friends and family, and be able to plan it all out perfectly to her tastes. I asked my co teacher if she would have a wedding in a wedding hall and she said yes because it's easier. SINCE WHEN DO KOREANS MAKE ANYTHING EASY. WHY IS A WEDDING THE ONE THING THEY DONT TURN INTO A HUGE COMPLICATED ORDEAL

I asked my co teachers this once because I went to one of their weddings and I was shocked at how shite it was.

She said that the quick wedding started within the last 10/15 or so years (I can't really remember but it started fairly recently) because now many people work super long hours and sometimes over the weekends. The families miss on a more meaningful ceremony but the co workers / bosses/ friends of friends and distant family who feel obligated to attend now don't have to waste their precious free time at an all day wedding. It is pretty sad. 
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Post by: taingray on October 16, 2015, 02:23:37 PM
A few weeks ago I got sick, undoubtedly from my co-teacher coughing directly in my face at a distance of, like, 12 inches, all day everyday for about a week when she was ill.

Last week a kid pulled off a bloody bandage from his finger and threw it on the floor. My co picked it up after class and set it on the edge of her desk. It's still sitting there.

Yesterday, same co was telling me about her love of books and how she only likes to read new books. She doesn't like libraries and won't check out used books, ever. Why? Used books just feel "too dirty" and she is "so paranoid about germs;" she even says she has a "phobia" about germs.

The absurdity would warrant some serious lolz if it didn't make me want to bang my head against the wall.
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Post by: YoungMin on October 16, 2015, 02:53:32 PM
My 6th graders are civilized.  My 5th graders not so much.  Why does a year make such a difference?

4th and 5th grade are definitely the best. i dont understand how the insane wild animal 3rd graders turn into lovely 4th graders. and I'm similarly confused how the 5th graders who are always so eager to learn turn into the 6th graders that literally can hardly bare to open their mouths to speak a single sentence in class

Adolescence.
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Post by: Nick P on October 16, 2015, 02:59:11 PM
QUICK! Does anyone know how to load Tmoney on a KEB Check Card (Domestic Only)?? I called the expat customer service line, navigated the menu in English, was answered in Korean, stated my purpose in English and was told in very good English "I'm sorry I cannot help you because I do not speak very much English. What is your cell phone number and we can call you back?" I told them not to worry about it and said goodbye. Man, I must have confused that "Expat Customer Service" number with "foreign Koreans who live here and are also expats who moved here from Korea to Korea and don't speak English but we do but only for no one." line. DANG
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Post by: YoungMin on October 16, 2015, 03:51:51 PM
QUICK! Does anyone know how to load Tmoney on a KEB Check Card (Domestic Only)?? I called the expat customer service line, navigated the menu in English, was answered in Korean, stated my purpose in English and was told in very good English "I'm sorry I cannot help you because I do not speak very much English. What is your cell phone number and we can call you back?" I told them not to worry about it and said goodbye. Man, I must have confused that "Expat Customer Service" number with "foreign Koreans who live here and are also expats who moved here from Korea to Korea and don't speak English but we do but only for no one." line. DANG

Should have let them call you back.
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Post by: DireneedofDrPepper on October 23, 2015, 02:19:35 PM
I get to run into town for a marshmallow handoff this evening. Then I get to write a paper that is due Sunday, that I totally forgot about. And a response to some random discussion on BB. And another mini lesson thing for a different class I'm taking. And my kindergarten students are driving me up a wall.

If the kids are still being hellions next Friday, they won't get the pumpkin rice krispie treats I'm making. Yeah, I will be that b*tchy.

Got an email for an interview with a school in Japan though, so yay.
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Post by: denimdaze on October 23, 2015, 02:42:59 PM
I forgot to bring candy for my afterschool class today, and we're doing Halloween activities.   :huh:
I will teach them to say trick or treat for candy next week, and I will remember to bring it.

 :angel:
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Post by: gagevt on October 23, 2015, 02:58:09 PM
I forgot to bring candy for my afterschool class today, and we're doing Halloween activities.   :huh:
I will teach them to say trick or treat for candy next week, and I will remember to bring it.

 :angel:

I learned how to play mok ji ba this afternoon, while just hanging out with some of my amazing 5th graders at the gazeebo. Queue 50 intense games while randomly switching partners, jumping around celebrating, etc. etc. Was great!
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Post by: DireneedofDrPepper on October 23, 2015, 03:09:38 PM
Have you tried bobbing for apples with them? I've done it every year with my kids so far cause I just think they are so funny when they do it and they get a kick out of it too.
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Post by: denimdaze on November 06, 2015, 12:51:37 PM
Last Friday I taught my elementary kids "trick or treat" & gave them candy.  Today got mobbed by students in hallways chanting "trick or treat" !

I told them I had given all the candy away last week.

So ready for the weekend.   :smiley:

I should add, I'm only at this school on Fridays.
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Post by: CO2 on November 06, 2015, 12:59:21 PM
I made a brew of makgeolli last weekend at the Makgeolli festival! I also helped teach some foreigners in a class on how to make makgeolli. One of the students was so appreciative. He works the electrical wiring for the Cirque De Soleil show in Jamsil so he gave the Foreign Brewing tent 10 tickets for this weekend. My GF and I are going for free. Tickets are worth about 150$ for the pair.

Life is good!
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Post by: AndyKanerva on November 06, 2015, 01:09:51 PM
Korean Weddings. 
what the hell?  How do you guys mess up weddings SO bad? 
I just went to my first one, and it was as bad as people have told me they are.  If the one I went to was typical, then weddings here are meaningless ceremonies/photo ops.
  People talked during the ceremony, attended in t-shirts and sweats, everything was rushed, there was no time to speak with the bride and groom, no toasts, no speeches, no mingling, and the food was the same typical Korean food you would have expected to find at any cafeteria. The entire thing was maybe an hour and 10 minutes, tops.

I'm really puzzled as to why weddings are the way they are here. 
Koreans are super close with their families, and they like to drink. 
There literally is no better time than a wedding to get your drink on and spend time with family.

Yeah I don't get it. It's so sad. You'd think a bride would want to have a long (or at least meaningful) ceremony with her closest friends and family, and be able to plan it all out perfectly to her tastes. I asked my co teacher if she would have a wedding in a wedding hall and she said yes because it's easier. SINCE WHEN DO KOREANS MAKE ANYTHING EASY. WHY IS A WEDDING THE ONE THING THEY DONT TURN INTO A HUGE COMPLICATED ORDEAL

I asked my co teachers this once because I went to one of their weddings and I was shocked at how shite it was.

She said that the quick wedding started within the last 10/15 or so years (I can't really remember but it started fairly recently) because now many people work super long hours and sometimes over the weekends. The families miss on a more meaningful ceremony but the co workers / bosses/ friends of friends and distant family who feel obligated to attend now don't have to waste their precious free time at an all day wedding. It is pretty sad.
I've heard a different opinion about it, from my GF and her friends. I ahd the same opinion after attending one of her friend's wedding, and she told me that the ceremony itself is kind of just for show. The rest of the time, the honeymoon, the ceremony with the parents (wearing Hanbok and what have youe) and the time spent with friends and family beforehand, are all much more valuable for memories. Basically, the wedding is just the drop of the roller coaster, and everything else is the fun leading up to it or the exciting ride thereafter.
Here's the TRULY depressing thing about it. The reason why the quick wedding really caught on was it was a good way to gather a bunch of people willing to shell out a minimum 50 000 won to attend. They all get a buffet dinner and the parents of the bride and groom can make back some (or most) of the money they've spent on the wedding and on raising their kids. That's why at weddings you'll see people who really don't give a shit about being there or you hear about the groom's father's coworker who never met the groom attending. It all boils down to numbers.
The side that is romantic, and beautiful, is the side that few others see. I had the opportunity to spend a bachelor party-type event with my GF's friend's husband, and then later hangout with them all during a weekend. That seemed to be much more beautiful than the ceremony. Also, from what I understand the ceremony with the parents is a very symbolic and pretty event.
Just my two cents (FYI, this is all speculation based on what I've heard from friends. No research conducted nor am I trying to discredit anyone else).
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Post by: krissyboo75 on November 06, 2015, 01:15:05 PM
Woo Friday! Busan tomorrow!

However...

How is it that 90% of my students never seem to have a bloody pen!? I always do something where they need to write or draw or something!  I can't provide everyone with a pen. There are always one or two keeners who have a whole pencil case and notebook and so on but it takes so much time away from class when I have them all asking their one friend with a pencil case to lend them something to write with.... I am desperately to find games that they would enjoy, but they would enjoy them much more if they were ready for class
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Post by: Zealot_Hill on November 06, 2015, 01:28:48 PM
Most classes cancelled...

Class with principal cancelled because one of my favourite students tried to commit suicide  :sad:

The rest were cancelled due to tests...

Very hard to feel happy about having a free when one of my favourite kids is in hospital...
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Post by: twak24 on November 06, 2015, 01:30:48 PM
After serving a monster NINE weeks worth of notice in order to get my letter of release, today is my last day at my insanebllz hagein and I'm off back to the beautiful safety and security of cushy public school life on Monday. Going to celebrate tonight with copious amounts of cheese donkatseu and Goo-Goo ice-cream.
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Post by: lifeisgood6447 on November 06, 2015, 01:31:16 PM
Woo Friday! Busan tomorrow!

However...

How is it that 90% of my students never seem to have a bloody pen!? I always do something where they need to write or draw or something!  I can't provide everyone with a pen. There are always one or two keeners who have a whole pencil case and notebook and so on but it takes so much time away from class when I have them all asking their one friend with a pencil case to lend them something to write with.... I am desperately to find games that they would enjoy, but they would enjoy them much more if they were ready for class

It is supposed to rain tomorrow...sorry. I was thinking about going to the lantern thing at 청계천, but it will start raining around 7. Anyway, yep, that damn pencil thing...I just don't understand. "Oh snap, I have English coming up, do I need a pencil?..Maaaybe...Nah, why would I need a pencil in English? Silly me."
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Post by: johnny russian on November 06, 2015, 01:33:20 PM
I've heard a different opinion about it, from my GF and her friends. I ahd the same opinion after attending one of her friend's wedding, and she told me that the ceremony itself is kind of just for show. The rest of the time, the honeymoon, the ceremony with the parents (wearing Hanbok and what have youe) and the time spent with friends and family beforehand, are all much more valuable for memories. Basically, the wedding is just the drop of the roller coaster, and everything else is the fun leading up to it or the exciting ride thereafter.

this ceremony with the parents you're talking about is called 폐백. some couples still do it but the tradition is dying out. nowadays a lot - maybe even the majority - of korean weddings are just that main ceremony with the bubbles you see.

the reason is because 폐백 costs extra. wedding companies charge more for it, and of course there are hanboks costs etc. and with the costs of weddings sky-rocketing these days, couples are choosing to focus on the most important part of the wedding - the part that makes them look good to everyone else.
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Post by: Imogen1991 on November 06, 2015, 01:33:52 PM
Most classes cancelled...

Class with principal cancelled because one of my favourite students tried to commit suicide  :sad:

The rest were cancelled due to tests...

Very hard to feel happy about having a free when one of my favourite kids is in hospital...

Oh gosh this is horrible! I'm so sorry :( what a horrible thing to have happened. What age do you teach? terrible :(
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Post by: dragonsfiresoul on November 06, 2015, 01:37:51 PM
Most classes cancelled...

Class with principal cancelled because one of my favourite students tried to commit suicide  :sad:

The rest were cancelled due to tests...

Very hard to feel happy about having a free when one of my favourite kids is in hospital...

Sorry to hear that. I'm glad (s)he was stopped. Hope (s)he gets better, both physically and emotionally... I hope you feel better too...
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Post by: AndyKanerva on November 06, 2015, 01:42:40 PM
I've heard a different opinion about it, from my GF and her friends. I ahd the same opinion after attending one of her friend's wedding, and she told me that the ceremony itself is kind of just for show. The rest of the time, the honeymoon, the ceremony with the parents (wearing Hanbok and what have youe) and the time spent with friends and family beforehand, are all much more valuable for memories. Basically, the wedding is just the drop of the roller coaster, and everything else is the fun leading up to it or the exciting ride thereafter.

this ceremony with the parents you're talking about is called 폐백. some couples still do it but the tradition is dying out. nowadays a lot - maybe even the majority - of korean weddings are just that main ceremony with the bubbles you see.

the reason is because 폐백 costs extra. wedding companies charge more for it, and of course there are hanboks costs etc. and with the costs of weddings sky-rocketing these days, couples are choosing to focus on the most important part of the wedding - the part that makes them look good to everyone else.
That's just sad, because it is really the only unique part of the wedding culture here (besides the ceremony being a soulless money grabbing event where everyone used their cellphone).
Weddings in general tend to suck, I hope mine won't!
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Post by: welcomebackkotter on November 06, 2015, 01:56:13 PM
I'm extremely pleased that my gf has absolutely no intention of have the wedding hall wedding that the parents want.  Perhaps the only time she will defy them, but I'm very happy she is in this instance.  I couldn't deal with a wedding hall.  Garden wedding would be preferred.
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Post by: johnny russian on November 06, 2015, 02:06:54 PM
I've heard a different opinion about it, from my GF and her friends. I ahd the same opinion after attending one of her friend's wedding, and she told me that the ceremony itself is kind of just for show. The rest of the time, the honeymoon, the ceremony with the parents (wearing Hanbok and what have youe) and the time spent with friends and family beforehand, are all much more valuable for memories. Basically, the wedding is just the drop of the roller coaster, and everything else is the fun leading up to it or the exciting ride thereafter.

this ceremony with the parents you're talking about is called 폐백. some couples still do it but the tradition is dying out. nowadays a lot - maybe even the majority - of korean weddings are just that main ceremony with the bubbles you see.

the reason is because 폐백 costs extra. wedding companies charge more for it, and of course there are hanboks costs etc. and with the costs of weddings sky-rocketing these days, couples are choosing to focus on the most important part of the wedding - the part that makes them look good to everyone else.
That's just sad, because it is really the only unique part of the wedding culture here (besides the ceremony being a soulless money grabbing event where everyone used their cellphone).
Weddings in general tend to suck, I hope mine won't!

this is just what i've heard anyway .... got no statistics or anything to back that up. but i wouldn't be surprised if it's true. so many couples here are under such extreme pressure to spend millions of Won of their wedding ceremonies that i wouldn't be surprised if they try to cut costs in other areas.

i think also some couples just choose not to do it because they think it's unnecessary. that was the case with an ex-coteacher of mine. i asked her if she did that and she said, "why would we do that, it's old-fashioned. we already have one ceremony, why do need another one?". her family was pretty rich and i gather that her boyfriend's family was loaded as well, so they could have easily afforded it.

in the modern world it seems a lot of korean traditions are dying off or just seen as unnecessary now. this blog post is from a foreigner who had a full-on traditional korean wedding - not just  폐백 but the WHOLE HOG. and in she talks about how so many people didn't even know what to do or what was going on because everyone's forgotten what a traditional korean wedding entails: http://www.mykoreanhusband.com/my-traditional-korean-wedding/
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Post by: krissyboo75 on November 06, 2015, 02:19:55 PM
Most classes cancelled...

Class with principal cancelled because one of my favourite students tried to commit suicide  :sad:

The rest were cancelled due to tests...

Very hard to feel happy about having a free when one of my favourite kids is in hospital...
Saying a prayer and praying your student will be okay!
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Post by: krissyboo75 on November 06, 2015, 02:22:27 PM
Woo Friday! Busan tomorrow!

However...

How is it that 90% of my students never seem to have a bloody pen!? I always do something where they need to write or draw or something!  I can't provide everyone with a pen. There are always one or two keeners who have a whole pencil case and notebook and so on but it takes so much time away from class when I have them all asking their one friend with a pencil case to lend them something to write with.... I am desperately to find games that they would enjoy, but they would enjoy them much more if they were ready for class

It is supposed to rain tomorrow...sorry. I was thinking about going to the lantern thing at 청계천, but it will start raining around 7. Anyway, yep, that damn pencil thing...I just don't understand. "Oh snap, I have English coming up, do I need a pencil?..Maaaybe...Nah, why would I need a pencil in English? Silly me."
I don't need sunshine for shopping  :wink:  No beaches or anything haha inside activities only

And right?! Like do they never bring a pencil? Surely math class they bring one? Where did it go? did you eat it?  :huh:
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Post by: Zealot_Hill on November 06, 2015, 02:24:10 PM
I teach MS. I can't say more, as I believe it might be too easy to link the comment to the school if I do.

Thanks for the thoughts. I really get along well with my after school kids and it was a kid that I would never have expected to be feeling so depressed.
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Post by: taingray on November 06, 2015, 02:36:29 PM
I got married in a wedding hall here in Korea, and it was definitely an experience! I am the opposite of the "bridezilla" type, although I do wish I could have chosen the music and flowers... They played a lot of Enya and the theme from Forrest Gump... So tacky. The music they played when my husband walked in was hilarious (think "Final Countdown" or something similar :laugh:). When we did that ridiculous fake cake-cutting thing, they played that Korean "Congratulations" song for like 2 seconds. There is video of me lol'ing at that moment.

Overall, it was a pretty stress-free day for the exact reason several people have brought up: No one gives a shit. They just want to eat and leave. Sad, and extremely tacky, but I didn't want to spend loads of money on a Western-style wedding.
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Post by: oglop on November 06, 2015, 02:48:36 PM
I got married in a wedding hall here in Korea, and it was definitely an experience! I am the opposite of the "bridezilla" type, although I do wish I could have chosen the music and flowers... They played a lot of Enya and the theme from Forrest Gump... So tacky. The music they played when my husband walked in was hilarious (think "Final Countdown" or something similar :laugh:). When we did that ridiculous fake cake-cutting thing, they played that Korean "Congratulations" song for like 2 seconds. There is video of me lol'ing at that moment.

Overall, it was a pretty stress-free day for the exact reason several people have brought up: No one gives a shit. They just want to eat and leave. Sad, and extremely tacky, but I didn't want to spend loads of money on a Western-style wedding.
this is why my (korean) gf and i are considering a wedding hall. i don't really care about the ceremony anyway and she seems to like the korean-styled weddings. i guess it would be weird for my dad, though, and that's the only reason i would consider a 'western' style wedding. meh.

outdoor weddings sounds nice. a friend in seoul had an outdoor wedding (it was great), but they seem expensive and hard to come across.
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Post by: country09 on November 06, 2015, 03:16:19 PM
I got married in a wedding hall here in Korea, and it was definitely an experience! I am the opposite of the "bridezilla" type, although I do wish I could have chosen the music and flowers... They played a lot of Enya and the theme from Forrest Gump... So tacky. The music they played when my husband walked in was hilarious (think "Final Countdown" or something similar :laugh:). When we did that ridiculous fake cake-cutting thing, they played that Korean "Congratulations" song for like 2 seconds. There is video of me lol'ing at that moment.

Overall, it was a pretty stress-free day for the exact reason several people have brought up: No one gives a shit. They just want to eat and leave. Sad, and extremely tacky, but I didn't want to spend loads of money on a Western-style wedding.

Final Countdown?? I would of loved to have that. I walked down the isle to Pirates of the Caribbean. Did you do Paebaek (spelling?) That was definitely a memorable time. Pertaining to the wedding, I have come to terms with it just being a face thing for her family. My parents and brother sat there most of the time with a wtf face. Everyone enjoyed it but it took awhile to comprehend the light show and music selections. Overall it was a silly ceremony and I plan on having another one once I get back to the states so it can actually mean a little something more to me.
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Post by: Rafiqua on November 06, 2015, 03:28:28 PM
We had an open class today. Well my co teacher did, but she chose one of the classes that I teach to have it with. My third grade class, that I always plan and teach alone while she sits at her desk and occasionally translates something. She planned and taught the whole thing, giving me 7 minutes for an activity when I told her I needed 15 minimum.

I was so upset by the end of it, and talked to a different co teacher about how I was worried that people would think I don't do anything in my co-taught classes. The reality is that my co teacher doesn't do anything. She reassured me that it was okay, because the open class was to evaluate my co teacher and not me. I asked why wasn't one of her own classes chosen then? And she said the teachers probably wanted to see some co-teaching so thats why she chose my class.

Another co teacher asked me later how I felt about our open class and I told her the same thing. I LOVE this co teacher because she doesn't like my main co teacher and think's she's lazy and not a good teacher. She gets it. She told me she's going to talk to all the teachers who came and tell them that isn't what a typical class is like at all.  :-*
 
Open classes are such a sham.

Same here. It's very annoying.
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Post by: johnny russian on November 06, 2015, 03:41:26 PM
I got married in a wedding hall here in Korea, and it was definitely an experience! I am the opposite of the "bridezilla" type, although I do wish I could have chosen the music and flowers... They played a lot of Enya and the theme from Forrest Gump... So tacky. The music they played when my husband walked in was hilarious (think "Final Countdown" or something similar :laugh:). When we did that ridiculous fake cake-cutting thing, they played that Korean "Congratulations" song for like 2 seconds. There is video of me lol'ing at that moment.

Overall, it was a pretty stress-free day for the exact reason several people have brought up: No one gives a shit. They just want to eat and leave. Sad, and extremely tacky, but I didn't want to spend loads of money on a Western-style wedding.
this is why my (korean) gf and i are considering a wedding hall. i don't really care about the ceremony anyway and she seems to like the korean-styled weddings. i guess it would be weird for my dad, though, and that's the only reason i would consider a 'western' style wedding. meh.

outdoor weddings sounds nice. a friend in seoul had an outdoor wedding (it was great), but they seem expensive and hard to come across.

i find it weird so many people are saying that these wedding hall weddings are cheap. from what i've heard they are insanely expensive. maybe cheap by western standards? i dunno how much one of these wedding hall weddings actually costs.

anyway, when the famous actor Won Bin got married he had an outdoor wedding and it only cost about 1 million Won.

http://www.soompi.com/2015/06/06/total-expenses-for-won-bin-and-lee-na-youngs-secret-wedding-revealed/
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Post by: Pecan on November 06, 2015, 03:59:45 PM
We had an open class today. Well my co teacher did, but she chose one of the classes that I teach to have it with. My third grade class, that I always plan and teach alone while she sits at her desk and occasionally translates something. She planned and taught the whole thing, giving me 7 minutes for an activity when I told her I needed 15 minimum.

I was so upset by the end of it, and talked to a different co teacher about how I was worried that people would think I don't do anything in my co-taught classes. The reality is that my co teacher doesn't do anything. She reassured me that it was okay, because the open class was to evaluate my co teacher and not me. I asked why wasn't one of her own classes chosen then? And she said the teachers probably wanted to see some co-teaching so thats why she chose my class.

Another co teacher asked me later how I felt about our open class and I told her the same thing. I LOVE this co teacher because she doesn't like my main co teacher and think's she's lazy and not a good teacher. She gets it. She told me she's going to talk to all the teachers who came and tell them that isn't what a typical class is like at all.  :-*
 
Open classes are such a sham.
Hi Ms. Brown,

Those open classes can be pretty comical.

As for your coteacher, very curious to know, has back chatting her, ever came back to haunt you?

Like elsewhere, word gets around.

Not easy to do as a principle, but I have always found it to be safer refraining from saying bad things about coteachers, especially to other coteachers.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully warmer showers :)
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Post by: oglop on November 06, 2015, 05:18:30 PM
I got married in a wedding hall here in Korea, and it was definitely an experience! I am the opposite of the "bridezilla" type, although I do wish I could have chosen the music and flowers... They played a lot of Enya and the theme from Forrest Gump... So tacky. The music they played when my husband walked in was hilarious (think "Final Countdown" or something similar :laugh:). When we did that ridiculous fake cake-cutting thing, they played that Korean "Congratulations" song for like 2 seconds. There is video of me lol'ing at that moment.

Overall, it was a pretty stress-free day for the exact reason several people have brought up: No one gives a shit. They just want to eat and leave. Sad, and extremely tacky, but I didn't want to spend loads of money on a Western-style wedding.
this is why my (korean) gf and i are considering a wedding hall. i don't really care about the ceremony anyway and she seems to like the korean-styled weddings. i guess it would be weird for my dad, though, and that's the only reason i would consider a 'western' style wedding. meh.

outdoor weddings sounds nice. a friend in seoul had an outdoor wedding (it was great), but they seem expensive and hard to come across.

i find it weird so many people are saying that these wedding hall weddings are cheap. from what i've heard they are insanely expensive. maybe cheap by western standards? i dunno how much one of these wedding hall weddings actually costs.

anyway, when the famous actor Won Bin got married he had an outdoor wedding and it only cost about 1 million Won.

http://www.soompi.com/2015/06/06/total-expenses-for-won-bin-and-lee-na-youngs-secret-wedding-revealed/

Thanks. Truth be told, I have so far done 0 research. I just  figured it would be cheap... Cos you're in and out so fast? 
Anyway cheers for the link
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Post by: johnny russian on November 06, 2015, 05:32:19 PM
cost of weddings seems to vary wildly. this article is pretty good at giving what i think is an accurate average cost: http://www.rjkoehler.com/2012/03/19/how-much-does-it-cost-on-average-for-a-wedding-in-south-korea/

this reddit thread talks about wedding costs too. some very different numbers given here. apparently you have to buy a whole bunch of expensive stuff for your in-laws as gifts, which can really drive up the cost: https://www.reddit.com/r/korea/comments/2a16ey/what_makes_korean_weddings_so_insanely_expensive/
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Post by: krissyboo75 on November 13, 2015, 03:24:09 PM
I hate that another teacher uses my classroom when I'm not there as she lets the students near my desk and computer, which I never do. I'm not at that school on Tuesdays and I came in Wednesday to find my candy drawer open and empty. Also I left my bus pass there on Monday by mistake and that's gone too. Little b*******  :evil:
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Post by: iseya on November 13, 2015, 03:51:26 PM
Oh, I'd rage about that.
Ya get your hand cut off in some parts of the world for stealin. 
Check those, fools.
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Post by: nomadicmadda on November 13, 2015, 06:33:39 PM
Why do doors open inward in all the public buildings here?  Do they not understand this is a massive fire hazard??? :huh:

A bunch of building codes in the US were reformed after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (https://www.csun.edu/~ghy7463/mw2.html) for that exact reason.  When it happened, "most of the doors [to the building] were locked and those that were not locked only opened inwards and were effectively held shut by the onrush of workers escaping the fire."
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on November 20, 2015, 09:36:21 AM
I was doing an Afterschool lesson on food and past tense, so I showed a video of Gordon Ramsay making a Raspberry Millefeuille.

"Teacher, man looks like Tony Stark, but older."

Only in Korea can Gordon Ramsay look like Robert Downey Jr.........................

For the interested................ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_EaR9nJHvE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_EaR9nJHvE)
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Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on November 20, 2015, 09:49:09 AM
One of my students went to sleep during the midterm. Took off her glasses, folded her jacket on top of her exam, and passed out.

When her friends woke her up, she threw the test paper at me. Like, actually threw it. Her friends were shocked!

I just looked at her, pushed the offending paper into the pile, and said, "So, I guess you don't need that college recommendation letter you asked for?"


I've only interacted with her a handful of times (because she's always skipping class) but she's always been nice to me and I to her. Strange. Too bad she's getting a zero on the test.
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Post by: AndyKanerva on November 20, 2015, 09:55:29 AM
One of my students went to sleep during the midterm. Took off her glasses, folded her jacket on top of her exam, and passed out.

When her friends woke her up, she threw the test paper at me. Like, actually threw it. Her friends were shocked!

I just looked at her, pushed the offending paper into the pile, and said, "So, I guess you don't need that college recommendation letter you asked for?"


I've only interacted with her a handful of times (because she's always skipping class) but she's always been nice to me and I to her. Strange. Too bad she's getting a zero on the test.
Sounds like a cry for help if you ask me. That kind of irregular, rash behaviour from an otherwise level-headed, kind girl is probably the result of some serious issues in her life. Either way, that's really sad.
A kid I knew when I was in highschool stood up, ripped up his exam and swore loudly before leaving. Dropped out of school and then joined the army (2 years later). He's happy now, but he had a tonne of problems before that exam moment.
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Post by: jamonamagnet on November 20, 2015, 10:06:06 AM
Interesting headline on the BBC:
"I didn't know she was a suicide bomber."

I guess she'd never done it before...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on November 20, 2015, 10:09:28 AM
One of my students went to sleep during the midterm. Took off her glasses, folded her jacket on top of her exam, and passed out.

When her friends woke her up, she threw the test paper at me. Like, actually threw it. Her friends were shocked!

I just looked at her, pushed the offending paper into the pile, and said, "So, I guess you don't need that college recommendation letter you asked for?"


I've only interacted with her a handful of times (because she's always skipping class) but she's always been nice to me and I to her. Strange. Too bad she's getting a zero on the test.
Sounds like a cry for help if you ask me. That kind of irregular, rash behaviour from an otherwise level-headed, kind girl is probably the result of some serious issues in her life. Either way, that's really sad.
A kid I knew when I was in highschool stood up, ripped up his exam and swore loudly before leaving. Dropped out of school and then joined the army (2 years later). He's happy now, but he had a tonne of problems before that exam moment.

She is under a considerable amount of pressure, true, but she also has a history of getting angry at teachers who try to "make" her do things. I think she was being sweet towards me because she wanted that essay; other foreign teachers have turned her down because she rarely attends class (not unusual) and occasionally will sneak up on them in the cafeteria and get angry because she's failing their class that she never attends or turns in any work for.

It's $16K USD to attend this program; she may just be a spoiled brat. But you raise a good point, and I'll talk to her head teacher to see if anything is going on.
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Post by: sonny on November 20, 2015, 10:17:55 AM
One of my students went to sleep during the midterm. Took off her glasses, folded her jacket on top of her exam, and passed out.

When her friends woke her up, she threw the test paper at me. Like, actually threw it. Her friends were shocked!

I just looked at her, pushed the offending paper into the pile, and said, "So, I guess you don't need that college recommendation letter you asked for?"


I've only interacted with her a handful of times (because she's always skipping class) but she's always been nice to me and I to her. Strange. Too bad she's getting a zero on the test.
Sounds like a cry for help if you ask me. That kind of irregular, rash behaviour from an otherwise level-headed, kind girl is probably the result of some serious issues in her life. Either way, that's really sad.
A kid I knew when I was in highschool stood up, ripped up his exam and swore loudly before leaving. Dropped out of school and then joined the army (2 years later). He's happy now, but he had a tonne of problems before that exam moment.

She is under a considerable amount of pressure, true, but she also has a history of getting angry at teachers who try to "make" her do things. I think she was being sweet towards me because she wanted that essay; other foreign teachers have turned her down because she rarely attends class (not unusual) and occasionally will sneak up on them in the cafeteria and get angry because she's failing their class that she never attends or turns in any work for.

It's $16K USD to attend this program; she may just be a spoiled brat. But you raise a good point, and I'll talk to her head teacher to see if anything is going on.

She sounds like a douche.
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Post by: Aristocrat on November 20, 2015, 11:00:48 AM
I just gave out the harshest punishment I've ever given to my students. I'm not proud of it, but they've received countless warnings and numerous lighter punishments in the past for blatantly having conversations while I'm speaking.

The students need to write out "I need to show more respect" in Korean and English 180 times.
Originally the punishments was 80 times. After I'd had enough of warning them for their behaviour I stopped the lesson, and told them to write their lines, in silence. I couldn't believe how thick some of the students were, my CT translated my instructions,  and every time a student decided to talk to their friend, while doing the punishment, I added an extra 10 to the total. Thankfully, a few students were getting incredibly annoyed with their peers for constantly talking and adding to the total. I'm certain the total would've gone higher if they weren't saved by the bell.

Their instructions are to finish the remainder for homework. Again, I'm really concerned since it seems, even at 13 years of age, many students have a hard time grasping the concept that there are consequences for their bad behaviour. Either that or they're masochists who don't care how their behaviour affects others.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: chris0206 on November 20, 2015, 12:05:47 PM
Why do doors open inward in all the public buildings here?  Do they not understand this is a massive fire hazard??? :huh:

A bunch of building codes in the US were reformed after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (https://www.csun.edu/~ghy7463/mw2.html) for that exact reason.  When it happened, "most of the doors [to the building] were locked and those that were not locked only opened inwards and were effectively held shut by the onrush of workers escaping the fire."

I only know about banks and not other buildings.  But I have been told by numerous people that they open inwards to stop people pushing the door open and getting away quicker if they steal someones money or card from the atm or teller.  As you have to stop and pull the door towards you it would allow people to catch you before you got away.  Maybe its the same principle for all government buildings.
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Post by: denimdaze on November 20, 2015, 12:49:43 PM
I have a 5th grade class of 10 students.  I would like to slap 4 of them.  Hard.
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Post by: JNM on November 20, 2015, 12:53:40 PM
Why do doors open inward in all the public buildings here?  Do they not understand this is a massive fire hazard??? :huh:

...

... I have been told by numerous people that they open inwards to stop people pushing the door open and getting away quicker ...

Also many doors here open onto sidewalks (a.k.a. parking areas).
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Post by: nomadicmadda on November 20, 2015, 01:07:12 PM
Why do doors open inward in all the public buildings here?  Do they not understand this is a massive fire hazard??? :huh:

A bunch of building codes in the US were reformed after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (https://www.csun.edu/~ghy7463/mw2.html) for that exact reason.  When it happened, "most of the doors [to the building] were locked and those that were not locked only opened inwards and were effectively held shut by the onrush of workers escaping the fire."

I only know about banks and not other buildings.  But I have been told by numerous people that they open inwards to stop people pushing the door open and getting away quicker if they steal someones money or card from the atm or teller.  As you have to stop and pull the door towards you it would allow people to catch you before you got away.  Maybe its the same principle for all government buildings.

Interesting, and logical enough.

But added bonus: in case of emergency, also ensnared by death.  :evil:
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Post by: Action Jackson on November 20, 2015, 02:10:15 PM
Looking at the calendar, I see it's only about 4 1/2 weeks until winter vacation.  It'll probably feel like 6 months to get here.
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Post by: khalavala on November 20, 2015, 02:26:05 PM
saw some kid getting beat up today. im sure it happens a lot more often but it was the first time I actually saw it and had to step in to stop it.
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Post by: donuts81 on November 20, 2015, 02:50:43 PM
My co-worker is having a meltdown because she has more paperwork than I do. She harbors some kind of deep resentment towards me for it.
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Post by: YoungMin on November 20, 2015, 03:03:07 PM
Where has the banter gone on waygook?

Can't post without getting a smack on the bottom.
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Post by: Mister Tim on November 20, 2015, 03:05:12 PM
My co-worker is having a meltdown because she has more paperwork than I do. She harbors some kind of deep resentment towards me for it.

Tell her you have more live thousands of miles from your family and friends than she does.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: AndyKanerva on November 20, 2015, 03:21:25 PM
Two kids (grade four) were rough housing before I went to the bathroom. I told them to stop and proceeded with my business.
When I came outside there was a small crowd formed as one boy had smacked his head hard enough to cause it to bleed. The other kids were panicking and making matters way worse, to the extent where the kid who (probably) knocked him down grabbed him to console him and ended up getting blood all over his shirt. He felt REALLY guilty. I was freaking out and sent kids to find their homeroom teacher and asked another to call the nurse.
The homeroom teacher shows up, laughs it off and walks him to the nurse's office. All well and good! A load off my chest, at least.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on November 20, 2015, 03:26:13 PM
Where has the banter gone on waygook?

Can't post without getting a smack on the bottom.

So how are you? What's going on this weekend?

Pray that this qualifies as pointless rambling........
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on November 20, 2015, 04:15:43 PM
Where has the banter gone on waygook?

Can't post without getting a smack on the bottom.

So how are you? What's going on this weekend?

Pray that this qualifies as pointless rambling........

Don't risk it son. Appreciate the banter though.
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Post by: taingray on November 23, 2015, 09:39:04 AM
I got married in a wedding hall here in Korea, and it was definitely an experience! I am the opposite of the "bridezilla" type, although I do wish I could have chosen the music and flowers... They played a lot of Enya and the theme from Forrest Gump... So tacky. The music they played when my husband walked in was hilarious (think "Final Countdown" or something similar :laugh:). When we did that ridiculous fake cake-cutting thing, they played that Korean "Congratulations" song for like 2 seconds. There is video of me lol'ing at that moment.

Overall, it was a pretty stress-free day for the exact reason several people have brought up: No one gives a shit. They just want to eat and leave. Sad, and extremely tacky, but I didn't want to spend loads of money on a Western-style wedding.

Final Countdown?? I would of loved to have that. I walked down the isle to Pirates of the Caribbean. Did you do Paebaek (spelling?) That was definitely a memorable time. Pertaining to the wedding, I have come to terms with it just being a face thing for her family. My parents and brother sat there most of the time with a wtf face. Everyone enjoyed it but it took awhile to comprehend the light show and music selections. Overall it was a silly ceremony and I plan on having another one once I get back to the states so it can actually mean a little something more to me.

I forgot to respond to this! We did do the Paebaek ceremony. It was interesting, but to be honest, it still felt like it was just part of the whole circus of a wedding hall wedding. Just a photo op; they went through it as quickly as possible and it felt like a cheapened version of what it originally was.

Someone mentioned the cost of these weddings... For me, it was definitely less than a Western-style wedding would have been. I'm not sure about the actual calculations, but I think we pretty much broke even because of the extra money from the guests (not everyone pays the minimum amount for the buffet). Maybe other Korean couples who want all the "fancy" extras end up paying a lot more? (Example: we opted out of the thing where two weirdos hold up plastic swords that the bride and groom walk under, as well as those cheap-ass party-popper streamer things that they have at the end. Those would have been an extra 200,000!! Ridiculous.)

It was a really fun day, despite how absurd the whole thing was.  :P
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on November 23, 2015, 10:44:02 AM
On Friday night I found out a student in my school raped a girl. I feel shocked and upset. I hope the girl gets justice.
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Post by: Imogen1991 on November 23, 2015, 10:45:36 AM
On Friday night I found out a student in my school raped a girl. I feel shocked and upset. I hope the girl gets justice.
:-[ that's so horrible! What a terrible thing to find out about one of your students
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Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on November 23, 2015, 01:33:45 PM
On Friday night I found out a student in my school raped a girl. I feel shocked and upset. I hope the girl gets justice.

Holy shit. I'm so sorry to hear that.
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Post by: nomadicmadda on November 23, 2015, 01:40:23 PM
On Friday night I found out a student in my school raped a girl. I feel shocked and upset. I hope the girl gets justice.

That's awful.  Was the girl also a student at your school?

I'm not sure what rape reporting procedures are like here, but I'd imagine it's pretty shaming for the victim.  My cousin was raped on her uni campus back in the states last Halloween, and didn't press charges because her name would go on the case and would be published publicly.  The final straw though was seeing him on campus this past Halloween again (he's banned from it) and finding out he'd raped 6 other girls in the last year, recently including one of her own sorority sisters.  They're all banding together and reporting as a group, but yeah alone she felt pretty powerless and singled out.  The cops also still talk to them as if they're possibly lying, which made it even shittier.  Talk about an uphill battle... :sad:

I hope the girl gets the justice she deserves.  How horrible for the male student to be doing that at this age.
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Post by: lifeisgood6447 on November 23, 2015, 02:22:28 PM
On Friday night I found out a student in my school raped a girl. I feel shocked and upset. I hope the girl gets justice.

That is terrible. I am sure you feel quite sad and have a kind of strange feeling in your gut at the same time. I really hope the girl and the family get justice. As far as things like that go in Korea, I don't think the boy will get much hard punishment, sadly. The boy's family will probably negotiate 'blood money' with the family and go from there. Also, hopefully the girl wants to try to press charges. Damn... It is kind of sad how lax some things are here. A Korean friend of mine here was raped and murdered by a taxi driver in Daegu a couple of years ago. That was a horrible time in itself, but made even worse when the murderer didn't get a hard enough punishment. The last that I heard, he was likely to do under 10 years for it. A damn shame.
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Post by: khalavala on November 23, 2015, 02:29:53 PM
On Friday night I found out a student in my school raped a girl. I feel shocked and upset. I hope the girl gets justice.

That's awful.  Was the girl also a student at your school?

I'm not sure what rape reporting procedures are like here, but I'd imagine it's pretty shaming for the victim.  My cousin was raped on her uni campus back in the states last Halloween, and didn't press charges because her name would go on the case and would be published publicly.  The final straw though was seeing him on campus this past Halloween again (he's banned from it) and finding out he'd raped 6 other girls in the last year, recently including one of her own sorority sisters.  They're all banding together and reporting as a group, but yeah alone she felt pretty powerless and singled out.  The cops also still talk to them as if they're possibly lying, which made it even shittier.  Talk about an uphill battle... :sad:

I hope the girl gets the justice she deserves.  How horrible for the male student to be doing that at this age.

Sorry to hear about your story. I have hope your cousin will get justice.

 I feel broken up because I spoke up about this student to a co-teacher and said that I felt he was a dangerous influence on the others in the school. I think he had some issues but I'm no psychologist. I don't know what school the girl is from since details aren't forth coming from my co-workers. I actually heard the news from a friend in another school. I am wary of bringing anything up because I bet the school will feel shamed somehow that this student did such a thing...I just feel terrible.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on November 27, 2015, 12:06:04 PM
The difference it makes in the personality of a class when one student who always makes trouble is out sick.   :cheesy:

I hope he feels better soon, but it was nice to have a break from him.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on November 27, 2015, 12:25:33 PM
In my B class on Fridays the only kid who talks is the only kid I want NOT to talk...  :evil:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taingray on November 27, 2015, 03:22:07 PM
I just realized a kid stole my hand sanitizer a few hours ago. She had been in my office at about 11:45 this morning, I thought just out of curiosity to see what I was doing (she's 10). At the time she was sort of looking at stuff on my desk, asking questions about my phone and other random things, including the hand sanitizer. Around 1pm she came back in for a few minutes but I didn't watch her as closely, although she was right next me. Anyway, just now I realized the hand sanitizer is gone; she must have taken it the second time she came in.

It was one of those small scented Nature Republic bottles that cost maybe 2,500 won. I'm not mad, just perplexed because it was unexpected and wondering if I should say something to her next week about it. Obviously it's not like she took anything valuable, but what if she tries it again with something more important (she had also been looking at my phone...)?

Not sure how to react to this but I feel like it would be wrong to just let it slide...  :-[
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Post by: royalmilktea on November 27, 2015, 03:23:53 PM
If IHerb didn't ship to South Korea, I don't know what I would do...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on November 27, 2015, 03:37:48 PM
I just realized a kid stole my hand sanitizer a few hours ago. She had been in my office at about 11:45 this morning, I thought just out of curiosity to see what I was doing (she's 10). At the time she was sort of looking at stuff on my desk, asking questions about my phone and other random things, including the hand sanitizer. Around 1pm she came back in for a few minutes but I didn't watch her as closely, although she was right next me. Anyway, just now I realized the hand sanitizer is gone; she must have taken it the second time she came in.

It was one of those small scented Nature Republic bottles that cost maybe 2,500 won. I'm not mad, just perplexed because it was unexpected and wondering if I should say something to her next week about it. Obviously it's not like she took anything valuable, but what if she tries it again with something more important (she had also been looking at my phone...)?

Not sure how to react to this but I feel like it would be wrong to just let it slide...  :-[
Next time you see her, you could ask her if she remembers seeing it.  You could mention when you saw it last.  That way, you're not directly accusing her, but you are letting her know you noticed it was missing.
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Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on November 27, 2015, 08:57:41 PM
I just realized a kid stole my hand sanitizer a few hours ago. She had been in my office at about 11:45 this morning, I thought just out of curiosity to see what I was doing (she's 10). At the time she was sort of looking at stuff on my desk, asking questions about my phone and other random things, including the hand sanitizer. Around 1pm she came back in for a few minutes but I didn't watch her as closely, although she was right next me. Anyway, just now I realized the hand sanitizer is gone; she must have taken it the second time she came in.

It was one of those small scented Nature Republic bottles that cost maybe 2,500 won. I'm not mad, just perplexed because it was unexpected and wondering if I should say something to her next week about it. Obviously it's not like she took anything valuable, but what if she tries it again with something more important (she had also been looking at my phone...)?

Not sure how to react to this but I feel like it would be wrong to just let it slide...  :-[

Next time you have her class, announce to everyone (with translation) that something went missing from your desk and you are very sad about it. Explain that you are happy to share everything with the students, but that when people take your things without asking and don't return them, it makes you sad and it makes you worry that your students are not good friends. Look super ****** forlorn. Do it to every class in her grade. Your hand sanitizer will be returned in less than 48 hours.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: durestudios on November 29, 2015, 10:43:38 AM
The FOOD in Korea. God, sometimes it feels like God has poisoned every single meal I eat with a stomach ache immediately after I eat it.
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Post by: dizzl on December 04, 2015, 12:18:22 PM
After months of hating my school because of my ct, it emerges that it isn't only me she has been looking to offend.
Finally I have validation that it's not just me! Good way to end my week no matter how petty. :P
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Post by: denimdaze on December 04, 2015, 12:29:38 PM
I have my last afterschool class for the semester today!   8)
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Post by: taingray on December 04, 2015, 01:38:49 PM
Have anyone else's students been wearing this new brand of outerwear (coats and light jackets) that says 'EL STINKO' and 'STINKO DE MAYO' on it? I don't know if it's just one of those low-quality brands they sell on the street or what, but it really entertains me  :laugh: I want to take a picture but I feel like a weirdo!
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Post by: CO2 on December 04, 2015, 01:40:49 PM
Stanley Kubrick Exhibition this Sunday!

They have costumes and set stuff from all of his films.

AAAWWWWW YYEAAAHHHH
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: defenderoftherealm on December 04, 2015, 01:58:53 PM
I want to go drink my face off tonight.  My girlfriend wants me to stay in, wake up early, and help her and her family make kimchi Saturday morning.  If only I could clone myself into two people.  It is hard having a sweet girlfriend.  I just want to thug.   :cry:
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Post by: donuts81 on December 04, 2015, 02:04:25 PM
I want to go drink my face off tonight.  My girlfriend wants me to stay in, wake up early, and help her and her family make kimchi Saturday morning.  If only I could clone myself into two people.  It is hard having a sweet girlfriend.  I just want to thug.   :cry:

How long have you been dating? That seems like an extreme commitment to make.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on December 04, 2015, 02:06:49 PM
Kimchi on a Saturday... Sounds like a deal breaker...
Kimchi at lunch on weekdays is already enough...

#Levels

But if you're really into her, the man up! Get that Kimchi made son!
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Post by: nomadicmadda on December 04, 2015, 02:09:12 PM
I want to go drink my face off tonight.  My girlfriend wants me to stay in, wake up early, and help her and her family make kimchi Saturday morning.  If only I could clone myself into two people.  It is hard having a sweet girlfriend.  I just want to thug.   :cry:

How long have you been dating? That seems like an extreme commitment to make.

Hey man, to each his/her own.  It sounds like OP doesn't mind the idea of making kimchi with his gf's family in the morning at all, so who are you to scoff at it as extreme or imply the gf is demanding?  Maybe he already knows her family, they get along well, and he's interested in spending time with them and having the cultural experience.  It might just be bad timing with his current mood and desire to drink on a Friday. :undecided:
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Post by: khalavala on December 04, 2015, 02:12:31 PM
Walking into 3/4 empty classrooms as kids watch vine compilation clips. no co teacher in sight. I can dig this.
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Post by: belovedalways157 on December 10, 2015, 05:45:35 AM
Nice post for Friday rambligs.
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Post by: nespeaker on December 11, 2015, 11:02:10 AM
I'm not sure why I'm ashamed that my school has a Cup Stacking Team.
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Post by: Zealot_Hill on December 11, 2015, 11:06:48 AM
Today one of my third grade middle schoolers was getting uppity, I decided to shut that sh*z down. I'm a very relaxed teacher who laughs a lot with my kids and endures more than is necessary in terms of bad behaviour.

So I grabbed his chair and pulled it, with him in it, to the back of the class. I dragged his desk over and the two classroom bins, heaped to overflowing. I put on in front of him and one beside him. He'd been talking non-stop to his friend so I point to the bins. These are your new friends, you can talk to them. My class loved that and I felt happy  :azn: at my creative use of minimal verbal aggression.
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Post by: jamonamagnet on December 11, 2015, 11:12:07 AM
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Post by: Tinsley on December 11, 2015, 11:38:03 AM
Was informed this morning that the whole school is taking a trip to see In the Heart of the Sea today. Probably wouldn't have seen it myself, but I sure don't mind leaving school 3 1/2 hours early to go watch an English movie.

I love Fridays.
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Post by: CO2 on December 11, 2015, 11:50:54 AM
I was teaching my kids some new vocab and I had the word list on there. So we made a list of famous Koreans in the WORLD. Not in Korea. The obvious contenders came up (Ban Ki Moon, PSY, Kim Yuna) and some hilarious ones like Yu Jaeseok. The girl, J,  that suggested him would not believe that people from America wouldn't know him.

That's not the main point though. The main point was that she kept asking what list is in Korean.

"I don't know."

J: Teacher, translate on google.

"No, we made a list together. Let's make another one. A LIST OF KOREAN FOOD."

(Insert obvious culprits here)

J: Teacher, translate.

"J, I'm not a dictionary. We made two examples. A list is word and then you think of all of the other words about it. Food----> kinds of food. A list OF food."

(Make another list about Cities in Korea)

J: 티처ㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓㅓ  :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: Naver translate

"Nope."

The class had gotten angry at her at this point. "J, e did 3 lists, think of the word yourself!"

I love J, shes really sweet 99% of the time. This one instance, she drove me up the wall. hahaha
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Post by: CO2 on December 11, 2015, 11:57:19 AM
Also, who decided that 화 should be romanised as wha?

Ewha U, Hanwha etc...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: jamonamagnet on December 11, 2015, 12:01:08 PM
Also, who decided that 화 should be romanised as wha?

Ewha U, Hanwha etc...
If you follow the simple rules it is "hoa".  How else would you pronounce it?
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Post by: donuts81 on December 11, 2015, 12:01:42 PM
I want to go drink my face off tonight.  My girlfriend wants me to stay in, wake up early, and help her and her family make kimchi Saturday morning.  If only I could clone myself into two people.  It is hard having a sweet girlfriend.  I just want to thug.   :cry:

How long have you been dating? That seems like an extreme commitment to make.

Hey man, to each his/her own.  It sounds like OP doesn't mind the idea of making kimchi with his gf's family in the morning at all, so who are you to scoff at it as extreme or imply the gf is demanding?  Maybe he already knows her family, they get along well, and he's interested in spending time with them and having the cultural experience.  It might just be bad timing with his current mood and desire to drink on a Friday. :undecided:

Really?!?? You're going to play devil's advocate on that one? I wouldn't even do it for my own family. The only thing that could make it worse was if he actually did go out and had to do it hungover.

On the positive side, I guess you could say his GF likes him.
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Post by: Chewster on December 11, 2015, 12:28:35 PM
Today one of my third grade middle schoolers was getting uppity, I decided to shut that sh*z down. I'm a very relaxed teacher who laughs a lot with my kids and endures more than is necessary in terms of bad behaviour.

So I grabbed his chair and pulled it, with him in it, to the back of the class. I dragged his desk over and the two classroom bins, heaped to overflowing. I put on in front of him and one beside him. He'd been talking non-stop to his friend so I point to the bins. These are your new friends, you can talk to them. My class loved that and I felt happy  :azn: at my creative use of minimal verbal aggression.

This is what happens when corporal punishment gets banned. Bring back the belt, dammit! It was good enough for my grandfather and he drank whiskey in the pub every day and beat my father so clearly it worked.

More seriously: good job! I like hearing about creative punishments.

I remember once, I had this nightmare of a class at this small hagwon. The kind of 12-year-olds that really know when they got you by the balls. Anyway, some some girl said "Teacher! Filthy pig!" which took me by surprise. Impulsively, I grabbed her pencil case, dumped all the contents on the floor at the front of the class and yelled "PICK IT UP!" She looked rather shocked but she sheepishly did as she was told and wasn't an issue the rest of class so I guess my instincts were right.

I was pretty annoyed but also kind of impressed that she knew the word "filthy".
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Post by: nomadicmadda on December 11, 2015, 12:41:12 PM
Today one of my third grade middle schoolers was getting uppity, I decided to shut that sh*z down. I'm a very relaxed teacher who laughs a lot with my kids and endures more than is necessary in terms of bad behaviour.

So I grabbed his chair and pulled it, with him in it, to the back of the class. I dragged his desk over and the two classroom bins, heaped to overflowing. I put on in front of him and one beside him. He'd been talking non-stop to his friend so I point to the bins. These are your new friends, you can talk to them. My class loved that and I felt happy  :azn: at my creative use of minimal verbal aggression.

This is what happens when corporal punishment gets banned. Bring back the belt, dammit! It was good enough for my grandfather and he drank whiskey in the pub every day and beat my father so clearly it worked.

More seriously: good job! I like hearing about creative punishments.

I remember once, I had this nightmare of a class at this small hagwon. The kind of 12-year-olds that really know when they got you by the balls. Anyway, some some girl said "Teacher! Filthy pig!" which took me by surprise. Impulsively, I grabbed her pencil case, dumped all the contents on the floor at the front of the class and yelled "PICK IT UP!" She looked rather shocked but she sheepishly did as she was told and wasn't an issue the rest of class so I guess my instincts were right.

I was pretty annoyed but also kind of impressed that she knew the word "filthy".

My main CT is an ajeosshi who is very short in stature--the students give him a lot of flack for it, especially when I'm around (I'm 6ft/184cm).  He takes it fairly well and has a good relationship with them, but today when he and I were proctoring the last exam together, this one particularly smart-mouthed student went, "Nomadicmadda Teacher!  XXXX Teacher students say is very ugly!"

It's times like these I wish I spoke a bit more Korean, or spoke it fluidly enough to react faster.  I wish I could have said, "Hey.  That's not funny; that's your teacher.  You're being incredibly disrespectful.  Apologize now."  My CT made him stand in the back of the room with his arms above his head while he passed out the exam and students got settled, but I feel like the kid still thought he was amusing.  I gave him a really un-amused and disapproving look--he'd said it to get my attention--but it's frustrating that I didn't have a chance to fully reprimand him.   He was also later caught silently doing the 8-heads measuring thing after he'd finished his exam.  I guess it's also up to my CT to draw that line too, but still.  F*cking rude.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on December 11, 2015, 12:47:33 PM
Also, who decided that 화 should be romanised as wha?

Ewha U, Hanwha etc...
If you follow the simple rules it is "hoa".  How else would you pronounce it?

Yes, and wha would be pronounced like 와, not 화. That was my point.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chewster on December 11, 2015, 12:52:41 PM
My main CT is an ajeosshi who is very short in stature--the students give him a lot of flack for it, especially when I'm around (I'm 6ft/184cm).  He takes it fairly well and has a good relationship with them, but today when he and I were proctoring the last exam together, this one particularly smart-mouthed student went, "Nomadicmadda Teacher!  XXXX Teacher students say is very ugly!"

It's times like these I wish I spoke a bit more Korean, or spoke it fluidly enough to react faster.  I wish I could have said, "Hey.  That's not funny; that's your teacher.  You're being incredibly disrespectful.  Apologize now."  My CT made him stand in the back of the room with his arms above his head while he passed out the exam and students got settled, but I feel like the kid still thought he was amusing.  I gave him a really un-amused and disapproving look--he'd said it to get my attention--but it's frustrating that I didn't have a chance to fully reprimand him.   He was also later caught silently doing the 8-heads measuring thing after he'd finished his exam.  I guess it's also up to my CT to draw that line too, but still.  F*cking rude.

I feel ya. There is definitely a line that really shouldn't be crossed. Most of my current students know it. If they tease me but I can tell they are being playful, I just roll with it and tease them back because I try to have a decent rapport with them and getting upset at every tiny insult would give me an aneurysm but if they are doing it to be hurtful, they get the hose again some kind of punishment. My co is pretty lax but he always gets my back when I'm after a kid who's being a problem so that's nice.

It's funny to see them react because the look they get from me, they know right away that they went too far and usually start apologizing profusely. I'm pretty easy going but once I pull out my angry voice, they tend to smarten up. Good times.
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Post by: nomadicmadda on December 11, 2015, 01:02:58 PM
My main CT is an ajeosshi who is very short in stature--the students give him a lot of flack for it, especially when I'm around (I'm 6ft/184cm).  He takes it fairly well and has a good relationship with them, but today when he and I were proctoring the last exam together, this one particularly smart-mouthed student went, "Nomadicmadda Teacher!  XXXX Teacher students say is very ugly!"

It's times like these I wish I spoke a bit more Korean, or spoke it fluidly enough to react faster.  I wish I could have said, "Hey.  That's not funny; that's your teacher.  You're being incredibly disrespectful.  Apologize now."  My CT made him stand in the back of the room with his arms above his head while he passed out the exam and students got settled, but I feel like the kid still thought he was amusing.  I gave him a really un-amused and disapproving look--he'd said it to get my attention--but it's frustrating that I didn't have a chance to fully reprimand him.   He was also later caught silently doing the 8-heads measuring thing after he'd finished his exam.  I guess it's also up to my CT to draw that line too, but still.  F*cking rude.

I feel ya. There is definitely a line that really shouldn't be crossed. Most of my current students know it. If they tease me but I can tell they are being playful, I just roll with it and tease them back because I try to have a decent rapport with them and getting upset at every tiny insult would give me an aneurysm but if they are doing it to be hurtful, they get the hose again some kind of punishment. My co is pretty lax but he always gets my back when I'm after a kid who's being a problem so that's nice.

It's funny to see them react because the look they get from me, they know right away that they went too far and usually start apologizing profusely. I'm pretty easy going but once I pull out my angry voice, they tend to smarten up. Good times.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Mine are the same way, hahaha.  Especially the boys.  I'm female, and I think they sometimes get a little rowdy and like to show off in class.  I'm all for then using English wherever and whenever they can, but if they cross that line, they know.  (OH GOD NO HER IMAGE OF ME IS RUINED) :laugh:

I'm all smiles 99% of the time, and it makes that flipped switch super effective.  It's actually the most effective at my vocational school, which is interesting.  Those kids are the rowdiest, and a lot of the Korean teachers have trouble controlling them.  I think it's because I don't do the whole "I AM YOUR TEACHER; YOU WILL LISTEN TO ME," show of dominance thing.  That seems to be how most of the teachers there try to handle it, which of course with insolent kids is like the least effective thing ever long-term.  Respect has to be earned--even from kids! :undecided:
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Post by: Hot6^ on December 11, 2015, 01:04:05 PM
My Kids write that I am a "son of a bitch" on the tables.. (I'm actually a bastard, but whatever)

Also give me the finger behind my back.. yell *********, tear their books up after the first two weeks, etc...

Oh yeah also shouting at me that I need to speak Korean because it's Korea! While I'm trying to teach a lesson, or help them.
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Post by: midori951 on December 11, 2015, 01:19:56 PM
My Kids write that I am a "son of a bitch" on the tables.. (I'm actually a bastard, but whatever)

Also give me the finger behind my back.. yell *********, tear their books up after the first two weeks, etc...

Oh yeah also shouting at me that I need to speak Korean because it's Korea! While I'm trying to teach a lesson, or help them.

well that could get annoying, what do you do about it?
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Post by: Hot6^ on December 11, 2015, 01:28:12 PM
My Kids write that I am a "son of a bitch" on the tables.. (I'm actually a bastard, but whatever)

Also give me the finger behind my back.. yell *********, tear their books up after the first two weeks, etc...

Oh yeah also shouting at me that I need to speak Korean because it's Korea! While I'm trying to teach a lesson, or help them.

well that could get annoying, what do you do about it?

Nothing. The Vice Principal is "There just children," person... and praises Korean children no matter what, because they are geniuses! CT's just act sympathetic, but ultimately they don't do anything... not that they could, because then the VP/P just say it's their responsibility etc... yet the school system doesn't support the teachers having any type of disciplinary action cause, you know, parents.

I might just take the winter vacation, take the resign bonus, take the extra 14 days spring off... then quit.
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Post by: ChrisKorea on December 11, 2015, 04:08:28 PM
For my last after school class, after their exams were all over, my co-teacher decided to reward the students with a movie. Which movie? The Last Concert, about a woman dying of leukemia. Party on.
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Post by: tamjen on December 11, 2015, 05:24:34 PM
Only 36 more potential working days left till I leave this place forever. Looking forward to mature, high level, motivated students.

I am so sick of this place I just finished going through my computer and deleted every photo and video I have taken in the last 5 years.

I'm a bridge burner of EPIK proportions. Pun absolutely intended.

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Post by: ChrisKorea on December 18, 2015, 08:47:00 AM
The teachers are going on an overnight trip today. They had invited me to go, but I declined. I remember last year's trip, also overnight, to a museum, a temple, dinner, a noraebang, our shared rooms (by sex), another restaurant, up a mountain, another temple, another restaurant, all things I don't mind doing in solitude, but it was hours and hours with a group, no time to recharge. So I didn't want to go this year.

I wonder when they are leaving. Most likely after lunch at some point. I hope it is all of them going. That way, the Teachers' Room will be empty. I will be free to walk over to the kettle and make coffee which I will sip in silence. Maybe I will even go home early, if no one is around to see. But this is a fantasy. Some teachers will probably remain behind, and their scrutiny will keep me at my desk.
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Post by: khalavala on December 18, 2015, 09:06:51 AM
Festival Day! Can't wait to see what the kiddos have been cooking up.

On another note, avoiding Star Wars spoilers by getting off facebook and other places I frequent for a week. I just don't get why my friends think its so funny to spoil things for people.
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Post by: Aqvm on December 18, 2015, 09:33:49 AM
We had exams this week. Monday I came to school at 8:10, like always. The teachers' assistant gave me the keys to the classroom. I looked at the exams schedule. Lunch would be at 12:30. None of the other teachers had arrived yet because exams start late so they all come late.

I went to the classroom. I opened up a couple hot packs because I know that I can't turn on the heater when no students are in the room. I sat in the cold. I wrote in my journal. I reorganized and catalogued my lessons folder. I read a book. I did pushups. I planned a scavenger hunt for winter camp.

The bell rings. It's 12:30. Time for lunch. There are about 10 students in the lunch room and no teachers. I'm late. One test was rescheduled, lunch started at 11:40. All of the meat has been given away or thrown out. I eat purple rice, kimchi, and 미역국. The lunch lady hands me a package of 김 to eat with my purple rice as an apology.

I can go home at 4:30. I was told that I had to stay until my usual time on exam days even when the other teachers go home. All of the other teachers have left. It's 1:00. I go back to the classroom.

I do more pushups. I walk around in circles to stay warm. I write more in a journal. I balance my home budget. I watch two episodes of Louie. I make themed templates for worksheets and powerpoint presentations for the first 5 lessons of the book I'm using next year.

It's 4:30, I can go home. There are no students here. I can't see any teachers here. I wonder if the teacher's room will be locked. I can see from across the hall that the lights are off. I feel angry that I have to sit alone in the cold while everybody else gets to leave. What will I do with the classroom key if the teacher's room is locked?

It's not locked. I open the door, startling the teachers' assistant who had fallen asleep, alone, in the teacher's room. I guess I'm not the only one who had to sit alone in the cold.
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Post by: AndyKanerva on December 18, 2015, 09:55:26 AM
Festival Day! Can't wait to see what the kiddos have been cooking up.

On another note, avoiding Star Wars spoilers by getting off facebook and other places I frequent for a week. I just don't get why my friends think its so funny to spoil things for people.
Friends who spoil Star Wars are no friends at all.
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Post by: m.kaczor2808 on December 18, 2015, 09:57:57 AM
As I've spent the past three days desk-warming, I've decided not to wear my usual eye-liner but instead just mascara.

Without fail, almost every single student has stopped me and said, "Teacher, no makeup?" while laughing openly...like I'm an idiot that forgot she's not allowed in public without her face caked on.

I should be used to it by now, but today for some reason, I'm boiling with anger and resentment. How is this okay?

Ugh. Rude.
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Post by: khalavala on December 18, 2015, 09:59:37 AM
We had exams this week. Monday I came to school at 8:10, like always. The teachers' assistant gave me the keys to the classroom. I looked at the exams schedule. Lunch would be at 12:30. None of the other teachers had arrived yet because exams start late so they all come late.

I went to the classroom. I opened up a couple hot packs because I know that I can't turn on the heater when no students are in the room. I sat in the cold. I wrote in my journal. I reorganized and catalogued my lessons folder. I read a book. I did pushups. I planned a scavenger hunt for winter camp.

The bell rings. It's 12:30. Time for lunch. There are about 10 students in the lunch room and no teachers. I'm late. One test was rescheduled, lunch started at 11:40. All of the meat has been given away or thrown out. I eat purple rice, kimchi, and 미역국. The lunch lady hands me a package of 김 to eat with my purple rice as an apology.

I can go home at 4:30. I was told that I had to stay until my usual time on exam days even when the other teachers go home. All of the other teachers have left. It's 1:00. I go back to the classroom.

I do more pushups. I walk around in circles to stay warm. I write more in a journal. I balance my home budget. I watch two episodes of Louie. I make themed templates for worksheets and powerpoint presentations for the first 5 lessons of the book I'm using next year.

It's 4:30, I can go home. There are no students here. I can't see any teachers here. I wonder if the teacher's room will be locked. I can see from across the hall that the lights are off. I feel angry that I have to sit alone in the cold while everybody else gets to leave. What will I do with the classroom key if the teacher's room is locked?

It's not locked. I open the door, startling the teachers' assistant who had fallen asleep, alone, in the teacher's room. I guess I'm not the only one who had to sit alone in the cold.

I read this like a short story, very well written  :smiley:
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Post by: benteacher on December 18, 2015, 10:26:41 AM
I feel like someone tells me I look tired once a day, be it a student or a teacher. That's wearing thin.

There's a group of kids in my high school who are being disciplined, I'm not sure why. But they're always around the teacher's office for the first 2 or 3 hours of the day and the door is left open. The heater is on. I'm flabbergasted why this happens and why no one tells the students or the disciplining teacher to close the door as all the heat escapes.
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Post by: DireneedofDrPepper on December 18, 2015, 10:32:27 AM
Sent a group of troublemakers out of class to go get their books and pencils, twice. The second time they never came back. Probably bad that I enjoyed them not being in class.

Also, I love my coteachers. They're actually really nice, lovely ladies. Too bad neither one is likely to be here next year. Then again, I decided not to renew either, so not like it matters.
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Post by: oglop on December 18, 2015, 10:38:24 AM
I feel like someone tells me I look tired once a day, be it a student or a teacher. That's wearing thin.

There's a group of kids in my high school who are being disciplined, I'm not sure why. But they're always around the teacher's office for the first 2 or 3 hours of the day and the door is left open. The heater is on. I'm flabbergasted why this happens and why no one tells the students or the disciplining teacher to close the door as all the heat escapes.

i work with another foreign teacher and actually he often comments about 'wow you look really awful today, dude' or 'wow, are you tired? you look really, really tired' and i just want to say

shut. the. ****. up.

but i can't because of what is socially acceptable and what not
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Post by: krissyboo75 on December 18, 2015, 10:39:32 AM
My classes at my morning school are done and I don't have to go to my afternoon school so I can go home! ;D
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Post by: lifeisgood6447 on December 18, 2015, 11:25:44 AM
I got to school at 7:30 and turned the heater on in my classroom before any of the admin staff got to school, and it is still going strong.  8) I also found out that all of my classes were cancelled with the exception of 5th period. Prurrdy good  ;D
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Post by: CO2 on December 18, 2015, 11:49:55 AM
We had exams this week. Monday I came to school at 8:10, like always. The teachers' assistant gave me the keys to the classroom. I looked at the exams schedule. Lunch would be at 12:30. None of the other teachers had arrived yet because exams start late so they all come late.

I went to the classroom. I opened up a couple hot packs because I know that I can't turn on the heater when no students are in the room. I sat in the cold. I wrote in my journal. I reorganized and catalogued my lessons folder. I read a book. I did pushups. I planned a scavenger hunt for winter camp.

The bell rings. It's 12:30. Time for lunch. There are about 10 students in the lunch room and no teachers. I'm late. One test was rescheduled, lunch started at 11:40. All of the meat has been given away or thrown out. I eat purple rice, kimchi, and 미역국. The lunch lady hands me a package of 김 to eat with my purple rice as an apology.

I can go home at 4:30. I was told that I had to stay until my usual time on exam days even when the other teachers go home. All of the other teachers have left. It's 1:00. I go back to the classroom.

I do more pushups. I walk around in circles to stay warm. I write more in a journal. I balance my home budget. I watch two episodes of Louie. I make themed templates for worksheets and powerpoint presentations for the first 5 lessons of the book I'm using next year.

It's 4:30, I can go home. There are no students here. I can't see any teachers here. I wonder if the teacher's room will be locked. I can see from across the hall that the lights are off. I feel angry that I have to sit alone in the cold while everybody else gets to leave. What will I do with the classroom key if the teacher's room is locked?

It's not locked. I open the door, startling the teachers' assistant who had fallen asleep, alone, in the teacher's room. I guess I'm not the only one who had to sit alone in the cold.

Your cadence and rhythm remind me of

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtF_W2EZkTE  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtF_W2EZkTE)

Very entertaining web series if I may say. 
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Post by: denimdaze on December 18, 2015, 12:09:13 PM
At my small elementary school today.  The third grade teacher had her students make me Christmas cards.  I don't even teach her kids.  I was pleasantly surprised.    :smiley:
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Post by: nermal on December 18, 2015, 01:33:13 PM
Wintertime. Springtime. Summertime. Fall...? Autumn...?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on December 18, 2015, 01:34:56 PM
Wintertime. Springtime. Summertime. Fall...? Autumn...?

Truly a "timeless" season!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chewster on December 18, 2015, 01:43:13 PM
I feel like someone tells me I look tired once a day, be it a student or a teacher. That's wearing thin.

There's a group of kids in my high school who are being disciplined, I'm not sure why. But they're always around the teacher's office for the first 2 or 3 hours of the day and the door is left open. The heater is on. I'm flabbergasted why this happens and why no one tells the students or the disciplining teacher to close the door as all the heat escapes.

i work with another foreign teacher and actually he often comments about 'wow you look really awful today, dude' or 'wow, are you tired? you look really, really tired' and i just want to say

shut. the. ****. up.

but i can't because of what is socially acceptable and what not

He sounds thoroughly Koreanized. Try headphones in the office. That way, people have to go out of their way to talk to you. That's what I used to do before I got my own office.

I once had a waygook coworker who would talk at me as I was listening to music. Like, I would come in before class with my music playing, sit down and begin to eat my lunch without looking over and he'd start in about something, usually complaining. It was obvious I wasn't paying attention because I couldn't hear him and he would just look at me and have conversations in the hopes that I would look up. It was thoroughly strange.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: oglop on December 18, 2015, 01:45:46 PM
I feel like someone tells me I look tired once a day, be it a student or a teacher. That's wearing thin.

There's a group of kids in my high school who are being disciplined, I'm not sure why. But they're always around the teacher's office for the first 2 or 3 hours of the day and the door is left open. The heater is on. I'm flabbergasted why this happens and why no one tells the students or the disciplining teacher to close the door as all the heat escapes.

i work with another foreign teacher and actually he often comments about 'wow you look really awful today, dude' or 'wow, are you tired? you look really, really tired' and i just want to say

shut. the. ****. up.

but i can't because of what is socially acceptable and what not

He sounds thoroughly Koreanized. Try headphones in the office. That way, people have to go out of their way to talk to you. That's what I used to do before I got my own office.

I once had a waygook coworker who would talk at me as I was listening to music. Like, I would come in before class with my music playing, sit down and begin to eat my lunch without looking over and he'd start in about something, usually complaining. It was obvious I wasn't paying attention because I couldn't hear him and he would just look at me and have conversations in the hopes that I would look up. It was thoroughly strange.
i think we are talking about the same person
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: z80 on December 18, 2015, 01:57:38 PM
For the "you look tired" line, I usually just use the excuse "my neighbors where fighting" or "some drunk guy was yelling at 3am and woke me up" but of course I have a long list of excuses, since you know telling the truth is so valued here.

Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on December 18, 2015, 02:00:21 PM
Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Did you try to fart on an upset stomach, but were a little too ambitious?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on December 18, 2015, 02:02:44 PM
For the "you look tired" line, I usually just use the excuse "my neighbors where fighting" or "some drunk guy was yelling at 3am and woke me up" but of course I have a long list of excuses, since you know telling the truth is so valued here.

Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.

Damn, sorry to hear that! I hope it wasn't during class.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: z80 on December 18, 2015, 02:24:47 PM
It wasn't even a fart. I went to great lengths last night to eat as little as I could because this place is, a little unhygienic at best, but I couldn't avoid everything. I even had a little pile of food I took and then hid under the table.

I was just in the teachers room  alone, and it just came out. The students are all gone, the teachers where in some sort of "don't be a pedo" training, and so I got out of it as perfectly as I could.

Normally I only attend every second school dinner and make an excuse for the other, but now I think I'm going to be busy all the time.... Just not worth it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chewster on December 18, 2015, 02:28:04 PM
The students are all gone, the teachers where in some sort of "don't be a pedo" training, and so I got out of it as perfectly as I could.

This made me laugh out loud. Congrats. You win for today.

You'll have to pat yourself on the back for me though.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: z80 on December 18, 2015, 02:35:51 PM
Sorry, right now I just don't feel it  >:(

I'm going to be angry for at least another day.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on December 18, 2015, 02:42:56 PM
student and teacher are literally fighting and 3 teachers came in and tackled the boy.

Burning Friday everyone!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on December 18, 2015, 09:04:18 PM
For the "you look tired" line, I usually just use the excuse "my neighbors where fighting" or "some drunk guy was yelling at 3am and woke me up" but of course I have a long list of excuses, since you know telling the truth is so valued here.

Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.

I got so sick of the f-ing "you look tired" crap day in and day out (yeah, you called me at 11 PM screaming at me to make a PPT game from scratch for the next day, I WONDER WHY I'M SO TIRED) that one day I finally just said, "Nope! Not tired! Just really, really ugly!" with a huge-ass grin.

They stopped.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on December 19, 2015, 01:18:14 AM
For the "you look tired" line, I usually just use the excuse "my neighbors where fighting" or "some drunk guy was yelling at 3am and woke me up" but of course I have a long list of excuses, since you know telling the truth is so valued here.

Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.

I got so sick of the f-ing "you look tired" crap day in and day out (yeah, you called me at 11 PM screaming at me to make a PPT game from scratch for the next day, I WONDER WHY I'M SO TIRED) that one day I finally just said, "Nope! Not tired! Just really, really ugly!" with a huge-ass grin.

They stopped.

You don't turn off your phone or at least the volume after a certain time?  "I didn't get your message. I only saw your message this morning.  Next time, you'll have to give me more warning in advance."  Lesson learned. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on December 19, 2015, 06:09:21 PM
For the "you look tired" line, I usually just use the excuse "my neighbors where fighting" or "some drunk guy was yelling at 3am and woke me up" but of course I have a long list of excuses, since you know telling the truth is so valued here.

Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.

I got so sick of the f-ing "you look tired" crap day in and day out (yeah, you called me at 11 PM screaming at me to make a PPT game from scratch for the next day, I WONDER WHY I'M SO TIRED) that one day I finally just said, "Nope! Not tired! Just really, really ugly!" with a huge-ass grin.

They stopped.

You don't turn off your phone or at least the volume after a certain time?  "I didn't get your message. I only saw your message this morning.  Next time, you'll have to give me more warning in advance."  Lesson learned.

You would think, after it happened a few times, that they would learn. You would also think that, unable to rouse me, they would either complete the task themselves or shelve it for another day. You would thus be assigning too great a grasp on logic and reality to my former coworkers.

Also, if I did that, it usually netted me a faceful of either ranting invective about lazy foreigners the next morning (combined with extra work piled in my lap), or two weeks of the silent treatment combined (with extra work piled in my lap).

My coteachers were abusive, unreasonable, lazy drunks.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on December 20, 2015, 01:59:27 AM
For the "you look tired" line, I usually just use the excuse "my neighbors where fighting" or "some drunk guy was yelling at 3am and woke me up" but of course I have a long list of excuses, since you know telling the truth is so valued here.

Also for the first time since I was 3 years old I've just shat my self.  Thanks to the school dinner last night and the pig slop that we where eating. Thank crap I keep a spare set of clothes at school after a year 1 last year threw up their kimchi on me.

I got so sick of the f-ing "you look tired" crap day in and day out (yeah, you called me at 11 PM screaming at me to make a PPT game from scratch for the next day, I WONDER WHY I'M SO TIRED) that one day I finally just said, "Nope! Not tired! Just really, really ugly!" with a huge-ass grin.

They stopped.

You don't turn off your phone or at least the volume after a certain time?  "I didn't get your message. I only saw your message this morning.  Next time, you'll have to give me more warning in advance."  Lesson learned.

You would think, after it happened a few times, that they would learn. You would also think that, unable to rouse me, they would either complete the task themselves or shelve it for another day. You would thus be assigning too great a grasp on logic and reality to my former coworkers.

Also, if I did that, it usually netted me a faceful of either ranting invective about lazy foreigners the next morning (combined with extra work piled in my lap), or two weeks of the silent treatment combined (with extra work piled in my lap).

My coteachers were abusive, unreasonable, lazy drunks.

Wow!  Immature.  Had some of that my first year living out in the countryside.  Their mistake is your fault.  Stand your ground and tell them to give you more notice last time.  If they call you lazy, ask them why they were too lazy to tell you.  Ha ha.
Title: The No Topic Topic
Post by: tamjen on December 20, 2015, 08:14:11 PM
I think it's okay to wander off on tangents during some topics that are posted here and I don't know why we get yanked back in line when nothing offensive is going on, just a veering off the trodden path to explore what's around a different corner.

Thus I am starting the no topic topic designed for nothing but veering off. It doesn't matter what you have to say, I'll be interested in it at least.

For starters, I ate a whole cream filled choclate cake for dinner tonight. My students gave it to me for my birthday. Yesterday I got drunk on that new Hite Pale Ale in the red Christmas Santa and his reindeer cans. It's very good, surprisingly.

What's going on in your world that has absolutely nothing to do with this topic?
Title: Re: The No Topic Topic
Post by: tamjen on December 21, 2015, 08:37:56 AM
I think it's okay to wander off on tangents during some topics that are posted here and I don't know why we get yanked back in line when nothing offensive is going on, just a veering off the trodden path to explore what's around a different corner.

Thus I am starting the no topic topic designed for nothing but veering off. It doesn't matter what you have to say, I'll be interested in it at least.

For starters, I ate a whole cream filled choclate cake for dinner tonight. My students gave it to me for my birthday. Yesterday I got drunk on that new Hite Pale Ale in the red Christmas Santa and his reindeer cans. It's very good, surprisingly.

What's going on in your world that has absolutely nothing to do with this topic?

Seriously mods??????

I know it's Monday but this Friday is Christmas and that's a holiday so let's make this week a special week and call every day Friday with respect to pointless ramblings.

I have nothing going on in school this week. Three days, three different schools, no classes and three closing ceremonies. Should be slack.

I wonder why my no topic topic is in here? I got the idea from Tim Allen's very funny show Tool Time and the episode where his wife Jill had a fundraising "No Dinner Dinner". Remember Tool Time, the show that made star out of Pamela Anderson, one of the hottest babes to ever grace the boob tube - pun intended.

Only 20 school days left until I am out of Korea. Adjectives don't exist to express how little I care about my job now.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on December 21, 2015, 09:38:49 AM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nmoolman on December 21, 2015, 10:44:56 AM
Thanks for the Monday rambling option! My school insists I plan a 2-week camp, even though it's high school and we had no kids sign up for the last 2 camps. I have been told I'm not allowed to take leave the 3rd week of Jan, because it's tax week and I have to do my own taxes. I also can't take my leave in Feb because I have to teach a special winter school program for incoming students the last 2 weeks. I am now left with the last week of Jan and the week of Seollal to have some time off. So much for my 10-day lazing on an island dream...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: FinnSein on December 21, 2015, 11:23:35 AM
Thanks for the Monday rambling option! My school insists I plan a 2-week camp, even though it's high school and we had no kids sign up for the last 2 camps. I have been told I'm not allowed to take leave the 3rd week of Jan, because it's tax week and I have to do my own taxes. I also can't take my leave in Feb because I have to teach a special winter school program for incoming students the last 2 weeks. I am now left with the last week of Jan and the week of Seollal to have some time off. So much for my 10-day lazing on an island dream...

Same here, my school insists I do two weeks of camp even though four kids have signed up for it. It could not be more obvious that the kids really do not want to go but they're doing it anyway and I cant understand why.

Why force teachers and students to sit through something voluntarily when nobody wants to do it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on December 21, 2015, 12:12:11 PM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?

Sadly it appears that it won't be released here. But if you know how to get to your local bay of pirates I've seen a few copies there, though I can't vouch for if they're good or not.

I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on December 21, 2015, 12:47:07 PM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?

Sadly it appears that it won't be released here. But if you know how to get to your local bay of pirates I've seen a few copies there, though I can't vouch for if they're good or not.

I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:
Can you imagine the reaction from parents who only took their kids to it because it had a Marvel emblem on it?  Now that would be a show.
Title: Re: The No Topic Topic
Post by: lifeisgood6447 on December 21, 2015, 01:31:59 PM
I think it's okay to wander off on tangents during some topics that are posted here and I don't know why we get yanked back in line when nothing offensive is going on, just a veering off the trodden path to explore what's around a different corner.

Thus I am starting the no topic topic designed for nothing but veering off. It doesn't matter what you have to say, I'll be interested in it at least.

For starters, I ate a whole cream filled choclate cake for dinner tonight. My students gave it to me for my birthday. Yesterday I got drunk on that new Hite Pale Ale in the red Christmas Santa and his reindeer cans. It's very good, surprisingly.

What's going on in your world that has absolutely nothing to do with this topic?

Seriously mods??????

I know it's Monday but this Friday is Christmas and that's a holiday so let's make this week a special week and call every day Friday with respect to pointless ramblings.

I have nothing going on in school this week. Three days, three different schools, no classes and three closing ceremonies. Should be slack.

I wonder why my no topic topic is in here? I got the idea from Tim Allen's very funny show Tool Time and the episode where his wife Jill had a fundraising "No Dinner Dinner". Remember Tool Time, the show that made star out of Pamela Anderson, one of the hottest babes to ever grace the boob tube - pun intended.

Only 20 school days left until I am out of Korea. Adjectives don't exist to express how little I care about my job now.

 If you liked Tool Time, and want to watch it undated to the times, check out Last Man Standing, it even stars Tim Allen himself.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: defenderoftherealm on December 21, 2015, 01:43:08 PM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?

Sadly it appears that it won't be released here. But if you know how to get to your local bay of pirates I've seen a few copies there, though I can't vouch for if they're good or not.

I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:

Is it really not coming out in Korea?   :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:  What website do you use to find out what movies are coming out and which aren't?  I am still waiting around to watch Creed. :cry: :cry: :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on December 21, 2015, 01:51:55 PM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?

Sadly it appears that it won't be released here. But if you know how to get to your local bay of pirates I've seen a few copies there, though I can't vouch for if they're good or not.

I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:
(https://camo.derpicdn.net/015efa7f133543486eee6a3504db09ecdedbdd96?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.20minutos.es%2Fmadrereciente%2Ffiles%2F2011%2F03%2Fluke_NOOOOOO.jpg)
Seriously, this just put a huge damper on my day.....


Can you imagine the reaction from parents who only took their kids to it because it had a Marvel emblem on it?  Now that would be a show.
This happened with Pan's Labyrinth.  Some major f*ck up at the movie import whatever center labeled it and promoted it as a kids' fairy tale movie.  Brutal.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on December 21, 2015, 01:53:53 PM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?

Sadly it appears that it won't be released here. But if you know how to get to your local bay of pirates I've seen a few copies there, though I can't vouch for if they're good or not.

I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:
Can you imagine the reaction from parents who only took their kids to it because it had a Marvel emblem on it?  Now that would be a show.

Haha, that's on them. All of that stuff is marked so clearly on everything.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Action Jackson on December 21, 2015, 02:08:41 PM
Does anyone know if the Krampus movie will be released in Korea?

Sadly it appears that it won't be released here. But if you know how to get to your local bay of pirates I've seen a few copies there, though I can't vouch for if they're good or not.

I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:
Can you imagine the reaction from parents who only took their kids to it because it had a Marvel emblem on it?  Now that would be a show.

Haha, that's on them. All of that stuff is marked so clearly on everything.
And we all know how well people pay attention to things that are clearly marked.  (http://upload.enewsworld.net/News/Contents/20121101/69998153.jpg)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on December 21, 2015, 03:24:04 PM
I would be more concerned about the reaction of parents who let their kids watch Jessica Jones just because it has the word Marvel before it. Yep, from Iron Man to doggy style sex scenes within the first half an hour. Can't be trusting that Netflix.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on December 21, 2015, 04:50:12 PM
Can't be trusting that Netflix.

They are the ones who brought you "...and chill." 

Whatayaexpect?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on December 22, 2015, 10:38:28 AM
Can you imagine the reaction from parents who only took their kids to it because it had a Marvel emblem on it?  Now that would be a show.

Haha, that's on them. All of that stuff is marked so clearly on everything.

Except for when it's not:
This happened with Pan's Labyrinth.  Some major f*ck up at the movie import whatever center labeled it and promoted it as a kids' fairy tale movie.  Brutal.

Eeeeeeh, I don't think it's a fair comparison to make, though; a Korean parent versus a western one.  I think that because of the original language and culture in which the Marvel franchise is produced, Korean parents will naturally have less of an interest, attachment, and understanding when compared to other western parents. 

It's kind of like when Sailor Moon and Pokemon came to the USA--I was obsessed, and certainly with Pokemon you could find merch everywhere, but my parents didn't really "get it"or know much about it other than the glimpses they caught on TV.  If they'd come out with a more adult Pokemon movie, I could easily see western parents making the same mistake.  Of course ratings should be checked, but like I pointed out with Pan's Labyrinth, mistakes can be made when you're dealing with foreign imports. 

Look at a Studio Ghibli film like My Neighbor Totoro versus Grave of the Fireflies.  Both are foreign animations, but you wouldn't take your 5 year old to see the latter.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on December 22, 2015, 11:44:59 AM
Can you imagine the reaction from parents who only took their kids to it because it had a Marvel emblem on it?  Now that would be a show.

Haha, that's on them. All of that stuff is marked so clearly on everything.

Except for when it's not:
This happened with Pan's Labyrinth.  Some major f*ck up at the movie import whatever center labeled it and promoted it as a kids' fairy tale movie.  Brutal.

Eeeeeeh, I don't think it's a fair comparison to make, though; a Korean parent versus a western one.  I think that because of the original language and culture in which the Marvel franchise is produced, Korean parents will naturally have less of an interest, attachment, and understanding when compared to other western parents. 

It's kind of like when Sailor Moon and Pokemon came to the USA--I was obsessed, and certainly with Pokemon you could find merch everywhere, but my parents didn't really "get it"or know much about it other than the glimpses they caught on TV.  If they'd come out with a more adult Pokemon movie, I could easily see western parents making the same mistake.  Of course ratings should be checked, but like I pointed out with Pan's Labyrinth, mistakes can be made when you're dealing with foreign imports. 

Look at a Studio Ghibli film like My Neighbor Totoro versus Grave of the Fireflies.  Both are foreign animations, but you wouldn't take your 5 year old to see the latter.

It's still the parents job to check it out. Parents monitor their kids phone and web activity a lot of the time. The Simpsons is animated, Family Guy too. It's the parents job to check this stuff out. If the parent is naive enough to think any animated movie is fine for the kids and then they realise after the fact that that wasn't true, that's on them. The info is out there.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Mister Tim on December 24, 2015, 11:47:02 AM
Random stuff that isn't just complaining:

There's a large poster on the wall of the English room with tips for learning English. In the background, there's a group of university-age westerners sitting in a circle on the grass, studying together. Today I was walking around the room for no particular reason, when I read the title of the book the people in the picture were studying:

Gramática de la lengua alemania.

"Grammar of the German language."

So the English poster has a picture of Spanish students studying German.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I don't mention that as an indictment of some Korean behavior or anything. It's just an amusing use of a stock photo that looks appropriate, as long as you don't look too closely.

Unrelated: I think I'm going to splurge and take a taxi home from work today. It's Christmas Eve and I'm in a decent mood, and I really don't want to ruin that with my usual crowded bus commute.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on December 24, 2015, 11:59:36 AM
I teach at two schools.  At both schools, my co-teachers/coordinators (aka handlers) are great.  They are normal, mature, rational people.  They are both leaving!  :sad: 

I will miss them. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: welcomebackkotter on December 24, 2015, 12:37:42 PM
Wait.....


I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:

Is it really not coming out in Korea?   :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:  What website do you use to find out what movies are coming out and which aren't?  I am still waiting around to watch Creed. :cry: :cry: :cry:
  what??!?!??! Deadpool is not showing in Korea?!?!? How can this be true? Give me sources of this crazy rumour!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on December 24, 2015, 01:00:15 PM
Wait.....


I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:

Is it really not coming out in Korea?   :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:  What website do you use to find out what movies are coming out and which aren't?  I am still waiting around to watch Creed. :cry: :cry: :cry:
  what??!?!??! Deadpool is not showing in Korea?!?!? How can this be true? Give me sources of this crazy rumour!

(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/e2/e2494b2dae9d4c537141a47eaad0913f6732f4839e20513804ad74f4fa7d28be.jpg)

I'd looked at IMDB's list of international release dates for the movie and saw that Korea wasn't listed... HOWEVER it appears I may have been mistaken: http://movie.naver.com/movie/running/premovie.nhn

Because it's on the list for February! It seems that they just haven't chosen a specific date yet.

Let's call it a Christmas miracle.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on December 24, 2015, 01:17:31 PM
I just checked the Philippines date and will likely see it there, since it coincides with my vacation.  Gives me something to do during my Manila overnight layover  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: sonny on December 24, 2015, 01:20:45 PM
Wait.....


I just found out yesterday that Deadpool won't be showing in Korea and I'm crushed. CRUSHED.  :cry:

Is it really not coming out in Korea?   :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:  What website do you use to find out what movies are coming out and which aren't?  I am still waiting around to watch Creed. :cry: :cry: :cry:
  what??!?!??! Deadpool is not showing in Korea?!?!? How can this be true? Give me sources of this crazy rumour!

(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/e2/e2494b2dae9d4c537141a47eaad0913f6732f4839e20513804ad74f4fa7d28be.jpg)

I'd looked at IMDB's list of international release dates for the movie and saw that Korea wasn't listed... HOWEVER it appears I may have been mistaken: http://movie.naver.com/movie/running/premovie.nhn

Because it's on the list for February! It seems that they just haven't chosen a specific date yet.

Let's call it a Christmas miracle.

It's here too.

http://cineinkorea.com/movie/index.php

On coming soon side bar. February 2016.
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Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on December 24, 2015, 03:03:40 PM
uuugh... I don't know what's worse sometimes, waygook, or having to constantly listen to my handler bitch and moan; sigh out load to try and grab my attention...

Totally is a buzz kill as much as a I try to ignore it.

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tamjen on December 24, 2015, 05:05:36 PM
I spent my elementary years in Europe and the next several decades in Canada and I have enjoyed the past 10 years in SE Asia.

This is my first Christmas in Korea. I am disappointed.

I hate winter and cold but there's something a little magical about being tucked up in the living room with a fire roaring in the fireplace and staring out the window watching big fluffy snowflakes slowly drift down making the drifts higher and whiter. Age doesn't matter, being tucked into mom and dad is just as cool as being tucked into your wife or girlfriend.

Living in the tropics and having Christmas lights wrapped aroung the palm tree and being surrounded by family and friends as the temperature dips to near 20C is just as magical. Much to my surprise.

But this shite in Korea with a mild, middle of the road, scene...not cold...not warm...no snow but way too chilly to be outside in a T-shirt and shorts having a BBQ...just sucks!

I guess it's a lot like Christmas in Vancouver...or Seattle for the Americans here.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: walrus on January 15, 2016, 01:53:50 PM
Thought i'd resuscitate this thread as it is Friday. I've just completed my 2 week winter camp and it was lots of fun. The kids especially liked pizza day and floor hockey day. I'm bored s-less watching the clock slowly inch towards 4:40. Need to buy extra cat litter on my way home, as one of the grade 5 teachers has kindly offered to take in my cat while i'm away on vacation. Which, by the way, I am sooo looking forward to. Going to Okinawa again. Am hoping to go whale-watching though i fear the weather's going to be miserable and rainy there for the next couple of weeks and the boat trip'll be cancelled. Nonetheless, should be fun...I see the cherry blossoms come out in late January there. Truly hope this post doesn't blow anyone's gasket for not being rambly enough or for improper grammar usage etc....Good holidays to everyone still at school reading waygook.org
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on January 15, 2016, 02:18:59 PM
I am always waiting for the clock to hit 4:40

I don't have any plans this winter. I don't know why... trying to save a little for a bigger summer trip and things.

I went to Thailand last year. Drank coconuts, grabbed ladyboys breast, played connect 4 with go go girls, pet tigers... ate awesome food.


If the ESL rates go up a little there... I'm there in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on January 15, 2016, 03:56:27 PM
Since coming to Korea I've never, ever gotten a straight answer to the question "How old are you?"  It usually takes a couple of minutes going back and forth to get the magic number.

It's fair enough to give me your Korean age first but I don't understand how it takes a couple more minutes to calculate your actual age.

Genuinely intrigued - if a Korean person asks another Korean person their age, what number do they give?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on January 15, 2016, 07:08:22 PM
Since coming to Korea I've never, ever gotten a straight answer to the question "How old are you?"  It usually takes a couple of minutes going back and forth to get the magic number.

It's fair enough to give me your Korean age first but I don't understand how it takes a couple more minutes to calculate your actual age.

Genuinely intrigued - if a Korean person asks another Korean person their age, what number do they give?

Funny thing about Korean age, that's what Koreans use. With each other. In every facet. That is their ACTUAL age.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on January 16, 2016, 12:14:00 AM
Since coming to Korea I've never, ever gotten a straight answer to the question "How old are you?"  It usually takes a couple of minutes going back and forth to get the magic number.

It's fair enough to give me your Korean age first but I don't understand how it takes a couple more minutes to calculate your actual age.

Genuinely intrigued - if a Korean person asks another Korean person their age, what number do they give?

Funny thing about Korean age, that's what Koreans use. With each other. In every facet. That is their ACTUAL age.

So what do Korean people say when they want to know someone's actual age?  Not the made up tooth fairy age?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on January 17, 2016, 04:34:00 PM

So what do Korean people say when they want to know someone's actual age?  Not the made up tooth fairy age?

A Korean would only be interested in western age if they are dealing with a westerner.

What Koreans ask is "In what year of your life are you?"

Newborn is 1 until thier first lunar new year.

Westerners ask "How many trips 'round the sun have you completed?"



Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on January 18, 2016, 10:07:39 AM

So what do Korean people say when they want to know someone's actual age?  Not the made up tooth fairy age?

A Korean would only be interested in western age if they are dealing with a westerner.

What Koreans ask is "In what year of your life are you?"

Newborn is 1 until thier first lunar new year.

Westerners ask "How many trips 'round the sun have you completed?"

Not entirely true. I do think it's a little narrow-minded to insist that the western age is the "actual" age, but the western system is actually used in other ways that don't involve westerners at all. For example, an art museum that offers an admission fee waiver for those under 25 would consider the western age, not the Korean age. :)

The Arm, having said that, I used to wonder how it was that Koreans couldn't figure out their western age within two seconds before I came to Korea, but now that I'm used to telling people my Korean age, it takes me a little while sometimes to remember the other number, especially now that I've had another birthday pass. Just thought I'd share that. :)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on January 22, 2016, 09:10:54 AM
Today was my last session with The Only Class I Hate and it got canceled YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!

As of 2:30 PM, I will be out the door and on my way to dipsoluscious vacation!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on January 22, 2016, 09:19:03 AM
Bi Bi Chicken! Bi Bi Chicken! XD

Friday! Beers, chicken and a glorious 8 straight hours of gaming into the wee hours! :D

I can smell vacation... It's so close!

Today I make pancakes for all the teachers, because today is my happy day :D
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on January 22, 2016, 12:46:18 PM
Today, I spent about an hour sitting across the table from a very pretty Korean lady. It occurred to me that I was not admiring her as a potential mate, but as I would a piece of art. Then it occurred to me that this was as it should be, since the form she was presenting was not an expression of her genetic heritage, but the results of the skill of a very talented plastic surgeon.

Yours in patronage of the arts,

jnm
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on February 05, 2016, 08:07:39 AM
I've survived a week of deskwarming.  I have to plan "just in case" lessons, just in case any homeroom teachers want me to teach a lesson  between now and graduation.  Our teacher's room is so cold, I see many Korean teachers huddled by the heater throughout the day.  So ready for spring and a new school year.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: welcomebackkotter on February 05, 2016, 08:25:05 AM
Finally! It's arrived, the last day of school.  Now some graduation ceremony.  I don't see the point, I never had a graduation ceremony at the end of primary school.  Then a last lunch with the teachers, sigh.  And then the teachers all spread throughout the city to keep an eye out for the little monsters so they don't get up to too much mischief while celebrating the end of school.  No booze and hookers for you little grade 6er's!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on February 05, 2016, 08:27:33 AM
Just thinking back to the day a few weeks ago when I signed my EPIK contract for another year.

Did anyone else look around the room and wonder how some of these absolute FREAKS got jobs here?

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Pecan on February 05, 2016, 08:36:09 AM
That's the way it has always been.  Look at any expat community.

People who are comfortable in their home country, well-adjusted, well-connected, etc. rarely leave their network, their community.

Those who are socially awkward, maladjusted, not well connected, etc. tend to look abroad to create a life that better suits them.

No need to judge.  They were probably thinking the same thing about you ;)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on February 05, 2016, 08:47:00 AM
Haha you're probably right  ;D

I like to think I'm fairly normal though compared to what I saw and heard that day.

For example, I wash my hair regularly, I don't question the necessity of a medical check because I'm scared of needles, I don't patronise my employer by trying to speak broken Korean to a coordinator who is speaking English fluently and I don't openly talk about how smashed I'm going to get that night in front of them either.

It was a weird experience.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on February 05, 2016, 08:58:18 AM
Just thinking back to the day a few weeks ago when I signed my EPIK contract for another year.

Did anyone else look around the room and wonder how some of these absolute FREAKS got jobs here?

I once bumped into a teacher at a teacher training seminar who was carrying a baseball bat around with her as protection against kids and ahjossis. That was a fun day.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Pecan on February 05, 2016, 09:03:24 AM
Believe me.  I know exactly what you are talking about.

I used to be be involved in the orientation of new hires and responsible for helping them get settled in, field questions, etc.  It was always a mixed bag.  Some seemed quite normal, while others were completely unaware of how inappropriate their behavior was.

Lots of stories, but there was always at least one alcoholic in the group, one with no sense of personal hygiene, one with virtually no luggage. Sometimes they were one and the same person ;)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on February 05, 2016, 09:09:14 AM
Just thinking back to the day a few weeks ago when I signed my EPIK contract for another year.

Did anyone else look around the room and wonder how some of these absolute FREAKS got jobs here?

I once bumped into a teacher at a teacher training seminar who was carrying a baseball bat around with her as protection against kids and ahjossis. That was a fun day.

Yup.

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on February 05, 2016, 10:07:50 AM
As much as I love free food at teachers dinners, two days in a row? Of my coteacher occasionally saying something to me and then me sitting and eating in silence for an hour or so. Whoop! Graduation day! My 3rd grade middle schoolers are AWFUL kids.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on February 05, 2016, 10:14:59 AM
3 hours... and then 3 glorious weeks of vacation... I'm like a 5yr old on Christmas morning! Gimme Gimme Gimme my vacation!

So exhausted, but so exuberant at the same time!  ;D
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: KrystleJane on February 05, 2016, 01:07:16 PM
Getting ready to move to Germany and I felt the need to look up the differences in air quality.

German rating: highest in my future city was 26 (lowest was around 6).
Busan rating: closest to my apartment was 146.

Can't wait to leave this place and run outside again. 3 weeks.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on March 04, 2016, 10:14:42 AM
TGIF!  I only have one class today as 2nd grade middle schoolers are taking some kind of test.  I had my first classes yesterday.  The 2nd graders were fine since they know me from last year.  The 1st graders are like terrified deer in the headlights. 

Have a good weekend everyone.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ambtx92 on March 04, 2016, 10:33:15 AM
Was just informed I am no longer teaching Middle School 2nd Grade and 1st Grade, but 3rd Grade and 1st Grade. To my knowledge, the NET at my school has not worked with the 3rd graders for a long, long time. Why the sudden shift, I do not know...but apparently it might be better for me in this situation, based on the kids' behaviors, maturity, and level.

Still, this late-notice change (which back home would be extremely severe in nature) doesn't earn Korean work culture any brownie points. TGIF
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on March 04, 2016, 10:35:51 AM
TGIF indeed! I teach at 3 schools, 2 elementary and 1 middle.

The middle school hired me and working there is amazing, everyone is just so nice to one another...

The elementary school.... not so much... (understatement of note)
"Oh you only do 21 hours? Let's make sure all your days at the elementary are hell."

5/5/6 now... Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Unlike Garfield I love Mondays and Fridays.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chuck on March 04, 2016, 10:55:25 AM
At least 9 high school classes this semester. For elementary I won't have a KET, just the homeroom teachers who like to leave me alone with the kids.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on March 04, 2016, 01:47:56 PM
Sometimes I wonder if:
a) I'm pretty smart
b) My co-workers are not very smart
c) They just think I'm smart because they don't expect very much out of me as a foreigner.

Honestly, I feel like I can do the simplest, most common sense thing in solving some small problem or issue and I am rewarded with "wow! You are so smart!" I'm not complaining, it feels pretty good to be called smart all day. But sometimes I really feel like Luke Wilson in Idiocracy where he's the smartest guy in the world for knowing the simplest things.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on March 04, 2016, 02:15:19 PM
Sometimes I wonder if:
a) I'm pretty smart
b) My co-workers are not very smart
c) They just think I'm smart because they don't expect very much out of me as a foreigner.

Honestly, I feel like I can do the simplest, most common sense thing in solving some small problem or issue and I am rewarded with "wow! You are so smart!" I'm not complaining, it feels pretty good to be called smart all day. But sometimes I really feel like Luke Wilson in Idiocracy where he's the smartest guy in the world for knowing the simplest things.


Koreans have 0 Common Sense, that's why it baffles them.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on March 04, 2016, 02:22:54 PM
Sometimes I wonder if:
a) I'm pretty smart
b) My co-workers are not very smart
c) They just think I'm smart because they don't expect very much out of me as a foreigner.

Honestly, I feel like I can do the simplest, most common sense thing in solving some small problem or issue and I am rewarded with "wow! You are so smart!" I'm not complaining, it feels pretty good to be called smart all day. But sometimes I really feel like Luke Wilson in Idiocracy where he's the smartest guy in the world for knowing the simplest things.

(http://izquotes.com/quotes-pictures/quote-some-men-come-by-the-name-of-genius-in-the-same-way-as-an-insect-comes-by-the-name-of-centipede-georg-christoph-lichtenberg-330427.jpg)

Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 10, 2016, 04:48:56 PM
Today I was complimented on my chopstick skills.  As in, in the proper way to pay someone a complement that isn't condescending.

Just the other day I was thinking that, despite all these new teachers we've gotten, not a single person has given me the, "WOW NomadicMadda teacher!  Your can do chopsticks SO WELL!" observation.

Today, however, an older male teacher said to me, "Hey NomadicMadda teacher, your chopstick form is really nice."

Thanks, older male teacher. You get a +1 from me :azn:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on March 11, 2016, 07:42:06 AM
I can't remember ever seeing another teacher in my office have a drink of water.

Come to think of it I can't remember seeing any teacher in the school have a drink of water.

Should I be worried?  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on March 11, 2016, 09:38:09 AM
Literally the ONLY time I've ever seen my co-teachers drink water is that little metal cup of water they drink immediately after eating. Whereas I usually have at least two beverages plus my large water bottle on my desk all day. I get thirsty just thinking about how dehydrated they all must be.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on March 11, 2016, 09:43:21 AM
My Co T just naver searched  유투브.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on March 11, 2016, 09:55:35 AM
My Co T just naver searched  유투브.

I really wonder if this is a Korean thing. My co-teachers have always Naver-ed websites, not just Youtube. For example, the one time in my first year, I asked my co-teacher for help using the online banking, and I was about to type in shinhan.com, but she was like "You can just find it on Naver!" and typed in 신한은행 to then click on the website... I tried to explain to her that it's just faster to type in the actual address and she looked at me like I had a nipple on my forehead. :huh: I definitely don't understand this one.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Joshua1211 on March 11, 2016, 10:16:41 AM
My Co T just naver searched  유투브.

I really wonder if this is a Korean thing. My co-teachers have always Naver-ed websites, not just Youtube. For example, the one time in my first year, I asked my co-teacher for help using the online banking, and I was about to type in shinhan.com, but she was like "You can just find it on Naver!" and typed in 신한은행 to then click on the website... I tried to explain to her that it's just faster to type in the actual address and she looked at me like I had a nipple on my forehead. :huh: I definitely don't understand this one.
Sometimes I wonder if:
a) I'm pretty smart
b) My co-workers are not very smart
c) They just think I'm smart because they don't expect very much out of me as a foreigner.

Honestly, I feel like I can do the simplest, most common sense thing in solving some small problem or issue and I am rewarded with "wow! You are so smart!" I'm not complaining, it feels pretty good to be called smart all day. But sometimes I really feel like Luke Wilson in Idiocracy where he's the smartest guy in the world for knowing the simplest things.


Koreans have 0 Common Sense, that's why it baffles them.

See HOt6^ previous comment lol. I really don't understand how lacking in common sense Koreans are in day to day activities. Whether it's shoveling snow INTO the streets, or the constant last minute everything routine. Seriously, how the F*$k do teachers not know the schedule for the following week, especially when it's the first week of school? I like Korea for the benefits, but I can't wait to GTFO! It's getting harder and harder to deal with these incompetencies on a daily basis.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yfb on March 11, 2016, 10:21:09 AM
Well the ads do train them to search for every single thing in that little green box. I've yet to see them actually enter an URL...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: SmallBaguette on March 11, 2016, 10:23:56 AM
Literally the ONLY time I've ever seen my co-teachers drink water is that little metal cup of water they drink immediately after eating. Whereas I usually have at least two beverages plus my large water bottle on my desk all day. I get thirsty just thinking about how dehydrated they all must be.

I love how they will tell you "NO YOU'LL BE SICK!!" if you try to drink water just before, or with the meal. However drinking it 30 seconds after the meal is fine. I'm not a doctor but I really don't think your body will have managed to have digested all that food in 30 seconds or so.

Apparently there is some science backing up not drinking water for 20 or 30 minutes before and after a meal can help with digestion but you're shooting yourself in the foot by following that advice for the time before/during the meal but not after.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on March 11, 2016, 10:39:38 AM
Literally the ONLY time I've ever seen my co-teachers drink water is that little metal cup of water they drink immediately after eating. Whereas I usually have at least two beverages plus my large water bottle on my desk all day. I get thirsty just thinking about how dehydrated they all must be.

I love how they will tell you "NO YOU'LL BE SICK!!" if you try to drink water just before, or with the meal. However drinking it 30 seconds after the meal is fine. I'm not a doctor but I really don't think your body will have managed to have digested all that food in 30 seconds or so.

Apparently there is some science backing up not drinking water for 20 or 30 minutes before and after a meal can help with digestion but you're shooting yourself in the foot by following that advice for the time before/during the meal but not after.

My understanding is that the science has more to do with drinking cold water as opposed to hot water after eating. Hot water apparently helps with digestion while cold water potentially slows it down? Something like that
Because really, if you're eating soup for lunch, what's the difference between that and a glass of water?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on March 11, 2016, 10:39:39 AM
Does anyone else teach their Friday classes "TGIF" ?  I always do.  So happy it's Friday.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Soggysocks on March 11, 2016, 10:58:57 AM
Does anyone else teach their Friday classes "TGIF" ?  I always do.  So happy it's Friday.

 :laugh: Totally! The also like to say "Fire Friday" and "Fried Chicken Day"

Those work too.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on March 11, 2016, 11:23:54 AM
The soup today was actually hot and of course the other teachers around me have to laugh and point out that I am sweating. But I love hot food and I love sweating over it so I drank it to the last drop, but of course the other teachers -though Korean and supposed lovers of spicy food- didn't even eat half of theirs, or if they did they loaded it with rice to cover the burn, and it's like, wtf? I think Koreans just like spicy food on paper but they really hate it, just like how on paper they have strict traffic laws but no one follows them. On paper, their society is perfect so in their heads they can be perfect which is why they have to insulate themselves from the reality of the world outside of Korea.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: walrus on March 11, 2016, 11:36:41 AM
I'm detecting a lot of points in these ramblings...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Pecan on March 11, 2016, 11:37:01 AM
Those who teach and use TGIF, I am very curious where you are from?

I am from the PNW and never heard or used that expression growing up, apart from perhaps something on the TV.

Enjoy your weekend.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on March 11, 2016, 11:45:04 AM
Those who teach and use TGIF, I am very curious where you are from?

I am from the PNW and never heard or used that expression growing up, apart from perhaps something on the TV.

Enjoy your weekend.

Perhaps PNW weekends are not worth rejoicing about.

😊
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on March 11, 2016, 11:46:25 AM
It stands for "Thank God It's Friday" or, for the less or non religious, "Thank Goodness It's Friday". 

I'm from the US midwest.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 11, 2016, 11:52:59 AM
Those who teach and use TGIF, I am very curious where you are from?

I am from the PNW and never heard or used that expression growing up, apart from perhaps something on the TV.

Enjoy your weekend.

I'm from the Midwest (USA) and we say it.  There's even a restaurant chain called TGIFridays  :laugh:  Though I'm not sure if they're still around.

(http://www.winbeta.org/sites/default/files/news/TGI_Fridays_bldg.jpg)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on March 11, 2016, 11:55:00 AM
I'm detecting a lot of points in these ramblings...

Building up a resume for moderator I see...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Soggysocks on March 11, 2016, 11:55:40 AM
I'm from California. There was a popular block of television that come on Friday nights back in the 90s called TGIF, but it essentially means "Thank God It's Friday."
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on March 11, 2016, 11:57:19 AM
Also it smells like ass in here and all the windows are closed. the one damn time I want koreans to open the windows to the heavens and i get stuff in a stuffy office filled with egg smell
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on March 11, 2016, 11:57:19 AM
I'm from California. There was a popular block of television that come on Friday nights back in the 90s called TGIF, but it essentially means "Thank Good It's Friday."

Family Matters, Step by Step, Dinosaurs and Baby Talk. Though I preferred it when Full House and Perfect Strangers were in there too.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: JNM on March 11, 2016, 11:58:45 AM
Those who teach and use TGIF, I am very curious where you are from?

I am from the PNW and never heard or used that expression growing up, apart from perhaps something on the TV.

Enjoy your weekend.

I'm from the Midwest (USA) and we say it.  There's even a restaurant chain called TGIFridays  :laugh:  Though I'm not sure if they're still around.

(http://www.winbeta.org/sites/default/files/news/TGI_Fridays_bldg.jpg)

Several locations in Seoul...

https://www.google.co.kr/search?q=tgi+fridays+seoul&oq=tgi+fridays+seoul&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.13379j0j4&client=ms-android-kt-kr&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Soggysocks on March 11, 2016, 12:00:25 PM
I'm from California. There was a popular block of television that come on Friday nights back in the 90s called TGIF, but it essentially means "Thank Good It's Friday."

Family Matters, Step by Step, Dinosaurs and Baby Talk. Though I preferred it when Full House and Perfect Strangers were in there too.

Let's not forget Boy Meets World. And on Saturdays we had Snick. What have weekends become?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on March 11, 2016, 12:02:37 PM
My Co T just naver searched  유투브.

I really wonder if this is a Korean thing. My co-teachers have always Naver-ed websites, not just Youtube. For example, the one time in my first year, I asked my co-teacher for help using the online banking, and I was about to type in shinhan.com, but she was like "You can just find it on Naver!" and typed in 신한은행 to then click on the website... I tried to explain to her that it's just faster to type in the actual address and she looked at me like I had a nipple on my forehead. :huh: I definitely don't understand this one.

i saw a thing posted on Facebook last year about the most common naver search term people used.

right there towards the top was 'google'.

yup, koreans even use a search engine to search for a search engine.

EDIT: here it is! Youtube is the 3rd most popular naver search, and 'google' comes in at number 5: http://seoseminkorea.blogspot.kr/2014/12/naver-news-most-searched-keywords-on-naver-in-2014.html
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on March 11, 2016, 12:03:42 PM
I'm from California. There was a popular block of television that come on Friday nights back in the 90s called TGIF, but it essentially means "Thank Good It's Friday."

Family Matters, Step by Step, Dinosaurs and Baby Talk. Though I preferred it when Full House and Perfect Strangers were in there too.

Let's not forget Boy Meets World. And on Saturdays we had Snick. What have weekends become?

Boy Meets World was good in the first season (and maybe the second) when it was about quirky middle school. Then he grew up and it became more typical teenage fare.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Soggysocks on March 11, 2016, 12:08:57 PM
I'm from California. There was a popular block of television that come on Friday nights back in the 90s called TGIF, but it essentially means "Thank Good It's Friday."

Family Matters, Step by Step, Dinosaurs and Baby Talk. Though I preferred it when Full House and Perfect Strangers were in there too.

Let's not forget Boy Meets World. And on Saturdays we had Snick. What have weekends become?

Boy Meets World was good in the first season (and maybe the second) when it was about quirky middle school. Then he grew up and it became more typical teenage fare.

It's all about the college years, Chris!! **Sean and Angela Foreverrrrr*
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on March 11, 2016, 12:11:22 PM
I'm from California. There was a popular block of television that come on Friday nights back in the 90s called TGIF, but it essentially means "Thank Good It's Friday."

Family Matters, Step by Step, Dinosaurs and Baby Talk. Though I preferred it when Full House and Perfect Strangers were in there too.

Let's not forget Boy Meets World. And on Saturdays we had Snick. What have weekends become?

Boy Meets World was good in the first season (and maybe the second) when it was about quirky middle school. Then he grew up and it became more typical teenage fare.

It's all about the college years, Chris!! **Sean and Angela Foreverrrrr*

No it started the year before he went to high school. I liked it better with Minkus and New-Age Topanga, before she became Standard Teenage Girl Topanga.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Pecan on March 11, 2016, 12:33:46 PM
I know what it means.

How would you use it in a sentence?  Is it used primarily by children to each other or by adults to each other?

It probably wasn't popular due to it taking the Lord's name in vain.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on March 11, 2016, 12:38:21 PM
My Co T just naver searched  유투브.

I really wonder if this is a Korean thing. My co-teachers have always Naver-ed websites, not just Youtube. For example, the one time in my first year, I asked my co-teacher for help using the online banking, and I was about to type in shinhan.com, but she was like "You can just find it on Naver!" and typed in 신한은행 to then click on the website... I tried to explain to her that it's just faster to type in the actual address and she looked at me like I had a nipple on my forehead. :huh: I definitely don't understand this one.

i saw a thing posted on Facebook last year about the most common naver search term people used.

right there towards the top was 'google'.

yup, koreans even use a search engine to search for a search engine.

EDIT: here it is! Youtube is the 3rd most popular naver search, and 'google' comes in at number 5: http://seoseminkorea.blogspot.kr/2014/12/naver-news-most-searched-keywords-on-naver-in-2014.html

So, I use Google Chrome as I imagine most of you do. After reading this thread, I go to check Snopes for something unrelated. I go to the bar and type 'snopes' and because it doesn't autofill the .com, I just press enter like some kind of heathen. And then click on the Google result. And stop.

"Are we really that different?"  I marvel to myself as my stomach digests today's kimchi. "Perhaps it is easier for Koreans to type in hangul. Perhaps we are... the same."

A rooster crows outside. Teachers munch on cat food masquerading as dried squid. My name is sandwiched into a Korean conversation, but I just take a rest, knowing no one will bother to explain. I close my eyes. Just a few more weeks...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 11, 2016, 12:40:00 PM
I know what it means.

How would you use it in a sentence?  Is it used primarily by children to each other or by adults to each other?

It probably wasn't popular due to it taking the Lord's name in vain.

You just say "T-G-I-F" like letters, at least where I'm from.  Everyone knows it means, "WOOHOO WEEKEND IS HERE, THANK GOD AMMIRITE?!?!"

I think I hear teenagers and adults use it more than young kids, actually, especailly in the workplace.  It's 90's slang though, so current teens in western countries may not use it as much anymore...I'm not sure?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Pecan on March 11, 2016, 01:01:54 PM
So you just turn to someone (friend or colleague) and say "T-G-I-F"

That's it?

Well, that definitely missed my generation or community growing up.

The first time I heard it used by an actual person standing right in front of me was in Korea by a Korean, so I wasn't sure if it was a regional thing or a Konglish thing.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on March 11, 2016, 01:12:29 PM
So you just turn to someone (friend or colleague) and say "T-G-I-F"

That's it?

Well, that definitely missed my generation or community growing up.

The first time I heard it used by an actual person standing right in front of me was in Korea by a Korean, so I wasn't sure if it was a regional thing or a Konglish thing.

Yep if something is bothering you on a Friday and stuffs got you down you can sigh in exhasperation to a co worker and say "TGIF".
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: aow.mave on March 11, 2016, 01:14:00 PM
Company rambling here -- This morning I had to send some emails to a German "sister company" about products we want to purchase. I received their confirmation and was adjusting the prices, but realized there was a mistake on their end with the quantity for one item.

I'm somewhat new to this task but I'm familiar enough with this scenario that I know how to reply. Basically, I just need to email the person responsible at the vendor and let them know to adjust the quantity and resend the confirmation. Not the end of the world -- it was a small mistake and not even on our end.

I send the email, asking to just increase the quantity for the certain item and resend the confirmation -- and to have a great weekend. And I CC the person who had this task before -- a Korean keep in mind. She is sitting close enough to me we could speak in person, but she sends an email telling me my email didn't make enough sense and wasn't clear enough. I vocally ask her what she meant and she says "It's not clear enough." I try to ask her what she wanted me to say, but she dances around the question without giving me a direct answer.

I recall the email, type out a more detailed one stating the original quantity, price -- lots of needless information (which could have been seen below in the previous replies). I spell it out as clearly as possible, In the most simple and precise wording. I send the email again.

Same reaction from the coworker. Finally she sends an awkwardly worded email herself to the intended person, not clarifying anything -- just making the situation more complex.

It's kind of insulting to tell me that my email worded in English (written by me -- a native speaker of course) is not clear enough, and her email with strange grammar is more clear because she litters it with a few random screen captures without editing it down...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on March 11, 2016, 01:18:35 PM
Company rambling here -- This morning I had to send some emails to a German "sister company" about products we want to purchase. I received their confirmation and was adjusting the prices, but realized there was a mistake on their end with the quantity for one item.

I'm somewhat new to this task but I'm familiar enough with this scenario that I know how to reply. Basically, I just need to email the person responsible at the vendor and let them know to adjust the quantity and resend the confirmation. Not the end of the world -- it was a small mistake and not even on our end.

I send the email, asking to just increase the quantity for the certain item and resend the confirmation -- and to have a great weekend. And I CC the person who had this task before -- a Korean keep in mind. She is sitting close enough to me we could speak in person, but she sends an email telling me my email didn't make enough sense and wasn't clear enough. I vocally ask her what she meant and she says "It's not clear enough." I try to ask her what she wanted me to say, but she dances around the question without giving me a direct answer.

I recall the email, type out a more detailed one stating the original quantity, price -- lots of needless information (which could have been seen below in the previous replies). I spell it out as clearly as possible, In the most simple and precise wording. I send the email again.

Same reaction from the coworker. Finally she sends an awkwardly worded email herself to the intended person, not clarifying anything -- just making the situation more complex.

It's kind of insulting to tell me that my email worded in English (written by me -- a native speaker of course) is not clear enough, and her email with strange grammar is more clear because she litters it with a few random screen captures without editing it down...

What's the word for "second hand anger."
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chinguetti on March 11, 2016, 01:20:04 PM
I took a small tumble going UP some stairs today and now my knee hurts, the internet keeps going down so that I can't access some of the school materials I had planned for this week, the USB drive I used as backup for these materials doesn't work in half of my classrooms, and my school computer spazzed while I was working on next week's lessons and I lost all of the changes I've made to them so far.

TGIF.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: tomoconnor89 on March 11, 2016, 01:49:07 PM
It stands for "Thank God It's Friday" or, for the less or non religious, "Thank Goodness It's Friday". 

I'm from the US midwest.

So polite. In the UK we have a primetime TV show called TFI Friday. You can guess what it stands for.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yfb on March 11, 2016, 01:52:53 PM
Yesterday my American credit card from my credit union arrived and needed to be activated. Activating the card was a simple matter of opening the app, typing in a username and password, going to the card manager, and selecting the toggle to activate the new card. Then  I set my PIN by entering in a few numbers. Very simple.

And that was the good thing. Simple. No antivirus cancer, no "type in the 6th number on your safety card", no certificate password, no "here's a keyboard with a random layout", no "input your alien number". It was like being in a sane world, a world where proper data security practices were followed, a world where my personal information wasn't routinely stolen from the bank's servers by hackers, a world where the banks didn't receive kickbacks from security software vendors to push half-baked software on users.

The good feeling promptly ended when I attempted to buy something on Gmarket and the resulting bank transfer BS. Korea is the only nation on earth where it's more convenient to do a bank transfer at an ATM than it is online. Now that's an accomplishment.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 11, 2016, 02:12:03 PM
My mom hand-dipped some Oreos and pretzels and decorated them.  Tossed them in a box with some candies and sent it to me as a part of my birthday gift.  It's too much for me to eat at home alone, so I brought it into school at lunch today.  All the teachers went NUTS for it, and even whipped out their cameras to take photos of it and shit  :laugh:  It was so cute.  The only thing is the 6 of the 13 teachers in our room ate like over half the box, and I was hoping more teachers would get to enjoy it.  Early bird(s) gets the worm, I guess  :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Hot6^ on March 11, 2016, 02:27:20 PM
My mom hand-dipped some Oreos and pretzels and decorated them.  Tossed them in a box with some candies and sent it to me as a part of my birthday gift.  It's too much for me to eat at home alone, so I brought it into school at lunch today.  All the teachers went NUTS for it, and even whipped out their cameras to take photos of it and shit  :laugh:  It was so cute.  The only thing is the 6 of the 13 teachers in our room ate like over half the box, and I was hoping more teachers would get to enjoy it.  Early bird(s) gets the worm, I guess  :huh:

Yup, Koreans have no sense of communal sharing.



Anyway...


TIL, and I don't know how I haven't put this together the last 4 years, that Korea doesn't observe daylight savings...

I dug further and found out, random segments of earth don't observe it, like half of Brazil, or for some reason, Arizona....

cool.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on March 11, 2016, 02:38:46 PM
Anyone else got one of these loud ass 'Viruskiller' things in the corner of their office chirping away all day everyday zapping the life out of them?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on March 11, 2016, 02:40:33 PM
Company rambling here -- This morning I had to send some emails to a German "sister company" about products we want to purchase. I received their confirmation and was adjusting the prices, but realized there was a mistake on their end with the quantity for one item.

I'm somewhat new to this task but I'm familiar enough with this scenario that I know how to reply. Basically, I just need to email the person responsible at the vendor and let them know to adjust the quantity and resend the confirmation. Not the end of the world -- it was a small mistake and not even on our end.

I send the email, asking to just increase the quantity for the certain item and resend the confirmation -- and to have a great weekend. And I CC the person who had this task before -- a Korean keep in mind. She is sitting close enough to me we could speak in person, but she sends an email telling me my email didn't make enough sense and wasn't clear enough. I vocally ask her what she meant and she says "It's not clear enough." I try to ask her what she wanted me to say, but she dances around the question without giving me a direct answer.

I recall the email, type out a more detailed one stating the original quantity, price -- lots of needless information (which could have been seen below in the previous replies). I spell it out as clearly as possible, In the most simple and precise wording. I send the email again.

Same reaction from the coworker. Finally she sends an awkwardly worded email herself to the intended person, not clarifying anything -- just making the situation more complex.

It's kind of insulting to tell me that my email worded in English (written by me -- a native speaker of course) is not clear enough, and her email with strange grammar is more clear because she litters it with a few random screen captures without editing it down...

Yea that sort of stuff drives me insane and I can totally see where you're coming from. 

Office life in the UK was barely tolerable so I can't imagine what it's like in Korea.  Keep your chin up!  :smiley:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 11, 2016, 02:41:48 PM
TIL, and I don't know how I haven't put this together the last 4 years, that Korea doesn't observe daylight savings...

I dug further and found out, random segments of earth don't observe it, like half of Brazil, or for some reason, Arizona....

cool.

I actually like that they don't.  http://Research has also shown (http://www.businessinsider.com/health-effects-of-daylight-saving-time-2014-10) that it's not great for your internal clock either.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: kyndo on March 11, 2016, 02:57:01 PM
(http://www.lafayetterealestatenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DST-world-map.jpg)
Most countries except for those in Europe and most of North America don't.
Living in the interior of BC, it was always interesting trying to figure out which towns observed daylight savings and which ones didn't. The fact that the Pacific Time and Mountain Time border was a bit squiggly just complicated things even further.

*Looks at watch*"What time is it?"
*Also looks at watch* "Dunno, man."
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on March 11, 2016, 03:07:07 PM
(http://www.lafayetterealestatenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DST-world-map.jpg)
Most countries except for those in Europe and most of North America don't.
Living in the interior of BC, it was always interesting trying to figure out which towns observed daylight savings and which ones didn't. The fact that the Pacific Time and Mountain Time border was a bit squiggly just complicated things even further.

*Looks at watch*"What time is it?"
*Also looks at watch* "Dunno, man."

Australia, get your sh*t together. Saskatchewan is weird too, but in all honesty, there are like 400 people who live north of them.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on March 11, 2016, 03:08:59 PM
(http://www.lafayetterealestatenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DST-world-map.jpg)
Most countries except for those in Europe and most of North America don't.
Living in the interior of BC, it was always interesting trying to figure out which towns observed daylight savings and which ones didn't. The fact that the Pacific Time and Mountain Time border was a bit squiggly just complicated things even further.

*Looks at watch*"What time is it?"
*Also looks at watch* "Dunno, man."

I misread the orange one as "DST formally observed" and I was wondering what the difference was between that and just "DST observed."

I wish the whole world would just do away with it.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 11, 2016, 03:14:21 PM
I misread the orange one as "DST formally observed" and I was wondering what the difference was between that and just "DST observed."

I wish the whole world would just do away with it.

Ha, just did the exact same thing.  But yeah, it's dumb.  Only messes up sleep schedules and makes people late for shit imo.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on March 11, 2016, 03:21:01 PM
I never used to mind DST when I lived in the UK. Without it, it would still be pretty much dark outside at 9am in winter, and it would start going light at like 3.30am in Summer
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taingray on March 11, 2016, 09:30:48 PM
My mom hand-dipped some Oreos and pretzels and decorated them.  Tossed them in a box with some candies and sent it to me as a part of my birthday gift.  It's too much for me to eat at home alone, so I brought it into school at lunch today.  All the teachers went NUTS for it, and even whipped out their cameras to take photos of it and shit  :laugh:  It was so cute.  The only thing is the 6 of the 13 teachers in our room ate like over half the box, and I was hoping more teachers would get to enjoy it.  Early bird(s) gets the worm, I guess  :huh:

My first year in Korea I made the mistake of opening a care package my mom had sent me at my desk in the teachers office. She had put a box of really good assorted chocolates (maybe 30-40 in the box?) from this local candy store in my hometown. Just to be nice, I decided to share some chocolates with the teachers sitting near me (there were maybe only five people in there; the rest were teaching classes). BIG EFFING MISTAKE. During break time between classes, this one B!TCH teacher that had tried the chocolates came right up to my desk, took the closed box that was there, and proceeded to make the rounds through the office with it, offering it to everyone without even asking me. There were two left when she was done.  :cry: 

Five years later, and I still feel enraged whenever I remember that stupid b handing out my precious chocolates without my permission!!! :evil:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: weigookin74 on March 11, 2016, 09:47:04 PM
(http://www.lafayetterealestatenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DST-world-map.jpg)
Most countries except for those in Europe and most of North America don't.
Living in the interior of BC, it was always interesting trying to figure out which towns observed daylight savings and which ones didn't. The fact that the Pacific Time and Mountain Time border was a bit squiggly just complicated things even further.

*Looks at watch*"What time is it?"
*Also looks at watch* "Dunno, man."

I misread the orange one as "DST formally observed" and I was wondering what the difference was between that and just "DST observed."

I wish the whole world would just do away with it.

I tell you it gets dark here way too early during the warm months.  It would be nice to get an extra hour of light in the evening during spring, summer, and fall (assuming Korea followed the North American Standard).  The longest day of the year and it's dark by 8:15ish or so?  Give me a break!  We use to have it be dark by 9:45ish back in the Maritimes on a nice summer day on the longest day of the year. 

It would be nice to have the sun longer in the evening in summer.  It would be really nice in autumn.  It's kind of a peeve of mine through October when the weather here's the nicest and after work it gets dark too soon - by 6 pm.  Would be nice to have an extra hour of sunlight at that time as it would be nice to have some extra time outdoors in the evening or late afternoon when the weather here actually doesn't suck.  I can only wish Korea would do DST, even though I know they probably never will. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 13, 2016, 12:40:12 AM
My mom hand-dipped some Oreos and pretzels and decorated them.  Tossed them in a box with some candies and sent it to me as a part of my birthday gift.  It's too much for me to eat at home alone, so I brought it into school at lunch today.  All the teachers went NUTS for it, and even whipped out their cameras to take photos of it and shit  :laugh:  It was so cute.  The only thing is the 6 of the 13 teachers in our room ate like over half the box, and I was hoping more teachers would get to enjoy it.  Early bird(s) gets the worm, I guess  :huh:

My first year in Korea I made the mistake of opening a care package my mom had sent me at my desk in the teachers office. She had put a box of really good assorted chocolates (maybe 30-40 in the box?) from this local candy store in my hometown. Just to be nice, I decided to share some chocolates with the teachers sitting near me (there were maybe only five people in there; the rest were teaching classes). BIG EFFING MISTAKE. During break time between classes, this one B!TCH teacher that had tried the chocolates came right up to my desk, took the closed box that was there, and proceeded to make the rounds through the office with it, offering it to everyone without even asking me. There were two left when she was done.  :cry: 

Five years later, and I still feel enraged whenever I remember that stupid b handing out my precious chocolates without my permission!!! :evil:

Well, I'm sure you know this by now, but anything brought to school, opened, and shared with teachers is typically seen as fair game--including when a Korean brings it in.  I'm sure your CT thought you intended to share those with the room in general. If you were Korean, it would have elicited the same response from your CT because by opening it, you were (maybe unintentionally) sending the message that they were for everyone to enjoy.  The reason why it upset you is because you're imposing your own culture's norms and expectations onto them.  Not saying your CT couldn't be/wasn't a b*tch in other ways :laugh: which may or may not have made your reaction a bit biased, but that particular situation was likely just a miscommunication.

In our office, we have this little low cabinet/table that everyone seems to put communal things on.  I have really nice loose-leaf tea and honey that I drink every day, and I keep it right on my desk in plain view.  The teacher next to me has a tin of chocolates (that he often offers to others) but because they're on our personal desks no one ever touches them*.  Every teacher's room functions a little differently.  If yours doesn't have a sort of unspoken "share space", the fact that it was opened and shared initially was likely what caused the misunderstanding.  I wouldn't let it continue to upset you; not worth the negative energy.

*Sometimes people near my desk borrow and forget to return my scissors while I'm in class, though  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: taingray on March 13, 2016, 11:22:50 AM
My mom hand-dipped some Oreos and pretzels and decorated them.  Tossed them in a box with some candies and sent it to me as a part of my birthday gift.  It's too much for me to eat at home alone, so I brought it into school at lunch today.  All the teachers went NUTS for it, and even whipped out their cameras to take photos of it and shit  :laugh:  It was so cute.  The only thing is the 6 of the 13 teachers in our room ate like over half the box, and I was hoping more teachers would get to enjoy it.  Early bird(s) gets the worm, I guess  :huh:

My first year in Korea I made the mistake of opening a care package my mom had sent me at my desk in the teachers office. She had put a box of really good assorted chocolates (maybe 30-40 in the box?) from this local candy store in my hometown. Just to be nice, I decided to share some chocolates with the teachers sitting near me (there were maybe only five people in there; the rest were teaching classes). BIG EFFING MISTAKE. During break time between classes, this one B!TCH teacher that had tried the chocolates came right up to my desk, took the closed box that was there, and proceeded to make the rounds through the office with it, offering it to everyone without even asking me. There were two left when she was done.  :cry: 

Five years later, and I still feel enraged whenever I remember that stupid b handing out my precious chocolates without my permission!!! :evil:

Well, I'm sure you know this by now, but anything brought to school, opened, and shared with teachers is typically seen as fair game--including when a Korean brings it in.  I'm sure your CT thought you intended to share those with the room in general. If you were Korean, it would have elicited the same response from your CT because by opening it, you were (maybe unintentionally) sending the message that they were for everyone to enjoy.  The reason why it upset you is because you're imposing your own culture's norms and expectations onto them.  Not saying your CT couldn't be/wasn't a b*tch in other ways :laugh: which may or may not have made your reaction a bit biased, but that particular situation was likely just a miscommunication.

In our office, we have this little low cabinet/table that everyone seems to put communal things on.  I have really nice loose-leaf tea and honey that I drink every day, and I keep it right on my desk in plain view.  The teacher next to me has a tin of chocolates (that he often offers to others) but because they're on our personal desks no one ever touches them*.  Every teacher's room functions a little differently.  If yours doesn't have a sort of unspoken "share space", the fact that it was opened and shared initially was likely what caused the misunderstanding.  I wouldn't let it continue to upset you; not worth the negative energy.

*Sometimes people near my desk borrow and forget to return my scissors while I'm in class, though  :laugh:

I've been here almost six years and married into a Korean family, so I get that now and I never opened another package in the office again! That lady wasn't my co; I recall my actual co-teacher feeling sorry for me that most of my American treats were gone and saying something to the effect of, "some people in the office are very rude."

For the record though, that lady was really a b!tch to me in several ways throughout my first year. She taught home economics or somethings and didn't speak a word of English. One day she flipped out at me for using *her* personal garbage bin. I didn't realize it at the time because I had only been here a couple months and didn't know any Korean, but apparently she would just complain about me out loud at her desk. I didn't even know she had b!tched about me using the bin or that it even "belonged" to only one person. My sympathetic co again explained to me, "some people, not me! Not most people on the office! But some people have tantrums if you do that."  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 13, 2016, 05:54:04 PM
My mom hand-dipped some Oreos and pretzels and decorated them.  Tossed them in a box with some candies and sent it to me as a part of my birthday gift.  It's too much for me to eat at home alone, so I brought it into school at lunch today.  All the teachers went NUTS for it, and even whipped out their cameras to take photos of it and shit  :laugh:  It was so cute.  The only thing is the 6 of the 13 teachers in our room ate like over half the box, and I was hoping more teachers would get to enjoy it.  Early bird(s) gets the worm, I guess  :huh:

My first year in Korea I made the mistake of opening a care package my mom had sent me at my desk in the teachers office. She had put a box of really good assorted chocolates (maybe 30-40 in the box?) from this local candy store in my hometown. Just to be nice, I decided to share some chocolates with the teachers sitting near me (there were maybe only five people in there; the rest were teaching classes). BIG EFFING MISTAKE. During break time between classes, this one B!TCH teacher that had tried the chocolates came right up to my desk, took the closed box that was there, and proceeded to make the rounds through the office with it, offering it to everyone without even asking me. There were two left when she was done.  :cry: 

Five years later, and I still feel enraged whenever I remember that stupid b handing out my precious chocolates without my permission!!! :evil:

Well, I'm sure you know this by now, but anything brought to school, opened, and shared with teachers is typically seen as fair game--including when a Korean brings it in.  I'm sure your CT thought you intended to share those with the room in general. If you were Korean, it would have elicited the same response from your CT because by opening it, you were (maybe unintentionally) sending the message that they were for everyone to enjoy.  The reason why it upset you is because you're imposing your own culture's norms and expectations onto them.  Not saying your CT couldn't be/wasn't a b*tch in other ways :laugh: which may or may not have made your reaction a bit biased, but that particular situation was likely just a miscommunication.

In our office, we have this little low cabinet/table that everyone seems to put communal things on.  I have really nice loose-leaf tea and honey that I drink every day, and I keep it right on my desk in plain view.  The teacher next to me has a tin of chocolates (that he often offers to others) but because they're on our personal desks no one ever touches them*.  Every teacher's room functions a little differently.  If yours doesn't have a sort of unspoken "share space", the fact that it was opened and shared initially was likely what caused the misunderstanding.  I wouldn't let it continue to upset you; not worth the negative energy.

*Sometimes people near my desk borrow and forget to return my scissors while I'm in class, though  :laugh:

I've been here almost six years and married into a Korean family, so I get that now and I never opened another package in the office again! That lady wasn't my co; I recall my actual co-teacher feeling sorry for me that most of my American treats were gone and saying something to the effect of, "some people in the office are very rude."

For the record though, that lady was really a b!tch to me in several ways throughout my first year. She taught home economics or somethings and didn't speak a word of English. One day she flipped out at me for using *her* personal garbage bin. I didn't realize it at the time because I had only been here a couple months and didn't know any Korean, but apparently she would just complain about me out loud at her desk. I didn't even know she had b!tched about me using the bin or that it even "belonged" to only one person. My sympathetic co again explained to me, "some people, not me! Not most people on the office! But some people have tantrums if you do that."  :laugh:

Wow, she sounds like a treat.  At least everyone else held the same opinion of her.  Lmfao I love how your CT would just be passive-aggressive and vaguely talk in third people, like "Oh, you know how some people are..."  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on March 15, 2016, 10:37:36 AM
Man, the songs aren't that great in the grade 5 Daekyo book, but the girl dancers are on point. A refreshing change from cartoon people.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Tinsley on March 25, 2016, 12:27:05 PM
Welp, I'm leaving Korea next week and have done little to prepare. Feeling pretty zen about it though.

How's everyone else's Friday going?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on March 25, 2016, 12:39:31 PM
Pretty sure we are having a North Korea attack drill at 2pm today...which i heard in Korean..but wasn't actually told.  "QUICK EVERYONE OUTSIDE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD TO BE A FREE TARGET IN BRIGHTLY COLOURED PADDED JACKETS!"  :rolleyes:
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Post by: nomadicmadda on March 25, 2016, 12:44:55 PM
I'm headed up to Seoul today.  My alarm didn't go off this morning (woke up to a text from a friend at 8:51) but somehow managed to make it to my classroom at 9:02.  I'm at two schools today so I stopped at home in between, and now I'm looking hella on point.

I'm also preparing for my April Fool's prank for my kids.  I'm going to pretend I got my hair cut really short while in Seoul for all of next week since my kids know I'm going this weekend.  I've been dropping complaints about how my hair is too long for the last week and my 2nd year girls at my travel school are devastated that I'm "cutting" it :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: ChrisKorea on March 25, 2016, 12:45:54 PM
Pretty sure we are having a North Korea attack drill at 2pm today...which i heard in Korean..but wasn't actually told.  "QUICK EVERYONE OUTSIDE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD TO BE A FREE TARGET IN BRIGHTLY COLOURED PADDED JACKETS!"  :rolleyes:

I remember when we had this drill last year, there were these cartoon pictures posted that showed children smiling and happy and ON FIRE as they ran outside and up hills to escape a bomb blast or whatever. And then when we all went outside for the drill, it was as you said: they all stood in the middle of the field making themselves easy targets. And everyone was happy and laughing. And then before, on the way outside, there was no order: everyone was just running anywhere they wanted, crowds squeezed themselves through doors, it was so chaotic. I wonder what will happen if NK actually does bomb this place.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: sixtieshappy on March 25, 2016, 01:01:29 PM
Pretty sure we are having a North Korea attack drill at 2pm today...which i heard in Korean..but wasn't actually told.  "QUICK EVERYONE OUTSIDE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD TO BE A FREE TARGET IN BRIGHTLY COLOURED PADDED JACKETS!"  :rolleyes:
We're doing the same thing.  This morning my co-teacher with super terrible English told me my class would start at 1:40 or 1:45 today instead of 1:20.  She used the word "maybe" about six times.  To clarify, I said "so class will be shorter?" and she didn't understand the question, so I thought I'd just wait and see.

At about 1:20 she informed me that that class and the following class were now canceled. 

Only in Korea do the teachers find out five minutes beforehand that their classes are canceled for presumably pre-planned events.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: sixtieshappy on March 25, 2016, 01:02:42 PM
Oh and just to be clear I'm ridiculously happy about this.  I thought this was shaping up to be the second week in 7 months that I've taught all my classes.  Nope.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 25, 2016, 01:14:26 PM
Pretty sure we are having a North Korea attack drill at 2pm today...which i heard in Korean..but wasn't actually told.  "QUICK EVERYONE OUTSIDE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD TO BE A FREE TARGET IN BRIGHTLY COLOURED PADDED JACKETS!"  :rolleyes:

I remember when we had this drill last year, there were these cartoon pictures posted that showed children smiling and happy and ON FIRE as they ran outside and up hills to escape a bomb blast or whatever. And then when we all went outside for the drill, it was as you said: they all stood in the middle of the field making themselves easy targets. And everyone was happy and laughing. And then before, on the way outside, there was no order: everyone was just running anywhere they wanted, crowds squeezed themselves through doors, it was so chaotic. I wonder what will happen if NK actually does bomb this place.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha PLEASE tell me you took a picture of this!!!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on March 25, 2016, 01:24:34 PM
Pretty sure we are having a North Korea attack drill at 2pm today...which i heard in Korean..but wasn't actually told.  "QUICK EVERYONE OUTSIDE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD TO BE A FREE TARGET IN BRIGHTLY COLOURED PADDED JACKETS!"  :rolleyes:

I remember when we had this drill last year, there were these cartoon pictures posted that showed children smiling and happy and ON FIRE as they ran outside and up hills to escape a bomb blast or whatever. And then when we all went outside for the drill, it was as you said: they all stood in the middle of the field making themselves easy targets. And everyone was happy and laughing. And then before, on the way outside, there was no order: everyone was just running anywhere they wanted, crowds squeezed themselves through doors, it was so chaotic. I wonder what will happen if NK actually does bomb this place.

Update! We actually went into the gym this time! *applauds*
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: mrc45 on March 25, 2016, 01:54:05 PM
At my hagwon, a lot of students come into class late after a break. I like to play a joke on my kids, especially the older ones, and lock the door if they're not back in the room right when the bell rings. 99% of the kids try to open the door, find that it's locked, laugh, and then even say sorry for being late as I let them in. I did this last night, and this one middle school boy apparently has never come across a locked door before because he starts putting jumping up and putting all his weight on the handle and slamming his body into the door. He's big enough that he's actually damaged the handle now.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: SexyLadyboys on March 25, 2016, 02:48:30 PM
anyone else been blacklisted from Korvia?

They asked how my school was, and I simply said that I wasn't able to do the things that were a part of my original goals, because the ESL system here doesn't allow for it...

They instantly stopped responding...

Still in the group etc...

Over the years, they have really turned into just about the money.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on April 05, 2016, 10:26:16 AM
I came across this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Aahs8ZDFPM) over the weekend and laughed so hard there were tears in my eyes.  Memories of uni...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: krissyboo75 on April 08, 2016, 02:27:23 PM
Today I was coming into my second school during lunch time, some of the boys were outside playing soccer and some teachers were walking around the field, as it is a beautiful day here.  Cue one of the kinda goofy boys booting the ball as hard as he could and the ball soars through the air, whacking one of the teachers in the head. She was fine but the entire schoolyard froze and I felt so awkward and everyone was watching.... it was kinda funny though and a lot of ths students were trying not to laugh ㅋㅋ  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: denimdaze on April 08, 2016, 02:33:23 PM
Sitting here thinking about staying one more year.  I know when I go back home to stay I should focus on career.  I don't want to go back to teaching in the US.  I wish the economy were better and things were more certain.  Have taken MBTI tests and thought about my strengths and weaknesses. 

In other ramblings, beautiful day here.  My CoTs and I took pictures with cherry blossoms.  I like my school.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 08, 2016, 02:35:00 PM
When I was walking near the lake in Gunpo (Banwol Lake) last weekend, I noticed this!

http://imgur.com/a/soPhT (http://imgur.com/a/soPhT) Yes, my photos.

Wow! I used to live in Kingston, ON (an hour away) when I was a lad and have been to Belleville on a number of occasions. I thought, wow, neat.

There is also a girl in Grade 6 who always comes directly after lunch to my office and chats with me. She's super nice and her English is pretty damn good.

Well, it turns out that Gunpo and Belleville being friendship cities has its perks! This student will be going there for 3 weeks in July as a part of a culture exchange program! Kids from Belleville also get to come here.

The world is really cool sometimes.
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Post by: nomadicmadda on April 11, 2016, 12:50:08 PM
This didn't fit anywhere else, so i'm putting it here:

During lunch my school has lkarge TVs that they put on near the teachers' tables.

I feel like I'm the only person who saw the ad for an at-home anal probing kit :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: mrc45 on April 11, 2016, 12:54:28 PM
This didn't fit anywhere else, so i'm putting it here:

During lunch my school has lkarge TVs that they put on near the teachers' tables.

I feel like I'm the only person who saw the ad for an at-home anal probing kit :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:

You can't post that here!!! It's Monday!!!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: sixtieshappy on April 11, 2016, 12:54:48 PM
This didn't fit anywhere else, so i'm putting it here:

During lunch my school has lkarge TVs that they put on near the teachers' tables.

I feel like I'm the only person who saw the ad for an at-home anal probing kit :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:
Lol. 

Today I was the only person at my all-girls school who saw a small mouse run around for a few seconds and jump into a crack in the floor.  I can't even imagine the screams if they had seen it. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: sixtieshappy on April 11, 2016, 12:55:25 PM

You can't post that here!!! It's Monday!!!
Field trip and national holiday tomorrow and Wednesday.  It's basically Friday for me.  8)
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 12, 2016, 10:40:14 AM
My main school principal called me today... Good thing I had his number or I probably would have ignored it. He was wondering where I was-- err, at the same travel school I'm at every week...

His English is pretty limited so after the call I just messaged my main coTabout it. Turns out he just wanted to lunch with the teachers who work today lol
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on April 12, 2016, 10:47:10 AM
Today is basically a Friday... That's nice...
The equivalent of two Fridays in 1 week... I like that...   :azn:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 12, 2016, 10:59:56 AM
Today is basically a Friday... That's nice...
The equivalent of two Fridays in 1 week... I like that...   :azn:

Nice? Haha! It's freaking excellent!  ;D It's so unlike you to post and hold back on the passion!  :wink:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on April 12, 2016, 11:02:35 AM
Today is basically a Friday... That's nice...
The equivalent of two Fridays in 1 week... I like that...   :azn:

Nice? Haha! It's freaking excellent!  ;D It's so unlike you to post and hold back on the passion!  :wink:

Err... Not sure if sarcastic or if I was passionate or not? I R confused.  :undecided:

Oh and you have a picture now?  :shocked:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 12, 2016, 11:10:45 AM
My regular lift at my main school can't pick me up this week, but my main co-teacher offered to pick me up from the bus terminal (in the town 'next to' mine). I had to get out of bed earlier than usual and trek off to my town's terminal and I arrived about 20 minutes before my lift was going to pick me up. I'm not a morning person - at all - but this unusual situation provided me with the opportunity to pop into the bakery I usually only walk past.

I bought some ice coffee and a danish, sat at a table and read Anna Karenina while waiting for my lift. I usually start my day grumpy and dehydrated and I dawdle like it's my business. This morning, however, I felt glorious  ;D

Happy "Friday"!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 12, 2016, 11:15:39 AM
Today is basically a Friday... That's nice...
The equivalent of two Fridays in 1 week... I like that...   :azn:

Nice? Haha! It's freaking excellent!  ;D It's so unlike you to post and hold back on the passion!  :wink:

Err... Not sure if sarcastic or if I was passionate or not? I R confused.  :undecided:

Oh and you have a picture now?  :shocked:

Not sarcastic  :azn: You did use positive words like "nice" and "like", but I would have expected you to say "amazing!", "glorious!", "fantastic!", "love!" and "excitednessment!" (Okay, maybe I didn't expect you to say the last one).

Yes, it is Hermione  ;D
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on April 12, 2016, 11:27:31 AM
My regular lift at my main school can't pick me up this week, but my main co-teacher offered to pick me up from the bus terminal (in the town 'next to' mine). I had to get out of bed earlier than usual and trek off to my town's terminal and I arrived about 20 minutes before my lift was going to pick me up. I'm not a morning person - at all - but this unusual situation provided me with the opportunity to pop into the bakery I usually only walk past.

I bought some ice coffee and a danish, sat at a table and read Anna Karenina while waiting for my lift. I usually start my day grumpy and dehydrated and I dawdle like it's my business. This morning, however, I felt glorious  ;D

Happy "Friday"!

I would love to be doing this right now, but with my GRE practice sets. :cry: But the iced coffee and danish sound so good right now.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 12, 2016, 12:04:02 PM
My regular lift at my main school can't pick me up this week, but my main co-teacher offered to pick me up from the bus terminal (in the town 'next to' mine). I had to get out of bed earlier than usual and trek off to my town's terminal and I arrived about 20 minutes before my lift was going to pick me up. I'm not a morning person - at all - but this unusual situation provided me with the opportunity to pop into the bakery I usually only walk past.

I bought some ice coffee and a danish, sat at a table and read Anna Karenina while waiting for my lift. I usually start my day grumpy and dehydrated and I dawdle like it's my business. This morning, however, I felt glorious  ;D

Happy "Friday"!

I would love to be doing this right now, but with my GRE practice sets. :cry: But the iced coffee and danish sound so good right now.

I might have seen you mention the GRE in another thread, but I had no idea what that was. I just looked it up so I understand the gravity of this situation. Eek! Best of luck. It sounds like a stressful, but ultimately worthwhile, undertaking.

And you can also spoil yourself with iced coffee and danishes (danishs; danishi; danishum? I kid) in celebration after taking the exam!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on April 12, 2016, 12:45:26 PM
My regular lift at my main school can't pick me up this week, but my main co-teacher offered to pick me up from the bus terminal (in the town 'next to' mine). I had to get out of bed earlier than usual and trek off to my town's terminal and I arrived about 20 minutes before my lift was going to pick me up. I'm not a morning person - at all - but this unusual situation provided me with the opportunity to pop into the bakery I usually only walk past.

I bought some ice coffee and a danish, sat at a table and read Anna Karenina while waiting for my lift. I usually start my day grumpy and dehydrated and I dawdle like it's my business. This morning, however, I felt glorious  ;D

Happy "Friday"!

I would love to be doing this right now, but with my GRE practice sets. :cry: But the iced coffee and danish sound so good right now.

I might have seen you mention the GRE in another thread, but I had no idea what that was. I just looked it up so I understand the gravity of this situation. Eek! Best of luck. It sounds like a stressful, but ultimately worthwhile, undertaking.

And you can also spoil yourself with iced coffee and danishes (danishs; danishi; danishum? I kid) in celebration after taking the exam!

I definitely did mention it a few times :laugh: The exam is in two and a half weeks, and I've been studying for a couple of months now so I should do okay... I hope... I'm going to a coffeeshop after work today, but none of the ones near my place have danishes (or is danishs; danishi; danishum? :P ) and I don't really want to waste my time taking the bus to go to a bigger coffeeshop when there's studying to be done!!! :cry: :cry: :cry:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on April 12, 2016, 02:13:41 PM
I know it's not Friday but a quick question...

If you pay for your own apartment here, is it really your responsibility to find the next tenant if you want your key money back??

So you could potentially not get it back if you/the landlord can't find a new tenant?

 :huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on April 12, 2016, 02:17:43 PM
I know it's not Friday but a quick question...

If you pay for your own apartment here, is it really your responsibility to find the next tenant if you want your key money back??

So you could potentially not get it back if you/the landlord can't find a new tenant?

 :huh:

Depends on the wording in the contract, I'd imagine.  Maybe post it in LOFT and see what they say; people there probably have more experience with it?  Not sure  :sad:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: The Arm on April 12, 2016, 02:25:13 PM
I know it's not Friday but a quick question...

If you pay for your own apartment here, is it really your responsibility to find the next tenant if you want your key money back??

So you could potentially not get it back if you/the landlord can't find a new tenant?

 :huh:

Depends on the wording in the contract, I'd imagine.  Maybe post it in LOFT and see what they say; people there probably have more experience with it?  Not sure  :sad:

Fortunately not my situation but I read so many posts in classifieds from people needing someone to take over their apartment (so they can get the key money back).

I'd hate to think I wouldn't immediately get my 5-10 million straight back after moving out of a place.  Scary stuff!!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 12, 2016, 02:29:03 PM
I know it's not Friday but a quick question...

If you pay for your own apartment here, is it really your responsibility to find the next tenant if you want your key money back??

So you could potentially not get it back if you/the landlord can't find a new tenant?

 :huh:

Depends on the wording in the contract, I'd imagine.  Maybe post it in LOFT and see what they say; people there probably have more experience with it?  Not sure  :sad:

I don't understand it here. I paid a 부동산 to move into my new digs. The contract is one year. 5 000 000W key money. I had to pay the 부동산 again when I moved out! The contract is done! I'm gone! I paid to find it and for......... someone else to find it?

The best part is, the cleaning fee was 40 000W. "Hey, can I clean it and not pay that?"

NO, YOU HAVE TO PAY IT.

Alright, then I'm not cleaning a single thing the last month that I live here.

"CO2, there is garbage in your apartment, it is very dirty."

Yup, I paid the 40 bucks. That's not my problem now.  :afro:

This is why you always make a cleaning charge OPTIONAL. It's spic and span? Don't charge me. I would clean it up for 40$. If I have to pay it anyway, why would I lift one, single, solitary finger to make it look good?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: DMZabductee on April 12, 2016, 02:31:15 PM
Middle of the week Friday is best Friday.  ;D However...

Will everything be closed tomorrow? When I'm hungover and thirsty will I be able to go and purchase supplies, or should I just prepare in advance and hunker down for 24hrs?

Seriously though, can someone give me a straight answer to this?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: welcomebackkotter on April 12, 2016, 02:59:38 PM
Banks and post offices closed.  Almost everything else business as usual.  People still gotta eat.

At home they have a sausage sizzle at the voting boothes.  It was great, go vote (or not vote, just get your name ticked off) and then give a buck or two and get a sausage on bread, perhaps even some fried onion too.  Money goes to a charity or the local school that is hosting the voting.   But then again we didn't get the day off, it just happened on a Saturday.  You win an little, you lose a little.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 12, 2016, 03:17:20 PM
I know it's not Friday but a quick question...

If you pay for your own apartment here, is it really your responsibility to find the next tenant if you want your key money back??

So you could potentially not get it back if you/the landlord can't find a new tenant?

 :huh:

Depends on the wording in the contract, I'd imagine.  Maybe post it in LOFT and see what they say; people there probably have more experience with it?  Not sure  :sad:

I don't understand it here. I paid a 부동산 to move into my new digs. The contract is one year. 5 000 000W key money. I had to pay the 부동산 again when I moved out! The contract is done! I'm gone! I paid to find it and for......... someone else to find it?

The best part is, the cleaning fee was 40 000W. "Hey, can I clean it and not pay that?"

NO, YOU HAVE TO PAY IT.

Alright, then I'm not cleaning a single thing the last month that I live here.

"CO2, there is garbage in your apartment, it is very dirty."

Yup, I paid the 40 bucks. That's not my problem now.  :afro:

This is why you always make a cleaning charge OPTIONAL. It's spic and span? Don't charge me. I would clean it up for 40$. If I have to pay it anyway, why would I lift one, single, solitary finger to make it look good?

CO2 is my favorite poster on this whole site  :laugh:

Thank you, thank you. I aim to please.

You ain't so bad yourself.  :afro:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on April 12, 2016, 03:25:20 PM
Thank you, thank you. I aim to please.

You ain't so bad yourself.  :afro:
[PICTURE]

Omfg that little picture how-to made me cringe so badly for some reason :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 14, 2016, 11:12:59 AM
I know it's not Friday but...

So I found out this morning I have an open class next week! Thankfully I was told ahead of time. My coT told me to just do what I normally do, so looks like we're not gonna "put on a show" or anything. Still, kinda nervous, it being my first one.

And it's with the Grade 2's who are the most well behaved/obedient. They can be lively without getting too crazy (sometimes the Grade 3's get a little rambunctious).

Fingers crossed it'll all go well... apparently I'm the first NET at my main school so I'm hoping the parents don't have high expectations, hahahah
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on April 14, 2016, 01:23:43 PM
Thank you, thank you. I aim to please.

You ain't so bad yourself.  :afro:
[PICTURE]

Omfg that little picture how-to made me cringe so badly for some reason :laugh:

Same :laugh: :laugh:

I think it's the complacent smile :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on April 14, 2016, 01:31:34 PM
I know it's not Friday but...

So I found out this morning I have an open class next week! Thankfully I was told ahead of time. My coT told me to just do what I normally do, so looks like we're not gonna "put on a show" or anything. Still, kinda nervous, it being my first one.

And it's with the Grade 2's who are the most well behaved/obedient. They can be lively without getting too crazy (sometimes the Grade 3's get a little rambunctious).

Fingers crossed it'll all go well... apparently I'm the first NET at my main school so I'm hoping the parents don't have high expectations, hahahah

Don't worry about it; you'll be fine! Open classes seem like a big deal when you first do them, but the more you do, the more relaxed you'll be. :) I've done a little over 10 open classes in the 2.25 years that I've been here so far, and honestly, they're nothing to get stressed out about (unless your co-teacher makes it stressful... in which case, there, there...). I don't have any actual useful advice, though. :laugh: Just thought I'd chime in to say good luck and no worries!
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Post by: reudibeat on April 15, 2016, 01:40:07 PM
I snagged some snacks from the teacher's lounge and brought them to the English office for my co-workers. However, I wanted extra for myself and I don't have any pockets today so I literally stuffed snacks in my bra. My hunger blocked out any forethought and I am now sitting in my office with those little lotus cookies in my bra with no real plan on how to get them out without anyone noticing.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 15, 2016, 02:34:56 PM
I snagged some snacks from the teacher's lounge and brought them to the English office for my co-workers. However, I wanted extra for myself and I don't have any pockets today so I literally stuffed snacks in my bra. My hunger blocked out any forethought and I am now sitting in my office with those little lotus cookies in my bra with no real plan on how to get them out without anyone noticing.

That is so hilarious! Luckily, my co-t just left the classroom because I laughed out loud at your predicament. I was given a baked potato once, like the minute I was leaving school. I didn't want to eat it and didn't know where to put it, so I shoved it into my (empty) water bottle. Ugh. Was so weird and embarrassing I had to send photographic evidence to my sister back home
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 15, 2016, 02:41:49 PM
We have a large box of lost pencils in our classroom. Whenever one of my students doesn't have a pencil with them, I bust out the box and they can use one of the pencils. At lesson end, they return them. It's a big box and they usually scratch around for awhile trying to find the sharpest one. So, since my double was cancelled, I decided to sharpen all the pencils in the box. So far I've done 43 and I think I am about halfway, through. It's wonderfully therapeutic and, weirdly, a great way to start my weekend  :P
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: iseya on April 18, 2016, 01:00:36 PM
How are there so many churches in Korea?   In the small I live in, I can literally see 4 churches in all directions just from in front of my apartment. There are many more around town.  They aren't small churches. They're giant.  How do they get the money to build all of these churches and keep them going? 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: eggieguffer on April 18, 2016, 01:05:51 PM
How are there so many churches in Korea?   In the small I live in, I can literally see 4 churches in all directions just from in front of my apartment. There are many more around town.  They aren't small churches. They're giant.  How do they get the money to build all of these churches and keep them going?

By fleecing the congregations, obviously.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 18, 2016, 01:08:17 PM
How are there so many churches in Korea?   In the small I live in, I can literally see 4 churches in all directions just from in front of my apartment. There are many more around town.  They aren't small churches. They're giant.  How do they get the money to build all of these churches and keep them going?
I ask this everyday. Are they tax free here like in the US?

Even if that were the case, there's SO MANY.

On this note, why on earth would you open a cell store here? In Sanbon New Town there are 4 SKs, 4 KTs and 3 U Plus' and I can see ALL OF THEM from one vantage point.

How on earth does anyone make a profit? And this doesn't include any of the other phone shops, just the big 3! And I didn't walk around everywhere but there are probably more of the big 3 down the side alleys behind the main drag.

HOW
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Imogen1991 on April 18, 2016, 01:09:57 PM
How are there so many churches in Korea?   In the small I live in, I can literally see 4 churches in all directions just from in front of my apartment. There are many more around town.  They aren't small churches. They're giant.  How do they get the money to build all of these churches and keep them going?

It's the same where I live. I can see three from my apartment and the lady who works in the shop near my house has started to ask me 'Do you know Jesus-uh?' and tries to give me flyers/handouts, presumably about Jesus. She has also tried to get me to attend church...nope
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: iseya on April 18, 2016, 01:31:01 PM
I have the same ask for HOW these guys make profit.
Churches, cell phone shops, anddd in my town. ..hair salons. I don't get the business plan here.
Let's put 3 Lotterias in this subway station and 2 hair salons DIRECTLY across from one another~we can fight over all the invisible customers!
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on April 18, 2016, 02:05:48 PM
How are there so many churches in Korea?   In the small I live in, I can literally see 4 churches in all directions just from in front of my apartment. There are many more around town.  They aren't small churches. They're giant.  How do they get the money to build all of these churches and keep them going?

By fleecing the congregations, obviously.

"congregation please be seated, and open your prayer guides to the Book of Revelations Psalm 69"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSiyA1cLTWQ
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 18, 2016, 02:35:47 PM
For some reason my coT suddenly decided her name is spelled differently. I was finishing up a lesson plan for our open class and she asked me to add "Instructors" with our names. I spelled her name the way she'd originally told me (back when getting her phone number) but she said she spells it differently. What??

Also, can it be Friday already?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Nivea on April 18, 2016, 03:00:18 PM
For some reason my coT suddenly decided her name is spelled differently. I was finishing up a lesson plan for our open class and she asked me to add "Instructors" with our names. I spelled her name the way she'd originally told me (back when getting her phone number) but she said she spells it differently. What??

Also, can it be Friday already?

In Korean or English? I mean maybe she found a new "cool" way to spell it and decided on that. I had an Aunt who changed the spelling of her name from "Pam" to "Palm"....like WTF?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 18, 2016, 03:16:24 PM
In English. Yeah, and maybe she thinks it looks better for whomever is gonna look at the lesson plan... not that I can foresee anyone actually looking at it, hahah
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: iseya on April 19, 2016, 10:55:25 AM
I'm amazed sometimes at how quickly fashion trends spread here. 
It's like one day i'll see a few guys around my town wearing striped shirts, and then the next weekend I go to Seoul and  i'll see 2,000 other people wearing them as well. 
The "in" thing now for women seems to be black, shiny shoes..they kind of look like a casual dress shoe. Theyre worn with no socks/or very low cut socks.  (i can't tell exactly, but i can't see socks)  Anyone else notice this?

I would say that back home, people usually hate the idea of someone wearing the same item of clothing that they have on, but they seem to be cool with it here.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on April 19, 2016, 01:50:46 PM
I'm amazed sometimes at how quickly fashion trends spread here. 
It's like one day i'll see a few guys around my town wearing striped shirts, and then the next weekend I go to Seoul and  i'll see 2,000 other people wearing them as well. 
The "in" thing now for women seems to be black, shiny shoes..they kind of look like a casual dress shoe. Theyre worn with no socks/or very low cut socks.  (i can't tell exactly, but i can't see socks)  Anyone else notice this?

I would say that back home, people usually hate the idea of someone wearing the same item of clothing that they have on, but they seem to be cool with it here.

LOL in Korea they probably look at you wierd if you don't follow the crowd. Having said that, I own a pair of the shoes you mentioned. :lipsrsealed: Not because I'm trying to follow the trend, but it's actually one of the few things that seems to be trendy here that I actually like. :lipsrsealed: :lipsrsealed: :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 19, 2016, 01:54:25 PM
Yup individualism vs collectivism. I look Korean and could blend in better if I wore the styles of clothing here. But I just wear whatever I brought from back home. I'm not the biggest fan of the fashions here though on occasion I do find an article of clothing I like.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Angelinkorea on April 19, 2016, 02:21:56 PM
Is it OK to be totally unfair and like a class more than the others. Not on any objective basis. For some reason I can't fathom I like the worst of my grade 6 classes the best.

They are loud, borderline incapable of silencing their inner monologues and, to be brutally honest, thick as two short planks. Nailed together. Then smothered in glue. Then added to a dozen more thick short planks.

But somehow I love them and look forward to their class. It's like trying to herd a bunch of seagulls on cocaine in an earthquake during a hurricane but it always lifts my spirits. And they know it. Windowlickers they may be but they are aware that other classes have to knuckle down and show some discipline and common sense. Not this lot. As long as everybody walks out alive I'm good with it. I think other teachers fell the same way.

Bless the little toerags.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: DMZabductee on April 19, 2016, 02:44:09 PM
Is it OK to be totally unfair and like a class more than the others. Not on any objective basis. For some reason I can't fathom I like the worst of my grade 6 classes the best.

They are loud, borderline incapable of silencing their inner monologues and, to be brutally honest, thick as two short planks. Nailed together. Then smothered in glue. Then added to a dozen more thick short planks.

But somehow I love them and look forward to their class. It's like trying to herd a bunch of seagulls on cocaine in an earthquake during a hurricane but it always lifts my spirits. And they know it. Windowlickers they may be but they are aware that other classes have to knuckle down and show some discipline and common sense. Not this lot. As long as everybody walks out alive I'm good with it. I think other teachers fell the same way.

Bless the little toerags.

I had a class like that last semester, "couldn't find water in a rainstorm" kind of bunch. At first I tried to corral them, but of course without help from the co-t it didn't go anywhere. Once me and everyone else was on the "zero f*cks" level things got a lot better. Their behavior continued as before but I just had fun with them. I still attempted to do a lesson but if it got turned upside down I just went with the flow. They even started speaking (albeit really awful) English by the end of the year.

I should've hated them but they were terrible in such an innocent way that I couldn't help but like them.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: bluehermione on April 19, 2016, 03:51:18 PM
Is it OK to be totally unfair and like a class more than the others. Not on any objective basis. For some reason I can't fathom I like the worst of my grade 6 classes the best.

They are loud, borderline incapable of silencing their inner monologues and, to be brutally honest, thick as two short planks. Nailed together. Then smothered in glue. Then added to a dozen more thick short planks.

But somehow I love them and look forward to their class. It's like trying to herd a bunch of seagulls on cocaine in an earthquake during a hurricane but it always lifts my spirits. And they know it. Windowlickers they may be but they are aware that other classes have to knuckle down and show some discipline and common sense. Not this lot. As long as everybody walks out alive I'm good with it. I think other teachers fell the same way.

Bless the little toerags.

I had a class like that last semester, "couldn't find water in a rainstorm" kind of bunch. At first I tried to corral them, but of course without help from the co-t it didn't go anywhere. Once me and everyone else was on the "zero f*cks" level things got a lot better. Their behavior continued as before but I just had fun with them. I still attempted to do a lesson but if it got turned upside down I just went with the flow. They even started speaking (albeit really awful) English by the end of the year.

I should've hated them but they were terrible in such an innocent way that I couldn't help but like them.

I had one like this last year, 1st grade middle. Biggest level gap I've ever seen, from kids who'd lived in America to special needs kids. For some reason a handful of the boys could not answer questions without shouting at the top of their lungs. (They also could only blurt out the answers, never wait to be called on.) Some of them had so much energy that my co-teacher and I literally let them walk around / stand in the back of class to burn it off. While that may have disrupted the class a bit, it would've been much more disruptive to make them sit. One of the kids would usually come up to the front of class when the bell rang, stand next to me, and tell everyone to "S*IT DOWN PLEASE!" Class never went according to plan, we were constantly sidetracked, and everything took longer than it should have.

It was the most chaotic but hilarious thing I've ever experienced. They were definitely my faves. :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 20, 2016, 07:26:32 AM
First open class today, here we go! I've been informed there might be one grandparent in attendance. Lol
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: TeresaD on April 20, 2016, 08:31:04 AM
First open class today, here we go! I've been informed there might be one grandparent in attendance. Lol

Good luck, you will be fine  ;D I also have open class today.

As much as I like this thread (it's generally so pleasant), it kills me a little bit inside every time I see it and it isn't Friday  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 20, 2016, 10:46:54 AM
First open class today, here we go! I've been informed there might be one grandparent in attendance. Lol

Good luck, you will be fine  ;D I also have open class today.

As much as I like this thread (it's generally so pleasant), it kills me a little bit inside every time I see it and it isn't Friday  :laugh:


Apparently open class today meant that parents just wander the school and drop in on any class they feel like observing. I only saw one observer and she just sat in for a hot second while we were introducing the lesson so she didn't see anything interesting. Which is too bad, cause the kids loved the main activity: musical chairs! They all got really into it and wanted to play it twice even though the slides were all the same, hahah.

And right? I wish it were Friday! But I was wishing that since Monday
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: lifeisgood6447 on April 20, 2016, 12:03:49 PM
First open class today, here we go! I've been informed there might be one grandparent in attendance. Lol

Good luck, you will be fine  ;D I also have open class today.

As much as I like this thread (it's generally so pleasant), it kills me a little bit inside every time I see it and it isn't Friday  :laugh:


Apparently open class today meant that parents just wander the school and drop in on any class they feel like observing. I only saw one observer and she just sat in for a hot second while we were introducing the lesson so she didn't see anything interesting. Which is too bad, cause the kids loved the main activity: musical chairs! They all got really into it and wanted to play it twice even though the slides were all the same, hahah.

And right? I wish it were Friday! But I was wishing that since Monday

 I had a class like that a couple of weeks ago. However, I work at an affluent school of sorts, and the mothers rolled in like 10 deep...some with note pads!! hahaha. Luckily I got perfect scores from these pencil wielding ajjumas. I did see one parent trying to give the answer to her kid (the answer was behind him but he couldn't see it), so I didn't call on him to answer on purpose. It says one the wall to do your OWN work, lady! Glad it all went well for everybody.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on April 20, 2016, 01:59:57 PM
why does my school have no english-korean or korean to english dictionaries?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 20, 2016, 02:04:21 PM
why does my school have no english-korean or korean to english dictionaries?

Neither of my middle schools have one. One of my elementary schools does, surprisingly. They're all tiny country schools though.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: shostager on April 20, 2016, 02:45:05 PM
why does my school have no english-korean or korean to english dictionaries?

As far as I know, my school doesn't have those either. I used my personal one with the after-school class last year...but that was about four students, and my class is twenty or so now... TT
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: grey on April 21, 2016, 09:36:55 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Scent-Avenue-Sea-Dokdo-Essential/dp/B01BNW1E9O/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1461202368&sr=8-9&keywords=dokdo

For those newbies, etcetera who need to give the perfect gift to coworkers, etc.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 22, 2016, 01:19:09 PM
Hey! It's actually Friday.

When I'm in my office I'll hear one of the kids in the hall say... (bear with me) O rider!/오라이더? 오마이더??

I don't know, they're doing it in this deep singing chanting kind of voice. They'l say it once and then a student down the hall will respond back. O riiiiddddeeerrrr.

ANY IDEA WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE DOING?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: khalavala on April 22, 2016, 01:22:14 PM
"Oh my eyes!"

Where did the kids at this skill learn this from? Hasn't been in any textbooks so it leaves me wondering...
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: johnny russian on April 22, 2016, 02:00:33 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Scent-Avenue-Sea-Dokdo-Essential/dp/B01BNW1E9O/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1461202368&sr=8-9&keywords=dokdo

For those newbies, etcetera who need to give the perfect gift to coworkers, etc.

and in a twist of irony, "this item does not ship to korea"
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: lifeisgood6447 on April 22, 2016, 02:08:30 PM
CO2,

  Koreans say it to mean "alright". They are using it to mean the coast is clear, or you are good to go. It is often heard by drivers when someone is helping them through a tight space and the sort.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: sixtieshappy on April 26, 2016, 08:44:04 AM
Not actually Friday, but might as well be since I don't have any actual classes for the next 8 days?

Deskwarming thoughts... when a school is closed to celebrate its birthday, does it get a year older on that day or does it just age on New Years with everyone else so there can be more same age schools to ease the social hierarchy?  And is it already 1 when it's born because of the time it took to build it?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: nomadicmadda on April 26, 2016, 08:52:23 AM
Not actually Friday, but might as well be since I don't have any actual classes for the next 8 days?

Deskwarming thoughts... when a school is closed to celebrate its birthday, does it get a year older on that day or does it just age on New Years with everyone else so there can be more same age schools to ease the social hierarchy?  And is it already 1 when it's born because of the time it took to build it?

 
:laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirgacheffe on April 26, 2016, 09:02:52 AM
I guess I don't have morning classes today. The students didn't come for the first period and the schedule has been changing non-stop for the past month, so I don't even bother asking anymore. If they show up, I teach; if not, okay. It's nice, actually.

Coffee is delicious.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: yirj17 on April 28, 2016, 04:07:09 PM
It's almost Friday...

So I'm sitting at my desk and I just realized that a teacher behind me is quietly (but sternly) lecturing one of the students. Student's body language appears properly contrite. I have no idea what's going on but it feels awkwarrrd
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: okapifire on April 29, 2016, 08:54:27 AM
It's almost Friday...

So I'm sitting at my desk and I just realized that a teacher behind me is quietly (but sternly) lecturing one of the students. Student's body language appears properly contrite. I have no idea what's going on but it feels awkwarrrd

One time the VP and the moral education teacher were having a serious discussion. IDK if the moral ed teacher was in trouble or he was trying to get someone else in trouble but it reached a fever pitch of almost arguing and then the moral ed teacher started crying and yelling. In the teacher's office. With me and 5 other people present. Just trying to do our work. I never understand why they don't go to an empty room to have certain discussions. Most awkward, comfortable 10 min of my life (maybe wasnt that long but felt like 30).
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chinguetti on April 29, 2016, 09:21:33 AM
Peppermint tea and coffee don't mix well together.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: DMZabductee on April 29, 2016, 09:28:00 AM
Not actually Friday, but might as well be since I don't have any actual classes for the next 8 days?

Deskwarming thoughts... when a school is closed to celebrate its birthday, does it get a year older on that day or does it just age on New Years with everyone else so there can be more same age schools to ease the social hierarchy?  And is it already 1 when it's born because of the time it took to build it?

Quality shower/deskwarming thought right here. Thanks for making me literally lol at my desk  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chinguetti on April 29, 2016, 09:28:47 AM
Peppermint tea and coffee don't mix well together.

But I have some Barnie's peppermint coffee and it's bomb!

That's what I was hoping to end up with but it's not what I got.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on April 29, 2016, 09:46:08 AM
I don't 100% remember turning off my iron this morning.....
:huh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on April 29, 2016, 09:49:45 AM
I don't 100% remember turning off my iron this morning.....
:huh:

I do this 3x a week  :laugh:

I'm tempted to ask if I can quickly run home and check. I've done this so many times and every time I do I've unplugged it and everything is fine. But what if today is the day I burn my apartment down and kill my kitten!?
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Zealot_Hill on April 29, 2016, 10:11:30 AM
I don't 100% remember turning off my iron this morning.....
:huh:

I do this 3x a week  :laugh:

I'm tempted to ask if I can quickly run home and check. I've done this so many times and every time I do I've unplugged it and everything is fine. But what if today is the day I burn my apartment down and kill my kitten!?

If it's any consolation; your kitty will be dead long before the apartment burns down. It's kind of the nature of things in a fire contest of concrete vs. flesh.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Chinguetti on April 29, 2016, 10:43:37 AM
Listening to this documentary while I work on stuff at my desk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wnf2OcNHps

"His wounds are too severe... his spirit has gone out of him. He's become old... damaged... broken. His reign is over. There are new rulers now. To survive here, she will have to submit to these new masters. But until the newcomers detect her presence, she still has a choice. The swirling air carries a hint of her unfamiliar scent... the hunt begins."

Dramatic docu is dramatic.

I'd swear it was an episode of Game of Thrones.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 29, 2016, 11:01:53 AM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls. 
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Aristocrat on April 29, 2016, 11:19:34 AM
why does my school have no english-korean or korean to english dictionaries?

As far as I know, my school doesn't have those either. I used my personal one with the after-school class last year...but that was about four students, and my class is twenty or so now... TT

because crap like Englishee doll houses (with props), outdated books, teacher workshops in Spain and 3D TVs take precedence over expensive luxuries like dictionaries.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 29, 2016, 11:33:07 AM
Is there anything worse than the Korean music scene?   I mean really.  We've had boy bands and girls bands in the West for forty or fifty odd years if you go back as far as the Monkees and the Beatles essentially and class them as such.  But the rubbish that I see and hear today is so pointlessly rubbish.  Find five 'cute' guys give them some name which has some amazing meaning about their blood group and then get them to dance around.  Holy Christmas! 

Usually while I enjoy my Friday glass of wine I listen to my old drum'n'bass stuff and my old techno stuff from pre-2000 and it still seems more groundbreaking than any of the dump that is served here in 2016.  I found this Essential Mix from Massive Attack in 1994 with hip-hop from Public Enemy that still sounds fresh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eIXGMRLqXM

Korea just hasn't evolved.  We had the Prodigy in the 1990s.  I played some DJ Craze to my students in a class about opinions of music and they thought it was boring.  I chucked in some classical and only the ones who played instruments liked it and then I popped in Dalshabet and they all loved it.  Is there any hope?

My kids are always surprised when I say I don't like K-pop.

Kids, I'm a 31 year old Canadian man. I'm out of every demographic for this shit.

Well, teacher, what do you like?

Arctic Monkeys, Muse, deadmau5, Pendulum...

Who?

Here, I'll play some. *puts on Watercolour by Pendulum*

Teacher, this is not good.

OH NO A 9 YEAR OLD KOREAN BOY DOESN'T LIKE MY MUSIC :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: reudibeat on April 29, 2016, 11:48:18 AM
I don't 100% remember turning off my iron this morning.....
:huh:

I do this 3x a week  :laugh:

I'm tempted to ask if I can quickly run home and check. I've done this so many times and every time I do I've unplugged it and everything is fine. But what if today is the day I burn my apartment down and kill my kitten!?

It'll be fine!! When I come home, my table is just warm. Are you talking about an iron iron or a hair iron?

Iron iron.
Update: Iron; off. Apartment: in tact. Kitten: very much alive. Today, thankfully, was not the day.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Angelinkorea on April 29, 2016, 11:53:12 AM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

This is.......I don't know......what the holy sacred ****?........all the letters........just smut.......no exceptions.......close-up gash even with safe search.......Korea irredeemable.....


I don't know if you are a bit scary or a genius. Either way I thank you. This is brilliant! Wrong beyond words but something that I will spread far and wide.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: CO2 on April 29, 2016, 11:57:27 AM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

This is.......I don't know......what the holy sacred ****?........all the letters........just smut.......no exceptions.......close-up gash even with safe search.......Korea irredeemable.....


I don't know if you are a bit scary or a genius. Either way I thank you. This is brilliant! Wrong beyond words but something that I will spread far and wide.

I just googled a.

It took about 25 pics but I found a naked cartoon and a bum.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Angelinkorea on April 29, 2016, 12:17:07 PM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

This is.......I don't know......what the holy sacred ****?........all the letters........just smut.......no exceptions.......close-up gash even with safe search.......Korea irredeemable.....


I don't know if you are a bit scary or a genius. Either way I thank you. This is brilliant! Wrong beyond words but something that I will spread far and wide.

I just googled a.

It took about 25 pics but I found a naked cartoon and a bum.

Cyrillic is pretty clean too. Maybe someone else can play with Thai or Armenian.

On another note. I noticed my swearing was autocensured so now I'm curious. I'll risk the warning just to see what can get through. Stop reading now if you dislike cussin'.

****, fuckpig, ****-pig, fucknuts
shit, shit-head, shithead shit-for-brains
****, cuntface, ****-face
cumbubble, wankstain ballsweat felcher
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: devsterl on April 29, 2016, 12:20:25 PM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

This is.......I don't know......what the holy sacred ****?........all the letters........just smut.......no exceptions.......close-up gash even with safe search.......Korea irredeemable.....


I don't know if you are a bit scary or a genius. Either way I thank you. This is brilliant! Wrong beyond words but something that I will spread far and wide.

I just googled a.

It took about 25 pics but I found a naked cartoon and a bum.

Cyrillic is pretty clean too. Maybe someone else can play with Thai or Armenian.

On another note. I noticed my swearing was autocensured so now I'm curious. I'll risk the warning just to see what can get through. Stop reading now if you dislike cussin'.

****, fuckpig, ****-pig, fucknuts
shit, shit-head, shithead shit-for-brains
****, cuntface, ****-face
cumbubble, wankstain ballsweat felcher

That's a new one  :laugh:
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: Angelinkorea on April 29, 2016, 12:27:38 PM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

This is.......I don't know......what the holy sacred ****?........all the letters........just smut.......no exceptions.......close-up gash even with safe search.......Korea irredeemable.....


I don't know if you are a bit scary or a genius. Either way I thank you. This is brilliant! Wrong beyond words but something that I will spread far and wide.

I just googled a.

It took about 25 pics but I found a naked cartoon and a bum.

Cyrillic is pretty clean too. Maybe someone else can play with Thai or Armenian.

On another note. I noticed my swearing was autocensured so now I'm curious. I'll risk the warning just to see what can get through. Stop reading now if you dislike cussin'.

****, fuckpig, ****-pig, fucknuts
shit, shit-head, shithead shit-for-brains
****, cuntface, ****-face
cumbubble, wankstain ballsweat felcher

That's a new one  :laugh:

One of my favs!

Back to disgusting alphabets,
My research so far
Latin :some noods but needs dedication to find them
Cyrillic: Same although the myspace profiles of Russian chicks make it a bit more risque
Thai. Gives people of all genders but rather respectable ones. Facebook profile pics and the like.
Armenian. Quite clean
Korea: Naughty, naughty naughty.
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Post by: Whatgook on April 29, 2016, 12:33:02 PM
This is amazing! Ok now, the next logical step. Whats the dirtiest Korean lketter? Let the 'research' commence!
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Post by: Whatgook on April 29, 2016, 12:36:15 PM
This is amazing! Ok now, the next logical step. Whats the dirtiest Korean lketter? Let the 'research' commence!

So far ㄷ is proving fairly filthy. lots of big sopping norks about
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Post by: orionchocopie on April 29, 2016, 12:38:18 PM
North Koreans?
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Post by: DMZabductee on April 29, 2016, 12:39:23 PM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

This is.......I don't know......what the holy sacred ****?........all the letters........just smut.......no exceptions.......close-up gash even with safe search.......Korea irredeemable.....


I don't know if you are a bit scary or a genius. Either way I thank you. This is brilliant! Wrong beyond words but something that I will spread far and wide.

Holy shit. Probably shouldn't have tried that out at work  :evil:
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Post by: Whatgook on April 29, 2016, 12:42:12 PM
This is amazing! Ok now, the next logical step. Whats the dirtiest Korean lketter? Let the 'research' commence!

Better to do this research at home, but ㅅ is pretty dirty. Haven't checked all the letters though. Seriously wtf is up with this  :laugh: :laugh:

Luckily I have my own office and theres no way they could bust me for googling a singlke letter! Mwah hah this is fun!
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Post by: Whatgook on April 29, 2016, 12:47:58 PM
This is amazing! Ok now, the next logical step. Whats the dirtiest Korean lketter? Let the 'research' commence!

Better to do this research at home, but ㅅ is pretty dirty. Haven't checked all the letters though. Seriously wtf is up with this  :laugh: :laugh:

Luckily I have my own office and theres no way they could bust me for googling a singlke letter! Mwah hah this is fun!

i did the whole alphabet, dipthongs included. Here are my scientific findings:

ㄷ- arguably the dirtiest, lots of large swollen cherubs floating about
ㅈ- brings up a fair few dick picks. Didnt enjoy that one
ㅁ- some quite disturbing anime cartoons
ㅗ- no nudity, but loads of middle finger pics cos of the whole association.

Anyone agree/disagree?
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Post by: Angelinkorea on April 29, 2016, 12:48:54 PM
This is amazing! Ok now, the next logical step. Whats the dirtiest Korean lketter? Let the 'research' commence!

So far ㄷ is proving fairly filthy. lots of big sopping norks about

You disgust me! Have you no scientific curiosity? But keep me updated on yuor findings.

As for my research, thanks branah.com. Methodology is googling 3 or 4 for each alphabet. Safe search on.

Tibetan: Very obscure. First "no results" what comes up is religious, hippy or Free Tibet

Hebrew: Surprisingly salty. Some weird sect type stuff for the predictable ones like aleph but a fair amount of flesh. Nips but no muff or knob

Gujarati: very clean and Islamic. Makes me want to go to India

Khowar. A mix of jihadis and duckfacing blondes. Odd

Marathi: Lots of cleavage. Chunky looking girls

Arabic. A couple of bikinis but all PG. Most of it clean. Lots and lots of sickeningly cutesy kids. As in toddlers with puppies and roses.

Is it weird I am doing this? Is it healthy?
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Post by: CO2 on April 29, 2016, 12:55:44 PM
You're welcome everyone. I feel so internet famous right now.
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Post by: DMZabductee on April 29, 2016, 12:57:04 PM
Just tried the Korean alphabet thing with Naver. Everything's PG.

What's up with you google?!

I'm guessing Koreans will never figure this out unless they Naver search their way to Google  :laugh:
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Post by: Angelinkorea on April 29, 2016, 01:00:24 PM
You're welcome everyone. I feel so internet famous right now.

Deservedly so.

Made my afternoon. Might get me fired though. Very glad I insisted on my rule of never allowing students behind my desk. Co-teacher giving me odd looks.
Title: Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
Post by: YoungMin on April 29, 2016, 01:09:55 PM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

Top quality stuff.

Do you think it's possible that people have done this to **** off those Christian, porn blocking fucktards?
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Post by: nomadicmadda on April 29, 2016, 01:26:26 PM
If you google ANY single Korean letter, you will get sexy girls.

Ugh every time I want to quick throw something into Google Translate to get a general idea of the CoolMessenger message my school mass-messages, I get this.  I forget to turn my keyboard back from Korean and the "tr" of "translate.google.com" becomes "ㅅㄱ".  Fortunately I'm not image searching, but it brings up a general Google search and the suggested images along the top are always ****. :rolleyes:
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Post by: defenderoftherealm on April 29, 2016, 01:57:44 PM
I will play the disgusting alphabet game with you all using Japanese hiragana when I get home.  I fear something crazy showing up on my work computer.  How do I explain that I accidentally found bukkake on my work computer?   :laugh: :laugh:

It is Friday.  I want to raise a chicken in my officetel and then have it fight another chicken at the 7eleven across from Lucid Dream in Itaewon but alas I don't think the smell would be agreeable with my neighbors.   :cry:  #dreams  #aspirations  #thisisn'tfacebookortwitter  #whyusehashtags  #rundastreets
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Post by: nmoolman on April 29, 2016, 02:52:25 PM
Somehow this popped up on my internet feed...

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Post by: yirj17 on May 04, 2016, 02:35:57 PM
There's a spider by my apt door but I haven't gooshed or evicted it yet because it kills other spiders and bugs.

I just dispose of its victims' carcasses.   :lipsrsealed:
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Post by: yirj17 on May 04, 2016, 03:50:46 PM
There's a spider by my apt door but I haven't gooshed or evicted it yet because it kills other spiders and bugs.

I just dispose of its victims' carcasses.   :lipsrsealed:

In the trunk of your car?  I can see this escalating.  What if it becomes too powerful and evicts you?  There is nothing in the EPIK